Eminent Citizens Condemn Attack on Classical Musical Expression in South India

Eminent Citizens Condemn Attack on Classical Musical Expression in South India

Condemning the recent cancellation of certain classical music programmes and 'intimidation' of artists in South India, close to 160 eminent citizens, including a good number of artists, theatre persons, film directors, judges, academics among others have issued a statement decrying the complete failure of  all authorities and institutions to protect freedom of expression. "In a…

Sanatan Sanstha and its Saviours

Sanatan Sanstha and its Saviours

The ongoing investigations in the cases of the political assassinations of rationalists have reached a juncture where the role of Sanatan Sanstha (SS) in these killings and other terrorist activities is becoming obvious. While the existence of ‘saffron terror’ or Hindutva terror is being established, Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),…

RSS Outreach Programme Will Succeed Only if it Eschews Hindu Rashtra

RSS Outreach Programme Will Succeed Only if it Eschews Hindu Rashtra

The attempts of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh and its chief Mohan Bhagwat to interact with persons and organisations of different political affiliations and ideological pursuits sounds utterly unconvincing. The RSS worldview defines India exclusively based on Hindutva, and looks at everything about our country from the narrow frame of one homogenised religion. Bhagwat's pronouncement (a…

Najeeb’s mother sues media houses for defaming son, file disappears from court!

Najeeb’s mother sues media houses for defaming son, file disappears from court!

In a shocking development, the file of a defamation case filed against top media houses and news publications has gone missing from inside court premises in New Delhi! Fatima Nafees, mother of JNU student Najeeb who had gone missing mysteriously from his hostel premises in October 2016, had filed the defamation case against Dilli Aaj Tak, Times of India and others…

Suspend Agreements with India Until the Human Right Activists are Released : MEP to European Commission

Suspend Agreements with India Until the Human Right Activists are Released : MEP to European Commission

Nine Members of the European Parliament sent today the attached letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, regarding the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of nine human and democratic rights activists across India on August 28 (2018). With this letter MEPs Lídia Senra,…

Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party

Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party

Five activists who have been arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence will continue to remain under house arrest till September 17. The Supreme Court on September 12 deferred the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others, after it was submitted that senior…

“I am traumatized and living in fear. Anytime, I can be killed”: Prof Sanjay Kumar

“I am traumatized and living in fear. Anytime, I can be killed”: Prof Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar, assistant professor of sociology, at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari (Bihar) who was dragged from his residence and nearly torched by a group of men for having spoken against the Vice-Chancellor of the university, speaks to eNewsroom about his trauma and agony, just after his university swung back to normalcy. Following are excerpts from the…

Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA

Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA

Advocate Susan Abraham was one among the rights activists whose house was raided on the morning of August 28. She talks to The Leaflet about the raids, their connection to the Bhima Koregaon chain of events and the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which has been used to incarcerate the rights activists. Update: The Supreme Court of India has adjourned the…

I call her Ma

I call her Ma

The fireflies in your eyes call out to mornings lazy under a quilt of gossamer messages on your face,  brown with thumbprints of yesterday  disrobed, memories going– wrinkles taut with tales that annoy you   I live with your embers, your fumes, fame, your shame, fried carp, steamed rice, your lies and the bottled fireflies—  …

केरल ! केरल !

केरल ! केरल !

केरल ! केरल ! जल ही जल है !! जल की इस बहती आंधी की  कैसी तो लीला अविरल है। टूटे भहरा पुल घर सड़कें । दिल सब जल के भय से  धडकें ।। बादल गरजें बिजली कडके। स्वर भड़  भड़ के। स्वर भड़ भड़ के ।। पुष्ट भुजायें फैली  बाहें । जल से जो…

Girish Karnad Caught in Web of ‘New Language’ of Hindutva Politics

Girish Karnad Caught in Web of ‘New Language’ of Hindutva Politics

At a literary meet on tolerance, organised by Dakshinayan in Bengaluru, Jnanpith recipient playwright Girish Karnad on September 2, 2018, had said that the ruling government at the Centre keeps discovering new language to further its politics. Speaking in Kannada, the playwright had said, “when we spoke about politics we used to speak of Lanchavatara (corruption’s dance)…

They are not man Fridays, they are dignified labourers with rights

They are not man Fridays, they are dignified labourers with rights

The central paramilitary force that guards India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan (Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)) has recently implemented a programme called "Man Friday". The aim of this programme is to produce “multi-talented” domestic help who can cook, clean, drive, provide first aid, handle laundry, bank work and much more. It aims to train boys and girls (though it…

Justice DY Chandrachud: “It’s too long a period for the LGBTQ community to suffer the indignities of life”

Justice DY Chandrachud: “It’s too long a period for the LGBTQ community to suffer the indignities of life”

On 6 September, the Supreme Court of India passed a historic judgement by decriminalising homosexuality between consenting adults, Section 377. A four-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, along with Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, pronounced four separate judgments and one unanimous decision. Here is an extract…

The Other

The Other

  The Other, is a collection of short stories about young adult on the margins. The following is an excerpt from the short story  “Because Superman Has Better Things to Do” of the book. There was a new gymnasium being constructed. The teachers were all away in a meeting. Raghu and his pals pushed me to…

Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377

Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377

AIDWA welcomes the historic and path breaking Supreme Court judgment in the Navtej Singh Johar case which decriminalises consensual sex between adults in the LGBTQ community and amongst others. This judgment in effect legally recognizes homosexuality and whittles down a 158-year-old colonial law which led to immense suffering and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Section 377 of…

In Historic Verdict, SC Decriminalises Homosexuality

In Historic Verdict, SC Decriminalises Homosexuality

In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as "manifestly arbitrary". In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra…

“Activists arrested not for dissent but for involvement with banned organisation”: Maharashtra Counter Affidavit In SC

“Activists arrested not for dissent but for involvement with banned organisation”: Maharashtra Counter Affidavit In SC

The Maharashtra government has filed a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court against the writ petition that had challenged the arrests of five activists in the Bhima-Koregaon case. The writ petition was filed by Romila Thapar, Prabhat Pattnaik, Devaki Jain, Maja Daruwala and Satish Daruwala, alleging that the arrest was “an exercise to silence dissent, stop…

How the term “naxal” is used to target dalits, tribals and other subaltern sections of Indian society

How the term “naxal” is used to target dalits, tribals and other subaltern sections of Indian society

On 28 August, five activists were arrested by the Pune police in a joint raid in several cities. Apart from the activists, K Satyanarayana and Anand Teltumbde’s houses were raided by the police. The Pune police, in contempt of court, has released alleged doctored letters connecting them to an event that took place in Bhima…

Assassination plots and other rumors: The story of how left-wing activists were hounded in India

