“From a very young age in fact I used to collect books that were banned”: Salil Tripathi

“From a very young age in fact I used to collect books that were banned”: Salil Tripathi

In an interview with Laetitia Zecchini, writer and journalist Salil Tripathi says that he always… felt passionate about free expression     LZ. You are a writer, an award-winning journalist for different British, American and Indian journals, and an advisor for the Institute for Human Rights and Business in London. You have also been a board…

Independent Publishing in India: Tara Books

Independent Publishing in India: Tara Books

Tara Books is a collective of writers, artists and designers that publishes illustrated books for children and adults. Their visual books span a range of genres: children’s literature, social and art pedagogy, popular culture, photography, and art. Tara Books is “committed to returning the senses back to the physical book in an age busy writing…

Kancha Ilaiah Sheperd’s Car Attacked

Kancha Ilaiah Sheperd’s Car Attacked

  The Hindu reports that intrepid academic Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd's car was attacked with stones and chappals by a group of people belonging to the Vaisya community. Mr.Ilaiah said he was returning to Hyderabad after attending a meeting of the Telangana Mass and Social Organisations Forum (T-MASS). The protesters blocked his car and squatted in…

A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh

A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh

  गौरी लंकेश,गौरी लंकेश गौरी लंकेश, गौरी लंकेश गूँज रही है तेरी शहादत जाग रहा है देश गौरी लंकेश, गौरी लंकेश…    क्या होती है पत्रकारिता दिखा दिया जग को सच की खातिर कुर्बानी का दिया तूने संदेश गौरी लंकेश, गौरी लंकेश…..   कायर थे कातिल तेरे तू जिंदादिली की एक मिसाल गौरी मरा नहीं…

Letter of Resignation from Members of the Editorial Board of Third World Quarterly

Letter of Resignation from Members of the Editorial Board of  Third World Quarterly

  Dear Shahid Qadir, Taylor & Francis,Colleagues and Interested Public, We are deeply disappointed by the unacceptable process around the publication of Bruce Gilley’s Viewpoint essay, The case for colonialism, which was published in Third World Quarterly without any consultation with the Editorial Board. As International Editorial Board Members, we were told in an email on…

Protest for Rohingyas in Delhi

Protest for Rohingyas in Delhi

A protest meeting was called on 13 September 2017, to protest the Government of India's decision to deport the Rohingya refugees and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas in Maynmar. The protest meeting was supposed to be held in front of the Maynmar embassy but was changed to Teen Murti in the last minute because the…

International Child Abduction Bill Bypasses the Indian Judiciary

International Child Abduction Bill Bypasses the Indian Judiciary

The committee on civil aspects of International Child Abduction Bill, 2016, has invited comments from the public and its various stakeholders. The Bill, however, does not record the voices of the survivors of domestic violence. Senior advocate Indira Jaising discusses the implications of India signing the Hague convention on the civil aspects of International Child Abduction. Lawyer…

क्या रोहिंग्या होना ही गुनाह है ?

क्या रोहिंग्या होना ही गुनाह है ?

Image courtesy: getty images   रोहिंग्या  मुसलमानों को  भारत सरकार  अपने घर वापस जाने को कह रही है , पर सवाल ये है कि उनका घर है कहाँ ? म्यांमार,जो उनका मूल निवास माना जाता है पर वहां उनका सालों से दमन हो रहा है। रोहिंग्या मुसलमानों की  कहानी दर्द की एक लंबी दास्ताँ सुनाती है। रोहिंग्या मुसलमान दुनिया में सबसे ज्यादा सताए जाने…

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Loss of A Son

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Loss of A Son

Our second day in Shamli began with a meeting of yet another kind of new violence that families are grappling with in Western UP, since the appointment of the new Yogi Adityanath government.  It is not unusual for the front pages of local newspapers to be filled with sensational stories of ‘dreaded criminals’ killed or injured in shoot-outs with the…

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Dalits of Shabirpur

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Dalits of Shabirpur

  The eight day of Karwan e Mohabbat was at Kandla town in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh. This is a Muslim majority town, where a few thousand people displaced by the Muzaffarnagar carnage of 2013, who were not allowed to return to their homes, resettled. The BJP MP Hukam Singh had stirred national headlines alleging that the rise in Muslim population in the…

Protect the Autonomy of GSCASH in JNU

Protect the Autonomy of GSCASH in JNU

  JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar has recently issued a circular stating that the university’s existing Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) be replaced by an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). The Registrar has also stated that the election to GSCASH be kept on hold until further notice. The letter is attached below:     Modelled…

Mourning the Loss of Gauri Lankesh

Mourning the Loss of Gauri Lankesh

  The devastating news of the assassination of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh on 5 September signals the broken road that lies ahead of us. It is no longer an individual targeting of firm and fearless voices of dissent – it is now the decimation of dissent itself, and the rise of fear as the only emotion that is guaranteed…

McOnam Sadhya: Tinkering with Tradition

McOnam Sadhya: Tinkering with Tradition

                                         While the festival of Onam is inseparable from the legend of King Mahabali and Vamana, it is also a festival which marks the summer harvest. Onam is primarily a Hindu festival. Traditionally, the Christian communities of Kerala also celebrate Onam with much fanfare. It is touted as a cultural festival and…

