- Nothing New About Whataboutery
Above: The Khir Bhawani Temple in Ganderbal, J&K, was completely safe even though the BJP had claimed that it was “completely burnt”
~By Inderjit Badhwar
That last tongue-twister in the headline to this essay is an inventive neologism to explain the phenomenon of laying the blame for your sins and depredations on allegedly comparative misdoings in the ...
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee University Runs Into Tough Times, Discontinues Over 90 Courses From The Current Academic Session
With a view to honour the first Prime Minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Madhya Pradesh government established ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University’ in 2011 and introduced engineering and paramedical courses in Hindi for the first time. However, since then, the university has been running in to rough times.
Owing to the ...
- Kerala Floods: 255% Excess Rainfall in One Week
Between 9 August and 15 August, Kerala received a staggering and unprecedented 255% excess rainfall according to latest data released by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The normal average rainfall expected for this week was 98.4 mm whereas actual recorded rainfall was 349.7 mm.
The severe flooding that has ravaged the state this year is explained by this ...
- British Used Aurangzeb to Divide and Rule India: US Historian Truschke
ALIGARH: An American scholar has expressed concern over the present trend in India of deliberate distortions in the writing of history, which she says further the agenda of manufacturing hatred against different sections of peoples. Historian Audrey Truschke, author of the bestselling book Aurangzeb – The Man and the Myth, teaches South Asian history at ...
- In Nitish Kumar’s Land of Peace, Mob Mauls Assistant Professor for a FB Post
The Citizen Bureau
“Fasciva ke ek yug ki samapti, Atalji anant yatra pe nikle” (end of one era of fascism, Atalji (Bihari Vajpayee) embarks on another journey.” An innocuous Facebook post, and Sanjay Kumar— former Jawaharlal Nehru University student and now Assistant Professor at the Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar—started being trolled on the social media.
On the morning ...
- Insightful Exposure of the Four Years of Modi Regime
Dismantling India: A Four Year Report
edited by John Dayal, Leena Dabiru, Shabnam Hashmi;
Media House, Delhi; 2018; pages 355; Price: Rs 600.
A recently published 355-page book titled Dismantling India: A Four Year Report with documented accounts, edited by John Dayal, Leena Dabiru and Shabnam Hashmi, gives an insight into the reality of whatever has ...
- Kerala Flood Is Thousands Of Times The Magnitude Of Thai Cave Rescue!
When 12 boys and their coach were trapped in a Thailand cave, the international community rose up as one. Thai Navy Seal took up the lead in rescuing the kids. Several international agencies sent in their experts to support the rescue operations. Tesla chief Elon Musk took his mini-submarine to the rescue operation’s command centre. ...
- Anti Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
In Antisocial Media: Anti-Social Media How Facebook Disconnects Us, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains that Facebook may make personal lives pleasurable, but it can also deteriorate democracy around the world. The following is an excerpt from the chapter "The Surveillance Machine".
The Surveillance Machine
Facebook is the most pervasive surveillance system in the history of the world. More than ...
- देवदासी: एक पहचान
Below is an excerpt from First Hand Volume 2: Graphic Narratives from India, edited by Vidyun Sabhaney. This particular extract is from Bhagwati Prasad's "Devadasi: Ek Pechaan" which is based on the report on Devadasis published in the India Exclusion Report 2015. Both the books have been published by Yoda Press and have been published ...
- Kerala Floods: Death Toll rises, Massive Rescue Operation Underway
The continued torrential rain in Kerala along with the series of landslides and landslips, with cities and villages submerged in floodwaters, have claimed lives of nearly 100 people so far in the second phase of the monsoon season. Till Thursday evening, 40 deaths – mostly from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Kottayam and Thrissur – were added ...
- Dravidian Movement and M Karunanidhi: A Tale of Fostering a Fraternal Society
Vignesh Karthik KR and Jeyannathann Karunanithi
The late DMK leader M Karunanidhi marked his place in history not only as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, but also as a leader who played a key role in bringing together parties across India under a common narrative more than once time in the last 50 years. As the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is ...
- क्यों भूल जायें बाबरी मस्जिद ध्वंस से गुजरात नरसंहार का मंज़र?
देश के पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी के निधन के बाद से शोकसंवेदनाओं का आना, दुख व्यक्त करना, दुखी होना, obituary लिखना—सब कुछ स्वाभाविक है। वह देश के प्रधानमंत्री थे, लंबा संसदीय जीवन जिया, भाजपा को सत्ता में पहुंचाने में उनका करिशमायी योगदान था—सब कुछ स्वीकार, लेकिन क्या उनके राजनीतिक योगदान की आलोचनात्मक विवेचना करना ...
- Mulk: Sigh of Hope in Tough Times
Tikender Singh Panwar
In tough times, when the secular fabric of the society in a country like India is being torn apart, is there a sign of hope? Mulk – a recently released Hindi film produced and directed by Anubhav Sinha is one of the signs of hope! There have been many reviews of the film. But, I ...
- Suspension on Writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Revoked
In a fresh development in the case of writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, the Jharkhand Government has decided to revoke his suspension and given his job back. A doctor by profession, he was posted at an Additional Primary Health Centre in Pakur at the time of his suspension.
Following the controversy around his book, The Adivasis Will ...
- August 15, 1947: When Indians were celebrating Independence, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was mourning
August 15, 1947 was a historical day in the eventful history of India. India got independence after a long and heroic struggle against the British colonial masters. India's independence was also a milestone in the on-going anti-imperialist liberation struggles world-over.
In India, all those who dreamt of an independent India and survived to see it happen, ...
- Red Fort Speech: You Forgot Jobs, Mr. Modi! And, Education
As expected, Prime Minister Modi’s customary speech on Independence Day was all about himself (he used ‘I’ and ‘my’ 208 times) and his govt.’s ‘achievements’ in the past four and a half years. But, sadly, that’s par for the course for prime ministers and other leaders, especially if an election is around the corner. It ...
- Massive Tel Aviv Protest Sees Palestinians and Jews in Solidarity against Nation-State Law
Passed last month, the law officially declared Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and, among other things, made Hebrew the singular national language. The move was appladued by Israel’s right-wing government, which praised it as finally affirming the “Jewish character” of Israel.
Critics, local and international, however, have criticized the law, saying it ...
- Two Young Girls from India and Pakistan Sing each other’s National Anthems
On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of Pakistan ( 14th August) and India (15th August), Members of the 25-year-old Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD) released a video on YouTube. The video has two young girls from Indi and Pakistan singing each other’s National Anthems.
The video titled "Two Nations, Two Anthems and ...
- Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply
Dr. Arshad M Khan
To be rational is to know that weather events cannot be causally related to climate change, although exacerbation is another issue. Yet when the news is full of record setting fires in California and Greece and Australia, temperature records tumbling, and typhoons and hurricanes relentless in their intensity, one might be forgiven for wondering.
Those who ...
- Ease of Living Index Not Portraying Living Conditions of People, Say Experts
In order to improve the image of Indian cities globally, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs recently released the Ease of Living index 2018, which measured the livability of people in 111 cities across the country. The index, claiming to measure cities based on a slew of exhaustive parameters, ranked Pune, Navi Mumabai and ...
- Meet Kruti R: One of the Female Voices of Yakshagana
Yakshagana is a traditional theatre art form that has been performed in in Karnataka and some parts of the other Southern states. Yakshagana combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques to stage the stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. Although there are many female characters represented in the play, Yakshagana traditionally does not have ...
- Kerala Rains Heaviest Since 1924 – Here Are Some Numbers
Most people in India would find it difficult to fathom how heavy the rainfall that has occurred in Kerala during this monsoon is. So here are some numbers.
Kerala, even in "normal" years, gets the highest amount of rainfall among all major States in India.
The average annual normal rainfall for Kerala is nearly 3000 millimeters – ...
- Is the Shooter Who Killed Kalburgi Arrested Already?
While interrogating Ganesh Miskin – a member of Hindu extremist group Sri Rama Sena, who was arrested in July on the suspicion of being the person who rode the motorcycle with Gauri Lankesh's assassin in the pillion – the Special investigation team has reportedly learnt that his recruiter, Amol Kale – the former convenor of ...
- The Unsung Heroism of Hausabai
It did not matter to him that he was attacking his wife in front of a police station. Hausabai Patil’s drunken husband began thrashing her mercilessly. “My back started to ache with all the beatings,” she recalls. “This was in front of the small police station at Bhavani Nagar .” But only two of ...
- Flavours of Ethnicity in North-East India
The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes of Love, Hate and Friendship is a personal memoir by Nandita Haksar, from her childhood during the Nehruvian era to the present. Haksar recounts her culinary journey, as a human rights activist and lawyer in search of answers to the fundamental political questions that hae arisen during recent contorversies over food— ...
- 15 August: Freedom from Hunger?
On this 72nd Independence Day of our India, while there will be the usual speeches and festivities, spare a thought to this shocking bit of news: average availability of food grains for every Indian has increased by 3.3% since 1961. Food grains includes wheat, rice, other cereals and pulses. Among these, per person availability of ...
- August 15th: Re-making India
On the 72nd Indian Independence Day, we bring to you a message by the people, for the people. About the India we don't want, and the India we want.
Free our farmers and workers from suffering.
The famous three wise monkeys who refuse to see, hear or speak any evil have been turned on their head. The ...
- 72 Years of Independence, and I am Still Waiting for my Freedom as a Woman
I am an Indian woman who is anxiously waiting for the day which marks the departure of the colonial masters. As an Indian, I am eagerly waiting for my Independence Day, but as a woman I confront a dilemma that, whether I am really free or still confined within the chains of patriarchy and masculine ...
- Audrey Truschke: “Aurangzeb is most in need of scholarly attention.”
The historian in conversation with Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta
In the latest edition of #WritersTalkPolitics, historian Audrey Truschke speaks to Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta, members of the Indian Writers' Forum. ICF had published an interview with Truschke earlier in which she gives her version of the events in Hyderabad, where her talk was cancelled. In this interview, she talks about her work on ...
- Cartoonist Satish Acharya Quits Mail Today Following Censorship
This cartoon by Satish Acharya’s was censored by the editors of the daily tabloid Mail Today. The cartoon cited China’s talons viscously spreading across South Asia. Acharya, in his website, said that the editors of Mail Today cited it as “Very defeatist and the China problem is being overplayed”.
Dwaipayan Bose, the editor of Mail Today, ...
- Different shades of Karunanidhi
In the 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, BJP lost deposit in all seats, barring three. Amidst the Modi wave in other parts of the country— which has even impregnated the previously unimaginable regions like Bengal— BJP lost deposits in 231 assembly segments of Tamil Nadu. If there is one contribution of Karunanidhi which stands out, ...
- Observances of National Scientific Temper Day
All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) Statement
20th August 2018 is being observed as National Scientific Temper Day in honour of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, anti-superstition campaigner and champion of scientific temper, who was killed in an act of premeditated murder by right-wing communal extremist forces, on this day five years ago in 2013. Several similar shocking murders were committed over the next several ...
- Caste Violence: Dalit Youth Killed in Meerut
On the night of August 8, Rohit, a 17-year old Dalit along with two other Dalit youths were beaten and abused by Thakurs during a Kanwar Yatra in Modinagar town. Next day morning, when Devendra, Rohit’s father, along with a couple of others went to reason about the incident, they were all stopped and beaten up. ...
- Villagers and activists allege fake encounter on adivasis in Sukma by security forces
On August 6, mainstream newspapers across the country reported that 15 “Naxals” were killed in an “encounter with security forces” near Sukma in Chhattisgarh. The news also reported that two others “including a senior cadre and an injured woman rebel” were held after a “gun battle” with the security forces.
As per the reports that appeared, the “firing” ...
- मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
झमा-झम नदियों से निकले केमिकल का ऊफ़ान, रे
पेस्टिसायड पी-पी कर आत्महत्या करे किसान, रे
हस्पतालों में होता नन्हें बच्चों का बलिदान, रे
अडानी अम्बानी की भैय्या खूब चली दुकान, रे
अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
एस.इ.ज़ेड. से मिल रहा है प्रगती का प्रमाण, रे
गाँव-गाँव उद्योगी कूड़े का बनता पीकदान, रे
झुग्गी हटा कर बनेगा स्टेडीयम आलीशान, रे
बाबू ले गया बाढ़ के पैसे, खबर ना कानों कान, रे
अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
कॉल सेंटर में शॉन के नाम से बोलता अपना शान, रे
होम लोन से जुटा लेगा निजी फ़्लैट या मकान, रे
बिल्डरों ने धरती काटी, किया सब का कल्याण, रे
कहाँ गए जंगल सारे, तू मत हो हैरान, रे
अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
गोल्डन क्वाड्रिलैटरल का सपना देखें मंत्री प्रधान, रे
नदियों को जोड़ने का देते हैं फ़रमान, रे
नया युग है नयी दिशा है, तू बुरा मत मान ,रे
अब तो रामलीला में भी होता आइटम नम्बर गान, रे
अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
- “I thought I was moving to a platform where you can raise issues”
Sevanti Ninan on Harivansh’s career
The former journalist who has just become Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha explained earlier this year why he decided to shift from journalism to politics.
Because, “whatever great journalism you do, the system does not change”. His paper exposed several scams, including the fodder scam. It did great investigative journalism, but there was no systemic change.
Now, he said, he ...
- Umar Khalid Attacked in Delhi’s VIP Zone: Eyewitnesses Say He Was Fired On, Cops Deny Claim
The Citizen Bureau
An alleged attempt was made on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid’s life in the heart of New Delhi, on Rafi Marg, just outside the Constitution Club. Scheduled to speak at a meeting inside, he was having tea with a few friends when he was reportedly approached by a man who pushed him, and ...
- Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak
The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with ...
- Statement of Solidarity with the Protesters in Bangladesh
Editorial Collective, Indian Cultural Forum
The editorial collective of the Indian Cultural Forum stands in solidarity with the protesting students in Bangladesh. The students have every right to express their concern for road safety measures, especially after two students, Abdul Karim and Dia Khanon Mim of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School were run down by a private bus in Dhaka ...
- We will not be Silenced: The Writers’ Protest Continues
Statement from the Indian Writers' Forum
Once again, the current establishment has manufactured “charges” against those who speak up to divert attention from urgent issues. The former President of the Sahitya Akademi, Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, has claimed on troll media that the writers who protested against growing intolerance by returning their awards in 2015 were part of a “political conspiracy”.
Rather than ...
- August 2018
- The Verdict by Bama Translated by Malini Seshadri
The Verdict by Bama Translated by Malini Seshadri
- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Protest in J&K, Demand Salaries as per the 7th Pay Commission
However, the teachers, who have served the department for over 16 years are no longer being recognised as state employees due to administrative loopholes. After recruiting the SSA teachers instead of filling up vacancies of master grade employees or head teachers, the government decided to promote the in-service SSA primary school teachers to the upper ...
- India- A Cruel Paradox of Rising GDP and Low Social Development
C R Sridhar
The testosterone levels of the well-heeled in India goes on overdrive when there are reports from foreign sources extolling the virtues of India’s rising GDP. In a report titled “The World in 2050,” consulting firm PwC projects that “India’s GDP would exceed US GDP in purchasing power parity terms by 2040 (purchasing power parity accounts ...
- Letter from Germany Condemning the Arrest of Dr. Shahidul Alam
Friends of Shahidul Alam and Academy of the Arts of the World/Cologne
- Letter from the Students of GKCIET, Malda, Pleading Solidarity with their Movement Demanding the Right to Affiliation and Recognition
We, the students of Ghani Khan Chowdhury Institute of Engineering and Technology (GKCIET), Malda, West Bengal, are writing to you today with the hope that you, can help us at this desperate hour., We are students of an institution who have been misled and abandoned by the very people who were tasked with looking out ...
- Rahman Abbas: “I condemn the statement of former President of Sahitya Academy Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari and it hurts me.”
Rahman Abbas is a novelist who writes both in Urdu and English. He was targeted by Islamists following the publication of his first novel, Nakhalistan Ki Talash, which they termed obscene. His novels, Hide and Seek in the Shadow of God (2011) and Rohzin (2017), have been widely acclaimed.
Rahman Abbas responds to the recent comment by Vishwanath Prasad Tiwary ...
- Hindutva’s Henchmen: Revelations Made by the SIT Probe into Gauri Lankesh Murder
Not many of us in Karnataka have spoken about it. We do not know how much and in what detail the news from here appears in the media in the other states. August 30 will be the third anniversary of Prof. M. M. Kalburgi’s assassination and soon after, September 5 will mark the first anniversary ...
- Audrey Truschke: “The cancellation of my lecture is an indication of shrinking spaces for rational thought in public discourse in India.”
Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta in conversation with the historian
In the latest editon of #WritersTalkPolitics historian Audrey Truschke speaks to Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta, members of the editorial collective of the Indian Writers' Forum. In this excerpt from the entire conversation, Trushke presents her version of the events that transpired in Hyderabad. She was invited by the Krishnakriti Foundation in collaboration with History ...
- Damodar Mauzo: “Indian writers have always stood by their right to freedom of expression…”
Damodar Mauzo, an eminent Konkani writer in Goa who returned his Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015, has been protesting the growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country in the form of assassinations of rationalists, writers, and journalists, as well as lynchings in the name of cow protection. A joint statement of Sahitya Akademi Award winning writers from Goa, termed ...
- Statement of IIT Bombay Students Against Invitation of Narendra Modi in Convocation
As IIT Bombay students, we are proud that this institution has now stepped in its Diamond Jubilee year and has occupied a prominent place among the other well-known institutes of learning in this world. However, invitation of Mr. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, as a guest of honour in the convocation of this ...
- Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak
The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with ...
- Over 45,000 Farm and Labour Activists Court Arrest in Their ‘Jail Bharo’ Stir
The organisers of Kisan Long March came through with their promises when they organised a ‘Jail Bharo’ stir in Maharashtra on August 9.
All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and CPI related Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) claim to have succeeded in their mission to fill jails and demand better actions and relief for farmers, removal ...
- Activists and Academicians Condemn Violence Against Students and Journalists in Bangladesh
More than 60 Bangladeshi activists, academicians from universities across the world, lawyers and artists have issued a signed statement condemning the Bangladeshi government’s crackdown on student protesters and “illegal abduction” of the 63-year-old renowned photographer and social activist, Shahidul Alam.
In another statement issued by Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler and Vijay Prashad, ...
- Tea Garden Workers Break the Jinx of Identity and Communal Politics
Against an oppressive state machinery and vile attempts to diffuse the class movement in the North Bengal , tea garden workers took the lead in the state to deliver a blow to the aspirations of the ruling class, as their 72-hour strike for wages according to the Minimum Wages Act, reached a pinnacle. Cutting across political affiliations, about ...
- Silicosis Patients Protest in Jaipur Over Denial of Compensation
Over 1000 men and women sat quietly at Shahid Smarak in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Aug 8, with a piece of white paper announcing their identity. The paper is a death warrant of their certain and imminent death due to silicosis; a disease they caught at their workplace.