Assassination plots and other rumors: The story of how left-wing activists were hounded in India

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Parliament Street in India’s capital, New Delhi, to protest against the recent attempts to arrest of five prominent leftist activists and intellectuals on charges that are widely perceived to be ranging from unsubstantiable to absurd. The activists who were raided were alleged to have links with the banned Maoist movement. Attempts to…

“Sabarimala discriminates against women on a public health issue”: Nikita Azad

“Sabarimala discriminates against women on a public health issue”: Nikita Azad

As the arguments on the long-contested Sabarimala case concludes with the judgment being reserved, The Leaflet speaks to activist Nikita Azad, who along with Sukhjeet Singh, filed an intervention in the above-mentioned case. In 2015, Nikita Azad addressed an open letter to Prayar Gopalakrishnan — president of the Travancore Devaswom Board — against his statement of installing…

Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals

Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) unequivocally condemns the arrests of social activists and leftist intellectuals including Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao,and Arun Ferreria  by the Pune police today. The arrests are part of a clear design to lock down on democratic dissent, undermine free speech and create a climate of fear. This is quite…

Full text of petition filed by Romila Thapar and others

Full text of petition filed by Romila Thapar and others

Following is the full text of the petition: IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CRIMINAL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. ________2018 IN THE MATTER OF : ROMILA THAPAR [Address redacted] DEVAKI JAIN [Address redacted] PRABHAT PATTNAIK [Address redacted] SATISH DESHPANDE [Address redacted] MAJA DARUWALA [Address redacted] (PETIONERS) VERSUS UNION OF INDIA THROUGH SECRETARY, MINISTRY…

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS strongly condemns the arrests of its member Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and the raids at the homes of Father Stan Swamy, Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Prof. K. Satyanarayana, Pavana, Anala, Kurmanath, Kranti Tekula and others conducted by the Maharashtra police along with the state police of…

Assassination of Dr Kalburgi – A Conspiracy to Eradicate the Culture of Dissent

Assassination of Dr Kalburgi – A Conspiracy to Eradicate the Culture of Dissent

Dr. Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, a scholar of Vachana literature, was assassinated three years ago on August 30, 2015, at his residence in Dharwad, Karnataka. Kalburgi was a prolific writer and a researcher of Vachana literature. His scholarship was influenced by the 12thcentury philosophy of Basavanna and the Vachana literature that also became a backbone of…

From Communal Deadlock to a Communal Emergency: An Ambedkarite Assessment of “Indian Conditions” Today

From Communal Deadlock to a Communal Emergency: An Ambedkarite Assessment of “Indian Conditions” Today

In a speech he made to the All-India Scheduled Castes Federation (AISCF) in 1945, B.R. Ambedkar distinguished between a “political majority” and a “communal majority”. According to him, “a political majority is not a fixed or a permanent majority… it is always made, unmade and remade. A communal majority is a permanent majority, fixed in…

“There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna

“There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna

“There is nothing accidental about it, these threats, and horrendous efforts to intimidate artists. Yes Bollywood has completely deserted us, it will never speak up,” said Carnatic music expondent T.M.Krishna in an interview to The Citizen. This was shortly after he along with other Carnatic musicians had received threats for singing Christian hymns and while…

Our Real Heroes

Our Real Heroes

Translated by Subin Dennis   [Joy Sebastian, a software professional who is part of the rescue operations in Kerala's Alappuzha district, writes about the stellar role played by fishermen and volunteers in the flood relief activities in Kuttanad. A major rice-growing region with scenic backwaters, Kuttanad is spread over the Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. Lying…

Observances of National Scientific Temper Day

Observances of National Scientific Temper Day

20th August 2018 is being observed as National Scientific Temper Day in honour of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, anti-superstition campaigner and champion of scientific temper, who was killed in an act of premeditated murder by right-wing communal extremist forces, on this day five years ago in 2013. Several similar shocking murders were committed over the next several…

Villagers and activists allege fake encounter on adivasis in Sukma by security forces

Villagers and activists allege fake encounter on adivasis in Sukma by security forces

On August 6, mainstream newspapers across the country reported that 15 “Naxals” were killed in an “encounter with security forces” near Sukma in Chhattisgarh. The news also reported that two others “including a senior cadre and an injured woman rebel” were held after a “gun battle” with the security forces. As per the reports that appeared, the…

Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak

Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak

The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with…

Over 250 Photographers, Artists, Journalists and Activists Demand Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam

Over 250 Photographers, Artists, Journalists and Activists Demand Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam

Over 250 photographers, Artists, Journalists and activists including: Ram Rahman, Vivan Sundaram, Parthiv Shah, Pushpamala N., Raghu Rai, Devika Daulet-Singh, Pablo Bartholomew, Prashant Panjiar, Dinesh Khanna, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kalat, Krishen Khanna, Ravi Aggarwal and Gauri Gill, have issued a statement demanding Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam’s immediate release. The statement with is as follows:  In…

Nation-wide Shutdown Against Rape Culture Marks Women’s Month in South Africa

Nation-wide Shutdown Against Rape Culture Marks Women’s Month in South Africa

On Wednesday, South Africa witnessed a nation-wide shut down against the increasing gender-based violence. Tens of thousands of women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people marched across the country demanding an end to rape culture and gender-based violence. Chanting ‘enough is enough’ and ‘my body is not a crime scene’, they marched through various cities. Marches…

“Those who could not counter ideas with an idea killed Pansare and Dabholkar”: Dr Avinash Patil

“Those who could not counter ideas with an idea killed Pansare and Dabholkar”: Dr Avinash Patil

In an exclusive interview with Newsclick, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti President Dr Avinash Patil speaks about how his organisation has continued the war against superstitions. The organisation was established by Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed for running a campaign to end unscientific beliefs. According to Dr Patil, the killers are the ones who are…

Palestinian Writer is Being Interrogated in an Inhuman Manner

Palestinian Writer is Being Interrogated in an Inhuman Manner

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said on Wednesday said that the Palestinian journalist-writer Lama Khater, arrested by Israeli forces early on Tuesday morning, is being interrogated in a brutal, inhuman manner. According to them, Ms. Khater is being held at the Israeli prison Ashkelon. The PPC, in a statement on Facebook, said that its lawyer, Firas Al-Sabbah…

PEN South India and PEN Delhi Stand with Writer S Hareesh

PEN South India and PEN Delhi Stand with Writer S Hareesh

PEN South-India and PEN-Delhi note with extreme distress the harassment and silencing of Malayalam writer S Hareesh in Kerala. Hareesh’s new novel, Meesa (Moustache), was being serialised in the leading weekly magazine Mathrubhumi. As its third chapter was published, members of the Yoga Kshema Sabha declared that a conversation in the chapter between two men…

