From a Young Girl Who Believes in Humanity

From a Young Girl Who Believes in Humanity

Dina Abedrabo Abu Shtayyah, ‘Tomorrow Palestine Will be Free’ / Pinterest  Friends, I write to you as a 15 year old young Palestinian girl who is using her voice to speak for those who can’t– those living in sadistic, inhumane conditions, those who simply need attention, compassion and sympathy from you. I am writing this…

कैराना का खुला भाजपाई फर्जीवाड़ा अब सामने है

कैराना का खुला भाजपाई फर्जीवाड़ा अब सामने है

चार्वाक Courtesy: Indian Express साक्षी महाराज या साध्वी प्राची जैसे नफरत की आग उगलने वाले लोगों की बेलगाम बातों को अब तक भाजपा उनकी व्यक्तिगत राय बता कर दिखने के लिए खुद को दूर करती रही है। हालांकि अब सब जानते हैं कि ये बेलगाम हिंसक बयान किस राजनीति का हिस्सा हैं, लेकिन अब वह…

The Use and Abuse of History

The Use and Abuse of History

A number of intellectuals, civil society groups and activists came together at a two-day conclave on the theme “Idea of India: Two years of P.M. Modi, State of the Nation” at New Delhi’s India International Centre on May 23 and 24, 2016.  Here, historian Mridula Mukherjee addresses a panel on “The Use and Abuse of…

Three Bills and Ensuing Tensions

Three Bills and Ensuing Tensions

Manipur, “the land of jewels”, has witnessed conflict that is “as old as the hills in Manipur”. A recent point of contention is the introduction of three new anti-migrant bills that have furthered tensions between various ethnic groups and tribes, divided by the hill regions of Manipur and the valley. Although the bill strives to…

Yes, the Adivasi Will Not Dance!

Yes, the Adivasi Will Not Dance!

Statement from the Indian Writers’ Forum Lalgarh / Wikimedia Commons June 19, 2016 The award winning writer, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, has given us insights into the conditions of Adivasi life, both as a medical officer posted at the additional public health centre in Beldanga block of Pakur district in Jharkhand, and as a questioning, truth-telling creative writer….

Press Statement against ‘Beat Wives Lightly’

Press Statement against ‘Beat Wives Lightly’

All India Democratic Women’s Association AIDWA stands in solidarity with Pakistan’s women who reacted strongly to the statement made by Pakistan clergy to “Beat wives lightly” as a violation of the fundamental rights of women. We also condemn similar derogatory remarks by people holding public offices in India. We protested when the Women and Child…

Death of My Newspaper Hawker

Death of My Newspaper Hawker

Monoranjan Thakur Amrita Sher-Gil, ‘Hungarian Village Church’ / Lifestalker My morning is faster than the seven horses of the chariot Sun, But only my newspaper hawker brings the day’s excitement and fun! Waiting for whom eagerly at the front door, As the country roads bend in the far. Do you know my fragile looking brother?…

As the Truth Unfolds

As the Truth Unfolds

Ananya S. Guha Pablo Picasso, ‘Barcelona Rooftops’ / Museu Picasso Everyone is talking about the results of the elections to four or five state assemblies. Some have gone into a rigorous analysis about the victory of the BJP and the AGP in Assam, the Congress loss and the decimation of the Left Front in West…

As We Remember Eleanor Zelliot

As We Remember Eleanor Zelliot

Ananya Vajpeyi Eleanor Zelliot, October 7 1926 – June 5 2016 / Carleton.edu   The recent death of American Ambedkar scholar Eleanor Zelliot is another reminder that scholarship about India has been the work of many minds, some Indian, others foreign. The field of Maharashtra Studies alone, for example, is impossible to imagine without the…

Extract from Words Matter: Writings Against Silence

Extract from Words Matter: Writings Against Silence

India prides itself in a rich tradition of diversity, dialogue and debate. Our democracy draws its sustenance from this tradition. Myths, texts and systems of faith and thought have been cherished, revisited and also challenged. They have often inspired imaginative versions through oral retellings and local adaptations. The dynamism of Indian culture has kept it…

Achhe Din: Four Poems

Achhe Din: Four Poems

Soibam Haripriya ‘Typewriter Talks’, Shoili Kanungo, Image courtesy the artist   Dystopia or Acche Din A meat for a meat That is the new law A meat for a meat A slaughter for a slaughter That is the new law Ram’s rajya is dystopia Sita’s blood is the colour of earth Ram’s rajya is dystopia…