According to data collected by a team of Suchna ...
- Statement from the Bangladeshi Civil Society
Statement from the Bangladeshi Civil Society
24 Sraban 1425/8 August 2018
Over the past week or so school children and university students in Bangladesh have been demanding road safety, rule of law and justice. It has been reported that in the presence of the police, members of the student and youth wings of the ruling Awami League, the Bangladesh Chattra League and ...
- Audrey Truschke’s Talk Cancelled Following Threats
Well known South Asian history scholar Audrey Truschke has cancelled her talk in Hyderabad following threats from Right-wing extremists. Her talk titled “Unpopular Stories: Narrating the Indo-Islamic Past and Navigating Present-day Prejudices” was scheduled for the 11 August. The talk was organised by Krishnakriti Foundation.
The venue of the talk had already been shifted twice by ...
- No Substantial Outcome of AMMA Meeting with WCC
The much awaited meeting between the Association of Malayalam Movie actors (AMMA) and the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) members was held on August 7, in Kochi. The AMMA and WCC members- Revathy, Padmapriya, and Parvathy were also a part of the meeting. The meeting was called by AMMA secretary Edavela Babu, in response to the letter ...
- The 2017 Assam Lynchings
In response to hate crimes across India, manifested through the recent lynchings in the name of religion, a group of volunteers led by Harsh Mander travelled across eight states in India to unite against hate crimes. They called it the Karwan e Mohabbat or Caravan of Love. The book Reconciliation Karwan E Mohabbat’s Journey of ...
- Editors Guild Decries Government’s ‘Orwellian’ Censorship Attempts
The Editors Guild of India condemns the manner in which the right to practise free and independent journalism is seen to be undermined by a combination of forces – some media owners’ inability to withstand political covert or overt pressures from the political establishment and frequent instances of blocking or interference in the transmission ...
- Over 250 Photographers, Artists, Journalists and Activists Demand Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam
Free Shahidul Alam
Over 250 photographers, Artists, Journalists and activists including:
Ram Rahman, Vivan Sundaram, Parthiv Shah, Pushpamala N., Raghu Rai, Devika Daulet-Singh, Pablo Bartholomew, Prashant Panjiar, Dinesh Khanna, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kalat, Krishen Khanna, Ravi Aggarwal and Gauri Gill, have issued a statement demanding Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam’s immediate release. The statement with is as follows:
In a shocking ...
- Celebrate Mandal Day with Introspection
Vidya Bhushan Rawat
Today is a historic day and must be celebrated by all those who believe in social justice. On this day in 1990, the then Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh accepted the recommendations of the Mandal Commission Report in Parliament. The hero of the nation, a man of great integrity in his own personal life, V ...
- JNUTA To Hold Referendum On The Rejection Of HEFA Loans And Removal of JNU VC On August 7
As per the unanimous mandate given by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association’s (JNUTA) General Body Meeting (GBM) held on 24th July 2018, the JNUTA Executive will be organizing a referendum on 7th August 2018 where the collective opinion of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) teachers will be ascertained on the following two questions:
Should the JNU ...
- Palestine: Freedom or a loaf of bread?
Jafar M Ramini
Many a pundit, commentator or analyst witnessing what has been going on in Palestine for the last hundred years can draw parallels between our situation and that of Apartheid South Africa and/or the liberation movement in Algiers. Though there are similarities with our cause in the struggle for freedom in both those countries there are ...
- Are We Indians, Or Just Muslims
This is a question that everyone has to ask themselves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he keeps silent about the assault and attacks on Muslims across the country, the brutal lynchings, the hate filled statements. Congress president Rahul Gandhi when he seeks meetings with just Muslim intellectuals. Asaduddin Owaisi when he speaks of the Muslims ...
- The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
“Ahab is forever Ahab, man. This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me billion years before this ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.”
– Herman Melville, Moby Dick
“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, ...
- Number of Govt. Jobs Gradually Decreasing, A Trend After NDA Came To Power
There are about twenty four lakh government jobs lying vacant with both the central and state governments and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, asks,“Where are the jobs?” The present regime’s track record with employment specifically in government sector is significant to understand the ...
- Bangladesh Government Unleashes Violence on Youth Demanding Road Safety
Dhaka, Bangladesh is witnessing massive students’ protests over issues of road safety and the killing of students in road accidents. However, widespread reports especially accessed on social media, reportedly suggest that the Government of Bangladesh with its police and other informal institutions such as its students’ wing has unleashed a bloodied war on its youth ...
- “The hierarchy of languages is a peculiarly Indian situation…”
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In the latest in our series of interviews for Writers Talk Politics, we speak to the poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. Mehrotra writes in English, and has translated Prakrit poems from the Gāthā Saptaśatī, and Kabir's dohas into English. He began writing his own poems in English in the 1960s at the height of the ...
- Police Interrogates Filmmaker Divya Bharathi Again Over Her Second Documentary
Filmmaker Divya Bharathi’s second documentary Oratharum Varela (Nobody Came) landed in trouble soon after she released the trailer on YouTube on June 28 this year. The film is dedicated “to the hundreds of fish workers drowned at deep sea due to the government’s wilful neglect in Ockhi cyclone”. Earlier in July, the director’s house was searched by ...
- Remembering Hiroshima
Today, 6th of August 2018, marks 73 years since the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. After the unsuccessful “Fat Man” and “Thin Man” bombs, Little Boy was developed at the Manhattan Project with Robert Oppenheimer at its helm. Little Boy, as we now know, wasn’t very little after all. It left 1,35,000 bodies ...
- Muzaffarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities
Syed Ali Mujtaba
The horrifying news from a state sponsored shelter home at Muzaffarpur town in Bihar has lowered the national esteem beyond imagination. All over the country, there has been shocking and dismay at this shameful news. No one believed that even such kind of ghastly act can take place in a state run shelter home.
Now, when ...
- Assassin’s Creed: Hindutva-supporters’ Network Planned Several More Killings
The investigations into the assassination of rationalist and anti-Hindutva voices— Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh— has produced clear evidence in the form of diaries, documents, gun forensics, and statements of participants, that a five state network of like-minded hardcore Hindutva supporters exists and has been actively planning the physical ...
- Finding Common Ground: In Conversation with Kumkum Sangari
Finding Common Ground: In Conversation with Kumkum Sangari
- Why Sanathan Sanstha’s Allegation is Redundant
Dakshinayan Abhiyan hosted a three-day event in Margao, Goa from the 18 November. The event was joined by writers, poets, academicians, activists and artists from 11 states of the country. Representing the diversity of India, the stage was shared by all to exalt freedom of speech, oppose absolutism, and promote democracy. To mark their presence ...
- Kis Kis ko Qaid Karoge: United Protest Programme at Parliament Street, Delhi
Campaign Against State Repression on Rights Activists
The protest programme at Parliament Street in Delhi by Campaign Against State Repression on Rights Activists saw the participation of over four thousand people from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and all other parts of the country. The programme was presided by Professor G Haragopal. Justice BG ...
- Writers Respond to CJI Dipak Misra’s Observation in Favour of S.Hareesh
The Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, while hearing a petition for a ban on the Malayalam novel Meesha by S Hareesh, observed that “the culture of banning books directly impacts the flow of ideas”. The court has asked for the publisher to produce a translated copy of the novel, and has reserved orders on the case.
With the ...
- Sahitya Akademi Responds, Condemns Threats to Writers
Sahitya Akademi has responded to the threats to writers such as Damodar Mauzo and S Hareesh, after the Indian Writers’ Forum sent a letter signed by 26 writers, urging the Akademi to take action. In an email sent to the Indian Writers’ Forum, the Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi, K Srinivasarao said, “The Akademi has ...
- Interrogating the Silence Around the Partition of India
Daniya Rahman in conversation with Alok Sarin and Sanjeev Jain
The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India has been collated and edited by Alok Sarin, practising Clinical Psychiatrist at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi and Sanjeev Jain, Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. The book tries to bring together the issues of partitioning and dividing the ...
- Nation-wide Shutdown Against Rape Culture Marks Women’s Month in South Africa
On Wednesday, South Africa witnessed a nation-wide shut down against the increasing gender-based violence. Tens of thousands of women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people marched across the country demanding an end to rape culture and gender-based violence. Chanting ‘enough is enough’ and ‘my body is not a crime scene’, they marched through various cities.
Marches were ...
- JNUTA Gives a Call ‘JNU VC Must Go!’, To Hold a Referendum on August 7
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA), in its General Body Meeting (GBM), held on 24 July 2018, decided on its future course of action as the monsoon semester of the university has started. The GBM “took note of the serious developments that have taken place in the university since the current vice chancellor, Prof. ...
- Letter Sent to the President of the Sahitya Akademi
Indian Writers' Forum
Dear Dr. Chandrasekhara Kambara,
President, Sahitya Akademi,
It is with a sense of considerable anxiety and dismay that we who belong to the community of writers, a community which holds fast to democratic and secular values enshrined in our constitution, have noticed recent developments relating to writers. We are specifically pointing to the news that Konkani writer ...
- “Those who could not counter ideas with an idea killed Pansare and Dabholkar”: Dr Avinash Patil
The activist in conversation with Amit Sengupta
In an exclusive interview with Newsclick, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti President Dr Avinash Patil speaks about how his organisation has continued the war against superstitions. The organisation was established by Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed for running a campaign to end unscientific beliefs. According to Dr Patil, the killers are the ones who are ...
- Ahed Tamimi is Finally Free After Eight Months in an Israeli Jail
Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenage girl who was jailed for eight months by Israel for slapping and shoving Israeli soldiers outside her home in Nabi Saleh village, was released on Sunday after the completion of her prison sentence. 17-year-old Ahed was taken along with her mother, Nariman Tamimi, who was also in prison for a similar time, ...
- Boundaries of Displacement
Following is an extract from the chapter Return, Presence, Absence of Shakeel Anjum's book, Politics of Space and the Question of Palestine. The work is an attempt to look at the problematiques of the spatial representations of violent geographies in the autobiographical works of Israeli and Palestinian writers— Amos Oz, Raja Shehadeh and Mourid Barghouti.
Writing and Resistance: Cartographies of Becoming
- Lawyers and Activists Condemn Uttar Kannada Activist Ajit Nayak’s Murder
Three days after the murder of activist- lawyer Ajit Nayak in, Dandeli, the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka the state police are yet to ascertain the reason behind the murder and the culprits are still unidentified.
Ajit Nayak was killed on the night of July 27 when he was heading home from office. The incident has ...
- “No one can curb my right to speech,” says Konkani Writer Damodar Mauzo
It has been four years since the BJP government came into power and writers, intellectuals, rationalists have perhaps never received more threats than in the last four years. Most recently, the Goa based Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo has been provided with special security after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) reported his name in the hit ...
- Appeal to Participate in the Email Drive Against the HECI Bill, 2018
As the monsoon session of the Parliament progresses, the possibility of the HECI Draft Bill being tabled before our legislators becomes more and more eminent. On 27 June, the Human Resources Development Ministry of the Government of India announced that it would repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act and introduce a new regulatory body for higher ...
- Two Female Protesters Beaten Up by Police for Showing Black Flag to Amit Shah
The Uttar Pradesh Police is facing flak for allegedly manhandling and beating two female students of Allahabad University, who waved black flags in front of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah's cavalcade in Allahabad, reportedly. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
On friday, the BJP president was in Sangam ...
- Three Etchings on Paper by Kedar Namdas
Three Etchings on Paper by Kedar Namdas
- Palestinian Writer is Being Interrogated in an Inhuman Manner
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said on Wednesday said that the Palestinian journalist-writer Lama Khater, arrested by Israeli forces early on Tuesday morning, is being interrogated in a brutal, inhuman manner. According to them, Ms. Khater is being held at the Israeli prison Ashkelon.
The PPC, in a statement on Facebook, said that its lawyer, Firas Al-Sabbah visited ...
- There is a Portentous Rage in Sumeet Samos
There is a portentous rage in Sumeet Samos and he has successfully become one of the distinct voices in the Indian Rap music. Subverting the dominant cultural assumptions, Samos steers away from the mindless piecing together of words for the audience to just dance away to and, instead, carefully composes his work with a conscious ...
- How a peaceful dalit demonstration led to charges of sedition
Bhagana is a village in the Hisar district of Haryana, located about 15 kilometres away from the district headquarter. Jats comprise around 60 per cent of the population in the village and the Scheduled Castes comprise around 30.9 per cent of the population.1 In May 2012 the Dalits in Bhagana experienced a social boycott by the ...
- Dr. Kamala Sohonie: Entry of Women to the Indian Institute of Science
H S Anupama
Bengaluru may now be known as an IT and BT city. But, even before that, city was a thriving centre of academic and scientific research and its institutions drew much attention. An important institute that put the the city on the world map was the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISC), established in 1909; one of ...
- Ahmedabad Police Launch Midnight Attack on OBC Locality, Torch Vehicles, Beat Women, Men Mercilessly
The Citizen Bureau
Just after midnight a huge posse of policemen attacked Chharanagar, torched vehicles, barged into homes by breaking down doors, and beat whoever they could lay their hands on mercilessly. An old 75 year old paralysed woman also did not escape the cops, some in uniform others not, who threw her off her bed and punched ...
- IAPL Condemns Recent Incidents of “Lynching” by Lawyers
The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the recent attack by lawyers on those accused of a child rape within the Madras High Court premises on 17th July 2018. This act of the officers of the Bar is not an isolated incident and has been witnessed in 2016 in the Patiala Court in Delhi and ...
- So Much Media yet so Little Media
An audio message from former PM Nawaz Sharif in jail was released hours before campaigning for Pakistan’s election ended on July 24 His deep set voice was heard appealing in chaste Urdu to his supporters and voters in Pakistan: “My daughter Maryam and I are in jail to defend your vote – give us such ...
- PEN South India and PEN Delhi Stand with Writer S Hareesh
PEN South-India and PEN-Delhi note with extreme distress the harassment and silencing of Malayalam writer S Hareesh in Kerala. Hareesh’s new novel, Meesa (Moustache), was being serialised in the leading weekly magazine Mathrubhumi. As its third chapter was published, members of the Yoga Kshema Sabha declared that a conversation in the chapter between two men ...
- Is This Azaadi?
Dalit agricultural labourers' struggle for food
…the underclass in Muktidih is hopelessly on the margins of survival because of its limited access to the necessities of life, including food, clothing and shelter. One of my informants, …, insightfully stated that even insects were more capable of coping with their needs than were members of his class. This is a corollary of a ...
- A Hidden Potential of Contemporary Dalit Uprisings
Today, Indian politics is going through a particular kind of change, especially in the area of politics of uprising. Indian politics has long history of uprising, better to say, India emerged as an independent nation with the Naval Uprising of 1946, a forgotten page of Indian history. Indian democracy has sustained for more than 70 ...
- Kumkum Sangari looks back at Recasting Women — the landmark book on gender
The academic in conversation with Pragati Mohapatra
In the second part of a conversation with Pragati Mohapatra, who teaches at Indraprastha College for Women, Kumkum Sangari looks back at her book Recasting Women, which she co-edited with Sudesh Vaid. Mohapatra asks how Sangari would have approached this project if she had to do this now. Sangari answers that she would have given ...
- Rise of the Gau Rakshaks: Mob Rule under Modi Rule?
The incidents of cow vigilantism have risen alarmingly since Modi led BJP govt came to power. Of the 140 incidents that took place between 2016 and now, 125 occurred in 14 states ruled by the BJP. Not only is the center silent on the killings, BJP leaders have been seen supporting the accused in lynchings. The Supreme ...
- Are We Journalists, or Just Women Journalists?
The Indian Women's Press Corps, an august body promoting segregation in a profession that can only function effectively without, is in the midst of deep conflict. Currently. Why? Because of an interaction with Congress president Rahul Gandhi with over 50, some say 100, women journalists held at the India International Centre amidst deep secrecy.
The Congress ...
- After Eminent Malayalam Writers Support S Hareesh, Writers in Other Languages also Come Out in His Support
Writers from across languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and English have come out in support of S Hareesh, the 2018 Kerala Sahitya Akademi winner who withdrew his novel following attacks from certain Hindu right-wing groups in Kerala.
Hareesh’s novel Meesha was being published serially in Mathrubhumi. After three instalments had been published, ...
- “Hum wahan hain jahan se humko bhi kuch hamari khabar nahi aati”
Daniya Rahman & Lourdes M Supriya
Khan: Hum wahan hain jahan se humko bhi kuch hamari khabar nahi aati
Husain: Hum kaun hain, hain ya nahi hain, ye zer-e-bahas nahi hai, aap sirf iss baat pe tawajjah dijiye ki Qissa Urdu ki Aakhri Kitab ka, Ibne Insha ne likhi hai
Khan: Lekn wo toh marr gaye
Husain: Arre, phir toh maamla saaf ho gaya.
- What Can We Do To Avert ‘Lynchistan’? A People’s Movement
Recounting the recent horrors that India has witnessed — in the form of mob lynchings of innocent citizens — senior journalist Nikhil Wagle discusses where to pin the responsibility in a country where the accused of such crimes are still let go and police are reluctant to act against the perpetrators. He looks at the ways Indians ...
- Israeli Massacres Continue, 5 Palestinians Killed in Gaza and West Bank
The Israeli military on Monday killed a teenager in the West Bank and on Friday caused the deaths of four Palestinians in Gaza,marking more assaults in Israel’s most significant escalation of violence since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.
Arkan Thaer Mizhar, 15, was shot dead at a refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday morning. The incident took place at the ...
- “Anti-national” Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Show Cancelled by Baroda University After Alumni Complains
Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat's Baroda cancelled a sold out show by prominent comedian Kunal Kamra, after it received a complaint from a group of alumni alleging that he has mimicked the national anthem and holds anti-national views about the government. The show was scheduled to take place on August 11, at the CC Mehta Auditorium within the campus ...
- The Justice of Eating (Of Swami Agnivesh and the Politics of Food)
I have known Swami Agnivesh from the days of the Emergency; he always looked tall, handsome and in control dressed in his resplendent saffron robes of a Hindu ascetic. Once at a meeting when I started speaking in English he scolded me and said :you know Hindi, speak in your own language.” On another occasion ...
- Writers against Self-censorship
Statement from the Indian Writers' Forum
The thugs policing our cultural fraternity have struck again. In response to the violent threats against his family, Malayalam writer S Hareesh has now withdrawn his novel Meesa (Moustache) being serialised by Mathrubhumi, stating that he will publish it when “the climate is congenial”.
Meesa is the first novel written by Hareesh, winner of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi ...
- दलित बहुजन दृष्टिकोण और महिषासुर विमर्श
ब्रिज रंजन मणि
भारतीय इतिहास के संबंध में कई अधूरे और परस्पर विरोधी दृष्टिकोण मौजूद हैं, जो कि दो मुख्य श्रेणियों में बांटे जा सकते हैं – ब्राह्मणवादी दृष्टिकोण और दलित-बहुजन दृष्टिकोण। इस लंबे विभाजन की वास्तविकता अभिजात्य वर्ग के उस प्रचलित व प्रभावी विमर्श से एकदम भिन्न है, जो कि अनेक तरीकों से अगड़ी जातियों के हितों ...
