Horatians http://horatians.org/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:46:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://horatians.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-150x150.png Horatians http://horatians.org/ 32 32 Books ‘Alphabetica: A Satire On Majoritarianism’ by Roy Phoenix, edited by Aparna Sen, Kunal Basu and Sumanto Chattopadhyay http://horatians.org/books-alphabetica-a-satire-on-majoritarianism-by-roy-phoenix-edited-by-aparna-sen-kunal-basu-and-sumanto-chattopadhyay/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:46:46 +0000 http://horatians.org/books-alphabetica-a-satire-on-majoritarianism-by-roy-phoenix-edited-by-aparna-sen-kunal-basu-and-sumanto-chattopadhyay/

Alphabetica: A satire on majoritarianism, the first book by author Kaushik Roy under the pseudonym Roy Phoenix, was launched on November 26th at the Oxford Bookstore on Park Street.

This allegorical story shows the letters of the alphabet as “characters” living on the planet “Typewriter” and in a land called “Alphabetica”. Since the consonants are the majority and the vowels are the minority, the book delves deep into the majoritarianism of the world.

Not an easy book

Kaushik Roy, using the pseudonym Roy Phoenix, introduces the book

Ritagnik Bhattacharya

“This was never meant to be a simple book because I think I’m not a very simple person in some ways either, people think that the way I think I am very complex. There are 26 characters and they are unique and very special characters for me because I grew up with these characters as a little boy in my father’s advertising agency. I was told they were characters, not letters, ”explained Roy Phoenix when he introduced the book.

Stellar launch panel

The launch panel consisted of National Award-winning director and actor Aparna Sen, writer and academic Professor Kunal Basu, and recruiter Sumanto Chattopadhyay (popularly known as The English Nut), who led the question-and-answer session.

The panelists share a moment of light

The panelists share a moment of light

Ritagnik Bhattacharya

“I was really fascinated and interested. When the book appeared on my desk, the first thing I noticed was the subtitle. What could be more important than this topic today? I don’t mean just in our country. I live in Europe, and in most European countries the conflict between majority and minority and the dominance of the minority by the majority is the political landscape. If I’m reading the novel quickly, choosing such a meaty subject for a debut novelist is really a cause for celebration! ”Said Kunal Basu.

Establish connection

Aparna Sen read a few excerpts from the book, including a poem intended as a song in the context of the story.


Aparna Sen reads an excerpt from Alphabetica: A Satire On Majoritarianism at the Oxford bookstore

Ritagnik Bhattacharya

“I have the impression that the author is not only very smart, but also very good. He is a good man. I think it’s a very important book considering the time we live in and we can all make the connections. Once we make the connections we will know that it is a reflection of the world we live in – not just India, but around the world. Dictatorship, authoritarianism, majoritarianism threaten our happiness. As the song says, “We are a happy family”. We cannot be happy without the vowels. Without the minorities and the vowels, we cannot be rich in diversity, ”says Aparna Sen about the excerpts she read.

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Democracy needs tolerance towards criticism http://horatians.org/democracy-needs-tolerance-towards-criticism/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:25:07 +0000 http://horatians.org/democracy-needs-tolerance-towards-criticism/

Newspaper cartoons seem to excite Greek politicians and public figures in general more than any other type of criticism, including malicious opinion articles. I am not sure why.

Maybe it’s because political sketches have the power to sum up an inconvenient truth without words. Perhaps it will make you feel like a person who empties your heart in front of a judgmental psychoanalyst. Your sense of humor may be all but lost as public debate becomes inundated with rudeness and ad hominem attacks. It’s really hard to say.

What is certain, however, is that the public reaction to cartoons is very different than it was 10 years ago. Personal attacks, bullying, even threats are the norm these days. The most annoying are the blanket generalizations and stereotypes from all sides.

A cartoon is said to be critical of the government because the newspaper that published it did not receive enough money from a list of alleged media users; another cartoon is now considered too soft because the medium received tons of money from another list. It seems almost pointless to explain that things don’t work that way; that drawing a cartoon is a deeply creative process; that Ilias Makris, Andreas Petroulakis or Dimitris Hantzopoulos don’t just sit at the drawing board and wait for “instructions”. Because of this, frustration is almost pervasive.

