Ghazal, Nazm and then Some: Part I

Ghazal, Nazm and then Some: Part I

Aman Kumar, Shaista Anwar and Ilina Acharya With all the kerfuffle about Urdu lately, we wanted to share our pick of songs and poetry in that language – one of our languages. Whether each of us knows Urdu or not, it belongs to all of us – every word of every couplet; every line of…

Anand Teltumbde on Current Student Struggles

Anand Teltumbde on Current Student Struggles

The Malayalam weekly Madhyamam asked Anand Teltumbde, a writer, scholar of peoples’ movements, civil rights activist with CPDR Mumbai, inter alia, two questions relating to student movements. Here are his answers: Your article in the Economic & Political Weekly in October 2015 has succinctly captured the perils of raising memorials of Dr B.R. Ambedkar while…

Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

We strongly condemn the Chhattisgarh government and its police force for using intimidation and threats of a criminal case against academics and political activists investigating human rights abuses in the southern parts of the state, especially Bastar and Dantewada.  A fact finding team consisting of Prof. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Prof. Nandini Sundar,…

The Sanatan Dharma Recipe for Historical Writing and Research

The Sanatan Dharma Recipe for Historical Writing and Research

ICF speaks to Gopinath Ravindran The Indian Cultural Forum interviewed historian Gopinath Ravindran about the current establishment’s agenda for Indian historical research. Ravindran, who teaches at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, was Member Secretary of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) till he resigned halfway through his term in 2015. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons…

India Upholds Caste System at the U.N.

India Upholds Caste System at the U.N.

Amar Khade, Round Table India El Greco, 'Laocoön' / Wikipedia A compilation of news and commentary.  The United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, recently published a report on minority issues. The report was presented and discussed at the UNHRC on 15th March 2016. The mandate of the Special…

Naming the Muslim

Naming the Muslim

Sayori Ghoshal Johannes Vermeer, ‘A Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window’ / Old Masters Picture Gallery In the context of current debates, verbal and physical abuses and outright mob violence in the country, there is an accompanying change in the discourse and the discursive imagination of the “Muslim” in India. The “Muslim” has…

Poem for Manipur

Poem for Manipur

Ananya S. Guha dogged valley your ribs are a cage the sloping mountains riddle you with the heavy past their blues trace your body to the ancientness of myths and even as a new script is grafted onto your people you fast for justice and death those chains, those fetters binding you deep to the…

I am language

I am language

(Her Voice in First Person) Keki Daruwalla 1 I am language I don’t just speak I also hear. I must hear the street listen to the trapped air hissing up from under the flagstones; Keep my ears unplugged for the grind of the cane-crusher, rice-huller river and watermill; not to forget the friendly cry-and-chirp of…

I Am Not Your Data

I Am Not Your Data

Abhay Flavian Xaxa I am not your data, nor am I your vote bank, I am not your project, or any exotic museum object, I am not the soul waiting to be harvested, Nor am I the lab where your theories are tested, I am not your cannon fodder, or the invisible worker, or your…

State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh

State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh

On 14 January 2016, a combined team from Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) conducted a fresh fact-finding investigation in the Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh.  Initially the objectives of the fact-finding mission were to investigate cases of encounter killings, supposed “surrenders” by Maoists and…

Bhim Yatra

Bhim Yatra

The ‘Bhim Yatra’, a 125-day-long bus journey organised by the Safai Karamchari Andolan covered more than 35,000 km across 500 districts in the country’s 29 states.  It was launched on International Human Rights Day to commemorate B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, and culminated in Delhi at Ambedkar Bhavan on April 13.  The yatris are family…

JNU Students on Indefinite Hunger Strike

JNU Students on Indefinite Hunger Strike

Photographs: V. Arun Kumar Twenty students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, including students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, have sat on an indefinite hunger strike starting April 27, in protest against the actions of the High-Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC), and demanding that punitive action be revoked. The enquiry committee on April 25 fined Kumar Rs. 10,000…