Israeli Massacres Continue, 5 Palestinians Killed in Gaza and West Bank

Israeli Massacres Continue, 5 Palestinians Killed in Gaza and West Bank

The Israeli military on Monday killed a teenager in the West Bank and on Friday caused the deaths of four Palestinians in Gaza,marking more assaults in Israel’s most significant escalation of violence since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. Arkan Thaer Mizhar, 15, was shot dead at a refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday morning. The incident took place at…

“Anti-national” Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Show Cancelled by Baroda University After Alumni Complains

“Anti-national” Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Show Cancelled by Baroda University After Alumni Complains

Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat's Baroda cancelled a sold out show by prominent comedian Kunal Kamra, after it received a complaint from a group of alumni alleging that he has mimicked the national anthem and holds anti-national views about the government. The show was scheduled to take place on August 11, at the CC Mehta Auditorium within the campus…

Two Significant Victories Against the Destructive Moves by MHRD

Two Significant Victories Against the Destructive Moves by MHRD

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has amended certain problematic sections of the draft bill that proposed to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). As reported by Hindustan Times, MHRD has received over 6000 suggestions, and even though the deadline for submitting suggestions to MHRD is July 20, the draft…

Artist Alone

Artist Alone

  To create and materialize experience in its most vulnerable, intangible form, so that it becomes an integral part of our being long after ‘the moment’ has passed, is the spell that an artist conjures. The artist does not cheat, distract, or delude, on the other hand, creates a pathway for humanity to feel within…

What is it with Tagore?

What is it with Tagore?

What is it with Tagore? Asked Philip Nikolayev, one of the most innovative poets I have had the fortune to be acquainted with. A Russian American poet and translator, Philip Nikolayev is credited with the invention of the exquisite technique of the ‘immured sonnet’  which I am particularly fond of. Before I try to respond…

“No writer should accept awards from any religious fundamentalist organisation”: Paul Zacharia

“No writer should accept awards from any religious fundamentalist organisation”: Paul Zacharia

Sahitya Akademi Award winning writer Paul Zacharia recently courted controversy when speaking at  an event organised in honour of the eminent Malayalam writer and cartoonist, O V Vijayan, in Palakkad, Kerala. Zacharia raised objection to the late writer (who is best remembered for his novel Khasakinte Itihasam) accepting the Sanjayan Puraskaram from Thapasya Art and…

Signatures Pour in on Letter Urging Harvard University to Withdraw Minister Sinha’s Alumni Status

Signatures Pour in on Letter Urging Harvard University to Withdraw Minister Sinha’s Alumni Status

Signatures are pouring in on a letter (now being circulated as a petition) to the President of Harvard University, Lawrence Bacow urging him to withdraw the alumni status of Minister Jayant Sinha. And alongside issue an official letter strongly condemning the Ministers decision to felictate persons convicted of lynching Alimuddin Ansari on the suspicion of…

Delhi High Court Stays Defamation Proceedings Against Journalist Swati Chaturvedi

Delhi High Court Stays Defamation Proceedings Against Journalist Swati Chaturvedi

Delhi High Court on July 10 stayed criminal defamation proceedings against journalist Swati Chaturvedi filed by BJP's Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga. The court also granted the journalist exemption from appearance before the trial court. In her petition, Chaturvedi had asked the HC to quash the defamation complaint against her, stating that Bagga is…

India Most Dangerous Country for Women? Government Says ‘No’, Feminist-Activists Say ‘Yes’

India Most Dangerous Country for Women? Government Says ‘No’, Feminist-Activists Say ‘Yes’

According to a Thomas Reuters Foundation experts’ survey poll published on June 26,2018 India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to high risk of sexual violence and forced slave labour. War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues, followed…

Institutes of Eminence: Autonomy Without Accountability

Institutes of Eminence: Autonomy Without Accountability

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) released a press note from the Ministry of Human Resource Development pertaining to the shortlisted Institutions of Eminence (IoE) yesterday. Much to the surprise of university professors as well as the public in general, the list included a non-existent university, Jio Institute. Accusations came shortly after the announcement speculating whether…

Filmmaker Divya Bharathi continues to be hounded by the Tamil Nadu police

Filmmaker Divya Bharathi continues to be hounded by the Tamil Nadu police

Article 19A of the Constitution of India guarantees freedom of expression to every citizen in the country. Since the right-wing government has come into power, there has been an increase in the curbing of one’s right to freedom across the country. Artists across the country are being hounded by right-wing groups for critiquing them. Recently, the Tamil Nadu…

35 injured as Israel sets out to demolish Palestinian village

35 injured as Israel sets out to demolish Palestinian village

35 Palestinian protesters were injured while protesting the Israeli plan to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar near occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 4th. Four of the protesters had to be hospitalized. The injured included one Palestinian journalist while another Palestinian journalist’s camera lens was also broken. Israeli police also arrested 11 protesters, including…

HLEC Strikes Again in JNU

HLEC Strikes Again in JNU

In a recent verdict, High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) has upheld its previous decision to expel and/or fine many Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. This decision has been made in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred on JNU campus on February 9, 2016. The committee has now decided to uphold it’s previous decision to expel…

Public Statement by Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj Against False Allegations Aired on Media

Public Statement by Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj Against False Allegations Aired on Media

I have been informed that Republic TV aired a programme on 4 July 2018, presented by anchor and MD Arnab Goswami as “Super Exclusive Breaking News”. The programme, which is being repeatedly shown, contains a long list of ridiculous, scurrilous, false and completely unsubstantiated allegations against me. Goswami has claimed that I have written a…

Act! Write to the MHRD on the new education policy and read the response by teachers in Indian universities here

Act! Write to the MHRD on the new education policy and read the response by teachers in Indian universities here

On 27 June, the Human Resources Development Ministry of the Government of India announced that it would repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act and introduce a new regulatory body for higher education called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The draft Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) 2018 can be read here. Prakash Javadekar, the…

Scars of Hiroshima

Scars of Hiroshima

At the outskirts of Tokyo, beyond light manufacturing plants and small farms, sits an incongruous set of buildings. There is a traditional Japanese veranda near an attractive house, besides which sits a large blue building. In that building, on two floors, hang the soul of Japan – the paintings by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki…

Allahabad University Former Students Union President Richa Singh Arrested

Allahabad University Former Students Union President Richa Singh Arrested

Richa Singh, former Student Union President (Allahabad University) has been arrested for staging a protest along with several other Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) aspirants, who were protesting against the leakage of the Hindi compulsory paper, that was listed for the afternoon shift of the PCS Mains examination, on 19 June, 2018. Several of…

Who is the Mastermind Behind the Assassinations of the Rationalists?

Who is the Mastermind Behind the Assassinations of the Rationalists?

