Atal Bihari Vajpayee University Runs Into Tough Times, Discontinues Over 90 Courses From The Current Academic Session

Atal Bihari Vajpayee University Runs Into Tough Times, Discontinues Over 90 Courses From The Current Academic Session

With a view to honour the first Prime Minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Madhya Pradesh government established ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University’ in 2011 and introduced engineering and paramedical courses in Hindi for the first time. However, since then, the university has been running in to rough times. Owing to…

British Used Aurangzeb to Divide and Rule India: US Historian Truschke

British Used Aurangzeb to Divide and Rule India: US Historian Truschke

ALIGARH: An American scholar has expressed concern over the present trend in India of deliberate distortions in the writing of history, which she says further the agenda of manufacturing hatred against different sections of peoples. Historian Audrey Truschke, author of the bestselling book Aurangzeb – The Man and the Myth, teaches South Asian history at…

In Nitish Kumar’s Land of Peace, Mob Mauls Assistant Professor for a FB Post

In Nitish Kumar’s Land of Peace, Mob Mauls Assistant Professor for a FB Post

“Fasciva ke ek yug ki samapti, Atalji anant yatra pe nikle” (end of one era of fascism, Atalji (Bihari Vajpayee) embarks on another journey.” An innocuous Facebook post, and Sanjay Kumar— former Jawaharlal Nehru University student and now Assistant Professor at the Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar—started being trolled on the social media. On the…

Anti Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

Anti Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

In Antisocial Media: Anti-Social Media How Facebook Disconnects Us, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains that Facebook may make personal lives pleasurable, but it can also deteriorate democracy around the world. The following is an excerpt from the chapter "The Surveillance Machine". The Surveillance Machine Facebook is the most pervasive surveillance system in the history of the world. More…

क्यों भूल जायें बाबरी मस्जिद ध्वंस से गुजरात नरसंहार का मंज़र?

क्यों भूल जायें बाबरी मस्जिद ध्वंस से गुजरात नरसंहार का मंज़र?

देश के पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी के निधन के बाद से शोकसंवेदनाओं का आना, दुख व्यक्त करना, दुखी होना, obituary लिखना—सब कुछ स्वाभाविक है। वह देश के प्रधानमंत्री थे, लंबा संसदीय जीवन जिया, भाजपा को सत्ता में पहुंचाने में उनका करिशमायी योगदान था—सब कुछ स्वीकार, लेकिन क्या उनके राजनीतिक योगदान की आलोचनात्मक विवेचना करना…

August 15, 1947: When Indians were celebrating Independence, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was mourning

August 15, 1947: When Indians were celebrating Independence, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was mourning

August 15, 1947 was a historical day in the eventful history of India. India got independence after a long and heroic struggle against the British colonial masters. India's independence was also a milestone in the on-going anti-imperialist liberation struggles world-over. In India, all those who dreamt of an independent India and survived to see it…

Massive Tel Aviv Protest Sees Palestinians and Jews in Solidarity against Nation-State Law

Massive Tel Aviv Protest Sees Palestinians and Jews in Solidarity against Nation-State Law

Passed last month, the law officially declared Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and, among other things, made Hebrew the singular national language. The move was appladued by Israel’s right-wing government, which praised it as finally affirming the “Jewish character” of Israel. Critics, local and international, however, have criticized the law, saying…

Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply

Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply

To be rational is to know that weather events cannot be causally related to climate change, although exacerbation is another issue.  Yet when the news is full of record setting fires in California and Greece and Australia, temperature records tumbling, and typhoons and hurricanes relentless in their intensity, one might be forgiven for wondering. Those…

Meet Kruti R: One of the Female Voices of Yakshagana

Meet Kruti R: One of the Female Voices of Yakshagana

Yakshagana is a traditional theatre art form that has been performed in in Karnataka and some parts of the other Southern states. Yakshagana combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques to stage the stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata.  Although there are many female characters represented in the play, Yakshagana traditionally does not have…

Audrey Truschke: “Aurangzeb is most in need of scholarly attention.”

Audrey Truschke: “Aurangzeb is most in need of scholarly attention.”

