“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…

Aminabad

Aminabad

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

Syndicated Hinduism

Syndicated Hinduism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat

Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harmony of the Hills

Harmony of the Hills

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

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

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

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

A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish

A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lynching in West Bengal that didn’t Make too Many Headlines in 2017

The Lynching in West Bengal that didn’t Make too Many Headlines in 2017

Here is a ground report from Durgapur and Islampur. In June 2017, three Muslims were killed by a frenetic Hindu mob near the Chopra police station in Durgapur. They killed three Muslim men from Islampur: Mohammed Nasiruddin, Nasirul Haque and Mohammed Samiruddin. Along with Harsh Mander, John Dayal, and others from Karwaan-e-Mohabbat, we met Ashin…

गौरी

गौरी

(गौरी लंकेश यांच्या प्रथम स्मृती दिनानिमित्त) तू, तुझ्या प्रचंड दिव्यांचा झोत टाकत राहिलीस शांतपणे… शांतीसाठी, तुझ्या माझ्या नि इतरांच्या. मी माझी मूठ आवळतो तुझ्या दिव्यापाठीमागे. माहीत आहे… हिंसेचा पूर व्यवस्थित निर्माण केला जातोय. तुझी आर्तता, मृदुता, सहनशिलता, संयम होता भविष्यात येणाऱ्या अंधूक शक्यतांसाठी ; प्रकाशात परावर्तीत होण्याच्या झोक्यांचा तुला अदमास होता. तू, त्या स्वप्नांसाठी झटत…

My Sister, My Soulmate

My Sister, My Soulmate

Gauri Lankesh fearlessly spoke truth to power. She stood up against injustice and discrimination. She strived for communal harmony until her dying breath. On the occasion of Gauri Lankesh’s birth anniversary, we are publishing a heart breakingly beautiful tribute by her sister Kavita.     She raved, she ranted, Many times she burst out…. Uppercaste…

The First Ever People’s Literature Festival

The First Ever People’s Literature Festival

  The first Jan Sahitya Parv (People’s Literature Festival), organised by the Saajha Sanskritik Morcha, a joint cultural forum backed by Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML), and various other people’s organisations, took place in Jaipur on 24 and 25 January, 2018. The festival kicked off with a mashaal-juloos,…

Gauri Lankesh’s 56th Birth Anniversary Celebrated as “Gauri Day” in Bengaluru

Gauri Lankesh’s 56th Birth Anniversary Celebrated as “Gauri Day” in Bengaluru

  "Gauri Day", the commemoration of the 56th birth anniversary of journalist- activist Gauri Lankesh was organised in Bengaluru on Monday. Actor Prakash Raj, Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, JNU student leaders – Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, Umar Khalid, ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila, Gauri Lankesh's sister Kavita Lankesh were among…

अरुणा रॉय : कहानियों, नाटकों और गानों के ज़रिये करें जनवादी राजनीति का प्रचार

अरुणा रॉय : कहानियों, नाटकों और गानों के ज़रिये करें जनवादी राजनीति का प्रचार

जयपुर में आयोजित जन साहित्य पर्व में बात करते हुए सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता अरुणा रॉय ने इस सरकार द्वारा तर्कसंगत सोच पर हो रहे हमलों और उनके खतरों के बारे में बात की I उन्होंने बताया कि किस तरह संघ और उससे जुड़े लोग आम लोगों तक गलत धारणायें पहुँचा रहे हैं और उन्हें कला के…

Mumbai: Opposition Leaders Come Together for “Save the Constitution” Rally

Mumbai: Opposition Leaders Come Together for “Save the Constitution” Rally

On 26 January 2018, India’s 69th Republic Day, Sharad Pawar, president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), along with senior leaders of the left, led a march against the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime at the Centre. Opposition party leaders like D Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Omar Abdullah, leader of opposition in the…

Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma

Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma

  A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today dismissed a petition seeking the deletion of some of the scenes of controversial film Padmaavat which was released on January 25 by noting that censor board has already granted certificate and refused to go into the issue again. The petition was filed by Advocate…

