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…

Interview with Malayalam writer K P Ramanunni who atoned for the Kathua rape

Interview with Malayalam writer K P Ramanunni who atoned for the Kathua rape

Sreelakshmi(SL): Recently, you performed the shayana pradakshinam (prostration), an atonement ritual, the Kadalayi Sree Krishna temple in, Kerala for the 8 year old girl from Kathua who was raped and murdered. According to a report in The Hindu, some right-wing groups opposed this move. What is it that led you to perform the ritual? KP Ramanunni…

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…

Memories and re-imaginings of 1947

Memories and re-imaginings of 1947

Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s graphic anthology This Side,That Side: Restorying Partition1 exemplifies a new take on the event and its aftermath, encompassing second and third generation memories and re-imaginings of 1947, from vantage points across the subcontinent. Indeed, the collaborative dimension that came to the fore with writers and artists from three countries (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) participating…

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…

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police!

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police!

  Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country. Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma…

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।…

Touchstone of Aesthetics

Touchstone of Aesthetics

  Recently, I came across a rather strange proposition. A Dalit author argued that Savitribai Phule could not be the symbol of Dalit literature but that instead Achootanand Harihar’s wife deserved the honour. Contrast this laughable contention with Babasaheb Ambedkar describing Buddha, Kabir and Jotiba Phule as his ideals – none of whom were Dalits….

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Linked With Killers Was Patronized By Modi As CM Of Gujarat

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Linked With Killers Was Patronized By Modi As CM Of Gujarat

  The Karnataka police has found clear linkages between the killers of Gauri Lankesh and two Hindutva organizations, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and its sister concern, Sanatan Sanstha. These are two Maharashtra/Goa based Hindutva organizations which adore MS Golwalkar. The hand of the same organizations was suspected in the murders of Narender Dabholkar, Govind…

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…

“We underestimate the power of caste and majoritarian dominance”: Kalpana Kannabiran

“We underestimate the power of caste and majoritarian dominance”: Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is a sociologist, author and lawyer. She has taught at the National Academy for Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), and currently serves as Director of the Council for Social Development Hyderabad. In this interview with Bar & Bench, she speaks fearlessly on issues ranging from the death of Judge Loya, to the Supreme…

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…

More Confusion in Assam After NRC Clarifies Order on Families of Declared Foreigners

More Confusion in Assam After NRC Clarifies Order on Families of Declared Foreigners

  Following the outrage post the controversial May 2 order of the NRC1​ (Read exclusive Blog here), that directed relatives of those designated as Declared Foreigners (DF) to be kept ‘pending’ and not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), even if they satisfy requirements, the state coordinator of the NRC was compelled to issue…

A Person Like You

A Person Like You

Prologue: A Person Like You How do you react when something like a police encounter happens in your locality, and a few doors down, two men are killed – two of your neighbours, who have been labelled terrorists. Imagine, for a moment, that this happened not in Imphal or Srinagar, where such occurrences are not…

“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…

Psychiatrists Unravel the Psychological Toll of Partition

Psychiatrists Unravel the Psychological Toll of Partition

Collated and edited by psychiatrists, the book thus tries to bring together the issues of partitioning and dividing the human experience, and its impact on the cultural life, including medical and psychological health. The contributors include social scientists, literary critics and psychiatrists, who try to engage in this debate at various levels. This diversity of…

“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…

Activists Call for Probe into ‘Illegal Detention’ Related to Bullet Train Project

Activists Call for Probe into ‘Illegal Detention’ Related to Bullet Train Project

Activists opposing the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad criticised the "illegal detention" of farmers and activists right before a consultation for the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited was held in Surat on Monday, May 14. The Bhumi Adhikar Andolan and the Shoshit Jan Andolan, based in Maharashtra and Gujarat, have written to the…

“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….

Letter from Former Civil Servants to Chief Secretary, Haryana on Intimidation of Muslims Offering Namaz

Letter from Former Civil Servants to Chief Secretary, Haryana on Intimidation of Muslims Offering Namaz

Former civil servants have written open letters since 2017 (here and here), expressing their anguish at the unchecked attempts to spread hatred and discord among communities. Eleven of these civil servants have now written (on May 7, 2018) to the Chief Secretary of Haryana on the issue of harassment and intimidation of Muslims offering namaz…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A convention in Delhi will mark one year of G N Saibaba’s arrest

A convention in Delhi will mark one year of G N Saibaba’s arrest

Last month, Professor G N Saibaba completed one year in prison since he was convicted for alleged links with Maoists by the sessions court in Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr G N Saibaba is organising a meeting on 22 April from 1 pm at…

