A Poem for Hadiya

A Poem for Hadiya

  A twenty five year old  marries a Muslim love is a jihad  love jihad Even love is metamorphosis  into rocks of Syria  and the rocks smash  her in her home  till providential judgement  decrees she is still a student  What happens to love  or to the jihad? I love my husband  She maintains stoic …

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (P.A.D.S) Condemns Incarceration of Akhil Gogoi and Chandrasekhar Under NSA

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (P.A.D.S) Condemns Incarceration of Akhil Gogoi and Chandrasekhar Under NSA

  Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Assam, and Chandrasekhar of Bhim Army in Western Uttar Pradesh have been under detention for many months now. Akhil was arrested on 13 September 2017 under sedition charges by the BJP government of the state. On 25 September 2017, a total of 122 cases against him…

Barbarism is Back With a Bang

Barbarism is Back With a Bang

  The UP CM Adityanath says criminals will be killed, that no power in the world can stop building of a temple at Ayodhya even though there is an established judicial process to try and sentence criminals and the Ram temple issue is sub-judice. Aadhar is being forced down the throats of citizens despite SC…

Why Asking Bands to Not Perform in Israel is Not an Attack on Freedom of Speech and Expression

Why Asking Bands to Not Perform in Israel is Not an Attack on Freedom of Speech and Expression

On the 40th International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian People, Souradeep Roy of the Indian Cultural Forum and Apoorva Gautam of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, India (BDS India) explain why asking bands to not perform in Israel is not an attack on freedom of speech and expression. They take Roger Waters example and his performance…

A Look at Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse

A Look at Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam  by Nick Turse

  “Are we supposed to kill women and children?” “Kill everything that moves.” (2) In Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books. New York. 2013), Turse writes about the US military’s official position, and the popular understanding in the US, is that leadership “has never condoned wanton killing or disregard for human life.”…

FEDCUTA Expresses Dissent over Government Policies, Announces an All India Protest by End of January

FEDCUTA Expresses Dissent over Government Policies, Announces an All India Protest by End of January

  Intensifying the protests against the unprecedented attacks on public funded education and higher educational institutions, the Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) has given a call for an all-India agitation by the end of January. Taking a note on the proposed regulations like the one on Graded Autonomy, the setting up of Higher…

NammaPride Makes Us Proud!

NammaPride  Makes Us Proud!

Dressed in bright colours and waving balloons in the air, over 7000 individuals took to the street of Bangalore for the 10th edition of the Bangalore Pride March on Sunday. Individuals from the LGBTQI community and their parents, allies, ordinary citizens and persons with disability marched from near the Majestic Railway Station to Town Hall….

Yogi Government Resorts to “Unofficial” Ban on Movies Inspired by Muzaffarnagar Riots, Babri-Demolition

Yogi Government Resorts to “Unofficial” Ban on Movies Inspired by Muzaffarnagar Riots, Babri-Demolition

  The entire country is talking about the controversy and violence on the name of movie Padmavati. Nervous by the opposition, the Hindu Right wing including several BJP and Congress state governments, even the film-makers postponed the release of the film. But there are two movies —Game of Ayodhya and Muzaffarnagar — the Burning Love –whose censorship by the…

“We Protest” – Segment 1

“We Protest” – Segment 1

Voices of resistance are on the rise. The mainstream media does a fleeting coverage of protests — if they cover it at all — and  is quick to move on to the next issue. At Newsclick, we believe movements are important. We do not want them forgotten. In this segment, We bring you a weekly round…

Attack on Padmavati, Kancha Ilaiah Reminiscent of the Attack on Punjabi Writers

Attack on Padmavati, Kancha Ilaiah Reminiscent of the Attack on Punjabi Writers

While protests related to Padmavati are creating headlines everywhere, very little attention has been paid to what has been happening to Punjabi writers. Two Punjabi writers have been subjected to harassment at the hands of the state and private institutions recently. One of them is Sahitya Akademi award winning senior writer Baldev Singh Sadaknama, a…

#OctoberRevolutionSeries: What has the October Revolution Done for Women in the West?

#OctoberRevolutionSeries: What has the October Revolution Done for Women in the West?

This is our sixth story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October to remember the centenary of the Russia Revolution. The first is an excerpt from Cecilia Bobrovskaya's memoirs; the second is from an essay by Prabir Purkayastha; the third is our inaugral bookend by Githa Hariharan on Sevtlana Alexievich's novel Second Hand…

What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?

What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?

