How Textbooks Teach Prejudice

How Textbooks Teach Prejudice

What we learn and teach about history and how the process of this learning has been crafted or developed, shapes our understanding of the events of the past. This understanding of the past influences our ability to grapple with the present and therefore also the future. Such knowledge, if both rich and varied, can also…

“BSP is the only alternative at the moment to defeat the forces of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh”

“BSP is the only alternative at the moment to defeat the forces of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh”

Bhanwar Meghwanshi is an incisive and forthright contemporary voice of the progressive Dalit movement in Rajasthan.  He has untiringly participated in campaigns and movements across the country, creating awareness on communalism, casteism, gender violence, globalisation, displacement and so on. Born on February 25, 1975 in village Siridiyas in Bhilwara district into a Dalit weaver family,…

Report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad

Report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad

The tribunal was organized by the concerned teachers, writers, and lawyers of Hyderabad. It was chaired by Justice  K. Chandru (Retired judge, High Court Madras). Prof Govardhan Wankhede (TISS, Bombay) and Prof Ghanshyam Shah (formerly Prof, JNU) were the members. The brief to the tribunal was to examine the circumstances leading to the suicide of research scholar…

In Conversation with Hasina Nat

In Conversation with Hasina Nat

We all know the importance of conversations. If they are freewheeling without any prejudices, these conversations are of a great importance. Our aim here is to bring voices and conversations that are not a part of our “main stream” media. We wish to raise uncomfortable questions in our discussions to benefit the viewers. There will…

Report of the Committee to Enquire Into the Allegation of Differential Treatment of SC/ST Students in All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi

Report of the Committee to Enquire Into the Allegation of Differential Treatment of SC/ST Students in All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi

This report contains findings by a three-member committee constituted by the Government, and headed by Professor Sukhadeo Torat in order to probe into the matter of discrimation and differential treatment in the All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, one of the top medical colleges in the country. Students in the college belonging to…

Muzaffarnagar: Post Riot Assessment

Muzaffarnagar: Post Riot Assessment

This report assesses the conditions of the survivors of the Muzaffarnagar riots who live in abysmal "relief camps", along with the trauma of the violence they experienced. A team comprising thirteen members from various organnisations in the country, convened by the Centre for Peace Studies, visited the riot affected areas in 2013. This report also provides a comrehensive context…

Untold Story of Hindukaran (Proselytisation) of ADIVASI (TRIBAL) in DANG: A Report

Untold Story of Hindukaran (Proselytisation) of ADIVASI (TRIBAL) in DANG: A Report

Citizen’s Inquiry Committee: Digant Oza Harsh Mander Irfan Engineer Lakshmanbhai Rathore Prasad Chacko Ram Puniyani Rohit Prajapati Shabnam Hashmi Suresh Khairnar Uttambhai Parmar Contents Executive Summary Introduction Political Economy of Dangs The Sangh and anti-Christian mobilisation Shabri, the Kumbh and the pseudo-mythology of Dangs Voices from the Dangs: Testimonies The open Sangh-State Nexus Conclusion Annexures…

“We Have No Orders to Save You”: State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat

“We Have No Orders to Save You”: State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat

The 2002 riots witnessed largescale violence, brutality and murder of Muslims in Gujarat. This report sheds light on the complicity and participation of the State. Human Rights Watch's findings show that the attacks were not only planned in advance, but also included the active participation of the police, and in close cooperation with the State government (Bharatiya Janta Party, BJP). 

