Bird of Dusk : Insight Into the Spirit of Rituparno Ghosh

Bird of Dusk : Insight Into the Spirit of Rituparno Ghosh

  Rituparno Ghosh remains one of the most outstanding filmmakers Indian cinema has produced in recent times. Sangeeta Datta’s documentary on this director Bird of Dusk (Sandhyar Pakhi) takes us into a flashback into this unique journey of this brilliant filmmaker. This film is currently doing the rounds of film festivals with a wonderful opening Who is…

#Notinmyname: Protest Against the Rising Tide of Hatred Against Muslims in India and Especially Rajasthan. 

#Notinmyname: Protest Against the Rising Tide of Hatred Against Muslims in India and Especially Rajasthan. 

  ​#Notinmyname   India is bleeding. The time to remain silent is over. The brutal murder in Rajsamand, Rajasthan of Afrazul Islam a migrant worker from West Bengal has brought home searingly the vulnerability of minorities, especially Muslims to hate crimes being committed against them in the India of today. The murderer, Shambhu Lal Regar…

Twitter Stands By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweets

Twitter Stands By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweets

  Taking US President Donald Trump's side once again, Twitter has refused to remove Trump's tweets that included graphic anti-Muslim videos. In a blow to Twitter’s credibility, the company retracted its previous explanation for why it did not remove tweets. Trump had retweeted videos by far-right British politician Jayda Fraser that purported to show Muslims…

Is Srikrishna Privileging Privacy Over Free Speech?

Is Srikrishna Privileging Privacy Over Free Speech?

  The government’s expert committee on a data protection framework for India, headed by retired Mr. Justice B.N. Srikrishna recently released a 243 pages report soliciting comments on more than 200 questions. While the nation debates on data protection and privacy, the focus has been exclusively on Aadhaar and the internet industry. Little attention has been paid…

We Protest

We Protest

Voices of resentment are on the rise. However, the mainstream media is mostly interested in grabbing eyeballs and increasing the viewership on their channels. Hence they just do the momentary coverage of the protests and that too, for a selective few. But at Newsclick, we thrive on movements, and that is why we do not…

Why I’m Denied My Right of Speech?

Why I’m Denied My Right of Speech?

  In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court of India in its three judge bench judgment on October 12, 2017 said that my book Smajika Smugglerlu-Komatollu cannot be banned, the Arya Vysyas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are trying to attack me wherever I go to speak in meetings and seminars. The latest is…

Meet the Dissenters of Gujarat

Meet the Dissenters of Gujarat

Mainstream media has been trying hard to sell the 'development model' of Gujarat. But here are a few people who have been working to create awareness about the reality of the much-hyped 'development'.  Newsclick spoke to the activists, theatre artists and musicians who still dare to question the state and raise the voice of the…

The Red in the Sea of Black and White

The Red in the Sea of Black and White

  While three judges of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of India, Mr. Dipak Misra, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar sat motionless on 27th November, 2017, a young women dressed in red, with a red Hijab approached them followed by a stern of women police officers in uniform. All heads turned around at…

#Notinmyname: Protesting the Spread of Hatred on 6 December 2017

#Notinmyname: Protesting the Spread of Hatred on 6 December 2017

मज़हब नहीं सिखाता आपस में बैर रखना हिंदी है हम वतन है हिंदोस्तां हमारा   Remembering 6 December 1992 No More Hatred | No More Violence – Not In My Name 6 December 2017 will mark twenty-five years of the demolition of Babri Masjid. On that day we will gather at several locations across the…

After 30 Lynchings, Government to Withdraw the Ban on Sale of Cattle for slaughter

After 30 Lynchings, Government to Withdraw the Ban on Sale of Cattle for slaughter

  India’s farmers, through consistent protest and struggle, have finally got the central government to seriously contemplate the withdrawal of its notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter. A date has reportedly not been fixed, but government sources informed the media that this notification issued by the Ministry of Environment will now be withdrawn….

