11 year old Dies of Starvation in Jharkhand

11 year old Dies of Starvation in Jharkhand

  11 year old Santoshi Kumari in Jharkhand’s Simdega district died of starvation after her family’s ration card was allegedly cancelled for not being linked to their Aadhaar number. Before her death, she kept asking for rice (bhaat) from her mother. Knock, Knock “Who‘s there?” “Hunger” “Hunger who?” “Santoshi hai?” “You alone?” “Na, na, Aadhar…

The Long Aftermath of Hunger

The Long Aftermath of Hunger

  Is Gundhar Naik home, I asked a woman scrubbing pots and pans outside the house next door. "Where have you come from, and what do you want here?" she demanded. I am a journalist from Khariar who has written stories about Gundhar in the past, I explained. I have come to find out how he…

The Killing of History

The Killing of History

 I have long been a fan of John Pilger’s work – it is well-researched, honest and powerful without being sensational. There is a dignity to his prose that I very much admire. In a lecture he gave at Columbia University, Pilger spoke of ‘censorship by omission’. In that lecture, Pilger pointed to the terrible omissions of Western…

Verses Of Resistance: How Certain Folk Literary Cultures Of Medieval Bengal Had Risen Against Brahminism

Verses Of Resistance: How Certain Folk Literary Cultures Of Medieval Bengal Had Risen Against Brahminism

  This was in the 13th century. 5 centuries had passed since the marauding Vedantic forces led by Adi Shankaracharya had torn into the sanghas, monasteries and stupas of the Buddhist. Meanwhile, General Vijay Sen had risen in coup from the barracks of the last Pala kings of Bengal to deal the final staggering blow to the last Buddhist dynasty of the subcontinent. The Brahmins had…

The Poet of Small Thingis

The Poet of Small Thingis

Walking on a dirt road alongside a field in Bhatwadgaon village, we reach a small house with a flat cement roof and lilac walls. It has an unusual name for a house – but there it is, in Marathi: ‘Thingi’, painted in purple on the wall. The word means ‘spark’ and it is the title…

Jamia Students: If Fighting for Campus Democracy is Politics, Then We’re Politicians

Jamia Students: If Fighting for Campus Democracy is Politics, Then We’re Politicians

For attaining political maturity, students require training on campus too. By debating and agitating on issues, students create an intellectual space that helps them develop skills to influence, mobilise and lead people. But Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in the heart of the capital, has sadly remained indifferent to this. The students’ union elections…

#WhereisNAJEEB: एक अपील

#WhereisNAJEEB: एक अपील

                    पिछले साल 14 अक्टूबर को जेएनयू के माही- मांडवी हॉस्टल में ABVP के लोगों ने M.Sc. बायोटेक के स्टूडेंट नजीब की बुरी तरह पिटाई की और  मारने की धमकियाँ दीं. 15 अक्टूबर से नजीब माही- मांडवी हॉस्टल से गायब है. नजीब की माँ जब पुलिस…

A Glimpse into the Hindu Rashtra of the Future

A Glimpse into the Hindu Rashtra of the Future

  RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, at an event celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita was quoted saying that, “All diverse languages and practices should co exist, but under the unifying idea of Bharat Mata. All diversities should be subservient to nationalism”, asking Muslims in India to accept that they were “all Hindus before being…

Dating Bakhshali Manuscripts: Answering Important Questions in History of Mathematics

Dating Bakhshali Manuscripts: Answering Important Questions in History of Mathematics

  The Bakhshali Manuscripts, a collection of 70 odd leaves of birch bark, containing a wealth of mathematical methods, have finally been dated. The oldest of the three samples tested was written as early as the 3rd-4th century , placing it almost five centuries earlier than where most scholars had placed the manuscripts . This makes the Bakhshali Manuscripts…

Fifty Years After Che’s Death

Fifty Years After Che’s Death

  “The army issued a strange report about the presence of 20 men in Serrano to stop the passage of the encircled men, who are said to number 37, they locate our hiding-place between the Acero and Oro rivers. The news seems to be a red herring.” – Ché Guevara, 7 October 1967 These are last…

No Mr Sibal, You Censored the Media Too!

No Mr Sibal, You Censored the Media Too!

    Public memory is short, and the pressure under which every dissenting, questioning individual has been placed by the BJP dispensation makes it even shorter. And hence in the shadow of the big story of BJP President Amit Shah’s son’s alleged financial corruption in The Wire, Congress leader Kapil Sibal who released the documents…

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…

‘Two & Half Person’ Government Worsens India’s Economic Slowdown

‘Two & Half Person’ Government Worsens India’s Economic Slowdown

“Critics are spreading despair but the economy is on track,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this in response to the official statistics which suggested an economic slowdown. Prabhat Patnaik talks to Newsclick about the effects of demonetisation and GST on Indian economy. He further discusses the negative employment growth. "The economic bureaucracy is increasingly becoming…

BHU- A Den of Patriarchy?

BHU- A Den of Patriarchy?

  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, said Nelson Mandela. If education is a weapon to change the world then universities where education is imparted should also be places where one expects to see the change that education seeks to bring. But this premise is rudely shaken…

Appeal to Rise Against the Killing of Gauri Lankesh and to March for Democracy

Appeal to Rise Against the Killing of Gauri Lankesh and to March for Democracy

  WHAT: All India coordinated mobilizations for Justice for Gauri on October 5th.  In Delhi, this mobilization will take the form of a March for Democracy  DATE: October 5th  TIME:  1 pm  PLACE: Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.   Contact: Bittu (8179542651) Poonam (9811136242) We request all people to join this rally in the largest possible numbers. In several parts…

An Update from the Supreme Court Hearings on the Deportation of Rohingyas

An Update from the Supreme Court Hearings on the Deportation of Rohingyas

The Rohingya matter came on board yesterday before the court of CJI Dipak Misra. The bench also comprised of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y.Chandrachud. Court held as follows: The Counsel for the respondent stated that there were 2 preliminary objections to be considered before hearing the matter: Firstly, the question of judicial review ought to be…