  As the debate on the Arya-Vysya attack against me was taking place at the national and international level two things have happened. One, the Chandrababu Naidu Government in alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh arrested me in my home on 28 October, so that I would not go to Vijayawada (Amaravathi) and attend the…

Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?

Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?

  The Karni Sena has grown slowly but steadily since 2006 when it came into existence with the support of both the BJP and the more silent Congress legislators in Rajasthan. Seen initially as just a fringe group, it has expanded to become a voice for the Rajput community in Rajasthan—or at least is propped…

DUTA Marches to Save Higher Education

DUTA Marches to Save Higher Education

Hundreds of teachers marched to the Parliament Street in the DUTA Protest Rally against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC, on November 21. In a blatant anti-teacher move, this government has decided to withdraw the advanced PhD/MPhil increments meant to reward higher qualifications and to offset late entry into the teaching profession. The 7th…

AIDWA Demands Action Against the Vigilante Right Wing Brigade that Threatens to Undermine Our Constitutional Rights

AIDWA Demands Action Against the Vigilante Right Wing Brigade that Threatens to Undermine Our Constitutional Rights

  The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the threats and acts of violence unleashed by right wing vigilante groups like the Sri Rajput Karni Sena which has prevented the release of the film Padmavati on the scheduled date. The parallel system of ‘goonda raj’ being perpetrated by such extra constitutional groups has been…

प्रेम और दार्शनिकता का कवि

प्रेम और दार्शनिकता का कवि

हिंदी समाज में ऐसे लोग अब बहुत कम बचे रह गए हैं जो अपने व्यक्तित्व में सांस्कृतिक बहुलता और अपनी भाषा में सचाई, शराफत और नैतिकता की रौशनी लेकर चलते हों. कुंवर नारायण ऐसे ही मनुष्य और लेखक थे. उनके जाने से दुर्लभ गुणों वाले एक व्यक्ति का अवसान हो गया है और हिंदी कविता…

The Fight for Chandrashekhar Azad Comes to Delhi

The Fight for Chandrashekhar Azad Comes to Delhi

Bhim army members, student leaders and social activists gather in the capital against NSA (National Security Act) being slapped against their leader Chandrashekhar Azad. After getting bail from Allahabad High court in the Saharanpur violence case, NSA was slapped against Chandrashekhar Azad by the Utter Pradesh Government . Activists have criticized this move saying that…

International Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Mourn the Victims of, and Protest Transphobia

International Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Mourn the Victims of, and Protest Transphobia

Image courtesy Gaylaxy 20 November is marked as International Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to remember, mourn, and memorialise the victims of transphobia. The day was founded to commemorate the murder of Rita Hester a transgender woman in the USA. Now Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated across the world, reminding us…

IFFI Begins, Minus Nude and S Durga

IFFI Begins, Minus  Nude and  S Durga

  The 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India 2017 (IFFI) which begins on Monday in Goa, will mark one unedifying first: that of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) which organises it dropping two films selected by the jury for the Indian Panorama section. This has not happened before and the development…

How the Salwa Judum Looted and Killed Villagers in Kondasawali Village in Chattisgarh

How the Salwa Judum Looted and Killed Villagers in Kondasawali Village in Chattisgarh

In a letter dated 16 June 2017, The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) directed the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (Chhattisgarh) to make further inquiries into a complaint it had received regarding the looting and burning of huts and the killing of seven persons of Kondasawali, a village in district Sukma of Chhattisgarh. Sometime during…

Making Transgender Rights a Reality in India

Making Transgender Rights a Reality in India

  “While there is no shame in being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex or even straight,” says Ramesh Bais, a member of parliament from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, “there is most certainly shame and dishonor in being a homophobe, a transphobe and a bigot.” This strong public acknowledgement of the LGBT community, long…

Thousands Join Rally for Science Across Kerala

Thousands Join Rally for Science  Across Kerala

  The Kerala Rally for Science, a week-long event consisting of programmes in support of science, concluded on Tuesday with colourful rallies and public meetings in the 14 district headquarters in the State. Organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) and the State Library Council…

Nightmarish Visions? An Evaluation of the GoI Proposal for ‘Institutions of Eminence’

Nightmarish Visions? An Evaluation of the GoI Proposal for ‘Institutions of Eminence’

  In early November, the JNU administration forwarded to all Centres/Special Centres/Schools, the Government of India proposal to establish twenty “Institutions of Eminence” to achieve world class status, from amongst the existing Government/Private institutions and new institutions from the private sector. It conveyed its intentions to submit an application to the UGC under the scheme…

