Minorities Insecure; Government Indirectly Encouraging Hindu Extremists: KP Ramanunni

Minorities Insecure; Government Indirectly Encouraging Hindu Extremists: KP Ramanunni

  The BJP-led central government indirectly encourages Hindu communal extremists by "shying away from acting against them", and this increases the insecurities of minorities, Sahitya Akademi awardee K.P. Ramanunni has said. In an interview with IANS, Ramanunni said: "The (central) government is not acting against the Hindu communal extremists. They are shying away from the…

TISS Strikes on Fee Hike and Rollback of Financial Aid to Students from Marginalised Section

TISS Strikes on Fee Hike and Rollback of Financial Aid to Students from Marginalised Section

  Tata Institute of Social Sciences students continued to be on strike on Thursday, protesting the fee hike as well as the withdrawal of aid to students from marginalised communities and backgrounds. The strike originally began on Wednesday, February 21 when in a historic show of resistance and solidarity, the students boycotted all classes, field…

NIA Says Kashmiri Media Equally Responsible for Present Situation in Valley

NIA Says Kashmiri Media Equally Responsible for Present Situation in Valley

  In the chargesheet filed against Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist arrested on charges of stone pelting and inciting violence, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that the media in Kashmir is equally responsible for the ongoing troubles in the valley.   Describing a video shot by Yusuf which was uploaded on Greater Kashmir’s…

Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?

Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?

In case of civilian deaths due to army action, registration of an FIR is legal even in areas under Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA). Then why is the ruling BJP opposing any investigation so vehemently?  Parvez Imroz, internationally recognised lawyer-activist and founder of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), talked to Newsclick…

Writers and activists demand fast track investigation into the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, and Lankesh

Writers and activists demand fast track investigation into the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, and Lankesh

  To, The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, PMO, New Delhi. Copy to: The Hon’ble Minister-in-charge, Ministry of Railways, Government of India, New Delhi. Sir, Recently there has been continuous effort to destroy the long cherished pluralist heritage of India. Our country enjoys more than two thousand years heritage of rational schools of thought. But…

Aminabad

Aminabad

  I stand here on this crowded street at Charbagh, dreaming of Aminabad, feeling a little sad and sick, as I count my failures. Smoking, recognising, how for the last 36 years, almost always, Never have I understood this idea that shines around the word: Productivity. Though, I know its definition, the calculations, alright. Failed,…

“VC Hatao, JNU Bachao” — Thousands March to Save Education

“VC Hatao, JNU Bachao” — Thousands March to Save Education

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union organised a massive march to MHRD on February 20. Students participated in thousands, demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala. The students claim that the VC has been trying to systematically destroy the varsity. His policies, from seat cuts to decimation of reservations and deprivation points, scrapping GSCASH, and now…

Rahman Abbas Speaks Up Against the Rape Threats Sent to Shehla Rashid

Rahman Abbas Speaks Up Against the Rape Threats Sent to Shehla Rashid

  Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union’s (JNUSU) Vice-President and well known student activist, Shehla Rashid was reportedly forced to deactivate her Facebook account after some Muslim youths issued multiple rape threats and sent hate messages to her. Rashid’s “crime” was to speak in support of the freedom to have an interfaith marriage; she raised…

Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist

Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist

  Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist, was arrested by NIA in September last year on charges of stone-pelting and instigating violence. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Saharawat heard Yusuf’s bail application in the NIA Special Court in Delhi on Thursday. While the NIA has been delaying presenting the defence lawyers with crucial evidence they are citing…

Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat

Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat

  Thousands of activists of the Bhim Army gathered in Saharanpur to demand the release of their chief Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’ from jail.   सहारनपुर में भीम आर्मी रैली शुरू हो रही है Posted by ChalChitra Abhiyaan on Samstag, 17. Februar 2018   The demand gathers new urgency in the face of Chandrashekhar’s recent statements to…

Thousands March in Shiksha Bachao Rally to Save India’s Future

Thousands March in Shiksha Bachao Rally to Save India’s Future

Over 8,000 teachers, students and karmacharis marched through the streets of Delhi demanding that public education be saved. Participating in the Shiksha Bachao Rally today, they marched from Mandi House to MHRD.  The Joint Rally of DUTA, DUCKU, DUSU and other students’ organizations was also joined by FEDCUTA and AIFUCTO. Teachers and students of AUD,…

Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OP India calls the Kerala Literature Festival 2018 anti-Indian

Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OP India calls the Kerala Literature Festival 2018 anti-Indian

Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OpIndia.com has called the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) 2018 anti-Indian. The article, which has been posted by a “mlessp” (we’re still googling to find out what that is) names Arundhati Roy, Ashis Nandy, Prakash Raj, Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose in interesting ways. Roy is a…

Harmony of the Hills

Harmony of the Hills

Baba Budan Giri is also known as the Babri of the south. This beautiful film explores the story and charts out the struggle of memory against forgetting. As the Babri Masjid issue is being heard by the Supreme Court, CJP looks at other, similar, cynical, politically motivated disputes that put the Ram Janma Bhoomi movement…

“He spoke truth to and about the Power”: P Sainath on John Reed

“He spoke truth to and about the Power”: P Sainath on John Reed

  LeftWord Books, recently published John Reed’s “stirring eyewitness account” of the Russian Revolution, Ten Days That Shook the World with an introduction by one of India’s finest journalists and public intellectuals P. Sainath. In Howard Zinn’s words, Reed “made history come alive for the readers of popular magazines and impoverished radical monthlies” through his journalistic…

A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish

A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish

  The unexpected demise of V.M. Sathish—a veteran Expat-journalist who spent a quarter century of reporting in the GCC countries—has left a deep vacuum in the domain of ‘human interest’ writings in the world of media. Sathish has a reputed track-record in Expat-journalism.  Beginning with the Indian Express  Group of newspapers in Mumbai, he held many positions…

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Intimidates State Officers who Expressed Opinion Against Communalism

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Intimidates State Officers who Expressed Opinion Against Communalism

  People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) condemns remarks made by the UP Dy CM Mr KC Maurya against District Magistrate of Bareilly as pure intimidation and a brazen effort to browbeat officers who express their opinion against communalism.In an FB post put up after the recent Kasganj communal violence the officer Mr Raghvendra Vikram…

Women Delegates Write to Law Ministry on the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017

Women Delegates Write to Law Ministry on the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017

  A delegation comprising of P.K Sreemathi (M.P Loksabha),  Sudha Sundararaman    (Vice-President) , Kirti Singh (Legal Convenor, AIDWA)  S.Punyavathi (Vice-President) ,  Tapasi Praharaj (National Secretary) , Asha Sharma  (General Secretary, Delhi JMS)    Maimoona Mollah   (President, Delhi JMS) met the Law Minister and submitted a memorandum regarding the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017, bringing to his attention the…

BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

  Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS "should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states." Statement by Norwegian Parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes on Nominating the BDS Movement…

Narendra Modi Uvacha: What is the History of Karnataka for Modi?

Narendra Modi Uvacha: What is the History of Karnataka for Modi?

  On 4 February 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed a large gathering during the concluding event of Parivartan Rally, in Bangalore. Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 90-day long election campaign rally in Karnataka kicked off on 2 November 2017, with party president, Amit Shah, attending the flagging it off. While talking about the developments during…

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

  Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie Padmavati raised the hackles of the Rajput community across several states, who vandalised the film sets and threatened further violence on the grounds that it distorted the history of Rajput Rani Padmini, and hurt their sentiments. Various persons threatened specific targetted violence like Mahipal Singh Makrana allegedly threatening to cut off…

“Reduction in scholarship allocation for Dalit students a major concern, shows that Dalits, Adivasis continue to be ignored”: NCDHR

“Reduction in scholarship allocation for Dalit students a major concern, shows that Dalits, Adivasis continue to be ignored”: NCDHR

  The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received sharp criticism from the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) which pointed out that once again, the Budget had failed to live up to the expectations of the marginalised communities of India. In the Union Budget 2017-18, there was a fundamental shift made…

Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street

Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street

  Let us forget all the violence angry members of the Karni Sena and other satellite right wing groups are creating against the release of Padmavat for a minute. Let us forget the lack of authenticity of historical documents, writings and poetry that point out that Padmavati is fiction, or, that, Allauddin Khilji lived between 1296 and…

गौरी

गौरी

(गौरी लंकेश यांच्या प्रथम स्मृती दिनानिमित्त) तू, तुझ्या प्रचंड दिव्यांचा झोत टाकत राहिलीस शांतपणे… शांतीसाठी, तुझ्या माझ्या नि इतरांच्या. मी माझी मूठ आवळतो तुझ्या दिव्यापाठीमागे. माहीत आहे… हिंसेचा पूर व्यवस्थित निर्माण केला जातोय. तुझी आर्तता, मृदुता, सहनशिलता, संयम होता भविष्यात येणाऱ्या अंधूक शक्यतांसाठी ; प्रकाशात परावर्तीत होण्याच्या झोक्यांचा तुला अदमास होता. तू, त्या स्वप्नांसाठी झटत…

My Sister, My Soulmate

My Sister, My Soulmate

Gauri Lankesh fearlessly spoke truth to power. She stood up against injustice and discrimination. She strived for communal harmony until her dying breath. On the occasion of Gauri Lankesh’s birth anniversary, we are publishing a heart breakingly beautiful tribute by her sister Kavita.     She raved, she ranted, Many times she burst out…. Uppercaste…

The First Ever People’s Literature Festival

The First Ever People’s Literature Festival

  The first Jan Sahitya Parv (People’s Literature Festival), organised by the Saajha Sanskritik Morcha, a joint cultural forum backed by Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML), and various other people’s organisations, took place in Jaipur on 24 and 25 January, 2018. The festival kicked off with a mashaal-juloos,…

Gauri Lankesh’s 56th Birth Anniversary Celebrated as “Gauri Day” in Bengaluru

Gauri Lankesh’s 56th Birth Anniversary Celebrated as “Gauri Day” in Bengaluru

  "Gauri Day", the commemoration of the 56th birth anniversary of journalist- activist Gauri Lankesh was organised in Bengaluru on Monday. Actor Prakash Raj, Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, JNU student leaders – Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, Umar Khalid, ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila, Gauri Lankesh's sister Kavita Lankesh were among…

Mumbai: Opposition Leaders Come Together for “Save the Constitution” Rally

Mumbai: Opposition Leaders Come Together for “Save the Constitution” Rally

On 26 January 2018, India’s 69th Republic Day, Sharad Pawar, president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), along with senior leaders of the left, led a march against the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime at the Centre. Opposition party leaders like D Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Omar Abdullah, leader of opposition in the…

Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma

Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma

  A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today dismissed a petition seeking the deletion of some of the scenes of controversial film Padmaavat which was released on January 25 by noting that censor board has already granted certificate and refused to go into the issue again. The petition was filed by Advocate…

70 Years: Gandhi’s Secularism Refuses to Let Him be Reduced to a Pair of Spectacles

70 Years: Gandhi’s Secularism Refuses to Let Him be Reduced to a Pair of Spectacles

  In the sustained communal offensive against the secular character of the Indian Constitution, the term "secular" is in serious danger of becoming a casualty. This is largely because the notion of "secularism", itself a modern concept which cannot be delinked from democratic principles and rights of citizenship, has often in this communal ideological onslaught been…

The JNU Files

The JNU Files

Ever since Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala was appointed in Jawaharlal Nehru University as the Vice Chancellor, the varsity’s democratic values and academic structures have been under constant attack. The students and teachers of the university accuses Kumar for imposing polices drafted by RSS and BJP to the curb the academic and democratic spaces, and ultimately privatise the university.  …

“We need Prime Minister to speak out, government to act and hate crime against minorities to be stopped”

“We need Prime Minister to speak out, government to act and hate crime against minorities to be stopped”

  We, retired civil servants belonging to different Services and batches, wish to register our deep concern at the continuing incidents of mindless violence in the country, especially those targeting the minorities, and the lackadaisical response of the law enforcement machinery to these attacks. The killing of Mohammed Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal…