In the latest edition of #WritersTalkPolitics, historian Audrey Truschke speaks to Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta, members of the Indian Writers' Forum. ICF had  published an interview with Truschke earlier in which she gives her version of the events in Hyderabad, where her talk was cancelled. In this interview, she talks about her work on…

Different shades of Karunanidhi

Different shades of Karunanidhi

  In the 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, BJP lost deposit in all seats, barring three. Amidst the Modi wave in other parts of the country— which has even impregnated the previously unimaginable regions like Bengal— BJP lost deposits in 231 assembly segments of Tamil Nadu. If there is one contribution of Karunanidhi which stands…

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…

मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे

मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे

मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे झमा-झम नदियों से निकले केमिकल का ऊफ़ान, रे पेस्टिसायड पी-पी कर आत्महत्या करे किसान, रे हस्पतालों में होता नन्हें बच्चों का बलिदान, रे अडानी अम्बानी की भैय्या खूब चली दुकान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे एस.इ.ज़ेड. से मिल रहा है प्रगती का प्रमाण, रे गाँव-गाँव उद्योगी कूड़े का बनता पीकदान, रे झुग्गी हटा कर बनेगा स्टेडीयम आलीशान, रे बाबू ले गया बाढ़ के पैसे, खबर ना कानों कान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे कॉल सेंटर में शॉन के नाम से बोलता अपना शान, रे होम लोन से जुटा लेगा निजी फ़्लैट या मकान, रे बिल्डरों ने धरती काटी, किया सब का कल्याण, रे कहाँ गए जंगल सारे, तू मत हो हैरान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे गोल्डन क्वाड्रिलैटरल का सपना देखें मंत्री प्रधान, रे नदियों को जोड़ने का देते हैं फ़रमान, रे नया युग है नयी दिशा है, तू बुरा मत मान ,रे अब तो रामलीला में भी होता आइटम नम्बर गान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे  

“I thought I was moving to a platform where you can raise issues”

“I thought I was moving to a platform where you can raise issues”

The former journalist who has just become Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha explained earlier this year why he decided to shift from journalism to politics. Because, “whatever great journalism you do, the system does not change”. His paper exposed several scams, including the fodder scam. It did great investigative journalism, but there was no systemic change.  Now,…

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…

We will not be Silenced: The Writers’ Protest Continues

We will not be Silenced: The Writers’ Protest Continues

Once again, the current establishment has manufactured “charges” against those who speak up to divert attention from urgent issues. The former President of the Sahitya Akademi, Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, has claimed on troll media that the writers who protested against growing intolerance by returning their awards in 2015 were part of a “political conspiracy”. Rather…

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Protest in J&K, Demand Salaries as per the 7th Pay Commission

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Protest in J&K, Demand Salaries as per the 7th Pay Commission

However, the teachers, who have served the department for over 16 years are no longer being recognised as state employees due to administrative loopholes. After recruiting the SSA teachers instead of filling up vacancies of master grade employees or head teachers, the government decided to promote the in-service SSA primary school teachers to the upper…

Rahman Abbas: “I condemn the statement of former President of Sahitya Academy Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari and it hurts me.”

Rahman Abbas: “I condemn the statement of former President of Sahitya Academy Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari and it hurts me.”

Rahman Abbas is a novelist who writes both in Urdu and English. He was targeted by Islamists following the publication of his first novel, Nakhalistan Ki Talash, which they termed obscene. His novels, Hide and Seek in the Shadow of God (2011) and Rohzin (2017), have been widely acclaimed. Rahman Abbas responds to the recent comment by Vishwanath Prasad…

Audrey Truschke: “The cancellation of my lecture is an indication of shrinking spaces for rational thought in public discourse in India.”

Audrey Truschke: “The cancellation of my lecture is an indication of shrinking spaces for rational thought in public discourse in India.”

In the latest editon of #WritersTalkPolitics historian Audrey Truschke speaks to Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta, members of the editorial collective of the Indian Writers' Forum. In this excerpt from the entire conversation, Trushke presents her version of the events that transpired in Hyderabad. She was invited by the Krishnakriti Foundation in collaboration with History…

Damodar Mauzo: “Indian writers have always stood by their right to freedom of expression…”

Damodar Mauzo: “Indian writers have always stood by their right to freedom of expression…”

Damodar Mauzo, an eminent Konkani writer in Goa who returned his Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015, has been protesting the growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country in the form of assassinations of rationalists, writers, and journalists, as well as lynchings in the name of cow protection. A joint statement of Sahitya Akademi Award winning writers from Goa, termed…

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…

Activists and Academicians Condemn Violence Against Students and Journalists in Bangladesh

Activists and Academicians Condemn Violence Against Students and Journalists in Bangladesh

