“It’s time to call a stop to this hatred and blood-letting…”

“It’s time to call a stop to this hatred and blood-letting…”

At the Writers' Convention held at Mavlankar Hall on 1st November, Pratirodh, Teesta Setalvad describes the protests throughout the country as a necessity to register public anger and outrage against the government. The protests, she says, are the result of the people’s cumulative anger and their revulsion against increasing incidents of discrimination and violence.

Everything you need to know about the man who turned balls into cats

Everything you need to know about the man who turned balls into cats

  Images courtesy http://www.vikrmn.com/2015/11/sanskarijamesbond-memes-vikrmn-guruwithguitar.html This is a time when all citizens need to be alert and attentive. The government is issuing many guidelines. The police are extremely active. We have fallen far, and there is much work to be done. No government tool is being left unused in order to uplift us. Led by Pahlaj…

यह वक़्त कठिन जरुर है पर स्थाई नहीं, इसका गुज़रना निश्चित है: कुमार प्रशांत

यह वक़्त कठिन जरुर है पर स्थाई नहीं, इसका गुज़रना निश्चित है: कुमार प्रशांत

लगातार तर्कशील एवं प्रगतिशील ताकतों पर हो रहे हमलों के विरोध में १ नवम्बर को दिल्ली के मावलंकर सभागार में आयोजित ‘प्रतिरोध’ नामक सभा में कुमार प्रशांत ने अपनी बात रखी। प्रशांत ने आपातकाल के भारत को याद करते हुए मौजूदा समय में व्याप्त असहिष्णुता को एक ऐसा समय बताया जो कठिन तो है पर…

Occupy UGC: Education is our right and not a privilege

Occupy UGC: Education is our right and not a privilege

Students protesting the scrapping of non-NET fellowships given by the University Grants Commission are calling for a march and mass deposition from the UGC to the Ministry of Human Resources on 18th November, and an all India ‘Dilli chalo’ march on 9th December. Read their statement below: Today, students across the country in every college…

The Paris Attack

The Paris Attack

Newsclick asked Mireille Fanon-Mendès France for her response to the Paris attack, which has left 129 dead and more than 360 seriously wounded. Mireille Fanon-Mendes France is the president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation and the daughter of Frantz Fanon, and active on a variety of issues including the World Social Forum. Image courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks A Note…

“आज़ादी हमारा पैदाइशी हक़ है”: कृष्णा सोबती

“आज़ादी हमारा पैदाइशी हक़ है”: कृष्णा सोबती

लगातार तर्कशील एवं प्रगतिशील ताकतों पर हो रहे हमलों के विरोध में १ नवम्बर को दिल्ली के मावलंकर सभागार में आयोजित ‘प्रतिरोध’ नामक सभा में लेखक कृष्णा सोबती ने अपनी बात रखी. सोबती ने आज़ादी की लड़ाई के दौरान हुए संघर्षों को याद करते हुए वर्तमान समय में मौजूदा हालात के खिलाफ मुखर प्रतिरोध का…

Poem by Ananya Guha

Poem by Ananya Guha

History Four-walled history is a narrow path to names, action, fortunes. When ill treated, they take to rebellion turn the fates of others. When we twist and turn broken paths people rise in arms to besmirch hidden artefacts of truth and views that are not spoken. Write on the sands of time and history will…

Why can’t an academic deliver a lecture on secularism without police protection? – Romila Thapar

Why can’t an academic deliver a lecture on secularism without police protection?  – Romila Thapar

At Pratirodh, the Writers' Convention organised on 1 November 2015, Romila Thapar began with an anecdotal account of her recent lecture on secularism in Mumbai, a lecture for which she was advised to take police protection. She asks, “After sixty eight years of independence, is it not possible for an academic to give an academic…

संघ के मनगढ़ित इतिहास और बढ़ते सांप्रदायिक खतरे पर इतिहासकार इरफ़ान हबीब

संघ के मनगढ़ित इतिहास और बढ़ते सांप्रदायिक खतरे पर इतिहासकार इरफ़ान हबीब

लगातार तर्कशील एवं प्रगतिशील ताकतों पर हो रहे हमलों के विरोध में १ नवम्बर को दिल्ली के मावलंकर सभागार में आयोजित ‘प्रतिरोध’ नामक सभा में इतिहासकार इरफ़ान हबीब ने अपनी बात रखी. हबीब ने इतिहास के साम्प्रदायिकरण में सत्ता की भागीदारी पर चर्चा की. हबीब के शब्दों में, “ जब भी कोई फ़ासिस्ट शक्ति बढती…

The Shivaji Legend

The Shivaji Legend

    This little book has a remarkable history. Titled Shivaji Kon Hota? in the original Marathi, Who was Shivaji? is based on a popular speech delivered by one of Maharashtra’s foremost Communist leaders, the late Govind Pansare, in Kolhapur – an important centre of Maharashtra’s anti-Brahman movement, on 11 May 1987. In his speech,…

Blank Space

Blank Space

  You might be puzzled by the strange title of this note on curtailments to Constitutional freedom of speech in the judgement on a recent case. I wish to emphasise my disdain at the Supreme Court’s judgement in Devidas Ramachandra Tuljapurkar v. State of Maharashtra & Ors. Criminal Appeal No. 1179 of 2010. It is…

Statements of filmmakers who have returned their National Awards

Statements of filmmakers who have returned their National Awards

25 filmmakers and film professionals, including Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, Arundhati Roy, Ranjan Palit, Sanjay Kak, Pradeep Kishen returned their National Awards at the Press Club in Mumbai in protest of state sponsored violence and aggressive interference in academic and cultural institutions. Here are their personal statements: Virendra Saini I am returning this award in…

असहमति पर बढती हिंसा अकल्पनीय: उदय प्रकाश

असहमति पर बढती हिंसा अकल्पनीय: उदय प्रकाश

न्यूज़क्लिक ने हिंदी के वरिष्ठ लेखक उदय प्रकाश से अनेक लेखकों द्वारा साहित्य अकादमी पुरस्कार लौटाए जाने पर चर्चा की. इसकी शुरुआत उदय प्रकाश ने एम.एम.कालबुर्गी की हत्या के विरोध में पुरस्कार लौटा कर की थी. उदय प्रकाश  ने बताया कि वर्तमान समय में अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी पर जो लगातार हमले किए जा रहे हैं…

“The current political dispensation headed by the Prime Minister is mandating an atmosphere of violence and fear…”

“The current political dispensation headed by the Prime Minister is mandating an atmosphere of violence and fear…”

In light of the recent spate of killings of noted writers and intellectuals M. M. Kalburgi, Govind Pansare, and Narendra Dabholkar, and the Dadri lynching incident followed by forced nation-wide attempts at cultural policing, we feel that the current political dispensation headed by the Prime Minister is mandating an atmosphere of violence and fear. The…

November 1, 2015: Gujarati writers condemn intolerance, call for rational thinking and free speech

November 1, 2015: Gujarati writers condemn intolerance, call for rational thinking and free speech

                    Courtesy Times News Network On the birthday of murdered rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, writers from Gujarat condemned the sedition charge against a folk singer from Tamil Nadu. The writers also condemned and the attack on publishers of rationalists in Bangladesh. The full text of the statements can be read here: We feel shocked to read…