Of course, it is convenient for politicians to attribute criticism directed against them to ulterior motives. They believe that in this way they can deceive every citizen reader who does not belong to the pool of their uncritical supporters.

I admit that over the years I have developed a special respect for those who are politically active. I don’t mean the respect that shortens the critical distance to politicians. Rather, what I mean is that I recognize that regardless of their ideological beliefs, these people are running the risk of breaking into the highly toxic cannibal meat grinder of social media. I can perhaps understand why this atmosphere has weakened your tolerance for humor.

At the same time, I have even more respect for cartoonists who can be edgy without giving in to populism; who can tolerate all of the social media bullying, outrageous personal attacks, even the undisguised threats from local officials. Democracy needs politicians who tolerate critical comments and cartoons. We also need cartoonists who can withstand unlawful pressure and even attempted assassinations.

I very much hope that politicians can rediscover their sense of humor. Because cartoonists will certainly not lose theirs.

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Fishmongers’ Hall hero is haunted by flashbacks 2 years after the terrorist attack on London Bridge http://horatians.org/fishmongers-hall-hero-is-haunted-by-flashbacks-2-years-after-the-terrorist-attack-on-london-bridge/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 20:00:00 +0000 http://horatians.org/fishmongers-hall-hero-is-haunted-by-flashbacks-2-years-after-the-terrorist-attack-on-london-bridge/

When John Crilly saw on Remembrance Sunday that a bomb exploded in front of the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, his mind immediately went to the hero taxi driver David Perry.

“If I’m honest, it scared me off,” he says. “Flashbacks to London Bridge. I get them all the time when I see people dead and I just burst into tears. It could be loud noises, things on TV, the Liverpool bomb. Visual things. I need someone who can penetrate my head and stop them. “

It’s been two years since John Crilly became a hero on Monday, just for one day.

He was attending a training conference for ex-offenders at Fishmonger Hall in London when one of the other attendees started stabbing people with knives on each wrist. Usman Khan opened his coat to reveal that he was wearing a suicide vest that was about to explode.







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Pictures of John turning a fire extinguisher to Khan on London Bridge – while another attendee chased him with a narwhal tusk grabbed from a wall and a third man tried to grab him – went viral around the world.

Incredibly, he had the presence of mind to believe that by spraying him with the hydrant he might be able to soak the suicide belt and short it out.

Khan’s terrorist attack ended when John and others jumped on Khan, still believing his suicide vest would explode on one of London’s busiest bridges. The jihadi was then shot by police and his suicide belt was found to be fake.

“We were heroes that first day,” recalls John. “Then on the second day we were murderers.”

John attended the conference because he had a criminal record of manslaughter after a break-in as a young drug addict went wrong.

Steven Gallant, who also attacked Khan and helped end the rampage, was on the day of his release for murder.

“The response after that showed that the narrative never changes,” says John. “No matter how many times I said, ‘I’m not a killer,’ it never made a difference.”







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The third man on the bridge was Darryn Frost, a communications officer in the Justice Department, who was chasing Khan with a five-foot-long Narwhal Tusk caught off the wall.

John says that in a WhatsApp group they all keep in touch while battling the aftermath.

With the deaths of both Khan’s victims, John lost his friend Jack Merritt and witnessed the murder of Saskia Jones.

He had been on the team that picked Khan up from his train station that morning, a man who was sweating in a huge overcoat. He fought with Khan with a wooden lectern, a heavy chair, and finally the fire hydrant.

“I started spraying it and at first it seemed to do the job,” he told me at the time. “I sprayed it in his eyes. He was completely covered with foam and then he burst through with the knives again. “

Two years later, John says he barely sleeps and has frequent flashbacks when he saw Saskia mortally wounded by Khan. “I can’t eat,” he says.

“It’s hard for me to be positive about anything. I’ve never been a good sleeper, but it’s gotten a lot worse. ”This is a dangerous path for someone in recovery. “Since Fishmongers Hall, I’ve had a hard time not relapsing,” says John. “It really is a form of self-harm.”

John is injured and upset by the numerous errors uncovered during the investigation into the death of Jack Merritt and Saskia. Liverpool, he says, proves nothing has changed. “Where did you learn the lessons when you see what happened in Liverpool?

“I’m used to errors in the judicial system, but the errors that emerged from each department in the investigation were overwhelming. How much they missed was madness.