When Mobs Rule the State

When Mobs Rule the State

  Assertion of caste, regional, ethnic, religious and national identities are characteristic of new democracies, as groups previously lacking consciousness wake up to their identity and seek a place in the sun. The opening up of the power structure by the establishment of democratic institutions and the institution of elections helps mobilise there entities which…

BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education

BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education

Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, issued a statement claiming evolution never happened since no one saw an ape converting into a human. Such statements by our highest ranking ministers show the lack of rationality in BJP’s core ideologies. What can be the future of India’s science and technological development when our…

#NotoNetanyahu No to complicity with Israel’s Apartheid

#NotoNetanyahu No to complicity with Israel’s Apartheid

  In the coming week, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tour different cities of India along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This visit comes at the beginning of a year that sees Israel globally ever more isolated and ever more aggressively advancing its ethnic cleansing and annexation of Palestinian land. To invite the leader…

Watch: “Draupadi” and “My First Love”

Watch: “Draupadi” and “My First Love”

Melizarani T. Selva is a spoken word poet, storyteller, and journalist from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Watch T Selva perform her poem "Draupadi," a poem about the trials of being a woman, succinctly summed up in the line "A woman is not a woman until something happens to her." Continue watching to see her perform her poem "My First Love."  …

Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning Padmavat Screening?

Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning Padmavat Screening?

  The manner in which several Indian states are banning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat even after the Central Board of Film Certification has passed it following the slight change in its title, it would appear that these states have themselves decided to become state censor boards unto themselves, rendering the decision of the CBFC…

Teachers and Social Activists Ask the Government to Enact the “Rohith Act”

Teachers and Social Activists Ask the Government to Enact the “Rohith Act”

  Urging the government to enact the "Rohith Act" and ensure scholarship for all students from marginalized sections, academic fraternity and social activists across the country stood together in memory of Rohith Vemula. The existing system which is based on caste-based structural inequality had pushed Rohith, a Dalit research scholar at the University of Hyderabad, to…

Modi-Bibi in Sabarmati: What the Media Won’t Tell You about Gandhi’s Views on Palestine and Israel

Modi-Bibi in Sabarmati: What the Media Won’t Tell You about Gandhi’s Views on Palestine and Israel

The mainstream media scrambled to outdo each other in its coverage of the 8km “roadshow” that culminated with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visiting, along with his wife Sara and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. For the handful of those who missed out on classroom history lessons, Sabarmati Ashram…

Dalit Woman Set Ablaze in Karnataka

Dalit Woman Set Ablaze in Karnataka

Shantavva Harijan, a dalit woman from Shingatalooru village in Gadag district, was set ablaze on 14 January 2018. She succumbed to the burns on the same night. This writer spoke to Basvaraj Sulibhavi, a well known Kannada poet, activist, and publisher, about Shantavva’s murder and the protests that followed. Sulibhavi has been actively following the…

Informal Workers Narratives: “We too are human beings”

Informal Workers Narratives: “We too are human beings”

The informal workers narratives, hosted by Working Peoples' charter and WIEGO, brings together a panel of workers from different trades, including domestic workers, e-rickshaw drivers, waste-pickers, street vendors, home-based workers, Hamal and other workers, showcasing their life, their work, and their challenges. The conversation throws light on the role played by informal workers in making…

No Aadhar No Food: Yet Another Starvation Death Reported from Jharkhand, Still Counting…

No Aadhar No Food: Yet Another Starvation Death Reported from Jharkhand, Still Counting…

  September 28, 2017: Santoshi Kumar, 11, Simdega district died of hunger. Her mother Koyli Devi said that the family was not receiving rations under the Public Distribution scheme for the past several months as their ration cards were not linked to Aadhar. October 21,2017: Baidyanath Das died at Jharia, Dhanbad district. His family said…

#NotoNetanyahu: Protest Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s India Visit Held in Delhi

#NotoNetanyahu: Protest Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s India Visit Held in Delhi

A protest march against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s India visit was organised in Delhi by the Left parties, the All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee, India. The march took place in the larger context of atrocities committed by Israeli government in Palestine and illegal occupation.    

