The Gopalaswami Panel Recommendations: Teaching a Regressive Science in Sanskrit

The Gopalaswami Panel Recommendations: Teaching a Regressive Science in Sanskrit

ICF speaks to Satyajit Rath and Prabir Purkayastha Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 'The Blind Leading the Blind', 1568 / Wikimedia Commons Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani has presented students and teachers of science and technology with a tool to 'facilitate' their studies: the Sanskrit language.  The purpose of teaching Sanskrit in institutions such…

Where Fear Stalks the Land

Where Fear Stalks the Land

Jahar Kanungo ‘An All-Woman Boat’ / Photographs courtesy Shyam Banerji That night, across the river, shadowy figures huddled together. The small flickering flame of a tin kerosene lamp passed from hand to hand. Despite the dim light, some of the figures were, clearly, women. The sky was cloudy. The river was in high tide. The…

How Do We Help the Arts Flourish?

How Do We Help the Arts Flourish?

ICF Team Maqbool Fida Husain, ‘The Birth of Buddha’ / mfhussain.com In a country as diverse as India, the arts – part of our living, breathing culture – must flourish too, like multiple streams that occasionally flow into the same vast ocean. The creative practice of the arts, whether it is “high culture” or “popular…

Book Extract: from The Partition of Bengal: Fragile Borders and New Identities

Book Extract: from The Partition of Bengal: Fragile Borders and New Identities

Debjani Sengupta At a time of increasing communal polarisation, we present an excerpt from Debjani Sengupta's The Partition of Bengal: Fragile Borders and New Identities (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which looks at the Noakhali riots and Mahatma Gandhi's efforts to placate communal tension. The Noakhali Riots and the Mahatma The Place Noakhali (1,658 sq. miles)…

Also in the News: Kashmiri Student

Also in the News: Kashmiri Student

Basharat Ali Mark Rothko / Artsy.net A Kashmiri student studying in India finds a mention in the news these days. For raising slogans, for cheering for his favourite cricket team, for not cooking beef, or, for simply being a Kashmiri student in India, anywhere in India. This Kashmiri student is not one individual but numbers…

‘As your culture has not…’

‘As your culture has not…’

From the Bahujan Intellectuals' Initiative: As your culture has not allowed me to drink water, your culture has not allowed me to have food, your culture has not allowed me to cover my body, your culture has not allowed me to shelter myself, your culture has not allowed me to walk on the street, your…

Indian Mirrors

Indian Mirrors

Vijoo Krishnan The author in Odisha The First Dwellers There were sixty children squeezed into a room which could, at best, accommodate thirty.  The room was in the Government Primary School.  The teacher said he had Class I to Class V.  He was teaching them to sign their names so they could be counted among…

Remembering the Real Ambedkar

Remembering the Real Ambedkar

ICF Team Image courtesy Sabrang Celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti this year has to go beyond the usual formal gestures. On his 125th birth anniversary, we need to recall—and renew—the challenges Dr. B.R. Ambedkar made to a caste-ridden Hindu status quo. We also need to hold fast to the vision he had for an equal India. Remembering…

Ambedkar and Freedom

Ambedkar and Freedom

Professor Sukhadeo Thorat—economist, former head of the University Grants Commission and chair of the Thorat Committee, constituted in 2006, which found evidence (pdf) of widespread harassment of students from the scheduled castes and tribes at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi—spoke recently at JNU’s Freedom Square on Ambedkar’s ‘nationalism’, his concerns about…

Anhad Women Convention, October 2015

Anhad Women Convention, October 2015

Act Now For Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) organised a Women Convention on October 2-3, 2015, in New Delhi. A report on the convention prepared by Shyamolima Ghosh Choudhury, titled 'Challenges Before Women in Contemporary India', can be accessed here (pdf). We have compiled a playlist of videos of those who addressed the convention, uploaded by…

The NCPUL’s Attack on Free Speech

The NCPUL’s Attack on Free Speech

Rahman Abbas The form currently in contention. Courtesy Rahman Abbas. On March 17, 2016, Kolkata-based Urdu poet and writer Professor Shahnaz Nabi shared an alarming document with other Urdu language writers—a form she had received from the National Council for the Promotion of the Urdu Language (NCPUL), which operates under the Ministry of Human Resources…

A Portrait of Dontha Prashanth

A Portrait of Dontha Prashanth

Anisha Seth Image: The News Minute Dontha Prashanth patiently answers questions about everything that has happened in the six days he spent in jail, and the events that led up to it. But there is a small part of that story, which he glosses over: an emotional moment when his father came to visit him….

What A Shame!

What A Shame!

Prof. Shreya Bhattacharji; (Sourced from CUJ page, Facebook) Ananya Guha Well now you can’t speak, you can’t even invite speakers to your university. You’ll be rewarded, or awarded, with a suspension letter. Suspending a teacher has procedures, doesn’t it? There is I think something called charge sheeting, though I’m very slow with the rules. But…