The Issues at Stake in the Triple Talaq Case

The Issues at Stake in the Triple Talaq Case

Can “personal laws” that violate any provision of the Constitution, including the right to equality and non-discrimination based on sex, be declared unconstitutional? Or is there something inherent to them that makes them immune to the discipline of fundamental rights? This is the question that was raised in the challenge to Triple Talaq by the…

Historians’ Appeal to Government

Historians’ Appeal to Government

SAHMAT Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust 30.6.2017 We have received with great dismay  the  recent news report that the Union Cabinet has approved amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 2010 and that  it has been decided to allow centrally funded projects to be set up in the prohibited area of the…

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

    The outrage and the spontaneous protest following 16-year-old Junaid's death while traveling in a train with his cousins after Eid shopping is something one needs to understand in a clear perspective. It is precisely the misrule of the Modi government – and no other excuse would suffice to explain this and the heinous…

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

    Whenever politics and religion are mixed, it is obvious that those who live outside the game plan suffer the most. Indian right-wing politics was anti-secularism, anti-democracy and anti-Indian civilisation for decades; but after it came to power, these were not enough to maintain political supremacy. It was part of the right-wing agenda to…

घास : पाश , Ghaas : Pash

घास : पाश , Ghaas : Pash

Published on Jun 26, 2017 Pash or Paash (ਅਵਤਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਪਾਸ਼; September 9, 1950 – March 23, 1988) was the pen name of Avtar Singh Sandhu, one of the major poets of the Naxalite movement in the Punjabi literature of the 1970s. He was killed by Khalistani extremists on March 23, 1988. His strongly left-wing…

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

BJP under Modi government had pushed its core Hindutva agenda to the limits,  veteran LK Advani’s main agenda of Ram Mandir was not enough for NDA II, Cow politics was raised vehemently and cow vigilantes groups were backed by BJP and grew since as early as 2009.   The then Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi not…

जुनेद को मार दो

जुनेद को मार दो

    बहाना कुछ भी करो और जुनेद को मार डालो। बहाना कुछ भी हो,जगह कोई भी चलती ट्रेन हो,बस,सड़क,शौचालय या घर नाम कुछ भी हो अख़लाक़,कॉमरेड जफ़र हुसैन या जुनेद क्या फर्क पड़ता है मकसद तो एक है कि जुनेद को मार डालो! ज़रुरी नहीं कि हर बार तुम ही जुनेद को मारो तुम…

Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha

Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha

CAMPAIGN FOR SURVIVAL AND DIGNITY(CSD), ODISHA   State Convener:  Sri Gopinath Majhi Secretariat-E-125,G.G.P.Colony,      Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar-25 (M) 9937118716,   National Convener:  Pradip Prabhu, 3, Yezdeh Behram, Kati, Malyan, Dahanu Rd. -40160 9437629375, [email protected]                  To,                                                                                                                                                                Date-27th June, 2017        All Respected &  Concerned Person,    …

Writers Protest the Unmaking of India

Writers Protest the Unmaking of India

    Nayantara Sahgal "This is Hindutva's version of the Nazi 'final solution' for the Jews, but a cleverer version." The Muslim League and the Hindu Mahasabha were twin souls. Both wanted a divided India. Jinnah achieved his desire in 1947. The followers of Golwalkar and Savarkar are now busy fulfilling theirs. The massacre of Muslims…

#NotInMyName #NoMoreLynching

#NotInMyName #NoMoreLynching

    Today, 28 June 2017, our citizens have planned simultaneous protests across the country and in some other parts of the world. Some of the protests are also scheduled for June 29th and July 1st, 2017. The protests are against the countrywide targeted lynchings. Most recently, 16-year-old Junaid was lynched on 23 June 2017…

A Perspective on Scientific Temper in India

A Perspective on Scientific Temper in India

"The role of scientific temper cannot be overemphasized in a country like India, where myriad dogmas and superstitions compete for one’s attention. Scientific temper is an invaluable tool for the common people engaged in sound decision making not only about science but various issues of social importance. Scientific temper remains elusive even today, in spite…

Condemn Lynching of Muslim Youth – Junaid

Condemn Lynching of Muslim Youth – Junaid

  Image Courtesy: Financial Express   New Delhi | 26th June: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) is shocked and horrified by the gruesome murder of sixteen year old Junaid Khan in running train enroute to Mathura from Delhi on 22nd June. This happened in public view inside a train where ordinary people were travelling…

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

CPI(M) Polit Buro memeber Brinda Karat and AIDWA Delhi state Secretary Asha Sharma consoling Junaid's mother   Watching images of the massacres of Muslims in India, I am left wondering: Are there any decent Hindus left? As the body counts of the Muslim victims of public lynching keep adding up, I am left concluding, perhaps…

Is Questioning our Society a Sin?

