JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent

JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent

Café Dissensus, Issue 24 Photo courtesy Haneefa Muhammed, via Café Dissensus Linked below are the contents of an issue of Café Dissensus from 2016, on the culture of dissent and protest politics in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Guest-Editorial: JNU and Its Traditions of Dissent by Malavika Binny Sedition in a Democracy by Meera Gopakumar Capitalising…

India Exclusion Report 2015

India Exclusion Report 2015

Image via Eoghan Bridge   "This is the second edition of the India Exclusion Report, for the year 2015. As with the first Report in 2013–14, the attempt of this highly collaborative, trans-disciplinary annual enterprise is to bring together experts from many fields—scholars, human rights and development workers, policy makers, and persons from disadvantaged communities—to…

Todo Bandhan

Todo Bandhan

Jagori Collective via Olakh's Grassroots Feminist Political Posters in India A two-part audio tape of feminist songs in Hindi popular with North Indian womens groups in India the 1980's. This collection of songs was produced by the Jagori collective in Delhi.  This tape has been digitised in public interest by sacw.net. Part 1 of the…

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume 2

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume 2

This volume includes: Part I: Dr Ambedkar in the Bombay Legislature (1927-1939) Part II: Dr Ambedkar with the Simon Commission (Indian Statutory Commission) Part III: Dr Ambedkar at the Round Table Conferences   Released by the Ministry of External Affairs.  Published by the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The works of…

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume I

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume I

This volume includes: Castes in India Annihilation of Caste Maharashtra as a Linguistic Province Need for Checks and Balances Thoughts on Linguistic States Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah Evidence before the Southborough Committee Federation versus Freedom Communal Deadlock and a Way to solve It States and Minorities Small Holdings in India Mr. Russell and the Reconstruction…

We Have No Orders to Save You

We Have No Orders to Save You

State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat  © Jogen Chowdhury In February 2002, Gujarat witnessed the worst incident of communal violence in at least a decade, a majority of whose victims were Muslims. While Indian government officials at the time estimated the loss of over 850 people, unofficial estimates pegged the toll at about…

Understanding Emerging Fascism In India

Understanding Emerging Fascism In India

K.P. Sasi Image courtesy Deviantart In recent times, there have been many discussions against the agenda of the communal fascists owing to recent events like the developments in FTII; twisted nationalism; rise in fabricated cases; human rights violations using draconian laws; developments in Chennai (IIT) against Dalits; the beef debate; moral policing; attacks on human…

Things the Left Needs to do Right

Things the Left Needs to do Right

Prabhat Patnaik Communism’s slide worldwide is due to its ambivalence towards globalisation and democracy. The Indian Left has shed that ambivalence, but it has no concrete alternative development strategy.  Exactly a century ago around this time, Vladimir Lenin was in Zurich completing a manuscript that would go on to become perhaps the most consequential book…

The Meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism

The Meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism

Etihas Video Magazine – Issue 4, April 2016 Nationalism and patriotism are popular subjects of discussion in India today as some zealous individuals try to test everyone else for their love for the nation or desh prem. Should a narrow definition or identity of Indian nationalism be imposed on everyone, or should our nationalism be…

Caught in an Irresponsible War

Caught in an Irresponsible War

A Fact-Finding Report from Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh's local communities continue to be the worst affected by the tussle between Maoist forces and the state machinery attempting to quell it. In this situation a group comprising of Sanjay Parate, Secretary State CPI-M, Vineet Tiwari, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies and CPI, New Delhi, Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University…

Main Chahta Hoon: Three Poems

Main Chahta Hoon: Three Poems

Indian Cultural Forum invited poet and scientist Gauhar Raza, who has published several volumes of poetry including Zazbon Ke Lau Tez Karun, for a reading of his poems in our studio.    مجھے یقین ہے  کبهی تو سورگ جهک کے پوچهتا ہی ہو گا، اے فلک یہ کیسی سرزمین ہے یہ کون لوگ تهے یہاں…

What Time Will Tell

What Time Will Tell

Ananya S. Guha  ©  Mir Suhail Qadri / via hystericalfeminisms.com I have never felt so lacerated inside — torn, guilty, angry, and hurt all within. But I know life will, or must continue; writers will write poems or stories and rave and rant at governments and people. What does Kashmir mean to me? Just a…