A Story of “Gujarat Development Model”

A Story of “Gujarat Development Model”

The ‘Sabarmati Riverfront’ has been for many, one of the crowning jewels of the Gujarat government during the period of Narendra Modi as its Chief Minister. The riverfront, in Ahmedabad, has been used time and again to show the ‘development’ that the state has witnessed under the leadership of the BJP. In truth, however, the…

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (P.A.D.S) Condemns Incarceration of Akhil Gogoi and Chandrasekhar Under NSA

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (P.A.D.S) Condemns Incarceration of Akhil Gogoi and Chandrasekhar Under NSA

  Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Assam, and Chandrasekhar of Bhim Army in Western Uttar Pradesh have been under detention for many months now. Akhil was arrested on 13 September 2017 under sedition charges by the BJP government of the state. On 25 September 2017, a total of 122 cases against him…

Barbarism is Back With a Bang

Barbarism is Back With a Bang

  The UP CM Adityanath says criminals will be killed, that no power in the world can stop building of a temple at Ayodhya even though there is an established judicial process to try and sentence criminals and the Ram temple issue is sub-judice. Aadhar is being forced down the throats of citizens despite SC…

A Look at Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse

A Look at Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam  by Nick Turse

  “Are we supposed to kill women and children?” “Kill everything that moves.” (2) In Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books. New York. 2013), Turse writes about the US military’s official position, and the popular understanding in the US, is that leadership “has never condoned wanton killing or disregard for human life.”…

FEDCUTA Expresses Dissent over Government Policies, Announces an All India Protest by End of January

FEDCUTA Expresses Dissent over Government Policies, Announces an All India Protest by End of January

  Intensifying the protests against the unprecedented attacks on public funded education and higher educational institutions, the Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) has given a call for an all-India agitation by the end of January. Taking a note on the proposed regulations like the one on Graded Autonomy, the setting up of Higher…

NammaPride Makes Us Proud!

NammaPride  Makes Us Proud!

Dressed in bright colours and waving balloons in the air, over 7000 individuals took to the street of Bangalore for the 10th edition of the Bangalore Pride March on Sunday. Individuals from the LGBTQI community and their parents, allies, ordinary citizens and persons with disability marched from near the Majestic Railway Station to Town Hall….

Yogi Government Resorts to “Unofficial” Ban on Movies Inspired by Muzaffarnagar Riots, Babri-Demolition

Yogi Government Resorts to “Unofficial” Ban on Movies Inspired by Muzaffarnagar Riots, Babri-Demolition

  The entire country is talking about the controversy and violence on the name of movie Padmavati. Nervous by the opposition, the Hindu Right wing including several BJP and Congress state governments, even the film-makers postponed the release of the film. But there are two movies —Game of Ayodhya and Muzaffarnagar — the Burning Love –whose censorship by the…

“We Protest” – Segment 1

“We Protest” – Segment 1

Voices of resistance are on the rise. The mainstream media does a fleeting coverage of protests — if they cover it at all — and  is quick to move on to the next issue. At Newsclick, we believe movements are important. We do not want them forgotten. In this segment, We bring you a weekly round…

Attack on Padmavati, Kancha Ilaiah Reminiscent of the Attack on Punjabi Writers

Attack on Padmavati, Kancha Ilaiah Reminiscent of the Attack on Punjabi Writers

While protests related to Padmavati are creating headlines everywhere, very little attention has been paid to what has been happening to Punjabi writers. Two Punjabi writers have been subjected to harassment at the hands of the state and private institutions recently. One of them is Sahitya Akademi award winning senior writer Baldev Singh Sadaknama, a…

What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?

What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?

  As the debate on the Arya-Vysya attack against me was taking place at the national and international level two things have happened. One, the Chandrababu Naidu Government in alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh arrested me in my home on 28 October, so that I would not go to Vijayawada (Amaravathi) and attend the…

Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?

Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?

  The Karni Sena has grown slowly but steadily since 2006 when it came into existence with the support of both the BJP and the more silent Congress legislators in Rajasthan. Seen initially as just a fringe group, it has expanded to become a voice for the Rajput community in Rajasthan—or at least is propped…

DUTA Marches to Save Higher Education

DUTA Marches to Save Higher Education

Hundreds of teachers marched to the Parliament Street in the DUTA Protest Rally against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC, on November 21. In a blatant anti-teacher move, this government has decided to withdraw the advanced PhD/MPhil increments meant to reward higher qualifications and to offset late entry into the teaching profession. The 7th…