Doordarshan Censors a Chief Minister’s Speech, but Airs a Non-Elected RSS Pracharak

Doordarshan Censors a Chief Minister’s Speech, but Airs a Non-Elected RSS Pracharak

After refusing to broadcast Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s speech one and a half months, national broadcaster Doordarshan has come under fire again, for telecasting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. DD News, which comes under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, telecast the RSS chief’s speech live from Nagpur on Friday, 29 September. Earlier in August,…

Dalit Poet, Upper-caste Critic

Dalit Poet, Upper-caste Critic

Even as I started reading Chandramohan’s Letters to Namdeo Dhasal, a predicament challenged me: did I have any legitimacy to write about this book? Chandramohan’s poetry is like a gunshot rudely interrupting English poetry in India. It’s a howl, not only of the poet, not only for our contemporary times, but for all times. Chandramohan’s insertion into…

Kancha Ilaiah Sheperd’s Car Attacked

Kancha Ilaiah Sheperd’s Car Attacked

  The Hindu reports that intrepid academic Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd's car was attacked with stones and chappals by a group of people belonging to the Vaisya community. Mr.Ilaiah said he was returning to Hyderabad after attending a meeting of the Telangana Mass and Social Organisations Forum (T-MASS). The protesters blocked his car and squatted in…

A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh

A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh

  गौरी लंकेश,गौरी लंकेश गौरी लंकेश, गौरी लंकेश गूँज रही है तेरी शहादत जाग रहा है देश गौरी लंकेश, गौरी लंकेश…    क्या होती है पत्रकारिता दिखा दिया जग को सच की खातिर कुर्बानी का दिया तूने संदेश गौरी लंकेश, गौरी लंकेश…..   कायर थे कातिल तेरे तू जिंदादिली की एक मिसाल गौरी मरा नहीं…

Letter of Resignation from Members of the Editorial Board of Third World Quarterly

Letter of Resignation from Members of the Editorial Board of  Third World Quarterly

  Dear Shahid Qadir, Taylor & Francis,Colleagues and Interested Public, We are deeply disappointed by the unacceptable process around the publication of Bruce Gilley’s Viewpoint essay, The case for colonialism, which was published in Third World Quarterly without any consultation with the Editorial Board. As International Editorial Board Members, we were told in an email on…

International Child Abduction Bill Bypasses the Indian Judiciary

International Child Abduction Bill Bypasses the Indian Judiciary

The committee on civil aspects of International Child Abduction Bill, 2016, has invited comments from the public and its various stakeholders. The Bill, however, does not record the voices of the survivors of domestic violence. Senior advocate Indira Jaising discusses the implications of India signing the Hague convention on the civil aspects of International Child Abduction. Lawyer…

क्या रोहिंग्या होना ही गुनाह है ?

क्या रोहिंग्या होना ही गुनाह है ?

Image courtesy: getty images   रोहिंग्या  मुसलमानों को  भारत सरकार  अपने घर वापस जाने को कह रही है , पर सवाल ये है कि उनका घर है कहाँ ? म्यांमार,जो उनका मूल निवास माना जाता है पर वहां उनका सालों से दमन हो रहा है। रोहिंग्या मुसलमानों की  कहानी दर्द की एक लंबी दास्ताँ सुनाती है। रोहिंग्या मुसलमान दुनिया में सबसे ज्यादा सताए जाने…

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Loss of A Son

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Loss of A Son

Our second day in Shamli began with a meeting of yet another kind of new violence that families are grappling with in Western UP, since the appointment of the new Yogi Adityanath government.  It is not unusual for the front pages of local newspapers to be filled with sensational stories of ‘dreaded criminals’ killed or injured in shoot-outs with the…

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Dalits of Shabirpur

Karwan e Mohabbat: The Dalits of Shabirpur

  The eight day of Karwan e Mohabbat was at Kandla town in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh. This is a Muslim majority town, where a few thousand people displaced by the Muzaffarnagar carnage of 2013, who were not allowed to return to their homes, resettled. The BJP MP Hukam Singh had stirred national headlines alleging that the rise in Muslim population in the…

Protect the Autonomy of GSCASH in JNU

Protect the Autonomy of GSCASH in JNU

  JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar has recently issued a circular stating that the university’s existing Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) be replaced by an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). The Registrar has also stated that the election to GSCASH be kept on hold until further notice. The letter is attached below:     Modelled…

Mourning the Loss of Gauri Lankesh

Mourning the Loss of Gauri Lankesh

  The devastating news of the assassination of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh on 5 September signals the broken road that lies ahead of us. It is no longer an individual targeting of firm and fearless voices of dissent – it is now the decimation of dissent itself, and the rise of fear as the only emotion that is guaranteed…

McOnam Sadhya: Tinkering with Tradition

McOnam Sadhya: Tinkering with Tradition

                                         While the festival of Onam is inseparable from the legend of King Mahabali and Vamana, it is also a festival which marks the summer harvest. Onam is primarily a Hindu festival. Traditionally, the Christian communities of Kerala also celebrate Onam with much fanfare. It is touted as a cultural festival and…

Hamari Gauri Amar Rahe

Hamari Gauri Amar Rahe

Dear friends,  All karnataka federation of women against atrocities condemns the murder of our dear friend, journalist, and an activist, Gauri lankesh. The fedaration will be aiming in generating a pressure on the government in the investigation of the case. The investigation should lead to the immediate arrest of the murderers and thus prevent the loss of…

“The murder of Gauri Lankesh follows on the heels of the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi…”

“The murder of Gauri Lankesh follows on the heels of the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi…”

Image courtesy Newsclick.in The assassination of Ms. Gauri Lankesh, noted Kannada journalist, writer, activist and champion of secularism and communal harmony, has come as a rude shock. Ms. Gauri Lankesh was killed on the night of 5th September, 2017, right in front of her residence in Bangalore. She was Editor of the popular Kannada weekly, Lankesh…

Statement by the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV) on the Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Statement by the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV) on the Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV), is shocked and deeply saddened by the cold-blooded murder of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh at her Bangalore residence. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in her home in northern Bengaluru on the night of 5th September. Unidentified men fired at least five shots at her before escaping by motorbike. Gauri Lankesh was…

What is Triple Talaq called in your religion?

