“Cut through the system instead of cutting ourselves…”

“Cut through the system instead of cutting ourselves…”

​Githa Hariharan ​spoke to ​Tamil writer ​Bama on her ​groundbreaking ​work​ as a dalit feminist, and the difficulties she faced after the publication of her ​autobiography Karukku ​in 1992. ​Bama spoke of the lot of dalit women​, ​vulnerable on the ​three levels of caste​, gender ​and class​. They must build, she said, on the collective…

Book Extract: from Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

Book Extract: from Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

Harsh Mander’s latest book laments the erosion in the imperative for sympathy at both  state and individual levels. It is this erosion that is principally at the base of the vast inequities which afflict India. In this extract, Mander compares the traditions of pluralism and acceptance in India with those of Scandinavian nations – traditions…

Poem by Ananya Guha

Poem by Ananya Guha

does it matter what the caste is does a junkie need it you or me, up goes the ladder down goes the spine, body and all. someone commits suicide and you say it’s a somersault, he’s playing little games you say. so if there was a mass suicide (no not just farmers, boys and girls…

Indefinite Hunger Strike: Press Release by Joint Action Committee for Social Justice dated 21st Jan, 2016

Indefinite Hunger Strike: Press Release by Joint Action Committee for Social Justice dated 21st Jan, 2016

Courtesy Round Table India Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (UOH) 1. At a time when the legitimacy of Prof. Appa Rao to continue as Vice-Chancellor is in question, without attending to the protesting students who are on INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE, the absconding Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Committee met today (outside the campus) and issued…

“The Challenge is in the Individual becoming the Collective…”

“The Challenge is in the Individual becoming the Collective…”

ICF interviewed cultural commentator Sadanand Menon in the wake of attacks on writers, artists, scholars and citizens. Menon rued the lack of an active leftist resistance to rightwing forces sabotaging creativity and free speech in the country in recent years. He suggested that to combat Hindutva forces collectively, we need to address the fact that…

Resolution passed at the Panel Discussion on “Caste, Religion and Lived Culture” at Ambedkar University, January 20, 2016

Resolution passed at the Panel Discussion on “Caste, Religion and Lived Culture” at Ambedkar University, January 20, 2016

We — writers, scholars, students and teachers, assembled at the Ambedkar University, Delhi, on this day, January 20 2016, for the panel discussion on “Caste, Religion and Lived Culture”, during the release of the second issue of Guftugu,  organised by the Ambedkar University, and Indian Writers’ Forum — wish to record our anguish, shock  and…

If Not Now, Then When? If Not Us, Then Who?

If Not Now, Then When? If Not Us, Then Who?

Rohith Vemula, a bright, intelligent, young scholar from Hyderabad Central University, hung himself in his hostel room on Sunday, 17 January 2016. Hounded and ostracised by university authorities and the rightwing ABVP, after his participation in a protest the previous year, Rohith committed a suicide that seems to be no less than an institutional murder. “Dear Friends…

No More Deaths in Our Universities!

No More Deaths in Our Universities!

Image courtesy https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CY8oPVdUkAA19TD.jpg The death of Rohith Vemula, the dalit research scholar in Hyderabad who has committed suicide, raises many questions about the context in which our students are dying, not learning, in our universities. Three years ago there was a spate of students’ suicides — once again, mostly dalits. At that time the Andhra…

Kar Seva through Universities

Kar Seva through Universities

Courtesy Sabrang Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth (AVAP), founded by late VHP leader Ashok Singhal, recently organized a two day seminar “Shri Ram JanamBhoomi Temple: Emerging Scenario” in the Arts Faculty of the Delhi University starting on January 8, 2016. As the Head of the Peeth, Subramanian Swamy led the seminar. The venue was booked by…

Book Extract: from Sentiment, Politics, Censorship: The State of Hurt

Book Extract: from Sentiment, Politics, Censorship: The State of Hurt

In times when censorship is justified on grounds of hurting “Indian traditions” and “Indian culture”, the Indian Writers’ Forum is proud to present an excerpt from a book that critically engages with this state of hurt. It is a book that attempts to continue the debate on censorship, "but with a purpose to nuance it…

Occupy UGC Protest Against Scrapping of Non Net Fellowship! Fight Against Fund Cuts! Fight Against Privatization Of Higher Education!

Occupy UGC Protest Against Scrapping of Non Net Fellowship! Fight Against Fund Cuts! Fight Against Privatization Of Higher Education!

  13th January, 2:00pm It will be now 85 days since we began our agitation against UGC after it scrapped the Non NET Fellowships for the M.phil/Phd students. Soon the matter was transferred to the MHRD and since then even after several demonstrations at MHRD and our continued occupation at the UGC premises, there has…

Reject Hindutva, Embrace Insaniyat

Reject Hindutva, Embrace Insaniyat

Image courtesy http://hydlitfest.org/speaker/nayantara-sahgal-2/ As Guest of Honour at the recent Hyderabad Literary Festival, Nayantara Sahgal made a strong case for continuing resistance to the Hindutvadi goal of a Hindu rashtra. Despite writers, scholars, artists film makers and scientists raising their voices over the last few months, Sahgal said, “The danger is by no means over……

Creativity and Censorship: The Insider versus the Outsider

Creativity and Censorship: The Insider versus the Outsider

ICF covered a special session on creativity and censorship held in the recently concluded ILF Samanvay in Delhi. A R Venkatachalapathy hosted speakers T M Krishna, carnatic vocalist, Kannan Sundaram of Kalachuvadu Publications and Sharmila Seyyid, Sri Lankan author, in a session on how censorship of the state and non-state forces has jeopardised creativity and…

Indian History Congress: “Don’t break monuments, don’t incite religious sentiments”

Indian History Congress: “Don’t break monuments, don’t incite religious sentiments”

During the 76th session of the Indian History Congress held at the University of Gour Banga in Malda from December 27 to December 29, the Congress passed resolutions on the need to prevent the formulation of uniform syllabi across all universities, protect monuments, and stop the utilisation of monuments destroyed illegally (such as the Babri…

Free Saibaba Campaign

Free Saibaba Campaign

Courtesy Hindu, 3 January 2016 Dr. G.N. Saibaba’s wife Vasantha (third from right) and his mother Suryawathi (second from left) talking to CPI leader D. Raja during a protest against the re-arrest of Dr. Saibaba and contempt of court charge against Arundhati Roy, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

“There will be singing about the dark times…”

“There will be singing about the dark times…”

Faisal Abu Alhayjaa of the Freedom Theatre, Jenin, Palestine, and Sudhanva Deshpande of the Jana Natya Manch, Delhi, talk about a one-of-a-kind Freedom Jatha in India, an eleven-city street theatre tour starting December 18, 2015. Collaborating forces in commemoration of the founders of Janam and The Freedom Theatre, Safdar Hashmi and Juliano Mer Khamis respectively,…