AIDWA Demands Action Against the Vigilante Right Wing Brigade that Threatens to Undermine Our Constitutional Rights

AIDWA Demands Action Against the Vigilante Right Wing Brigade that Threatens to Undermine Our Constitutional Rights

  The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the threats and acts of violence unleashed by right wing vigilante groups like the Sri Rajput Karni Sena which has prevented the release of the film Padmavati on the scheduled date. The parallel system of ‘goonda raj’ being perpetrated by such extra constitutional groups has been…

The Fight for Chandrashekhar Azad Comes to Delhi

The Fight for Chandrashekhar Azad Comes to Delhi

Bhim army members, student leaders and social activists gather in the capital against NSA (National Security Act) being slapped against their leader Chandrashekhar Azad. After getting bail from Allahabad High court in the Saharanpur violence case, NSA was slapped against Chandrashekhar Azad by the Utter Pradesh Government . Activists have criticized this move saying that…

International Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Mourn the Victims of, and Protest Transphobia

International Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Mourn the Victims of, and Protest Transphobia

Image courtesy Gaylaxy 20 November is marked as International Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to remember, mourn, and memorialise the victims of transphobia. The day was founded to commemorate the murder of Rita Hester a transgender woman in the USA. Now Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated across the world, reminding us…

IFFI Begins, Minus Nude and S Durga

IFFI Begins, Minus  Nude and  S Durga

  The 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India 2017 (IFFI) which begins on Monday in Goa, will mark one unedifying first: that of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) which organises it dropping two films selected by the jury for the Indian Panorama section. This has not happened before and the development…

Thousands Join Rally for Science Across Kerala

Thousands Join Rally for Science  Across Kerala

  The Kerala Rally for Science, a week-long event consisting of programmes in support of science, concluded on Tuesday with colourful rallies and public meetings in the 14 district headquarters in the State. Organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) and the State Library Council…

Nightmarish Visions? An Evaluation of the GoI Proposal for ‘Institutions of Eminence’

Nightmarish Visions? An Evaluation of the GoI Proposal for ‘Institutions of Eminence’

  In early November, the JNU administration forwarded to all Centres/Special Centres/Schools, the Government of India proposal to establish twenty “Institutions of Eminence” to achieve world class status, from amongst the existing Government/Private institutions and new institutions from the private sector. It conveyed its intentions to submit an application to the UGC under the scheme…

Kandhamal

Kandhamal

  When a thunder and lightning hit Many places of worship Houses destroyed and people killed With fire on the roofs And swords and axes on the ground Exploding bombs on the nerves Murdering the identity and dignity Of men, women and children, I went to measure The pain in their eyes And to count…

Condemnation of IB Ministry’s Decision to Withdraw the Films Approved by the Jury of Goa Film Festival

Condemnation of IB Ministry’s Decision to Withdraw the Films Approved by the Jury of Goa Film Festival

Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa takes strong exception to the decision taken by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to exclude two films in the Panorama section by overriding the IFFI Jury’s prudent choice.  A gross violation of the right to Freedom of Expression, we consider this act as an attempt to suppress creativity.  As the festival is…

Betrayal of 1857

Betrayal of 1857

  Delhi as the Capital of India and touted as the heart of India, in fact, is a heartless city. There is endless list of shameful incidents to corroborate this character of the city. This list keeps on expanding at fast rate. The latest is the news that Cyrus,  the last surviving ‘prince’ of the…

संसद मार्ग पर मजदूरों का महापड़ाव

संसद मार्ग पर मजदूरों का महापड़ाव

सेंट्रल दिल्ली शहर और देश के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण इलाका है. यहाँ देश की संसद से लेकर राष्ट्रपति, प्रधानमंत्री, मंत्रियों और प्रमुख विभागों के मुख्यालय स्थित हैं. ऐसा अमूमन कम ही होता है कि सेंट्रल दिल्ली में कुछ हो रहा हो और वह सुर्ख़ियों का हिस्सा ना बने पर पिछले तीन दिनों से संसद मार्ग…

One Year After Demonetisation

One Year After Demonetisation

  On 8th November, Narendra Modi had announced the decision to demonetise, at four hours’ notice, as much as 86 per cent of the total currency of the country. After one year it is clear that none of the objectives that demonetisation was supposed to achieve has been achieved. This should not come as a…