Untouchability and the Untouchables

Untouchability and the Untouchables

Testimony given by Bhagwan Das, Chairman, All India Samata Sainik Dal, and Ambedkar Mission society In the 36th Session of Commission on Human rights Sub-Commission on Prevention Of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, held at Geneva in August 1983 I am grateful to the chairman of the sub-committee for granting me an opportunity to present…

Report on the Struggle and Repression at Honda Motorcycles and Scooters Factory, Tapukara

Report on the Struggle and Repression at Honda Motorcycles and Scooters Factory, Tapukara

Workers Solidarity Center, Gurgaon-Bawal The struggle of 3000 Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) workers of Tapukara plant in Alwar, situated at the Haryana-Rajasthan border, in the face of brutal repression from the management-police-administration side, has emerged as an important and intense workers' struggle. As the workers saw commonality, forged unity across internal segmentation, initiated…

Understanding Untouchability: A Comprehensive Study of Practices and Conditions in 1589 Villages

Understanding Untouchability:  A Comprehensive Study of Practices and Conditions in 1589 Villages

The Navsarjan Trust and the RFK Center spent four years compiling quantitative, comprehensive and reliable data exposing the current state of untouchability (caste-based discrimination) against Dalits (“untouchables”) in Gujarat, India. This 2010 report presents data on untouchability practices in 1,589 villages from 5,462 respondents in Gujarat on the issue of untouchability. Download the report here….

Assaults on Reason and Institutions

Assaults on Reason and Institutions

Idea of India Conclave During the two years of the Narendra Modi government, there has been an all-round attack on various established institutions in the country, whether educational or cultural. There have been attempts to interfere with curricula, the way these institutions are run, as well as their mandate and autonomy. The Idea of India…

India Exclusion Report 2015

India Exclusion Report 2015

Image via Eoghan Bridge   "This is the second edition of the India Exclusion Report, for the year 2015. As with the first Report in 2013–14, the attempt of this highly collaborative, trans-disciplinary annual enterprise is to bring together experts from many fields—scholars, human rights and development workers, policy makers, and persons from disadvantaged communities—to…

We Have No Orders to Save You

We Have No Orders to Save You

State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat  © Jogen Chowdhury In February 2002, Gujarat witnessed the worst incident of communal violence in at least a decade, a majority of whose victims were Muslims. While Indian government officials at the time estimated the loss of over 850 people, unofficial estimates pegged the toll at about…

Understanding Emerging Fascism In India

Understanding Emerging Fascism In India

K.P. Sasi Image courtesy Deviantart In recent times, there have been many discussions against the agenda of the communal fascists owing to recent events like the developments in FTII; twisted nationalism; rise in fabricated cases; human rights violations using draconian laws; developments in Chennai (IIT) against Dalits; the beef debate; moral policing; attacks on human…

The Meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism

The Meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism

Etihas Video Magazine – Issue 4, April 2016 Nationalism and patriotism are popular subjects of discussion in India today as some zealous individuals try to test everyone else for their love for the nation or desh prem. Should a narrow definition or identity of Indian nationalism be imposed on everyone, or should our nationalism be…

Caught in an Irresponsible War

Caught in an Irresponsible War

A Fact-Finding Report from Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh's local communities continue to be the worst affected by the tussle between Maoist forces and the state machinery attempting to quell it. In this situation a group comprising of Sanjay Parate, Secretary State CPI-M, Vineet Tiwari, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies and CPI, New Delhi, Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University…

Dalit and Adivasi Women Question Oppression

Dalit and Adivasi Women Question Oppression

Sujatha Surepally Impressions from the first National Dalit and Adivasi Women's Congress held on February 15-16, 2013, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Durga Bai / via gondtribalart.com We live in nature! We die in Nature! It's our life, if you occupy our land where should we go and how do we live? Whose…

In the Shadow of Fear: Communal Tension, Military Repression, Sexual Assaults in Bastar

In the Shadow of Fear: Communal Tension, Military Repression, Sexual Assaults in Bastar

All India People’s Forum Fact-Finding Team's Visit to Bastar  Courtesy AIPF Raipur, 12 June 2016: An 8-member fact-finding team of All India People’s Forum visited four districts of Bastar, Chhattisgarh between 8-11 June 2016. The fact-finding team found several incidents of communal violence against Christians as well as fake encounters, rapes, fake cases and arbitrary…

India Upholds Caste System at the U.N.

India Upholds Caste System at the U.N.

