AIDWA Strongly Protests Against the Promulgation of Ordinance on Triple Talaq

AIDWA Strongly Protests Against the Promulgation of Ordinance on Triple Talaq

AIDWA expresses its strong protest over the promulgation of the Triple Talaq ordinance by the Central Government on September 19th 2018. The ordinance is an attempt to undermine the democratic process since many organizations, including AIDWA , had demanded that the Muslim women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, pending in the Rajya Sabha, should…

Attack on Carnatic Musicians: We Condemn Attempts to Limit and Stifle Free Expression

Attack on Carnatic Musicians: We Condemn Attempts to Limit and Stifle Free Expression

 A number of prominent artists and performers, former judges and bureaucrats, academicians, social activists, public intellectuals, journalists and other concerned citizens from various walks of life, have released a statement condemning the attacks on south Indian musicians for performing interfaith music at classical music concerts. The full statement: In a recent occurrence in South India,…

Bhima Koregaon: Differentiate Between Dissent and Attempts to Overthrow Govt Using Arms, Says SC

Bhima Koregaon: Differentiate Between Dissent and Attempts to Overthrow Govt Using Arms, Says SC

The Supreme Court on September 19 witnessed another gripping hearing in the petition filed by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking an independent probe into the police crackdown and subsequent arrests of five rights activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence. The matter came up for hearing at about 12.15 pm. Senior lawyer Abhishek…

Sanatan Sanstha and its Saviours

Sanatan Sanstha and its Saviours

The ongoing investigations in the cases of the political assassinations of rationalists have reached a juncture where the role of Sanatan Sanstha (SS) in these killings and other terrorist activities is becoming obvious. While the existence of ‘saffron terror’ or Hindutva terror is being established, Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),…

RSS Outreach Programme Will Succeed Only if it Eschews Hindu Rashtra

RSS Outreach Programme Will Succeed Only if it Eschews Hindu Rashtra

The attempts of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh and its chief Mohan Bhagwat to interact with persons and organisations of different political affiliations and ideological pursuits sounds utterly unconvincing. The RSS worldview defines India exclusively based on Hindutva, and looks at everything about our country from the narrow frame of one homogenised religion. Bhagwat's pronouncement (a…

“If It Shocks Your Lordship’s Conscience, There Is Perversity On The Face Of It”: The Gripping Courtroom Exchange In Bhima Koregaon Hearing

“If It Shocks Your Lordship’s Conscience, There Is Perversity On The Face Of It”: The Gripping Courtroom Exchange In Bhima Koregaon Hearing

“If it shocks Your Lordships’ conscience, then there is perversity on the face of it…if, on a feel of the case, Your Lordships do not think this case deserves such(SIT) investigation, I will go elsewhere”. Argued Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi. The PIL by historian Romila Thapar and four other eminent persons over the arrest of…

Najeeb’s mother sues media houses for defaming son, file disappears from court!

Najeeb’s mother sues media houses for defaming son, file disappears from court!

In a shocking development, the file of a defamation case filed against top media houses and news publications has gone missing from inside court premises in New Delhi! Fatima Nafees, mother of JNU student Najeeb who had gone missing mysteriously from his hostel premises in October 2016, had filed the defamation case against Dilli Aaj Tak, Times of India and others…

Students Allege Attack by ABVP Hours After Victory of United Left in JNUSU Polls

Students Allege Attack by ABVP Hours After Victory of United Left in JNUSU Polls

Hours after the United Left bagged a massive victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections, RSS-backed ABVP members resorted to attacking some students in the campus. The newly elected President of the union, N Sai Balaji, and former President Geeta Kumari were reportedly targeted and attacked. Early on Monday morning at 3…

Left Unity Emerges Victor in JNUSU Elections

Left Unity Emerges Victor in JNUSU Elections

Despite strong opposition put up by the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and several other independent candidates, the United Left registered a massive victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) elections on September 16. The Left unity…

Suspend Agreements with India Until the Human Right Activists are Released : MEP to European Commission

Suspend Agreements with India Until the Human Right Activists are Released : MEP to European Commission

Nine Members of the European Parliament sent today the attached letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, regarding the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of nine human and democratic rights activists across India on August 28 (2018). With this letter MEPs Lídia Senra,…

Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party

Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party

Five activists who have been arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence will continue to remain under house arrest till September 17. The Supreme Court on September 12 deferred the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others, after it was submitted that senior…

“I am traumatized and living in fear. Anytime, I can be killed”: Prof Sanjay Kumar

“I am traumatized and living in fear. Anytime, I can be killed”: Prof Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar, assistant professor of sociology, at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari (Bihar) who was dragged from his residence and nearly torched by a group of men for having spoken against the Vice-Chancellor of the university, speaks to eNewsroom about his trauma and agony, just after his university swung back to normalcy. Following are excerpts from the…

Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA

Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA

Advocate Susan Abraham was one among the rights activists whose house was raided on the morning of August 28. She talks to The Leaflet about the raids, their connection to the Bhima Koregaon chain of events and the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which has been used to incarcerate the rights activists. Update: The Supreme Court of India has adjourned the…

Open Petition to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Open Petition to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Honourable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Instances of assault on academic and intellectual freedom have become the order of the day in present day India, the latest being the disciplinary action taken against Dr. Prasad Pannian, Associate Professor and Head, Department of English & Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala. Dr. Pannian was…

