Murder of Social Justice, Says JNUTA on Denial of Admission to SC/ST Students

Murder of Social Justice, Says JNUTA on Denial of Admission to SC/ST Students

Image Courtesy: Newsclick In a shocking revelation, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) has alleged that the administration led by Vice Chancellor M Jagdesh Kumar, during the admission process of 2018-19 for M.Phil and PhD, not only denied admission to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC) students despite their…

We Can Not Turn into a Society Where Freedom of Expression Is Denied: Romila Thapar

We Can Not Turn into a Society Where Freedom of Expression Is Denied: Romila Thapar

Veteran historian Romila Thapar, speaking at a public discussion titled 'Dissent and Democracy', condemned the arrests of activists that followed the Bhima Koregaon Violence. She opined that we have moved away from the values that led us to independence, and we have forgotten why we fought to become a free nation. Thapar also feels that…

Kisan Mukti March: Farmers to Flood Streets of Delhi on 29th & 30th November

Kisan Mukti March: Farmers to Flood Streets of Delhi on 29th & 30th November

On November 29 and 30, more than hundred thousand farmers from across India will converge in the capital city of New Delhi. They will march to parliament, highlighting the agrarian crisis which has lasted in India for decades, and the role of the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in intensifying this crisis. Marching along…

Full-on Saffronisation Marks Teachers’ Orientation Programme in JNU

Full-on Saffronisation Marks Teachers’ Orientation Programme in JNU

Participants complained of saffronisation and the propagation of anti-science ideas at the Teachers' Orientation Programme in JNU. Moreover, Prof. Pradipta Chaudhary, Dean of School of Social Sciences, who handled a session, was accused of physical harassment and passing of derogatory comments by those who attended the programme. The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) also issued a…

We Have Fought Racism, We Have Fought for Gender Equality: Gita Sahgal

We Have Fought Racism, We Have Fought for Gender Equality: Gita Sahgal

While we discuss the rise of the right wing across the globe, we should not forget that the secular left has had many victories over the years, says writer and journalist Gita Sehgal. While those from the secular left are sometimes called ‘islamophobes’, we should learn to distinguish between the attac on the people and right…

Civil Services Code- ‘An Attempt to Clamp Down Critical Expression in JNU’

Civil Services Code- ‘An Attempt to Clamp Down Critical Expression in JNU’

Recently, Jawaharlal Nehru University decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Central Civil Services (CCS) Rules, 1965 against an associate professor. Following this, the teachers of the university have come out to openly oppose the application of these rules and called it an unjust way to clamp down dissenting voices and critical thinking. Professor Surajit…

Bhima Koregaon Verdict: Arrest Should be the Last Step of an Investigation, Not the Starting Point for One

Bhima Koregaon Verdict: Arrest Should be the Last Step of an Investigation, Not the Starting Point for One

The Supreme Court on September 28 rejected the plea for a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) in the arrests of five eminent activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, with Justice DY Chandrachud dissenting with majority Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar. Following the judgment, a press conference was…

“As a Citizen of this Country I’m Afraid of Being Misguided by Journalists”: Prakash Raj

“As a Citizen of this Country I’m Afraid of Being Misguided by Journalists”: Prakash Raj

At a convention on Attack on Journalists, actor Prakash Raj speaks as an ordinary citizen raising questions about the state of media and journalism today. He speaks about how buying and silencing of journalists is not a new phenomenon, but what is worrying is that organised way in which this silencing is being carried out today….

“In My 40 Years as a Journalist, I Have Never Witnessed Such a Toxic Atmosphere”: Nikhil Wagle

“In My 40 Years as a Journalist, I Have Never Witnessed Such a Toxic Atmosphere”: Nikhil Wagle

Speaking at a convention on the Attack on Journalists, senior journalist Nikhil Wagle talks about how even though journalists have witnessed threats and abuses before in the industry, things have never been as bad as they are today. What is happening today is far worse than anything that the country has seen in the past…

Ravish Kumar: “Newspapers and Channels Have Become Trolls”

Ravish Kumar: “Newspapers and Channels Have Become Trolls”

Ravish Kumar talks to Newsclick about how mainstream media houses today are toeing the line of the ruling regime. They often act as trolls representing the government with no sense of neutrality or will to represent the truth. Organisations like Editors Guild have also ceased to be helpful. In this situation where journalists are facing immense pressure,…

Dissent on Social Media Leads to Unfair Expulsion and Suspension of Student and Faculty of Central University of Kerala

Dissent on Social Media Leads to Unfair Expulsion and Suspension of Student and Faculty of Central University of Kerala

The Central University of Kerala is facing a huge backlash from writers, activists and students across the country. In an attempt to crush the dissenting voices in the campus, the university administration recently took action against both students and faculty who had been critical of their actions. On September 7, the university administration suspended Prasad…

What is Happening in the Country Today is Far Worse than What Happened During the Emergency: Urmilesh

What is Happening in the Country Today is Far Worse than What Happened During the Emergency: Urmilesh

Urmilesh talks to Newsclick Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha about the recent arrests of 5 human rights activists for their alleged links to the Bhima Koregaon Violence. While on the one hand, this activists are being labelled 'urban maoists' and being held accountable for the violence without any concrete evidence, in Maharashtra, those who have really been accused…

Remembering Dabholkar and The Fight to Save Scientific Temper

Remembering Dabholkar and The Fight to Save Scientific Temper

On August 18, Delhi Science Forum, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), Andhvishwas Virodhi Manch, and the Indian Cultural Forum (ICF) organised a programme titled 'Scientific Temper: Why we need it?'. The speakers included Avinash Patil (MANS), Nandita Narain (St. Stephen's College, DU), Keki Daruwalla (ICF), D. Raghunandan (Delhi Science Forum), Dhruv Raina (JNU) and Gauhar Raza (Andhvishwas Virodhi…

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…

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…

“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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.  …

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…

#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.    

“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…