The Sparkplug

The Sparkplug is a catalyst for difficult conversations, going where fast headlines don’t.

Creative and artistic expression have the power to humanize political debates that are often abstract or driven by sensational media. An off-shoot of The Green Violin, The Sparkplug ranges into journalism and essays, engaging with the deeper questions of human dignity and struggle against the social orders that repress our most volatile possibilities.

Format: Simple. Printed as a 1-3 sheet broadside, usually with two articles (A-side, B-side). Also as a PDF and email. Irregular, printed whenever.

Latest: Volume #1, Issue #3

Of Purity and Autonomy: A Nation for Whom?

Excerpts: The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism, by Nandita Haksar

The Seeds of Alienation: The politics of exclusion in Kashmir’s independence movement, by Lital Khaikin.

This third issue of The Sparkplug considers the challenges and contradictions that are entangled in Kashmir’s pursuit for self-determination. Included is a conversation with author and human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar, based around her research on how the nationalist movement in Jammu and Kashmir intersects with the socio-economic challenges that in turn face migrants to Northeast India.

Class struggle and caste segregation are firmly at the centre of this confrontation, around which, like vultures, circle the divisions of religion, industry, and supposed “economic development”. From the military industrial complex, to the entertainment and tourism industries, the influences of multinational capital have unfolded over decades.


Pesticides and Poverty: The smoldering legacy of Bhopal

December 2020. Featuring Rahul Varma. On the legacy of Union Carbide (Dow Chemical)’s disastrous gas leak in Bhopal, industrial colonialism, and “quality of life”.