#NotoNetanyahu: Land Day: The Palestinian Call for Land, Freedom and Equality

#NotoNetanyahu: Land Day: The Palestinian Call for Land, Freedom and Equality

On March 30, 1976, Palestinians protested against Israel's plans to occupy thousands of acres of Palestinian land in Galilee. Six Palestinians were gunned down by the Israeli army and police, and hundreds wounded in the confrontation. Since 1976, every year, Palestinians around the world commemorate March 30th as "Land Day" – a day to announce…

Read the full text of the letter submitted by four Supreme Court Judges to the CJI

Read the full text of the letter submitted by four Supreme Court Judges to the CJI

Dear Chief Justice, It is with great anguish and concern that we have thought it proper to address this letter to you so as to highlight certain judicial orders passed by this Court which has adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system and the independence of the High Courts besides impacting the…

Bhima-Koregaon: Glimmerings of a Maratha-Dalit-Bahujan Alliance Against Fascism

Bhima-Koregaon: Glimmerings of a Maratha-Dalit-Bahujan Alliance Against Fascism

  The Dalits are angry again. Another incident of caste violence and atrocity was registered in Maharashtra. This time Dalits were protesting against the planned attack by the Hindutvadi rightwing groups on an event, organized to commemorate the "victory of Mahar’s" over the mighty Peshwas at the battle of Bhima-Koregaon in 1818. Further, the protest was not restricted…

JNU Vice Chancellor Hits Another Academic “Low”: Skype to Replace Viva Voice Examination in Research

JNU Vice Chancellor Hits Another Academic “Low”: Skype to Replace Viva Voice Examination in Research

  Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor M.Jagadesh Kumar has come out with yet another decision to whittle down the standards of excellence that the university had achieved over decades. He has now cancelled all mandatory public viva voce for research and directed the faculty to conduct this only on Skype. JNU Teachers Association has “rejected”…

“I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba

“I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba

  Professor GN Saibaba, who was given a life imprisonment for alleged ties to Maoists, continues to suffer in solitary confinement in prison despite absence of any credible evidence against him. Saibaba’s wife, Vasantha Kumari, addressed a press conference on Wednesday, held by the Delhi Chapter of Bastar Solidarity Network. She spoke about her recent…

Prof G N Saibaba Pens a Poem After Meeting His Mother in Jail

Prof G N Saibaba Pens a Poem After Meeting His Mother in Jail

    माँ, मेरे लिए मत रोना जब तुम मुझे देखने आयी तुम्हारा चेहरा मैं नहीं देख सका था फाइबर कांच की खिड़की से मेरी अशक्त देह की झलक यदि मिली होगी तुम्हें यक़ीन हो गया होगा कि मैं जीवित हूँ अब भी।   माँ, घर में मेरी गैर मौजूदगी पर मत रोना   जब…

Crime and Consent

Crime and Consent

  The significance of the Supreme Court order referring the constitutionality of Section 377 to a larger bench goes beyond LGBT rights. Current debates have focused on the decriminalisation of several laws and the legitimate role of criminal law in our legal system in matters of sexuality. Also central to the outcome is the role…

Simone de Beauvoir and the Left

Simone de Beauvoir and the Left

  Today marks the 110th birth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), the acclaimed French feminist theorist, who was born this day on January 9th. She is most known for her groundbreaking work, The Second Sex (1949) along with her book, Mandarins, which received France’s highest literary award in 1954.  Her phenomenal work on gender and her…

महिलाओं के मसीहा: मोदी और पैड-मैन

महिलाओं के मसीहा: मोदी और पैड-मैन

  आजकल खुद को महिलाओं का मसीहा कहलाने का चलन है. इसका सर्वश्रेष्ठ उदाहरण हैं हमारे प्रिय नेता प्रधान मंत्री मोदी जी, जो अपनी 56 इंच की छाती ठोंक कर दावा कर रहे हैं कि मुसलमान महिलाएं अब पुरुष अभिभावक के बिना हज पर जाने के लिए आज़ाद हैं. हालांकि सच्चाई यह है कि यह एक सुधारवादी बदलाव 2015 में…