What is Triple Talaq called in your religion?

Struggles of women for dignity and rightful place in the world pervade all locations and religious communities. Sameena Dalwai, in her auto-ethnographic piece, offers testimony to the ongoing battle for gender justice.   Almost all discussions after the Triple Talaq judgement are missing the point. The issue is not about religion but about patriarchy and…

Adieu Gauri Lankesh

Adieu Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh, journalist, friend, activist, fiery woman and courage personified was shot dead, in cold blood on September 5 at about 8.10 p.m. as she returned to her home in Bengaluru. There was anger, shock, and mourning. Almost immediately, even as the numbness of the grief continued to engulf her wide circle of friends and…

Balu’s Lost Land

Balu’s Lost Land

  On December 2, 2016, when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the newly-built Gollapalli reservoir in the Erramanchi area of  Penukonda block, Anantapur district, local farmers were delighted. At last, they thought, their fields would be irrigated. S. Balu Nayak, a Sugali (Scheduled Tribe) farmer from Makkajipalli tanda (the ST hamlet) in Gutturu village 5…

Women’s Studies: the Story So Far

Women’s Studies: the Story So Far

    In March this year, several hundreds of students and research scholars enrolled across the 163 Women’s Studies Centres in India suddenly found their futures uncertain. A few days before Twelfth Plan period was to end on March 31, 2017 – and with it the Five-Year Plans – the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued…

A Wait Without an End

A Wait Without an End

Parveena Ahangar, and her Association of Parents of Disappeared (APDP) Kashmir, organised a sit in protest in Srinagar as part of the international Day of the Disappeared. An annual event, the meet draws tears as parents gather to remember their young wards who “disappeared” without a trace all across the Valley, with no end in…

Lost Inheritance in the Mountains  

Lost Inheritance in the Mountains  

                                                                “In 1947, brothers and sisters, the British left granting India her freedom, granting the Muslims Pakistan, granting special provisions for the scheduled castes and tribes, leaving everything taken care of, brothers and sisters – Except us, EXCEPT US. The Nepalis of India. During that time, in April of 1947, the Communist party of…

Long Road Ahead!

Long Road Ahead!

Every time Triple Talaq is discussed, talked about or analyzed two questions invariably crop up. One, that data shows there is a higher percentage of divorce happening among Hindus than Muslims and the other being that the demand for doing away with instantaneous triple talaq does not address the short comings of the woman who…

Who was Sakshi Maharaj Defending?

Who was Sakshi Maharaj Defending?

  "One person has complained of rape against Ram Rahim. Crores others believed him as God. Who do you think is right?" Sakshi Maharaj said, alleging a "conspiracy to defame not only Ram Rahim and other saints, but also Indian culture." BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj made this statement in defence of Baba Ram Rahim, who was convicted in…

“The holes in knowledge are being replaced by attacks”: Githa Hariharan

“The holes in knowledge are being replaced by attacks”: Githa Hariharan

Renowned author, Githa Hariharan speaks at a public meeting held on August 22nd, emphasing on the problem of having holes in knowledge – the more you censor novels, seminars, discussions, movies, music, art, you create holes in knowledge. She discusses on the growing fear of questioning and debating against the authority among the student community. Witnessing the recent…

Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right

Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right

Talking about the recent judgement passed by a Nine judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, which upheld right to privacy as a fundamental right, Usha Ramanathan says, "Elevated privacy to a place where, which I think we woudn't have confidence to ask the courts to elevate it". Watch the entire conversation with Usha…

India Against Hate/ Nafrat Ke Khilaf

India Against Hate/ Nafrat Ke Khilaf

  INDIA AGAINST HATE / NAFRAT KE KHILAF ARTISTS DISSENT On Sunday, 27th August, 4.30 pm onwards, at 29 Ferozeshah Road (near Mandi House circle)  ​Join us in this nation wide  protest against  the violence unleashed by hate speech and hate crimes. The evening's programme will include: A visual signature campaign: register your dissent by getting yourself photographed against…

Voices from the Tea Plantations

Voices from the Tea Plantations

Guwahati, Aug. 23: The Joint Action Committee of Tea Tribes Adivasi Assam has demanded that the floods in the state be declared a national problem according to a report in The Telegraph.      If this demand is not met by February 2018, the organisation has also threatened to launch an agitation in tea gardens,…

Blanket Ban on Manual Cleaning of Sewers

Blanket Ban on Manual Cleaning of Sewers

  In a long overdue decision, the Delhi social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Monday, August 21,  announced a blanket ban on manual cleaning of sewers and warned that anyone found violating the rule will be booked under culpable homicide.He also said that a committee had been formed to find out the best possible…

In Defense of March for Science

In Defense of March for Science

  On 9th August, 2017, scientists took to the streets to march for science. They were demanding the Government to stop promoting unscientific and obscurantist ideas, stop throttling scientific research, and increase the funding allocated to education in general and science education in particular. In a note preceding these demands the protesting scientists also expressed anguish…

We Write Our Own Destinies : Madhu Valmiki

We Write Our Own Destinies : Madhu Valmiki

Madhu Valmiki, a young and ambitious 19 year old Dalit girl belongs to Valmiki community, one of the most socially excluded communities in UP. The community faces countless challenges even for accessing their basic resources. This girl is the support system for the entire family. She takes up part time household jobs and pursues her goals through education. From this perspective, Madhu’s…

