In Conversation with Hasina Nat

In Conversation with Hasina Nat

We all know the importance of conversations. If they are freewheeling without any prejudices, these conversations are of a great importance. Our aim here is to bring voices and conversations that are not a part of our “main stream” media. We wish to raise uncomfortable questions in our discussions to benefit the viewers. There will…

पर्दे पर उभरता ‘प्रतिरोध का सिनेमा’

पर्दे पर उभरता ‘प्रतिरोध का सिनेमा’

सिनेमा के क्षेत्र में हमेशा से ही एक बड़ा तबका ऐसा रहा है जो हर तरह के दमन के खिलाफ अपनी आवाज़ बुलंद करता है. ‘ प्रतिरोध का सिनेमा’ इसी आवाज़ का एक साकार रूप है. इस आवाज़ को दबाने की कोशिश भी लगातार होती ही रहती है, और इसी दमन के प्रयास का एक…

My Protest

My Protest

© Sohan Qadri, Untitled / Tao Art   जब बाण लागियो तबै रोस जागियो – गुरु गोबिन्द सिंह Some time ago, I returned my Padma Shri award in protest against the rising religious intolerance in our country prompted by certain sections of the ruling political class and civil society. I was not alone in registering such…

What is to be done about Indian Universities?: Reflections from Concerned Teachers

What is to be done about Indian Universities?: Reflections from Concerned Teachers

The manner in which the state is intervening in higher education is causing concern and even alarm in the academic community. Both the unlamented UPA —II regime and the current NDA government have been remarkably similar in their authoritarian impatience to introduce wholesale changes without adequate or careful preparation. This position paper is the collective…

The Question of Language in Education

The Question of Language in Education

The Report of the Committee for Evolution of the New Education Policy displays neither rigour nor vision. Its introduction of a provision for instruction in the mother tongue up to Class 5 is to be welcomed, but its complete neglect of these languages in higher education will ensure that this cannot be implemented.    …

The BJP’s Fascination with a Dalit Icon

The BJP’s Fascination with a Dalit Icon

The Bharatiya Janata Party has revamped its Uttar Pradesh headquarters into a neat corporate-style office. There is Wi-Fi, an all-new digital library with block-wise electoral data of the State, election war rooms, and strategy rooms. However, the most engaging bit is the decoration in the large hall on the ground floor where press conferences and…

Report of the Committee to Enquire Into the Allegation of Differential Treatment of SC/ST Students in All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi

Report of the Committee to Enquire Into the Allegation of Differential Treatment of SC/ST Students in All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi

This report contains findings by a three-member committee constituted by the Government, and headed by Professor Sukhadeo Torat in order to probe into the matter of discrimation and differential treatment in the All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, one of the top medical colleges in the country. Students in the college belonging to…

“छोटे मुँह बड़ी बात”

“छोटे मुँह बड़ी बात”

कविता का एक सिरा समाज से जुड़ा होता है तो उसके दुसरे सिरे को व्यक्ति थामे रहता है। इसलिए अगर कविता को हम व्यष्टि और समष्टि के बीच एक रचनात्मक पुल कहें तो गलत न होगा। कविता एक मन (कवि के मन) से बहती हुई दूसरे मन (सहृदय के मन) तक जाती है। लेकिन इस…

Muzaffarnagar: Post Riot Assessment

Muzaffarnagar: Post Riot Assessment

This report assesses the conditions of the survivors of the Muzaffarnagar riots who live in abysmal "relief camps", along with the trauma of the violence they experienced. A team comprising thirteen members from various organnisations in the country, convened by the Centre for Peace Studies, visited the riot affected areas in 2013. This report also provides a comrehensive context…

Untold Story of Hindukaran (Proselytisation) of ADIVASI (TRIBAL) in DANG: A Report

Untold Story of Hindukaran (Proselytisation) of ADIVASI (TRIBAL) in DANG: A Report

Citizen’s Inquiry Committee: Digant Oza Harsh Mander Irfan Engineer Lakshmanbhai Rathore Prasad Chacko Ram Puniyani Rohit Prajapati Shabnam Hashmi Suresh Khairnar Uttambhai Parmar Contents Executive Summary Introduction Political Economy of Dangs The Sangh and anti-Christian mobilisation Shabri, the Kumbh and the pseudo-mythology of Dangs Voices from the Dangs: Testimonies The open Sangh-State Nexus Conclusion Annexures…