On September 5, 2017, Gauri Lankesh, an activist-journalist was assassinated in Bengaluru. Her journalism that focused on unveiling communal, non-secular agenda of the right wing, costed her life. Parashuram Waghmare, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), has confessed to have assassinated the journalist to “save Hinduism”. The SIT had earlier arrested five people –…

Can there be newer ways of thinking about Hindu-Muslim relationships in South Asia?

Can there be newer ways of thinking about Hindu-Muslim relationships in South Asia?

“The hermetically cloistered figures of rosary-fondling Sufis and sabre-rattling ghazis, (saints and warriors) even when yoked to the cause of good pluralistic politics, produce bad history. And I say this because, faced as we are with an insistence on a Manichean clash between Islam and Hinduism in India’s medieval past, historians need to fashion newer…

Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh

Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh

The murder of Shahzahan Bachchu, a publisher, writer, and activist known for his support of secularism, is proof that free expression remains under grave threat in Bangladesh, PEN America said in a statement today.  Bachchu, a writer and outspoken proponent of secular principles, owned the Bishaka Prakashani publishing house, which specialised in publishing poetry, and was a…

Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights

Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights

Hewlett Packard (HP) faces over $120 million in potential losses since India’s largest student federation passed a resolution to support the BDS movement and to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) companies over their well-documented complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Apoorva Gautam, the India-based South Asia coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which leads and supports…

The Agony and The Ajaat

The Agony and The Ajaat

Amitabh Bachchan has said that if ever asked about his caste by Census enumerators, his answer would be: Caste – Indian.  That, of course, would do little more than stoke the media’s Bollywood feeding frenzy yet again. Shyam Maharaj is no Bachchan. Nor is his brother, Chaitanya Prabhu. But they and the followers of their…

Crossing Borders: Part II

Crossing Borders: Part II

This is the second part of a two part essay on an eyewitness account of visiting Palestine. We have changed the name of the author to protect her identity. Read the first part here. Jerusalem In the old city of Jerusalem, entire families live in one room tenements. Israeli occupying forces have installed cameras around…

नवल किशोर को मिली धमकियों से संबंधित तथ्य

नवल किशोर को मिली धमकियों से संबंधित तथ्य

फारवर्ड प्रेस के हिंदी-संपादक नवल किशोर कुमार को रणवीर सेना के संस्थापक ब्रह्मेश्वर मुखिया के समर्थकों की ओर से पिछले तीन दिनों से लगातार धमकियां मिल रही हैं। ऐसी ही धमकियां एनडीटीवी के सीनियर एक्सक्यूटिव एडिटर रवीश कुमार को पिछले महीने मिलीं थीं। अभी पांच दिन पहले, 25 मई को उन्होंने अपना चर्चित कार्यक्रम प्राइम टाइम इसी…

Tripura Terror: Mob Enters Home of SFI President, Attacks Her and Family

Tripura Terror: Mob Enters Home of SFI President, Attacks Her and Family

On the evening of June 4, 2018 a large number of goons belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entered the house of the State President of Student Federation of India (SFI), Tripura, Nilanjana Roy and physically assaulted her. According to a press statement by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) Roy’s family was…

US Threatens to Exit Human Rights Council in Protest Against Scrutiny of Israel

US Threatens to Exit Human Rights Council in Protest Against Scrutiny of Israel

The US has intensified its threat of leaving the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in response to European countries refusing to accept its proposal that Israel’s human rights violations not be discussed regularly by the Council. Earlier this month, the US representative to the UN for social and economic affairs, Kelley Currie, held two meetings…

Crossing Borders: Part I

Crossing Borders: Part I

This is the first part of a two part essay on an eyewitness account of visiting Palestine. We have changed the name of the author to protect her identity. Arriving, Tel Aviv After I land in Tel Aviv, things start moving really quickly. The anxiety at passport control is quickly replaced by an odd sadness….

अच्युतानंद मिश्र की कविताएँ : अपने जीवनानुभवों के साथ ईमानदार बर्ताव की कविताएँ हैं

अच्युतानंद मिश्र की कविताएँ : अपने जीवनानुभवों के साथ ईमानदार बर्ताव की कविताएँ हैं

अच्युतानंद मिश्र की छवि एक अच्छे कवि, गंभीर अध्येता और एक आलोचक की बनी है। इधर हमारी कविता में अनकहे की अनुपस्थिति बढ़ती जा रही है और सब कुछ कहने की विकलता बढ़ रही है।अच्युतानंद के बारे में मुझे एक उल्लेखनीय बात यह दीखती है कि उनकी कविता का बहुलांश अनकहे का स्पेस छोड़ता है।…

Journalists Continue to be Under Threat in Modi Raj, UN Body Rebukes Indian Government

Journalists Continue to be Under Threat in Modi Raj, UN Body Rebukes Indian Government

The United Nation’s Human’s Rights body issued a statement on Thursday calling on the authorities in India to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub, who has received death threats following an online hate campaign. Rana Ayyub has been on the receiving end of intense abuse, ever since she released her book Gujarat Files in 2016. In…

Women of Bhalaswa: Stories Beyond Waste

Women of Bhalaswa: Stories Beyond Waste

This year on 8 March, the International Women’s Day, Chintan, an environmental research and action group, started a photo series, “Women of Bhalaswa,” documenting the stories of women living in Bhalaswa, an area with one of Delhi’s three landfills. The project aimed to highlight the experiences and struggles of women living in the area. Here…

“Ruling classes and castes use reservations as a prop to inflict more violence upon dalits”: Anand Teltumbde

“Ruling classes and castes use reservations as a prop to inflict more violence upon dalits”: Anand Teltumbde

Anand Teltumbde's latest book of essays, Republic of Caste, brought out by Navayana, is one of the most important additions to the understanding of caste. Here, the author discusses some of the major concerns of the book with Souradeep Roy, member of the editorial collective of  the Indian Cultural Forum.   Souradeep Roy (SR): You…

Closing the Ring

Closing the Ring

The sense of unease is only deepening. Truth had become a casualty long ago but the spin gets more and more innovative. Those who do wrong, turn it around and claim they are right and since long, murder and violence have a strong justification. Remember every action has a reaction? While much of the media…

“Is the Left ready to receive a new Ambedkarite wound?”: Soumyabrata Choudhury

“Is the Left ready to receive a new Ambedkarite wound?”: Soumyabrata Choudhury

In this discussion on Soumyabrata Choudhury’s Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme, Souradeep Roy asks what kind of influence Choudhury’s time at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has had in the writing of the book. In this section, they also Choudhury also asks if the Left, which has had a very active and living…

“Do we want to teach our children falsehoods or what constitutes knowledge?”: Romila Thapar

“Do we want to teach our children falsehoods or what constitutes knowledge?”: Romila Thapar