“Without engaging with dissent and debates, we believe, no institution can grow to fulfil its social and democratic mission”

“Without engaging with dissent and debates, we believe, no institution can grow to fulfil its social and democratic mission”

It is with deep sense of alarm that we have learnt about the oppressive measures being introduced in Central University of Kerala by the current administration against voices of dissent, disagreements and genuine student demands. We have come across reports of administrative high handedness against students and teachers in the university. There have been attempts…

Life of Pandits Living in Kashmir Valley is Put at Risk to Divert Attention from Article 35 A and Article 370

Life of Pandits Living in Kashmir Valley is Put at Risk to Divert Attention from Article  35 A and Article 370

Right now State of Jammu and Kashmir is facing political instability and amid this political chaos the news item telecasted by National Media about the so called threat to the Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley is aimed to increase the trust deficit among the population living in the Valley.   KPSS strongly believe that…

“Clear Fabrication of Facts and Immediately Release Activists, Intellectuals”

“Clear Fabrication of Facts and Immediately Release Activists, Intellectuals”

We, a group of alumni of IIT Kanpur and others as students, researchers, faculty, staff and other community members affiliated with the same institute strongly condemn the arrest of IIT Kanpur alumna Sudha Bharadwaj (Integrated MSc., Mathematics, 1979-1984) and other activists namely, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao, and the raiding of…

How Brahmins Negated The Progress of India

How Brahmins Negated The Progress of India

In my earlier article “Shudras Built The Indus Valley Civilization!” I argued that the Agni and Vayu worshipping Rigvedic Aryans might have caused the destruction of 1500 years of Harappan and post-Harappan civilization. My broad thesis that the South Indian names and spiritual cultures match with the productive and spiritual cultures of Harappan civilization is confirmed by…

Girish Karnad Caught in Web of ‘New Language’ of Hindutva Politics

Girish Karnad Caught in Web of ‘New Language’ of Hindutva Politics

At a literary meet on tolerance, organised by Dakshinayan in Bengaluru, Jnanpith recipient playwright Girish Karnad on September 2, 2018, had said that the ruling government at the Centre keeps discovering new language to further its politics. Speaking in Kannada, the playwright had said, “when we spoke about politics we used to speak of Lanchavatara (corruption’s dance)…

Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377

Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377

AIDWA welcomes the historic and path breaking Supreme Court judgment in the Navtej Singh Johar case which decriminalises consensual sex between adults in the LGBTQ community and amongst others. This judgment in effect legally recognizes homosexuality and whittles down a 158-year-old colonial law which led to immense suffering and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Section 377 of…

In Historic Verdict, SC Decriminalises Homosexuality

In Historic Verdict, SC Decriminalises Homosexuality

In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as "manifestly arbitrary". In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra…

“Activists arrested not for dissent but for involvement with banned organisation”: Maharashtra Counter Affidavit In SC

“Activists arrested not for dissent but for involvement with banned organisation”: Maharashtra Counter Affidavit In SC

The Maharashtra government has filed a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court against the writ petition that had challenged the arrests of five activists in the Bhima-Koregaon case. The writ petition was filed by Romila Thapar, Prabhat Pattnaik, Devaki Jain, Maja Daruwala and Satish Daruwala, alleging that the arrest was “an exercise to silence dissent, stop…

Ramachandra Guha: “Pune police commissioner should be writing crime fantasy novel”

Ramachandra Guha: “Pune police commissioner should be writing crime fantasy novel”

On 2nd September 2018 a programme titled Literary Meet for Tolerance was organised by Dakshinayana and Gram Seva Sangh in Bengaluru Central University. The event was organised with a commitment to restore tolerance in society.  In this video, Ramachandra Guha, while addressing the meet, speaks on the recent crackdown and arrests of lawyers and activists.  

Assassination plots and other rumors: The story of how left-wing activists were hounded in India

Assassination plots and other rumors: The story of how left-wing activists were hounded in India

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Parliament Street in India’s capital, New Delhi, to protest against the recent attempts to arrest of five prominent leftist activists and intellectuals on charges that are widely perceived to be ranging from unsubstantiable to absurd. The activists who were raided were alleged to have links with the banned Maoist movement. Attempts to…

“Sabarimala discriminates against women on a public health issue”: Nikita Azad

“Sabarimala discriminates against women on a public health issue”: Nikita Azad

As the arguments on the long-contested Sabarimala case concludes with the judgment being reserved, The Leaflet speaks to activist Nikita Azad, who along with Sukhjeet Singh, filed an intervention in the above-mentioned case. In 2015, Nikita Azad addressed an open letter to Prayar Gopalakrishnan — president of the Travancore Devaswom Board — against his statement of installing…

Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals

Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) unequivocally condemns the arrests of social activists and leftist intellectuals including Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao,and Arun Ferreria  by the Pune police today. The arrests are part of a clear design to lock down on democratic dissent, undermine free speech and create a climate of fear. This is quite…

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS strongly condemns the arrests of its member Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and the raids at the homes of Father Stan Swamy, Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Prof. K. Satyanarayana, Pavana, Anala, Kurmanath, Kranti Tekula and others conducted by the Maharashtra police along with the state police of…

Assassination of Dr Kalburgi – A Conspiracy to Eradicate the Culture of Dissent

Assassination of Dr Kalburgi – A Conspiracy to Eradicate the Culture of Dissent

Dr. Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, a scholar of Vachana literature, was assassinated three years ago on August 30, 2015, at his residence in Dharwad, Karnataka. Kalburgi was a prolific writer and a researcher of Vachana literature. His scholarship was influenced by the 12thcentury philosophy of Basavanna and the Vachana literature that also became a backbone of…

क्या है गिरफ़्तार किये गए कार्यकर्ताओं का जुझारू जीवन ?