Is Questioning our Society a Sin?

  Last week, the annual college magazine in Government NSS College Manjeri carried a five line poem ‘Chodyam’ (Question) on the freedom of women. The poem ends by questioning the ‘chastity’ of Kunti in the Mahabharata. Predictably, right wing outfits, including the RSS and Hindu Aikya Vedi, were angered. Loosely translated, the poem reads: They…

Women Menstruate, Get Used To It!

Women Menstruate, Get Used To It!

In India, ‘menstruation’ is a word which cannot be spoken without people being embarrassed and having disgusted look on their face. This natural process is considered “shameful” and “dirty”. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon to girls and women. It is a part of the female reproductive cycle in which the body sheds the lining of…

UK government’s Public Consultation on Caste

UK government’s Public Consultation on Caste

Background: The UK Government has announced an open public consultation on Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law to ensure there is adequate legal protection against caste-based unlawful discrimination. The Government needs to hear from the residents of Great Britain – of South Asian origins and others – as to how individuals and groups should be protected…

महिलाओं के मुद्दों पर मोदी सरकार नाकाम: जगमती

महिलाओं के मुद्दों पर मोदी सरकार नाकाम: जगमती

मोदी सरकार के 3 साल पूरे होने पर न्यूज़क्लिक ने एडवा की सदस्या जगमती सांगवान से मुलाकात की I जगमती के अनुसार शुरुआत से ही मोदी सरकार महिलाओं के मुद्दों की घोर अपेक्षा करती आई है I यह बात इस तथ्य से साबित होता है कि अपने पहले ही बजट में महिलाओं से जुड़ी स्कीमों…

Our House of Love

Our House of Love

    Once upon a time, Indians were taught to be proud of their country’s linguistic diversity, its long multicultural history, the great profusion of art and architecture, music and dance, painting and sculpture, theatre and poetry, science and mathematics, religion and philosophy – all manner of creativity that has manifested on the subcontinent from…

No Lust Please, We Are Pregnant Indian Women!

No Lust Please, We Are Pregnant Indian Women!

NEW DELHI: AYUSH Ministry’s advice for pregnant women: 1.Detach yourselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust; 2.Hang good and beautiful pictures on your walls; 3.Do not eat meat, eggs; 4,Have spiritual thoughts; 5. Read life histories of great personalities; This comes in a booklet issued by the Ministry titled Mother and Child Care that was…

Archiving the Complex Genealogies of Caste and Sexuality

Archiving the Complex Genealogies of Caste and Sexuality

This interview emerged as a series of email exchanges between Rohan Arthur and Dr Anjali Arondekar who works on the Gomantak Maratha Samaj archives, following Rohan's tribute essay on Kishori Amonkar titled Kishori Amonkar: Assertion, Erasure, Reclamation. The interview was conducted with inputs from James Michael and Akshay Pathak. Can you describe the historical origins of the Gomantak Maratha Samaj,…

Ajmer Aulakh Gave Voice to Marginal Farmers’ Woes

Ajmer Aulakh Gave Voice to Marginal Farmers’ Woes

A scene from his play Tooman. Tribune photo Nobody else, before Ajmer Aulakh, (born in 1942), had the same vantage point. Playwrights and other writers only talked about poverty and the exploitation of the rural poor and the plight of peasantry without actually immersing themselves into their deep-rooted and complex problems. Punjabi drama, before him, had…

The Dirty Facade of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

The Dirty Facade of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Political activist Zafar Hussein from Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, was beaten to death on Friday by a group of government officials. The 55 years old Husseinwas lynched when he tried to prevent municipal officials from clicking photographs of women defecating in the open. Municipality team was taking videos and photographs of women from the Bagwasa Kachi basti,…

Who is the Dalit?

Who is the Dalit?

