Hey, She’s Awake

Hey, She’s Awake

Friday night, the naked lady sits in my apartment Thick grasses around her pudendum Dark weeds in her armpits Lizards in her hair I’m hungry, she says Slapping her stomach Caked with what looks like dried blood I can hear the hungry rumble For no reason I think of sinkholes I notice the blood-dripping lions…

“BSP is the only alternative at the moment to defeat the forces of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh”

“BSP is the only alternative at the moment to defeat the forces of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh”

Bhanwar Meghwanshi is an incisive and forthright contemporary voice of the progressive Dalit movement in Rajasthan.  He has untiringly participated in campaigns and movements across the country, creating awareness on communalism, casteism, gender violence, globalisation, displacement and so on. Born on February 25, 1975 in village Siridiyas in Bhilwara district into a Dalit weaver family,…

The Idea of the University

The Idea of the University

    Linked below are the contents of an issue of Café Dissensus on "The Idea of the University".  Guest Editorial: What ‘Use’ is the Liberal Ruse? Debating the ‘Idea’ of the University by Debaditya Bhattacharya Manufacturing Unfreedom: The Commoditization of Education by Prabhat Patnaik Neoliberal Savagery and the Assault on Higher Education as a Democratic Public Sphere by Henry A. Giroux Shadow-Images of…

Manipur Burns, Again

Manipur Burns, Again

    Manipur burns, again. If I take a walk  up the Kangla fort, what will I see? Will I still see women  selling vegetables in softly dressed attire? Will the market still make its humming bird sound? Or will I hear only  of buses burnt, the whiff of curfew, of human bondage? The skies once again…

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

The following statement from Nayantara Sahgal was read out at the programme "Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein" in Gandhi Bhavan, Lucknow, December 28, 2016: The dangers we face today come from the fact that this Government is destroying the meaning of India, and step by step, stealthily and openly, is converting our secular…

New MacDonald’s Has A Factory

New MacDonald’s Has A Factory

  New MacDonald’s has a factory Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh And on his farm, he has some beef Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh With no space to move here, and no space to move there Here a cut tail, there a hurt calf Everywhere a blood bath New MacDonald’s has a factory Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh. New MacDonald’s has a factory Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh And in his…

In Conversation with Bhagwan Das

In Conversation with Bhagwan Das

Mr Bhagwan Das was a reputed scholar on Ambedkarism and the issue of human rights of the Scheduled Castes. Widely traveled, Mr Das addressed throughout his lifetime, various national & international platforms on the conditions of dalits in India and the best ways of their emancipation. In freewheeling conversation with Vidya Bhushan Rawat, he speaks…

An Insistent Music

An Insistent Music

The music was always in our ears goose-stepping softly to a distant military tune but the madman who perches by the signal he could never hear it then another beat rose to reverberate in our guts drums and synthesizers in riotous processions from dusk to dawn, emptying the streets into the sea. the air thick…

Two Poems

Two Poems

                Stories We'll Tell our Grandchildren   We know now for certain that the world is coming to an end and that we are the bricks falling apart. Eighty years on when we sit with our grandchildren under a smoke-stung sky for a heavy medicated drink to keep…

फिदेल कास्त्रो : एक क्रांतिकारी जीवन का उत्सव

फिदेल कास्त्रो : एक क्रांतिकारी जीवन का उत्सव

  फिदेल कास्त्रो 90 वर्ष की उम्र में एक दीर्घ सक्रिय जीवन जीने के बाद २५ नवम्बर २०१६ को इस दुनिया से रुखसत ज़रूर हुए लेकिन वे करोड़ों – अरबों दिलों में हमेशा के लिए बसे रहेंगे। वे बेशक दुनिया के दूसरे सिरे पर मौजूद एक छोटे से देश के शासक थे लेकिन उन्होंने अनेक…

In the Name of Others

In the Name of Others

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee    In the Name of Others For Jo Cox, Orlando's queers, others I'm looking for you On this desert Island I wasn't wrong you are my people my neighbours – Tadeusz Różewicz, Conversation with a Prince, 1998 Each passing day, the clock turns its back on us. Time hangs on a murderer’s…

Report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad

Report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad

The tribunal was organized by the concerned teachers, writers, and lawyers of Hyderabad. It was chaired by Justice  K. Chandru (Retired judge, High Court Madras). Prof Govardhan Wankhede (TISS, Bombay) and Prof Ghanshyam Shah (formerly Prof, JNU) were the members. The brief to the tribunal was to examine the circumstances leading to the suicide of research scholar…