- Supreme Court supports women’s right to enter Sabarimala Temple
The Article 15 of the Indian Constitution prohibits discrimination against any person or community, be it on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth. This is what a Supreme Court bench — chaired by CJI Dipak Misra, and comprising of five senior SC judged — reiterated during a hearing of the Indian ...
- Writ Petition on Women’s Entry into Sabrimala
- Two Significant Victories Against the Destructive Moves by MHRD
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has amended certain problematic sections of the draft bill that proposed to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). As reported by Hindustan Times, MHRD has received over 6000 suggestions, and even though the deadline for submitting suggestions to MHRD is July 20, the draft ...
- Two Poems by Shanta Acharya
Two Poems by Shanta Acharya
- Attack on Swami Agnivesh Not an Aberration, It is the New Normal
Sifting through hundreds of pages of data collected by young student interns for the 4 year report ‘Dismantling India’ released last week in Delhi, the image which came to my mind was of a huge multi-layered jigsaw puzzle, designed and crafted by experts to the minutest detail with lakhs of Lilliputians carrying various pieces of ...
- Students of Manipur Unite to Fight Against Oppressive Forces
Students of Manipur University protesting since 30th May, on 50th day called for state-wide protests on 17th July. Several organisations gave call for rotest in Delhi on 18th July.
Under pressure, Manipur state government approached MHRD to set up probe panel. Protestors rejected it claiming it is being headed by UGC and MHRD officials considered to ...
- A New Violent Culture Getting Legitimacy Under the Current Regime
Watch Ashok Vajpayi talk on the "Culture of Darkness" in a recent meeting organised by the editors of the report Dismantling India: A Four Years Report, published by Media House. He talks about what makes the recent spate in violence unique: this is the first time in independent India's history that the government is encouraging violence by ...
- Women Respond to Madras HC Judgement: Father’s Name not Required in Birth Certificates
In a landmark judgment, the Madras High Court ruled that writing the father’s name is not mandatory in birth certificates.
The judgement came after Ms Madhumita Ramesh filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court against the Tiruchi Municipal Corporation (TMC). The petitioner had undergone intrauterine insemination after her divorce and gave birth to a ...
- Ex-GOI Secretary criticises government’s move over DNA profiling bill
E A S Sarma, who previously served as Secretary to the Government of India, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, exhorting him to reconsider the Central Government’s plans to introduce a bill regarding DNA-based technology to be used for the DNA profiling of Indian citizens.
Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet approved the DNA Technology ...
- Parliament: What About Farmers, Workers, and Jobs?
The famous three wise monkeys who refuse to see, hear or speak any evil have been turned on their head. The Indian Parliament which begins its 18-day monsoon session today (18 July) has nothing on the agenda for millions of farmers and workers of the country. Don’t look at them, don’t hear them, don’t talk ...
- “The struggle will continue”: Swami Agnivesh From Hospital Bed
The Citizen Bureau
New Delhi/Ranchi: “This (attacks) will happen as the fascist forces are trying to consolidate themselves, they do not care about the rule of law,” Swami Agnivesh told The Citizen from the ICU ward in a hospital in Ranchi. He insisted, however, he was well but has had difficulty breathing with possible internal injuries after he ...
- Lenin and the Myths –a ‘Tajik’ tale
Those were the years that followed the Bolshevik Revolution. Tales of Lenin was spreading faster than the Soviet itself was. Historians given to anti-Communist propaganda have since kept on insisting that the USSR was formed by military force – by warfare unleashed by the Red Army. However, tales, anecdotes and narratives that speak to the ...
- Supreme Court Issues Preventive, Remedial, and Punitive Directions Regarding Mob Lynchings
The Supreme Court today directed the Union Government to take preventive, punitive and remedial measures to tackle the rising problem of mob lynching. To this effect, the Court issued directions under the same three heads. However, the pertinent question here is whether the lynch mobs can actually be deterred? The limitation to the Court's scope ...
- सावधान! टीवी स्टूडियो में पहुंच गई है मॉब लिंचिंग… ख़तरनाक हो सकता है टीवी चैनल पर, मुसलमान नाम के साथ, हिंदू राष्ट्र पर बहस में हिस्सा लेना
बतौर एक लेखक और थियेटर कर्मी मैं लगातार धार्मिक कट्टरता, धर्मांध राष्ट्रवाद, धर्म आधारित निजी कानूनों के नाम पर महिलाओं के उत्पीड़न और दलितों के खिलाफ हिंसा का पुरजोर विरोध करता आया हूं। इसके लिए मुझे अनेक बार निशाना बनाया गया, अपशब्दों से नवाज़ा गया, गाली-गलौज और धमकियां दी गईं और मेरी खिल्ली उड़ाई गई। ...
- Kaagaz ke Phool: 59 Years Later
Shoma A Chatterji
Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) is one of the most moving self-reflexive films made in India. It is a fine and subtle tribute to the glorious days of the studio era, using its history from about the 1930s to the 1940s as its backdrop. An early shot in the film reveals Suresh leaning from the balcony ...
- The HECI Bill: Liquidating the State’s Stake in Higher Education
There is no denying that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has failed to discharge its obligations towards higher education. However, the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill, which proposes to replace the UGC with a new Commission is far from being the answer. The Bill, if implemented, will vest more powers in the Union ...
- The Systematic Persecution of Rationalists
As rationalists, we are long used to attacks from religious fundamentalists of all tinges, trades and callings! We were labelled as anti-Christians when we opposed the evangelical healers; anti-Muslims when we criticised people like Zakir Naik; and now the Hindutva brigade has set their evil eyes upon us. Be it the vicious trolling on web ...
- Artist Alone
T M Krishna
To create and materialize experience in its most vulnerable, intangible form, so that it becomes an integral part of our being long after ‘the moment’ has passed, is the spell that an artist conjures. The artist does not cheat, distract, or delude, on the other hand, creates a pathway for humanity to feel within and ...
- Madras High Court Judgement on Father’s Name Optional in Birth Certificate
- The Story Behind the 1970 Rolling Stone Story of Jean Genet and the Black Panthers
This is a story by Langdon Winner, who is known for his articles on technology, science, and society. He is the author of Autonomous Technology, a study of the idea of "technology-out-of-control" in modern social thought, The Whale and The Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, and editor of Democracy ...
- Rediscovering the Calligraphers of Hyderabad
Calligraphy is a craft. It involves designing alphabets and drawing them by hand with the use of broad tip instruments like qalams (a pen made of dried reed or bamboo), brushes, metallic pens dipped in ink.
The legacy of handcrafted scripts goes back to ancient times. Before the invention of paper, calligraphers would draw on materials such ...
- The Increasingly Insidious Use of Section 353
Journalists in Palghar, a tribal-dominated district roughly 80 Kms from Mumbai, are incensed at the arrest of two of their colleagues ten days ago on charges of obstructing public servants on duty (Section 353 of the Indian Penal Code). They believe that the increasingly aggressive police action is to serve warning to the public for ...
- “I will continue my work regardless of what Mr. Goswami says”: Sudha Bharadwaj
In conversation with the PUCL National Secretary
PUCL National Secretary and visiting professor at NLU, Sudha Bharadwaj, talks to Newsclick about the recent allegations Republic TV made against her of being an urban Naxal. She also discusses the long drawn conflict in Chhattisgarh and how illegal land acquisitions and extrajudicial killings are adding fuel to the fire in the state.
- जाति के प्रश्न पर कबीर
दलित-विमर्श ने कबीर को अपना प्रतीक बनाया है। कबीर की कविता दलित-विमर्श के सिद्धांतकारों और चिंतकों को राह दिखाने वाली मालूम पड़ती है। उन्होंने कबीर-साहित्य की पुनर्व्यख्या की है तथा पुरानी व्याख्याओं की अनेक महत्त्वपूर्ण मान्यताओं/स्थापनाओं को ख़ारिज भी किया है। कबीर को प्रेरणा-स्रोत के रूप में स्थापित किया गया है। उनसे जुड़ी हिंदू और ...
- What is it with Tagore?
What is it with Tagore? Asked Philip Nikolayev, one of the most innovative poets I have had the fortune to be acquainted with. A Russian American poet and translator, Philip Nikolayev is credited with the invention of the exquisite technique of the ‘immured sonnet’ which I am particularly fond of.
Before I try to respond to ...
- CBI to File Closure Report in Najeeb’s Case? Says Followed Court Orders but Discovered No Leads
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on July 12, admitted in the Delhi High Court that it has not been able to find any leads in tracing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing for over a year.
The lawyer for the CBI in his opening statement claimed that the agency had ...
- Sunflower by Sharankumar Limbale, Translated by Priya Adarkar
Sunflower by Sharankumar Limbale, Translated by Priya Adarkar
- Forest movement leaders Sukalo and Kismatiya still untraceable
It was the second hearing of the Habeas Corpus Petition filed for the release of Forest rights movement leader Sukalo Gond and Forest Rights Committee (FRC) secretary Kismatiya Gond from illegal incarceration, and both couldn’t be traced and weren’t produced in the court either.
In a startling ‘disclosure,’ the Uttar Pradesh (UP) state government said that ...
- Challenging the “Miniscule Minority” Tag by the Supreme Court in 2013
“The whole problem before Your Lordships is human condition” argued Ashok H Desai, a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court, questioning the constitutionality of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). On July 11, 2018, the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, representing the Union Government in the Court and unveiling its stand on Section ...
- S Durga is a nuanced portrayal of everyday harassment
Lourdes M Supriya
“Most people who come to watch S Durga come to see what the controversy is all about, who is the sexy Durga in the film.” Sanal Sasidharan said after a screening of the movie at the 9th Jagram Film Festival in New Delhi on 30 June, 2018. According to the filmmaker, the movie has had ...
- “No writer should accept awards from any religious fundamentalist organisation”: Paul Zacharia
The writer in conversation with ICF Team
Sahitya Akademi Award winning writer Paul Zacharia recently courted controversy when speaking at an event organised in honour of the eminent Malayalam writer and cartoonist, O V Vijayan, in Palakkad, Kerala. Zacharia raised objection to the late writer (who is best remembered for his novel Khasakinte Itihasam) accepting the Sanjayan Puraskaram from Thapasya Art and ...
- ‘O country of stones!’
And the poetry that springs from their confluence
Is my only introduction’
That is how Suyash Kamble describes himself in the introduction to a collection of his poems that he is putting together. At the age of 20, he has already written 400 of them, their powerful words speaking of his anger and anguish, his ...
- BJP Government Plans to Set up Vedic Education Board
Talks of establishing a Vedic Education Board and promoting Sanskrit (against all logic) have resurfaced this year. The government is seeking to provide opportunities of higher education and employment to those who have passed out from the Ved Vidyalayas (Vedic Schools), by making their Ved Bhushan and Ved Vibhushan qualifications equivalent to class 10 and ...
- Signatures Pour in on Letter Urging Harvard University to Withdraw Minister Sinha’s Alumni Status
The Citizen Bureau
Signatures are pouring in on a letter (now being circulated as a petition) to the President of Harvard University, Lawrence Bacow urging him to withdraw the alumni status of Minister Jayant Sinha. And alongside issue an official letter strongly condemning the Ministers decision to felictate persons convicted of lynching Alimuddin Ansari on the suspicion of ...
- Towards an Inclusive Imagination of Justice
I assert my identity as a “dalit poet writing in English”. I see myself as very privileged because I have the opportunity to be in conversation with a very large readership through my poetry. A poem or a work of art can be used to register our dissent against oppressive regimes, like the current right-wing ...
- Delhi High Court Stays Defamation Proceedings Against Journalist Swati Chaturvedi
Delhi High Court on July 10 stayed criminal defamation proceedings against journalist Swati Chaturvedi filed by BJP's Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga. The court also granted the journalist exemption from appearance before the trial court.
In her petition, Chaturvedi had asked the HC to quash the defamation complaint against her, stating that Bagga is having ...
- An extract from Pieces of Earth: The Politics of Land Grabbing in Kashmir
Peer Ghulam Nabi Suhail
Image courtesy Oxford University Press India
In India, the democratic setup paves the way for resisters to achieve their goals through peaceful protests (like in Singur, Narmada, and others) (Jones 2009). In Kashmir on the other hand, even the protests for water and electricity are seen as protests against the Indian state. Often mistaken for protests ...
- An Educational Institute Yet to be Established Becomes an Institute of Eminence under Modi’s India
On Monday, Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, announced the names of six institutions of higher education, three from public and three from the private sector, that have been granted the status of “Institution of Eminence”. The list of universities included Jio University — an educational venture undertaken by Reliance, about which ...
- Writers and Scholars Come Out in Support of Film Critic Kathi Mahesh
ICF Team and Newsclick
Telugu filmmaker and critic Kathi Mahesh has been “externed” from Hyderabad for six months by Telangana Police, for allegedly making “derogatory” statements on the Ramayana during a television debate. The move has been slammed by activists as “undemocratic” and they are demanding the state government to immediately revoke its measure.
“I am safe and reached a ...
- India Most Dangerous Country for Women? Government Says ‘No’, Feminist-Activists Say ‘Yes’
According to a Thomas Reuters Foundation experts’ survey poll published on June 26,2018 India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to high risk of sexual violence and forced slave labour.
War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues, followed by ...
- Institutes of Eminence: Autonomy Without Accountability
The Press Information Bureau (PIB) released a press note from the Ministry of Human Resource Development pertaining to the shortlisted Institutions of Eminence (IoE) yesterday. Much to the surprise of university professors as well as the public in general, the list included a non-existent university, Jio Institute. Accusations came shortly after the announcement speculating whether ...
- शंख घोष की दो कविताएँ
प्रयाग शुक्ल द्वारा मूल बाँग्ला से अनुवादित
हमको नहीं दी कोई आज भी
कटा हाथ, करता है आर्तनाद जंगल में
आर्तनाद करता है कटा हाथ— गारो पहाड़ में
सिंधु की दिशाओं में करता है आर्तनाद कटा हाथ
कौन किसे समझाए और
लहरें समुद्र की, दिखातीं तुम्हें हड्डियाँ हज़ारों में
लहराते खेतों से उठ आतीं हड्डियाँ हज़ारों
गुम्बद और मन्दिर के शिखरों से, उग आतीं हड्डियाँ हज़ारों
आँखों तक आ जातीं, करतीं हैं आर्तनाद
सारे स्वर ...
- 13 years of the Palestinian BDS Movement
July 9th 2018 marks the thirteenth year of the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, given by Palestinian civil society. The call, which has now taken the shape of a global movement, demands that these measures be implemented till Israel recognizes and starts respecting Palestinian human rights and agrees to comply with international ...
- False Accusations Against Prof. GN Saibaba’s Wife
I condemn and firmly deny the false statements made by Ankur Sharma of www.mynation.com in an article updated on 8th July 2018 on the same website. This article, without citing any reference, says that the Ministry of Home Affairs has released a report wherein it has been stated that I have “met Jharkhand officials and ministers asking ...
- Filmmaker Divya Bharathi continues to be hounded by the Tamil Nadu police
Article 19A of the Constitution of India guarantees freedom of expression to every citizen in the country. Since the right-wing government has come into power, there has been an increase in the curbing of one’s right to freedom across the country. Artists across the country are being hounded by right-wing groups for critiquing them.
Recently, the Tamil Nadu police ...
- BJP’s Attack on Reservation, Dalit-OBCs and Ram Temple Agenda
Interview with senior journalist Urmilesh
In the conversation with Urmilesh he discusses education, mainly in context of higher education. According to senior journalist Urmilesh the way in which reservation is being scuttled in higher education, is very dangerous for social justice and the fight for equality in our society.
- “We condemn the attack on Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj,” Academics and Activists
We the undersigned wish to place on record our utter disgust, contempt and outrage at the latest in the series of machinations by Republic TV, working to its brief as a propagandist for the ongoing crusade against all those who take public stands in defence of democracy, secularism, human rights, Constitutional propriety and rule of ...
- Notes on Rangini and other monologues by women
Shoma A Chatterji
Friends Communication surprised a room full of specially invited audience at the Birla Sabhaghar, spilling over with VIPs, at the premiere of Rangini, a monologue presented and performed by noted actress Gargi Roychowdhury. “Surprised” because we all knew her as an extremely talented actress on television and screen but not many of us were aware ...
- 35 injured as Israel sets out to demolish Palestinian village
The Dawn News
35 Palestinian protesters were injured while protesting the Israeli plan to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar near occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 4th. Four of the protesters had to be hospitalized. The injured included one Palestinian journalist while another Palestinian journalist’s camera lens was also broken. Israeli police also arrested 11 protesters, including ...
- Songs Keep Reminding Unilever of Environmental Racism but Unilever Still Won’t Clean Up
Musicians T M Krishna, Sofia Ashraf and Amrit Rao released their latest song, "Kodaikanal Still Won’t" on 29 June.
The song draws attention to the latest petition to Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, that was published in Jhatkaa.
The newly released song follows Ashraf’s rap song "Kodaikanal Won’t" which went viral when it was released three years ...
- HLEC Strikes Again in JNU
In a recent verdict, High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) has upheld its previous decision to expel and/or fine many Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. This decision has been made in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred on JNU campus on February 9, 2016. The committee has now decided to uphold it’s previous decision to expel ...
- The Proposed Abolition of the UGC Will Increase Political Control
The Modi government is bringing in legislation in the coming monsoon session of the parliament to abolish the University Grants Commission. The UGC has two important roles at present. One is the distribution of funds to colleges and universities; this will now be handled by the ministry of human resource development. The other role is ...
- The Last Word by Shubigi Rao
The Last Word by Shubigi Rao
- “Deadly threat to journalists from Modi’s nationalism”
Reporters Sans Border
The following text is from the just released report of Reporters Sans Borders that is a scathing attack on the current government insofar as the safety and security of journalists in India is concerned.
on the Indian media and the challenges it is facing With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from ...
- Public Statement by Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj Against False Allegations Aired on Media
I have been informed that Republic TV aired a programme on 4 July 2018, presented by anchor and MD Arnab Goswami as “Super Exclusive Breaking News”.
The programme, which is being repeatedly shown, contains a long list of ridiculous, scurrilous, false and completely unsubstantiated allegations against me. Goswami has claimed that I have written a letter ...
- Tamil Nadu Police is Hounding Kakkoos Director Divya Bharathi
Tamil Nadu police is hounding film maker Divya Bharathi. On Monday evening 15 police officials entered her home without search warrant and demander her father about her whereabouts.
The News Minute reported that
On Tuesday, the group stopped her vehicle outside Madurai District Court, insisting that she come with them. “We kept asking who they were and if they ...
- “There is no obscenity in the Grihalakshmi magazine cover image,” declares Kerala High Court
Last week, the Kerala High Court once again upheld the right to freedom of expression. Felix M A (petitioner) had filed a case against Grihalakshmi for the cover page of its March issue. The cover showed a woman breastfeeding an infant. The case was registered under Sections 3(c) and 5(j), III of Protection of Children ...