गुजरात में दलित विद्रोह – स्वागत, इस सामाजिक क्रांति का…

गुजरात में दलित विद्रोह – स्वागत, इस सामाजिक क्रांति का…

अरविंद शेष  image via catchnews गुजरात में दलितों का विद्रोह खास क्यों है? यह इसलिए कि जिस गाय के सहारे आरएसएस-भाजपा अपनी असली राजनीति को खाद-पानी दे रहे थे, वही गाय पहली बार उसके गले की फांस बनी है। बल्कि कहा जा सकता है कि गाय की राजनीति के सहारे आरएसएस-भाजपा ने हिंदू-ध्रुवीकरण का जो…

Poems on Kashmir

Poems on Kashmir

Ajmal Khan A T © Rollie Mukherjee, 'Porous Walls' / via maryscullyreports.com My Name is Kashmir My name is Kashmir  My name is not India  My name is not Pakistan too My name is Kashmir  and my name is Maqbool Butt My name is Afzal Guru  My name is Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani My name is Burhan…

Poem: The Extremes

Poem: The Extremes

​Susmit Panda​ Igor Mudrov, 'Walking in the Rain' / ego-alterego.com Again and again The thousand lips of the rain​.​ I had not yet learnt the alphabet; The voice against the parapet Was the raindrops'; A's drenched the trees, B's wet the bees; I shuddered under the frightening Ampersands of lightning; Sudden commas of breeze Paused…

‘In Manipur, everybody becomes a James Bond with a licence to kill’

‘In Manipur, everybody becomes a James Bond with a licence to kill’

Teesta Setalvad interviews Colin Gonsalves for Newsclick In this interview with Newsclick and Communalism Combat, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves discusses the significance of the Supreme Court's July 8 verdict on encounter killings in Manipur. Gonsalves has been closely involved in cases relating to the excessive use of force against the people of Manipur, especially in connection…

Transcendence, 7 blocks and an unfinished circle

Transcendence, 7 blocks and an unfinished circle

Sarover Zaidi Nasreen Mohamedi, Untitled / via alchetron.com Walking seven blocks in the rain for Nasreen Mohamedi and soaking in New York, I understood why grids are important to deal with the precariousness of life. For Mohamedi, this precarity, albeit not hinged on wealth or family, came from the form of her work. Working in categorical…

Songs of the Open Road

Songs of the Open Road

Neha Kirpal Tranquebar, 2016 Neha Kirpal writes on Salil Tripathi’s new book and speaks to the author. “Not all heroes are perfect. When you stray too far from myths and histories, the questions that emerge are often uncomfortable. You have to tread carefully; there are landmines. And that’s why it is safer to follow the…

Are you O, P, W or D.W.?

Are you O, P, W or D.W.?

Controlling Culture with the New Grading Weapon ICF Team Image via Cartoon Stock We have recently heard from the media of the Culture Ministry’s plan to “grade” artists and writers in the country so it can extend government patronage to those considered worthy of representing India at festivals and other events. … the Culture Ministry…

Freedom of Speech in the University

Freedom of Speech in the University

Partha Chatterjee Image courtesy https://medium.com/@montouche/a-collection-of-thoughts-on-the-perils-of-nationalism-816981f0b75f#.sxagk2mj4 "Even though from childhood I had been taught that the idolatry of the nation is almost better than reverence for God and humanity, I believe I have outgrown the teaching, and it is my conviction that my countrymen will truly gain their India by fighting against that education which teaches…

In the Dark

In the Dark

K. Satchidanandan Insha Malik, 14, on July 14 in Srinagar / AFP via Hindustan Times   (For the maimed and blinded children of Kashmir)   The sun was falling into the lake like the red leaf of a chinar tree. She walked, head bent, holding her grandpa’s arms, jingling her bangles to tickle her doll…

A Statement against Arbitrary Killings in Orissa

A Statement against Arbitrary Killings in Orissa

Press Release Shekhar Pawar, ‘Odisha Tribal Women 2’ / via Saatchiart.com The Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC), Odisha strongly condemns the killings of innocent persons including, daily labourers from the tribal and Dalit community of Kandhamal district by security forces (SOG) on 8th July, 2016 in the name of curbing Maoist forces. The organisation fights against state…

Poems for Kashmir

Poems for Kashmir

Ankita Anand Bird and fruits, 12th c. / Khanhhoathuynga   1. Cartographers Such a pretty map we have Some want to change that Irritants. But it's ok, it's all under control now We have foiled the attempts at redrawing Some collateral happened. They get really dark lead from somewhere, bonded too 2B or not, who…

Face/Off: The Unmaking of India in Bisada

Face/Off: The Unmaking of India in Bisada

ICF Team Image courtesy http://www.delhidailynews.com/news_image/1444371749dadri-lynching.jpg July 14, 2016: A local court in Surajpur directed the Greater Noida police to register a case of cow slaughter against Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi and his family under the UP Cow Protection Act, 1955. September 2015: A man was lynched by a mob in Bisada village near Dadri, Uttar Pradesh….

Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Image courtesy Vishwajyoti Ghosh & Niha Masih We the undersigned, express our grave concern regarding the current state of affairs in Kashmir. The disproportionate use of state violence on unarmed protesters in Kashmir reflects severe human rights violations. Setting aside the paramount concerns in terms of continuous interventions in the normal lives of the people,…

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान एक परदा है : बेजवाड़ा विल्सन

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान एक परदा है : बेजवाड़ा विल्सन

 Courtesy: Youth ki Awaaz हाल ही में सफाई कर्मचारी आंदोलन की ओर से आयोजित ‘भीम यात्रा’ डिब्रूगढ़ से शुरू होकर तीस राज्यों और पांच सौ जिलों से होते हुए दिल्ली में पहुंची। सबरंग इंडिया शुरू से ही इस यात्रा के साथ रही। यह देशव्यापी जागरूकता अभियान का समापन एक बड़ी रैली के रूप में हुआ…

Video: Burhan Wani’s Funeral in Tral

Video: Burhan Wani’s Funeral in Tral

The powerful spontaneous response from Kashmiris, especially the youth, to the killing of Burhan Wani raises several urgent questions. These need to be addressed by the Indian state, the army and security apparatus, and a variety of leaders and parties. Most of all, these questions and their context need to be understood, and the ways…

Perumal Murugan: A Parable of our Times

Perumal Murugan: A Parable of our Times

Writer Githa Hariharan talks to ICF and Newsclick about the Madras High Court’s judgment in the Perumal Murugan case. While the judgment is to be celebrated, literary merit cannot be decided by either mobs or courts; readers and citizens must be the arbiters of free speech.  See the full text of the judgment here.

انسانیٓت کا کس نے قتل کر ڈالا ہے؟

انسانیٓت کا کس نے قتل کر ڈالا ہے؟

Photo courtesy the author, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015 یہ کتنا عجیب ہے یوں کہنا کہ ہم طرقّی یافتہ وقت سے تعلق رکہتے ہیں. لیکن اگر غور کریں تو حیرت ہوتی ہے. ایسا گمان ہوتا ہے کہ ہم نےٓ دور میں صرف سانس تو لے رہے ہیں پر ہماری سوچ اور غوروفکر کرنے کی صلاحِیَت قدیم سے…

Imprisoning Minds

Imprisoning Minds

Amol Palekar translated by Paritosh Joshi Image courtesy Amol Palekar August 29, 1970: The Maharashtra Theatrical Performances Examination Board (MTPEB) banned Vijay Tendulkar’s play Gidhade (The Vultures), contending that its realistic portrayal of perverted socio-familial complications was unsuitable for a public performance. An extended battle led by the producer, Satyadev Dubey, and the director, Shriram…

Dalit and Adivasi Women Question Oppression

Dalit and Adivasi Women Question Oppression

Sujatha Surepally Impressions from the first National Dalit and Adivasi Women's Congress held on February 15-16, 2013, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Durga Bai / via gondtribalart.com We live in nature! We die in Nature! It's our life, if you occupy our land where should we go and how do we live? Whose…

In the Shadow of Fear: Communal Tension, Military Repression, Sexual Assaults in Bastar

In the Shadow of Fear: Communal Tension, Military Repression, Sexual Assaults in Bastar

All India People’s Forum Fact-Finding Team's Visit to Bastar  Courtesy AIPF Raipur, 12 June 2016: An 8-member fact-finding team of All India People’s Forum visited four districts of Bastar, Chhattisgarh between 8-11 June 2016. The fact-finding team found several incidents of communal violence against Christians as well as fake encounters, rapes, fake cases and arbitrary…

Negotiating an Undeclared Emergency

Negotiating an Undeclared Emergency

Pushkar Raj Jonathan Schellhardt, ‘Inhuman Malice’/armandohere.wordpress.com Last month, Hyderabad police registered a case against Prof. Kancha Ilaiah for writing an article in a Telugu daily titled ‘Is God not a democrat?’. The article questioned inequality in society and discussed the concept of god. For doing so the professor was reproached for insulting the sentiments of…

The Artist as Activist

The Artist as Activist

K. Satchidanandan Pablo Picasso, ‘Guernica’ / Museo Reina Sofia Theodore Adorno’s famous statement “Poetry is impossible after Auschwitz” beautifully sums up the inevitable impact of politics on art. The statement was certainly not literal. He must have meant that poetry – and art in general – can no more remain what it was; it cannot…