Rini Barman

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

Independent writer and researcher, Guwahati

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

Netflix’s Maniac: In an eerie, quixotic tale of mental illness, a message of hope

The show has two important messages — that cure lies in human connections, and that there is no shortcut for it.

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

Lynching of Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath reveals a ceaseless identity battle in Assam

Reinforcing that mobs are blinded by witchcraft, and by marginalising tribals further, one is giving the irresponsible law and order authorities the long rope.

ART & CULTURE

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Fandom has turned Zubeen Garg into a figure of sacred perfection

Fans can act as a crucial subculture to keep the artist on his/her toes.

VARIETY

 |   6-minute read

How Indian pop culture fetishises the maid

Our lurid representations of domestic workers tell us that future Mahagun Modernes are waiting to happen.

VARIETY

 |   5-minute read

The problem of selective exclusion in Assam's #NamamiBrahmaputra

It is a patronising, Hindutva-heavy fantasia, a series of images that add up to mainland India’s fantasy of the river.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

In Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, the Gods open at the close

As time moves forth, the players are seen sharpening their guile, deceit and hammer-wielding powers.

VARIETY

 |   4-minute read

Exposing Kaziranga's 'untold secret' that government wants hushed up

BBC journalist’s film should alert tourists (inside and outside Assam) to move on from the 'exotic-endangered' animal fetish.

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

How demonetisation has rocked Bhojpuri pop music vibe

Because it’s not enough to just sexualise humans, one must extend the courtesy to currency as well.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

Visaaranai, India’s official Oscar entry, exposes our horror

Vetri Maaran's film tells us it is high time we challenge how institutionalised violence is kept under cover.

LIFE

 |   5-minute read

Deepika Padukone's #DobaraPoocho is spreading wrong information about depression

The new campaign by the actor's NGO is an example of what happens when serious issues are compressed into viral videos.