Kandhamal

Kandhamal

  When a thunder and lightning hit Many places of worship Houses destroyed and people killed With fire on the roofs And swords and axes on the ground Exploding bombs on the nerves Murdering the identity and dignity Of men, women and children, I went to measure The pain in their eyes And to count…

Condemnation of IB Ministry’s Decision to Withdraw the Films Approved by the Jury of Goa Film Festival

Condemnation of IB Ministry’s Decision to Withdraw the Films Approved by the Jury of Goa Film Festival

Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa takes strong exception to the decision taken by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to exclude two films in the Panorama section by overriding the IFFI Jury’s prudent choice.  A gross violation of the right to Freedom of Expression, we consider this act as an attempt to suppress creativity.  As the festival is…

Betrayal of 1857

Betrayal of 1857

  Delhi as the Capital of India and touted as the heart of India, in fact, is a heartless city. There is endless list of shameful incidents to corroborate this character of the city. This list keeps on expanding at fast rate. The latest is the news that Cyrus,  the last surviving ‘prince’ of the…

संसद मार्ग पर मजदूरों का महापड़ाव

संसद मार्ग पर मजदूरों का महापड़ाव

सेंट्रल दिल्ली शहर और देश के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण इलाका है. यहाँ देश की संसद से लेकर राष्ट्रपति, प्रधानमंत्री, मंत्रियों और प्रमुख विभागों के मुख्यालय स्थित हैं. ऐसा अमूमन कम ही होता है कि सेंट्रल दिल्ली में कुछ हो रहा हो और वह सुर्ख़ियों का हिस्सा ना बने पर पिछले तीन दिनों से संसद मार्ग…

One Year After Demonetisation

One Year After Demonetisation

  On 8th November, Narendra Modi had announced the decision to demonetise, at four hours’ notice, as much as 86 per cent of the total currency of the country. After one year it is clear that none of the objectives that demonetisation was supposed to achieve has been achieved. This should not come as a…

Jindal Rape Case : Suspending the Law

Jindal Rape Case : Suspending the Law

  On 13th September 2017, the High Court of Punjab & Haryana suspended the sentences awarded and granted bail to the accused in the Jindal Rape Case, as it is popularly referred to. All the three accused – Hardik, Karan and Vikas faced trial and were convicted by the trial court for rape, intimidation and circulation of…

Mahapadav: Prominent Intellectuals Support Workers, Demand Action By PM

Mahapadav: Prominent Intellectuals Support Workers, Demand Action By PM

Over 50 well-known intellectuals, writers and artists have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that his government at the Centre intervenes to resolve their basic demands. Among those who endorsed the letter were writers Krishna Sobti, K. Satchidanandan and Githa Hariharan; classical dancer and activist Mallika Sarabhai; Bezwada Wilson of the…

In Times of “Bharat Mata”, Revisiting Mother India on the 60th Year of the Film’s Release

In Times of “Bharat Mata”, Revisiting Mother India on the 60th Year of the Film’s Release

Introduction Mother India (1957) completes sixty years this year. Produced and directed by Mehboob, famous for his social agenda films packaged with a lot of chutzpah, grandeur and melodrama, the film was assessed among the ten biggest hits in Indian cinema in the 20th century. Seventeen years into the 21st century and its memories remain…

Media Blacks Out Massive Workers’ Protest in Delhi

Media Blacks Out Massive Workers’ Protest in Delhi

  Nearly 100,000 workers gathered at Delhi's Parliament Street from 9 November 2017 to protest against the central government's policies that have adversely affected the working class of India. The protest – called ‘mahapadav’ or mega sit-in – will continue till 11 November. (See reports here: https://goo.gl/1TSzYE and videos such as: https://goo.gl/WQvE8o ) It is one of the biggest…

HCU Authorises Surveillance and Restrictions on Students, Security Officer Armed with Extraordinary Powers

HCU Authorises Surveillance and Restrictions on Students, Security Officer Armed with Extraordinary Powers

“Keeping in view the situation prevailing in the campus”, the Registrar of Hyderabad Central University, has issued an order “authorising the Chief Security Officer to take photographs of the activities, videographing, checking of ID cards, confiscation of banned substances, questioning the suspected activity, peventing the unauthorised entry, inspection of hostel rooms/play grounds/open areas in the…