- Widows of Vidarbha
Farmer suicides are the most vicious and unforgiving indictment of the neglect of agriculture by the state and the politics, obsessed with power and the market. But the story of a farmer’s distress does not end with his death; it lives on in the experiences of the widows who struggle in the shadows because they ...
- “AMMA’s previous stance was a farce”: Sajitha Madathil
The Malayalam actor speaks about the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists’s decision to reinstate Dileep’s membership
Recently, the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) decided to reinstate actor Dileep’s membership, an actor who is the prime accused in the abduction and sexual assault of a leading Malayalam female actor.
In a press meet earlier, AMMA had publicly announced that they have expelled the actor in light of these charges. However, although the ...
- “He was our pillar of strength”
Megha Pansare on Govind Pansare
This is the first excerpt from a long essay by Megha Pansare on Comrade Govind Pansare, originally published in Marathi in Mukta Shabda. The entire essay will be published in a series of excerpts. Watch this space for more.
Mukta Dabholkar and I left Bhupesh Gupta Hall Mumbai, after attending the meeting organised by members of the Comrade ...
- Act! Write to the MHRD on the new education policy and read the response by teachers in Indian universities here
On 27 June, the Human Resources Development Ministry of the Government of India announced that it would repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act and introduce a new regulatory body for higher education called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The draft Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) 2018 can be read here.
Prakash Javadekar, the Union ...
- The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline
The Ektara Magazine recently published an exhaustive list of readings on caste with links to the texts, if they were available online. We bring you The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline by D D Kosambi from Ektara's list. The complete book, originally published in 1965, is available for reading below.
- Jharkhand Gang-Rape Case: Four of the five victims are tribals
Abdul Alim Jafri
Jharkhand is on the boil again; this time, because of the five theatre artists of a non-government organisation (NGO) who were gang-raped on Tuesday by at least half a dozen men in Kochang village of Khunti district, Jharkhand. The accused allegedly filmed the incident on their mobile phones and threatened the women that it would be made viral ...
- Appeal for Solidarity with Bhima-Koregaon Five and All Voices of Democracy
Citizens’ Solidarity with Voices of Democracy
Close to 300 civil society members have come together and released a statement condemning the arrest of the five people in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case.
Every year on January 1, dalits gather at the Bhima-Koregaon War Memorial to commemorate the historic Battle of Bhima-Koregaon which saw the British East India Company soldiers, comprising primarily of ...
- Scars of Hiroshima
At the outskirts of Tokyo, beyond light manufacturing plants and small farms, sits an incongruous set of buildings. There is a traditional Japanese veranda near an attractive house, besides which sits a large blue building. In that building, on two floors, hang the soul of Japan – the paintings by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki ...
- my name is Ocean by Ranjit Hoskote: Three Poems and a Conversation
my name is Ocean by Ranjit Hoskote: Three Poems and a Conversation
- Gauri Lankesh and the Myth of the Naxalite Assassinator
This is an excerpt from Chidanand Rajghatta's book Illiberal India: Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason, published by Context Westland. The chapter we have excerpted from "Death of a Naxalite" debunks the claim that Gauri Lankesh was killed by the Naxalites. To read more about the progress in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, read ...
- “Bhima Koregaon is a story of dalit-bahujan assertion”: Somnath Waghmare
Anand Mangnale in conversation with Somnath Waghmare
Anand Mangnale speaks to the film maker Somnath Waghmare about the little attention that the History of Bhima Korengon has recieved by the Indian Media, and the lack of representation in Indian cinema.
Overlooked Voices: Somnath Waghmare about his documentary on Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar
Somnath Waghmare on Bhima Koregaon and the Fight against Brahminism
- ‘बहुजन’ सिर्फ जातियों पर आधारित होंगे?
पिछले कई दशकों और सदियों से साहित्य को परिभाषित करने की चेष्टा वैचारिक आंदोलनों के स्तर पर होती रही है। किसी ने कहा कि साहित्य जीवन का यथार्थ है तो किसी ने उसे समाज का दर्पण माना। कोई विचारधारा को ही साहित्य मानता है तो कोई आंदोलनधर्मी समाज को लेकर किए जा रहे लेखन को ...
- Kafil Khan’s brother asks CM Yogi Adityanath for CBI enquiry in brother’s attack
Kafeel and Adeel Khan’s brother Kashif Jameel was shot thrice on June 10 and no arrests have been made so far.
Dr. Kafeel Khan fears for the safety of his family ever since his brother Kashif Jameel was shot near Gorakhnath Mandir, Uttar Pradesh CM’s residence.
His brother Adeel Ahmad Khan wrote to the CM on Friday ...
- Karan Singh’s Grandson Joins Lal Singh Rally on Kathua
The Citizen Bureau
Dogra politics has claimed the family of the last ruler of Jammu and Kashmir ‘Maharaja’ Hari Singh and his son Congress scion Karan Singh. The latters grandson Ranvijay Singh was a prominent figure at a torchlight march taken out by controversial Minister Lal Singh in Jammu last night in support of his demand to hand ...
- Dalit Women at the UN
Afroz Alam Sahil
On June 21, issues and stories of Dalit women were presented at the UN level for the first time ever when Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) presented a report and a documentary in Geneva.
Talking with TwoCircles.net about the seminal event, Savita Ali, National Legal Coordinator, AIDMAM, said this ...
- NHRC Orders Probe in Journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s Murder
The Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police of the State of Jammu & Kashmir calling for detailed report in the matter. The State Government is also expected to provide details of the attacks made on the media persons during last two years along with number of ...
- Status Report on the Implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Tamil Nadu
This is a status report on the implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Tamil Nadu was released by the Tamil Nadu Right to Information Campaign.
Review of implementation of the SCs and STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Tamil Nadu 2016 from hrfchennai
- Overlooked Voices
Somnath Waghmare on Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar
Lourdes M Supriya (LMS): Could you talk a little about Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar’s work?
Somnath Waghmare (SW): Gail came to India to do her PhD research on the non-Brahmin movement of Maharashtra, primarily Phule’s movement. That was 40 years ago. She completed her PhD, went back to the USand taught there for some time, ...
- How Media Gives Israel Pretext to Attack Gaza
Journalists in Britain and Ireland often refer to the summer months as the “silly season.” Little of consequence is happening, the media apparently decide, so we can treat trivia as newsworthy.
I’m not sure if hot weather is to blame but much recent coverage of Gaza is quite silly. Perspective has been discarded as kites and ...
- #BJPAAPChokeDelhi Goes Viral as Citizens Unite Behind Trees
Udita Jain and Rahul Pathak
‘Mujhe mat maro’, ‘Don't cut down life’ and ‘NBCC ke log aaye ped kaatne mere gaon mein, thak kar baith gaye ped ki chhaon mein’ are the slogans that are echoing on the streets of South Delhi as more and more young citizens join the protest organised by ‘Delhi Tree SOS’. against the decision to ...
- Isolate and Defeat Perpetrators of Lynching: A Lynching Nation Cannot be Democratic!
PADS statement against recent cases of public lynching in different parts of the country.
The seven day period from 13th June to 20th June, 2018 saw four Muslim men lynched atHapur (UP) and at Godda and Ramgarh in Jharkhand. The last four years of BJP rule at center have seen steep rise in the numbers communally motivated lynching, with cow protection being the most common excuse. Lynching, which means killing of individuals ...
- Inside Forward Press: a Phule Ambedkarite Media Organisation and Press
Part of our series on independent media in India
In the latest on independent media in India, Souradeep Roy speaks to the editors, translators and writers at Forward Press — a Phule Ambedkarite independent media organisation and press that runs out of Delhi. The various members speaks about the importance of focusing on Bahujan culture, the bilingual nature of the press, and the appropriation ...
- Workers of Maddur’s Shahi Exports Complain of Harassment, Walk Out of Factory in Protest
Around 2,000 workers of a unit of Shahi Exports at Maddur in Mandya district, walked out of the factory to protest against the management on June 23, 2018. The protest that was staged demanding minimum wages, brought out the level of harassment that the women working in the factory face.
Shahi exports, Maddur, has more than ...
- Muslims donate to rebuild Hindu homes gutted in accidental fire
3000 Muslim villagers from Samserganj, Murshidabad donated Rs. 49,000 to rebuild houses of six Hindu families that were gutted in a previous accidental fire.
West Bengal: The spirit of communal harmony was witnessed on Eid in Murshidabad’s Samserganj when 3000 Muslim villagers donated Rs. 49,000 to rebuild houses of Hindu families that were gutted in a ...
- Alireza Beiranvand: From a ‘beggar’ in Tehran to Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo at FIFA World Cup
Alireza Beiranvand’s goalkeeping skills are well known. He kept a clean sheet right through Iran’s qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup. But the unassuming 25-year-old overnight became a household name across the world after stopping a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty during his team’s final Group B game at Mordovia Arena on June 25.
Ronaldo, a contender for the Golden Boot ...
- Vacancies are Throttling Indian Citizens’ Right to Information
One of the hardest won legislations in India, the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) is under attack. This has not arisen from nefarious amendments, but instead from neglect. The Information Commissions at the state and the Union level are functioning with fewer Information Commissioners than is statutorily mandated and this has led to ...
- Activists Who Campaigned for Revoking Saudi Ban on Women Drivers Remain in Jail
The recent lifting of the ban on driving by women in Saudi Arabia was undoubtedly an occasion to celebrate for many but it also brought to the fore the situation of those activists who are in detention for campaigning for women’s rights. A massive publicity machine around the world has sought to portray Crown Prince ...
- मोदी काल: पत्रकारिता के लिए बर्बादी के साल
लोकतंत्र के चौथे खम्भे यानी मीडिया की आवाज़ को दबाने की कोशिश समय-समय पर सत्ता द्वारा की जाती रही है। चाहे 1975 में इमरजेंसी के दौरान पत्रकारों की अभिव्यक्ति छीनना हो या मौजूदा समय में एक अप्रत्यक्ष इमरजेंसी का दौर पैदा करना हो। पेरिस स्थित एनजीओ “रिपोर्टर्स विदाउट बॉर्डर ” के 2018 के अध्ययन अनुसार पत्रकारों ...
- We are withdrawing our panel on ‘Feminist Reframings of India’s Northeast’ from AAS-in-Asia
Papori Bora, Soibam Haripriya, Hemjyoti Medhi
The convenor and the presenters of the panel ‘Feminist Reframings of India’s Northeast: Gendered Geographies and Genealogies’ have decided to withdraw our panel from the AAS-in-Asia, 2018 Conference. The panel has made this decision in the light of how the denial of visas to scholars from Pakistan was handled by AAS and Ashoka University. The Association has ...
- 43rd Anniversary of Emergency: RSS Played Double-Game as Usual
An internal Emergency was imposed on the country by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25-26, 1975, and it lasted for 19 months. This period is considered as ”dark times’ for Indian democratic polity. Indira Gandhi claimed that due to Jaiprakash Narayan’s call to the armed forces to disobey the ‘illegal’ orders of Congress ...
- She Was No Longer Believable
This year, on the 43rd anniversary of the Emergency declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, we bring you an extract from The Hoodlum Years, a book containing a selection of essays that Ashok Mitra wrote at the time for Economic and Political Weekly.
Electra becomes a mourning. Ingenuity, beyond a point, ceases to be so, and ...
- The Disappearing Rohingyas
First published in 2016, Azeem Ibrahim’s revised edition of the book, The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, documents the slow genocide of Rohingyas, who are now the single largest stateless community in the world. The following excerpt is from the chapter Genocide.
In Myanmar the preconditions for genocide are now firmly in place. Racism has been normalised among the ...
- Sack Him: Journalists Flay BJP MLA for Incitement to Violence
Dhruv Trehan and Siddharth Sharma
On June 22 while addressing a gathering of journalists from Jammu, Lal Singh, the former Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology for Jammu and Kashmir in the PDP-BJP coalition government, stated, that the journalists of Kashmir, had created a wrong “mahaul,” environment. He further added, “I would, now, like to ask journalists from Kashmir, to ...
- Confession of the Myanmar Military
Ethnic cleansing begins with seeing a group as less than human
At the start of this year the Myanmar military confessed that several of its soldiers killed 10 unarmed Rohingya at the coastal village of Inn Din in Rakhine state.
Apparently, these men — suspected as terrorists — were captured by villagers. Yet instead of taking them ...
- Hate Watch: Spewing Venom over the Amarnath Yatra
Hate Watch identified this particular brand of hate speech as a part of a systemic campaign in which one BJP youth page spreads false news of Omar Abdulla threatening he’ll end Amarnath Yatra and then the other page responds with hate-speech on a Facebook Live broadcast. All happens right after the PDP-BJP alliance fails and ...
- Tamil Nadu Court Grants Activist Piyush Manush Bail
Rejecting the bail application of actor Mansoor Ali Khan, five days after his arrest, environmental activist Piyush Manush has been granted bail by the Joint Magistrate of the Omalur sub court in Salem district yesterday.Mansoor Ali Khan, who was a co-accused in the case of alleged incitement against the government’s proposed development work in the ...
- Speedy Investigation into Killing of Anti-Mining Activist Demanded: Jharkhand
A strong letter to Raghuvir Das, chief minister of Jharkand, demanding the immediate arrest of the murderers of anti-mining activist, Suresh Oraon, and an independent probe into the killing is the build up to a campaign for justice. Suresh Oraon, the great leader of the Kusum Tola community struggle against Mining has been shot dead ...
- Karnataka Garment and Textile Industry Managements Pressurise the Government to Curb increase in Wages
The representatives of the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU-Karnataka) met the representatives of the management in the sector on June 18, 2018, in a meeting coordinated by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy.
The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state had issued a draft notification on February 22, 2018, and it promised an increase ...
- Governor’s Rule: Hasn’t the Indian Army Always Had A “Free Hand”?
On June 19, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) announced its decision to pull out of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, breaking its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Currently the state is in the hands of Governor NN Vohra. This is the fourth time in the last ten years that the state ...
- Remembering 15-Year-Old Junaid A Year After He Was Lynched
According to sources, four out of the six accused were granted bail in a matter of months. All of them had confessed to being a part of the mob that harassed Junaid and his brothers but said they didn’t wield the knife that was used to stab them. After a year, his family still awaits ...
- When Men Become Monsters
The Citizen Bureau
A mob lynched 45-year-old Qasim to death and critically injured his friend Samaydin, 55, while they were shooing away a cow and its calf from their field. Rumours of bovine slaughter were spread through the area with the mob mercilessly beating the two men. This is one of the many incidents that have dotted the ...
- Dalit Women Rights Activists Present Report on Atrocities at UNHRC
On June 21, 2018, Dalit Women Rights Activists presented witness accounts of the state of affairs of caste based violence faced by women and girls in India, to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its 38th session in Geneva.
The report aims to find recommendations for policy and implementation within the UN and beyond, and "forge ...
- Five Women Gang-Raped in Jharkhand, Pathalgadi Supporters Accused
Five young women were gang-raped in Khunti, Jharkhand after they had performed a street play against human trafficking.
“The incident happened on June 19 when all the women, including a married one, had gone to R.C. Mission School in Kochang village in Khunti district, some 90 km from Ranchi. Police officials said some motor-cycle borne armed ...
- UN Human Rights Council Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir
The Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council recently published a first-ever report on the situation of human rights in Kashmir, on both the Indian-administered side and the Pakistan-administered side.
Read the full report here.
- Who is the Mastermind Behind the Assassinations of the Rationalists?
ICF and Newsclick
The confessions of Waghmare stated in the SIT report not only show the intention behind killing Lankesh, but also make it clear that there is a machinery functioning behind these planned killings of anti-Hindutva voices. The SIT has said, that the accused are part of the Hindutva organisations, but yet why are these organisations being ...
- Waiting for Spring by Rajib Chowdhury
Waiting for Spring by Rajib Chowdhury
- Naach Artist Ram Chandra Manjhi wins the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2017
Lourdes M Supriya
Ram Chandra Manjhi, a stellar Naach artist who also worked with Bikhari Thakur (1887 – 1971), the renowned Naach artist remembered as a social reformer, has been honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2017 in the folk theatre category. The move has been welcomed by many artists, academicians, and social and political activists; felicitations have ...
- The Dynamics of Power in Kashmir
Khalid Bashir Ahmad
Towards his last days, while reflecting on his life and experiences, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah1 described Kashmiri Pandits as ‘The Fifth Columnists’ and ‘The Instruments of Tyranny’.2 The sweeping portrayal of a community by a person accused of having handed over Kashmir to India on a platter to answer the wishes of this minuscule minority looks ...
- The Trajectory of Bipin Rawat’s Kashmir Policy
Ever since his appointment as the Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat has been very vocal in public. He has made statements on various issues but Kashmir seems to be his favorite subject. All we need to do is read Bipin Rawat's statements to trace the trajectory of his Kashmir "policy".
February 15, 2017
After paying tribute to the security personnel ...
- Governors Rule: The Reasons Are Not Simple but as Complicated as Kashmir Itself
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to withdraw support to the PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir, and move towards Governor's rule, is not as simple as it appears. Mainly because the reasons leading up to it are complicated, and carry within the web intricacies that are not necessarily visible to those looking on the state ...
- Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Soutoudeh Re-Arrested in Iran
Iranian security forces re-arrested prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on June 13 in Tehran, her husband said in a Facebook post.
“A few hours ago, Nasrin was arrested at home and sent to the court at Evin ,” Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan wrote. “I once told investigators in the investigation room: Of all the things that ...
- Lawyer Fighting for Anti-Sterlite Protestors Arrested by Tamil Nadu Police
Advocate S Vanchinathan was arrested at Chennai Airport at 1 am today in relation to the Sterlite protests in Tuticorin. He is the State Coordinator of People's Right Protection Center and practising law at Madurai Bench of Madras High Court at Madurai. He has been counsel for many cases filed on behalf of Thoothukudi citizens ...
- Allahabad University Former Students Union President Richa Singh Arrested
Richa Singh, former Student Union President (Allahabad University) has been arrested for staging a protest along with several other Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) aspirants, who were protesting against the leakage of the Hindi compulsory paper, that was listed for the afternoon shift of the PCS Mains examination, on 19 June, 2018. Several of ...
- Media Today: Freedom of the Press or Freedom of the Purse?
P. Sainath talks about how corporatisation of the media harms Indian democracy
In a lecture titled 'Freedom of the Purse', Founder Editor of PARI, P. Sainath talks about how corporatisation of the media harms Indian democracy. This talk was given as part of the 1st Neelabh Mishra Memorial lecture which was organised at Delhi's India Habitat Center on the occasion of the 58th Birthday of journalist Neelabh ...
- Dalit Boys Stripped, Beaten, Paraded Naked for Swimming in Well
Three minor dalit boys were allegedly stripped, beaten and paraded nude in a village in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district for allegedly swimming in a village well.
The incident occurred on June 10, but came to light only after some videos of the boys’ being paraded in Vakadi village went viral.
Maharashtra social justice minister Dilip Kamble told media ...