Jindal Rape Case : Suspending the Law

Jindal Rape Case : Suspending the Law

  On 13th September 2017, the High Court of Punjab & Haryana suspended the sentences awarded and granted bail to the accused in the Jindal Rape Case, as it is popularly referred to. All the three accused – Hardik, Karan and Vikas faced trial and were convicted by the trial court for rape, intimidation and circulation of…

Media Blacks Out Massive Workers’ Protest in Delhi

Media Blacks Out Massive Workers’ Protest in Delhi

  Nearly 100,000 workers gathered at Delhi's Parliament Street from 9 November 2017 to protest against the central government's policies that have adversely affected the working class of India. The protest – called ‘mahapadav’ or mega sit-in – will continue till 11 November. (See reports here: https://goo.gl/1TSzYE and videos such as: https://goo.gl/WQvE8o ) It is one of the biggest…

HCU Authorises Surveillance and Restrictions on Students, Security Officer Armed with Extraordinary Powers

HCU Authorises Surveillance and Restrictions on Students, Security Officer Armed with Extraordinary Powers

“Keeping in view the situation prevailing in the campus”, the Registrar of Hyderabad Central University, has issued an order “authorising the Chief Security Officer to take photographs of the activities, videographing, checking of ID cards, confiscation of banned substances, questioning the suspected activity, peventing the unauthorised entry, inspection of hostel rooms/play grounds/open areas in the…

BJP Government’s “Codes” will Remove Existing Workers’ Benefits: K Hemalata at Workers’ Mahapadav

BJP Government’s “Codes” will Remove Existing Workers’ Benefits: K Hemalata at Workers’ Mahapadav

K Hemalata, President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), said that the trade unions have launched the 3-day mahapadav (mass sit-in) at the Parliament Street in Delhi on a 12-point charter of demands. Curtailing the demands in the charter, such as price rise, strenghtening the public distribution system, employment generation, social security for…

Historic Protest by Workers Begins in Delhi

Historic Protest by Workers Begins in Delhi

  As over 70,000 workers from across the country gathered at Parliament Street facing down police and paramilitary barricades, the historic 3-day mahapadav (mass sit-in) got off to a rousing start in New Delhi today. Under the banners of ten central trade unions and several federations of workers and employees, which represent the bulk of…

The Great October Revolution: Red Smolny

The Great October Revolution: Red Smolny

  The antiquated and autocratic tsarist political system was more than enough to provide rationale for the Great October Revolution, which has been dealt widely by many political scientists and politicians. Condition of the proletariat in the country the Revolution was organized – Russia – bolstered the rationale. Political developments in the country and political…

The First Yuva Samvad: A Report

The First Yuva Samvad: A Report

  The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) organised a Yuva Samvad (A dialogue with the youth) from 3 to 6 November 2017. This three-day long congregation hosted youth activists, involved in various movements, from across the country. Youth activists from the Narmada Bachao Andolan, from farmers’ movements, representatives of people’s movements in Assam, trade…

University Grants Commission’s Decision Will Reduce the Number of Reserved Seats for Appointments in Universities

University Grants Commission’s Decision Will Reduce the Number of Reserved Seats for Appointments in Universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken a decision that may reduce the number of reserved seats for faculty appointments in universities. The decision, according to a report published in The Indian Express, is waiting for “concurrence” from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The UGC took the decision after the Allahabad High Court cancelled…

A Damaging and Mindless Act

A Damaging and Mindless Act

  The retrospective defence being provided by the Government for its act of suddenly demonetising 86 per cent of the country’s currency is as mindless as the act itself. The main argument for demonetisation that was advanced a year ago was that ‘black money’-holders would not dare to bring their demonetised currency to the banks;…

The Revolution of 1917

The Revolution of 1917

  Today – November 7, 2017 – is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. In February of that year, the working class and peasantry – along with the soldiers – overthrew the Tsar’s regime. That October (November in our calendar), led by the Bolshevik party, the workers and peasants completed their social revolution…

Persecution of Bhim Army Chief Chandrshekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, Slapping of NSA Condemned

Persecution of Bhim Army Chief Chandrshekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, Slapping of NSA Condemned