Winter Light

Winter Light

        It's afternoon, dark already at the cross roads, A sudden storm of bikers, men in leather, motors snarling, Flags spurt skywards I freeze in place at the metal barricade, the seam of sense unpicked, Brown body splayed. In the aftermath of light, what proof is there of love— Buoyancy of the…

Two Poems by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

Two Poems by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

  Undetected Bookworm Where are your valiant warriors and your priests, Where are your hunting parties and your feasts?                                                 – Abolqasem Ferdowsi Shahrukh, grandson of Tamburlaine who rode in triumph through Persepolis,  commissioned a Shahnama,  a Book of Kings. ‘Inscribe in letters of gold the glories of my ancestors. Thus let my story too…

Dying Art Forms, Static Traditions and Religious Mumbo-Jumbo: Puppeteer Anurupa Roy On Our General Ignorance

Dying Art Forms, Static Traditions and Religious Mumbo-Jumbo: Puppeteer Anurupa Roy On Our General Ignorance

“I recently had the misfortune of meeting a film maker who wanted to make a film about the “dying art of puppetry“. She said it is “common knowledge” that these artists “live in villages and are uneducated”. Gunduraju and Rajappa’s faces flashed before my eyes. These artists can recite between 60,00 – 100,000 verses from the epics…

Increased Attacks on Media in Modified India

Increased Attacks on Media in Modified India

Although the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression, legal protections are not always sufficiently upheld by the courts or respected by government officials. A number of laws that remain on books can be used to restrict media freedom. The sedition law, formally Section 124A of the 1860 penal code, outlaws expression that can cause…

Flawless

Flawless

Ankita Anand       द्रोण-दृष्टिकोण दोष  एकलव्य ने चरणों में रखा अंगूठा काट, तब पर भी नहीं हुई क्षुधा समाप्त। सदियों तक निरंतर होते रहे आघात, कभी अंगूठा रहित, कभी बनाया अंगूठा छाप।  द्रोण, यूँ कब तक माँग-माँग कर छोटे होते रहोगे, अबकी एकलव्य ने अंगूठा दिखा दिया, तो कहाँ मुँह छिपाते फिरोगे?                    …

Dakshinayan: The Long Path Towards Reason

Dakshinayan: The Long Path Towards Reason

A constant drumbeat broke through the murmuring of hundreds of voices, old and young, men and women. Margao, the cultural capital of Goa, had spent the last few weeks preparing to host hundreds of visitors from all over the country. For three days in November, the Dakshinayan Rashtriya Parishad was to organise the biggest demonstration…

Two Poems by Joy Goswami

Two Poems by Joy Goswami

Thousands of corpses, wars Rise towards the past Peaks tipped with frost Behind them the little houses sit Their lights on For the men they have lost * The last fatigue of hunger, salt, the last drop of sleep — War, the last sport Last-blood drips into the sky — gorged on blood The sun…

O Noble Men

O Noble Men

Translated by Kanupriya Dhingra Whether I die or someone else dies, Humanity dies after all Whether there is a war in the East or in the West Peace dies after all   How can it resolve any problem, you say? War is a problem in itself. It yields fire and blood today, Gives hunger and…

A Ghazal for Gaza

A Ghazal for Gaza

  In response to a video of the celebratory chants in Hebrew by some Israelis following the bombings in Gaza, which translate as: “No children are left there, Olé, Olé”.   Four young footballers were playing on the beach, When men went coursing, preying on the beach. They built castles high up into the skies,…

Challenges of Running Community Radio

Challenges of Running Community Radio

Gurgaon ki Awaaz is one of the radio stations arbitrarily issued a notice for carrying ‘objectionable and denigrating’ content on its radio station. The station director has issued this statement accepting the challenges of running a community radio station in a society where misogynistic language, even abuse, often creeps into discourse; this is worth a…

The Shadow Warriors

The Shadow Warriors

  On television studios they scream and shout. The crisscrossing visage grows long and short defacing the ugly patterns beneath a 1959 TIME cover that hangs on my 2016 minimalist wall A young Dalai Lama looks on in wonder, is he thinking of the mule he rode to India? The men, yes it's always the…