We Condemn the Central University of Haryana’s Clampdown on a Play based on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”

We Condemn the Central University of Haryana’s Clampdown on a Play based on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”

Mahasweta Devi with C.S. Lakshmi / Indian Express A stage adaptation of Mahasweta Devi's short story "Draupadi" by the Department of English and Foreign languages at the Central University of Haryana (CUH) was performed on September 21, to be met with hooliganism, media trials and, finally, an administrative clampdown. The event was organised in memory…

Ghazal: A Shriek About Kashmir

Ghazal: A Shriek About Kashmir

To Abir Bazaz, Javaid Iqbal Bhat, Hamzah, and all my Kashmiri brothers How do I see, think, dream, or speak about Kashmir? One more ghazal shall I tweak about Kashmir? Another bloody summer looms over the Dal, Wani’s died and been deified this week, about Kashmir. Vani is also "voice" in Hindi and Sanskrit, There’s…

Book Extract: Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

Book Extract: Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

We present here an extract from Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?, a collection of perspectives on the horrific night of February 23, 1991, when members of the 4 Rajputana Rifles regiment of the Indian Army gangraped women from the villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Indian Kashmir. The book includes survivor testimonies, medical records, accounts…

Standing up for Equal Rights

Standing up for Equal Rights

SAHMAT organised an evening of performances entitled "Article 14: Stand Up for Equal Rights" at the Mavlankar Hall in Delhi on 15th September, 2016. The performers included Ginni Mahi, a 19-year old singer whose Punjabi pop songs on B.R. Ambedkar have recently stirred up the music scene; Sheetal Sathe of the Kabir Kala Manch; Sanjay…

Two Delhi Poems

Two Delhi Poems

Delhi I There are "To let" signs but they don't let you in. This city of dreams is made of atoms of nightmares and shattered stars of the young. Admitting to none of this, cities hacked and stood watching. I had come here once gazing into a beloved’s eyes. Yes, the usual story: as outcasts,…

Dalits and the Holy Cow

Dalits and the Holy Cow

Ahmedabad, July 27 / NDTV An atrocity took place on 11 July 2016. In Una Block of Gir Somnath district, dominant caste youth attacked four dalits. The incident took place between the villages of Mota Samadhiyala and Bediya. The four dalits – Vasharambhai Balubhai Sarvaiya and his brother Rameshbhai Bhalubhai Sarvaiya as well as their…

Resistance is Existence

Resistance is Existence

Press Release from the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization On the walls of Ambedkar University Delhi, from a poem by Aharon Shabtai / Swati Gupta, sourced from Facebook The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization denounces the arrest of Khurram Parvez on the intervening night of September 15-16 at 12.30 a.m. from his house in Srinagar….

Tell the Tale, Urvashi

Tell the Tale, Urvashi

Translated by Bhupinder Singh Dalip Kaur Tiwana is one of the foremost writers in Punjabi today. She has published forty novels, seven collections of short stories, two autobiographies and a literary biography. The recipient of several awards, including the Padma Shri and the Sahitya Akademi Award, she retired as Professor of Punjabi and Dean of…

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

  "It's late, it's always late, in history it is always night, always the wrong time." — Octavio Paz, "Although it is Night"   What time is it in Kashmir? Time's a curse, time, accursed tongues Split into stones, mothers hurl curses, curses sit Lighter on their tongues than prayers reeling from gunshots When mothers give…

Remembering Ayyankali

Remembering Ayyankali

As India celebrates 70 years of Independence, the greatest battle that eludes the nation is the right to dignity for Dalits. From Una to deciphering the late Rohith Vemula’s caste, the deep undercurrent of not giving dalits their rightful place in the public sphere has left deep scars which we as a responsible nation conveniently…

Has It Been Love?

Has It Been Love?

It came to me as a WhatsApp message. The link to Arya Dayal’s throbbing rendition of the poem “Sakhavu” (“Comrade”). I was in the middle of work; it was way past midnight. And suddenly, the raw unplugged emotion triggered my underlying juvenile impulse. It was a welcome change from adult work: I sat down and…

Namo’s Readings

Namo’s Readings

  We reproduce here the text of a recent email from LeftWord Books / the Mayday Book Cafe.   We know a lot about Namo. We know of his incessant foreign trips, of his sartorial preferences, his love of his own voice.   But we don't know what he reads.   Namo's pal Barack recently…

Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Nefarious Agenda of the RSS

Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Nefarious Agenda of the RSS

An interview with civil rights activist and writer Anand Teltumbde, on the appropriation of B.R. Ambedkar by right-wing forces in the country. According to Teltumbde, the RSS believes in maintaining the supremacy of the upper castes, and wants to govern society on the basis of regressive texts such as the Manusmriti, whereas Ambedkar staunchly criticises the same. Teltumbde also discusses…

Video: Shanti March in Dharwad, August 30

Video: Shanti March in Dharwad, August 30

A rally was organised from the former residence of slain scholar Dr M.M. Kalburgi in Kalyan Nagar, Dharwad, to mark the first anniversary of his assassination. Geeta Dabholkar, Umatayi Pansare and Umadevi Kalburgi were present at the march, organised by the Dr Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabholkar Hatyavirodhi Horat Samiti. Various writers, activists and artists from around…

Poem by Saumya Baijal

Poem by Saumya Baijal

Henri Matisse, 'The Reader, Marguerite Matisse', 1906 / Hugbear   अख़बार   रोज़ सुबह अख़बार  आपसे मिलने से पहले खुद से मिलता है । रोज़ सुबह ख़ुद में कई बदलाव पाता  है ।   ख़बरें नहीं, शायद अब आंकड़े बताता है, आज ८०, कल ९० । इंसान के साथ न रह पाने की कमज़ोरियाँ, अलग…