It’s too early for US museums to be recording the pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2020 / The National


In late April, as the coronavirus outbreak continued its inexorable spread, a museum in Los Angeles put out a remarkable call. It asked communities in the western United States — the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and the west coast — to help “identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance during the Covid-19 pandemic”. The Autry Museum explained … Continue reading “It’s too early for US museums to be recording the pandemic”

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After Brexit, the Empire smirked back: ‘Watch Britain partition itself’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2016


A line from a creative thinker in India: “Karma is a real bitch! They partitioned us, now watch Britain partition itself!” The reference, of course, was to the following: ** Scotland has said it sees its future in the #EU and another referendum on independence from the UK is on the cards ** Sinn Fein has … Continue reading “After Brexit, the Empire smirked back: ‘Watch Britain partition itself’”

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What does a poet do with history? They parse it so it’s no longer a souvenir

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2015


Last week, it was that time of year again – when Indians and Pakistanis recall W. H. Auden’s 26-line poem on the partition of India, written with the clarity of hindsight nearly two decades after the sub-continent was divided up. It would be in the great tradition of poems that recreated history: Yeats’s ‘Easter 1916’, … Continue reading “What does a poet do with history? They parse it so it’s no longer a souvenir”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK