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New Delhi: The University of Leicester will be seen collaborating with a local artist named Kajal Nisha Patel, to gain insights into the backgrounds of South Asian Women residing in the UK. The decision came after the University received an award from the Leverhulme Trust to host her, as an Artist in Residence for 2016.

A Leicester based photographer and filmmaker, Kajal’s application was sponsored by a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Dr David Bartram. The happiness and well-being of immigrants are the subjects of study which come under Bartram’s expertise.

Since 2006, Kajal has produced work on the British South Asian experience, concentrating on issues of personal conflicts, cultural bereavement, social assimilation and the formation of new identities. Kajal will use the award to continue her artistic work and community engagement, focussing on the everyday lives of British South Asian Women. She is interested in colonial and postcolonial histories of the British Raj, its legacy of Indian economic trade and its impact on the Indian diaspora.

Kajal is also the founder of Lightseekers, a social enterprise that uses photography and storytelling as a platform to learn about and engage with key social issues. This cross-cultural education project delivers workshops to low-income areas, where civic participation and engagement are low and students are likely to experience exclusion and discrimination.

She works closely with Asian women in her community to provide an opportunity for self-representation, through intimate and negotiated dialogue.

Kajal said: “My intention is to invite a deeper engagement and understanding of the issues Asian women face and open up new forms and new interpretations of cultural knowledge. This residency will allow me to critically enhance my ideas. My practice and research will be interdependent and complementary. The resulting work must communicate to the widest possible audience, especially the British South Asian community.”

During the residency, Kajal will produce a series of multidisciplinary artworks to form the basis of a travelling exhibition at various art galleries and community spaces. Members of the Leicester Migration Network will be invited to visit the exhibition; the Network will then host Kajal at a seminar discussion exploring the contribution of artistic representation to the public and scholarly understanding of Asian communities in the UK.

Kajal’s artistic work will prove to be a medium for the University’s Sociology Department in channelling their research to public audiences.

Dr David Bartram said: “Kajal’s artistic work nicely complements research in the department of immigration and diversity in Britain.  We’re very pleased that working with Kajal this year will mean these issues can be presented in a way that integrates scholarship and visual representation.”

The act is implemented keeping in mind the sole aim of paving the way for dialogue to happen between the department and the people being represented in the department’s research on migration. (AlphaGalileo.com)

 

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Are they not the shameless leaders who shed their tears for Rohingyas while brutally killing Gorkhas citizens in Darjeeling whose brave sons stand on their toes patrolling the hostile Indo-Park-borders?

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Mayawati along with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

By Salil Gewali

Every sovereign country should always safeguard its borders with utmost care. It is in fact in view of the potential security fallout. For this, all countries in the world have their own constitutions which their citizens should adhere to. The leaders of a country must be extra alert, and totally unbending. Needless to say, there are various punitive measures adopted by an individual country to deal with the illegal border crossers — ranging from a short detention to the monetary fine; from a harsh jail sentence to even inhuman physical tortures.

But in our country, it is shockingly opposite. Here illegal immigrants are welcomed with crazy incentives and the assurance of protection. Yes, certain political parties walk those illegal immigrants through to settle down well. They instantly provide Epic card, ration card and other freebies. What more, they are even given the liberty to flex their muscles! Have you not heard many illegal immigrants banging around and knocking down our fellow citizens? No arguing, a lot many terror activities that have punctured the very fabric of the society in many states in India, have perpetrated by the illegal immigrants and their sympathizers.

Rahul gandhi and Mamata Banerjee
Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee.

Please open the ears and eyes of your inner sensibility. It is time that citizens should stand up to point out the real culprits. Those who have involved in these treasonable activities for decades after decades should be brought to account. Why the custodians of the constitution are silent when the political leaders brazenly involve themselves in anti-nation activities?

Watch out how the West Bengal Chief Minister has screamed against NRC in Assam. Does her outcry not well resonate with what “gatbandhan” gang wants? Rahul, Kejriwal, Mayawati, Lalu, Pinarayi Vijayan, Sitaram Yechury…. are up to anything. They shake hands with any forces to get hold of the chair of power. The security of the nation has never become their concern. A chance of losing the vote-bank is normally what drives them insane. They usually cast their gaze beyond the boundaries. The illegal immigrants are whom they invite and embrace. Are they not the shameless leaders who shed their tears for Rohingyas while brutally killing Gorkhas citizens in Darjeeling whose brave sons stand on their toes patrolling the hostile Indo-Park-borders?

Alas, will you still allow such monstrous brigands to join hand together to snatch the power to rule the country? They will doubtlessly dig your graves — look at Kashmir, Kerala, Assam and now West Bengal? Please note, they have long sold their soul for power and pelf — so they have nothing lose but we have everything to lose.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.