  The continued incarceration of firebrand Dalit leader and Bhim Army chief, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan by the Adityanath-led UP government has been widely condemned. The draconian National Security Act (NSA) was slapped on him after the Allahabad Court granted him bail two days ago. The Socialist Party headed by Justice Rajinder Sachar has demanded the immediate release…

Getting to Know the ‘Bolsheviks’

Getting to Know the ‘Bolsheviks’

In the cities of colonial India, caught in the vortex of war-time or post-war scarcity and political repression, how did the colonizers and a segment of their literate middle-class subjects perceive and depict the Bolshevik Revolution through newspaper pages? In the course of November 1917, the colonial world became gradually acquainted with Bolshevism through hostile news networks based…

कितनी प्रासंगिक है युवाओं के लिए अक्टूबर क्रांति ?

कितनी प्रासंगिक है युवाओं के लिए अक्टूबर क्रांति ?

    इस महीने महान अक्टूबर क्रांति को सौ साल हो जायेंगे . इस 100वीं वर्षगांठ पर आज हम कुछ प्रश्नों के साथ खड़े हैं, आज के युवा वर्ग के लिए अक्टूबर क्रांति के क्या मायने हैं? क्या युवा अब भी इस क्रांति और इसे बल देने वाली विचारधारा से कुछ सबक ले सकते हैं ? क्या 100 साल…

“From Separate Struggles, We Are Today a Mass Movement for Dissent in University Campuses Across India”

“From Separate Struggles, We Are Today a Mass Movement for Dissent in University Campuses Across India”

The Citizen embarked on a journey three years ago to restore dissent in an increasingly servile journalistic world, and raise the flags that should define the fourth pillar. Independence, courage, honesty, irreverence that come easily to mind are getting lost with an increasingly corporatised and compromised big media speaking for the rich and powerful, and…

The Massacre that Widened the Communal Gap

The Massacre that Widened the Communal Gap

  In South Asia, the most forgotten or the least documented genocide is the Jammu massacre. A month after the British left the subcontinent, during September 1947, half a million Muslims became refugees. They had to flee to Pakistan-administrated Kashmir, changing the demography of the region. There are no official figures, so one has to rely on the…

Bulldozers Turn Kathputli’s Folk Artists into Refugees: Pushed into Camps with Little Water and No Sanitation

Bulldozers Turn Kathputli’s Folk Artists into Refugees: Pushed into Camps with Little Water and No Sanitation

For the people of Kathputli Colony, home to India's largest conglomerate of puppeteers, singers, magicians and musicians- the morning of October 30 was just another day. Bicycles noisily navigating the narrow lanes, the vegetable seller hoarsely calling out his wares, the smell of cooking emanating from the brick houses with the smoke filling the alleys…

Murder Of Democracy in Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

Murder Of Democracy in Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured

  In the heart of the country’s capital, DDA and police forces murdered democracy; forcibly demolished houses and beaten up people in Kathputli Colony. National Federation of Indian Women’s Annie Raja got gravely injured and is currently admitted in RML hospital. Women and youths were lathi charged mercilessly by DDA and Police officials, while residents…

Haryana Teachers Accuse the State’s BJP Government of Following “Hindutva Agendas”

Haryana Teachers Accuse the State’s BJP Government of Following “Hindutva Agendas”

  The BJP government in Haryana headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is on the defensive following its order asking teachers to carry out religious duties. The order was issued by the Education Department officials asking teachers to carry out religious duties, including distributing 'prasad', during a religious festival in Yamunanagar district. The Yamunanagar…

1984 Today

1984 Today

  Delhi October 31, 1984. I was just struggling out of bed in my barsati in South Delhi when word came that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been shot. And had been rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Those were not the days of mobiles and internet, and one rushed to the hospital to…

Jana Natya Manch’s Statement of Solidarity with Kathputali Colony Artistes

Jana Natya Manch’s Statement of Solidarity with Kathputali Colony Artistes

  सोमवार, 30 अक्टूबर को डी.डी.ए. द्वारा दिल्ली पुलिस की मदद से कठपुतली कॉलोनी के बाशिंदों को जबरन निकालने और उनके घरों पे बुलडोज़र चलाने की घटना की जन नाट्य मंच कड़े शब्दों में निंदा करता है। इस पूरी घटना को अंजाम देते हुए पुलिस ने विरोध कर रहे स्थानीय लोगों और कार्यकर्ताओं पर लाठी…

