Kashmir Dialogue Drama!

Kashmir Dialogue Drama!

    The Modi Government wants to “engage with the youth”, the Mufti Government wants to have a “dialogue” with the people from Kashmir. Amidst all this pretence and drama, we see an inhuman video showing Farooq Ahmad Dar, a 24-year-old shawl weaver from Kashmir, strapped to the front of the army vehicle as a…

When Muslims Are Killed For Eating Beef, Let Us Remember What Food Means In Our Culture

When Muslims Are Killed For Eating Beef, Let Us Remember What Food Means In Our Culture

At a time when poeple are killed over their choice of food, the atrocities committed by gau rakshaks can be understood when it is seen from the significance that food has in our shared cultures. Our diverse food habits that encompasses strictly vegetarian recipes to various kinds of meat, comprise 'Indian Cuisine'. So says Sohail Hashmi in this talk. "If a culture…

AIDWA Demands Equal Rights and Violence Free Life for All Women

AIDWA Demands Equal Rights and Violence Free Life for All Women

ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION                                                                                                             Date : April 23, 2017   It has been widely reported in the press that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath plans to carry out a survey of Muslim women to ascertain their keenness to get rid of triple talaq. Muslim women and Muslim women's groups across the…

[Book Extract] Including the Socially Excluded

[Book Extract] Including the Socially Excluded

Policymakers and academics have viewed poverty—its definition and extent, causes for its persistence and ways to tackle it—as a source of concern for a long time. The subject of social exclusion and initiatives to encourage inclusion have recently emerged as responses to the continuing poverty in India. In Including the Socially Excluded, Rahul Ramagundam explores…

Turkey Referendum: Sultan Erdogan’s Constitutional Coup

Turkey Referendum: Sultan Erdogan’s Constitutional Coup

The April 16, 2017 referendum victory will give President Recep Erdogan wide-ranging and unprecedented powers that will undermine the Turkish republic. Prabir Purkayastha analyses the implications of the referendum for Turkey both on the domestic and international fronts. Despite similar authoritarian tendencies that bind Indian Prime Minister Modi and Erdogan, Purkayastha makes the point that…

Art as Evidence in Court Rooms

Art as Evidence in Court Rooms

Image Courtesy: KHOJ International Artists' Association Can art be provided as judicial evidence in court trials? The KHOJ international Artists Association and Zuleikha Chaudhari staged a mock trial with artists presenting evidences and lawyers arguing for and against the case of art as judicial evidence. This mock trial was staged at the constitution Club in…

Slaughter House Ban: Gainers and Losers

Slaughter House Ban: Gainers and Losers

The BJP’s massive majority in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections led to the anointment of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister. And in his very first pronouncement, the ‘Yogi’ ordered the ban of slaughter houses in the state. The argument made by the newly elected government was that these slaughter houses were not following the National…

Take Action: Palestinian Political Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

Take Action: Palestinian Political Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have launched a mass hunger strike starting 17 April 2017. The call for hunger strike came amidst resentment of Israeli’s cruel policies towards political prisoners. An estimated 1500 Palestinian prisoners have announced the beginning of an open hunger strike.  The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: family…

Census Disproves RSS Theories about Minorities

Census Disproves RSS Theories about Minorities

The communal forces have tapped into biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth to divide society. This is what Kiren Rijiju, the minister of state for home affairs, appeared to be doing when he tweeted that the Hindu population is decreasing in the country because Hindus don’t proselytize and that the minorities in India…

Theatre Today: Punjabi

Theatre Today: Punjabi

Atamjit Singh is a renowned Punjabi playwright and director. In 2009, he won the Sahitya Akademi award for his play, Tatti Tavi Da Sach. He returned the award in 2015 as a sign of protest against communal hatred and assault on writers and journalists. At the North Eastern and Northern Writers’ Meet, Singh spoke about…

The Nation Hangs its Head at Salik and Pahlu’s Murders – Rihai Manch Lucknow

The Nation Hangs its Head at Salik and Pahlu’s Murders – Rihai Manch Lucknow

सालिक और पहलू की हत्या पर शर्मिंदा है मुल्क – रिहाई मंच मोदी-योगी बताएं देश मनुस्मृति से चलेगा या फिर बाबा साहेब के संविधान से भाजपा शासित राज्यों में हिंदुत्ववादी संगठन चला रहे हैं समानांतर सरकार गौ हत्या के नाम पर देश की संसद को गुमराह कर रही है मोदी सरकार लखनऊ 7 अप्रैल. रिहाई…