क्या है गिरफ़्तार किये गए कार्यकर्ताओं का जुझारू जीवन ?

28 अगस्त 2018. महाराष्ट्र पुलिस ने अफवाहों के आधार पर आरोप लगाकर देशभर के कई मानवधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं के घरों पर छापे मारें और पांच मानवधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं को गिरफ्तार किया। आरोप यह था कि इन कार्यकर्ताओं ने साल 2017 के अंतिम दिन एल्गर परिषद की सभा में एक दिन बाद होने वाले भीमा कोरेगांव दलित और…

Members of Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa Express Solidarity with the Arrested Activists

Members of Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa Express Solidarity with the Arrested Activists

In a press note issued by Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa, Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa has denounced the recent raids and arrests of the Human rights activists that include reputed writers, lawyers and scholars working tirelessly to protect the interests of the marginalized communities. The press note issued by Dakshinayan Abhiyan states that “We also put across our concern…

India: A Dark Day for Democracy and Freedom of Expression

India: A Dark Day for Democracy and Freedom of Expression

PEN Delhi and PEN South India join large numbers of Indian citizens in unequivocally condemning the arrests and searches conducted on the homes of human rights activists, writers and thinkers on 28 August. Sudha Bharadwaj, lawyer and rights activist, known for her work with tribal and women’s rights, P Varavara Rao, poet, activist and teacher, Gautam Navlakha,…

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…

Joint Statement Condemning Arrest of Activists and Public Intellectuals

Joint Statement Condemning Arrest of Activists and Public Intellectuals

We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and others, are nothing but…

UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle

UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle

Thirumurugan Gandhi, civil rights activist and coordinator of May 17 Movement has been booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) act for expressing his solidarity to the Palestinian struggle in a public meeting, in 2017. Thirumurugan Gandhi is in jail for the past 14 days. He was detained in the Bangalore international airport…

Petition Challenging Amendments to Prevention of Atrocities Act Filed in Supreme Court

Petition Challenging Amendments to Prevention of Atrocities Act Filed in Supreme Court

A petition challenging Parliament’s decision to pass the amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, was filed yesterday by two advocates, Prathvi Raj Chauhan and Priya Sharma. The amendments had come following the controversial Judgement of the Supreme Court on March 20 this year, which restricted the Act's provisions. The Judgement was seen…

Dalit woman stoned to death for not withdrawing sexual harassment complaint

Dalit woman stoned to death for not withdrawing sexual harassment complaint

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Madhya Pradesh: 38-year-old Anil Mishra dragged a 23-year-old Dalit college student by her hair and smashed her head with a stone because she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against him.   The incident occurred in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, around noon when the girl was walking to the Netaji Subhash Chandra…

Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity

Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity

The flood disaster that struck the entire state of Kerala following the unprecedented monsoon has raised many questions of survival-in-crisis transcending the traditional paradigm of security. For many years, the coastal States of India—from Gujarat to West Bengal covering more than 7500 kilometers of coastline—have been facing several threats from the Arabian Sea, Bay of…

Statement: Condemnation of the mob attack on Sanjay Kumar, Department of Sociology, MG Central University, Motihari Bihar

Statement: Condemnation of the mob attack on Sanjay Kumar, Department of Sociology, MG Central University, Motihari Bihar

As sociologists, social scientists and concerned individuals across the world, we strongly condemn the brutal mob assault on 17 August 2018, on sociologist Sanjay Kumar at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar. This particular trend of mob violence directed at dissenting voices in various university/college campuses of late has become ‘normal’. Teachers have been targeted…

“There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna

“There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna

“There is nothing accidental about it, these threats, and horrendous efforts to intimidate artists. Yes Bollywood has completely deserted us, it will never speak up,” said Carnatic music expondent T.M.Krishna in an interview to The Citizen. This was shortly after he along with other Carnatic musicians had received threats for singing Christian hymns and while…

Public Statement in Support of Mr. Sanjay Kumar and the Mahatma Gandhi Central University Bihar Teachers Association

Public Statement in Support of Mr. Sanjay Kumar and the Mahatma Gandhi Central University Bihar Teachers Association

We, the undersigned academics and members of the public, condemn in the strongest possible terms the attempt to murder Sanjay Kumar of the Dept of Sociology, Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Motihari, Bihar. Mr. Kumar was attacked at his residence by a mob of persons that comprised several known elements, dragged out of his home,…

Our Real Heroes

Our Real Heroes

Translated by Subin Dennis   [Joy Sebastian, a software professional who is part of the rescue operations in Kerala's Alappuzha district, writes about the stellar role played by fishermen and volunteers in the flood relief activities in Kuttanad. A major rice-growing region with scenic backwaters, Kuttanad is spread over the Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. Lying…

Students Marching Towards Home Ministry Against Insufficient Action on Kerala Floods Detained and Beaten Up