A Library on the Banks of River Beki

A Library on the Banks of River Beki

  The underprivileged children who live in char or sandbars in Assam’s Barpeta district could never imagine a library. Struggling to survive floods and acute poverty, they will now have the choice to escape daily woes in a small land of books being created for them by a group of young professionals. Concerned about the…

Kathputli Colony Comes Crumbling Down

Kathputli Colony Comes Crumbling Down

Home to puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, folk singers and dancers, Kathputli colony has been producing numerous world class artists, who have been nationally and internationally known for their talent. The colony housing close to 3,500 families is a mine where one can discover the rustic charm of traditional art forms. On October 30, the walls of…

From Sexual Violence to Justice: The Perils of Naturalising

From Sexual Violence to Justice: The Perils of Naturalising

                    The reports in the mainstream media of incidents of rape or sexual harassment occurring within spaces of higher education in India have been few and far between as compared to the almost daily reports of incidents of rape and gendered violence occurring across the country. It is universally acknowledged that the actual cases…

Watch: Perumal Murugan, T M Krishna, Shital Sathay and Sofia Ashraf Make a Music Video on Right to Privacy

Watch: Perumal Murugan, T M Krishna, Shital Sathay and Sofia Ashraf Make a Music Video on Right to Privacy

Privacy Matters. அகவுரிமை பாட்டு. मेरी निजता मेरा हक is a music video featuring Perumal Murugan, Shital Sathay, Sofia Ashraf & T M Krishna. This music video is inspired by the 24 August 2017 judgement of the Supreme Court of India on the Right to Privacy. The judgement reminds us of the constitutional provisions guaranteeing our right to choose what we wear,…

How ‘Efficient Brainy’ Uses Superstition to Rob Money of Unsuspecting Parents

How ‘Efficient Brainy’ Uses Superstition to Rob Money of Unsuspecting Parents

Addressing the media persons during a press meet held at Hotel Woodlands, Mangaluru on Saturday evening at 5pm, Professor Narendra Nayak — President, Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations, Mangaluru said, “An entity called “Smart Brainy” has been running a racket called as WBDP or whole brain development program in which they are allegedly balancing the…

Vasundhara Raje Hits Pause Button on ‘Draconian’ Bill as Face Off With Media Intensifies

Vasundhara Raje Hits Pause Button on ‘Draconian’ Bill as Face Off With Media Intensifies

  All major media organisations–including the Federation of Press Clubs in India have come together against the Criminal Law (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017 moved by the Rajasthan government that effectively gags in the media while protecting public servants, magistrates, serving and former judges from being investigated for on-duty action. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje who had decided…

“Should we wear patriotism on our sleeves?”, Justice DY Chandrachud asks in #NationalAnthem Matter

“Should we wear patriotism on our sleeves?”, Justice DY Chandrachud asks in #NationalAnthem Matter

  The case relating to the playing of the National Anthem in cinema halls took an interesting turn today, with the Supreme Court asking the Centre to take a call on the issue. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also observed that the matter lies within the Executive domain with Justice Chandrachud making…

The Anthem

The Anthem

  A black man sat in the Tagore theatre balcony and an old man with a flowing white beard sat next to him while the Anthem was being played.the rest stood up. these two remained seated. the black man asked the bearded gentleman, “who da fuck’re you, man?” the saintly man said, ” I’m Tagore..and…

Pinochet’s Failed Attempt to Kill Poetry

Pinochet’s Failed Attempt to Kill Poetry

  Neruda to a military officer searching his house after the Pinochet coup: “There is only one dangerous thing for you in this house — poetry.” Documents released by Chile’s Ministry of the Interior acknowledge, for the first time, that it is “quite possible” that the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was assassinated. These claims give…

Rescuing the Historical ‘Asura’ from Ahistory

Rescuing the Historical ‘Asura’ from Ahistory

  The educated and intellectual who have acquired the required radicality in opposing the domination and in questioning or challenging the ahistoricality of the classical culture which is executes itself or kept alive in different means and methods (Hindu orthodox customs, traditions, ritual and festivals) have been, from the last decade or so, building counter…

