The Attack on Indian Americans

The Attack on Indian Americans

When Narendra Modi sat in the wilderness of American political opinion, sections of the NRI community came to his defence. Graphic human rights reports on the pogrom in Gujarat had turned the US State Department against Modi. He was denied a visa to enter the United States. It did not help Modi that there was clear…

Unholy War

Unholy War

Men have gone to war since time began, for conquest, for plunder, for glory, for keeping muscles in trim and adrenalin flowing. In the Hindu caste system which divided people and conferred status according to their occupations, the warrior ranked second highest in the hierarchy of caste. War is central to our epics. Go to…

‘Does it help to have a woman editor cut a blatantly sexist film? Not so much.’

‘Does it help to have a woman editor cut a blatantly sexist film? Not so much.’

Our ongoing series of interviews with a number of women we admire – teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees – all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields, discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life.  We hope you like these heartfelt discussions.  Stay tuned for more!             Lara Bhalla Homemaker,…

Nobel Laureate Writes to MS University

Nobel Laureate Writes to MS University

Earlier this year, Maharaja Sayajirao University, (MSU), Baroda in its official diary of the year 2017 credited sages for their contribution to science. They have credited sages for the discovery of rockets and aeroplanes. The June 2017 page says “Maharshi Bhardwaj discovered Rockets and Aeroplanes”. February page has Acharya Khanad credited for developing “Nuclear Technology”. Sushrut…

Women We Admire: Mridula Koshy

Women We Admire: Mridula Koshy

On our latest in the Women We Admire series, we have an interview with Mridula Koshy. She is the author of two novels — Not Only the Things That Have Happened and Bicycle Dreaming, and a collection of short stories — If it is Sweet — which won her the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. In the first part of the interview,…

A Brain for Chetan Bhagat

A Brain for Chetan Bhagat

Soon after the ABVP's recent attack on students and teachers at the Delhi University's Ramjas College, Chetan Bhagat waded thickly into the mix as is his wont. One of our readers, a former member of the ICF collective responds: And here is the most distasteful article, written by someone who never made it to DU,…

Remembering Bhagat Singh

Remembering Bhagat Singh

On the day Bhagat Singh became a martyr, we share this interview with Chaman Lal. While many of us do recognise Bhagat Singh as an icon of India’s freedom struggle and national movement, many know little of what he did, and then juxtapose his contributions in the current political scenario. Here, D. Raghunandan of Newsclick speaks to…

Attacks on Writers and Scholars Continue

Attacks on Writers and Scholars Continue

    What does a writer and theatre personality, a professor fighting for justice for a slain RTI activist, a filmmaker questioning Hindu rituals, a young dalit student and writer questioning the system of caste, and an eminent academic of Vachana literature have in common? All of them have faced the wrath of the right-wing…

Why Yogi Adityanath is the “Ideal” CM

Why Yogi Adityanath is the “Ideal” CM

Yogi Adityanath has been announced as the CM of Uttar Pradesh. BJP has chosen its ‘’best’’ to govern the biggest state in India. Yogi Adityanath has several criminal cases against him. Some of the charges include rioting, attempt to murder, carrying deadly weapons, endangering life or personal safety of others, unlawful assembly, trespassing on burial places…

JNU to Researchers – We Don’t Need You

JNU to Researchers – We Don’t Need You

Delhi High Court rejected the petition against UGC guidelines, 2016. This has drastic implications for the students who want to get enrolled in research programs like M.Phil and Ph.D. Now that the guidelines will have to be followed, the seats in various departments and centers will drastically reduce. This leaves future of many students, already…

Some Fine Photographs by Derek Walcott

Some Fine Photographs by Derek Walcott

Let me take you to the Derek Walcott poem most on my mind these days and then we will continue our conversation: Midsummer, Tobago Broad sun-stoned beaches. White heat. A green river. A bridge, scorched yellow palms from the summer-sleeping house drowsing through August. Days I have held, days I have lost, days that outgrow,…

Poem by Maaz Bin Bilal

Poem by Maaz Bin Bilal

In our own lifetimes? Of another people, in another part of the world, or its many parts? Will they be vaporised, or chemical-fried, once already demonised, hung-up, lynched,  raped, crucified, shot to death, hounded in and out, blockaded, terrified? Will their children die, torn out of wombs, or drowned in the seas, bombed on beaches…

Derek Walcott’s Nobel Prize Lecture

Derek Walcott’s Nobel Prize Lecture

Felicity is a village in Trinidad on the edge of the Caroni plain, the wide central plain that still grows sugar and to which indentured cane cutters were brought after emancipation, so the small population of Felicity is East Indian, and on the afternoon that I visited it with friends from America, all the faces…