Students Marching Towards Home Ministry Against Insufficient Action on Kerala Floods Detained and Beaten Up

Students Marching Towards Home Ministry Against Insufficient Action On Kerala Floods Detained And Beaten Up. The bus full of students trying to reach the Home Ministry was halted, the police compelled the students to get off the bus and even beat up some of the students.  Students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had issued a…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply

Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply

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

Meet Kruti R: One of the Female Voices of Yakshagana

Meet Kruti R: One of the Female Voices of Yakshagana

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

Observances of National Scientific Temper Day

Observances of National Scientific Temper Day

20th August 2018 is being observed as National Scientific Temper Day in honour of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, anti-superstition campaigner and champion of scientific temper, who was killed in an act of premeditated murder by right-wing communal extremist forces, on this day five years ago in 2013. Several similar shocking murders were committed over the next several…

Villagers and activists allege fake encounter on adivasis in Sukma by security forces

Villagers and activists allege fake encounter on adivasis in Sukma by security forces

On August 6, mainstream newspapers across the country reported that 15 “Naxals” were killed in an “encounter with security forces” near Sukma in Chhattisgarh. The news also reported that two others “including a senior cadre and an injured woman rebel” were held after a “gun battle” with the security forces. As per the reports that appeared, the…

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

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

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

Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak

Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak

The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with…

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

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

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

Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak

Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak

The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with…

Activists and Academicians Condemn Violence Against Students and Journalists in Bangladesh

Activists and Academicians Condemn Violence Against Students and Journalists in Bangladesh

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

Tea Garden Workers Break the Jinx of Identity and Communal Politics

Tea Garden Workers Break the Jinx of Identity and Communal Politics

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

Audrey Truschke’s Talk Cancelled Following Threats

Audrey Truschke’s Talk Cancelled Following Threats

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

Editors Guild Decries Government’s ‘Orwellian’ Censorship Attempts

Editors Guild Decries Government’s ‘Orwellian’ Censorship Attempts

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

Over 250 Photographers, Artists, Journalists and Activists Demand Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam

Over 250 Photographers, Artists, Journalists and Activists Demand Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam

Over 250 photographers, Artists, Journalists and activists including: Ram Rahman, Vivan Sundaram, Parthiv Shah, Pushpamala N., Raghu Rai, Devika Daulet-Singh, Pablo Bartholomew, Prashant Panjiar, Dinesh Khanna, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kalat, Krishen Khanna, Ravi Aggarwal and Gauri Gill, have issued a statement demanding Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam’s immediate release. The statement with is as follows:  In…

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

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

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

Are We Indians, Or Just Muslims

Are We Indians, Or Just Muslims

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

The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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

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

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

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

Bangladesh Government Unleashes Violence on Youth Demanding Road Safety

Bangladesh Government Unleashes Violence on Youth Demanding Road Safety

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

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

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

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

Nation-wide Shutdown Against Rape Culture Marks Women’s Month in South Africa

Nation-wide Shutdown Against Rape Culture Marks Women’s Month in South Africa

On Wednesday, South Africa witnessed a nation-wide shut down against the increasing gender-based violence. Tens of thousands of women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people marched across the country demanding an end to rape culture and gender-based violence. Chanting ‘enough is enough’ and ‘my body is not a crime scene’, they marched through various cities. Marches…

“Those who could not counter ideas with an idea killed Pansare and Dabholkar”: Dr Avinash Patil

“Those who could not counter ideas with an idea killed Pansare and Dabholkar”: Dr Avinash Patil

In an exclusive interview with Newsclick, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti President Dr Avinash Patil speaks about how his organisation has continued the war against superstitions. The organisation was established by Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed for running a campaign to end unscientific beliefs. According to Dr Patil, the killers are the ones who are…

Palestinian Writer is Being Interrogated in an Inhuman Manner

Palestinian Writer is Being Interrogated in an Inhuman Manner

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said on Wednesday said that the Palestinian journalist-writer Lama Khater, arrested by Israeli forces early on Tuesday morning, is being interrogated in a brutal, inhuman manner. According to them, Ms. Khater is being held at the Israeli prison Ashkelon. The PPC, in a statement on Facebook, said that its lawyer, Firas Al-Sabbah…

PEN South India and PEN Delhi Stand with Writer S Hareesh

PEN South India and PEN Delhi Stand with Writer S Hareesh

PEN South-India and PEN-Delhi note with extreme distress the harassment and silencing of Malayalam writer S Hareesh in Kerala. Hareesh’s new novel, Meesa (Moustache), was being serialised in the leading weekly magazine Mathrubhumi. As its third chapter was published, members of the Yoga Kshema Sabha declared that a conversation in the chapter between two men…

Israeli Massacres Continue, 5 Palestinians Killed in Gaza and West Bank

Israeli Massacres Continue, 5 Palestinians Killed in Gaza and West Bank

The Israeli military on Monday killed a teenager in the West Bank and on Friday caused the deaths of four Palestinians in Gaza,marking more assaults in Israel’s most significant escalation of violence since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. Arkan Thaer Mizhar, 15, was shot dead at a refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday morning. The incident took place at…

“Anti-national” Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Show Cancelled by Baroda University After Alumni Complains

“Anti-national” Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Show Cancelled by Baroda University After Alumni Complains

Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat's Baroda cancelled a sold out show by prominent comedian Kunal Kamra, after it received a complaint from a group of alumni alleging that he has mimicked the national anthem and holds anti-national views about the government. The show was scheduled to take place on August 11, at the CC Mehta Auditorium within the campus…

Two Significant Victories Against the Destructive Moves by MHRD

Two Significant Victories Against the Destructive Moves by MHRD

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has amended certain problematic sections of the draft bill that proposed to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). As reported by Hindustan Times, MHRD has received over 6000 suggestions, and even though the deadline for submitting suggestions to MHRD is July 20, the draft…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signatures Pour in on Letter Urging Harvard University to Withdraw Minister Sinha’s Alumni Status

Signatures Pour in on Letter Urging Harvard University to Withdraw Minister Sinha’s Alumni Status

Signatures are pouring in on a letter (now being circulated as a petition) to the President of Harvard University, Lawrence Bacow urging him to withdraw the alumni status of Minister Jayant Sinha. And alongside issue an official letter strongly condemning the Ministers decision to felictate persons convicted of lynching Alimuddin Ansari on the suspicion of…

Delhi High Court Stays Defamation Proceedings Against Journalist Swati Chaturvedi

Delhi High Court Stays Defamation Proceedings Against Journalist Swati Chaturvedi

Delhi High Court on July 10 stayed criminal defamation proceedings against journalist Swati Chaturvedi filed by BJP's Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga. The court also granted the journalist exemption from appearance before the trial court. In her petition, Chaturvedi had asked the HC to quash the defamation complaint against her, stating that Bagga is…

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

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

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

India Most Dangerous Country for Women? Government Says ‘No’, Feminist-Activists Say ‘Yes’

India Most Dangerous Country for Women? Government Says ‘No’, Feminist-Activists Say ‘Yes’

According to a Thomas Reuters Foundation experts’ survey poll published on June 26,2018 India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to high risk of sexual violence and forced slave labour. War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues, followed…

Institutes of Eminence: Autonomy Without Accountability

Institutes of Eminence: Autonomy Without Accountability

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) released a press note from the Ministry of Human Resource Development pertaining to the shortlisted Institutions of Eminence (IoE) yesterday. Much to the surprise of university professors as well as the public in general, the list included a non-existent university, Jio Institute. Accusations came shortly after the announcement speculating whether…

13 years of the Palestinian BDS Movement

13 years of the Palestinian BDS Movement

  July 9th 2018 marks the thirteenth year of the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, given by Palestinian civil society. The call, which has now taken the shape of a global movement, demands that these measures be implemented till Israel recognizes and starts respecting Palestinian human rights and agrees to comply with…

Filmmaker Divya Bharathi continues to be hounded by the Tamil Nadu police

Filmmaker Divya Bharathi continues to be hounded by the Tamil Nadu police

Article 19A of the Constitution of India guarantees freedom of expression to every citizen in the country. Since the right-wing government has come into power, there has been an increase in the curbing of one’s right to freedom across the country. Artists across the country are being hounded by right-wing groups for critiquing them. Recently, the Tamil Nadu…

35 injured as Israel sets out to demolish Palestinian village

35 injured as Israel sets out to demolish Palestinian village

35 Palestinian protesters were injured while protesting the Israeli plan to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar near occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 4th. Four of the protesters had to be hospitalized. The injured included one Palestinian journalist while another Palestinian journalist’s camera lens was also broken. Israeli police also arrested 11 protesters, including…

HLEC Strikes Again in JNU

HLEC Strikes Again in JNU

In a recent verdict, High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) has upheld its previous decision to expel and/or fine many Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. This decision has been made in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred on JNU campus on February 9, 2016. The committee has now decided to uphold it’s previous decision to expel…

Public Statement by Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj Against False Allegations Aired on Media

Public Statement by Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj Against False Allegations Aired on Media

I have been informed that Republic TV aired a programme on 4 July 2018, presented by anchor and MD Arnab Goswami as “Super Exclusive Breaking News”. The programme, which is being repeatedly shown, contains a long list of ridiculous, scurrilous, false and completely unsubstantiated allegations against me. Goswami has claimed that I have written a…

Scars of Hiroshima

Scars of Hiroshima

At the outskirts of Tokyo, beyond light manufacturing plants and small farms, sits an incongruous set of buildings. There is a traditional Japanese veranda near an attractive house, besides which sits a large blue building. In that building, on two floors, hang the soul of Japan – the paintings by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki…

Dalit Women at the UN

Dalit Women at the UN

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

Alireza Beiranvand: From a ‘beggar’ in Tehran to Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo at FIFA World Cup

Alireza Beiranvand: From a ‘beggar’ in Tehran to Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo at FIFA World Cup

  Alireza Beiranvand’s goalkeeping skills are well known. He kept a clean sheet right through Iran’s qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup. But the unassuming 25-year-old overnight became a household name across the world after stopping a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty during his team’s final Group B game at Mordovia Arena on June 25. Ronaldo, a contender for the…