Over the last few years, India has seen an increased effort attempt to rewrite her past — with textbooks in schools being one of the mediums to do so. One such incident is when the Shiv Sena and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) submitted separate petitions to the Maharashtra government reiterating their longstanding demand for…

“There is a need for reimagining the precepts of human rights” : Dr V Suresh

“There is a need for reimagining the precepts of human rights” : Dr V Suresh

Dr.V Suresh, General Secretary of PUCL, shares his concerns and the challenges before the Human Rights movement, in the context of increasing safronisation and fascisisation of the Indian State machinery, including the Judiciary.  In this interview Dr. Suresh also reiterates the need for reimagining the precepts of human rights and expand its ambit beyond the…

Countdown to Ayodhya

Countdown to Ayodhya

Babri Masjid: 25 Years On was published as a Special Issue by the Indian Journal of Secularism in 2017 to commemorate 25 years of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The book has multiple narratives — eye-witness accounts, essays on the political events that led upto the demolition, the riots that followed, and how different sections of…

“Ambedkar broke any prevailing consensus on nationhood”: Soumyabrata Choudhury

“Ambedkar broke any prevailing consensus on nationhood”: Soumyabrata Choudhury

In our latest interview for the series Writers Talk Politics, we talk to Soumyabrata Choudhury on his book, Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme, published by Navayana. In this part of the interview, Choudhury explains how Ambedkar questions a national consensus around any entity called ‘India’ on the basis of caste.   Watch…

Mir Silsila – The Legacy of the Mirs

Mir Silsila – The Legacy of the Mirs

This is an excerpt from Mir Silsila – The Legacy of the Mirs, published by India Foundation for the Arts. It is one of the outcomes of the Baba Farid Mir Musicians Project. To use their words, it is "a photo essay with breathtaking visuals and compelling text. Written by Rajkumar Rajak in Hindi, with a translation in English by Neha Chaturvedi and Kedar Dunakhe, Mir Silsila documents the yatra or…

AIDWA demands stringent action against VC for violation of PcPNDT Act

AIDWA  demands stringent action against VC for violation of PcPNDT Act

AIDWA condemns the shocking statement reportedly made by the Vice Chancellor of AYUSH, Shri Baldev Kumar Dhiman, claiming that ayurveda can help in the selection of gender before conception. Not only does this display a completely unscientific mindset, the statement also violates the PcPNDT Act which makes sex selection illegal, whether before or after conception….

Will Modi’s Speeches Turn the Tide in Karnataka?

Will Modi’s Speeches Turn the Tide in Karnataka?

With the state assembly elections in the Southern state of Karnataka drawing closer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been touring in the state. So far, he has addressed the campaigning rallies in Shivamogga, Hubli, Chitradurga, Bagalkot, Raichur, Bengaluru and many other districts in the state. Party President Amit Shah and chief ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…

UGC delists Forward Pressand other progressive, anti-casteism journals and magazines

UGC delists Forward Pressand other progressive, anti-casteism journals and magazines

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has delisted Forward Press and other journals and magazines in Hindi, English and other regional languages that are progressive and oppose casteism.The UGC has directed universities to not recruit or promote teachers based on published material in these publications. Among the magazines delisted by the UGC are Hans, Vaagarth, Kathakram, Dalit Dastak,…

Savarkar First Spoke of the Two-Nation Theory: Irfan Habib

Savarkar First Spoke of the Two-Nation Theory: Irfan Habib

The dispute surrounding Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait from the Aligarh Muslim University has raked up many old controversies about the late founder of Pakistan.  In Indian version of the history, Jinnah has always been portrayed in bad light, and his contribution to the freedom struggle has been subverted. Historian Irfan Habib talked to Tarique Anwar about the…

Condemn the State Sponsored Massacre Scripted as ‘Encounter’ in Gadchiroli and Bijapur in Central India

Condemn the State Sponsored Massacre Scripted as ‘Encounter’ in Gadchiroli and Bijapur in Central India

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemn the recent spate of genocidal violence unleashed by the Indian State on the adivasis of Central India in the form of ‘encounter’ killings in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The alleged ‘encounter’, a term used in the subcontinent to describe the extra-judicial…

The Passage

The Passage

                                   While she passed over the woods, her hair flying                                  in the winds of the cloud-lit Pushpak,            …

Ashok Mitra

Ashok Mitra

Ashok Mitra who passed away on May1, 2018, was the doyen among Left intellectuals in the country, held in the highest esteem by one and all for his absolute integrity, his outstanding intellect and his commitment to the cause of the working people. Born on April 10, 1928, in the eastern part of undivided Bengal, he was…

Over 100 Journalists Write To IB Ministry Against Proposal To Regulate Digital Media

Over 100 Journalists Write To IB Ministry Against Proposal To Regulate Digital Media

A group of over 100 journalists and other professionals related to online media today wrote to the Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to express their concerns over the Ministry’s proposal to extend traditional broadcasting rules and restrictions to the internet. The journalists include both veterans of the industry like Raghav Bahl, MK Venu, Madhu…

Indian History Congress Statement on Red Fort

Indian History Congress Statement on Red Fort

The Indian History Congress is greatly perturbed at the announcement that Dalmia Bharat, a cement company with no known experience of maintenance of monuments is being made the custodian of the Red Fort of Delhi, a major national monument. It has also been announced that other monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are also in line…

Economist Ashok Mitra Dies on Mayday

Economist Ashok Mitra Dies on Mayday

Dr.Ashok Mitra who passed away on the morning of May 1, 2018, was the doyen of Left intellectuals in the country. A brilliant economist, he was the Minister of Finance, Development and Planning of West Bengal in the first Left Front government of that state in 1977 and remained in that office till 1986. His ministerial tenure coincided…

Injunction on book on Baba Ramdev’s life lifted in landmark victory for free speech

Injunction on book on Baba Ramdev’s life lifted in landmark victory for free speech

  On April 28, 2018 the court of JSCC­-ASCJ-­GJ, East District, Karkardooma Courts, Delhi, presided by Sh. Jay Thareja, DJS, lifted the ex-parte interim injunction on the publication and sale of Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev. The publisher Juggernaut Books and author Priyanka Pathak-Narain were represented by Rajashekhar Rao, Satyajit Sarna and Amit Agrawal. On…

Caste in Music

Caste in Music

  A Karnatik music class is not a place for musical exchange alone. It is a cultural space, a caste-specific cultural space. From the way students are expected to dress to the pictures that decorate the walls, the environment informs you of what is the norm. Girls almost always had to be dressed in salwar-kameez or…

And Then There Was Michael Weiss

And Then There Was Michael Weiss

This is a short extract from The Last Email (2017), Mridula Garg's latest novel. Mridula Garg is one of the few Hindi writers who also write in English. The Last Email  is about two lovers who reconnect after four decades. They realise that the long years of separation have not diminished their love and desire for each other. They're…