More than 60 Bangladeshi activists, academicians from universities across the world, lawyers and artists have issued a signed statement condemning the Bangladeshi government’s crackdown on student protesters and “illegal abduction” of the 63-year-old renowned photographer and social activist, Shahidul Alam. In another statement issued by Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler and Vijay…

Tea Garden Workers Break the Jinx of Identity and Communal Politics

Tea Garden Workers Break the Jinx of Identity and Communal Politics

Against an oppressive state machinery and vile attempts to diffuse the class movement in the North Bengal , tea garden workers took the lead in the state to deliver a blow to the aspirations of the ruling class, as  their 72-hour strike for wages according to the  Minimum Wages Act, reached a pinnacle. Cutting across political affiliations, about…

Audrey Truschke’s Talk Cancelled Following Threats

Audrey Truschke’s Talk Cancelled Following Threats

Well known South Asian history scholar Audrey Truschke has cancelled her talk in Hyderabad following threats from Right-wing extremists. Her talk titled “Unpopular Stories: Narrating the Indo-Islamic Past and Navigating Present-day Prejudices” was scheduled for the 11 August. The talk was organised by Krishnakriti Foundation. The venue of the talk had already been shifted twice…

The 2017 Assam Lynchings

The 2017 Assam Lynchings

In response to hate crimes across India, manifested through the recent lynchings in the name of religion, a group of volunteers led by Harsh Mander travelled across eight states in India to unite against hate crimes. They called it the Karwan e Mohabbat or Caravan of Love. The book Reconciliation Karwan E Mohabbat’s Journey of…

Editors Guild Decries Government’s ‘Orwellian’ Censorship Attempts

Editors Guild Decries Government’s ‘Orwellian’ Censorship Attempts

[1] The Editors Guild of India condemns the manner in which the right to practise free and independent journalism is seen to be undermined by a combination of forces – some media owners’ inability to withstand political covert or overt pressures from the political establishment and frequent instances of blocking or interference in the transmission…

JNUTA To Hold Referendum On The Rejection Of HEFA Loans And Removal of JNU VC On August 7

JNUTA To Hold Referendum On The Rejection Of HEFA Loans And Removal of JNU VC On August 7

As per the unanimous mandate given by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association’s (JNUTA) General Body Meeting (GBM) held on 24th July 2018, the JNUTA Executive will be organizing a referendum on 7th August 2018 where the collective opinion of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) teachers will be ascertained on the following two questions: Should the…

Are We Indians, Or Just Muslims

Are We Indians, Or Just Muslims

This is a question that everyone has to ask themselves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he keeps silent about the assault and attacks on Muslims across the country, the brutal lynchings, the hate filled statements. Congress president Rahul Gandhi when he seeks meetings with just Muslim intellectuals. Asaduddin Owaisi when he speaks of the Muslims…

The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

“Ahab is forever Ahab, man. This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me billion years before this ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…But it is conceived and ordered…

Number of Govt. Jobs Gradually Decreasing, A Trend After NDA Came To Power

Number of Govt. Jobs Gradually Decreasing, A Trend After NDA Came To Power

There are about twenty four lakh government jobs lying vacant with both the central and state governments and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, asks,“Where are the jobs?” The present regime’s track record with employment specifically in government sector is significant to understand the…

Bangladesh Government Unleashes Violence on Youth Demanding Road Safety

Bangladesh Government Unleashes Violence on Youth Demanding Road Safety

Dhaka, Bangladesh is witnessing massive students’ protests over issues of road safety and the killing of students in road accidents. However, widespread reports especially accessed on social media, reportedly suggest that the Government of Bangladesh with its police and other informal institutions such as its students’ wing has unleashed a bloodied war on its youth…

Police Interrogates Filmmaker Divya Bharathi Again Over Her Second Documentary

Police Interrogates Filmmaker Divya Bharathi Again Over Her Second Documentary

  Filmmaker Divya Bharathi’s second documentary Oratharum Varela (Nobody Came) landed in trouble soon after she released the trailer on YouTube on June 28 this year. The film is dedicated “to the hundreds of fish workers drowned at deep sea due to the government’s wilful neglect in Ockhi cyclone”. Earlier in July, the director’s house was searched…

Remembering Hiroshima

Remembering Hiroshima

  Today, 6th of August 2018, marks 73 years since the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. After the unsuccessful “Fat Man” and “Thin Man” bombs, Little Boy was developed at the Manhattan Project with Robert Oppenheimer at its helm. Little Boy, as we now know, wasn’t very little after all. It left 1,35,000 bodies…

