August 15th: Re-making India
August 15, 2018
On the 72nd Indian Independence Day, we bring to you a message by the people, for the people. About the India we don't want, and the India we want.
Free our farmers and workers from suffering.
The famous three wise monkeys who refuse to see, hear or speak any evil have been turned on their head. The Indian Parliament has nothing on the agenda for millions of farmers and workers of the country. Don’t look at them, don’t hear them, don’t talk about them – that seems to be the attitude of the dominant parties, barring the Left.
Let there be no manual scavenging.
The state has got no concept of welfare, safety and security of the poor and it is increasingly getting masculine and militarized. It is the responsibility of the Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister to assure safety and security to the manual scavengers.
Let our Rohiths live.
“The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust. In every field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living.”
Let Hafiz Junaid be remembered so the other Junaids can live with their heads held high.
She covered her head and once again
looked up to see
Bloodstains spread swiftly across the sky
Having swallowed the crescent moon…
They broke your body of fasting
To feed the wolves in their heart…
Let it be known that none can succeed, when half of us are held back.
A series of interviews, begun on International Working Women's Day, with women teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees – all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields – discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life.
Naanu Gauri! Let every citizen speak without fear.
Her extraordinary life remembered by the young leaders including Umar Khalid, Richa Singh, Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani. In their speech, they warned the Sangh Parivar once again that the power of the pen is mightier than their bullets. That if, in life, Gauri was a threat to forces of hatred because she had the ability to bring like minded people together; now, after her death, she has the ability to inspire an entire generation.
Let peace prevail in Kashmir.
At Dilli Haat
I know it's no use bargaining at the Kashmir stall;
They have their prices fixed.
What a thing it is to feel so sure
About what you deserve,
About what you want,
And what you surely don't—
What an inconvenience
Let us all live as one.
We spoke to Dr. Premchand after the session to discuss the politics of representation of Manipur in popular culture, especially with reference to the film Mary Kom. We also discussed the continuities and discontinuities in Manipuri theatre after the era of Heisnam Kanhailal and Ratan Thiyam.
Let there be the light of dignity in each home and heart.
Written by the eminent poet Dushyant Kumar (1933-1975), the ghazal “kahaan to tai thaa charaghaan har ek ghar ke liye” continues to inspire readers decades after it was written… This ghazal is said to have been written in response to the state of Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in June 1975. However, the poet’s words ring true in current times too! Which is why we decided to sing “about the dark times”, in dark times.
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