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…

Liberating the Sitas of India

Liberating the Sitas of India

  Telugu writer Volga’s book, The Liberation of Sita, was recently awarded the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in Fiction for 2017. This is cause for celebration for more than one reason: in 2016, when the Telugu newspaper Andhra Jyothi published a story of hers called “Asokam”, she was threatened by the thought police…

We Write Our Own Destinies : Madhu Valmiki

We Write Our Own Destinies : Madhu Valmiki

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

“We are not liars”, Women to Supreme Court

“We are not liars”, Women to Supreme Court

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

One Bar, One Gown

One Bar, One Gown

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

Love-Letters Like No Other

Love-Letters Like No Other

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

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

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

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

All India Radio is Not for All

All India Radio is Not for All

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

Harassment of Writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Must Cease

Harassment of Writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar  Must Cease

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

The Vultures Feasting on the Misery of the Poor

The Vultures Feasting on the Misery of the Poor

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

Not In My Name- Say No To Hatred

Not In My Name- Say No To Hatred

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

Stop Killing the Marginalised

Stop Killing the Marginalised

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

Tribal goddess Chamunda and Mahishasur

Tribal goddess Chamunda and Mahishasur

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

Governance Without Data Is Bound To Fail

Governance Without Data Is Bound To Fail

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

Destruction of the University

Destruction of the University

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

March For Science

March For Science

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

Adivasi Scholars Stand Up for Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Adivasi Scholars Stand Up for Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

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

Dakshinayan Abhiyan Appeals for March for Science

Dakshinayan Abhiyan Appeals for March  for Science

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

No place for OBCs and STs in Higher Education

No place for OBCs and STs in Higher Education

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

Apples of Kashmir

Apples of Kashmir

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

Azaadi Kooch : A Photo Essay

Azaadi Kooch : A Photo Essay

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

Teachers Unite to Fight Against Privatisation of Education

Teachers Unite to Fight Against Privatisation of Education

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

Israel’s Extremism Stoking Jerusalem Violence

Israel’s Extremism Stoking Jerusalem Violence

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

Is our President Ramnath Kovind a Dalit?

Is our President Ramnath Kovind a Dalit?

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

Free Speech Under Siege

Free Speech Under Siege

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

All India Marches for Reservation for Women

All India Marches for Reservation for Women

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

Red Sun in a Blue Sky

Red Sun in a Blue Sky

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

The Precarious Democracy

The Precarious Democracy

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

Can We Arrest the Slide?

Can We Arrest the Slide?

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

Theri: Women on the path to Emanicipation

Theri: Women on the path to Emanicipation

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

The Last Hurrah of the Prati Sarkar

The Last Hurrah of the Prati Sarkar

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

Criminalising Historical Writing

Criminalising Historical Writing

The Indian Writers' Forum spoke to Professor Ashok V. Shettar, Associate Professor from the Department of History and Archaeology at Karnatak University. He gives an insight into the recent trend of re-writing Indian history and how it is increasingly being Hindu-ised.    Glorification of Indian History There are two ways of understanding history. We can…

From India to Palestine

From India to Palestine

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

Campaign for Peace between India and Pakistan

Campaign for Peace between India and Pakistan

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

Modi in Israel: #NotinMyName

Modi in Israel: #NotinMyName

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

Getting NotInMyName Wrong Is a Mug’s Game

Getting NotInMyName Wrong Is a Mug’s Game

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

ARE YOU HUMAN? 

ARE YOU HUMAN? 

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

The Issues at Stake in the Triple Talaq Case

The Issues at Stake in the Triple Talaq Case

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

Historians’ Appeal to Government

Historians’ Appeal to Government

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

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

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

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

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

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

From Democracy to Lynchocrazy

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

जुनेद को मार दो

जुनेद को मार दो

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

Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha

Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha

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

A Perspective on Scientific Temper in India

A Perspective on Scientific Temper in India

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

Condemn Lynching of Muslim Youth – Junaid

Condemn Lynching of Muslim Youth – Junaid

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

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

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

Is Questioning our Society a Sin?

Is Questioning our Society a Sin?

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

Women Menstruate, Get Used To It!

Women Menstruate, Get Used To It!