Assassin’s Creed: Hindutva-supporters’ Network Planned Several More Killings

Assassin’s Creed: Hindutva-supporters’ Network Planned Several More Killings

The investigations into the assassination of rationalist and anti-Hindutva voices— Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh— has produced clear evidence in the form of diaries, documents, gun forensics, and statements of participants, that a five state network of like-minded hardcore Hindutva supporters exists and has been actively planning the physical…

Interrogating the Silence Around the Partition of India

Interrogating the Silence Around the Partition of India

The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India has been collated and edited by Alok Sarin, practising Clinical Psychiatrist at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi and Sanjeev Jain, Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. The book tries to bring together the issues of partitioning and dividing the…

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…

Is This Azaadi?

Is This Azaadi?

  …the underclass in Muktidih is hopelessly on the margins of survival because of its limited access to the necessities of life, including food, clothing and shelter. One of my informants, …, insightfully stated that even insects were more capable of coping with their needs than were members of his class. This is a corollary of…

After Eminent Malayalam Writers Support S Hareesh, Writers in Other Languages also Come Out in His Support

After Eminent Malayalam Writers Support S Hareesh, Writers in Other Languages also Come Out in His Support

  Writers from across languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and English have come out in support of S Hareesh, the 2018 Kerala Sahitya Akademi winner who withdrew his novel following attacks from certain Hindu right-wing groups in Kerala. Hareesh’s novel Meesha was being published serially in Mathrubhumi. After three instalments had…

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…

दलित बहुजन दृष्टिकोण और महिषासुर विमर्श

दलित बहुजन दृष्टिकोण और महिषासुर विमर्श

  भारतीय इतिहास के संबंध में कई अधूरे और परस्पर विरोधी दृष्टिकोण मौजूद हैं, जो कि दो मुख्य श्रेणियों में बांटे जा सकते हैं – ब्राह्मणवादी दृष्टिकोण और दलित-बहुजन दृष्टिकोण। इस लंबे विभाजन की वास्तविकता अभिजात्य वर्ग के उस प्रचलित व प्रभावी विमर्श से एकदम भिन्न है, जो कि अनेक तरीकों से अगड़ी जातियों के…

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…

Women Respond to Madras HC Judgement: Father’s Name not Required in Birth Certificates

Women Respond to Madras HC Judgement: Father’s Name not Required in Birth Certificates

  In a landmark judgment, the Madras High Court ruled that writing the father’s name is not mandatory in birth certificates. The judgement came after Ms Madhumita Ramesh filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court against the Tiruchi Municipal Corporation (TMC). The petitioner had undergone intrauterine insemination after her divorce and gave birth…

Supreme Court Issues Preventive, Remedial, and Punitive Directions Regarding Mob Lynchings

Supreme Court Issues Preventive, Remedial, and Punitive Directions Regarding Mob Lynchings

The Supreme Court today directed the Union Government to take preventive, punitive and remedial measures to tackle the rising problem of mob lynching. To this effect, the Court issued directions under the same three heads. However, the pertinent question here is whether the lynch mobs can actually be deterred? The limitation to the Court's scope…

सावधान! टीवी स्टूडियो में पहुंच गई है मॉब लिंचिंग… ख़तरनाक हो सकता है टीवी चैनल पर, मुसलमान नाम के साथ, हिंदू राष्ट्र पर बहस में हिस्सा लेना

सावधान! टीवी स्टूडियो में पहुंच गई है मॉब लिंचिंग… ख़तरनाक हो सकता है टीवी चैनल पर, मुसलमान नाम के साथ, हिंदू राष्ट्र पर बहस में हिस्सा लेना

बतौर एक लेखक और थियेटर कर्मी मैं लगातार धार्मिक कट्टरता, धर्मांध राष्ट्रवाद, धर्म आधारित निजी कानूनों के नाम पर महिलाओं के उत्पीड़न और दलितों के खिलाफ हिंसा का पुरजोर विरोध करता आया हूं। इसके लिए मुझे अनेक बार निशाना बनाया गया, अपशब्दों से नवाज़ा गया, गाली-गलौज और धमकियां दी गईं और मेरी खिल्ली उड़ाई गई।…