Dakshina Kannada Violence: BJP Resorting to Politics of Polarisation

Dakshina Kannada Violence: BJP Resorting to Politics of Polarisation

  In recent days, incidents of communal violence in Dakshina Kannada district are resulting in the tensed atmosphere across Karnataka. With assembly elections due in coming May, the ruling Congress leaders are arguing that the main opposition BJP party as resorting to religious polarisation tactics to garner the support of Hindu voters. On January 3,…

जाति धर्म की बंदिशों के बावजूद भी इन्सानियतं जिन्दा है

जाति धर्म की बंदिशों के बावजूद भी इन्सानियतं जिन्दा है

  दिन था शनिवार ३१ दिसंबर जब सभी नए वर्ष की इंतेजारी में थे. देवरिया जिले के बेल्हाम्मा गाँव के कुम्हार जाति के एक परिवार में महिला की मौत हो गयी. पति ज्यादातर शराब पीकर मस्त रहता और गाँव में एलान करता फिरता के इस गाँव के सारे मुसलमानों को यहाँ से भगा दूंगा ….

Chasing Shadows: The Question of Citizenship and Preparation of NRC in the State of Assam

Chasing Shadows: The Question of Citizenship and Preparation of NRC in the State of Assam

  Citizenship is conferred by the Constitution and it is the nexus between the individual and the State, defining civil and political rights and liabilities of individuals, the most important of which are the Fundamental rights and the right to vote and participate in all democratic process. Most importantly, it gives unrestricted rights of residence…

Television as Lynch Mob: District Magistrate Report on JNU Incident Raises Questions of Media Ethics

Television as Lynch Mob: District Magistrate Report on JNU Incident Raises Questions of Media Ethics

  Newspapers have reported that the Aam Admi Government has reportedly told its legal team to file a criminal case against three channels for airing doctored videos where the words, “Bandook”, “Sher ke bacche”, and “Hurriyat ke jawaan” were inserted (extraneously) into the videos to mislead the public. Even “Pakistan Zindabad” were telecast although they…

Revisiting Golwalkar on Koregaon with Raosaheb Kasbe

Revisiting Golwalkar on Koregaon with Raosaheb Kasbe

  Scholar Raosaheb Kasbe’s book Zot—translated from Marathi into English as Spotlight on the RSS—refers to Golwalkar’s “grief” on the Mahars fighting the Peshwas. At a time when Koregaon has become a battleground again, it is important to revisit the underpinnings of caste in every reading of this historical incident. This is what Raosaheb Kasbe has to…

कुछ अनोखे प्रेम पत्र

कुछ अनोखे प्रेम पत्र

  सावित्रीबाई फुले यकीनन भारत की पहली महिला शिक्षिका और मुक्तिदाता थीं जिन्हें इतिहास ने लगभग भुला दिया है, 176 साल पहले 1831 में उनका जन्म हुआ और 3 जनवरी उनका जन्मदिन है, विभिन्न जातियों की लड़कियों के लिए पहले विद्यालय की स्थापना भाईडेवाड़ा, पुणे (ब्राह्मणों का गढ़) में करने वाली, क्रांतिज्योति सावित्रीबाई, अनेक रूप…

Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations and the Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits

Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations and the Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits

  Ambedkarites are agitated all over the country as the despicable attempts of the Hindutva affiliated organisations in Pune attacked the massive assembly of people who had come to pay their respect to 800 brave Mahar soldiers who with the help of British had defeated the then powerful army of the Peshwas which numbered around…

Dalit Leaders Say Bhima Koregaon Attack was “Pre-Planned”, Vow to Throw Out BJP-led “Peshwai Rule”

Dalit Leaders Say Bhima Koregaon Attack was “Pre-Planned”, Vow to Throw Out BJP-led “Peshwai Rule”

  Tension has gripped Maharashtra a day after a person was killed, 25 vehicles were torched and more than 100 vehicles were damaged in stone pelting after individuals allegedly with saffron flags attacked dalits and their vehicles in Pune district. Lakhs of people gather on January 1 in Bhima Koregaon village every year to mark…

Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language of the Goons Masquerading as Political Activists

Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language of the Goons Masquerading as Political Activists

  As another year is coming to an end, we witnessed huge turmoil everywhere. The intimidation to dissenters continued while political opponents were targeted as usual by the Hindutva groups. Mob lynching and cow terrorism aggravated all over the country and as the state remained subdued and muted, the goons with political patronage had a…

Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!

Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!

  Film-making is challenge in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic democracy. Particularly if offence-takers are indulged. But each year the propensity to take offence, or to pander to offence-taking, seems to scale new heights.  In 2017 the travails of film makers made news throughout the year. The impetus for film censorship ranged from preserving social mores to…

Netanyahu Battles for Survival in Israel: Will He Have to Cancel His January Visit to India?

Netanyahu Battles for Survival in Israel: Will He Have to Cancel His January Visit to India?

  India is worried. But of course,silently lest a whiff of the serious corruption charges threatening to dislodge Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu find their way into the Indian media and Parliament on the eve of his much touted visit to India. And queer the pitch that the Ministry of External Affairs has been carefully preparing…

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

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

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

Bengali Film Under Right Wing Attack for Using Names Ram and Sita

Bengali Film Under Right Wing Attack for Using Names Ram and Sita

  Meet filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh who trained at Subhah Ghai’s Whistling Woods and arrived in Kolkata to assist Aparna Sen for her film Iti Mrinalni, stepped into independent direction with his maiden film Hrid Majharey. His second film Rongberonger Korhi (Colour of Money) is now facing the wrath of a Hindu Right Wing organization Hindu Jagran Manch for using the names…

What Irked the Anger of Mammootty Fans Over Parvathy?

What Irked the Anger of Mammootty Fans Over Parvathy?

  For the past week, followers of Malayalam actor Mammootty have been busy pouring lewd and violent comments against the award-winning artist Parvathy TK, who pointed out the misogynistic trends in Malayalam mainstream movies. While talking in open forum at the recently concluded International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Parvathy expressed her disappointment over derogatory…

Yogi Once Again Uses State’s Might, Orders Withdrawal of Case Against Himself

Yogi Once Again Uses State’s Might, Orders Withdrawal of Case Against Himself

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the withdrawal of a case related to defying prohibitory orders against holding a meeting. This order was registered in 1995 against him and 14 others including a Union Minister and saffron party legislator from Sahajanwa in Gorakhpur. The…

2017: A Year of Resistance

2017: A Year of Resistance

2017 was the year of increasingly diverse, yet more united struggles by working people of all sorts in India. In dozens of public sector units—ports, steel plants, coal mines, ordnance factories, banks, insurance companies, etc—workers went on strikes or protested against relentless govt. pressure to privatise national assets by handing them over to private industrialists….

Is Education a Commodity Now?

Is Education a Commodity Now?

Professor Sanjay Bohidar, of Delhi University, talks to Newsclick about the structural changes witnessed in the education system over the years in India. He discusses, in detail, how education is increasingly becoming more and more privatised and what are its repercussions.   First published by Newsclick

ईसाई और मुसलमानों से क्यों नफरत करते हैं स्वघोषित राष्ट्रवादी?

ईसाई और मुसलमानों से क्यों नफरत करते हैं स्वघोषित राष्ट्रवादी?

जब विजयी शासकों ने अपने जश्न की यशोगाथा लिखी और अपनी सत्ता का इतिहास लिखा, तो अपने शत्रुओं का भयानक चित्रण किया, उन्हें आदमखोर राक्षस, निशाचर, पशुओं के शरीर वाला और न जाने किन-किन विकृत नामों की उपाधियाँ दीं, फिर उन हत्याओं की स्मृतियों में उत्सव मनाये गये। आज अगर हम इन उत्सवों पर टिप्पणियां…

Did you know that Babasaheb Ambedkar burnt the Manusmriti on Christmas, in 1927?

Did you know that Babasaheb Ambedkar burnt the Manusmriti on Christmas, in 1927?

