By ROBERT S. NEWMAN
I’ve always liked Indian pudding. This is a sweet cornmeal dessert often served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. It does not hail from the subcontinent, but rather descends from Native American cuisine. I also like bagels, originally from Eastern Europe, but am not a great fan of pizza, from Italy or of American Chinese food, though it has its moments. “Soul food” is just another term for African-derived cooking, found throughout the South and often beyond. American food encompasses a lot more, including tacos and burritos, clam chowder, apple pie, and of course hamburgers and hotdogs. When people eat any of these items, do they think in some hyphenated way as in “Italian-American”, “Chinese-American” ? No, I would argue, they don’t categorize their food very often, they just eat it. If they think about it at all, they would think, “Yes, I’m American so I eat American food. All those things are what we eat.”
By JASON KEITH FERNANDES, DALE LUIS MENEZES,
AMITA KANEKAR, VISHVESH KANDOLKAR, and KAUSTUBH NAIK
In the context of a number of Sahitya Akademi awardees across India returning their respective awards in protest against the growing intolerance in India, in Goa around fourteen Sahitya Akademi awardees together with Padmashri awardees Maria Aurora Couto and Amitav Ghosh came together and issued a joint statement on 15 October, 2015. One would be struck by the hypocrisy contained in their press note released were it not for the fact that their politics of intolerance is so blatantly displayed all over the same note.
By DALE LUIS MENEZES & VISHVESH KANDOLKAR
The indefinite hunger strike of Savio Lopes and members of Forum for Rights of Children to Education (FORCE) for government grants to English as Medium of Instruction (MoI) have exposed the shallow and undemocratic language politics – under the guise of ‘mother tongue’, ‘Goan identity’, ‘Konkani’, ‘Marathi’, etc – in Goa. While arguing for a robust multi-lingual outlook as well, we would like to open up the conversation to a host of other languages that Goans can profitably engage with.