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…

The Ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is Both Hate-Ridden and Supremacist

The Ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is Both Hate-Ridden and Supremacist

    At a recent talk show by an international television channel, the former spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and present general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Ram Madhav, firmly asserted that the ideology of the RSS was neither supremacist, nor dominant or aggressive. Leave alone fascist.[1]   Quoted on the…

Appointments of Chairperson & Members to NHRC Should be About Integrity, Independence & Commitment to Human Rights Protection

Appointments of Chairperson & Members to NHRC Should be About Integrity, Independence & Commitment to Human Rights Protection

  Since its formation following a statute in 1993, in response to international commitments, the NHRC has functioned as an institution falling short of the immense expectations from a population getting more and more aware of their rights and violations by state and non-state actors. From being called a toothless tiger to one that requires a…

India under Modi is living through a Dark Age: Professor D N Jha

India under Modi is living through a Dark Age: Professor D N Jha

Teesta Setalvad of Communalism Combat interviews Professor DN Jha on dietary traditions in Early India; the calculated misrepresentation of Early Indian and Medieval History by the present government under the direct control of the Sangh Parivar; and the ‘dark age ‘of superstition promoted by the current political dispensation.   Courtesy: Sabrangindia

Historian Irfan Habib on the rightwing project of mythologising history

Historian Irfan Habib on the rightwing project of mythologising history

Teesta Setalvad, journalist and co-editor of Communalism Combat, spoke to historian Irfan Habib on Sabrang, about the right-wing project of mythologising history. On the one hand, history is distorted to perceive all Muslim rulers as plunderers. On the other hand, the so-called patriotism of right-wing Hindu groups stands exposed by their absence from the Indian freedom struggle.

“It’s time to call a stop to this hatred and blood-letting…”

“It’s time to call a stop to this hatred and blood-letting…”

At the Writers' Convention held at Mavlankar Hall on 1st November, Pratirodh, Teesta Setalvad describes the protests throughout the country as a necessity to register public anger and outrage against the government. The protests, she says, are the result of the people’s cumulative anger and their revulsion against increasing incidents of discrimination and violence.

“This will open up a whole area of challenge…”

“This will open up a whole area of challenge…”

Prabir Purkayastha of Newsclick interviewed Teesta Setalvad on the series of awards being returned by various writers as a protest against the killing of rationalists, the Dadri lynching, and other instances of growing intolerance in the country. Setalvad discusses the power of the RSS diktat on the present government, and the agenda of communal polarisation. On…