70 Years: Gandhi’s Secularism Refuses to Let Him be Reduced to a Pair of Spectacles

70 Years: Gandhi’s Secularism Refuses to Let Him be Reduced to a Pair of Spectacles

  In the sustained communal offensive against the secular character of the Indian Constitution, the term "secular" is in serious danger of becoming a casualty. This is largely because the notion of "secularism", itself a modern concept which cannot be delinked from democratic principles and rights of citizenship, has often in this communal ideological onslaught been…

The JNU Files

The JNU Files

Ever since Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala was appointed in Jawaharlal Nehru University as the Vice Chancellor, the varsity’s democratic values and academic structures have been under constant attack. The students and teachers of the university accuses Kumar for imposing polices drafted by RSS and BJP to the curb the academic and democratic spaces, and ultimately privatise the university.  …

“We need Prime Minister to speak out, government to act and hate crime against minorities to be stopped”

“We need Prime Minister to speak out, government to act and hate crime against minorities to be stopped”

  We, retired civil servants belonging to different Services and batches, wish to register our deep concern at the continuing incidents of mindless violence in the country, especially those targeting the minorities, and the lackadaisical response of the law enforcement machinery to these attacks. The killing of Mohammed Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal…

When Mobs Rule the State

When Mobs Rule the State

  Assertion of caste, regional, ethnic, religious and national identities are characteristic of new democracies, as groups previously lacking consciousness wake up to their identity and seek a place in the sun. The opening up of the power structure by the establishment of democratic institutions and the institution of elections helps mobilise there entities which…

Three Indian Science Academies Issue a Statement on Evolution

Three Indian Science Academies Issue a Statement on Evolution

  After a very long time the three premier Indian science academies, Indian Academy of Science (IASc), Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), have issued a joint statement; it is a response to the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Satyapal Singh’s outright denial of Darwin’s theory of evolution…

BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education

BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education

Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, issued a statement claiming evolution never happened since no one saw an ape converting into a human. Such statements by our highest ranking ministers show the lack of rationality in BJP’s core ideologies. What can be the future of India’s science and technological development when our…

“The citizens are facing the worst time in the hands of right wing”: Raosaheb Kasbe

“The citizens are facing the worst time in the hands of right wing”: Raosaheb Kasbe

In a talk organised by the Mumbai Collective, eminent scholar Raosaheb Kasbe talks about the alarming instances of vigilantism, and the rise in violence and lynchings in the name of religion, that have increased over the past three years. He also  talks about the unscientific notions, like the study of ancient vedas, that are being propagated…

#NotoNetanyahu No to complicity with Israel’s Apartheid

#NotoNetanyahu No to complicity with Israel’s Apartheid

  In the coming week, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tour different cities of India along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This visit comes at the beginning of a year that sees Israel globally ever more isolated and ever more aggressively advancing its ethnic cleansing and annexation of Palestinian land. To invite the leader…

Meena Menon: “Our perceptions about Pakistan are coloured according to stereotypes”

Meena Menon: “Our perceptions about Pakistan are coloured according to stereotypes”

In this part of our interview with Meena Menon, author of Reporting Pakistan, we discuss reporting Pakistan in the Indian Media. She says, "Our perceptions about Pakistan are coloured according to stereotypes" Listen to the whole conversation here:  Part III       Also watch:  Meena Menon: “Is saying yes to the ruling government nationalism?” (Part I) Meena Menon: “Put…

Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning Padmavat Screening?

Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning Padmavat Screening?

  The manner in which several Indian states are banning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat even after the Central Board of Film Certification has passed it following the slight change in its title, it would appear that these states have themselves decided to become state censor boards unto themselves, rendering the decision of the CBFC…

Teachers and Social Activists Ask the Government to Enact the “Rohith Act”

Teachers and Social Activists Ask the Government to Enact the “Rohith Act”

  Urging the government to enact the "Rohith Act" and ensure scholarship for all students from marginalized sections, academic fraternity and social activists across the country stood together in memory of Rohith Vemula. The existing system which is based on caste-based structural inequality had pushed Rohith, a Dalit research scholar at the University of Hyderabad, to…

The Historian and the Epic

The Historian and the Epic

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. Image courtesy Governance Now The historian’s interest in epic literature arises from the argument that epic literature generally documents a period which is prior to that of…

Informal Workers Narratives: “We too are human beings”