“We are not liars”, Women to Supreme Court

“We are not liars”, Women to Supreme Court

“We oppose dilution of Section 498A”, “Violence is not a trivial issue” were slogans heard loud and clear at the Supreme Court of India on the morning of 31 July, 2017. A group of women’s organisations gathered to register their protest against the regressive judgment of Rajesh Sharma & Ors. v. State of UP and Anr. passed by Justice Adarsh…

One Bar, One Gown

One Bar, One Gown

    A tweet by senior advocate Ms. Indira Jaising took the shape of a “Gown Wapsi” movement on the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day. Three decades ago, Ms. Jaising had become the first woman to be designated senior advocate by the Bombay High Court. She has been a leader of the feminist movement…

Love-Letters Like No Other

Love-Letters Like No Other

  On January 3, 1831, 176 years ago Savitribai Phule, arguably India’s first woman teacher and forgotten liberator was born. With the first school for girls from different castes that she set up in Bhidewada, Pune (the seat of Brahmanism) Krantijyoti Savitribai as she is reverentially known, by the Indian Bahujan movement, blazed a revolutionary…

देश के आज के हालत पर एक व्यंग “होली है “

देश के आज के हालत पर एक व्यंग “होली है “

ये रैप सांग पिछले साल रिलीज़ हुआ और सोशल मीडिया पे काफी लोकप्रिय भी हुआ , "मोटरसाइकिल शायरीज़ " नामक बैंड के इस गाने  में उन्होंने देश के सामाजिक और राजनैतिक हालत पर तंज़ कसा  है।

All India Radio is Not for All

All India Radio is Not for All

    All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) refused to air the pre-recorded, Independence day speech of Manik Sarkar, the democratically elected Chief Minister of the state of Tripura. Prasara Bharati, an autonomous body that runs both AIR and DD informed the same to the Chief Minister's office. In the email written to the Chief…

Harassment of Writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Must Cease

Harassment of Writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar  Must Cease

  Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar must be free to practice his craft of writing without fear of intimidation and harassment, PEN International said today. Shekhar’s critically acclaimed literary and journalistic writing focuses on the Santhal community, which lives primarily in eastern India and parts of Bangladesh. His books include The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey (Aleph 2014) and The…

The Vultures Feasting on the Misery of the Poor

The Vultures Feasting on the Misery of the Poor

How did Modi put up so many holograms all over the country? How did he and his supporters flew in chartered aircrafts? Who funded these politicians? In Indian reality such fundamental questions are always hidden from common citizens. And the main stream media refuses to cover the ground reality of Indian politics. Investigative journalist Josy Joseph in his…

Not In My Name- Say No To Hatred

Not In My Name- Say No To Hatred

  The silence has been broken. A protest initiated in June 2017 by the #NotInMyName campaign spread to 26 cities and towns across India. Thousands of Indians stood up to say NO to hatred and violence in the name of religion and caste. That was a moment of pause. Even the Prime Minister spoke up, briefly, but there has…

Stop Killing the Marginalised

Stop Killing the Marginalised

 Image Courtesy: Thelogicalindian The series of deaths in sewer lines and septic tanks over the last one month, 27 in the country including 9 in Delhi is tragic, disgraceful and devastating; not only for the families of the deceased but for all of us celebrating the 70th year of Indian independence. Those who died belong to…

Tribal goddess Chamunda and Mahishasur

Tribal goddess Chamunda and Mahishasur

Chamundeshwari is considered the family deity of the Wodeyar dynasty that ruled what was then the tiny state of Mysore between 1399 and 1947. The idol of the goddess is seated on the golden howdah during the ceremonial procession that forms part of the famous Mysore Dasara pageant – because the Maharaja became only one in…

Governance Without Data Is Bound To Fail

Governance Without Data Is Bound To Fail

A farmer in Tarihal village, Karnataka, where all four wells had dried up during a prolonged drought. The present government was quick in circulating the notice that 25th December every year shall be observed as good governance, however, what seems to have been over looked by not just the present government, but all previous ones…

Destruction of the University

Destruction of the University

    The Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University recently remarked that he desires to install a tank in the University campus to instill love for the country. This has made one thing absolutely clear – the VC has no interest in the University, and therefore, he has no moral right to remain in the…

March For Science

March For Science

                                                                                                          Image Courtesy:https://allevents.in/events/india-march-for-science-pune-chapter/1539584542778636#…

Adivasi Scholars Stand Up for Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Adivasi Scholars Stand Up for Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

  Award-winning Santal author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, who has written the acclaimed novel The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey (2014) and a collection of stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance (2015), both works of fiction that explore the Adivasi life, suddenly finds himself thick in the middle of a vicious controversy. A group of Adivasis in Jharkhand, where he works…

Dakshinayan Abhiyan Appeals for March for Science

Dakshinayan Abhiyan Appeals for March  for Science

Dakshinayan Abhiyan has appealed all the citizens including scientists, writers, professors, teachers and students to attend the meeting scheduled to be held on Monday, 7th August 2017 at Conference Hall of Goa Union of Journalists, , Shrama Shakti Bhavan, Patto – Panaji at 5:30 pm. to press for demands to allocate at least 3% of GDP to scientific and technological…

No place for OBCs and STs in Higher Education

No place for OBCs and STs in Higher Education

The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSSC), a premier state-funded research institute based in Kolkata, has had a poor record when it comes to implementing reservations in faculty appointments and admitting students. On other matters related to social justice too, the institute that boasts illustrious faculty members such as historian Partha Chatterjee – currently an…

Apples of Kashmir

Apples of Kashmir

Calm down, Kashmir, sit for a while by the Dal tucked aside like a cold meal by a captive; look at us, we the forbidden fruits, scored with ash, grime and gore, sweet anyways, if not alluring; come, pluck us, sin! The half-burnt chipmunk caking beneath the chinar, we know, is your wrath; the skeleton peering…