Incessant Attacks on Bengal Reporters, Journalists Wear Black Badges in Protest

Incessant Attacks on Bengal Reporters, Journalists Wear Black Badges in Protest

Incessant attacks on journalists have continued throughout the state of West Bengal in the last fortnight. The attacks had started after the nomination process for the panchayat polls begun on April 2 and continued ceaselessly till April 9, which was the last day of submission of the nomination papers. According to preliminary estimates, at least 70 journalists have been…

Andhra Aadhar Leak Confirms Violation of Citizen Rights: “Not By Default But By Design”

Andhra Aadhar Leak Confirms Violation of Citizen Rights: “Not By Default But By Design”

“The government agencies are pretending to be shocked by yet another ‘leak’. The ‘leak’ shows the true character but real message is that it is not happening by default but by design”, said Dr Gopal Krishna, Member, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), who has been working on the subject of Big Data and biometric-digital…

बलात्कारविषयी नवीन अध्यादेश: आग रामेश्वरी बंब सोमेश्वरी

बलात्कारविषयी नवीन अध्यादेश: आग रामेश्वरी बंब सोमेश्वरी

Following the rape cases of Kathua and Unnao, sensible and sensitive citizens of this country are really disturbed. What is even more worrisome than the brutality of the these cases, is the support that these accused have managed to garner. Adding fuel to the fire, leaders and politicians are making statements that are underrating the…

Political Parties Have Looked at Slum Dwellers as Vote Bank: Narasimhamurthy

Political Parties Have Looked at Slum Dwellers as Vote Bank: Narasimhamurthy

The Slum Janandolana, Karnataka (SJK-Movement of Slum Dwellers, Karnataka) is organising slum dwellers to fight for their rights and against the oppression by the state and bureaucracy for a decade now. Newsclick and Indian Cultural Forum spoke to Narasimhamurthy, state convenor, SJK, about the approach of the political parties in the state towards the demands of slum…

Four More Palestinians Killed as Protesters Surge Towards Gaza-Israel Border

Four More Palestinians Killed as Protesters Surge Towards Gaza-Israel Border

  Four more Palestinians were shot dead on April 20 and another 729 wounded, as 10,000 protesters in the besieged Gaza strip, unfazed by Israeli soldiers’ use of live ammunition, surged 300 meters closer to the border fence than they were in previous week’s protests. Among those killed was 14-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, who was shot in…

Handkerchief of Leather

Handkerchief of Leather

Blistered, beaten, Kali's foot, brute, staring at the ascetic's crescent tongue The Ganges shrunken to a pale comb of water while the petals of ash huddle to form                                      a face Blistered, beaten, Kali's foot, brute, staring at…

Academics From Around the World Call PM Modi’s Response to Kathua and Unnao “Wholly Inadequate”

Academics From Around the World Call PM Modi’s Response to Kathua and Unnao “Wholly Inadequate”

Over 600 academicians and scholars from India and abroad have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express their “deep anger and anguish” over the events in Kathua and Unnao and said that his assurances of justice for the victims were “wholly inadequate, platitudinous, and non-specific”.  Endorsing the sentiments expressed by 49…

ബാബായ്ക്ക് ഒരു കത്ത്

ബാബായ്ക്ക് ഒരു കത്ത്

നമ്മുടെ കുതിരകളെല്ലാം വീട്ടില്‍ തിരിച്ചെത്തിയോ, ബാബാ?   കിളരമുള്ള പുല്‍പ്പടര്‍പ്പുകള്‍ക്കിടയ്ക്കു ആ ദുര്‍ഭൂതങ്ങള്‍ എന്നെ പിച്ചിച്ചീന്തിയപ്പോള്‍ അവ മാത്രമേ കൂടെ കരയാന്‍ ഉണ്ടായുള്ളൂ. കുന്നിന്‍പുറത്തെ നീലപ്പൂക്കള്‍ കണ്ണടച്ചു നിന്നു, ആറ്റുവഞ്ചികള്‍ തല കുനിച്ചു, നീരുറവകള്‍ എന്റെ ചോര പോലെ കലങ്ങിയുറഞ്ഞു പോയി.   ചന്ദ്രനെ മുതുകിലേറ്റി വരുന്ന വെളുത്ത കുതിരകളെ സ്വപ്നം കാണുന്ന മയക്കത്തില്‍, അവരെന്നെ അവരുടെ ദേവതയ്ക്കു കുരുതി കൊടുക്കാന്‍ കൊണ്ടുപോവുകയാണെന്ന് ഞാന്‍ കരുതിയതേയില്ല, ബാബാ.   പാതി മയക്കത്തില്‍ ഞാന്‍ ഇബ്ബിലീസുകളുടെ ഇരുണ്ട പൊട്ടിച്ചിരികളും കുതിരക്കുട്ടികളുടെ നിലാവു…

The Spark in Their Words

The Spark in Their Words

Basava, Kalburgi. Neither was an atheist; but both believed in, and practised, a radical form of religion. Their words—indeed, their lives—were texts that challenged the powerful status quo. If the reformer and poet Basava were alive today, we would call him an activist, or even a radical. Back in the twelfth century, when he spearheaded…

“I don’t want people to see The Slave Genesis as an anthropological film”: Aneez K Mapila

“I don’t want people to see The Slave Genesis as an anthropological film”: Aneez K Mapila

Malayalam documentary filmaker Aneez K Mappila won the National Film Award for the Best Anthropological Documentary Film in 65th National Awards, Government of India for his documentary The Slave Genesis. The Indian Cultural Forum talked to the director on his experience while working with the Paniya tribes.     Sreelakshmi (SL): As a person not…

Activists Demand Israeli Soldiers to Disobey Illegal Orders to Shoot Unarmed Palestinians

Activists Demand Israeli Soldiers to Disobey Illegal Orders to Shoot Unarmed Palestinians

Israeli forces continue to open fire against Palestinians as the 45-day long Great Return March reached its third week last Friday. Having already killed more than 30 people – including journalists covering the protests, and injured over a thousand, last Friday, Israeli forces have injured at least 700 more, including 17 medical personnel, by using…

A New Ambedkarite Wound

A New Ambedkarite Wound

This is a short extract from the introduction to the book Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme (Navayana, 2018). Choudhury, here, reignites the debate over the appropriation of Ambedkar. Amidst rising echoes for Ambedkar-Marx, Ambedkar-Marx-Bhagat Singh, Ambedkar-Marx-Gandhi-Bhagat Singh, he provocatively asks us to think of Ambedkar's singular exceptionality. "[T]he question", he says, "is…