Deepavali Poem for Gauri

Deepavali Poem for Gauri

  Yes, it is that time Lights twinkle and glitter and And the sound of Pataki Going  bang,  boom, crack Fill the air.    But I hear not  Pataki But the sound of a gun… Going  bang, boom, crack  “We heard Pataki sound The neighbours said..” It was not Pataki But  bullets from a gun…

Editors Guild of India Wants Rajasthan Government to Withdraw its Draconian Ordinance that is Harmful to the Freedom of the Press

Editors Guild of India Wants Rajasthan Government to Withdraw its Draconian Ordinance that is Harmful to the Freedom of the Press

  The Editors Guild of India is deeply concerned by the Rajasthan Government’s decision to make the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017 into an Act in the current legislative session. The ordinance promulgated by the State Government last month was ostensibly done to protect the judiciary and the bureaucracy against false FIRs. But in…

JNU Teachers Take on the Vice Chancellor: 4 day Public Hearing on Charges Against Him Begins Tomorrow

JNU Teachers Take on the Vice Chancellor: 4 day Public Hearing on Charges Against Him Begins Tomorrow

  Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) has decided to hold a public inquiry on the charges levelled by it against Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar who is accused of violating statutory provisions of the University to adopt a direct line of confrontation against the faculty and students. A mass delegation of teachers have submitted…

Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

Permanent Fire Cracker Ban

  The Supreme Court has banned sale of fire crackers in Delhi NCR. The news item then narrates that many will lose jobs as they are employed by the fire cracker industry. 85 % of fire crackers are manufactured at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. As per the report, more than 3 lakhs employees are employed in making fire crackers…

BJP Demands Cuts in Film Mersal: Is it Putting an End to Criticisms?

BJP Demands Cuts in Film Mersal: Is it Putting an End to Criticisms?

  The row erupted over newly released Tamil film, Mersal, for its politically loaded dialogues on Goods and Services Tax, Gorakhpur incidents and Centre government’s push towards digital economy indicate ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) intolerance towards creative criticism. Tamil superstar Vijay's Diwali release Mersal provoked BJP persons across the country over its critical stands…

Need for Sudhaar Not Aadhaar

Need for Sudhaar Not Aadhaar

  For quite some time activists have been increasingly worried about the growing linkage of the Aadhaar card with several other documents from bank cheques, ration cards, MGNREGA cards, bank accounts, generally the most important document for documentation, and so on. It has become the Indian document par excellence for identification. Activists including Jean Dreze,…

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…

Art as a Political Act: Retelling Mahabharata Through its Peripheral Figures

Art as a Political Act: Retelling Mahabharata Through its Peripheral Figures

  Karthika Naïr was born in India, lives in Paris, and works as a dance producer and curator. She is the author of Bearings, a poetry collection; DESH: Memories, inherited, borrowed, invented, a dance diary; and The Honey Hunter/ Le Tigre de Miel, a children’s book illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Nair was the principal story writer and scriptwriter of…

#StopAdani : Protests in Australia Against Adani’s Venture of Carmichael Coal mine

#StopAdani : Protests in Australia Against Adani’s Venture of Carmichael Coal mine

    A venture of the Adani group in Australia has stirred up a controversy. The Adani group, founded and chaired by an Indian billionaire businessman, Gautam Adani has sought a loan of 900 Million dollars from Australia. Adani is accused of illegal dealings, bribery, environmental and social devastation; corruption, fraud and money laundering in…

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…

Chomsky Clarifies Position on the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Chomsky Clarifies Position on the Cultural Boycott of Israel

  In recent years, people promoting the mantras of ‘constructive engagement’ and ‘bridge-building’ with Israel have cited Professor Noam Chomsky in their defence. He is alleged to oppose the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS ) launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005. Artists for Palestine UK contacted Professor Chomsky to ask him to clarify…

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…

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…

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…

This Year’s Nobel Celebrates Scholarship in Science for Its Own Sake

This Year’s Nobel Celebrates Scholarship in Science for Its Own Sake

  The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute, consisting of 50 professors, awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This year, the work, done by Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University and Michael W. Young of the Rockefeller University in the USA “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm" was…

‘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…

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…