Israel Detains Ahed Tamimi’s Relatives

Israel Detains Ahed Tamimi’s Relatives

  Nearly 10 Palestinians, including five minors, were abducted and detained by the Israeli forces, during a raid in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh village, in the early hours of Monday, Haaretz has reported. All of those arrested belong to the Tamimi family, linked to 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen who is currently in detention and awaiting her trial for slapping an Israeli…

ABVP Creates Ruckus in MGKVP, Threatens Teesta Setalvad and Students

ABVP Creates Ruckus in MGKVP, Threatens Teesta Setalvad and Students

  As happens in every educational institution across the country, ABVP members in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, have threatened eminent human rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad and a group of students who organised a media workshop in the campus. Teesta Setelvad was expected to address the workshop which was scheduled at 2 pm on…

Haryana: Students Protest Against the Anti-Student Policies of Khattar Government

Haryana: Students Protest Against the Anti-Student Policies of Khattar Government

  Students across Haryana were on streets to protest against the anti-student policies of the BJP government in the state for past one week. On Friday, thousands of students demonstrated in various locations of the state including Kurukshetra University, Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak and Choudhary Devilal University, Sirsa, under the banner of Student Federation…

27 Years After Mass Rape in Kashmir, India’s Judiciary has Failed Survivors, Women Continue the Fight

27 Years After Mass Rape in Kashmir, India’s Judiciary has Failed Survivors, Women Continue the Fight

  On 23rd February 1991, 27 years ago, Indian armed forces entered the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Kupwara district of Kashmir under the guise of a cordon-and-search operation. The soldiers dragged the men of the villages out of their homes to three ad-hoc interrogation centres set up in houses and barns in…

Minorities Insecure; Government Indirectly Encouraging Hindu Extremists: KP Ramanunni

Minorities Insecure; Government Indirectly Encouraging Hindu Extremists: KP Ramanunni

  The BJP-led central government indirectly encourages Hindu communal extremists by "shying away from acting against them", and this increases the insecurities of minorities, Sahitya Akademi awardee K.P. Ramanunni has said. In an interview with IANS, Ramanunni said: "The (central) government is not acting against the Hindu communal extremists. They are shying away from the…

The Stike is On at TISS

The Stike is On at TISS

  Tata Institute of Social Sciences students continued to be on strike on Thursday, protesting the fee hike as well as the withdrawal of aid to students from marginalised communities and backgrounds. The strike originally began on Wednesday, February 21 when in a historic show of resistance and solidarity, the students boycotted all classes, field…

NIA Says Kashmiri Media Equally Responsible for Present Situation in Valley

NIA Says Kashmiri Media Equally Responsible for Present Situation in Valley

  In the chargesheet filed against Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist arrested on charges of stone pelting and inciting violence, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that the media in Kashmir is equally responsible for the ongoing troubles in the valley.   Describing a video shot by Yusuf which was uploaded on Greater Kashmir’s…

Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?

Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?

In case of civilian deaths due to army action, registration of an FIR is legal even in areas under Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA). Then why is the ruling BJP opposing any investigation so vehemently?  Parvez Imroz, internationally recognised lawyer-activist and founder of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), talked to Newsclick…

Writers and activists demand fast track investigation into the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, and Lankesh

Writers and activists demand fast track investigation into the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, and Lankesh

  To, The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, PMO, New Delhi. Copy to: The Hon’ble Minister-in-charge, Ministry of Railways, Government of India, New Delhi. Sir, Recently there has been continuous effort to destroy the long cherished pluralist heritage of India. Our country enjoys more than two thousand years heritage of rational schools of thought. But…

Aminabad

Aminabad

  I stand here on this crowded street at Charbagh, dreaming of Aminabad, feeling a little sad and sick, as I count my failures. Smoking, recognising, how for the last 36 years, almost always, Never have I understood this idea that shines around the word: Productivity. Though, I know its definition, the calculations, alright. Failed,…

Syndicated Hinduism

Syndicated Hinduism

This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.   The first step towards the crystallisation of what we today call Hinduism was born in the consciousness of being the amorphous, subordinate, other. In a sense…

“VC Hatao, JNU Bachao” — Thousands March to Save Education

“VC Hatao, JNU Bachao” — Thousands March to Save Education

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union organised a massive march to MHRD on February 20. Students participated in thousands, demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala. The students claim that the VC has been trying to systematically destroy the varsity. His policies, from seat cuts to decimation of reservations and deprivation points, scrapping GSCASH, and now…

