How Should Rape be Reported?

How Should Rape be Reported?

The 2012 Nirbaya gang-rape case, as it is popularly known as, had led to intense discussions on how sexual assault must not be reported by media. There has been a rise in the coverage of sexual assault cases by the Indian media since 2012 and it has given rise to discussions around violence against women….

Aamhi Saare Pansare

Aamhi Saare Pansare

Comrade Govind Pansare, a rationalist, communist and leader of the masses was shot by members of a right-wing organisation on 16 February 2015. He succumbed to the injuries and died four days later. Newsclick covered a daylong event in Kolhapur on his second death anniversary. Comrade Pansare wrote extensively on a range of subjects, including…

Freedom, Justice & Resistance in Kashmir

Freedom, Justice & Resistance in Kashmir

  In a conversation with the Indian Cultural Forum, Sahba Husain, activist and researcher, and Gautam Navlakha, human rights activist, talk about why Kashmir is seen as integral to the Indian psyche, the role of the state in the militarisation in Kashmir, the language used when talking about resistance in Kashmir, and how impunity for the…

When Bodies Speak

When Bodies Speak

A woman clothed. Then stripped, so she is just a woman’s body; bare skin on which battles are fought for power in all its guises, from honor to state security. What happens when this woman’s body speaks? What is its language? And can such a language live apart from the vocabulary of politics?  Here stands a…

Talk by Martin Macwan from All India Socialist Youth Conference

Talk by Martin Macwan from All India Socialist Youth Conference

All India Socialist Youth Conference | अखिल भारतीय समाजवादी युवा सम्मेलन was organised by Rashtra Seva Dal, Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari and Lokayat between 21 and 22 January 2017 in the Rashtra Seva Dal Campus, Pune. It is in continuation with the efforts to build unity of Democratic Socialists across the country as a step…

Will Valentine’s Day Soon Be Wiped from Public Memory?

Will Valentine’s Day Soon Be Wiped from Public Memory?

It is not surprising that the right-wing ruling class is usurping Valentine’s Day and stigmatising the celebration of love by Hindu-ising the day. The Directorate of Public Education of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Chhattisgarh government has issued notices to schools, directing that February 14 be marked as “Matru-Pitru Diwas” (Mother-Father Day) to inculcate “bharatiya sanskriti”,…

What Does it Mean to be Inclusive? 

What Does it Mean to be Inclusive? 

Inclusiveness has taken many forms in India, but now it has become a rallying cry because it is under attack. May I give you my own understanding of how it became an integral part of our modern identity and came to mean ‘We Indians’. Now that we are being told that India means 'We Hindus',…

F U Kalluri: Going, going… gone?

F U Kalluri: Going, going… gone?

  Exchange of SMSs between Kalluri and advocate Piyoli upon demanding security for Bela Bhatia / DailyO   On 2nd February, IG SRP Kalluri wrote on a Whatsapp group, “Bela Bhatia wins.” He has been asked to go on “long leave” by the Chhattisgarh State government. It appears that the reign of Kalluri may be…

Cultural Resistance through Carnatic Music

Cultural Resistance through Carnatic Music

Performance is clearly a potent medium for spreading and making accessible what otherwise might be problematic and unpopular1. This is exactly what T.M. Krishna attempted to do with his video performance on the issue of the common property (Poramboke land). This song is addressing the common lands being taken over by the state and being…