Two long time readers of this blog have been very nice to award it with two blog awards recently- Jack Stephens awarded the Brilliante Weblog Award and Renegade Eye, the Premier Dardos Award. As per the rules, I am listing some of the blogs that I find very invigorating and are fellow travelers in the sense of their intellectual and humanistic concerns. Also, all of the them, with the exception of one, are India/ Pakistan centric blogs.
Upliftthem: For its single minded focus on Dalit issues. This was the first blog I discovered when searching for critical blogs on caste.
Ghazala: Ghazala writes on ‘subversive poetry’- from that of the Harlem Renaissance to feminist and progressive poetry in Urdu. My only complaint is that this blog has long dormancy.
Parchanve: The only blog that I read in Punjabi. Jasdeep brings out contemporary Punjabi poetry and often renders them into excellent English.
Dispatches from Zembla: Alok blogs on films and books. I particularly look to his blog when it comes to anything from Austria or Russia.
Manukhsi: Humanism for all: VB Rawat is a film maker and activist. His long posts are well researched and well thought of. I particularly like his consistent take on Dalit issues.
An Indian Muslim: An Indian Muslim focuses on the syncretic Indian culture and has a keen eye for reading everyday life within a broad context.
My Xofura: Aruni Kashyap blogs about the North East particularly on literature. He writes in English and Assamese and is a poet to watch out for.
The Mountaintop: Vidya blogs about Indian philosophy, music and feminism. I don’t know much about any these topics and it is good to be occasionally enlightened on these themes.
Untouchable Earth: Blends everything from astronomy to poetry and politics. A very original blog.
Here is more about the awards and the rules:
1. Pass on the award to five bloggers that you admire.
Premier Dardos Award
The Premier Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.