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It’s time to take sides.

Latest post on the and why I think it’s high time centrists got off their fence and took a side.

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Alrighty then! I’m going to try and do this as a thread.

This is the first stage of the painting. I just chose a few colors that were calling to me, and added them onto the canvas.

No agenda, other than laying down some color and making a few marks.

When the husband saw it as this stage, he said it looked like a painting of a rat’s ass! 🙄 {I’ve helpfully labelled said rat’s ass on the painting 😏}

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Hola! I’m Shinjini. I tweet on Birdsite as @modern_gypsy. I’m a self-taught artist, exploring my inner landscape through paint & mixed media. I bring my interest in depth psychology to my deck of tarot cards, which I also use as a jumping off point for art & writing.

I’m a cat momma to two tomcats, Simba & Loki. I’m an avid reader - fiction, mostly, & some depth psychology & a tiny bit of philosophy.

Left, liberal, secular.


Even if we only consider votes polled, with the sheer number of candidates per seat, it's very difficult for any candidate or party to say they got the popular vote. If they do, they're just being uneducated idiots.

Majority seats != Majority votes

@KayKap @shinjini @Iwalkalone @musafir @Poonamsharma

@wabbster @KayKap @shinjini @Iwalkalone @musafir @Poonamsharma Exactly my logic when bhakts say majority government. I remind them that maybe 75% people probably had voting rights, out of which maybe 10% of that 75 didn't get to vote for xyz reasons, then of those maybe 66% vote, and of those who voted only 38% gave them vote. So it's basically 17% of voters who voted for them and 83% voted against them.

@TheDonkeySays They are doing it; hard hitting questions are being asked. The only thing the Congress is not obliging the Peee by getting openly involved in the protests; if it does, protests will lose the power that day itself This is not a Peee vs. congress battle, this is a Peee Vs. Common People battle...And for others, RW media is not reporting... PG, Chidu, all of them are going hammer & tongs, from grassroots also, local media chk karo..@shinjini @Iwalkalone @musafir @Poonamsharma

@shinjini Has always been a bubbling cauldron, esp on the Hindu-Muslim front, but has also been the leading light in communal harmony. Disparate threads did you say. That is UP; when politicians play, it gets played but when sanity returns... oh man, there is no state more beautiful, proud and glorious than UP... it has to wake up again... it will... akhir pet pe laat kab tak sahega @TheDonkeySays @Iwalkalone @musafir @Poonamsharma

@shinjini Stirring the pot only works for so long... and the backlash is very strong, acche se acchon ko rulata hai toh yeh do kya hain. Aur Hindi heartland unfortunately is quite fickle, the moment yogi goes and action is taken against him... yeh sab bheegi chuhe banege @TheDonkeySays @Iwalkalone @musafir @Poonamsharma

@shinjini @Iwalkalone @KayKap @TheDonkeySays I am really sorry for spamming you all with this quote again and again and again. But this is really relevant and appropriate for the times we are living in.

“It is possible that they may lose the battle. But sometimes resistance is not a matter of choice. Not all battles are fought for victory. Some are fought simply to tell the world that someone was there on the battlefield.”

~ Ravish Kumar

@Iwalkalone The protests are not slowing down. The spontaneous ones are now converting into sit-ins and more organised ones. And the media cannot cover them like they should.

My piece arguing that people vote for Modi mainly because of long term ideological shift towards majoritarianism & not because the alternative is Rahul G (contra Guha, Komireddi etc). Even if RG were to disappear tomrw, things likely won't be better(1/4)

Our latest: Perhaps, a reminder is needed for those dismissing the anti-CAA protests as gimmicks. India's most vulnerable have taken to the streets to protect it's holiest book. The Constitution of India.

What are the rest of you protecting?

The fediverse is a public forum.

Your posts are only as secure as the admins of every instance that your home server federates with, in terms of private and followers-only messages.

If you're going to talk about sensitive information, keep it to Signal or other secure 1-on-1 channels.

Assume that everything you post to the fediverse, is being scooped up by multiple gov agencies around the world.

The Milan scrape was only notable because they made their findings public.

If a university scraping feeds did it, it's safe to assume other, bigger organizations have been doing it for much longer.

Education, real education, exposes one to cultures that are outside the comfort zone of their society - those little differences that make caste, color, race, gender, sexuality, nationality seem less important - makes one question the established norms that make oppression seem "natural".

That's the only reason for dictators, riding on 'othering' propaganda, to hate not just educated people but, the idea of true education itself.

Their ignorance fuels their insecurity, which fuels their rage!

My name is Bond. Electoral Bond. I work undercover. The public ain't my lover. The Executive hatched me. The Judiciary patched me. I'm the grease in the Prime Minister's palm. I'm the silence in the corporate calm.

We are told to choose and move to any of the Muslim nations of our choice. But why should we? We didn’t move, even in 1947, when we had a chance, we chose to stay back in India as a secular nation.

India is where we belong and we are NOT going anywhere.

I started this painting at the start of the . The day the photograph of the girl giving a rose to Delhi Police went viral? That day.

The hope in the air inspired my palette.

And then came news of the brutal, horrifying crackdown in AMU. And the palette got more muted and one of the figure seemingly more authoritative.

It’s been over a month of protests now. And all I have is desolate hope. More on the . Read?

I'm hosting the Open Mic tonight 7-9PM at The Habitat, Khar West, Mumbai. Bring me your love odes, your breakup blues, your protest rhymes, your rhythmic angst - I want to hear it all!

The kiddo reciting Rahat Sahab's 'Kisi Ke Baap Ka Hindostan Thodi Hai' will make your day! Here is yet another version of @Varungrover 's

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