- Kaala Times and Politics
R Arun Kumar
It is unusual for this paper to discuss a movie. But Kaala is an unusual movie. Of course all movies end with the hero defeating the villain or the ‘victory of the good over evil’. In that sense, Kaala is also a usual movie. It is the timing, the issues that are discussed and the ...
- Who is the Mastermind Behind the Assassinations of the Rationalists?
On September 5, 2017, Gauri Lankesh, an activist-journalist was assassinated in Bengaluru. Her journalism that focused on unveiling communal, non-secular agenda of the right wing, costed her life. Parashuram Waghmare, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), has confessed to have assassinated the journalist to “save Hinduism”. The SIT had earlier arrested five people – ...
- Waghmare’s Confession: Killed Gauri Lankesh to “Save Hindutva”
Parashuram Waghmare of Sindhagi in Vijayapura has reportedly confessed to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that he had shot Gauri Lankesh, an activist and a journalist, who was assassinated on September 5, 2017, at her residence in Bengaluru.
The activist-journalist was actively involved in the work of the Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum and the movement of ...
- PEN Delhi and South India Centres Condemn the Murder of Shujaat Bukhari
Pen Delhi and PEN South India condemn the murder of well-known and deeply respected journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. Bukhari was shot dead by two assailants as he stepped out of his office in the evening to attend an Iftar event in the days leading up to the holy festival of Eid. A recipient of ...
- The Assassination of Shahjahan Bacchu and Shujaat Bukhari and the Rise of the Right
At 6:46 pm on 11 June, Durba Zahan typed a status on Facebook at 6:46 pm. She wrote “My father, Shahjahan Bacchu, died today. In our village. Father was shot with two bullets by unknown assailants.”
The village she is referring to is Kakaldi, near Dhaka. Bacchu was a publisher of Bikasha Prokashoni which specialised in ...
- The Wages of Reporting Corruption in Polavaram
Increasingly, reporting on corruption is becoming a high risk job for reporters, particualrly regional reporters. If you work in a small town the consequences can be immediate and far reaching, as even a small news item can open the floodgate to the larger scheme of things, and bigger sharks have to be safeguarded.
T Srinivas Rao, ...
- “Why Would I Feel Scared if I’m Speaking the Truth?”: Dhruv Rathee
An interview with the young YouTuber
If there is one emotion that has predominantly marked the social and psychological landscape of middle and upper middle-class India over the last four years, it has been fear. — Fear of speaking up and speaking out, fear of running afoul of the powers that be, fear of consequences.
The outcome of the general elections of ...
- PUDR Condemns the arrest of Abhay Devdas Nayak
A 34-year-old ‘techie’ Abhay Devdas Nayak was abducted by the Chattisgarh police on 31 May 2018 from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and presented before the media on 12 June, as a “top Maoist propagandist.” That he could be picked up by the police and kept in illegal custody and then shown as ‘arrested’ after ...
- India and the World as Viewed from a Pillar of Ashoka Maurya by Romila Thapar
India and the World as Viewed from a Pillar of Ashoka Maurya by Romila Thapar
- From the Editor: Marx after Marx
From the Editor: Marx after Marx
- How Citizenship is Gendered
Bishnupriya Dutt, Janelle Reinelt and Shrinkhla Sahai
When we began to formulate this introduction in early 2016, a serious and fundamental challenge to the very meaning of citizenship appeared overnight in India, manifested, moreover, on the campus of our project co-partner, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Following the 2014 election of the right-wing BJP3 and its leader Narendra Modi to the office of Prime ...
- Shujaat Bhukari – a Brave Reporter, a Real Journalist
Being a journalist is a dangerous business. It is not dangerous to be a stenographer – to be someone who regurgitates the views of the powerful. A real journalist is someone who gets beneath the stories that surrounds us, who seeks answers to difficult questions, who won’t leave a story because to do so would ...
- The Literary B R Ambedkar
Soumyabrata Choudhury in conversation with Souradeep Roy
Soumyabrata Choudhury in conversation with Souradeep Roy talks of Ambedkar’s passion for writing, and what he deduces from Ambedkar's wish to write a literary work. He also speaks of Ambedkar’s multilinguality and his relationship to the English language.
Watch the full interview here.
- Can there be newer ways of thinking about Hindu-Muslim relationships in South Asia?
“The hermetically cloistered figures of rosary-fondling Sufis and sabre-rattling ghazis, (saints and warriors) even when yoked to the cause of good pluralistic politics, produce bad history. And I say this because, faced as we are with an insistence on a Manichean clash between Islam and Hinduism in India’s medieval past, historians need to fashion newer ...
- “Urdu is my mother tongue and the love of my life”
Remembering Muhammad Umar Memon
These were the words of Muhammad Umar Memon, a scholar, writer, and an internationally acclaimed translator who dedicated his life to Urdu. He was a pioneer in bringing Urdu literature to an international readership. If it were not for him, the non-Urdu speaking population of this world would be devoid of the beauty that Urdu ...
- Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh
The murder of Shahzahan Bachchu, a publisher, writer, and activist known for his support of secularism, is proof that free expression remains under grave threat in Bangladesh, PEN America said in a statement today.
Bachchu, a writer and outspoken proponent of secular principles, owned the Bishaka Prakashani publishing house, which specialised in publishing poetry, and was a former ...
- Interview with Malayalam writer K P Ramanunni who atoned for the Kathua rape
The writer in conversation with ICF Team
Sreelakshmi(SL): Recently, you performed the shayana pradakshinam (prostration), an atonement ritual, the Kadalayi Sree Krishna temple in, Kerala for the 8 year old girl from Kathua who was raped and murdered. According to a report in The Hindu, some right-wing groups opposed this move. What is it that led you to perform the ritual?
KP Ramanunni (KPR): ...
- Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)
Hewlett Packard (HP) faces over $120 million in potential losses since India’s largest student federation passed a resolution to support the BDS movement and to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) companies over their well-documented complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights.
Apoorva Gautam, the India-based South Asia coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which leads and supports the ...
- “The Vietnam war taught us to think”: Saeed Mirza
The filmmaker in conversation with Souradeep Roy
After the release of his latest book, Memory in the Age of Amnesia, Saeed Mirza sits down to talk with Souradeep Roy, member of the editorial collective of the Indian Writers’ Forum. In the first part of the interview, Mirza begins by speaking about the 69 % who did not vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), attributing it to the tremendous ...
- World Inequality Report 2018
- Is the ‘Secular’ Government of Karnataka Succumbing to the Antics of the Right-wing Groups?
Rajinikanth, an actor who has a huge fan base, especially in Tamil Nadu, has now found himself caught in the muck of a controversy. Just days before the release of his new film Kaala, the actor, on May 20, made a controversial statement on the Cauvery water conflict while addressing the reporters. He had urged the ...
- The Agony and The Ajaat
Amitabh Bachchan has said that if ever asked about his caste by Census enumerators, his answer would be: Caste – Indian. That, of course, would do little more than stoke the media’s Bollywood feeding frenzy yet again. Shyam Maharaj is no Bachchan. Nor is his brother, Chaitanya Prabhu. But they and the followers of their ...
- Bringing Hate Video Perpetrators to Book
On 14 May this year, 27-year old Jamal Momin, a native of West Bengal’s Malda district, was on a train from Howrah to his hometown in Malda when he was abused and slapped by four youths for not knowing the name of the country’s prime minister and the national anthem. The youths shot and uploaded a video on ...
- Can someone inform Donald Trump that Muhammad Ali doesn’t need his pardon?
US president Donald Trump has an uncanny knack for making a fool of himself, bettering his absurdity mark each time. Trump’s latest foot-in-the-mouth moment came on Friday when he said he was considering a pardon for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, clearly, as always, unaware of the fact that the late former world heavyweight champion does ...
- “The Sterlite Plant in Tuticorin must be dismantled”
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta talks to M G Devasahayam
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta talks to M G Devasahayam about the killings at the Tuticorin Sterlite plant and its current status. What actually happened in Tuticorin? and what needs to be done there?
- PMFBY: Another Modi Scheme Bites the Dust
In line with various faltering schemes of PM Modi, the much-hyped PM Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is also stuttering just two years after its launch in 2015-16. The number of farmers who chose to get insurance coverage for potential crop damage declined by as many as 74 lakh in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, or about ...
- Why we need to remember the Babri Masjid demolition
Sameena Dalwai & Irfan Engineer in conversation with Lourdes M Supriya
6 December 1992 proved to be a watershed moment in Indepedent India's history as Babri Masjid, a 16th-century mosque in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, was demolished by a mob of kar-sevaks following a political rally. Immediately after, the country was wracked by multiple communal riots, with over 2000 deaths reported across the country. The most terrible ...
- The War of Hunger That Afflicts the World’s Poor
In the Outskirts of Delhi.
It is impossible to go anywhere in India without being confronted with the terrible enormity of hunger. One in two Indians goes to sleep at night without a full stomach.
At the outskirts of Delhi, which was once farmland, shacks house those who work across the city. They are the people who ...
- A year later, Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ still not released
The Dalit Rights Activist was arrested and detained under the draconian NSA for allegedly rioting and stoking violence in May 2017. No one from the upper-caste community accused in the violence has been arrested under the same act.
It was around this time last year that Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ shouted from a dais ...
- Police Raj and Human Rights Violations in Tamil Nadu
S P Udaykumar
There are rumours now that the state police have prepared a list of several movement leaders, political personalities and frontline activists to be detained over the next few weeks and months. The people’s right to assemble, right to oppose a dangerous project that spoils the local land, water, air and the health of the people ...
- Dr Kafeel’s brother Kashif shot in Gorakhpur, condition stable
Kashif Jameel, younger brother of Dr Kafeel Ahmad Khan has been shot in Gorakhpur on Sunday night about 10 pm. Kashif is being treated at the Star Hospital in Gorakhpur, and according to his family members, the medical condition of Kashif is stable and he is conscious.
Khan was shot near the famous Gorakhnath Temple by ...
- An Open Letter to Pranab Mukherjee
Ex-President Sir, you have denigrated Mother India, committed sacrilege towards our glorious freedom struggle!
- “The target reader does not exist:” Naveen Kishore
The publisher in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In our latest conversation around independent publishing in India, we speak to Naveen Kishore, publisher of Seagull Books. In the first part of the interview Kishore talks of his early years as a light designer, and his eventual transition into publishing.
In the second part of the interview, he begins by discussing the exquisite covers of ...
- Bringing the Monumental to the People
Lourdes M Supriya
18 May, 2018 fell smack in the middle of the dry, draining summer that the capital is infamous for. But this didn’t deter museum enthusiasts who had gathered on the steps of India Habitat Centre’s Amphitheatre, fanning themselves as they waited for the event to begin. The Dronah Foundation had organised an event in collaboration ...
- Memories and re-imaginings of 1947
Tarun K Saint
Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s graphic anthology This Side,That Side: Restorying Partition1 exemplifies a new take on the event and its aftermath, encompassing second and third generation memories and re-imaginings of 1947, from vantage points across the subcontinent. Indeed, the collaborative dimension that came to the fore with writers and artists from three countries (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) participating ...
- There Can Be No “Mirror of Truth” for the RSS
Pranab Mukherjee, the former president of India and a Congressman, was the chief guest at a valedictory function of the 'Sangh Shiksha Varg' of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The event was held at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on June 7. The fact that a Congressman, a former president and a critic of the ...
- “We owe each other justice.”
Statement by Centre for Policy Analysis on the current situation in Kashmir
We, the citizens of India, note with increasing distress and despair the escalating tide of violence in Jammu and Kashmir over the last two years. The intensification of violence has led to serious injuries, harm, and grave losses of life of Indian citizens who live in the region, as well as those of the security ...
- RSS Supporters Embrace Mukherjee, Dress him in Ideological Gear on FB
The Citizen Bureau
The excitement in the Congress camp against the visit of former President of India Pranab Mukherjee to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarters at Nagpur is perhaps matched by euphoria within the RSS, if the Facebook pages run by its ‘supporters’ can be taken as an indication.
The one just below, with the cautionary “This unofficial Page ...
- Hussainabba Killed by Gorakshaks in Mangalore
On May 30, 2018, Hussainabba a sixty one year old man involved in cattle business was attacked and killed by the Bajrang Dal activists with the help of police. Hussainabba who was allegedly transporting the cattle in a scorpio, from Perdoor to Udupi was stopped by the police in the pretext of inspection; him and ...
- Crossing Borders: Part II
This is the second part of a two part essay on an eyewitness account of visiting Palestine. We have changed the name of the author to protect her identity. Read the first part here.
In the old city of Jerusalem, entire families live in one room tenements. Israeli occupying forces have installed cameras around these tenements ...
- The use of arms as self-defense for dalits
J V Pawar
In this excerpt from the book Dalit Panthers: An Authoritative History J V Pawar narrates the gruesome murder of a dalit farmer. The murder, he explains, validated the Dalit Panthers' claim that Dalits can take up arms for self-defence.
By forming the Dalit Panther and observing Independence Day as a “Black Day”, we had got ...
- The Myth of Caste-Free Metropolises
A common belief among the urban middle classes in India is that the significance of caste is greatly diminished in the urban space. It is often argued that “socio-economic” status and class are the major divisions along which stratification occurs in urban India. A common perception is that various manifestations of caste only continue in the villages, ...
- What Happens When The Big Media Runs Amok: In the Words of Missing Student Najeeb’s Mother
The Citizen Bureau
Coping with the disappearance of her son Najeeb Ahmad, his mother is finding it even more difficult to deal with the media that has played a major role in defaming not just her son but the entire family. Fatima Nafeez who remains beside herself with grief after Najeeb disappeared from the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus ...
- नवल किशोर को मिली धमकियों से संबंधित तथ्य
फारवर्ड प्रेस के हिंदी-संपादक नवल किशोर कुमार को रणवीर सेना के संस्थापक ब्रह्मेश्वर मुखिया के समर्थकों की ओर से पिछले तीन दिनों से लगातार धमकियां मिल रही हैं। ऐसी ही धमकियां एनडीटीवी के सीनियर एक्सक्यूटिव एडिटर रवीश कुमार को पिछले महीने मिलीं थीं। अभी पांच दिन पहले, 25 मई को उन्होंने अपना चर्चित कार्यक्रम प्राइम टाइम इसी ...
- In Search of Kashmir’s Disappeared
The Dawn News
During the International Week of the Disappeared, Kashmir remembers thousands of people who went missing after being taken away by Indian Security forces.
- Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police!
Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) is outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country.
Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate ...
- Tripura Terror: Mob Enters Home of SFI President, Attacks Her and Family
In conversation with Nilanjana Roy
On the evening of June 4, 2018 a large number of goons belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entered the house of the State President of Student Federation of India (SFI), Tripura, Nilanjana Roy and physically assaulted her. According to a press statement by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) Roy’s family was ...
- Inspiring Thoughts Can Never be Pulled Down
The contributions of Periyar, Ambedkar, Lenin and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad can never be brought down by just bringing down their statues. Harsh Mandar (Social Activist) and Dr Apoorvanand, (Hindi Professor, Delhi University) talking to children about great thinkers and idealogues whose inspiration is beyond the attacks by a right wing government.
- US Threatens to Exit Human Rights Council in Protest Against Scrutiny of Israel
The Dawn News
The US has intensified its threat of leaving the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in response to European countries refusing to accept its proposal that Israel’s human rights violations not be discussed regularly by the Council. Earlier this month, the US representative to the UN for social and economic affairs, Kelley Currie, held two meetings ...
- Crossing Borders: Part I
This is the first part of a two part essay on an eyewitness account of visiting Palestine. We have changed the name of the author to protect her identity.
Arriving, Tel Aviv
After I land in Tel Aviv, things start moving really quickly. The anxiety at passport control is quickly replaced by an odd sadness. Under ...
- Major Gogoi and the Continuing Culture of Impunity
People's Union for Democratic Rights
On May 30, 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a status report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Srinagar regarding the case of sexual favours that Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles sought from a local Kashmiri woman, on May 23, 2018. The police claimed that it was a case of ‘consenting adults’ as ...
- “Swachh Bharat is not possible without the annihilation of caste”: Anand Teltumbde
The writer on his latest book The Republic of Caste
In this video, Anand Teltumdbe, who currently teaches at the Goa Institute of Management, speaks about his latest book The Republic of Caste, published by Navayana. The book, he says, is a compilation of his columns at the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), which have been updated to suit the contemporary context. He also says ...
- In the Sanctuary of a Poem: Poems by Salil Chaturvedi, K M Sherrif, Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri
In the Sanctuary of a Poem: Poems by Salil Chaturvedi, K M Sherrif, Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri
- The Image of Shakespeare in Indian Cinema
Shoma A. Chatterji
The fact that William Shakespeare has suddenly become a point of attraction to Indians is not factually true. Shakespeare has remained omnipresent in literary critique by scholars for a very long time. Perhaps we are noticing the appeal now because of a flood of varied celluloid representations of Shakespeare’s works, Indian filmmakers across the map ...
- अच्युतानंद मिश्र की कविताएँ : अपने जीवनानुभवों के साथ ईमानदार बर्ताव की कविताएँ हैं
अच्युतानंद मिश्र की छवि एक अच्छे कवि, गंभीर अध्येता और एक आलोचक की बनी है। इधर हमारी कविता में अनकहे की अनुपस्थिति बढ़ती जा रही है और सब कुछ कहने की विकलता बढ़ रही है।अच्युतानंद के बारे में मुझे एक उल्लेखनीय बात यह दीखती है कि उनकी कविता का बहुलांश अनकहे का स्पेस छोड़ता है। ...
- Touchstone of Aesthetics
Recently, I came across a rather strange proposition. A Dalit author argued that Savitribai Phule could not be the symbol of Dalit literature but that instead Achootanand Harihar’s wife deserved the honour. Contrast this laughable contention with Babasaheb Ambedkar describing Buddha, Kabir and Jotiba Phule as his ideals – none of whom were Dalits. This ...
- Six Decisive Takeaways From BJP’s Defeat in UP
Beyond the index of opposition unity, a quick analysis of BJP's stunning defeat in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha UP by-polls reveals the following features:
1. The anti-Muslim, non-Yadav, non-Jatav 'Hindu' coalition BJP had built in 2014 is in tatters. Kairana is part of the 'riot belt'. Here, in 2014 and 2017, against all expectations, Jats ...
- DUTA Goes on Mass Hunger Strike to Save India’s Education System
Teachers and students braved the scorching heat and participated in massive numbers in the DUTA Satyagraha – Mass Hunger Strike on May 30, at Delhi’s Parliament Street. The focus of the Mass Hunger Strike was the UGC's standing March 5 Notification asking universities and colleges to redraw their Reservation Rosters on the basis of departments ...
- Writing and Rewriting Partition’s Afterlife
Tarun K Saint
The moment of the Partition in 1947 was marked by unprecedented disruption of accepted norms, especially in North and Northwest India, even as at least one million people were killed and 10–15 million were forced from their homes in the biggest mass migration in history. Women and children were extensively targeted during communal rioting as ...
