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Rabbil Sikdar

Lefty Muslim, freelance writer

Left-wing Muslim. Socialist. Researcher on social cohesion. Published in New Statesman, Independent, I and Left Foot Forward.
Jurgen Klopp Is Experiencing Familiar Struggles At

Jurgen Klopp Is Experiencing Familiar Struggles At Liverpool

At times it seemed like an obvious trap for Liverpool to even consider attacking. Every time they pushed forward, they left space. Boom, in a flash, in swift waves of uncontrollable white streaming forward relentlessly, Tottenham were always on the attack. Liverpool containing it at 4-1 felt merciful, an escape from a humiliation.
27/10/2017 09:00 BST
Brexit Has Lifted The Rock On Racism In

Brexit Has Lifted The Rock On Racism In Britain

Brexit shows that education is important, and history - told in its accurate full - really can help in mending wayward social attitudes. We think this is our country and no-one has a right to come here because we just don't know who else fought for us.
23/10/2017 16:05 BST
The Silent Crisis Of Poverty Affecting British

The Silent Crisis Of Poverty Affecting British Muslims

The integration of British Muslims cannot solely focus on the religious aspects of it, on looking at what we can do to stop extremist preachers, socially conservative scholars and online radicalisation. For there to be cultural integration there has to also be economic integration.
29/09/2017 14:09 BST
The Left And

The Left And Englishness

For the Left to reclaim Englishness cannot be done by ignoring the diversity of the working class it's seeking to appeal to, nor by simply erasing what Englishness meant to many people. It means understanding that this identity meant many things, some were good, but many, unfortunately, were not.
11/08/2017 14:09 BST
Be Angrier With Our Education System Than Christopher Nolan's

Be Angrier With Our Education System Than Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk

The Indians who fought in Dunkirk deserve their own film. The soldiers caught and held by the Japanese for years under brutal torture deserve their own film. Fitting them into Nolan's Dunkirk would simply have turned them into token gestures there to appease our liberal consciences and achieve nothing more.
28/07/2017 14:14 BST
Linkin Park Helped Millions Of Hurting

Linkin Park Helped Millions Of Hurting Teenagers

Linkin Park helped teenagers like me make sense of the issues that we faced. That sense of being alone against the world with no one to understand why you're lashing out at school, the confusion as to why all your friends have suddenly lost interest in you, Chester Bennington's voice had a way of resonating with it.
21/07/2017 08:17 BST
Depression Is The Silent Killer In Our

Depression Is The Silent Killer In Our Society

Particularly within Muslim South Asian communities, mental illness is dismissed because supposedly all prayers can cure sadness. Depression is regarded as a lack of faith. The low energy and motivation to do anything, the distancing from the things you love, become seen as signs of weak faith.
19/07/2017 15:43 BST
The Left Are Losing Their

The Left Are Losing Their Internationalism

Genocide happens and parts of the left simply erase it on a consistent basis. I dialled down my criticisms of Corbyn after 8th June but it's immoral to remain silent over something as important as this. The Labour Party is becoming a political home for awful genocide apologists and it runs right through to the leader himself.
12/07/2017 11:47 BST