What Autonomy Means: When the Sahitya Akademi published a anthology of Pakistani writers

What Autonomy Means: When the Sahitya Akademi published a anthology of Pakistani writers

U R Ananthamurthy was one of the first writes who endorsed the idea of Indian Writers' Forum. Here we publish an excerpt from his autobiography Suragi, translated by S R Ramakrishna. This is from the chapter "At the Sahitya Akademi and National Book Trust". Ananthamurthy was the President of the Sahitya Akademi — the national…

Rahman Abbas Speaks Up Against the Rape Threats Sent to Shehla Rashid

Rahman Abbas Speaks Up Against the Rape Threats Sent to Shehla Rashid

  Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union’s (JNUSU) Vice-President and well known student activist, Shehla Rashid was reportedly forced to deactivate her Facebook account after some Muslim youths issued multiple rape threats and sent hate messages to her. Rashid’s “crime” was to speak in support of the freedom to have an interfaith marriage; she raised…

Beyond the Confines of Religion: A Look at Karnataka’s Syncretic Legacy Through the Celebration of Rajappa Swami’s Urus

Beyond the Confines of Religion: A Look at Karnataka’s Syncretic Legacy Through the Celebration of Rajappa Swami’s Urus

I was in Gajendragada in Rona taluk to meet some friends. I passed through Nelajeri, a small village in Yalaburga Taluk. This region is known for its wheat, onions, pepper, and other things found in the rainfed regions of Karnataka. Most of the youth from the village work for a daily wage in the steel…

Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist

Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist

  Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist, was arrested by NIA in September last year on charges of stone-pelting and instigating violence. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Saharawat heard Yusuf’s bail application in the NIA Special Court in Delhi on Thursday. While the NIA has been delaying presenting the defence lawyers with crucial evidence they are citing…

Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat

Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat

  Thousands of activists of the Bhim Army gathered in Saharanpur to demand the release of their chief Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’ from jail.   सहारनपुर में भीम आर्मी रैली शुरू हो रही है Posted by ChalChitra Abhiyaan on Samstag, 17. Februar 2018   The demand gathers new urgency in the face of Chandrashekhar’s recent statements to…

Thousands March in Shiksha Bachao Rally to Save India’s Future

Thousands March in Shiksha Bachao Rally to Save India’s Future

Over 8,000 teachers, students and karmacharis marched through the streets of Delhi demanding that public education be saved. Participating in the Shiksha Bachao Rally today, they marched from Mandi House to MHRD.  The Joint Rally of DUTA, DUCKU, DUSU and other students’ organizations was also joined by FEDCUTA and AIFUCTO. Teachers and students of AUD,…

K P Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

K P Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

Sahitya Akademi Award winner K P Ramanunni donated a part of his prize money to Junaid's family. The Malayalam novelist won the award for his book Daivathinte Pusthakam. Speaking to the Indian Cultural Forum, the writer explains why he chose to donate his prize money to the family of the16-year old teenager who was lynched by Hindu fanatics last year….

Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OP India calls the Kerala Literature Festival 2018 anti-Indian

Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OP India calls the Kerala Literature Festival 2018 anti-Indian

Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OpIndia.com has called the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) 2018 anti-Indian. The article, which has been posted by a “mlessp” (we’re still googling to find out what that is) names Arundhati Roy, Ashis Nandy, Prakash Raj, Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose in interesting ways. Roy is a…

Harmony of the Hills

Harmony of the Hills

Baba Budan Giri is also known as the Babri of the south. This beautiful film explores the story and charts out the struggle of memory against forgetting. As the Babri Masjid issue is being heard by the Supreme Court, CJP looks at other, similar, cynical, politically motivated disputes that put the Ram Janma Bhoomi movement…

“He spoke truth to and about the Power”: P Sainath on John Reed

“He spoke truth to and about the Power”: P Sainath on John Reed

  LeftWord Books, recently published John Reed’s “stirring eyewitness account” of the Russian Revolution, Ten Days That Shook the World with an introduction by one of India’s finest journalists and public intellectuals P. Sainath. In Howard Zinn’s words, Reed “made history come alive for the readers of popular magazines and impoverished radical monthlies” through his journalistic…

A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish

A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish

  The unexpected demise of V.M. Sathish—a veteran Expat-journalist who spent a quarter century of reporting in the GCC countries—has left a deep vacuum in the domain of ‘human interest’ writings in the world of media. Sathish has a reputed track-record in Expat-journalism.  Beginning with the Indian Express  Group of newspapers in Mumbai, he held many positions…