- Madras High Court Upholds the Right to Laugh
One of the earliest stories that all of us have heard is “The Cap Seller and the Monkeys”. A cap seller was passing through a forest with a box full of caps. He got tired. He sat down under a tree and slept. When he got up, he found the box open and almost all ...
- “More people in Israel seem to understand the peace process has died”: Ofer Neiman
In conversation with the activist of Boycott from Within
In May 14, Israeli soldiers massacred as many as 61 Palestinians who were protesting the shifting of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. More than 3,000 were injured on the same day. This was the latest use of brutal force by Israeli soldiers, which has peaked since the beginning of the Great Return ...
- Madras High Court Judgement Quashes Complaint Against Cartoon Portraying DMK Members as “Monkeys”
The Madras High Court recently quashed complaint filed against a cartoonist and publisher for portraying DMK members as monkeys, observing that a cartoonist must be able to work without any inhibition and he is entitled to greater latitude.
Read the full judgement here:
- The Road to Illiberal Democracy
As Narendra Modi led BJP-NDA government completes 4 years in office, there is a flurry of analysis about its achievements and failures. The government has come up with full page advertisements on the front page of newspapers listing its achievements, opposition has been listing its failures. This is quite obvious and indeed a healthy sign ...
- Gauri Lankesh Murder: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Linked With Killers Was Patronized By Modi As CM Of Gujarat
The Karnataka police has found clear linkages between the killers of Gauri Lankesh and two Hindutva organizations, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and its sister concern, Sanatan Sanstha. These are two Maharashtra/Goa based Hindutva organizations which adore MS Golwalkar. The hand of the same organizations was suspected in the murders of Narender Dabholkar, Govind Pansare ...
- Puppet-master RSS is Taking on a More Open Role in the Indian Democracy
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP president Amit Shah is attending a series of meetings with top functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its frontal organisations, seeking to exchange ideas ahead of the 2019 general election.
RSS Joint General Secretary Krishna Gopal chaired a meeting ...
- “Our play has no gods”
On 19 May Girish Karnad, the Kannada playwright, actor, and director turned 80. Karnad has been of the most influential playwrights in post-independent India. He is known to use mythology to depict a contemporary crisis. Besides serving in several public institutions like the Sangeet Natak Akademi, he is also one of the most important public ...
- Indian Queer Groups Support the Boycott of Israeli TLVFest
Palestinian queer groups and their allies in the BDS movement gave a call last year to boycott the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, asking international filmmakers to withdraw their films from it.The TLVFest is sponsored by Israeli ministry of Culture and other entities deeply complicit in violations against Palestinians and international law. It is a ...
- Freedom of Expression: A Global Threat
India, a complex, beautiful and enchanting land, a melting pot of innumerable cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions. India, a society deeply rooted in tolerance, compassion and forbearance. India, a land where the legends of Akbar’s justice, Shahjahan’s love, Prithvi Raj’s valor, Chanakya’s wisdom, live in every household. India, a land which gave birth to the ...
- Journalists Continue to be Under Threat in Modi Raj, UN Body Rebukes Indian Government
The United Nation’s Human’s Rights body issued a statement on Thursday calling on the authorities in India to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub, who has received death threats following an online hate campaign.
Rana Ayyub has been on the receiving end of intense abuse, ever since she released her book Gujarat Files in 2016. In the ...
- Mass Hunger Strike In Assam Against Citizenship Amendment Bill
People from different walks of life, forgetting all the differences for the moment people in large numbers gathered at Assam Engineering Institute playground in Guwahati on Tuesday. The common issue which brought all these people together is – to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill which was tabled in the parliament in ...
- Increasing Divisiveness: Modi Sarkar’s Communal Agenda
The coming to power of Modi in 2014 gave a signal to the so called fringe groups that now it is their Government and they can get away with their hate speeches and action with ease. It was a total uninhibited show by the RSS as for as spreading hatred, the foundation of violence, is ...
- “We underestimate the power of caste and majoritarian dominance”: Kalpana Kannabiran
Kalpana Kannabiran is a sociologist, author and lawyer. She has taught at the National Academy for Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), and currently serves as Director of the Council for Social Development Hyderabad.
In this interview with Bar & Bench, she speaks fearlessly on issues ranging from the death of Judge Loya, to the Supreme Court’s ...
- Women of Bhalaswa: Stories Beyond Waste
A photo series by Chintan
This year on 8 March, the International Women’s Day, Chintan, an environmental research and action group, started a photo series, “Women of Bhalaswa,” documenting the stories of women living in Bhalaswa, an area with one of Delhi’s three landfills. The project aimed to highlight the experiences and struggles of women living in the area. Here ...
- Rituparno Ghosh: Remembering the Champion of the Third Sex
“Do you really think of yourself as a woman, Chapalda?”
……………..”Why? Don’t you?”
“No.” “You don’t think that the Lord started making you a woman and then made a mistake?”
“No. I don’t. I think women are one category, men are another. And we’re a third category.”
‘Arekti Premer Golpo’ (2010), directed by National Award winning filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly ...
- 4 Years of Modi Government and the Banking Sector
Thomas Franco, General Secretary of All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), talks in detail about the condition of banking sector under the Modi regime. BJP's past 4 year rule has been extremely difficult for the banks, with demonetisation and rising NPAs. Franco walks us through the past four years and BJPs policies.
- The Unending Struggle of Kamli Bahota
“All the youngsters fell ill and took tablets. I didn’t. I kept walking,” Kamli says proudly.
An Adivasi from the Warli tribe, Kamli was one of the 40,000 farmers who walked from Nashik to Mumbai – a distance of 180 kilometres – in the month of March 2018, for the historic Long March. The sheer resilience ...
- A Less Violent Act: Translating the Inner World in U R Ananthamurthy’s Bara by Souradeep Roy
A Less Violent Act: Translating the Inner World in U R Ananthamurthy’s Bara by Souradeep Roy
- Prabhat Patnaik Remembers Ashok Mitra
In a public meeting organised jointly by Anveshan, Social Scientist, SAHMAT and PIPFPD, eminent economist Prabhat Patnaik remembers Ashok Mitra and his contribution towards the progressive politics of this country. He talks about Ashok Mitra's ideas which helped strengthen the federal structure of India.
- Amateurish Sting Traps Gullible Media Managements
Is India’s media for sale? And ready to drive their publications into the arms of Hindutva propagators for a price? Really?
In terms of advertising packages, Rs 275 crore and Rs 500 crore are impressive sums which is probably why Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson of India Today and Vineet Jain of Bennett Coleman and Co. respectively, are willing ...
- India’s Public Banks Are its Lifeline: Privitisation Will Ruin Them
The world’s investment leader, Warren Buffett, once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you realise who has been swimming naked”. When the banking system hit the rocks and the tide turned, the naked were caught disrobed.
Similarly, sometimes it takes a pitch-black economy to reveal who and what in the financial firmament really ...
- More Confusion in Assam After NRC Clarifies Order on Families of Declared Foreigners
Following the outrage post the controversial May 2 order of the NRC1 (Read exclusive Blog here), that directed relatives of those designated as Declared Foreigners (DF) to be kept ‘pending’ and not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), even if they satisfy requirements, the state coordinator of the NRC was compelled to issue a ...
- The Mahad Satyagraha: A Declaration of Equality
Soumyabrata Choudhury in conversation with Souradeep Roy
Soumyabrata Choudhury, in conversation with Souradeep Roy, points out that the Mahad Satyagraha marked the norm of equality for the first time in the history of India. The meaning of the Mahad Satyagraha, he explains, goes much further than a physical transgression of drinking water from a prohibited public tank.
Watch the full interview here.
- Kathua Narrative: The Reality of Being Gujjar-Bakarwal
The chilling incident of gang rape, mutilation and murder of an 8 year old girl from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir has brought with itself the bitter truth of denial of basic rights to the Gujjar-Bakarwal Community in the valley. A special report on understanding who are the Gujjar Bakarwals and the vulnerability of this ...
- Kairana, a Game Changer
Kairana by polls are significant, in fact extremely important in the political environment today. And the significance of this election for both the BJP and the Opposition of this by poll should not be lost in the predictable war of words.
To begin with Kairana is adjacent to Muzaffarnagar, the laboratory that the Hindutva brigade created ...
- Rediscovering Tarabai Shinde and Savitribai Phule
How many of us aware writers, social activists and agitators know about – and talk about – the 19th-century radical writer Tarabai Shinde and her 1882 book Stri Purush Tulna (A Comparison Between Women and Men, a booklet on the social situation of women that created quite a stir at that time)? Or, the most ...
- A Person Like You
Prologue: A Person Like You
How do you react when something like a police encounter happens in your locality, and a few doors down, two men are killed – two of your neighbours, who have been labelled terrorists. Imagine, for a moment, that this happened not in Imphal or Srinagar, where such occurrences are not unheard ...
- The Paltaiyya Torture and Gupta-ji’s Cavalcade
This is an excerpt from 13 Years: A Naxalite's Prison Diary by Ramachandra Singh, translated from Hindi by Madhu Singh, published by Navayana. Republished here with the permission of the publisher. From 1970 to 1983, Ramchandra Singh, an avowed Naxalite, did time in five prisons across Uttar Pradesh. From inside the behemoth that is the Indian prison system, ...
- “There is nothing that can stop dissent” : Basavaraj Sulibhavi
The activist in conversation with Yogesh S
“Plurality and India; Present and future’’ is the theme of the May literature festival being held on 26 and 27 May 2018 in Dharwad. The literature festival has been running for twenty years. They have been successful in bringing together young writers who have been engaged in cultural resistance.
Basavaraj Sulibhavi of Ladai Prakashana, a publishing ...
- “Ruling classes and castes use reservations as a prop to inflict more violence upon dalits”: Anand Teltumbde
The writer in conversation with Souradeep Roy
Anand Teltumbde's latest book of essays, Republic of Caste, brought out by Navayana, is one of the most important additions to the understanding of caste. Here, the author discusses some of the major concerns of the book with Souradeep Roy, member of the editorial collective of the Indian Cultural Forum.
Souradeep Roy (SR): You don’t belong ...
- 11 Die in Police Fire on Protesters Against Vedanta Subsidiary in India
Bibin Sam Thomas
At least 11 people were killed and scores of others including women and children injured in a brutal police attack and firing on people agitating against Sterlite Copper, a subsidiary of global mining conglomerate Vedanta, in the city of Thoothukudi, in Tamil Nadu, India. Official figures however maintained the death toll at 11. The firing ...
- Closing the Ring
The sense of unease is only deepening. Truth had become a casualty long ago but the spin gets more and more innovative. Those who do wrong, turn it around and claim they are right and since long, murder and violence have a strong justification. Remember every action has a reaction? While much of the media ...
- Psychiatrists Unravel the Psychological Toll of Partition
Sanjeev Jain and Alok Sarin
Collated and edited by psychiatrists, the book thus tries to bring together the issues of partitioning and dividing the human experience, and its impact on the cultural life, including medical and psychological health. The contributors include social scientists, literary critics and psychiatrists, who try to engage in this debate at various levels. This diversity of ...
- The Minority Votes in the Karnataka Elections
Unconscious AHINDA and Aggressive Others
As explained earlier, all the pre-poll surveys and the well-attended pre-poll rallies held by the chief minister Siddaramaiah, who himself hails from an AHINDA Kuruba Caste (Shepherd), proved that most of the downtrodden sections of the society (the AHINDA social groups) were happy with the several welfare schemes of the government. ...
- Who Has Skimmed the Cream? Farmers to Ask BJP to “ Quit India “ on August 9
The Citizen Bureau
A campaign for the signature of 10 crore farmers across India will culminate on August 9 with a “Quit India” call to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Large rallies will be held across India’s district headquarters with the farmers handing over the signatures to the respective District Collectors with a demand that BJP Quit India on ...
- BJP’s Plan B – How To Grab Power Without Winning Elections
The BJP is displaying all the signs of a power hungry outfit that will stop at nothing to achieve its goal. Due to the 2014 result when Modi led the party to a dramatic victory in the Lok Sabha, and then by winning several Assembly elections, its leadership and followers – as also its mentor, ...
- 9 Killed in Police Firing at a Protest Against Copper Mining Company Sterlite in Tuticorin
At least 9 people were killed and 30 injured when police opened fire at a protest against copper mining company Sterlite in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in Tamil Nadu. A statement issued by the state’s Governor Banwarilal Purohit though placed the death toll at 11. There are fears that even this number could go up as 9 ...
- TISS admin serves show cause memo to the protesting students
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) – Mumbai was in the news recently after it issued show cause memos to over 20 students. According to the memo, the students had seven days to submit their response, failing which the institute would initiate disciplinary action against them for participating in the students strike demanding reinstatement ...
- The Plain of Aspiration by Paula Sengupta
The Plain of Aspiration by Paula Sengupta
- “Is the Left ready to receive a new Ambedkarite wound?”: Soumyabrata Choudhury
The writer in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In this discussion on Soumyabrata Choudhury’s Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme, Souradeep Roy asks what kind of influence Choudhury’s time at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has had in the writing of the book. In this section, they also Choudhury also asks if the Left, which has had a very active and living ...
- Understanding the Vote Share in the Karnataka Elections
As this article is being written, the high drama that unfolded in Karnataka after the conclusion of the election in Karnataka on May 12th has come to a temporary halt. Now that all tricks played by the Governor, at the behest of the Prime Minister and Amit Shah, the national president of the Bhartiya Janata Party ...
- “Do we want to teach our children falsehoods or what constitutes knowledge?”: Romila Thapar
Interview with the historian
Over the last few years, India has seen an increased effort attempt to rewrite her past — with textbooks in schools being one of the mediums to do so. One such incident is when the Shiv Sena and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) submitted separate petitions to the Maharashtra government reiterating their longstanding demand for ...
- “There is a need for reimagining the precepts of human rights” : Dr V Suresh
Anti Facist School Tamil Nadu
Dr.V Suresh, General Secretary of PUCL, shares his concerns and the challenges before the Human Rights movement, in the context of increasing safronisation and fascisisation of the Indian State machinery, including the Judiciary.
In this interview Dr. Suresh also reiterates the need for reimagining the precepts of human rights and expand its ambit beyond the civil ...
- Countdown to Ayodhya
Babri Masjid: 25 Years On was published as a Special Issue by the Indian Journal of Secularism in 2017 to commemorate 25 years of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The book has multiple narratives — eye-witness accounts, essays on the political events that led upto the demolition, the riots that followed, and how different sections of ...
- B R Ambedkar as an Europeanist
Soumyabrata Choudhury in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In this part of the discussion on Soumyabrata Choudhury’s Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme, Ambedkar is called an Europeanist. Choudhury, however, warns that this Europeanism must be distinguished with Europhilia and Euro-centrism. “Ambedkar is a free thinker,” he says.
Watch the full interview here.
- BJP’s Yeddyurappa Is Chief Minister, But What Awaits The Karnataka Vidhana Soudha?
BS Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka on 17 May 2018. The BJP bagged 104 seats in the 224-seat assembly, and stood as ‘the single largest party’. Yet the party did not cross the halfway mark, it did not touch the ‘magic figure’ of 112 (of the ...
- The Opposition Wakes Up, And How!
As the BJP exposes itself, the Opposition has come into its own in Karnataka. And regardless of what the Governor has done and the Supreme Court might do, the fight back by the Congress and the Janata Dal(S) in Karnataka will have a major impact on the 2019 elections. The BJP is aware of this ...
- Muslims of Malabar and the Left
With the crystallization of modern ideas in society the thought that there has to be a shift from traditional ways grew among Muslims as among other sections of society. Renaissance movements rose in the Muslim community as well as in others. One of the main leaders of this renaissance movement was Sayed Sanaulla Makti Thangal ...
- “Electioneering Machine of Shah and Modi – Have Failed to Win Karnataka”
While Karnataka politics is in the grip of another round of expected horse trading and uncertainty, election results have thrown up a bunch of curious facts that should give food for thought to TV talking heads and commentators. Here are some of them.
1. Modi “magic” is over: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held 21 rallies in ...
- Activists Call for Probe into ‘Illegal Detention’ Related to Bullet Train Project
Activists opposing the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad criticised the "illegal detention" of farmers and activists right before a consultation for the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited was held in Surat on Monday, May 14. The Bhumi Adhikar Andolan and the Shoshit Jan Andolan, based in Maharashtra and Gujarat, have written to the ...
- “Ambedkar broke any prevailing consensus on nationhood”: Soumyabrata Choudhury
The writer in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In our latest interview for the series Writers Talk Politics, we talk to Soumyabrata Choudhury on his book, Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme, published by Navayana. In this part of the interview, Choudhury explains how Ambedkar questions a national consensus around any entity called ‘India’ on the basis of caste.
Watch the full ...
- Bengaluru is Not Lost, Delhi is Not Invincible
While the drama in Bengaluru unfolds slowly over the next few days, we are left with a sense of watching a live thriller playing before our eyes. Of course, like an art film, one is free to see the hero and the villain of this political saga in their own ways. Even the outcome of ...
- Palestinians Call for Strikes, Protests Following Monday Massacre
At least two more Palestinians died on Tuesday, taking the death toll from Monday’s protests to 60. An eight-month-old baby in eastern Gaza, who is reported to have died of tear gas inhalation, was among the victims. The number of wounded has crossed 2,700.
Even as Palestinians prepared to bury their dead, nearly 50 were injured in ...
- 70 Years On, Nakba Continues
Newsclick & The Dawn News Production
It was seventy years back, when more than 750,000 Palestinian Arabs were violently expelled from their homes establishing the State of Israel.
- Death of a Rationalist: Gauri Lankesh
Gauri Lankesh was a fearless journalist and a rationalist, who never minced words while calling out the bigotry and misogyny of right wing extremists. She was shot dead by a man with alleged links to a radical Hindutva organisation in September 2017. As the Saffron brigade busies itself in a nationwide do or die battle for political ...
- A Possible Peace: Imagining Palestinians and Israelis Living Together
All in all though, the sheer enormity of what took place between 1933 and 1945 beggars our powers of description and understanding. The more one studies this period and its excesses the more one must conclude that for any decent human being the slaughter of so many millions of innocents must, and indeed should weigh heavily ...
- The Freedom Theatre in Palestine: Building a Theatre from Ruins
Ola Johansson and Johanna Wallin
In 1948, nearly 800,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes by a movement aiming to colonize the land of Palestine. This was the original Nakba, catastrophe, of the Palestinians. Those who had fled sought temporary refuge in safe areas, waiting for the war to end so that they could return. On the outskirts of the ...
- Ravana’s Fortress by Ambai Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Ravana’s Fortress by Ambai Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
- Jamia Student Harassed Outside New Delhi Metro Station will Record Her Statement Tomorrow
A final year architecture student of Jamia Milia Islamia was allegedly sexually harassed by a rickshaw puller outside the New Delhi Metro Station last Thursday, 10 May 2018. “They’ve asked me to come to the court to give my statement. I will be going to the Tis Hazari court tomorrow to do it,” said the ...
