Bezwada Wilson on Eradicating Manual Scavenging

Bezwada Wilson on Eradicating Manual Scavenging

This is a talk organised at Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD) in collaboration with Indian Writers Forum (IWF) on 'Eradicating Manual Scavenging: Join the Struggle'. Bezwada Wilson talks about the need to eradicate manual scavenging, the reasons given by the government for implementing demonetisation, its impact on the poor of the country and the lack of political will…

A State Without a Constitution

A State Without a Constitution

“We must state that we were aghast at the blindness to constitutional limitations of the State of Chattisgarh, and some of its advocates, in claiming that any one who questions the conditions of inhumanity that are rampant in many parts of that state ought to necessarily be treated as Maoists, or their sympathizers, and yet…

Demonetisation – A Poem

Demonetisation – A Poem

Cycle rickshaw-walas support demonetisation. Their earnings have halved. Some days they don't have any work. They think it will be over, soon. In a month or two, hopefully, they say. They are doing it for the country, right? Maybe they are. Mandi waalas support demonetisation. Their supplies are short. And what they have, is rotting….

What the Nation Really Needs to Know: Extracts from JNU’s Nationalism Lectures

What the Nation Really Needs to Know: Extracts from JNU’s Nationalism Lectures

The massive outbreak of protests in February 2016, in the wake of sedition charges being filed against some students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, took the form not only of sloganeering, human chains and streetplays, but also a lecture series on nationalism, attended by thousands of students, every day for almost a month. To mark the first anniversary of the attack, the…

An Open Letter to the PM of Pakistan

An Open Letter to the PM of Pakistan

20/1/2017 From                                                                                                                                    Rahman Abbas Mumbai   To MR. PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF       SUBJECT: Appeal to ensure safety and release of disappeared poet and bloggers.   Dear Sir,   I’m an Indian Urdu novelist and have frequently spoken against fanatic elements in my own country when they have indulged in…

National Campaign against the delay in Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murder case

National Campaign against the delay in Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murder case

  डॉ. नरेंद्र दाभोलकर यांच्या खुनाला 20 जानेवारी रोजी 41 महिने पूर्ण होत आहे. महाराष्ट्र अंधश्रध्दा निर्मूलन समितीच्या वतीने किमान जिल्हा स्तरावर तरी आपापल्या परीने धरणे आंदोलन करून मा. मुख्यमंत्री यांना द्यावयाचे निवेदन संबंधित जिल्हाधिकारी किंवा पोलीस अधीक्षकांना द्यावयाचे आहे. तसेच 20 फेब्रुवारीला कॉम्रेड गोविंद पानसरे ह्यांच्या खूनाला दोन वर्षे पूर्ण होत आहेत. ह्या पार्श्वभूमीवर…

Learning from John Berger

Learning from John Berger

In the past weeks so many persons around the world are together in remembering John Berger — as though he were a friend, almost as though we are all friends. As though in this mourning there is some elation reminiscent of another time and another life when it was possible to pronounce the word solidarity without…

From Khairlanji to Kopardi, a Poem by Neeraja

From Khairlanji to Kopardi, a Poem by Neeraja

  From Khairlanji to Kopardi via Dilli, Mumbai, and any other desolate spot in a town or village. Only the names of places keep changing. Flags of power are thrust into my moist, protected yoni. And making candles of these, morchas are taken out, discs of news played, blaring out proofs of cruelty. Which is a woman’s caste,…

“The Ambedkarite movement in India is about the power of articulation”

“The Ambedkarite movement in India is about the power of articulation”

Professor Y. S. Alone, along with four other teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has been served a legal notice from the administration. He has been persuaded to not address students at the Administrative Block in JNU. ICF's Anubha Rana recently interviewed Professor Alone on the possible ways of creating alternative politico-cultural spaces in academic institutions. Watch the video…

NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar

NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar

7 January 2017 Interim order validates WSS complaints WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-­Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar, the Commission has held…

Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein

Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein

Indian Writers' Forum along with several organisations (Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Pragitisheel Lekhak Sangh, IPTA, Jan Sanskritik Manch, Kalam Sanskritik Manch, Saajhi Duniya, Amit UP, Rajya Karamchari Mahasangh, Alag Duniya, U.P. Bank Employees Union, AITUC, PUCL, Mahila Federation, Neepa Rang Mandali, AIDWA) participated in 'Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein' on Wednesday December 28 at…

Demonetisation Is Another Dangerous Move

Demonetisation Is Another Dangerous Move

  'This is what subdivisional magistrates are ordering across rural India. It's the police that is maintaining order as the situation is riot-like at times.'   Last month we shared this interview with advocate and researcher Usha Ramanathan, published in Catch News, on our Facebook feed. In the interview Ramanathan comes out strongly against demonetisation…

Remembering Om Puri

Remembering Om Puri

Indian Cinema has witnessed a great loss with the death of one of its finest actors. Om Puri was known for his versatility, and the acute dedication with which he invested himself in preparation for every role. His innate talent was demonstrated in his early days, at the National School of Drama (NSD). Veteran actor…

The Lord Comes to My House

The Lord Comes to My House

The Lord comes to my house. Delivers the message from the bank, “My account is short of minimum balance.” Late in the afternoon, I get a call from the Seven Angels: I have sinned for not submitting my income tax on time. Ashamed of peer pressure, I drink, dance, and sing Merry Christmas from my rooftop….