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“I can’t handle it. They just all thought that another department would do it. The mistakes were ridiculous. “

He now says that he and Steve were treated differently from the others that day. “Everyone I spoke to except me and Steve received criminal indemnity, but we can’t because of our criminal record. Apparently you become a member of society again after you go to prison, but that didn’t happen to us. “

Last month John, Darryn and Steven received high commendations from the police for their bravery, with Cressida Dick praising his “selfless heroism” but saying he couldn’t bring himself to shake her hand.

“I didn’t even want to follow everything that came out of the investigation,” says John. “Cressida Dick put her hand up, but I couldn’t stand her. I said it was Covid but I blame the police. To be honest, I’ve never had a good experience with the police. The first time I met a cop when I was 12, he fucking kicked me out. And a lot has lately put it in a bad light. “

John, a former heroin user, was involved in a 2005 break-in in Manchester that was fatal when his co-defendant, Augustine Maduemezia, 71, killed with a single blow. It’s a day he deeply regrets.

Jack Merritt, the inspiring young man at Learning Together, was instrumental in turning John’s life around. They met when John was studying law in prison and Jack was attending prison as a law student. John became his prison mentor.







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Jack had graduated from John and they became friends. “If I had met Jack much earlier in my life, it might have been different,” John told me after the murders.

For the past two years, John has been supported by JENGbA (CRRCT), a charity that worked on his case before the attack. It advocates the controversial “Joint Enterprise Laws” according to which John was jointly convicted for the crime of another person.

“JENGbA is there to pick me up and take me away, and my family is on the phone, that gives me a little hope,” he says. “My eldest son came to the commendation ceremony. They can be proud of that, and there wasn’t much. “

He also says he is in regular contact with Jack Merritt’s father and shares a meal with him before the commendation.

Steven Gallant was at Fishmonger Hall on the day of his release, serving a 17-year sentence for the murder of ex-firefighter Barrie Jackson in Hull. His sentence has been reduced by 10 months by Attorney General Robert Buckland for his bravery on London Bridge, which means he has now been released.

“I appealed to the Criminal Cases Review Commission,” says John. “I was sentenced to 18 years in prison for manslaughter, which lawyers believe is disproportionate. JENGbA has spoken to the Justice Department about reducing my license after what happened at Fishmongers Hall, but no decision has been made in eight months. “

Meanwhile, Jack Merritt’s family is bringing a human rights law suit stating that “Usman Khan was a convicted terrorist under the public protection of multiple agencies when he killed Jack and Saskia on November 29, 2019 … Usman Khan’s Risk . “

John says he will celebrate the birthday on Monday by participating in #CreatingWithJack on Instagram, an initiative from Jack’s parents. “For a picture I inject some paint,” he says.

He will spend the day thinking of the two lovable, inspiring young people who died that day. “Because he wins when you have other than positive thoughts about Jack and Saskia,” he says. “And Khan took enough”.

After the terrorist attack, David Merritt accused the government of using his son’s death to advance its “hate agenda”. Two years later, his son’s belief that people can change was possibly betrayed by Khan, but his belief in John Crilly was not.

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There is an abundance of entertainment for the holiday season this week http://horatians.org/there-is-an-abundance-of-entertainment-for-the-holiday-season-this-week/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 11:51:15 +0000 http://horatians.org/there-is-an-abundance-of-entertainment-for-the-holiday-season-this-week/

A packed week full of entertainment is just around the corner with singing, dance, comedy, poetry and theater as well as a preview of a classic children’s theater over the holidays. These events are just a few of the options launched this week:

The Christmas carillon of the singing Hoosiers

I’m scared of Singing Hoosiers shows. I am afraid of my impulsive nature. I’m afraid I’ll run to the stage, take the three of them, and knock a couple of sopranos with my elbows. I won’t wear red sequins, but I’ll dance belts and waltzes.

This year’s Singing Hoosiers program “Chimes of Christmas” at Indiana University will again feature singing and dancing on Saturday.

“You will hear music from 17th century Italy, early 20th century England and 21st century Broadway,” said director Chris Albanese. “I am delighted to be able to present such a significant variety of music and to work together again with the IU Children’s Choir and the IU Wind Ensemble with conductors Julia Shaw and Rodney Dorsey.”