Informal Workers Narratives: “We too are human beings”

The informal workers narratives, hosted by Working Peoples' charter and WIEGO, brings together a panel of workers from different trades, including domestic workers, e-rickshaw drivers, waste-pickers, street vendors, home-based workers, Hamal and other workers, showcasing their life, their work, and their challenges. The conversation throws light on the role played by informal workers in making…

Besieging the Siege: Report from the Protest Against Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to India

Besieging the Siege: Report from the Protest Against Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to India

Yesterday noon, the usual perturbing quietness of central Delhi was broken by activists gathered together to protest the diplomatic visit of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, to India. Netanyahu’s visit is being portrayed, all across the mainstream media, as an “accomplishment” of the Modi regime. Netanyahu’s personal camaraderie with Modi, the elusive “agreements”…

No Aadhar No Food: Yet Another Starvation Death Reported from Jharkhand, Still Counting…

No Aadhar No Food: Yet Another Starvation Death Reported from Jharkhand, Still Counting…

  September 28, 2017: Santoshi Kumar, 11, Simdega district died of hunger. Her mother Koyli Devi said that the family was not receiving rations under the Public Distribution scheme for the past several months as their ration cards were not linked to Aadhar. October 21,2017: Baidyanath Das died at Jharia, Dhanbad district. His family said…

#NotoNetanyahu: Protest Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s India Visit Held in Delhi

#NotoNetanyahu: Protest Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s India Visit Held in Delhi

A protest march against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s India visit was organised in Delhi by the Left parties, the All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee, India. The march took place in the larger context of atrocities committed by Israeli government in Palestine and illegal occupation.    

#NotoNetanyahu: Land Day: The Palestinian Call for Land, Freedom and Equality

#NotoNetanyahu: Land Day: The Palestinian Call for Land, Freedom and Equality

On March 30, 1976, Palestinians protested against Israel's plans to occupy thousands of acres of Palestinian land in Galilee. Six Palestinians were gunned down by the Israeli army and police, and hundreds wounded in the confrontation. Since 1976, every year, Palestinians around the world commemorate March 30th as "Land Day" – a day to announce…

The Communist International and its Impact on Asia

The Communist International and its Impact on Asia

This is our ninth story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October 2017 to remember the centenary of the Russia Revolution. The first is an excerpt from Cecilia Bobrovskaya's memoirs; the second is from an essay by Prabir Purkayastha; the third is our inaugral bookend by Githa Hariharan on Sevtlana Alexievich's novel Second Hand Time; and the fourth is a conversation with…

Read the full text of the letter submitted by four Supreme Court Judges to the CJI

Read the full text of the letter submitted by four Supreme Court Judges to the CJI

Dear Chief Justice, It is with great anguish and concern that we have thought it proper to address this letter to you so as to highlight certain judicial orders passed by this Court which has adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system and the independence of the High Courts besides impacting the…

#NotoNetanyahu: We know Netanyahu and Modi love each other, but how much did the RSS love Zionism?

#NotoNetanyahu: We know Netanyahu and Modi love each other, but how much did the RSS love Zionism?

Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit India next week. India and Israel are closer than ever before. In light of the Donald Trump's announcement that the United States of America (USA) will officially view Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Netanyahu’s visit becomes an even more open endorsement of Israel’s crimes against Palestine. This comes…

Bhima-Koregaon: Glimmerings of a Maratha-Dalit-Bahujan Alliance Against Fascism

Bhima-Koregaon: Glimmerings of a Maratha-Dalit-Bahujan Alliance Against Fascism

  The Dalits are angry again. Another incident of caste violence and atrocity was registered in Maharashtra. This time Dalits were protesting against the planned attack by the Hindutvadi rightwing groups on an event, organized to commemorate the "victory of Mahar’s" over the mighty Peshwas at the battle of Bhima-Koregaon in 1818. Further, the protest was not restricted…

JNU Vice Chancellor Hits Another Academic “Low”: Skype to Replace Viva Voice Examination in Research

JNU Vice Chancellor Hits Another Academic “Low”: Skype to Replace Viva Voice Examination in Research

  Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor M.Jagadesh Kumar has come out with yet another decision to whittle down the standards of excellence that the university had achieved over decades. He has now cancelled all mandatory public viva voce for research and directed the faculty to conduct this only on Skype. JNU Teachers Association has “rejected”…

“I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba

“I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba

  Professor GN Saibaba, who was given a life imprisonment for alleged ties to Maoists, continues to suffer in solitary confinement in prison despite absence of any credible evidence against him. Saibaba’s wife, Vasantha Kumari, addressed a press conference on Wednesday, held by the Delhi Chapter of Bastar Solidarity Network. She spoke about her recent…

Prof G N Saibaba Pens a Poem After Meeting His Mother in Jail

Prof G N Saibaba Pens a Poem After Meeting His Mother in Jail

    माँ, मेरे लिए मत रोना जब तुम मुझे देखने आयी तुम्हारा चेहरा मैं नहीं देख सका था फाइबर कांच की खिड़की से मेरी अशक्त देह की झलक यदि मिली होगी तुम्हें यक़ीन हो गया होगा कि मैं जीवित हूँ अब भी।   माँ, घर में मेरी गैर मौजूदगी पर मत रोना   जब…

Crime and Consent

Crime and Consent

  The significance of the Supreme Court order referring the constitutionality of Section 377 to a larger bench goes beyond LGBT rights. Current debates have focused on the decriminalisation of several laws and the legitimate role of criminal law in our legal system in matters of sexuality. Also central to the outcome is the role…

Simone de Beauvoir and the Left

Simone de Beauvoir and the Left

  Today marks the 110th birth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), the acclaimed French feminist theorist, who was born this day on January 9th. She is most known for her groundbreaking work, The Second Sex (1949) along with her book, Mandarins, which received France’s highest literary award in 1954.  Her phenomenal work on gender and her…

महिलाओं के मसीहा: मोदी और पैड-मैन

महिलाओं के मसीहा: मोदी और पैड-मैन

  आजकल खुद को महिलाओं का मसीहा कहलाने का चलन है. इसका सर्वश्रेष्ठ उदाहरण हैं हमारे प्रिय नेता प्रधान मंत्री मोदी जी, जो अपनी 56 इंच की छाती ठोंक कर दावा कर रहे हैं कि मुसलमान महिलाएं अब पुरुष अभिभावक के बिना हज पर जाने के लिए आज़ाद हैं. हालांकि सच्चाई यह है कि यह एक सुधारवादी बदलाव 2015 में…

How dalits such as Kusuma Dharmanna and Vagiri Amosu rejected the upper-caste nationalist movement

How dalits such as Kusuma Dharmanna and Vagiri Amosu rejected the upper-caste nationalist movement

Dalits started to appear as significant players in the colonial public sphere after 1900, and Kusuma Dharmanna stands out as one of the first to challenge the brand of nationalism advocated by caste Hindus. In rejoinder to a popular Brahman nationalist Garimella Satyanarayana, who preached swarajya (independence) and wrote songs rejecting British rule such as…

Dakshina Kannada Violence: BJP Resorting to Politics of Polarisation

Dakshina Kannada Violence: BJP Resorting to Politics of Polarisation

  In recent days, incidents of communal violence in Dakshina Kannada district are resulting in the tensed atmosphere across Karnataka. With assembly elections due in coming May, the ruling Congress leaders are arguing that the main opposition BJP party as resorting to religious polarisation tactics to garner the support of Hindu voters. On January 3,…

जाति धर्म की बंदिशों के बावजूद भी इन्सानियतं जिन्दा है

जाति धर्म की बंदिशों के बावजूद भी इन्सानियतं जिन्दा है

  दिन था शनिवार ३१ दिसंबर जब सभी नए वर्ष की इंतेजारी में थे. देवरिया जिले के बेल्हाम्मा गाँव के कुम्हार जाति के एक परिवार में महिला की मौत हो गयी. पति ज्यादातर शराब पीकर मस्त रहता और गाँव में एलान करता फिरता के इस गाँव के सारे मुसलमानों को यहाँ से भगा दूंगा ….