A Commemorative Edition of Gauri Lankesh Patrike

A Commemorative Edition of Gauri Lankesh Patrike

  The Gauri Lankesh Patrike has brought out a special commemorative edition on September 12, 2017 to pay tribute to the committed, independent voice of the Patrike, led by Gauri Lankesh. A large number of journalists, writers, activists and other figures have contributed to this edition. The Indian Cultural Forum will publish English translations of…

Hamari Gauri Amar Rahe

Hamari Gauri Amar Rahe

Dear friends,  All karnataka federation of women against atrocities condemns the murder of our dear friend, journalist, and an activist, Gauri lankesh. The fedaration will be aiming in generating a pressure on the government in the investigation of the case. The investigation should lead to the immediate arrest of the murderers and thus prevent the loss of…

रक्त

रक्त

    रक्त रक्त रक्त! हर वक्त वक्त वक्त!   खेतों में रक्त, सड़कों में रक्त वोटों में रक्त, कोर्टों में रक्त वर्णों का रक्त, वर्गों का रक्त इस देश का आधार है यह रक्त रक्त रक्त!   दुर्गा का रक्त, दरगाह का रक्त काली का रक्त, या अली का रक्त कलबुर्गी का रक्त, पनसारे…

“The murder of Gauri Lankesh follows on the heels of the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi…”

“The murder of Gauri Lankesh follows on the heels of the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi…”

Image courtesy Newsclick.in The assassination of Ms. Gauri Lankesh, noted Kannada journalist, writer, activist and champion of secularism and communal harmony, has come as a rude shock. Ms. Gauri Lankesh was killed on the night of 5th September, 2017, right in front of her residence in Bangalore. She was Editor of the popular Kannada weekly, Lankesh…

Statement by the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV) on the Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Statement by the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV) on the Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV), is shocked and deeply saddened by the cold-blooded murder of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh at her Bangalore residence. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in her home in northern Bengaluru on the night of 5th September. Unidentified men fired at least five shots at her before escaping by motorbike. Gauri Lankesh was…

What is Triple Talaq called in your religion?

What is Triple Talaq called in your religion?

Struggles of women for dignity and rightful place in the world pervade all locations and religious communities. Sameena Dalwai, in her auto-ethnographic piece, offers testimony to the ongoing battle for gender justice.   Almost all discussions after the Triple Talaq judgement are missing the point. The issue is not about religion but about patriarchy and…

Adieu Gauri Lankesh

Adieu Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh, journalist, friend, activist, fiery woman and courage personified was shot dead, in cold blood on September 5 at about 8.10 p.m. as she returned to her home in Bengaluru. There was anger, shock, and mourning. Almost immediately, even as the numbness of the grief continued to engulf her wide circle of friends and…

They Sang through the Dark Times: Nakul Singh Sawhney’s Latest Documentary Savitri’s Sisters

They Sang through the Dark Times: Nakul Singh Sawhney’s Latest Documentary Savitri’s Sisters

With Savitri’s Sisters, filmmaker Nakul Singh Sawhney takes the camera back to women. His camera follows two women from the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikaar Manch – Laxmiben and Madhuben. He shoots the film during the Azaadi Kooch yatra, a journey that began to mark the one-year anniversary of the Una protests.  In its intent, the film…

Balu’s Lost Land

Balu’s Lost Land

  On December 2, 2016, when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the newly-built Gollapalli reservoir in the Erramanchi area of  Penukonda block, Anantapur district, local farmers were delighted. At last, they thought, their fields would be irrigated. S. Balu Nayak, a Sugali (Scheduled Tribe) farmer from Makkajipalli tanda (the ST hamlet) in Gutturu village 5…

Women’s Studies: the Story So Far

Women’s Studies: the Story So Far

    In March this year, several hundreds of students and research scholars enrolled across the 163 Women’s Studies Centres in India suddenly found their futures uncertain. A few days before Twelfth Plan period was to end on March 31, 2017 – and with it the Five-Year Plans – the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued…

Triple Talaq

Triple Talaq

The triple talaq judgment of the Supreme Court is a partial victory for Muslim women since it declares instantaneous triple talaq as unlawful, but not unilateral triple talaq. Even in the case of the former it does not declare instantaneous triple talaq as unconstitutional but only unlawful and that is a significant difference. Indian courts,…

Nature-centric Asur traditions and songs

Nature-centric Asur traditions and songs

Asurs are one of the most ancient and smallest tribal communities of Jharkhand. The Chota Nagpur plateau is their home, especially the valleys of Bishunpur and Mahuatand in the Gumla, Lohardaga and Palamu districts of the state. Asurs have traditionally been involved in iron smelting and agriculture. Their festivals are mainly related to agriculture, and hence…

Am I free? A Musician Questions

Am I free? A Musician Questions

  In its fifth year, the Prof. Ram Bapat Memorial Lecture Series saw the iconic and the iconoclastic Carnatic musician, T M Krishna deliver a lecture on the topic, "Am I Free? A Musician Questions". The lecture delivered in July 2017, was chaired by the eminent cultural critic, Sadanand Menon. The Lecture Series inaugurated by Sadanand…

A Wait Without an End

A Wait Without an End

Parveena Ahangar, and her Association of Parents of Disappeared (APDP) Kashmir, organised a sit in protest in Srinagar as part of the international Day of the Disappeared. An annual event, the meet draws tears as parents gather to remember their young wards who “disappeared” without a trace all across the Valley, with no end in…