Understanding the Marxism in Gandhi’s Fight Against Imperialism

Understanding the Marxism in Gandhi’s Fight Against Imperialism

Uday Mehta (UM): I think of you, especially in the essays that constitute this book, as doing a rather particular kind of philosophy. It is a very distinguished tradition of practitioners, including the late Richard Rorty, Bernard Williams, and Alasdair MacIntyre in the Anglo-American tradition; Michel Foucault, in the French tradition; Adorno and Walter Benjamin…

BJP Government’s “Codes” will Remove Existing Workers’ Benefits: K Hemalata at Workers’ Mahapadav

BJP Government’s “Codes” will Remove Existing Workers’ Benefits: K Hemalata at Workers’ Mahapadav

K Hemalata, President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), said that the trade unions have launched the 3-day mahapadav (mass sit-in) at the Parliament Street in Delhi on a 12-point charter of demands. Curtailing the demands in the charter, such as price rise, strenghtening the public distribution system, employment generation, social security for…

#FreedomToDraw: Cartoons of Nehru and Indira Gandhi by E P Unny, R K Laxman and K Shankar Pillai

#FreedomToDraw: Cartoons of Nehru and Indira Gandhi by E P Unny, R K Laxman and K Shankar Pillai

Cartoonist Bala was arrested from his residence in Chennai last Sunday, 5 November, 2017, for his cartoon that criticised the Tirunelveli Police Commissioner, the District Collector, and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, over the Tirunelveli immolation tragedy. In protest against this curbing of freedom of speech and expression, the Indian Cultural Forum has decided to come out…

Historic Protest by Workers Begins in Delhi

Historic Protest by Workers Begins in Delhi

  As over 70,000 workers from across the country gathered at Parliament Street facing down police and paramilitary barricades, the historic 3-day mahapadav (mass sit-in) got off to a rousing start in New Delhi today. Under the banners of ten central trade unions and several federations of workers and employees, which represent the bulk of…

The Great October Revolution: Red Smolny

The Great October Revolution: Red Smolny

  The antiquated and autocratic tsarist political system was more than enough to provide rationale for the Great October Revolution, which has been dealt widely by many political scientists and politicians. Condition of the proletariat in the country the Revolution was organized – Russia – bolstered the rationale. Political developments in the country and political…

The First Yuva Samvad: A Report

The First Yuva Samvad: A Report

  The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) organised a Yuva Samvad (A dialogue with the youth) from 3 to 6 November 2017. This three-day long congregation hosted youth activists, involved in various movements, from across the country. Youth activists from the Narmada Bachao Andolan, from farmers’ movements, representatives of people’s movements in Assam, trade…

University Grants Commission’s Decision Will Reduce the Number of Reserved Seats for Appointments in Universities

University Grants Commission’s Decision Will Reduce the Number of Reserved Seats for Appointments in Universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken a decision that may reduce the number of reserved seats for faculty appointments in universities. The decision, according to a report published in The Indian Express, is waiting for “concurrence” from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The UGC took the decision after the Allahabad High Court cancelled…

A Damaging and Mindless Act

A Damaging and Mindless Act

  The retrospective defence being provided by the Government for its act of suddenly demonetising 86 per cent of the country’s currency is as mindless as the act itself. The main argument for demonetisation that was advanced a year ago was that ‘black money’-holders would not dare to bring their demonetised currency to the banks;…

The Revolution of 1917

The Revolution of 1917

  Today – November 7, 2017 – is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. In February of that year, the working class and peasantry – along with the soldiers – overthrew the Tsar’s regime. That October (November in our calendar), led by the Bolshevik party, the workers and peasants completed their social revolution…

Persecution of Bhim Army Chief Chandrshekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, Slapping of NSA Condemned

Persecution of Bhim Army Chief Chandrshekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, Slapping of NSA Condemned

  The continued incarceration of firebrand Dalit leader and Bhim Army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan by the Adityanath-led UP government has been widely condemned. The draconian National Security Act (NSA) was slapped on him after the Allahabad Court granted him bail two days ago. The Socialist Party headed by Justice Rajinder Sachar has demanded the immediate release…

Getting to Know the ‘Bolsheviks’

Getting to Know the ‘Bolsheviks’

In the cities of colonial India, caught in the vortex of war-time or post-war scarcity and political repression, how did the colonizers and a segment of their literate middle-class subjects perceive and depict the Bolshevik Revolution through newspaper pages? In the course of November 1917, the colonial world became gradually acquainted with Bolshevism through hostile news networks based…

कितनी प्रासंगिक है युवाओं के लिए अक्टूबर क्रांति ?

कितनी प्रासंगिक है युवाओं के लिए अक्टूबर क्रांति ?