Theatre Today: Hindi

Theatre Today: Hindi

Ravindra Tripathi is a renowned film and theatre critic who writes in Hindi. At the recent North East and Northern Writers Meet that was hosted by the Sahitya Akademi on 27 March, 2017, he presented a paper on the state of Hindi theatre in the country today. Later, we sat down with Mr. Tripathi to discuss…

Let the Poet Write of a Nation’s Protest 

Let the Poet Write of a Nation’s Protest 

It began when I stood beside fellow poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay, who, emotionally disturbed by Yogi Adityanath and his associates’ communally violent threats, wrote a poem on the subject and posted it on Facebook. In the last line, he wrote "Your trident would be covered by condom". An F.I.R was lodged against him by Arnab Sarkar,…

Some Findings on the Political Economy of Land Rights

Some Findings on the Political Economy of Land Rights

Dear all,  We are pleased to present findings from our research project on "The Political Economy of Land Rights and Federalism in the Fifth and Sixth Schedule Areas: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Meghalaya", which is a research collaboration between the Centre for Policy Research Land Rights Initiative ("CPR-LRI") and the Centre on Law and Social Transformation ("LawTransform"), as well as…

The Importance of Metaphor

The Importance of Metaphor

The attack on art, culture and social sciences has not subsided. Similarly discontent among writers and cultural practitioners has not dwindled. Poets Khalid Javed, Mangalesh Dabral and Anamika speak of the significance of poetry at such a time. They say that language and metaphor are great tools for expressing dissent.   Read Keeping Count of Dissenting…

Roundtable with Romila Thapar

Roundtable with Romila Thapar

We spoke to historian Romila Thapar in an attempt to uncover the historical background of dissent and debate in India, and how today, this tradition is aggressively being erased. The space for dialogue and discussion is shrinking in an ideological environment that increasingly shuns the practice of fundamental rationality. Watch it here:

From Samanvay 2016 – Speaking of Women: The Language of Control

From Samanvay 2016 – Speaking of Women: The Language of Control

Writer and publisher Ritu Menon, film critic Shubhra Gupta, independent journalist Neha Dixit, and lawyer and human rights activist Vrinda Gower in coversation about gender dynamics in thier respective fields. Watch ILF Samanvay 2015 Creativity and Censorship: The Insider versus the Outsider. Watch ILF Samanvay 2015 Dialoging Lives: Two Dalit Autobiographies. Watch ILF Samanvay 2015…

Law in the Time of BJP

Law in the Time of BJP

    Adityanath government launched ‘anti-Romeo’ squads in Uttar Pradesh. In the name of stopping eve teasing, police started catching couples roaming together. There have been reports of even siblings or married couples being caught and harassed by the police. Moral policing is happening all over the state in the name of ‘anti-Romeo’ squads. The…

Remembering Another Rama on Ram Navami

Remembering Another Rama on Ram Navami

Several groups associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are holding the “largest ever demonstration in Bengal” over a week till April 11th to mark Ram Navami. The rallies will be “fully armed”, said RSS sources to The Hindu on the 5th of April. The news item continues: “In the districts, they will be carrying…

Theatre Today: Manipur

Theatre Today: Manipur

N. Premchand is a theatre director from Manipur, and a faculty member at Manipur University. We met him at the North East and Northern Writers Meet at the Sahitya Akademi where he presented a paper on the theatre tradition of Manipur. We spoke to Dr. Premchand after the session to discuss the politics of representation…

The Kite Flying

The Kite Flying

Kashmir the mountains  stagger under your  breath, heaviness  pounds, and the heart  barren, enemies infiltrate  scattering ashes. The number of deaths  lose count among  schools burnt — what will they learn? Mannequins in  closed rooms discuss  the future, a wild catcall in the dark. Come, be the beautiful valley  you are, interspersed with ravines and mountains scaling almighty …

A Season Named Fall

A Season Named Fall

  Saba Hasan, Untitled, 2014           a season named Fall                                   fall blown umber Summer burnt out fall the sky’s razorblades tin in winter bolt of leaves rot bitter dying sharpen                                         true December steel—   fall entrails of summer’s Beast scattered wound of summer’s Dog                                          …