- A Student of Jamia Milia Islamia: “Hindus are not discriminated in the campus”
I’ll be honest. At the outset, when I first started studying in this institution about a year ago, my opinion of it was very different.
Jamia Milia Islamia is a sprawling, lush, green space, expansive in scale; men wearing skull caps and women wearing hijabs dot the campus. I had completed my graduation from Hindu College, ...
- Muneeza Hashmi, Daughter of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, ‘Deported’ From Delhi
The Citizen Bureau
What does it mean when a government extends its hostility for another government to eminent persons like Muneeza Hashmi, daughter of legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, stops her from participating in a conference in Delhi, from even registering at the venue or checking into the hotel, and sends her back as if she was a ...
- Mir Silsila – The Legacy of the Mirs
This is an excerpt from Mir Silsila – The Legacy of the Mirs, published by India Foundation for the Arts. It is one of the outcomes of the Baba Farid Mir Musicians Project. To use their words, it is "a photo essay with breathtaking visuals and compelling text. Written by Rajkumar Rajak in Hindi, with a translation in English by Neha Chaturvedi and Kedar Dunakhe, Mir Silsila documents the yatra or ...
- AIDWA demands stringent action against VC for violation of PcPNDT Act
AIDWA condemns the shocking statement reportedly made by the Vice Chancellor of AYUSH, Shri Baldev Kumar Dhiman, claiming that ayurveda can help in the selection of gender before conception. Not only does this display a completely unscientific mindset, the statement also violates the PcPNDT Act which makes sex selection illegal, whether before or after conception. ...
- Letter from Former Civil Servants to Chief Secretary, Haryana on Intimidation of Muslims Offering Namaz
Former civil servants have written open letters since 2017 (here and here), expressing their anguish at the unchecked attempts to spread hatred and discord among communities. Eleven of these civil servants have now written (on May 7, 2018) to the Chief Secretary of Haryana on the issue of harassment and intimidation of Muslims offering namaz ...
- Retrieving Babasaheb’s Writings from Oblivion
J V Pawar
The community that reads is the community that survives. The community that does not read does not survive. It means that reading is important for a community for its stability and existence. This is what Babasaheb believed. It was thus necessary to publish the works of Babasaheb in all languages for the benefit of Dalits. ...
- The Communal Tactics of RSS in Karnataka
AK Subbaiah, a senior politician from Karnataka appealed to the masses on Wednesday to be extremely conscious of the statements made by the BJP and Prime Minister Modi. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the Karnataka for Saving Constitution.
Subbaiah lashed out at the BJP National President Amit Shah and the PM, for being silent on ...
- Unofficial Renaming of Akbar Road: Another Attempt at Meddling With the History
A poster that read ‘Maharana Pratap Road’ was found pasted on the signboard of one of Delhi’s iconic streets Akbar road, on May 9. In what appeared to be a mischievous act, the signboard was disfigured with a poster on the day, which also marks the birth anniversary of the Rajput King Maharana Pratap who ...
- The Kolkata People’s Lit Fest gave me hope to organise one such in my hometown
I am very skeptical about literature festivals. I had only attended a few literature festivals — or ‘lit fests’, as they’re popularly known — in the past. I found it odd that a poet or a public intellectual would be flown to the city, be put up in reasonably luxurious hotels, and then flown back. ...
- Remembering the Mughals with Catherine B Asher
The historian in conversation with Somok Roy
Catherine B Asher | Image courtesy The Bodhi Tree and the Orchid
Catherine B. Asher is a stalwart in the field of South Asian art history. Her forte is art, architecture and courtly cultures of early modern India, more specifically, of the Mughal period. Her seminal book Architecture of Mughal India, published as part of the ...
- Lawyers Collective in solidarity with Advocate Afshan Parcha
Lawyers Collective strongly condemns the incident in Tiz Hazari court on 4th May 2018 during the ongoing strike of advocates, wherein a female advocate Afshan Pracha, who was attempting to appear for her client was badly manhandled by the executive members and advocates on strike.
She was not allowed to appear in the court and was ‘gheraod’ by the ...
- “Gorakhpur is my home, India is where I belong”: Dr. Kafeel Khan
Tanya Ranjan & S M Seraj Ali
“I will not leave Gorakhpur. I will not leave India. This is my home,my soul resides here” asserted Dr Kafeel Khan in his first interaction with journalists and civil society members after his release from Gorakhpur prison.
“It is a strange feeling actually because this is the same hall and probably in front of the same ...
- Justice B G Kolse Patil’s lecture on Save Constitution Save India
In the seminar "Save Constitution Save India" organised by We The Socialists group of institutions was held on Sunday, 22nd April 2018 in Pune, at the S.M. Joshi Socialist Foundation.Justice B.G. Kolse Patil reminds of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s words—that Brahminism and Capitalism are the twin enemies of this country. In his speech he adds that ...
- Will Modi’s Speeches Turn the Tide in Karnataka?
With the state assembly elections in the Southern state of Karnataka drawing closer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been touring in the state. So far, he has addressed the campaigning rallies in Shivamogga, Hubli, Chitradurga, Bagalkot, Raichur, Bengaluru and many other districts in the state. Party President Amit Shah and chief ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ...
- How the Dalit Panthers Planned to Burn Holy Books
J V Pawar
Dr Ambedkar Vichar Darshan Association of Patkar College, Goregaon, hosted a seminar on Raja Dhale’s controversial article in Saadhanaa on 9 October 1972. The chief organizer was Prof S.S. Yadav and those invited on the occasion were Jana Sangh MLA Prof G.B. Kanitkar, socialist MLA Mrinal Gore, Prof Gopal Dukhande from the Yuvak Kranti Dal, ...
- UGC delists Forward Pressand other progressive, anti-casteism journals and magazines
Forward Press Desk
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has delisted Forward Press and other journals and magazines in Hindi, English and other regional languages that are progressive and oppose casteism.The UGC has directed universities to not recruit or promote teachers based on published material in these publications.
Among the magazines delisted by the UGC are Hans, Vaagarth, Kathakram, Dalit Dastak, Samajik ...
- Savarkar First Spoke of the Two-Nation Theory: Irfan Habib
The dispute surrounding Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait from the Aligarh Muslim University has raked up many old controversies about the late founder of Pakistan. In Indian version of the history, Jinnah has always been portrayed in bad light, and his contribution to the freedom struggle has been subverted. Historian Irfan Habib talked to Tarique Anwar about the ...
- Condemn the State Sponsored Massacre Scripted as ‘Encounter’ in Gadchiroli and Bijapur in Central India
Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) condemn the recent spate of genocidal violence unleashed by the Indian State on the adivasis of Central India in the form of ‘encounter’ killings in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The alleged ‘encounter’, a term used in the subcontinent to describe the extra-judicial ...
- “I did not want to receive the National Award from a BJP Minister”: Aneez K Mappila
The director in conversation with Sreelakshmi
The 65th National Film Awards ceremony, held on 3 May 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, witnessed a mass boycott by filmmakers and artists when it was announced that the awards will be distributed by the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani, instead of the President, a tradition that has been unbroken for 65 years. ...
- “Keep the constitution and democracy alive, don’t vote for BJP”says KFSC
What can the people of Karnataka hope from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which hosts people like Anant Kumar Hegde, a sworn in minister who wants to change the backbone of Democracy? With this question, ‘Karnataka Forum to Save the Constitution’ (KFSC) has been organising public meetings across the state. The Forum is led by the ...
- Dalit Imagination: An Antidote to Communal Nationalism
Contemporary India is witnessing the appropriation by the Hindu right of the idea of nationalism and its use as a tool to undermine the legiti-mate claims of the deprived sections for justice, equity, equality, and dignity. Historical reading and the study of the writings and activities of Dalits demonstrates that the contemporary trajectory is a ...
- From Equity to Preferential Equity
An extract from History of Education Policymaking in India, 1947-2016
Equity and Education
It is axiomatic that without equity in education a just society is inconceivable; a hierarchical society can be transformed into an egalitarian society only by promoting equity in education. A perennial theme in the history of modern education in India is the question whether equity in education can be attained through equalization of ...
- I Want to Live by Surjit Akre
I Want to Live by Surjit Akre
- Press Freedom and Speech in 2018
- #May Day: Were You?
Lourdes M Supriya
“It’s interesting to have so many like-minded people together in one place. I did not know you when I came here, and you did not know me. So, maybe this is why I came here. But mostly I just came for the books,” said Abhisheik Shandilya, standing in a shady narrow by-lane of Shadi Khampur, ...
- Filmmakers explain why they boycotted the National Film Awards Ceremony
The 65th National Awards ceremony held on 3 May 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi raised some eyebrows when 66 artists and filmmakers walked out of the hall, boycotting the award function. Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani, who was there to present the award, was greeted by a largely empty hall, whose absence was made ...
- Statement on handing over Red Fort to Dalmia Bharat
The Indian people cherish their great heritage that exists in physical terms in its monuments as well as the huts and tools of ordinary men and women of the past. What remains from the past needs not only to be faithfully preserved, but also correctly interpreted.
The present regime in power has an unsavoury past in ...
- Bastar Journalist Kamal Shukla booked on Sedition charges
On April 29, Chhattisgarh Police have booked senior journalist and activist Kamal Shukla on sedition charges under Section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code. The matter pertains to a cartoon about the Judge Loya case, criticizing the government and judiciary that Shukla shared from his Facebook wall few days ago.
However, his lawyer Isha Khandelwal from Jagdalpur Legal ...
- The Passage
While she passed over the woods, her hair flying
in the winds of the cloud-lit Pushpak,
- On Satyajit Ray’s birthday, remembering dignified criticism of historical films
Satyajit Ray was born today, 2 May, in 1921. This year, his birthday comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding the film Padmavaat (initially named Padmavati). Controversy is a euphemism for vandalism of a film set, physical attacks on school buses, hours and hours of fruitless television debates over Rajput honour, and even a ...
- Ashok Mitra
Ashok Mitra who passed away on May1, 2018, was the doyen among Left intellectuals in the country, held in the highest esteem by one and all for his absolute integrity, his outstanding intellect and his commitment to the cause of the working people.
Born on April 10, 1928, in the eastern part of undivided Bengal, he was a ...
- Over 100 Journalists Write To IB Ministry Against Proposal To Regulate Digital Media
The Citizen Bureau
A group of over 100 journalists and other professionals related to online media today wrote to the Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to express their concerns over the Ministry’s proposal to extend traditional broadcasting rules and restrictions to the internet.
The journalists include both veterans of the industry like Raghav Bahl, MK Venu, Madhu Trehan, ...
- In Conversation with Vocalist Askari Naqvi
In Conversation with Vocalist Askari Naqvi
- A Battle For Freedom: Wilson and the Safai Karamchari Andolan
Why are so many Indian workers dying in sewers and septic tanks?
Why are they forced into the dehumanising work of manual scavenging?
Why has the government, the media and civil society not insisted on ending manual scavenging?
Is it because these workers, these women and men, are Dalit?
- Indian History Congress Statement on Red Fort
The Indian History Congress is greatly perturbed at the announcement that Dalmia Bharat, a cement company with no known experience of maintenance of monuments is being made the custodian of the Red Fort of Delhi, a major national monument. It has also been announced that other monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are also in line ...
- Remembering Lenin on May Day
Souradeep Roy in conversation with Prakash Karat, Suchetana Chattopadhyay, and Vijay Prashad
“One of the key allies of the All India Kisan Sabha in the Long March was the BharatiyaShetkariKamgarPaksha (Peasants and Workers Party of India; PWP). The General Secretary of the party is Jayant Patil, a member of the Legislative Council of Maharashtra. Patil referred to the arrogance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in thinking ...
- Economist Ashok Mitra Dies on Mayday
Dr.Ashok Mitra who passed away on the morning of May 1, 2018, was the doyen of Left intellectuals in the country. A brilliant economist, he was the Minister of Finance, Development and Planning of West Bengal in the first Left Front government of that state in 1977 and remained in that office till 1986. His ministerial tenure coincided ...
- #MayDay: The Gendered Proletariat
Rethinking the Prostitute Question
Prostitution and the Feminist Debate
A sex worker, as we know her today, is defined by work. She is socially useful reproductive labour: a gendered proletariat. The prostitute is neither a factory labourer nor a female wage worker to be termed as a proletariat; nor is she a domestic maid working at home. She is a ...
- Injunction on book on Baba Ramdev’s life lifted in landmark victory for free speech
On April 28, 2018 the court of JSCC-ASCJ-GJ, East District, Karkardooma Courts, Delhi, presided by Sh. Jay Thareja, DJS, lifted the ex-parte interim injunction on the publication and sale of Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev. The publisher Juggernaut Books and author Priyanka Pathak-Narain were represented by Rajashekhar Rao, Satyajit Sarna and Amit Agrawal.
On August 4, ...
- On #MayDay, Remembering the Powerful Kisan Long March
"I’ve lived 35 years in this megapolis – and have rarely seen a rally so meaningful"
I’ve lived 35 years in this megapolis – and have rarely seen a rally so meaningful, so satisfying
— P Sainath
The marchers were from a few regions of Maharashtra, but spoke for every farmer and labourer in the country. The protestors were very poor farmers and workers – in India’s wealthiest state. Gaps between rich and ...
- The Importance of Being Rajni Tilak
Vidya Bhushan Rawat
The sudden demise of Ambedkarite feminist Rajni Tilak on 30 March 2018 is a big loss to the dalit movement, particularly in North India. She had been spearheading a campaign to empower dalit women. The younger activists would look to her for guidance and support. I had known her for nearly 25 years. I found ...
- Caste in Music
T M Krishna
A Karnatik music class is not a place for musical exchange alone. It is a cultural space, a caste-specific cultural space. From the way students are expected to dress to the pictures that decorate the walls, the environment informs you of what is the norm. Girls almost always had to be dressed in salwar-kameez or what ...
- Modi’s Political Grammar
An old Persian fable – The Devil’s Syrup – highlights the purpose of the Devil: to disrupt, create chaos and gain power through anarchy. An honest man enters a confectioner’s shop. The Devil quietly drips a drop of sugar syrup on the confectioner’s balding head. A fly sits on his head and begins to suck the syrup. ...
- Mridula Garg on writing, censorship, and her latest novel
The author in conversation with Lourdes M Supriya
Lourdes M Supriya (LMS): Could you talk a little about how censorship is an impingement on the rights of the writer? What does it say about our society?
Mridula Garg (MG): I was arrested by the police in 1982 for my novel Chittacobra, which was published in 1979. I The censorship of my novel was an ...
- And Then There Was Michael Weiss
This is a short extract from The Last Email (2017), Mridula Garg's latest novel.
Mridula Garg is one of the few Hindi writers who also write in English. The Last Email is about two lovers who reconnect after four decades. They realise that the long years of separation have not diminished their love and desire for each other. They're both ...
- Sikh Advocacy Group Raises Voice For Professor G.N. Saibaba
Canada-based World Sikh Organisation (WSO) has raised its voice for the disabled Delhi University Professor, who continues to be incarcerated under inhuman conditions.
G.N. Saibaba – who is ninety percent disabled below his waist – is serving a life sentence after being convicted for being a supporter of the Maoist insurgents.
His family and supporters believe that ...
- Incessant Attacks on Bengal Reporters, Journalists Wear Black Badges in Protest
Incessant attacks on journalists have continued throughout the state of West Bengal in the last fortnight. The attacks had started after the nomination process for the panchayat polls begun on April 2 and continued ceaselessly till April 9, which was the last day of submission of the nomination papers.
According to preliminary estimates, at least 70 journalists have been attacked ...
- Andhra Aadhar Leak Confirms Violation of Citizen Rights: “Not By Default But By Design”
Vidushi Verma & Amardip Kumar Singh
“The government agencies are pretending to be shocked by yet another ‘leak’. The ‘leak’ shows the true character but real message is that it is not happening by default but by design”, said Dr Gopal Krishna, Member, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), who has been working on the subject of Big Data and biometric-digital ...
- The Culture of Discrimination
Image courtesy Aleph
Notions of the ritual purity of the Brahmana go back to the Brahmana as the Vedic ritual specialist. As I have mentioned earlier, Vedic Brahmanism had been less prominent with the rise of Puranic Hinduism. But there was a revival of Vedic rituals, legitimizing rulers in the multiple kingdoms that emerged in the ...
- बलात्कारविषयी नवीन अध्यादेश: आग रामेश्वरी बंब सोमेश्वरी
Following the rape cases of Kathua and Unnao, sensible and sensitive citizens of this country are really disturbed. What is even more worrisome than the brutality of the these cases, is the support that these accused have managed to garner. Adding fuel to the fire, leaders and politicians are making statements that are underrating the ...
- Madeeha Gauhar is No More: Subcontinent Loses a Great Cultural Icon
Our sub-continent has lost a great practitioner of people’s theatre, leading light of women’s movement, author, peace activist, a great fighter against Islamic totalitarian regimes in Pakistan and a dear friend. She and her husband were jailed many times by the military regimes in Pakistan. She died early morning on April 25, 2018 after a ...
- April Madness : An Ordinance That Will Encourage Murder With Rape
“April is the cruelest month” wrote T S Eliot in "Wasteland". It may be a co-incidence but it is a matter of statistics that the Criminal Law Amendment Act was passed in April 2013 and the same law has now been amended in April 2018 , especially the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) ...
- Dropout Rate Continues to Plague Government Schools in Delhi
Even as the Delhi government maintains that they have drastically uplifted the education sector, a recent survey has found that more than 30 per cent children in the age group 6-14 years have either dropped out of the school, or were never enrolled. The data for the survey was collected from 17 urban settlements in Shahdara and ...
- AIDWA Statement on Conviction of Asaram
AIDWA welcomes the verdict of the Jodhpur court in the case against Asumal Harpalani, the self-styled godman “Asaram Bapu,” in which he has been convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life. It is noteworthy that the trial court found him guilty on many counts, including the heinous crime of having raped a minor in ...
- A Welcome Verdict: Asaram Sentenced to Life Term in Jodhpur Rape Case
Five years since the offence, a trial court in Jodhpur held 'godman' Asaram and two others guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2013 and have sentenced them to a life term. The court acquitted two of the five accused. The verdict was delivered by Special Judge for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe cases, Madhu Sudan Sharma ...
- The BJP and the Dalits
The Citizen Editorial
The Bharatiya Janata Party is worried about the electoral repercussions of the Dalit alienation, but has clearly unleashed forces that —under impunity—have acquired a volition of their own.
The body of a young 19 year old Dalit girl Pooja Sakat, was recovered from a well just yesterday but despite the immediate ‘land dispute’ cover up it ...
- Political Parties Have Looked at Slum Dwellers as Vote Bank: Narasimhamurthy
The Slum Janandolana, Karnataka (SJK-Movement of Slum Dwellers, Karnataka) is organising slum dwellers to fight for their rights and against the oppression by the state and bureaucracy for a decade now. Newsclick and Indian Cultural Forum spoke to Narasimhamurthy, state convenor, SJK, about the approach of the political parties in the state towards the demands of slum ...