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

UK government’s Public Consultation on Caste

UK government’s Public Consultation on Caste

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

महिलाओं के मुद्दों पर मोदी सरकार नाकाम: जगमती

महिलाओं के मुद्दों पर मोदी सरकार नाकाम: जगमती

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

No Lust Please, We Are Pregnant Indian Women!

No Lust Please, We Are Pregnant Indian Women!

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

Ajmer Aulakh Gave Voice to Marginal Farmers’ Woes

Ajmer Aulakh Gave Voice to Marginal Farmers’ Woes

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

The Dirty Facade of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

The Dirty Facade of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist

Confessions of a Namasudra Communist

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

The Battle Children Face

The Battle Children Face

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

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

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

The Museum God

The Museum God

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

Maharashtra Peasants are on a Historical Strike

Maharashtra Peasants are on a Historical Strike

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

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

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

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

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

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

Remembering Hashimpura After Thirty Years

Remembering Hashimpura After Thirty Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

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

‘What did you pack him for his lunch?’

‘What did you pack him for his lunch?’

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

First Lotha Naga Folktales published in English

First Lotha Naga Folktales published in English

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

Kashmir Dialogue Drama!

Kashmir Dialogue Drama!

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

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

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

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

AIDWA Demands Equal Rights and Violence Free Life for All Women

AIDWA Demands Equal Rights and Violence Free Life for All Women

ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION                                                                                                             Date : April 23, 2017   It has been widely reported in the press that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath plans to carry out a survey of Muslim women to ascertain their keenness to get rid of triple talaq. Muslim women and Muslim women's groups across the…

Slaughter House Ban: Gainers and Losers

Slaughter House Ban: Gainers and Losers

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

Take Action: Palestinian Political Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

Take Action: Palestinian Political Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

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

Census Disproves RSS Theories about Minorities

Census Disproves RSS Theories about Minorities

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

Let the Poet Write of a Nation’s Protest 

Let the Poet Write of a Nation’s Protest 

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

Law in the Time of BJP

Law in the Time of BJP

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

The Attack on Indian Americans

The Attack on Indian Americans

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

Nobel Laureate Writes to MS University

Nobel Laureate Writes to MS University

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

Remembering Bhagat Singh

Remembering Bhagat Singh

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

Why Yogi Adityanath is the “Ideal” CM

Why Yogi Adityanath is the “Ideal” CM

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

JNU to Researchers – We Don’t Need You

JNU to Researchers – We Don’t Need You

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

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

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

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

Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto

Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto

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

University Diary not for Hindutva Propaganda

University Diary not for Hindutva Propaganda

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

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

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

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

When Bodies Speak

When Bodies Speak

A woman clothed. Then stripped, so she is just a woman’s body; bare skin on which battles are fought for power in all its guises, from honor to state security. What happens when this woman’s body speaks? What is its language? And can such a language live apart from the vocabulary of politics?  Here stands a…

Cultural Resistance through Carnatic Music

Cultural Resistance through Carnatic Music

Performance is clearly a potent medium for spreading and making accessible what otherwise might be problematic and unpopular1. This is exactly what T.M. Krishna attempted to do with his video performance on the issue of the common property (Poramboke land). This song is addressing the common lands being taken over by the state and being…

An Open Letter to the PM of Pakistan

An Open Letter to the PM of Pakistan

20/1/2017 From                                                                                                                                    Rahman Abbas Mumbai   To MR. PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF       SUBJECT: Appeal to ensure safety and release of disappeared poet and bloggers.   Dear Sir,   I’m an Indian Urdu novelist and have frequently spoken against fanatic elements in my own country when they have indulged in…

National Campaign against the delay in Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murder case

National Campaign against the delay in Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murder case

  डॉ. नरेंद्र दाभोलकर यांच्या खुनाला 20 जानेवारी रोजी 41 महिने पूर्ण होत आहे. महाराष्ट्र अंधश्रध्दा निर्मूलन समितीच्या वतीने किमान जिल्हा स्तरावर तरी आपापल्या परीने धरणे आंदोलन करून मा. मुख्यमंत्री यांना द्यावयाचे निवेदन संबंधित जिल्हाधिकारी किंवा पोलीस अधीक्षकांना द्यावयाचे आहे. तसेच 20 फेब्रुवारीला कॉम्रेड गोविंद पानसरे ह्यांच्या खूनाला दोन वर्षे पूर्ण होत आहेत. ह्या पार्श्वभूमीवर…

NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar

NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police for sexual violence against Adivasi women in Bastar

7 January 2017 Interim order validates WSS complaints WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-­Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar, the Commission has held…

Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein

Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein

Indian Writers' Forum along with several organisations (Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Pragitisheel Lekhak Sangh, IPTA, Jan Sanskritik Manch, Kalam Sanskritik Manch, Saajhi Duniya, Amit UP, Rajya Karamchari Mahasangh, Alag Duniya, U.P. Bank Employees Union, AITUC, PUCL, Mahila Federation, Neepa Rang Mandali, AIDWA) participated in 'Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein' on Wednesday December 28 at…

Hey, She’s Awake

Hey, She’s Awake

Friday night, the naked lady sits in my apartment Thick grasses around her pudendum Dark weeds in her armpits Lizards in her hair I’m hungry, she says Slapping her stomach Caked with what looks like dried blood I can hear the hungry rumble For no reason I think of sinkholes I notice the blood-dripping lions…

फिदेल कास्त्रो : एक क्रांतिकारी जीवन का उत्सव

फिदेल कास्त्रो : एक क्रांतिकारी जीवन का उत्सव

  फिदेल कास्त्रो 90 वर्ष की उम्र में एक दीर्घ सक्रिय जीवन जीने के बाद २५ नवम्बर २०१६ को इस दुनिया से रुखसत ज़रूर हुए लेकिन वे करोड़ों – अरबों दिलों में हमेशा के लिए बसे रहेंगे। वे बेशक दुनिया के दूसरे सिरे पर मौजूद एक छोटे से देश के शासक थे लेकिन उन्होंने अनेक…

In the Name of Others

In the Name of Others

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee    In the Name of Others For Jo Cox, Orlando's queers, others I'm looking for you On this desert Island I wasn't wrong you are my people my neighbours – Tadeusz Różewicz, Conversation with a Prince, 1998 Each passing day, the clock turns its back on us. Time hangs on a murderer’s…

Winter Light

Winter Light

        It's afternoon, dark already at the cross roads, A sudden storm of bikers, men in leather, motors snarling, Flags spurt skywards I freeze in place at the metal barricade, the seam of sense unpicked, Brown body splayed. In the aftermath of light, what proof is there of love— Buoyancy of the…

Two Poems by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

Two Poems by Priya Sarukkai Chabria

  Undetected Bookworm Where are your valiant warriors and your priests, Where are your hunting parties and your feasts?                                                 – Abolqasem Ferdowsi Shahrukh, grandson of Tamburlaine who rode in triumph through Persepolis,  commissioned a Shahnama,  a Book of Kings. ‘Inscribe in letters of gold the glories of my ancestors. Thus let my story too…

Increased Attacks on Media in Modified India

Increased Attacks on Media in Modified India

Although the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression, legal protections are not always sufficiently upheld by the courts or respected by government officials. A number of laws that remain on books can be used to restrict media freedom. The sedition law, formally Section 124A of the 1860 penal code, outlaws expression that can cause…

Flawless

Flawless

Ankita Anand       द्रोण-दृष्टिकोण दोष  एकलव्य ने चरणों में रखा अंगूठा काट, तब पर भी नहीं हुई क्षुधा समाप्त। सदियों तक निरंतर होते रहे आघात, कभी अंगूठा रहित, कभी बनाया अंगूठा छाप।  द्रोण, यूँ कब तक माँग-माँग कर छोटे होते रहोगे, अबकी एकलव्य ने अंगूठा दिखा दिया, तो कहाँ मुँह छिपाते फिरोगे?                    …

Two Poems by Joy Goswami

Two Poems by Joy Goswami

Thousands of corpses, wars Rise towards the past Peaks tipped with frost Behind them the little houses sit Their lights on For the men they have lost * The last fatigue of hunger, salt, the last drop of sleep — War, the last sport Last-blood drips into the sky — gorged on blood The sun…

O Noble Men

O Noble Men

Translated by Kanupriya Dhingra Whether I die or someone else dies, Humanity dies after all Whether there is a war in the East or in the West Peace dies after all   How can it resolve any problem, you say? War is a problem in itself. It yields fire and blood today, Gives hunger and…