मोदी काल: पत्रकारिता के लिए बर्बादी के साल

मोदी काल: पत्रकारिता के लिए बर्बादी के साल

  लोकतंत्र के चौथे खम्भे यानी मीडिया की आवाज़ को दबाने की कोशिश समय-समय पर सत्ता द्वारा की जाती रही है। चाहे 1975 में इमरजेंसी के दौरान पत्रकारों की अभिव्यक्ति छीनना हो या मौजूदा समय में एक अप्रत्यक्ष इमरजेंसी का दौर पैदा करना हो। पेरिस स्थित एनजीओ “रिपोर्टर्स विदाउट बॉर्डर ” के 2018 के अध्ययन अनुसार…

We are withdrawing our panel on ‘Feminist Reframings of India’s Northeast’ from AAS-in-Asia

We are withdrawing our panel on ‘Feminist Reframings of India’s Northeast’ from AAS-in-Asia

  The convenor and the presenters of the panel ‘Feminist Reframings of India’s Northeast: Gendered Geographies and Genealogies’ have decided to withdraw our panel from the AAS-in-Asia, 2018 Conference. The panel has made this decision in the light of how the denial of visas to scholars from Pakistan was handled by AAS and Ashoka University. The Association…

Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence

Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence

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

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

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

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

Allahabad University Former Students Union President Richa Singh Arrested

Allahabad University Former Students Union President Richa Singh Arrested

Richa Singh, former Student Union President (Allahabad University) has been arrested for staging a protest along with several other Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) aspirants, who were protesting against the leakage of the Hindi compulsory paper, that was listed for the afternoon shift of the PCS Mains examination, on 19 June, 2018. Several of…

Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh

Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh

The murder of Shahzahan Bachchu, a publisher, writer, and activist known for his support of secularism, is proof that free expression remains under grave threat in Bangladesh, PEN America said in a statement today.  Bachchu, a writer and outspoken proponent of secular principles, owned the Bishaka Prakashani publishing house, which specialised in publishing poetry, and was a…

Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights

Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights

Hewlett Packard (HP) faces over $120 million in potential losses since India’s largest student federation passed a resolution to support the BDS movement and to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) companies over their well-documented complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Apoorva Gautam, the India-based South Asia coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which leads and supports…

The Agony and The Ajaat

The Agony and The Ajaat

Amitabh Bachchan has said that if ever asked about his caste by Census enumerators, his answer would be: Caste – Indian.  That, of course, would do little more than stoke the media’s Bollywood feeding frenzy yet again. Shyam Maharaj is no Bachchan. Nor is his brother, Chaitanya Prabhu. But they and the followers of their…

“We owe each other justice.”

“We owe each other justice.”

  We, the citizens of India, note with increasing distress and despair the escalating tide of violence in Jammu and Kashmir over the last two years. The intensification of violence has led to serious injuries, harm, and grave losses of life of Indian citizens who live in the region, as well as those of the…

नवल किशोर को मिली धमकियों से संबंधित तथ्य

नवल किशोर को मिली धमकियों से संबंधित तथ्य

फारवर्ड प्रेस के हिंदी-संपादक नवल किशोर कुमार को रणवीर सेना के संस्थापक ब्रह्मेश्वर मुखिया के समर्थकों की ओर से पिछले तीन दिनों से लगातार धमकियां मिल रही हैं। ऐसी ही धमकियां एनडीटीवी के सीनियर एक्सक्यूटिव एडिटर रवीश कुमार को पिछले महीने मिलीं थीं। अभी पांच दिन पहले, 25 मई को उन्होंने अपना चर्चित कार्यक्रम प्राइम टाइम इसी…

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police!

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police!

  Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country. Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma…

Tripura Terror: Mob Enters Home of SFI President, Attacks Her and Family

Tripura Terror: Mob Enters Home of SFI President, Attacks Her and Family

On the evening of June 4, 2018 a large number of goons belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entered the house of the State President of Student Federation of India (SFI), Tripura, Nilanjana Roy and physically assaulted her. According to a press statement by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) Roy’s family was…

US Threatens to Exit Human Rights Council in Protest Against Scrutiny of Israel

US Threatens to Exit Human Rights Council in Protest Against Scrutiny of Israel

The US has intensified its threat of leaving the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in response to European countries refusing to accept its proposal that Israel’s human rights violations not be discussed regularly by the Council. Earlier this month, the US representative to the UN for social and economic affairs, Kelley Currie, held two meetings…

अच्युतानंद मिश्र की कविताएँ : अपने जीवनानुभवों के साथ ईमानदार बर्ताव की कविताएँ हैं

अच्युतानंद मिश्र की कविताएँ : अपने जीवनानुभवों के साथ ईमानदार बर्ताव की कविताएँ हैं

अच्युतानंद मिश्र की छवि एक अच्छे कवि, गंभीर अध्येता और एक आलोचक की बनी है। इधर हमारी कविता में अनकहे की अनुपस्थिति बढ़ती जा रही है और सब कुछ कहने की विकलता बढ़ रही है।अच्युतानंद के बारे में मुझे एक उल्लेखनीय बात यह दीखती है कि उनकी कविता का बहुलांश अनकहे का स्पेस छोड़ता है।…

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Linked With Killers Was Patronized By Modi As CM Of Gujarat

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Linked With Killers Was Patronized By Modi As CM Of Gujarat

  The Karnataka police has found clear linkages between the killers of Gauri Lankesh and two Hindutva organizations, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and its sister concern, Sanatan Sanstha. These are two Maharashtra/Goa based Hindutva organizations which adore MS Golwalkar. The hand of the same organizations was suspected in the murders of Narender Dabholkar, Govind…