Azaadi Kooch : A Photo Essay

Azaadi Kooch : A Photo Essay

A year has passed since the incident where four dalit youths were flogged by cow vigilantes in Una followed by the historic Dalit Asmita Yatra, a ten day march from Ahmedabad to Una organised to protest against the incident. The Una incident not only demonstrated the deplorable reality of caste-based violence, but it also highlighted…

Teachers Unite to Fight Against Privatisation of Education

Teachers Unite to Fight Against Privatisation of Education

Thousands of college and university teachers from across country protested at Jantar Mantar against the government’s apathy towards the teaching community on July 24.  They accused the government of ignoring the teaching community while giving revised pay scales and allowances.“The government is apparently not interested in paying heed to our demands. All central government employees,…

Israel’s Extremism Stoking Jerusalem Violence

Israel’s Extremism Stoking Jerusalem Violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to remove metal detectors at the gates of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, despite advice from the Israeli army and Shin Bet secret police that he should do so. Ali Abunimah told Al Jazeera English on Saturday evening that Netanyahu’s rejection of this advice is a further indication that…

Is our President Ramnath Kovind a Dalit?

Is our President Ramnath Kovind a Dalit?

The presidential election in the country became a Dalit vs Dalit contest after the Congress-backed Opposition pitted former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against the BJP-led NDA's presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind. In an interview with NewsClick, Professor Gopal Guru, a political scientist, explains what does the word Dalit means. He says this category (Dalit) is…

Free Speech Under Siege

Free Speech Under Siege

Githa Hariharan, one of the founder trustees of Indian Writers' Forum, talks about the complexities of free speech in times of hatemongering and violence in contemporary India.                                                          …

All India Marches for Reservation for Women

All India Marches for Reservation for Women

  The Communist Party of India (Marxist) intensified its demand for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill—pending for 21 years now—by staging a protest in Delhi as well as other parts of the country on Saturday. Addressing the protesters at Jantar Mantar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)government…

Red Sun in a Blue Sky

Red Sun in a Blue Sky

25 years of neo-liberalism have seen the greatest concentrations of wealth and exponentially growing disparity.  They have also seen not only growing unemployment but lowering of standards of living of the middle class and working class people.  This is the natural result of the wage cuts and loss of jobs with guaranteed benefits. It has often…

The Precarious Democracy

The Precarious Democracy

  Joan Miro, "Untitled", 1938 / metmuseum.org   That "one of the biggest democracies of the world", as we fondly say, is so utterly precarious and fragile is now visible more than ever before. Behind the endless advertisements on which the regime spends so much tax payers’ money, behind the spectacles that the regime is…

Can We Arrest the Slide?

Can We Arrest the Slide?

  Not in My Name Protests in Banglore. Image Courtesy: Pavel Chakraborty   Finally, the Prime Minister has spoken against cow vigilantes. All in the name of the Mahatma. Here is a hyper, twitter-friendly mass leader. Who, at the blink of an eye, sends out 140 character messages regarding terrorist attacks that take place across…

Theri: Women on the path to Emanicipation

Theri: Women on the path to Emanicipation

It was with great reluctance that Buddha opened the doors of Sanghas to women. Strict rules were prescribed for them. For example, a nun, irrespective of her age, would have to show respect to the youngest of monks and stand up before him. Despite these strict rules, a large number of women entered the Buddhist Sanghas….

The Last Hurrah of the Prati Sarkar

The Last Hurrah of the Prati Sarkar

One of the most touching, moving moments of our lives – and that of the People’s Archive of Rural India – occurred on Wednesday, June 7.  I am  proud to say it happened on PARI's initiative. Remember that story about Captain Elder Brother and the whirlwind army? Well, this moment, too, involved Captain Elder Brother…

From India to Palestine

From India to Palestine

    In 1948, Israel was created on Palestinian land. Palestinians lost their homes and villages; huge numbers were expelled; they became refugees elsewhere or in their own land. In 1967, the West Bank and Gaza were also occupied by Israel. For more than five decades now, Palestinians have suffered the violent and unjust realities…

Campaign for Peace between India and Pakistan

Campaign for Peace between India and Pakistan

  Live Painting “Partition” during the launch at Ahmedabad, Gujarat   The Peace Now and Forever Campaign was launched in 30 cities and towns across India and Pakistan on 1 July 2017. The launch saw enthusiastic participation from people from different walks of life, including students, in large numbers. Some of the cities were the…

Modi in Israel: #NotinMyName

Modi in Israel: #NotinMyName

When the #NotInMyName hashtag spread across India’s streets and social media, it felt dauntingly familiar to me: The ever growing number of Jews around the world that protest Israeli atrocities and apartheid against the Palestinian people hold up the very same placards. This is not a mere coincidence of slogans but reflects the deep common…

Getting NotInMyName Wrong Is a Mug’s Game

Getting NotInMyName Wrong Is a Mug’s Game

  There’s a sucker born every minute. The Hindutva hordes and their ideological priesthood, which have come pointing out in (indirect) defence of the lynch mobs running riot in the name of cow slaughter, know this only too well. They feed gullible liberals with arguments to discredit and berate people’s protests, such as NotInMyName, against…

ARE YOU HUMAN? 

ARE YOU HUMAN? 