    इस महीने महान अक्टूबर क्रांति को सौ साल हो जायेंगे . इस 100वीं वर्षगांठ पर आज हम कुछ प्रश्नों के साथ खड़े हैं, आज के युवा वर्ग के लिए अक्टूबर क्रांति के क्या मायने हैं? क्या युवा अब भी इस क्रांति और इसे बल देने वाली विचारधारा से कुछ सबक ले सकते हैं ? क्या 100 साल…

“From Separate Struggles, We Are Today a Mass Movement for Dissent in University Campuses Across India”

“From Separate Struggles, We Are Today a Mass Movement for Dissent in University Campuses Across India”

The Citizen embarked on a journey three years ago to restore dissent in an increasingly servile journalistic world, and raise the flags that should define the fourth pillar. Independence, courage, honesty, irreverence that come easily to mind are getting lost with an increasingly corporatised and compromised big media speaking for the rich and powerful, and…

The Massacre that Widened the Communal Gap

The Massacre that Widened the Communal Gap

  In South Asia, the most forgotten or the least documented genocide is the Jammu massacre. A month after the British left the subcontinent, during September 1947, half a million Muslims became refugees. They had to flee to Pakistan-administrated Kashmir, changing the demography of the region. There are no official figures, so one has to rely on the…

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar: “I don’t like being labelled as an adivasi writer”

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar: “I don’t like being labelled as an adivasi writer”

In this latest interview for our series Writers Talk Politics, Souradeep Roy talks to Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, the writer and doctor, whose work includes a novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, and a collection of short stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance. The Jharkhand government banned the latter book, calling it obscene. Shekhar, also…

Bulldozers Turn Kathputli’s Folk Artists into Refugees: Pushed into Camps with Little Water and No Sanitation

Bulldozers Turn Kathputli’s Folk Artists into Refugees: Pushed into Camps with Little Water and No Sanitation

For the people of Kathputli Colony, home to India's largest conglomerate of puppeteers, singers, magicians and musicians- the morning of October 30 was just another day. Bicycles noisily navigating the narrow lanes, the vegetable seller hoarsely calling out his wares, the smell of cooking emanating from the brick houses with the smoke filling the alleys…

Murder Of Democracy in Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

Murder Of Democracy in Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

  In the heart of the country’s capital, DDA and police forces murdered democracy; forcibly demolished houses and beaten up people in Kathputli Colony. National Federation of Indian Women’s Annie Raja got gravely injured and is currently admitted in RML hospital. Women and youths were lathi charged mercilessly by DDA and Police officials, while residents…

Haryana Teachers Accuse the State’s BJP Government of Following “Hindutva Agendas”

Haryana Teachers Accuse the State’s BJP Government of Following “Hindutva Agendas”

  The BJP government in Haryana headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is on the defensive following its order asking teachers to carry out religious duties. The order was issued by the Education Department officials asking teachers to carry out religious duties, including distributing 'prasad', during a religious festival in Yamunanagar district. The Yamunanagar…

1984 Today

1984 Today

  Delhi October 31, 1984. I was just struggling out of bed in my barsati in South Delhi when word came that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been shot. And had been rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Those were not the days of mobiles and internet, and one rushed to the hospital to…

Jana Natya Manch’s Statement of Solidarity with Kathputali Colony Artistes

Jana Natya Manch’s Statement of Solidarity with Kathputali Colony Artistes

  सोमवार, 30 अक्टूबर को डी.डी.ए. द्वारा दिल्ली पुलिस की मदद से कठपुतली कॉलोनी के बाशिंदों को जबरन निकालने और उनके घरों पे बुलडोज़र चलाने की घटना की जन नाट्य मंच कड़े शब्दों में निंदा करता है। इस पूरी घटना को अंजाम देते हुए पुलिस ने विरोध कर रहे स्थानीय लोगों और कार्यकर्ताओं पर लाठी…

A Library on the Banks of River Beki

A Library on the Banks of River Beki

  The underprivileged children who live in char or sandbars in Assam’s Barpeta district could never imagine a library. Struggling to survive floods and acute poverty, they will now have the choice to escape daily woes in a small land of books being created for them by a group of young professionals. Concerned about the…

Kathputli Colony Comes Crumbling Down

Kathputli Colony Comes Crumbling Down

Home to puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, folk singers and dancers, Kathputli colony has been producing numerous world class artists, who have been nationally and internationally known for their talent. The colony housing close to 3,500 families is a mine where one can discover the rustic charm of traditional art forms. On October 30, the walls of…