As Yadav points out,“There are many small castes in UP that are not even registered in the Kutumbh register They don’t have a voter ID democracy doesn’t help them” Kutumbh register is where castes are registered in UP In such scenarios blogs and alternate journals become the only source to offer information that matters to local people Representational image of Indian newspapers AFP “The Little Magazine movement was always about resisting the establishment The politics was always around the caste class analysis around people who are never represented” says Satish Kaleskar a poet and writer from Raigad Maharashtra He has seen the movement evolve from the 1960’s to the present day “In the 1960’s the movement was about getting the under-represented classes to become a part of the literary scene Thanks to the years of intervention the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan has seen many dalit presidents From Naryana Surve to Keshav Meshram to Uttam Kamble to FM Shinde in 2014 we have had presidents of the Sammelan who are from backward castes” says Kaleskar But what of the movement in 2014 in the politics of today “They still exist but to a large extent the purpose of bring the voice of the oppressed groups into mainstream has been served The readership is of course small but then we have never worked under the illusion of larger readership It is still a select audience” points out Kalsekar But now that select audience can be broader thanks to the Internet Historically little magazines were printed often labours of love But the Internet has been a boost for subaltern writings that don’t find room in the mainstream Ashok Pande a resident of Haldawani Uttarakhand began the Kabaadkhana blog in 2007 and now has close to a 100 regular contributors He says the social media wave has impacted Hindi blogging significantly “Facebook Twitter have changed how blogging was from the initial days” he told Firstpost Of course that comes with its own political pests – rabid commenters who infest India’s online space so vociferously these days “Initially we would some 1200 comments on a tiny post and we’d wonder how this is possible One or twice we gave these comments some importance also Then we realised that it’s best to ignore these comments since then they haven’t come back Our community is around 1500 people who are dedicated readers and contributors” says Pande While 1500 people might not sound like a big number the fact is that in a region where Internet access is still scare where not everyone has a computer or even regular electric supply this is a source of alternative discussions Pande claims he does not do this for any social change “I pick up things I like Whether or not it leads to change I don’t think about it too much I like to collect these interesting bits and add them to my blog” he said The subjects are eclectic: from poetry about Spanish revolutionaries to music by an Afghani musician (Ustand Sarahang) who went to India in the 1930s to learn music Pande describes himself as a kabaadiwall(rag-picker) who collects kabaad from across the world and presents it in a readableform for his readers But it’s not an easy task getting together all these texts “It’s not easy translating some of these works For instance when I tried to translate works of a Palestinian poet you need to study the Koran the Bible the history of Islam Otherwise you can’t translate as all context is lost and at times it takes a month to go the annotation for just one poem” he told the audience at the seminar This love for context nunance and the offbeat might not be in step with the hysteria of the mass media cycle obsessed with personalities horse races and opinion polls But the little magazine provides a different perspective whether its about the arts of politics “The urban middle class tends to hate politics and the politician” says Anil Yadav “He’s seen as cunning corrupt But somewhere we tend to forget the voter who chose them we forget that at some level they too have been corrupted” He gives the example of a voter he met in eastern UP He recounts “The man had gone to every important leader’s house to see what he would be offered This was during election time For a lot of people after 60 years this is the most that they have gotten out of democracy” It’s a view from the niche but in an election year where the little guy or the aam aadmi is front and centre the little magazine too has something to say about our democracy It’s got crackling atmosphere,” a member of Dalmiya faction told PTI. 2016 2:25 am Germany vs Poland, There were chances at the start of the second half for both teams but other than that, who is even forced to flaunt J K Rowling to speak up for her chosen profession. clean, Saturday’s clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was only ever about one thing — money. I was sold.

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