Journalists Continue to be Under Threat in Modi Raj, UN Body Rebukes Indian Government

Journalists Continue to be Under Threat in Modi Raj, UN Body Rebukes Indian Government

The United Nation’s Human’s Rights body issued a statement on Thursday calling on the authorities in India to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub, who has received death threats following an online hate campaign. Rana Ayyub has been on the receiving end of intense abuse, ever since she released her book Gujarat Files in 2016. In…

“We underestimate the power of caste and majoritarian dominance”: Kalpana Kannabiran

“We underestimate the power of caste and majoritarian dominance”: Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is a sociologist, author and lawyer. She has taught at the National Academy for Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), and currently serves as Director of the Council for Social Development Hyderabad. In this interview with Bar & Bench, she speaks fearlessly on issues ranging from the death of Judge Loya, to the Supreme…

More Confusion in Assam After NRC Clarifies Order on Families of Declared Foreigners

More Confusion in Assam After NRC Clarifies Order on Families of Declared Foreigners

  Following the outrage post the controversial May 2 order of the NRC1​ (Read exclusive Blog here), that directed relatives of those designated as Declared Foreigners (DF) to be kept ‘pending’ and not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), even if they satisfy requirements, the state coordinator of the NRC was compelled to issue…

Closing the Ring

Closing the Ring

The sense of unease is only deepening. Truth had become a casualty long ago but the spin gets more and more innovative. Those who do wrong, turn it around and claim they are right and since long, murder and violence have a strong justification. Remember every action has a reaction? While much of the media…

“Do we want to teach our children falsehoods or what constitutes knowledge?”: Romila Thapar

“Do we want to teach our children falsehoods or what constitutes knowledge?”: Romila Thapar

Over the last few years, India has seen an increased effort attempt to rewrite her past — with textbooks in schools being one of the mediums to do so. One such incident is when the Shiv Sena and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) submitted separate petitions to the Maharashtra government reiterating their longstanding demand for…

“There is a need for reimagining the precepts of human rights” : Dr V Suresh

“There is a need for reimagining the precepts of human rights” : Dr V Suresh

Dr.V Suresh, General Secretary of PUCL, shares his concerns and the challenges before the Human Rights movement, in the context of increasing safronisation and fascisisation of the Indian State machinery, including the Judiciary.  In this interview Dr. Suresh also reiterates the need for reimagining the precepts of human rights and expand its ambit beyond the…

Activists Call for Probe into ‘Illegal Detention’ Related to Bullet Train Project

Activists Call for Probe into ‘Illegal Detention’ Related to Bullet Train Project

Activists opposing the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad criticised the "illegal detention" of farmers and activists right before a consultation for the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited was held in Surat on Monday, May 14. The Bhumi Adhikar Andolan and the Shoshit Jan Andolan, based in Maharashtra and Gujarat, have written to the…

AIDWA demands stringent action against VC for violation of PcPNDT Act

AIDWA  demands stringent action against VC for violation of PcPNDT Act

AIDWA condemns the shocking statement reportedly made by the Vice Chancellor of AYUSH, Shri Baldev Kumar Dhiman, claiming that ayurveda can help in the selection of gender before conception. Not only does this display a completely unscientific mindset, the statement also violates the PcPNDT Act which makes sex selection illegal, whether before or after conception….

Letter from Former Civil Servants to Chief Secretary, Haryana on Intimidation of Muslims Offering Namaz

Letter from Former Civil Servants to Chief Secretary, Haryana on Intimidation of Muslims Offering Namaz

Former civil servants have written open letters since 2017 (here and here), expressing their anguish at the unchecked attempts to spread hatred and discord among communities. Eleven of these civil servants have now written (on May 7, 2018) to the Chief Secretary of Haryana on the issue of harassment and intimidation of Muslims offering namaz…

Will Modi’s Speeches Turn the Tide in Karnataka?

Will Modi’s Speeches Turn the Tide in Karnataka?

With the state assembly elections in the Southern state of Karnataka drawing closer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been touring in the state. So far, he has addressed the campaigning rallies in Shivamogga, Hubli, Chitradurga, Bagalkot, Raichur, Bengaluru and many other districts in the state. Party President Amit Shah and chief ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…

UGC delists Forward Pressand other progressive, anti-casteism journals and magazines

UGC delists Forward Pressand other progressive, anti-casteism journals and magazines

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has delisted Forward Press and other journals and magazines in Hindi, English and other regional languages that are progressive and oppose casteism.The UGC has directed universities to not recruit or promote teachers based on published material in these publications. Among the magazines delisted by the UGC are Hans, Vaagarth, Kathakram, Dalit Dastak,…

Savarkar First Spoke of the Two-Nation Theory: Irfan Habib

Savarkar First Spoke of the Two-Nation Theory: Irfan Habib

The dispute surrounding Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait from the Aligarh Muslim University has raked up many old controversies about the late founder of Pakistan.  In Indian version of the history, Jinnah has always been portrayed in bad light, and his contribution to the freedom struggle has been subverted. Historian Irfan Habib talked to Tarique Anwar about the…

Condemn the State Sponsored Massacre Scripted as ‘Encounter’ in Gadchiroli and Bijapur in Central India