U P Number in Goa

U P Number in Goa

I don’t speak Konkani too well Just a smattering To get by, for example, vhodlo Goldflake To let the shopkeeper  Know my preference He looks at the number plate of my car And asks about U.P. I don’t know what to say—It’s a vhodlo state, I mumble Pretty dry, and gets unbearably hot in the summers The winters are…

In Mangalore, Protests Seeking Justice for Kathua and Unnao Rape Victims are Also a Fight for the Survivor Murdered in Dharmasthala

In Mangalore, Protests Seeking Justice for Kathua and Unnao Rape Victims are Also a Fight for the Survivor Murdered in Dharmasthala

On 16 April, 2018, Mangalore saw protesters gather in front of the District Commissioner’s office seeking justice for the Kathua and Unnao rapes. It began with the Dharmasthala survivor's mother lighting the first candle to lead the march. The protest was one among several others that broke out in multiple cities across India after news…

What Does it Mean for Indian Democracy When the Police Has to Appoint Investigating Officers From a “Third” Religion

What Does it Mean for Indian Democracy When the Police Has to Appoint Investigating Officers From a “Third” Religion

What does it mean for a democratic nation when rape is justified? And rapists protected, first by mobs that march in their support, and then by the administration that refuses or unable to take action? And then to cut through the absence of trust and communalisation a state police has to bring in officers from…

Poem for Asifa

Poem for Asifa

  Tribute to Asifa A-ll grey and weathered on the valley and before s-he was gone once and all, the sky had trembled i-ndented grass flowers bent down to wipe tears from the night before f-allen birds, stunned at human treachery, a-ltered the horizon forever After I write this acrostic verse above poetry wants to…

“Militarisation” of Bihar Varsity Campuses: Teachers’ Bodies Cry Foul

“Militarisation” of Bihar Varsity Campuses: Teachers’ Bodies Cry Foul

Temples of learning in Bihar are being turned into war zones, allege academicians, students and politicians who are protesting against the appointment of 12 retired Army officers and former bureaucrats as registrars of the state’s 10 universities. Generally, teachers who are capable of handling administrative and financial responsibilities are appointed as university registrars. Unfortunately, none…

Acquittal For a Hit and Run But Convicted For Poaching

Acquittal For a Hit and Run But Convicted For Poaching

Salman Khan’s conviction in the blackbuck poaching case is welcome news. This decision of a Jodhpur court assures environmentalists and wildlife protection activists that the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is an effective legislation. The actor had been earlier acquitted of charges under the Arms Act as well as of hunting two chinkaras. However, though he was convicted…

A Critical Appraisal of Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme 2012

A Critical Appraisal of Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme 2012

The government of Meghalaya’s Tourism Department came out with a notification on 20 January, 2012, “Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme,” which was to come into effect from the date of the issuance of the notification. When a government plans to introduce a scheme like this, they need to take into account things like…

Na Turk, Na Hindu: Shared Languages in North India

Na Turk, Na Hindu: Shared Languages in North India

  Modern language ideologies firmly believe that languages ‘belong’ to specific communities, be they ethnic, regional, or religious.These imagined communities, according to Benedict Anderson (1991), get simultaneously projected into the past, present, and the future. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the slogan ‘Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan’ projected Hindi (in the Nagari script) as the language…

23 March 2018: Black Friday

23 March 2018: Black Friday

  It was alarming and highly disturbing to see the manhandling and violence that was perpetrated by Delhi police on peacefully marching students on 24th March 2018.     Most mainstream media channels grossly underreported the number of students who attended the march. These students were not only from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) but also…

Editors Guild of India Condems Smriti Irani’s Move on Fake News

Editors Guild of India Condems Smriti Irani’s Move on Fake News

The Editors Guild of India strongly condemns the arbitrary and draconian measure contemplated by the Union Information and Broadcasting (I &B) Ministry ostensibly to penalise any journalist or media organisation publishing fake news but in fact meant to browbeat and muzzle the press. By notifying that the I & B Ministry will initiate such proceedings,…

Can cooperatives be a possible alternative to capitalist enterprises?

Can cooperatives be a possible alternative to capitalist enterprises?

Eminent economist, Prabhat Patnaik speaks at the launch of the book Building Alternatives: The story of India's Oldest Construction Workers' Cooperative written by T.M Thomas Isaac and Michelle Williams. He discussed the idea of cooperatives being an alternative to capitalist enterprises, and sheds some light on the extent to which such an understanding of cooperatives is…

Delhi Streets See Sea of Students and Teachers Marching in Defence of Education

Delhi Streets See Sea of Students and Teachers Marching in Defence of Education

The People's March against the Government's policy onslaught on higher education and attack on reservation, saw an ocean of people descend on Parliament Street. Over 10000 teachers and students constituted the unprecedented gathering that marched with the DUTA banner through Barakhamba Road, Tolstoy Marg, Janpath and Jantar Mantar to finally culminate in a huge public…

Dr K — A Poem

Dr K — A Poem

Straight out of a redeemed and revised novel with all the particulars regretted, refitted, reconfigured and reconciled and with an honorary doctorate from the University of Prague Dr K stepped out of Indira Gandhi International To be garlanded and warned that one only sleeps badly here and was sent further clutching a letter from the…

Anatomy of Batla House Encounter through Lens of Neyaz Farooquee

Anatomy of Batla House Encounter through Lens of Neyaz Farooquee

Neyaz Farooquee’s first person’s account of understanding what lay behind the Batla House Encounter on September 10, 2008 — a single incident that changed the narrative of a colony that has pre-dominantly Muslim residents. Neighbors became suspects overnight and the police witch hunting created intense fear amongst the residents of Jamia Nagar in the capital city. Newsclick…

Facebook Blocks Punjabi Website That Covers Alternative Politics

Facebook Blocks Punjabi Website That Covers Alternative Politics

Facebook has blocked Punjab-based Suhi Sahver, a website that covers alternative politics, allegedly under pressure from supporters of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The publisher and editor of the website, Shiv Inder Singh, is a critic of religious fanaticism and is known for his progressive and secular views. He earlier used to give…

JNU के छात्रों पर पुलिस ने कैसे किया अत्याचार सुनिए सुभाषिनी अली की ज़ुबानी

JNU के छात्रों पर पुलिस ने कैसे किया अत्याचार सुनिए सुभाषिनी अली की ज़ुबानी

२३ March को Delhi की सड़कों पर JNU के छात्रों के शांतिपूर्ण रैली पर पुलिस ने अटैक किया. छात्र – छात्राओं को मारा गया, उनके कपड़े फाड़े गए और उन्हें पुलिस की एक ट्रेनिंग फैसिलिटी में ले जाया गया – माकपा की पूर्व सांसद सुभाषिनी अली वहां मौजूद थी. तीस्ता सेतालवाद के साथ इस बातचीत…