A Ghazal for Gaza

A Ghazal for Gaza

  In response to a video of the celebratory chants in Hebrew by some Israelis following the bombings in Gaza, which translate as: “No children are left there, Olé, Olé”.   Four young footballers were playing on the beach, When men went coursing, preying on the beach. They built castles high up into the skies,…

Challenges of Running Community Radio

Challenges of Running Community Radio

Gurgaon ki Awaaz is one of the radio stations arbitrarily issued a notice for carrying ‘objectionable and denigrating’ content on its radio station. The station director has issued this statement accepting the challenges of running a community radio station in a society where misogynistic language, even abuse, often creeps into discourse; this is worth a…

They Saw No Longer the Battlefield

They Saw No Longer the Battlefield

  (After Valmiki's Ramayana: Yuddhakanda, sarga 55)   And then like the blindness of fury in WAR a solid rising column of iron-coloured dirt & skin & blood & hair & pollen & chondrite buffeted in the ten directions the combatants of both (monkeysrakshsasasboth) sides, all beings wrapped and tossed in it– and they saw…

Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

  Obasa min Dahlin’ used his head to stop a bullet. The people in the press room used their eyes. If they blinked with their eyes closed they sometimes saw a deeper red. Their wideangled phones caught everything – they were so powerful. They were so powerful they could tune rumour into fact. [One of…

Easy ; Sugar

Easy ; Sugar

  Easy Death is easy to pronounce. He deserved to die. They ought to be shot. Hanging’s too good for him. The words fall glib. Throw-away lines sentencing them to death. Distant observer, you speak without guilt, or fear of misplaced allegiances. You just need something to say, that’s all. The right sentiment, rightly declared…

“Be As Irreverent As You Like”

“Be As Irreverent As You Like”

List three words that you love to taste. Currently, it would be emollient, amaretto, agape. List three words that make you flinch with their violence. Slaughter, eviscerate, bludgeon. A fourth: asphyxiate. Describe a recurring daydream. When I was in school, I had a recurrent daydream about slipping out through the side-gate of the playground during…

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

I thought the Muslims were the only anti-nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning the Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti-nationals. They are not the only ones outside the community of Muslims, though. Over 11,000 NGOs in India are restricted from the…

Illusions

Illusions

    Illusion I Virgin paper—a soldier Writes a glorious poem in blood-ink. Later crumpled Tear-blotted, Torn and scattered (Like his own body), After Victory is declared.       Illusion II   (inspired by Siegfried Sassoon’s “Survivors”) Men who went out to battle, grim and glad; Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and…

A Secular Case for a Common Civil Code

A Secular Case for a Common Civil Code

The news regarding Muslim Personal Law Board and other Muslim organisations’ adamant stand on the issue of triple talaq and the BJP-led union government’s attempt to push for a Universal Civil Code (hereafter UCC)1 has energised the debate on reforms in Muslim personal laws verses a UCC. A section of Muslim women along with the Bhartiya…

“Nobody has a monopoly on God”

“Nobody has a monopoly on God”

Artistes, intellectuals, spiritual practitioners and activists came together at a symposium on Sufism and the Attack on Syncretic Culture, organised by Anhad, to condemn these nefarious attempts to communalize our social fabric, and to share views on this subject, one of vital importance in our troubled times. Here is a short compilation of interviews with the…

The BJP’s Fascination with a Dalit Icon

The BJP’s Fascination with a Dalit Icon

The Bharatiya Janata Party has revamped its Uttar Pradesh headquarters into a neat corporate-style office. There is Wi-Fi, an all-new digital library with block-wise electoral data of the State, election war rooms, and strategy rooms. However, the most engaging bit is the decoration in the large hall on the ground floor where press conferences and…

“छोटे मुँह बड़ी बात”

“छोटे मुँह बड़ी बात”

कविता का एक सिरा समाज से जुड़ा होता है तो उसके दुसरे सिरे को व्यक्ति थामे रहता है। इसलिए अगर कविता को हम व्यष्टि और समष्टि के बीच एक रचनात्मक पुल कहें तो गलत न होगा। कविता एक मन (कवि के मन) से बहती हुई दूसरे मन (सहृदय के मन) तक जाती है। लेकिन इस…