  Image Courtesy: The Metropolitan Museum of Art   This morning a website asks me, before I can complete signing in:  ARE YOU HUMAN? If I am, I must be able to type accurately the words offered below, which in my case are: PLACE RAINS I am human so without blinking an eye and without…

The Issues at Stake in the Triple Talaq Case

The Issues at Stake in the Triple Talaq Case

Can “personal laws” that violate any provision of the Constitution, including the right to equality and non-discrimination based on sex, be declared unconstitutional? Or is there something inherent to them that makes them immune to the discipline of fundamental rights? This is the question that was raised in the challenge to Triple Talaq by the…

Historians’ Appeal to Government

Historians’ Appeal to Government

SAHMAT Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust 30.6.2017 We have received with great dismay  the  recent news report that the Union Cabinet has approved amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 2010 and that  it has been decided to allow centrally funded projects to be set up in the prohibited area of the…

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

    The outrage and the spontaneous protest following 16-year-old Junaid's death while traveling in a train with his cousins after Eid shopping is something one needs to understand in a clear perspective. It is precisely the misrule of the Modi government – and no other excuse would suffice to explain this and the heinous…

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

    Whenever politics and religion are mixed, it is obvious that those who live outside the game plan suffer the most. Indian right-wing politics was anti-secularism, anti-democracy and anti-Indian civilisation for decades; but after it came to power, these were not enough to maintain political supremacy. It was part of the right-wing agenda to…

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

BJP under Modi government had pushed its core Hindutva agenda to the limits,  veteran LK Advani’s main agenda of Ram Mandir was not enough for NDA II, Cow politics was raised vehemently and cow vigilantes groups were backed by BJP and grew since as early as 2009.   The then Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi not…

जुनेद को मार दो

जुनेद को मार दो

    बहाना कुछ भी करो और जुनेद को मार डालो। बहाना कुछ भी हो,जगह कोई भी चलती ट्रेन हो,बस,सड़क,शौचालय या घर नाम कुछ भी हो अख़लाक़,कॉमरेड जफ़र हुसैन या जुनेद क्या फर्क पड़ता है मकसद तो एक है कि जुनेद को मार डालो! ज़रुरी नहीं कि हर बार तुम ही जुनेद को मारो तुम…

Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha

Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha

CAMPAIGN FOR SURVIVAL AND DIGNITY(CSD), ODISHA   State Convener:  Sri Gopinath Majhi Secretariat-E-125,G.G.P.Colony,      Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar-25 (M) 9937118716,   National Convener:  Pradip Prabhu, 3, Yezdeh Behram, Kati, Malyan, Dahanu Rd. -40160 9437629375, [email protected]                  To,                                                                                                                                                                Date-27th June, 2017        All Respected &  Concerned Person,    …

A Perspective on Scientific Temper in India

A Perspective on Scientific Temper in India

"The role of scientific temper cannot be overemphasized in a country like India, where myriad dogmas and superstitions compete for one’s attention. Scientific temper is an invaluable tool for the common people engaged in sound decision making not only about science but various issues of social importance. Scientific temper remains elusive even today, in spite…

Condemn Lynching of Muslim Youth – Junaid

Condemn Lynching of Muslim Youth – Junaid

  Image Courtesy: Financial Express   New Delhi | 26th June: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) is shocked and horrified by the gruesome murder of sixteen year old Junaid Khan in running train enroute to Mathura from Delhi on 22nd June. This happened in public view inside a train where ordinary people were travelling…

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

CPI(M) Polit Buro memeber Brinda Karat and AIDWA Delhi state Secretary Asha Sharma consoling Junaid's mother   Watching images of the massacres of Muslims in India, I am left wondering: Are there any decent Hindus left? As the body counts of the Muslim victims of public lynching keep adding up, I am left concluding, perhaps…

Is Questioning our Society a Sin?

Is Questioning our Society a Sin?

  Last week, the annual college magazine in Government NSS College Manjeri carried a five line poem ‘Chodyam’ (Question) on the freedom of women. The poem ends by questioning the ‘chastity’ of Kunti in the Mahabharata. Predictably, right wing outfits, including the RSS and Hindu Aikya Vedi, were angered. Loosely translated, the poem reads: They…

Women Menstruate, Get Used To It!

Women Menstruate, Get Used To It!

In India, ‘menstruation’ is a word which cannot be spoken without people being embarrassed and having disgusted look on their face. This natural process is considered “shameful” and “dirty”. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon to girls and women. It is a part of the female reproductive cycle in which the body sheds the lining of…

UK government’s Public Consultation on Caste

UK government’s Public Consultation on Caste

Background: The UK Government has announced an open public consultation on Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law to ensure there is adequate legal protection against caste-based unlawful discrimination. The Government needs to hear from the residents of Great Britain – of South Asian origins and others – as to how individuals and groups should be protected…

महिलाओं के मुद्दों पर मोदी सरकार नाकाम: जगमती

महिलाओं के मुद्दों पर मोदी सरकार नाकाम: जगमती

मोदी सरकार के 3 साल पूरे होने पर न्यूज़क्लिक ने एडवा की सदस्या जगमती सांगवान से मुलाकात की I जगमती के अनुसार शुरुआत से ही मोदी सरकार महिलाओं के मुद्दों की घोर अपेक्षा करती आई है I यह बात इस तथ्य से साबित होता है कि अपने पहले ही बजट में महिलाओं से जुड़ी स्कीमों…

No Lust Please, We Are Pregnant Indian Women!

No Lust Please, We Are Pregnant Indian Women!