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…

जाति के प्रश्न पर कबीर

जाति के प्रश्न पर कबीर

दलित-विमर्श ने कबीर को अपना प्रतीक बनाया है। कबीर की कविता दलित-विमर्श के सिद्धांतकारों और चिंतकों को राह दिखाने वाली मालूम पड़ती है। उन्होंने कबीर-साहित्य की पुनर्व्यख्या की है तथा पुरानी व्याख्याओं की अनेक महत्त्वपूर्ण मान्यताओं/स्थापनाओं को ख़ारिज भी किया है। कबीर को प्रेरणा-स्रोत के रूप में स्थापित किया गया है। उनसे जुड़ी हिंदू और…

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…

An Educational Institute Yet to be Established Becomes an Institute of Eminence under Modi’s India

An Educational Institute Yet to be Established Becomes an Institute of Eminence under Modi’s India

On Monday, Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, announced the names of six institutions of higher education, three from public and three from the private sector, that have been granted the status of “Institution of Eminence”. The list of universities included Jio University — an educational venture undertaken by Reliance, about which…

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…

शंख घोष की दो कविताएँ

शंख घोष की दो कविताएँ

  हमको नहीं दी कोई आज भी कटा हाथ, करता है आर्तनाद जंगल में आर्तनाद करता है कटा हाथ— गारो पहाड़ में सिंधु की दिशाओं में करता है आर्तनाद कटा हाथ कौन किसे समझाए और लहरें समुद्र की, दिखातीं तुम्हें हड्डियाँ हज़ारों में लहराते खेतों से उठ आतीं हड्डियाँ हज़ारों गुम्बद और मन्दिर के शिखरों से, उग आतीं…

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…

Widows of Vidarbha

Widows of Vidarbha

Farmer suicides are the most vicious and unforgiving indictment of the neglect of agriculture by the state and the politics, obsessed with power and the market. But the story of a farmer’s distress does not end with his death; it lives on in the experiences of the widows who struggle in the shadows because they…

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…

“Bhima Koregaon is a story of dalit-bahujan assertion”: Somnath Waghmare

“Bhima Koregaon is a story of dalit-bahujan assertion”: Somnath Waghmare

Anand Mangnale speaks to the film maker Somnath Waghmare about the little attention that the History of Bhima Korengon has recieved by the Indian Media, and the lack of representation in Indian cinema.          Read More:  Overlooked Voices: Somnath Waghmare about his documentary on Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Somnath Waghmare on Bhima Koregaon and…

Dalit Women at the UN

Dalit Women at the UN

On June 21, issues and stories of Dalit women were presented at the UN level for the first time ever when Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) presented a report and a documentary in Geneva.   Talking with TwoCircles.net about the seminal event, Savita Ali, National Legal Coordinator, AIDMAM,…

She Was No Longer Believable

She Was No Longer Believable

This year, on the 43rd anniversary of the Emergency declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, we bring you an extract from The Hoodlum Years, a book containing a selection of essays that Ashok Mitra wrote at the time for Economic and Political Weekly.     Electra becomes a mourning. Ingenuity, beyond a point, ceases to…

Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence

Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence

On June 22 while addressing a gathering of journalists from Jammu, Lal Singh, the former Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology for Jammu and Kashmir in the PDP-BJP coalition government, stated, that the journalists of Kashmir, had created a wrong “mahaul,” environment. He further added, “I would, now, like to ask journalists from Kashmir, to…

Karnataka Garment and Textile Industry Managements Pressurise the Government to Curb increase in Wages

Karnataka Garment and Textile Industry Managements Pressurise the Government to Curb increase in Wages

  The representatives of the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU-Karnataka) met the representatives of the management in the sector on June 18, 2018, in a meeting coordinated by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy.  The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state had issued a draft notification on February 22, 2018, and it promised…

Naach Artist Ram Chandra Manjhi wins the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2017

Naach Artist Ram Chandra Manjhi wins the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2017

  Ram Chandra Manjhi, a stellar Naach artist who also worked with Bikhari Thakur (1887 – 1971), the renowned Naach artist remembered as a social reformer, has been honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2017 in the folk theatre category.  The move has been welcomed by many artists, academicians, and social and political activists; felicitations…

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…

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…

Lenin in 1917, Russia; Lenin in 2018, India

Lenin in 1917, Russia; Lenin in 2018, India

“I am a little unconvinced with the last line.” “Which one?” “Here. It says that Lenin is an important figure for the workers and peasants in India. I wonder if there is any empirical proof ,” said a translator and editor I was about to interview. He was referring to an article we had published…