Excluding the people

Excluding the people

The masks came off soon after condoling writer Mahasweta Devi’s death. Unmasked, the right-wing pseudo-nationalists were on the prowl for their daily target. They found it in a play staged in the University of Haryana; the play was based on Mahasweta’s story, "Draupadi". The ABVP attack was to convince us that a story, a story…

Celebrating Ravan

Celebrating Ravan

As the rest of the country burns effigies of Ravan, the writer visits a Gond village in Maharashtra where the ten-headed king is worshipped as god.  It stands like the Trojan horse, clamped upon high iron wheels but sans the ominous boding of Greek subterfuge. A group of tribal men and women in colourful attire…

We Condemn the Central University of Haryana’s Clampdown on a Play based on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”

We Condemn the Central University of Haryana’s Clampdown on a Play based on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”

Mahasweta Devi with C.S. Lakshmi / Indian Express A stage adaptation of Mahasweta Devi's short story "Draupadi" by the Department of English and Foreign languages at the Central University of Haryana (CUH) was performed on September 21, to be met with hooliganism, media trials and, finally, an administrative clampdown. The event was organised in memory…

Dalits and the Holy Cow

Dalits and the Holy Cow

Ahmedabad, July 27 / NDTV An atrocity took place on 11 July 2016. In Una Block of Gir Somnath district, dominant caste youth attacked four dalits. The incident took place between the villages of Mota Samadhiyala and Bediya. The four dalits – Vasharambhai Balubhai Sarvaiya and his brother Rameshbhai Bhalubhai Sarvaiya as well as their…

Resistance is Existence

Resistance is Existence

Press Release from the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization On the walls of Ambedkar University Delhi, from a poem by Aharon Shabtai / Swati Gupta, sourced from Facebook The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization denounces the arrest of Khurram Parvez on the intervening night of September 15-16 at 12.30 a.m. from his house in Srinagar….

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

  "It's late, it's always late, in history it is always night, always the wrong time." — Octavio Paz, "Although it is Night"   What time is it in Kashmir? Time's a curse, time, accursed tongues Split into stones, mothers hurl curses, curses sit Lighter on their tongues than prayers reeling from gunshots When mothers give…

Has It Been Love?

Has It Been Love?

It came to me as a WhatsApp message. The link to Arya Dayal’s throbbing rendition of the poem “Sakhavu” (“Comrade”). I was in the middle of work; it was way past midnight. And suddenly, the raw unplugged emotion triggered my underlying juvenile impulse. It was a welcome change from adult work: I sat down and…

Namo’s Readings

Namo’s Readings

  We reproduce here the text of a recent email from LeftWord Books / the Mayday Book Cafe.   We know a lot about Namo. We know of his incessant foreign trips, of his sartorial preferences, his love of his own voice.   But we don't know what he reads.   Namo's pal Barack recently…

Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Nefarious Agenda of the RSS

Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Nefarious Agenda of the RSS

An interview with civil rights activist and writer Anand Teltumbde, on the appropriation of B.R. Ambedkar by right-wing forces in the country. According to Teltumbde, the RSS believes in maintaining the supremacy of the upper castes, and wants to govern society on the basis of regressive texts such as the Manusmriti, whereas Ambedkar staunchly criticises the same. Teltumbde also discusses…

Video: Shanti March in Dharwad, August 30

Video: Shanti March in Dharwad, August 30

A rally was organised from the former residence of slain scholar Dr M.M. Kalburgi in Kalyan Nagar, Dharwad, to mark the first anniversary of his assassination. Geeta Dabholkar, Umatayi Pansare and Umadevi Kalburgi were present at the march, organised by the Dr Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabholkar Hatyavirodhi Horat Samiti. Various writers, activists and artists from around…

“Artists need to think strategically”

“Artists need to think strategically”

Theatre person and film actor Sanjna Kapoor, who founded the Junoon theatre company in 2012 after a long stint at Bombay's Prithvi Theatre, visited the ICF studio for a conversation with writer Githa Hariharan.  In the clip below, Kapoor discusses her own experience and others' producing and acting in plays in the face of censorship,…