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “I want to revive the connections between Africa and Asia”

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “I want to revive the connections between Africa and Asia”

This is the first part of a conversation between Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Sudhanva Deshpande. The writer was in Delhi for the ILF Samanvay Translations Series-2018, organised in collaboration with Seagull Books, at the Indian Habitat Centre. In this conversation with Deshpande, actor and publisher, he talks of the presence of India in his novels;…

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…

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…

Students of the Centre for English Studies, JNU, release a statement in support of their former chairperson, Udaya Kumar

Students of the Centre for English Studies, JNU, release a statement in support of their former chairperson, Udaya Kumar

The Indian Cultural Forum has been closely following the developments at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. We interviewed Dr Saitya Brata Das after he was denied his promotion to Professorship despite the support of the then Chairperson, Professor Udaya Kumar, and his adequate qualifications. Now, we learn that Dr Udaya Kumar, along…

Documenting Hindutva’s Hatred for Our Martyrs: Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev

Documenting Hindutva’s Hatred for Our Martyrs: Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev

Today is the 86th anniversary of the martyrdom of three great revolutionaries of India: Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev. Their crime? Their attempt to overthrow the British rule in India. The colonial rulers, like elsewhere, thought that with their death, their ideas and dreams of a democratic-secular and egalitarian independent India would also die. But…

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…

Memories of Amma

Memories of Amma

  This is an excerpt from an essay that Kalpana Karunakaran wrote on her mother, Mythily Sivaraman. The essay was written for a book of recollections by several people who knew Mythily.  Growing up as Mythily's daughter meant discovering, early on, that my mother was different from anyone else I knew; it meant being part of 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…

Politics, Culture, and the Political Economy of Everyday Communalism in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Politics, Culture, and the Political Economy of Everyday Communalism in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Despite the strong presence after independence of the left and socialist forces in this region, including Mau and Gorakhpur, the eastern districts have experienced the rise of right-wing Hindu forces beginning from the colonial period. This is evident from the role played by the Gita Press Gorakhpur, which was originally established to publish low-cost editions…

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…

“भारतीय मीडिया और सिनेमा ‘कास्ट घेटो’ हैं”

“भारतीय मीडिया और सिनेमा ‘कास्ट घेटो’ हैं”

न्यूज़क्लिक और इन्डियन कल्चरल फ़ोरम ने युवा फ़िल्मकार सोमनाथ वाघमारे से भीमा कोरेगाँव पर बनी उनकी फिल्म तथा भारतीय मीडिया जगत के विषय में बात कीI सोमनाथ ने बताया कि भारतीय सिनेमा और मीडिया में तथाकथित उच्च जातियों का वर्चस्व रहा है और अभी भी बरक़रार हैI इसलिए समाज के हाशिये पर खड़े तबकों का इनमें…

Higher Education in India is at Risk

Higher Education in India is at Risk

Education has been an important concern since independence. Several policies and programmes have been introduced, meant to improve the existing scenario of education, by the Government of India. The University Grants Commission was established in 1948-49; the Secondary Education Commission in 1952-53; the Education Commission in 1964-66; and the National Education Commission on Teachers I…

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…

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…

Prasar Bharati’s Autonomy: Is it only about Smriti Irani?

Prasar Bharati’s Autonomy: Is it only about Smriti Irani?

  Journalists chasing the story of the moment seldom step back to look at the  bigger picture. In all the gleeful reporting of the latest fracas between Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani  and the chairman of Prasar Bharati A Surya Prakash, and the latter’s suddenly vocal protestations about the corporation’s operational and financial autonomy,…

Amidst the Prasar Bharati-Smriti Irani imgroblio, listen to Mahatma Gandhi’s only speech delivered at Broadcasting House in 1947

Amidst the Prasar Bharati-Smriti Irani imgroblio, listen to Mahatma Gandhi’s only speech delivered at Broadcasting House in 1947

Recently, several reports were published highlighting the rift between Prasar Bharati and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, now helmed by Smriti Irani. While the debates surrounding the issue have, largely, focussed on the legality of the move,  it is important to understand the vision with which Prasar Bharati was set up, which was, in fact, to…

AIDWA Supports the Ongoing Struggle of TISS Students

AIDWA Supports the Ongoing Struggle of TISS Students

The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses solidarity with the agitating students in TISS campuses in the country. It is highly condemnable that the TISS administration has suddenly and arbitrarily announced the imposition of compulsory fee for the current students including the Government of India Post Matric Scholarship students (GOI-PMS). It has disregarded the…

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…

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…

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…