Delhi Police Books 25 JNU Students, But Refuse to File FIR Against Officer who Molested Journalist

Delhi Police Books 25 JNU Students, But Refuse to File FIR Against Officer who Molested Journalist

The Delhi Police has registered a first information report (FIR) against 25 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who were taking part in a march to Parliament on Friday against alleged lack of administrative action against the varsity professor – Atul Johri – who have been accused of sexual harassment by eight women students, autonomy and…

Blacklist Professors Guilty of Sexual Harassment in Labs, Demand Scientists

Blacklist Professors Guilty of Sexual Harassment in Labs, Demand Scientists

  Scientists across the country have issued a statement expressing deep concern about the harassment of students in science laboratories, which has been recently brought into the spotlight by the Jawaharlal Nehru University incident. They have urged “Indian scientists, and women scientists in particular, to support the young complainants’ quest for justice, and to further…

स्मृति शेष संकलन: केदारनाथ सिंह स्वयं एक लम्बी कविता थे, कहानी छोड़ गए

स्मृति शेष संकलन: केदारनाथ सिंह स्वयं एक लम्बी कविता थे, कहानी छोड़ गए

  वो स्वयं एक लम्बी कविता थे. इक खूबसूरत तस्वीर थे. एक सुंदर कहानी थे. एक बेहतरीन शिक्षक थे. एक उम्दा इंसान थे. एक सजग नागरिक थे. एक मुकम्मल व्यक्ति  थे। उनकी एक कविता है जो उन्होंने अपने निधन से 31 बरस पहले , 1978 में लिखी थी. उन्होंने इसका शीर्षक रखा था – मुक्ति….

यहीं कहीं रहेंगे केदारनाथ सिंह

यहीं कहीं रहेंगे केदारनाथ सिंह

हिन्दी कविता की एक महत्वपूर्ण पीढी तेज़ी से विदा हो रही है. यह दृश्य  दुखद और  डरावना  है जहां ऐसे बहुत कम कवि बचे हैं जिनसे कविता का विवेक और प्रकाश  पाया जा सके. पिछले वर्ष कुंवर नारायण, चंद्रकांत देवताले, दूधनाथ सिंह, और अब केदारनाथ सिंह. केदार जी रक्तचाप, मधुमेह या हृदयाघात जैसी व्याधियों  से…

The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation

The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation

Ravish in this wide-ranging book, examines the spaces available for people to speak out, whether in the mainstream or on social media, and why they are constantly shrinking. He investigates the threats to free expression—censorship, the fear of institutional, physical and psychological violence—and how these threats are being used to replace civilized debate, dialogue and…

Lingayat Religion Status: From an Egalitarian Philosophy to a Political Tool

Lingayat Religion Status: From an Egalitarian Philosophy to a Political Tool

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of Karnataka has decided to extend the religious minority status for the Lingayat community, after persistent demands. Who are the Lingayats? And who are the Veershaivas? Why a separate religion? And, what, if any, impact will this have on the upcoming Assembly elections? Yogesh S from Indian Cultural Forum and Newsclick spoke to Shivsundar, a…

Delhi University Teachers Strike Against Commercialising Education

Delhi University Teachers Strike Against Commercialising Education

  As the central government persists in making higher education unaffordable for the vast majority of students in the country, teachers of Delhi University have intensified their ongoing struggle against these moves of the government. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) began a five-day strike on 19 March against the recent policy changes — meant…

The Central University of Odisha Closed Indefinitely Fearing Students’ Agitation

The Central University of Odisha Closed Indefinitely Fearing Students’ Agitation

  The Central University of Odisha was closed sine die on Thursday following the protests of students that was underway in the campus. The protesting students were demanding fulfilment of their 60-point charter. Vice Chancellor Sachidananda Mohanty ordered to close the campus indefinitely due to “the grave prevailing situation in the campus”. “The students were…

JNU Students Launch #SuspendJohri Campaign Against Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

JNU Students Launch #SuspendJohri Campaign Against Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

Nine women students have filed police complaints against Atul Johri, Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), accusing him of sexual harassment, abuse of power and sexual misconduct. JNU students launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #SuspendJohri on Sunday evening, demanding action against Johri. Students say Atul Johri is a…

AIDWA Demands Immediate Suspension of Professor Atul Johri for Sexual Harassment

AIDWA Demands Immediate Suspension of Professor Atul Johri for Sexual Harassment

  The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has sent the following memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University demanding immediate suspension of Prof AtulJohri and instituting a free and fair inquiry on the complaint of sexual harassment against him. The memorandum is self-explanatory. To, Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar Vice Chancellor Jawaharlal…

PADS Condemns Post-poll Violence by BJP-RSS Cadre and Supporters in Tripura

PADS Condemns Post-poll Violence by BJP-RSS Cadre and Supporters in Tripura

The state of Tripura in the North-East of India witnessed unprecedented violence and vandalism by supporters of BJP-IPFT alliance after its victory in recent elections. According to a report in The Indian Express, 7 March, 87 of the 90 CPI(M) offices in Bishalgarh sub division near Agartala have been ransacked, and many CPI(M) supporters are living…

लेनिन की सिर्फ मूर्ति टूटी है, उनके विचार नहीं

लेनिन की सिर्फ मूर्ति टूटी है, उनके विचार नहीं

  बीजेपी और IPFT के त्रिपुरा की सत्ता में काबिज़ हो जाने के बाद से वहाँ लगातार CPI(M) के दफ्तरों और पार्टी से जुड़े लोगों पर लगतार हमले हो रहे हैं I CPI(M) का आरोप है कि इस बीच पुलिस मूक दर्शक बनकर तमाशा देख रही है I इसी बीच कल शाम ये खबर आयी…

AIDWA Condems Attacks by RSS-BJP Goons in Tripura; Appeals for United Resistance Against the Violence

AIDWA Condems Attacks by RSS-BJP Goons in Tripura; Appeals for United Resistance Against the Violence

The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the brutal violence unleashed by RSS-BJP goons on the Left activists in Tripura immediately after the declaration of the assembly election results. The BJP which had an opportunistic alliance with the separatist forces used tremendous money and muscle power for electoral gains. This reign of terror has…

Good Panther, Bad Panther

Good Panther, Bad Panther

  “They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators — no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.” — Hillary Clinton, 1996 The latest Marvel Comics science-fiction movie Black Panther is stealth ruling-class propaganda, consistent with its production by the…

Three Poems

Three Poems

Altar A redolent pall of incense crawls through rooms, fed by the dead and dying at the hospital.                                          One large altar, at the entrance, adorned with tall statues: A Lakshmi, A Saraswati, A Durga, A…