Condemn the State Sponsored Massacre Scripted as ‘Encounter’ in Gadchiroli and Bijapur in Central India

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemn the recent spate of genocidal violence unleashed by the Indian State on the adivasis of Central India in the form of ‘encounter’ killings in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The alleged ‘encounter’, a term used in the subcontinent to describe the extra-judicial…

Ashok Mitra

Ashok Mitra

Ashok Mitra who passed away on May1, 2018, was the doyen among Left intellectuals in the country, held in the highest esteem by one and all for his absolute integrity, his outstanding intellect and his commitment to the cause of the working people. Born on April 10, 1928, in the eastern part of undivided Bengal, he was…

Over 100 Journalists Write To IB Ministry Against Proposal To Regulate Digital Media

Over 100 Journalists Write To IB Ministry Against Proposal To Regulate Digital Media

A group of over 100 journalists and other professionals related to online media today wrote to the Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to express their concerns over the Ministry’s proposal to extend traditional broadcasting rules and restrictions to the internet. The journalists include both veterans of the industry like Raghav Bahl, MK Venu, Madhu…

Indian History Congress Statement on Red Fort

Indian History Congress Statement on Red Fort

The Indian History Congress is greatly perturbed at the announcement that Dalmia Bharat, a cement company with no known experience of maintenance of monuments is being made the custodian of the Red Fort of Delhi, a major national monument. It has also been announced that other monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are also in line…

Economist Ashok Mitra Dies on Mayday

Economist Ashok Mitra Dies on Mayday

Dr.Ashok Mitra who passed away on the morning of May 1, 2018, was the doyen of Left intellectuals in the country. A brilliant economist, he was the Minister of Finance, Development and Planning of West Bengal in the first Left Front government of that state in 1977 and remained in that office till 1986. His ministerial tenure coincided…

Injunction on book on Baba Ramdev’s life lifted in landmark victory for free speech

Injunction on book on Baba Ramdev’s life lifted in landmark victory for free speech

  On April 28, 2018 the court of JSCC­-ASCJ-­GJ, East District, Karkardooma Courts, Delhi, presided by Sh. Jay Thareja, DJS, lifted the ex-parte interim injunction on the publication and sale of Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev. The publisher Juggernaut Books and author Priyanka Pathak-Narain were represented by Rajashekhar Rao, Satyajit Sarna and Amit Agrawal. On…

And Then There Was Michael Weiss

And Then There Was Michael Weiss

This is a short extract from The Last Email (2017), Mridula Garg's latest novel. Mridula Garg is one of the few Hindi writers who also write in English. The Last Email  is about two lovers who reconnect after four decades. They realise that the long years of separation have not diminished their love and desire for each other. They're…

Incessant Attacks on Bengal Reporters, Journalists Wear Black Badges in Protest

Incessant Attacks on Bengal Reporters, Journalists Wear Black Badges in Protest

Incessant attacks on journalists have continued throughout the state of West Bengal in the last fortnight. The attacks had started after the nomination process for the panchayat polls begun on April 2 and continued ceaselessly till April 9, which was the last day of submission of the nomination papers. According to preliminary estimates, at least 70 journalists have been…

Andhra Aadhar Leak Confirms Violation of Citizen Rights: “Not By Default But By Design”

Andhra Aadhar Leak Confirms Violation of Citizen Rights: “Not By Default But By Design”

“The government agencies are pretending to be shocked by yet another ‘leak’. The ‘leak’ shows the true character but real message is that it is not happening by default but by design”, said Dr Gopal Krishna, Member, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), who has been working on the subject of Big Data and biometric-digital…

बलात्कारविषयी नवीन अध्यादेश: आग रामेश्वरी बंब सोमेश्वरी

बलात्कारविषयी नवीन अध्यादेश: आग रामेश्वरी बंब सोमेश्वरी

Following the rape cases of Kathua and Unnao, sensible and sensitive citizens of this country are really disturbed. What is even more worrisome than the brutality of the these cases, is the support that these accused have managed to garner. Adding fuel to the fire, leaders and politicians are making statements that are underrating the…

Four More Palestinians Killed as Protesters Surge Towards Gaza-Israel Border

Four More Palestinians Killed as Protesters Surge Towards Gaza-Israel Border

  Four more Palestinians were shot dead on April 20 and another 729 wounded, as 10,000 protesters in the besieged Gaza strip, unfazed by Israeli soldiers’ use of live ammunition, surged 300 meters closer to the border fence than they were in previous week’s protests. Among those killed was 14-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, who was shot in…

Academics From Around the World Call PM Modi’s Response to Kathua and Unnao “Wholly Inadequate”

Academics From Around the World Call PM Modi’s Response to Kathua and Unnao “Wholly Inadequate”

Over 600 academicians and scholars from India and abroad have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express their “deep anger and anguish” over the events in Kathua and Unnao and said that his assurances of justice for the victims were “wholly inadequate, platitudinous, and non-specific”.  Endorsing the sentiments expressed by 49…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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,…

Protesting Dalit Leaders Leave Amit Shah Dumbstruck

Protesting Dalit Leaders Leave Amit Shah Dumbstruck

The BJP in Karnataka faces questions which have left the haters of dissent in a state of shock. Amit Shah, the national president of Bharatiya Janata Party, was in Mysuru on March 30, 2018, to interact with the Dalit leaders