Shy Radicals, Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert by Hamja Ahsan: An Influencing Literary Celebrating Introverts While Cursing Extrovert Supremacism
Hamja Ahsan is a writer, activist, and curator from London, who later devoted his career to the public advocated for political prisoners. His transition into a human rights activist started right after Hamja's brother Syed Talha Ahsan's arrest. He is a British poet and librarian who detained at his home in Britain without trial or charge for six years before being extradited to the US on terror charges. He was kept in solitary incarceration in a death row prison. Hamja started Free Talha Ahsan campaign after his experience with injustice and involved in a variety of other campaigns involving Stop Isolation, Justice for Hillsborough which eventually reached a wider audience and shortlisted for Humanity Rights awards.
Hamja's own experience as a British Muslim and his efforts to create exposure around campaigns on solitary confinement and isolation in US prisons and human rights violations inspired him to work on debut book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert. This book is written for the shy, introvert and autistic spectrum people experiencing struggled and disadvantaged lives because of a culture dominated by extroverts.
Hamja creates an imaginary state called 'The Shy People’s Republic of Aspergistan' which represents the interests of all Shy, Introvert and Autistic Spectrum peoples'. The national anthem is the sound of a seashell and all power belongs to shy people. Metaphorically, anything related to extrovert action categorizes as a terrorist action.
In each chapter, Hamja prescribes the Shy Radicals Movement's anthem and state's agenda for avoiding extrovert supremacism which described as the main cause of prejudice and discrimination amid socially excluded or different people. Aspergistan has a political party very similar to Black Panthers and creates democracy, tranquillity, and well-being for the shy with rightful politics just as what real world needs today.