It is imperative now to think the political at a different level than has been done so far, to think the political beyond strategies, negotiations, and playing cards (caste card, gender card, minority card etc.). This means that to demand justice in the name of a repressed caste or a gender in itself cannot be…

Achhe Din Roundup: The Week that Was

Achhe Din Roundup: The Week that Was

1. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting denied three documentaries permission to be screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. The films are on Rohith Vemula, unrest in Kashmir, and protests in JNU.   2. In Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, activist Zaffar Hussein was beaten to death by civic officials because he objected…

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist

DebayudhChatterjee (Department of English, University of Delhi) This post is an extract from my M.Phil. dissertation, Class vs Caste: Negotiating Marxist Politics in Bangla Dalit Literature, written under the supervision of Dr. Tapan Basu. The dissertation is due to be submitted to the Department of English, University of Delhi, in July 2017. It is based on…

The Battle Children Face

The Battle Children Face

Dr Ved Kumari is the Dean of Faculty of Law, Delhi. She was also the Chairperson the Delhi Judicial Academy from 2009-2011. A former Fulbright and Commonwealth Fellow, Dr Ved is a leading authority on juvenile justice in India. Her extensive writing helped bring to public focus, the fallacies in the juvenile justice system and…

Why Was Dalit JNU Professor Saitya Brata Das Denied Promotion by the VC?

Why Was Dalit JNU Professor Saitya Brata Das Denied Promotion by the VC?

Dr. Saitya Brata Das, Associate Professor of English at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, was recently denied promotion to Professorship by the JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala. Dr. Das has six books, three edited books of essays, and several published papers to his credit. He has also been teaching for over…

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

Brahmanical weddings are replete with rituals that smack of hypocrisy and inequality, and are designed to show the bride’s side as inferior. On the other hand, Buddhist and Arjak weddings are based on equality. There is no place for hypocrisy or pomp in them. Anoop Patel was witness to this stark contrast.   Recently, I…

The Museum God

The Museum God

  Gods wait inside a museum In California; Shiva entranced in a dance, Is unseen by The Buddha – he meditates Undistracted, Trees that help him breathe Are saints too, They gift away their wisdom Like trees do – In silence, rustling the sound Of endurance. Do gods secured in museums Remember us? Or they…

Maharashtra Peasants are on a Historical Strike

Maharashtra Peasants are on a Historical Strike

    On 5th June, a state-wide bandh was called in Maharashtra. The bandh was a part of an ongoing peasant strike which began on 1st June.The farmers were demanding that the government waive their farm loans due to the losses incurred. They were also demanding the implementation of the remunerative prices as recommended by Swaminathan Commission. The other demands…

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

  The practice of "Untouchability" was outlawed in India with the adoption of the Indian Constitution. But this practice is still prevalent and manifests itself in varied forms. Despite education, people still seem to be influenced by notions of purity and pollution. Recently, government officials in Uttar Pradesh handed out soap and shampoo to dalits before the Chief…

How Textbooks Teach Prejudice

How Textbooks Teach Prejudice

What we learn and teach about history and how the process of this learning has been crafted or developed, shapes our understanding of the events of the past. This understanding of the past influences our ability to grapple with the present and therefore also the future. Such knowledge, if both rich and varied, can also…

आदिवासी महिला कवि होने का मतलब, जसिन्ता केरकेट्टा की जुबानी

आदिवासी महिला कवि होने का मतलब, जसिन्ता केरकेट्टा की जुबानी

  जसिन्ता केरकेट्टा ने गाँधी पीस फाउंडेशन में दिए अपने वक्तव्य मैं झारखंड के उरांव आदिवासी समूदाय से आती हूं और हिंदी में कविताएं लिखती हूं। मैं हिंदी में कविताएं लिखती हूं इसलिए आदिवासी साहित्य की परिभाषा गढ़ने वाले लोगों के अनुसार मेरी कविताओं का टोन आदिवासी न होकर सवर्ण है। दलित समूदाय के बीच…

Millions of Missing Girls – Doctors Must Stop Pre-Natel Sex Determination

Millions of Missing Girls – Doctors Must Stop Pre-Natel Sex Determination

AIDWA Press Release Delhi, 5 June 2017 Six leading scholars and activists came together to address the media against the Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s advocacy to weaken the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act in the context of Delhi Chalo organised tomorrow. These experts include: Dr Neelam Singh, leading Gynecologist, Lucknow and Vatsalya, Ms….