NEW DELHI: AYUSH Ministry’s advice for pregnant women: 1.Detach yourselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust; 2.Hang good and beautiful pictures on your walls; 3.Do not eat meat, eggs; 4,Have spiritual thoughts; 5. Read life histories of great personalities; This comes in a booklet issued by the Ministry titled Mother and Child Care that was…

Archiving the Complex Genealogies of Caste and Sexuality

Archiving the Complex Genealogies of Caste and Sexuality

This interview emerged as a series of email exchanges between Rohan Arthur and Dr Anjali Arondekar who works on the Gomantak Maratha Samaj archives, following Rohan's tribute essay on Kishori Amonkar titled Kishori Amonkar: Assertion, Erasure, Reclamation. The interview was conducted with inputs from James Michael and Akshay Pathak. Can you describe the historical origins of the Gomantak Maratha Samaj,…

Ajmer Aulakh Gave Voice to Marginal Farmers’ Woes

Ajmer Aulakh Gave Voice to Marginal Farmers’ Woes

A scene from his play Tooman. Tribune photo Nobody else, before Ajmer Aulakh, (born in 1942), had the same vantage point. Playwrights and other writers only talked about poverty and the exploitation of the rural poor and the plight of peasantry without actually immersing themselves into their deep-rooted and complex problems. Punjabi drama, before him, had…

The Dirty Facade of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

The Dirty Facade of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Political activist Zafar Hussein from Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, was beaten to death on Friday by a group of government officials. The 55 years old Husseinwas lynched when he tried to prevent municipal officials from clicking photographs of women defecating in the open. Municipality team was taking videos and photographs of women from the Bagwasa Kachi basti,…

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist

DebayudhChatterjee (Department of English, University of Delhi) This post is an extract from my M.Phil. dissertation, Class vs Caste: Negotiating Marxist Politics in Bangla Dalit Literature, written under the supervision of Dr. Tapan Basu. The dissertation is due to be submitted to the Department of English, University of Delhi, in July 2017. It is based on…

The Battle Children Face

The Battle Children Face

Dr Ved Kumari is the Dean of Faculty of Law, Delhi. She was also the Chairperson the Delhi Judicial Academy from 2009-2011. A former Fulbright and Commonwealth Fellow, Dr Ved is a leading authority on juvenile justice in India. Her extensive writing helped bring to public focus, the fallacies in the juvenile justice system and…

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

Brahmanical weddings are replete with rituals that smack of hypocrisy and inequality, and are designed to show the bride’s side as inferior. On the other hand, Buddhist and Arjak weddings are based on equality. There is no place for hypocrisy or pomp in them. Anoop Patel was witness to this stark contrast.   Recently, I…

The Museum God

The Museum God

  Gods wait inside a museum In California; Shiva entranced in a dance, Is unseen by The Buddha – he meditates Undistracted, Trees that help him breathe Are saints too, They gift away their wisdom Like trees do – In silence, rustling the sound Of endurance. Do gods secured in museums Remember us? Or they…

Maharashtra Peasants are on a Historical Strike

Maharashtra Peasants are on a Historical Strike

    On 5th June, a state-wide bandh was called in Maharashtra. The bandh was a part of an ongoing peasant strike which began on 1st June.The farmers were demanding that the government waive their farm loans due to the losses incurred. They were also demanding the implementation of the remunerative prices as recommended by Swaminathan Commission. The other demands…

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

  The practice of "Untouchability" was outlawed in India with the adoption of the Indian Constitution. But this practice is still prevalent and manifests itself in varied forms. Despite education, people still seem to be influenced by notions of purity and pollution. Recently, government officials in Uttar Pradesh handed out soap and shampoo to dalits before the Chief…

Millions of Missing Girls – Doctors Must Stop Pre-Natel Sex Determination

Millions of Missing Girls – Doctors Must Stop Pre-Natel Sex Determination

AIDWA Press Release Delhi, 5 June 2017 Six leading scholars and activists came together to address the media against the Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s advocacy to weaken the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act in the context of Delhi Chalo organised tomorrow. These experts include: Dr Neelam Singh, leading Gynecologist, Lucknow and Vatsalya, Ms….

Remembering Hashimpura After Thirty Years

Remembering Hashimpura After Thirty Years

Thirty years after the Hashimpura massacre, we republish this interview with Vibhuti Narain Rai, author of Hashimpura 22 May, by Teesta Setalvad, co-editor of Communalism Combat. India's first ever mass custodial encounter massacre took place  on 22 May 1987, during the Hindu–Muslim riots in Meerut city, state of Uttar Pradesh, India, when 19 personnel of the Provincial Armed…

“Joining Hands Will Join Our Hearts” Says Irom Sharmila as African And North East Students Unite Against Racism

“Joining Hands Will Join Our Hearts” Says Irom Sharmila as African And North East Students Unite Against Racism

Students from Africa and the North East joined hands to protest against the growing intolerance in India, reflected in increasing racial discrimination and physical attacks on both. Both communities spoke of a similar pattern of discrimination ranging from catcalls and abuse on the streets, to discrimination in renting accommodation, to increasing physical attacks at a…

‘मैं सब समझते हुए भी लोगों को नहीं समझा पाती’

‘मैं सब समझते हुए भी लोगों को नहीं समझा पाती’

Mirai Chatterjee, Rolee Srinath, Saba Sharma, Radhika, Shaminaj Khan A series of interviews, begun on International Working Women's Day, with women teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees – all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields – discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life. Stay tuned for more!   'Three hares looking at the moon', ca….

Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

Prodigy You can’t watch me though, I told her, then emerged from the room after five minutes looking triumphant, pocketing her money immediately. She didn’t care she lost the bet. She was proud her son was a prodigy, and never figured it out herself. That all I did was peel and re-arrange stickers on the…

‘What did you pack him for his lunch?’

‘What did you pack him for his lunch?’

  A series of interviews, begun on International Working Women's Day, with women teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees – all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields – discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life. We hope you like these heartfelt discussions. Stay tuned for more!   Extract from Black Panther and Little Fish / shoilikanungo.com   Shoili…

First Lotha Naga Folktales published in English

First Lotha Naga Folktales published in English

  The first anthology of Lotha Naga folktales in English, entitled A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold was released on 29 April, 2017 at the Indian International Centre, New Delhi. This collection is translated and compiled by Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton, an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at Gargi College…

Kashmir Dialogue Drama!

Kashmir Dialogue Drama!