Excluding the people

Excluding the people

The masks came off soon after condoling writer Mahasweta Devi’s death. Unmasked, the right-wing pseudo-nationalists were on the prowl for their daily target. They found it in a play staged in the University of Haryana; the play was based on Mahasweta’s story, "Draupadi". The ABVP attack was to convince us that a story, a story…

Celebrating Ravan

Celebrating Ravan

As the rest of the country burns effigies of Ravan, the writer visits a Gond village in Maharashtra where the ten-headed king is worshipped as god.  It stands like the Trojan horse, clamped upon high iron wheels but sans the ominous boding of Greek subterfuge. A group of tribal men and women in colourful attire…

सांस्कृतिक अवमूल्यन की राजनीतिक साज़िश

सांस्कृतिक अवमूल्यन की राजनीतिक साज़िश

बोलने की आज़ादी पर बढ़ते हमलों के इस दौर में जो सबसे बड़े प्रश्न हमारे सामने खड़े हैं वह यह है की इन हमलों के सांस्कृतिक प्रभाव क्या होंगे और कितने घातक होंगे? सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्र अनिवार्य रूप से सामाजिक-राजनीतिक क्षेत्र से जुड़ा हुआ है, तथा इन हलकों में चल रहीं हलचलों की तरंगें सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्र…

“We Have No Orders to Save You”: State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat

“We Have No Orders to Save You”: State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat

The 2002 riots witnessed largescale violence, brutality and murder of Muslims in Gujarat. This report sheds light on the complicity and participation of the State. Human Rights Watch's findings show that the attacks were not only planned in advance, but also included the active participation of the police, and in close cooperation with the State government (Bharatiya Janta Party, BJP). 

Couplets by Basoo

Couplets by Basoo

  ಗಾಯಗೊಳ್ಳದೆ ಇರುವ ಜಾಗ ಇನ್ನೂ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಉಳಿದಿತ್ತು  ಇರಿದು ಹೋದವರ  ಜಾಗವನ್ನೇ ಹೊಸ ಚೂರಿ ಬಯಸಿತು  दिल में बची थी जगह थोड़ी और नए ज़ख्मो के लिए  फिर भी हर एक खंजर पुराने ज़ख्मो पे उतरता रहा ॥   ನನ್ನ ಬದುಕಿಸುವುದು ರೊಟ್ಟಿಯೇ ಎನಿಸಿತ್ತು  ನಿನ್ನ ಸಂಧಿಸುವ ತನಕ  दो वक़्त कि रोटी मिल जाए तो ज़िंदा रह सकूंगा  अपनी मुलाक़ात से पहले…

Untouchability and the Untouchables

Untouchability and the Untouchables

Testimony given by Bhagwan Das, Chairman, All India Samata Sainik Dal, and Ambedkar Mission society In the 36th Session of Commission on Human rights Sub-Commission on Prevention Of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, held at Geneva in August 1983 I am grateful to the chairman of the sub-committee for granting me an opportunity to present…

In Solidarity With Irom Sharmila

In Solidarity With Irom Sharmila

Irom Sharmila recently spoke at her first public event outside Manipur since the end of her remarkable sixteen-year long fast. The North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) organised a seminar on “AFSPA and the People’s Movement” at the Delhi School of Social Work on 30th September. The event took place to commemorate the iconic social…

“There are some who shoot the messenger; there are some who sue. The casualty in both cases is democracy.”

“There are some who shoot the messenger; there are some who sue. The casualty in both cases is democracy.”

At a time when corporatisation of the media in the country is virtually complete and organisations and individuals are being increasingly hounded for their perceived political and social dissent, there are still journalists and percipient writers who work overtime to bring riveting and incisive stories to readers that delve far deeper than mundane and insipid…

Report on the Struggle and Repression at Honda Motorcycles and Scooters Factory, Tapukara

Report on the Struggle and Repression at Honda Motorcycles and Scooters Factory, Tapukara

Workers Solidarity Center, Gurgaon-Bawal The struggle of 3000 Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) workers of Tapukara plant in Alwar, situated at the Haryana-Rajasthan border, in the face of brutal repression from the management-police-administration side, has emerged as an important and intense workers' struggle. As the workers saw commonality, forged unity across internal segmentation, initiated…