Against Caste-Based Oppression in Academic Institutions: A Press Conference

Against Caste-Based Oppression in Academic Institutions: A Press Conference

These are excerpts from the  press conference called on 15th March on the ongoing caste based oppression in educational institutions. Dalit and Adivasi students, both research scholars and academicians, are victimised in institutions. From the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula to the suicide of J. Muthu Krishnan from JNU, discrimination continues unabated. There has to be…

Empire and the Overpass

Empire and the Overpass

The sea has been on the move in Karachi. Over the decades, as the city has burst its seams, it has moved farther and farther away into the distance. If you arrive very early in the morning at the beaches closest to the city and drive out until the road ends, you can sometimes see…

Yatharth

Yatharth

Yatharth is a newspaper brought out by the students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce independently. The content of this issue was supposed to be published as The Critique, brought out by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. According to reports, the Principal of the college wanted a report on…

A Strange Kind of Atavism

A Strange Kind of Atavism

This is the first time in the history of a chequered world, fraught with wars, cold wars and open animosity that a country has debarred people from seven countries to enter their nation, based exclusively on religion. This is rabid racism, and can only open more wounds. While the Mexican expression is' refugees' a term not uncommon in India, the…

‘A woman should never stay behind a man; we must stay ahead of them’

‘A woman should never stay behind a man; we must stay ahead of them’

  Our ongoing series of interviews with a number of women we admire — teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees — all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields, discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life.  We hope you like these heartfelt discussions.  Stay tuned for more to come!   From Mohenjo-Daro, first millennium BCE / via…

Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto

Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto

"…The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote.  To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust.  In every field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living. …My…

University Diary not for Hindutva Propaganda

University Diary not for Hindutva Propaganda

The Hindu right-wing has long been trying to propagate myth as facts about ancient India. Many of these alleged instances of past glory would be funny if it were not for the fact that both science and reason are injured by such propaganda, especially in educational institutions. The right-wing administration of the Maharaja Sayajirao University…

This Old World Is a New World and a Bold World for Me…

This Old World Is a New World and a Bold World for Me…

To commemorate International Working Women's Day, ICF kicks off a month-long series of interviews with a number of women we admire: teachers, journalists, musicians, artists, students, lawyers, startup employees — all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields — discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life.  We hope you like these heartfelt discussions.  Stay tuned for more to…

Women We Admire

Women We Admire

This Women's Day we bring you a collage of video interviews with a number of women activists, academics, intellectuals, writers, musicians, teachers… talking about their work.  This is the first in a month-long series of video and text interviews, so stay tuned!     The above clips draw from essays and interviews published in ICF,…

The Struggle for Gender Equality in Nagaland – It’s Complicated

The Struggle for Gender Equality in Nagaland – It’s Complicated

Nagaland witnessed a series of violent incidents over the inclusion of 33% reservation for women in their local body elections. Prabir Purkayastha, chief editor of Newsclick, spoke to writer, lawyer, and activist, Nandita Haksar on this matter. There are mainly two narratives regarding the issue. One claims that patriarchy is trying to reinforce itself in opposing the demand for reservation; the…

[Book Extract] Interpreting the World to Change It

[Book Extract] Interpreting the World to Change It

"Prabhat Patnaik, whose life and work this volume celebrates, is exceptional in many ways. While he is widely recognized as a brilliant economist with mastery over contending theoretical traditions in the subject, he made quite clear his predilection for and commitment to applying, developing and extending the Marxist approach. Known primarily as an economist of…

A Fan’s Open Letter to Sehwag

A Fan’s Open Letter to Sehwag

When I think of my growing up years, one memory that flashes in my mind is that of watching you rule the cricket ground. My generation did not get to see Bradman. Neither did we see Sobers or Gavaskar. We missed out on witnessing India become the world champion in ‘83. But we’ve seen Sachin….

How Many Wars

How Many Wars

How many wars were fought  Between India and Pakistan?  Except the red bloody tears Nothing else was floated in the war  Did Nehru taste the death?  Or did his relatives die? How many days did soldiers  Fight in the flagship of Kargil war?  Except the coffin boxes  Nothing else was found in the war The…

“Media Must Report the Truth” — Saeed Naqvi

“Media Must Report the Truth” — Saeed Naqvi

Many media houses reported the recent violence in Ramjas college in a biased manner. While it was clearly the ABVP that was attacking common students, it was claimed that both sides faced casualties. Such reporting was asserted as "objective journalism". It was clearly not truthful journalism. Senior Journalist Saeed Naqvi opines on what is objective…