    The Modi Government wants to “engage with the youth”, the Mufti Government wants to have a “dialogue” with the people from Kashmir. Amidst all this pretence and drama, we see an inhuman video showing Farooq Ahmad Dar, a 24-year-old shawl weaver from Kashmir, strapped to the front of the army vehicle as a…

When Muslims Are Killed For Eating Beef, Let Us Remember What Food Means In Our Culture

When Muslims Are Killed For Eating Beef, Let Us Remember What Food Means In Our Culture

At a time when poeple are killed over their choice of food, the atrocities committed by gau rakshaks can be understood when it is seen from the significance that food has in our shared cultures. Our diverse food habits that encompasses strictly vegetarian recipes to various kinds of meat, comprise 'Indian Cuisine'. So says Sohail Hashmi in this talk. "If a culture…

Slaughter House Ban: Gainers and Losers

Slaughter House Ban: Gainers and Losers

The BJP’s massive majority in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections led to the anointment of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister. And in his very first pronouncement, the ‘Yogi’ ordered the ban of slaughter houses in the state. The argument made by the newly elected government was that these slaughter houses were not following the National…

Take Action: Palestinian Political Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

Take Action: Palestinian Political Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have launched a mass hunger strike starting 17 April 2017. The call for hunger strike came amidst resentment of Israeli’s cruel policies towards political prisoners. An estimated 1500 Palestinian prisoners have announced the beginning of an open hunger strike.  The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: family…

Census Disproves RSS Theories about Minorities

Census Disproves RSS Theories about Minorities

The communal forces have tapped into biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth to divide society. This is what Kiren Rijiju, the minister of state for home affairs, appeared to be doing when he tweeted that the Hindu population is decreasing in the country because Hindus don’t proselytize and that the minorities in India…

Let the Poet Write of a Nation’s Protest 

Let the Poet Write of a Nation’s Protest 

It began when I stood beside fellow poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay, who, emotionally disturbed by Yogi Adityanath and his associates’ communally violent threats, wrote a poem on the subject and posted it on Facebook. In the last line, he wrote "Your trident would be covered by condom". An F.I.R was lodged against him by Arnab Sarkar,…

Law in the Time of BJP

Law in the Time of BJP

    Adityanath government launched ‘anti-Romeo’ squads in Uttar Pradesh. In the name of stopping eve teasing, police started catching couples roaming together. There have been reports of even siblings or married couples being caught and harassed by the police. Moral policing is happening all over the state in the name of ‘anti-Romeo’ squads. The…

The Attack on Indian Americans

The Attack on Indian Americans

When Narendra Modi sat in the wilderness of American political opinion, sections of the NRI community came to his defence. Graphic human rights reports on the pogrom in Gujarat had turned the US State Department against Modi. He was denied a visa to enter the United States. It did not help Modi that there was clear…

Nobel Laureate Writes to MS University

Nobel Laureate Writes to MS University

Earlier this year, Maharaja Sayajirao University, (MSU), Baroda in its official diary of the year 2017 credited sages for their contribution to science. They have credited sages for the discovery of rockets and aeroplanes. The June 2017 page says “Maharshi Bhardwaj discovered Rockets and Aeroplanes”. February page has Acharya Khanad credited for developing “Nuclear Technology”. Sushrut…

Remembering Bhagat Singh

Remembering Bhagat Singh

On the day Bhagat Singh became a martyr, we share this interview with Chaman Lal. While many of us do recognise Bhagat Singh as an icon of India’s freedom struggle and national movement, many know little of what he did, and then juxtapose his contributions in the current political scenario. Here, D. Raghunandan of Newsclick speaks to…

Why Yogi Adityanath is the “Ideal” CM

Why Yogi Adityanath is the “Ideal” CM

Yogi Adityanath has been announced as the CM of Uttar Pradesh. BJP has chosen its ‘’best’’ to govern the biggest state in India. Yogi Adityanath has several criminal cases against him. Some of the charges include rioting, attempt to murder, carrying deadly weapons, endangering life or personal safety of others, unlawful assembly, trespassing on burial places…

JNU to Researchers – We Don’t Need You

JNU to Researchers – We Don’t Need You

Delhi High Court rejected the petition against UGC guidelines, 2016. This has drastic implications for the students who want to get enrolled in research programs like M.Phil and Ph.D. Now that the guidelines will have to be followed, the seats in various departments and centers will drastically reduce. This leaves future of many students, already…

Against Caste-Based Oppression in Academic Institutions: A Press Conference

Against Caste-Based Oppression in Academic Institutions: A Press Conference

These are excerpts from the  press conference called on 15th March on the ongoing caste based oppression in educational institutions. Dalit and Adivasi students, both research scholars and academicians, are victimised in institutions. From the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula to the suicide of J. Muthu Krishnan from JNU, discrimination continues unabated. There has to be…

A Strange Kind of Atavism

A Strange Kind of Atavism

This is the first time in the history of a chequered world, fraught with wars, cold wars and open animosity that a country has debarred people from seven countries to enter their nation, based exclusively on religion. This is rabid racism, and can only open more wounds. While the Mexican expression is' refugees' a term not uncommon in India, the…

Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto

Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto

"…The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote.  To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust.  In every field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living. …My…

University Diary not for Hindutva Propaganda

University Diary not for Hindutva Propaganda

The Hindu right-wing has long been trying to propagate myth as facts about ancient India. Many of these alleged instances of past glory would be funny if it were not for the fact that both science and reason are injured by such propaganda, especially in educational institutions. The right-wing administration of the Maharaja Sayajirao University…

The Struggle for Gender Equality in Nagaland – It’s Complicated

The Struggle for Gender Equality in Nagaland – It’s Complicated

Nagaland witnessed a series of violent incidents over the inclusion of 33% reservation for women in their local body elections. Prabir Purkayastha, chief editor of Newsclick, spoke to writer, lawyer, and activist, Nandita Haksar on this matter. There are mainly two narratives regarding the issue. One claims that patriarchy is trying to reinforce itself in opposing the demand for reservation; the…