Films Division’s decision to not screen In the Shade of Fallen Chinar at MIFF is censorship; let’s not call it by any other name

Films Division’s decision to not screen In the Shade of Fallen Chinar at MIFF is censorship; let’s not call it by any other name

So here’s the thing: one government body has censored another government body. On January 29, the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) did not screen In the Shade of Fallen Chinar, a 16 minute documentary on students at the University of Kashmir, directed by Shawn Sebastian and Fazil N.C.. The documentary was not screened despite the…

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Intimidates State Officers who Expressed Opinion Against Communalism

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Intimidates State Officers who Expressed Opinion Against Communalism

  People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) condemns remarks made by the UP Dy CM Mr KC Maurya against District Magistrate of Bareilly as pure intimidation and a brazen effort to browbeat officers who express their opinion against communalism.In an FB post put up after the recent Kasganj communal violence the officer Mr Raghvendra Vikram…

Women Delegates Write to Law Ministry on the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017

Women Delegates Write to Law Ministry on the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017

  A delegation comprising of P.K Sreemathi (M.P Loksabha),  Sudha Sundararaman    (Vice-President) , Kirti Singh (Legal Convenor, AIDWA)  S.Punyavathi (Vice-President) ,  Tapasi Praharaj (National Secretary) , Asha Sharma  (General Secretary, Delhi JMS)    Maimoona Mollah   (President, Delhi JMS) met the Law Minister and submitted a memorandum regarding the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017, bringing to his attention the…

BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

  Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS "should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states." Statement by Norwegian Parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes on Nominating the BDS Movement…

Narendra Modi Uvacha: What is the History of Karnataka for Modi?

Narendra Modi Uvacha: What is the History of Karnataka for Modi?

  On 4 February 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed a large gathering during the concluding event of Parivartan Rally, in Bangalore. Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 90-day long election campaign rally in Karnataka kicked off on 2 November 2017, with party president, Amit Shah, attending the flagging it off. While talking about the developments during…

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

  Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie Padmavati raised the hackles of the Rajput community across several states, who vandalised the film sets and threatened further violence on the grounds that it distorted the history of Rajput Rani Padmini, and hurt their sentiments. Various persons threatened specific targetted violence like Mahipal Singh Makrana allegedly threatening to cut off…

Kumkum Sangari: “Padmavati is a fictional character, but the Hindu Right has fabricated fiction as well.”

Kumkum Sangari: “Padmavati is a  fictional character, but the Hindu Right has fabricated fiction as well.”

This is an excerpt from an inteview with Kumkum Sangari, one of the most important feminist scholars of our time. In conversation with Souradeep Roy, she explains that fictional characters too can be manipulated in a way to serve vested interests of a particular social group. Watch this space to see the entire interview. Also…

“Reduction in scholarship allocation for Dalit students a major concern, shows that Dalits, Adivasis continue to be ignored”: NCDHR

“Reduction in scholarship allocation for Dalit students a major concern, shows that Dalits, Adivasis continue to be ignored”: NCDHR

  The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received sharp criticism from the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) which pointed out that once again, the Budget had failed to live up to the expectations of the marginalised communities of India. In the Union Budget 2017-18, there was a fundamental shift made…

Githa Hariharan’s Response to Aniruddhan Vasudevan Declining the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation

Githa Hariharan’s Response to Aniruddhan Vasudevan Declining the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation

  Aniruddhan Vasudevan, who was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2016, for his translation of Perumal Murugan’s novel, Madhorubhagan, has now written to the Akademi declining the award. Kongu Kalvi Valarchi Arakattalai, the same group that hounded author Perumal Murugan, also filed a petition in the Madras High Court against his…

Is Today’s India a Threat to Gandhi and Ambedkar’s Idea of a Secular Nation?

Is Today’s India a Threat to Gandhi and Ambedkar’s Idea of a Secular Nation?

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's death, his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi, historian and biographer, delivered a speech at Sevagram, Wardha highlighting the crisis that faces secularism in India today. In his speech he spoke of the many ways in which Gandhi and Ambedkar's ideas of India intersected and the urgent need…

Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street

Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street

  Let us forget all the violence angry members of the Karni Sena and other satellite right wing groups are creating against the release of Padmavat for a minute. Let us forget the lack of authenticity of historical documents, writings and poetry that point out that Padmavati is fiction, or, that, Allauddin Khilji lived between 1296 and…