Ninety years ago, on December 25, 1927, huge strides were made in the movement for self-dignity of Dalits. Under the leadership of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, a small town/village, Mahad in Konkan, the coastal region of Maharashtra, made history.   Manusmurti Dahan Din. The day that the text of caste Hindus epitomizing hegemony, indignity and cruelty…

Let Christmas be

Let Christmas be

Image courtesy The Tribune India   Throughout the West, in both the Americas, Europe and Australia and in parts in other countries in Asia and Africa, there is no festival to beat Christmas; the shopping, the sales, the gifts exchanged, the family dinner with the father or grandfather carving the turkey (apologies to vegetarians), Santa…

UN General Assembly Rejects Trump’s Jerusalem Move With Resounding Majority

UN General Assembly Rejects Trump’s Jerusalem Move With Resounding Majority

In a development that signalises the growing isolation of the United States from the Israel-Palestine conflict, an overwhelming majority of United Nations members defied unprecedented threats by the US to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “null and void.” The resolution was passed at a UN General Assembly emergency meeting…

रेणु की परंपरा के साहित्यकार सुरेंद्र स्निग्ध का निधन

रेणु की परंपरा के साहित्यकार सुरेंद्र स्निग्ध का निधन

कवि, उपन्यासकार, संपादक और अध्यापक रहे प्रो. सुरेंद्र स्निग्ध का निधन बीते 18 दिसंबर की रात हो गया। उनके निधन पर बिहार के अनेक साहित्यकारों, बुद्धिजीवियों ने शोक प्रकट किया है। प्रो. स्निग्ध पिछले कुछ दिनों से फेफड़े में गंभीर संक्रमण की वजह से वे जगदीश मेमोरियल अस्पताल में वेंटिलेटर पर थे, जीवन-मृत्यु के बीच संघर्ष…

Read Amal, the Palestinian girl’s letter of solidarity to artists and writers who opposed Trump’s move to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel

Read  Amal, the Palestinian girl’s letter of solidarity to artists and writers who opposed Trump’s move to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel

On 11th December, 2017, one hundred artists wrote a letter rejecting Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which appeared in The Guardian on 12th December, 2017. This move by Trump is a belligerent show of power and it paves way for further colonisation and occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. Jerusalem is not under…

नये सिरे से सोचने को विवश करती किताब : चिंतन के जनसरोकार

नये सिरे से सोचने को विवश करती किताब : चिंतन के जनसरोकार

किसी किताब की यह सफलता होती है कि वह अपने पाठक को इतना उद्वेलित कर दे कि वह अपने परिवेश और जीवन के हर पहलू पर फिर से विचार करने को विवश हो जाय। ऐसे ही लेखों का संकलन है ‘चिंतन के जनसरोकार’। हिन्दी के  महत्वपूर्ण लेखक प्रेमकुमार मणि के प्रमुख लेखों का यह एक संकलन है।…

Weaving Despairs: The Challenges of the Handloom Sector in India

Weaving Despairs: The Challenges of the Handloom Sector in India

The handloom sector, which employs over 6.5 million families, is the second largest cluster of labourers, after the agriculture sector. However, the recent policy-level and economic developments and changes by the government have been inconsiderate towards the weaver's needs and basic requirements for survival. In order to discuss these ongoing crisis of the handloom sector,…

India’s Rural Poor May Miss Green Jobs Boom. How To Avoid That

India’s Rural Poor May Miss Green Jobs Boom. How To Avoid That

India’s clean-energy push to triple renewables over the next five years can generate 330,000 jobs, as IndiaSpend reported in August 2017. But can these renewable energy jobs help alleviate poverty in India, especially in its rural pockets? Only if the renewables sector can offer permanent jobs with stability and other benefits to contractual employees expected to form around 80% of…

Statement by the Lawyers Collective on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

Statement by the Lawyers Collective on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment’s decided to re-introduce the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 in it’s original form. 5 December 2017 On 19th November 2017, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (“MOSJE”) reportedly stated on the subject of The Transgender Persons (Protection of…

Invincibility Busted In Gujarat, Game Wide Open For 2019 in India

Invincibility Busted In Gujarat, Game Wide Open For 2019 in India

Image courtesy countercurrents.org   Gujarat’s much awaited results are out. The fraudsters sitting in the mega “slaughterhouses” have been exposed and myth related to invincibility is broken and perhaps shaken the Hindutva camp from inside. These results will have a huge impact on the psyche of our nation and the fraudsters will start building up…

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…