Chasing Shadows: The Question of Citizenship and Preparation of NRC in the State of Assam

Chasing Shadows: The Question of Citizenship and Preparation of NRC in the State of Assam

  Citizenship is conferred by the Constitution and it is the nexus between the individual and the State, defining civil and political rights and liabilities of individuals, the most important of which are the Fundamental rights and the right to vote and participate in all democratic process. Most importantly, it gives unrestricted rights of residence…

Television as Lynch Mob: District Magistrate Report on JNU Incident Raises Questions of Media Ethics

Television as Lynch Mob: District Magistrate Report on JNU Incident Raises Questions of Media Ethics

  Newspapers have reported that the Aam Admi Government has reportedly told its legal team to file a criminal case against three channels for airing doctored videos where the words, “Bandook”, “Sher ke bacche”, and “Hurriyat ke jawaan” were inserted (extraneously) into the videos to mislead the public. Even “Pakistan Zindabad” were telecast although they…

कुछ अनोखे प्रेम पत्र

कुछ अनोखे प्रेम पत्र

  सावित्रीबाई फुले यकीनन भारत की पहली महिला शिक्षिका और मुक्तिदाता थीं जिन्हें इतिहास ने लगभग भुला दिया है, 176 साल पहले 1831 में उनका जन्म हुआ और 3 जनवरी उनका जन्मदिन है, विभिन्न जातियों की लड़कियों के लिए पहले विद्यालय की स्थापना भाईडेवाड़ा, पुणे (ब्राह्मणों का गढ़) में करने वाली, क्रांतिज्योति सावित्रीबाई, अनेक रूप…

Possible Communism

Possible Communism

Building Alternatives: The Story of India's Oldest Construction Workers' Union, by T M Thomas Isaac and Michelle Williams, was published by LeftWord Books in 2017 Misery greets the planet. Social inequality has reached unbelievable levels – where five individuals hold as much wealth as the bottom half of society. Climate change – driven by capitalist expansionism…

Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations and the Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits

Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations and the Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits

  Ambedkarites are agitated all over the country as the despicable attempts of the Hindutva affiliated organisations in Pune attacked the massive assembly of people who had come to pay their respect to 800 brave Mahar soldiers who with the help of British had defeated the then powerful army of the Peshwas which numbered around…

Dalit Leaders Say Bhima Koregaon Attack was “Pre-Planned”, Vow to Throw Out BJP-led “Peshwai Rule”

Dalit Leaders Say Bhima Koregaon Attack was “Pre-Planned”, Vow to Throw Out BJP-led “Peshwai Rule”

  Tension has gripped Maharashtra a day after a person was killed, 25 vehicles were torched and more than 100 vehicles were damaged in stone pelting after individuals allegedly with saffron flags attacked dalits and their vehicles in Pune district. Lakhs of people gather on January 1 in Bhima Koregaon village every year to mark…

Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language of the Goons Masquerading as Political Activists

Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language of the Goons Masquerading as Political Activists

  As another year is coming to an end, we witnessed huge turmoil everywhere. The intimidation to dissenters continued while political opponents were targeted as usual by the Hindutva groups. Mob lynching and cow terrorism aggravated all over the country and as the state remained subdued and muted, the goons with political patronage had a…

Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!

Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!

  Film-making is challenge in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic democracy. Particularly if offence-takers are indulged. But each year the propensity to take offence, or to pander to offence-taking, seems to scale new heights.  In 2017 the travails of film makers made news throughout the year. The impetus for film censorship ranged from preserving social mores to…

Netanyahu Battles for Survival in Israel: Will He Have to Cancel His January Visit to India?

Netanyahu Battles for Survival in Israel: Will He Have to Cancel His January Visit to India?

  India is worried. But of course,silently lest a whiff of the serious corruption charges threatening to dislodge Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu find their way into the Indian media and Parliament on the eve of his much touted visit to India. And queer the pitch that the Ministry of External Affairs has been carefully preparing…

“Borders only become borders when cartographies come into existence” – Professor Romila Thapar

“Borders only become borders when cartographies come into existence” – Professor Romila Thapar

It wasn’t a surprise to see history lovers in Calcutta queue up on a Sunday morning to engage in a closed door rendezvous with Professor Romila Thapar. Professor Thapar, after years of inimitable research and fearless writing, needs no introduction. She certainly is a festering (and pestering!) eyesore of the Hindu Right, the fascist dispensation…