Amar Khade, Round Table India El Greco, 'Laocoön' / Wikipedia A compilation of news and commentary.  The United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, recently published a report on minority issues. The report was presented and discussed at the UNHRC on 15th March 2016. The mandate of the Special…

State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh

State of Siege: Report on Encounters and Cases of Sexual Violence in Bijapur and Sukma districts, Chhattisgarh

On 14 January 2016, a combined team from Coordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) conducted a fresh fact-finding investigation in the Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh.  Initially the objectives of the fact-finding mission were to investigate cases of encounter killings, supposed “surrenders” by Maoists and…

Anhad Women Convention, October 2015

Anhad Women Convention, October 2015

Act Now For Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) organised a Women Convention on October 2-3, 2015, in New Delhi. A report on the convention prepared by Shyamolima Ghosh Choudhury, titled 'Challenges Before Women in Contemporary India', can be accessed here (pdf). We have compiled a playlist of videos of those who addressed the convention, uploaded by…

Statement from Concerned Faculty at the English and Foreign Languages University on the Police Crackdown at HCU

Statement from Concerned Faculty at the English and Foreign Languages University on the Police Crackdown at HCU

Rembrandt van Rijn / Art Details We, concerned faculty from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, strongly condemn the police brutality at the University of Hyderabad on 22nd March 2016, after the return of Prof. Appa Rao Podile, the Vice-Chancellor accused of abetting the suicide of the Dalit Research Scholar Rohith Vemula. As an…

Caste systems violate human rights and dignity of millions worldwide: U.N. report

Caste systems violate human rights and dignity of millions worldwide: U.N. report

Syed Haider Raza / ArtKonsult Click here for a pdf of the full report. At least 250 million people worldwide still face appalling and dehumanising discrimination based on caste and similar systems of inherited status warned the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, during the presentation of the first comprehensive UN report…

International Statement of Solidarity with the University of Hyderabad by academics, activists, artists and writers

International Statement of Solidarity with the University of Hyderabad by academics, activists, artists and writers

Ram Kumar / ArtKonsult We, academicians, activists,  artists and writers, condemn the ongoing brutal attacks on and unlawful detention of peacefully protesting faculty and students at the University of Hyderabad by the University administration and the police. We also condemn the restriction of access to basic necessities such as water and food on campus. The…

A Fig Leaf Called ‘Vandalism’

A Fig Leaf Called ‘Vandalism’

Statement by the SC and ST Faculty Forum and Concerned Teachers of the University of Hyderabad Egon Schiele, 'Bare Tree Behind a Fence' / WikiArt For the past three days the news media has been widely circulating stories about ‘vandalism’ by students of the University of Hyderabad that led to the police crackdown. Surprisingly little…

Interim Report of the Independent National Fact-Finding Team into the Violence on March 22 at Hyderabad Central University

Interim Report of the Independent National Fact-Finding Team into the Violence on March 22 at Hyderabad Central University

Members of the Fact-Finding (FF) Team: Henri Tiphagne, Human Rights Defenders Alert–India Tara Rao, Amnesty International Burnard Fatima, International Movement against all forms of Discrimination and Racism Kuffir Nalgundwar, Round Table India Kiruba Munusamy, Supreme Court Lawyer Beena Pallical, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights Ramesh Nathan, National Dalit Movement for Justice Asha Kowtal, All…

Letter to Young Political Workers

Letter to Young Political Workers

Jackson Pollock, Mural / University of Iowa Museum of Art   February 2, 1931 To The Young Political Workers. Dear Comrades: Our movement is passing through a very important phase at present. After a year's fierce struggle some definite proposals regarding the constitutional reforms have been formulated by the Round Table Conference and the Congress…

What is to be done about Indian Universities?

What is to be done about Indian Universities?

Reflections from Concerned Teachers The manner in which the state is intervening in higher education is causing concern and even alarm in the academic community. Both the unlamented UPA—II regime and the current NDA government have been remarkably similar in their authoritarian impatience to introduce wholesale changes without adequate or careful preparation. This position paper…