- Four More Palestinians Killed as Protesters Surge Towards Gaza-Israel Border
Four more Palestinians were shot dead on April 20 and another 729 wounded, as 10,000 protesters in the besieged Gaza strip, unfazed by Israeli soldiers’ use of live ammunition, surged 300 meters closer to the border fence than they were in previous week’s protests. Among those killed was 14-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, who was shot in the ...
- Lenin Lives On in Revolutionary Ideas
On his 148th birth anniversary, people gathered with songs of protest and revolution by Lenin statue at Nehru Park. People can demolish his statues, but his ideas shall forever live on.
- Joint Memorandum from the Dalit diaspora in the United Kingdom to the Prime Minister of India
The Ambedkar House in London is a fitting memorial to Dr Ambedkar and his remarkable legacy to social and economic reforms for India. We, the Dalit diaspora in the UK who have benefited from Dr Ambedkar’s reforms in India, are proud to be associated with this important memorial to Babasaheb Ambedkar funded by the Government ...
- PM Modi No Show at the Ambedkar House in London on 19 April 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to visit the newly refurbished Ambedkar House in London on Thursday 19 April in the afternoon. We were told he had a window of about 90 minutes during which he could make a quick visit.
Around 50 guests from the Ambedkarite, Ravidassia, Valmik, Dalit Organisations campaigning to outlaw Caste discrimination ...
- Handkerchief of Leather
Blistered, beaten, Kali's foot, brute, staring
at the ascetic's crescent tongue
The Ganges shrunken to a pale comb of water
while the petals of ash huddle to form
Blistered, beaten, Kali's foot, brute, staring
at the ascetic's crescent tongue skiddy as ...
- Dalit Memory, Imagination and the Nationalist Narrative
In conversation with Chinnaiah Jangam
The Indian Cultural Forum spoke to Chinnaiah Jangam, author of Dalits and the Making of Modern India and a historian specialising in modern south Asian social and intellectual history. In this wide ranging conversation, he speaks on the nature of Dalit traditions of coping with, and resistance, caste discrimination and oppression. He insists on the ...
- Stand Against Rape and Rapists
From the protest "Stand Against Rape and Rapists" in Gonda: This map is a summary of the reported cases of rapes in India by geographical location. There are cities which reported more than one incident between January 2018 and April 2018. Pinned locations were plotted after a study of cases published by reliable national media houses.
- Shehla Rashid on Kathua, Online Abuse, and the Fake News Machinery
Shehla Rasid in conversation with Surangya
Shehla Rashid talks to Newsclick about online trolling and abuse, and the kind of responses she received when taking up the Kathua rape issue. She also responds to the accusations against her of politicising the incident and remarked on the role of fake news in changing opinions of people and creating doubts in their minds ...
- Academics From Around the World Call PM Modi’s Response to Kathua and Unnao “Wholly Inadequate”
An open letter
Over 600 academicians and scholars from India and abroad have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express their “deep anger and anguish” over the events in Kathua and Unnao and said that his assurances of justice for the victims were “wholly inadequate, platitudinous, and non-specific”.
Endorsing the sentiments expressed by 49 former ...
- ബാബായ്ക്ക് ഒരു കത്ത്
വീട്ടില് തിരിച്ചെത്തിയോ, ബാബാ?
ആ ദുര്ഭൂതങ്ങള് എന്നെ പിച്ചിച്ചീന്തിയപ്പോള്
അവ മാത്രമേ കൂടെ കരയാന് ഉണ്ടായുള്ളൂ.
കണ്ണടച്ചു നിന്നു, ആറ്റുവഞ്ചികള്
തല കുനിച്ചു, നീരുറവകള്
എന്റെ ചോര പോലെ
ചന്ദ്രനെ മുതുകിലേറ്റി വരുന്ന
വെളുത്ത കുതിരകളെ സ്വപ്നം കാണുന്ന
മയക്കത്തില്, അവരെന്നെ അവരുടെ
ദേവതയ്ക്കു കുരുതി കൊടുക്കാന്
ഞാന് കരുതിയതേയില്ല, ബാബാ.
പാതി മയക്കത്തില് ഞാന്
ഇബ്ബിലീസുകളുടെ ഇരുണ്ട പൊട്ടിച്ചിരികളും
കുതിരക്കുട്ടികളുടെ നിലാവു പോലുള്ള
കരച്ചിലും കേട്ടു, ഉണര്ന്നപ്പോള്
എങ്ങും ചോരയായിരുന്നു, ബാബാ,
നമ്മുടെ കുതിരകളെ കാണാനില്ലായിരുന്നു,
ആറ്റക്കുരുവികളും ജിന്നിന്റെ പോലുള്ള
ഞാന് ദാഹിച്ചു നിലവിളിച്ചു
അവരെനിക്കു വെള്ളം തന്നില്ല,
പകരം മറ്റൊരാള് വന്നു, പിന്നെ വേറൊരാള്.
മാമ എന്നെ വിളിക്കുന്നത് കേട്ടു
എനിക്കു വിളി ...
- The Menace of Fake News, a.k.a ‘Godi Media’
Across the world, fake news has become the preferred way to subvert democracy and for authoritarian regimes to do as they please. From the capital cities to far-flung districts, an elaborate infrastructure has been developed to manufacture and spread fake news. Governments and their favoured corporations do this in tandem. Statements of heads of state ...
- The Spark in Their Words
Basava, Kalburgi. Neither was an atheist; but both believed in, and practised, a radical form of religion. Their words—indeed, their lives—were texts that challenged the powerful status quo.
If the reformer and poet Basava were alive today, we would call him an activist, or even a radical. Back in the twelfth century, when he spearheaded a ...
- After Mahabharata Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee translates ‘महाभारत के बाद’ by Uday Prakash
After Mahabharata Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee translates ‘महाभारत के बाद’ by Uday Prakash
- Protest Against Kathua and Unnao Rape Cases Puts Focus on Unnatural Deaths in Mangalore
Protesting the incidents of rapes in Kathua, Unnao and Surat, hundreds gathered outside the District Collector’s office in Mangalore on April 16. The protesters also iterated the case of the brutal gang rape and murder of a 17-year-old in Belthangady in October 2012. Parents of the deceased victim launched a candle light vigil during the ...
- Shillong Times Editor Attacked
Yet another attack on journalists reported as two men on a motorcyle hurled petrol bombs at the residence of Padma Shri award winning writer, activist and journalist Patricia Mukhim in Shillong, Meghalaya on Tuesday evening.
Thankfully, she escaped unhurt. The police arrived on the spot and started investigation. According to local media, at around 8.30 pm ...
- How two lawyers are bringing hope for the Bakarwal community seeking justice in the Kathua rape case
It’s hard to find hope when everything around is moving into a dark abyss of misdeeds, hatred and sectarianism. When children yet to blossom into beautiful adults are sacrificed at the altars of nationalism, hatred, communalism. When a life is cut short way ahead of time and when those defending the child are also thirsty ...
- The Rape Law and Constructions of Sexuality
- An Anti-Art Fair
Lourdes M Supriya
Come February, the capital plays host to the India Art Fair, the largest art fair in the country. Owing to its popularity, a number of parallel art fairs have also sprung up in the city in reaction. This year saw the tenth edition of the fair. Interesting, this year also saw the first edition of ...
- “I don’t want people to see The Slave Genesis as an anthropological film”: Aneez K Mapila
The director in conversation with Sreelakshmi
Malayalam documentary filmaker Aneez K Mappila won the National Film Award for the Best Anthropological Documentary Film in 65th National Awards, Government of India for his documentary The Slave Genesis. The Indian Cultural Forum talked to the director on his experience while working with the Paniya tribes.
Sreelakshmi (SL): As a person not belonging to the ...
- Activists Demand Israeli Soldiers to Disobey Illegal Orders to Shoot Unarmed Palestinians
Israeli forces continue to open fire against Palestinians as the 45-day long Great Return March reached its third week last Friday. Having already killed more than 30 people – including journalists covering the protests, and injured over a thousand, last Friday, Israeli forces have injured at least 700 more, including 17 medical personnel, by using ...
- Bharatiya Janata Party Announces Its Second List of 82 Candidates in Karnataka
The assembly elections in Karnataka are to be held on 12 May 2018. The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)), the major parties contesting in this elections have been campaigning in the state for about an year now. As the elections approach, these parties are now facing internal clashes based on ...
- A New Ambedkarite Wound
This is a short extract from the introduction to the book Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme (Navayana, 2018). Choudhury, here, reignites the debate over the appropriation of Ambedkar. Amidst rising echoes for Ambedkar-Marx, Ambedkar-Marx-Bhagat Singh, Ambedkar-Marx-Gandhi-Bhagat Singh, he provocatively asks us to think of Ambedkar's singular exceptionality. "he question", he says, "is ...
- U P Number in Goa
I don’t speak Konkani too well
Just a smattering
To get by, for example, vhodlo Goldflake
To let the shopkeeper
Know my preference
He looks at the number plate of my car
And asks about U.P.
I don’t know what to say—It’s a vhodlo state, I mumble
Pretty dry, and gets unbearably hot in the summers
The winters are intense too
The forests around the river where my parents ...
- In Mangalore, Protests Seeking Justice for Kathua and Unnao Rape Victims are Also a Fight for the Survivor Murdered in Dharmasthala
On 16 April, 2018, Mangalore saw protesters gather in front of the District Commissioner’s office seeking justice for the Kathua and Unnao rapes. It began with the Dharmasthala survivor's mother lighting the first candle to lead the march. The protest was one among several others that broke out in multiple cities across India after news ...
- Why is Devdas, a failure, so popular among Indian filmmakers?
Shoma A Chatterji
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s works have remained a hot favourite with Indian filmmakers. His novels have been translated into all major Indian language. What is it that makes him so popular even now, decades after his novels were first published? Is he different from other Indian writers in some way? Or, does his fiction lend itself ...
- BJP Minister Lal Singh Repeats Kathua March in Jammu For Release of Rape Accused
Amid simmering tensions in Jammu region, the BJP Minister, Lal Singh, who was forced to resign last week for rallying in support of the accused in rape-and-murder of Kathua girl, today took out a march in the Hindu majority region to demand CBI probe into the case.
Witnesses and reports said hundreds of Singh’s supporters assembled ...
- Unnao and Kathua Cases Will Not be Tolerated: India Rises For Justice
Citizens in multiple cities across the country have been protesting against the recent rape cases of Unnao and Kathua. The country is shocked at the audacity of the state which has been delaying justice as the guilty are close to the ruling dispensation. In the case of Kathua, sexual violence has been used as a ...
- A Poet Regrets
Words have stampeded (the children are dying)
The herdsmen have left ( their children dying)
You only have words and words are no use
Condemning the killers is it any use?
Worse than the killers are doctrines foot loose
That propel them and bolster their fingers and hands
As they go round the neck of the girl like a band.
A girl ...
- Read the open letter sent by former civil servants to the Prime Minister
Forty nine civil servants have written an open letter to the Prime Minister in the wake of his silence over the horrific incidents at Kathua and Unnao.
Forty nine civil servants have written an open letter to the Prime Minister in the wake of his silence over the horrific incidents at Kathua and Unnao.
Shri Narendra Modi
Honourable Prime Minister of India
15 April 2018
Honourable Prime Minister,
We are a group of retired civil servants who came together last year to express our concern at the decline ...
- A convention in Delhi will mark one year of G N Saibaba’s arrest
Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr G N Saibaba
Last month, Professor G N Saibaba completed one year in prison since he was convicted for alleged links with Maoists by the sessions court in Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr G N Saibaba is organising a meeting on 22 April from 1 pm at ...
- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “I want to revive the connections between Africa and Asia”
The writer in conversation with Sudhanva Deshpande
This is the first part of a conversation between Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Sudhanva Deshpande. The writer was in Delhi for the ILF Samanvay Translations Series-2018, organised in collaboration with Seagull Books, at the Indian Habitat Centre. In this conversation with Deshpande, actor and publisher, he talks of the presence of India in his novels; ...
- How Bengal Burned in the Name of Ram
As I was entering Asansol, I was saw a signboard that says, “Welcome to Asansol: The City of Brotherhood”. The city had erupted in communal violence last month, and the irony of this greeting was not lost to me.
At least six persons have lost their lives and around 120 people have been injured in the ...
- The Repellent “New” Idea of India at Work
That Asifa’s abduction, rape and strangulation, a particularly gruesome crime, aroused a virulent response from Jammu High Court Bar Association, as well as the Kathua Bar, in the name of “sentiments of the (Hindu) people”, invites attention to a phenomenon which has long been there but rarely acknowledged. The case was investigated by the SIT ...
- What Does it Mean for Indian Democracy When the Police Has to Appoint Investigating Officers From a “Third” Religion
What does it mean for a democratic nation when rape is justified? And rapists protected, first by mobs that march in their support, and then by the administration that refuses or unable to take action? And then to cut through the absence of trust and communalisation a state police has to bring in officers from ...
- How the Israeli military kills innocent Palestinians
An excerpt from Max Blumenthal's book on the 2014 siege of Gaza
The visuals of Israeli snipers cheering as shots are fired against unarmed protesters in Gaza, who are participating in The Great March of Return, have gone viral on social media. We think it is important to remember that Gaza is an open air prison and that these cold blooded murders of unarmed residents, who are mostly ...
- Caste: The Ugly Side of the Indian Railways
From April 14, we are likely to see the government celebrate Ambedkar's birth anniversary. With this post we begin a series of stories that don't just look at Ambedkar's life, but also what he stood for. We have to remember that the government's non-acnowledgement of caste, against which Ambedkar launched a crusade in his lifetime, is still ...
- Kathua Girl’s Parents Speak Up Against Ordeal
The Kathua rape incident is being communalised to a level where the situation in the Jammu region might get out of hand. Newsclick spoke to Kathua girl's parents on what happened to their 8-year-old daughter.
- Resisting the Occupation: Palestine’s Great Return March
Palestinians mobilise in large numbers but are met with horrific violence. How long will the international community be silent to Israel’s War Crimes?
- Why are People All Over the World Marching for Science Again?
Last year, the global March for Science drew people to the streets in more than 600 cities across the world. The march will be happening this year again on the 14th of April. In India, the march is expected to take place in multiple cities again. What are these people demanding? What is the need ...
- “Either preserve the institutions that we envisioned to build or allow them to be undermined”: Anand Grover
On the do’s and don’ts of good lawyering, much has been written. This is especially true for India, where there is the example of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who famously said, “I realised the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.” He justified this by saying, “I lost ...
- Poem for Asifa
Tribute to Asifa
A-ll grey and weathered on the valley and before
s-he was gone once and all, the sky had trembled
i-ndented grass flowers bent down to wipe tears from the night before
f-allen birds, stunned at human treachery,
a-ltered the horizon forever
After I write this acrostic verse above
poetry wants to part ways —
what is the need for rhyme ...
- Perumal Murgan and TM Krishna Respond to Statue Vandalism
Last year in Guwahati, Assam, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government demolished Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Gandhi Mandap garden. The statue was created by renowned sculptor Ramkinkar Baij.
In March this year, almost immediately after the BJP won the State Assembly elections in Tripura after 25 years of CPI(M) rule, BJP supporters celebrated the victory ...
- Telugu Speaking Voters in Karnataka Asked to Vote Against BJP
The current public anger in Andhra Pradesh over the ruling BJP government at Centre not according it with the Special Category Status, as earlier promised, has become quite evident. And this seems to have impacted the Telugu- speaking voters in Karnataka, as the state gears up for the Assembly polls on May 12.
With about 7 ...
- India’s Dalit Spring: The OBCs and The Hindutva Game Plan
The other day a friend of mine said “What India is witnessing is a rule of radical Hinduism, like radical Islamic, radical Christian and radical Buddhist rule in the world at different phases. In any radical religious party or organisation’s rule democracy does not survive”. I did some research on this question of radical religion ...
- Israel Interrogators Abuse and Threaten Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi
This video shows two Israeli interrogators taunt and abuse Palestinian child prisoner Ahed Tamimiduring an interrogation at a police station in the Shaar Binyamin settlement in the occupied West Bank on 26 December.
During the interrogation, two Israeli officers shout at and threaten the 17-year-old, but she remains silent in the face of attempts to coerce ...
- “Militarisation” of Bihar Varsity Campuses: Teachers’ Bodies Cry Foul
Sagarika Kissu & Tarique Anwar
Temples of learning in Bihar are being turned into war zones, allege academicians, students and politicians who are protesting against the appointment of 12 retired Army officers and former bureaucrats as registrars of the state’s 10 universities.
Generally, teachers who are capable of handling administrative and financial responsibilities are appointed as university registrars. Unfortunately, none of ...
- Looking Beyond the Yechury-Karat Binary
Y Venugopal Reddy
A lot of discussions, informed or uninformed, are happening on different platforms in the wake of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Central Committee (CC)’s deliberations, and its outcome, in its meeting in Kolkata. Most of them are aimed at vitiating the discussion rather than constructively contributing to the debate to make it better informed. ...
- Indian McCarthyism: New Modes of Witch-Hunting
S K Pande
With lightning speed, to manufacture consent for the Modi-Shah duo in their rush to 2019, now comes the proposal to control online media through a bureaucratic hastily set up committee. In an era where new style Indian McCarthyism has come into play, it is yet another move to manufacture consent in an atmosphere where opposition ...
- Acquittal For a Hit and Run But Convicted For Poaching
Salman Khan’s conviction in the blackbuck poaching case is welcome news. This decision of a Jodhpur court assures environmentalists and wildlife protection activists that the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is an effective legislation. The actor had been earlier acquitted of charges under the Arms Act as well as of hunting two chinkaras. However, though he was convicted ...
- Barq by Sophia Naz
Barq by Sophia Naz
- Lenin in 1917, Russia; Lenin in 2018, India
“I am a little unconvinced with the last line.”
“Here. It says that Lenin is an important figure for the workers and peasants in India. I wonder if there is any empirical proof ,” said a translator and editor I was about to interview. He was referring to an article we had published after ...
- A Critical Appraisal of Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme 2012
The government of Meghalaya’s Tourism Department came out with a notification on 20 January, 2012, “Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Scheme,” which was to come into effect from the date of the issuance of the notification.
When a government plans to introduce a scheme like this, they need to take into account things like land ...
- Na Turk, Na Hindu: Shared Languages in North India
Modern language ideologies firmly believe that languages ‘belong’ to specific communities, be they ethnic, regional, or religious.These imagined communities, according to Benedict Anderson (1991), get simultaneously projected into the past, present, and the future. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the slogan ‘Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan’ projected Hindi (in the Nagari script) as
the language of the ...
- Kerala Microbiology Professor Competes with BJP Leaders on Unscientific Statements
Earlier this week, a professor from Kallady College in Kerala, Dr. Ranjith Kumar, claimed to have a new scientific explanation for how and why transgender people are born in this country.
Dr Ranjith Kumar, who holds a PhD in microbiology, was quoted as saying, “What will be the children born to women who dress like men ...
- [Watch] Inter Caste Marriages: India’s Forbidden Love
The Supreme Court passed a historic judgement on 27 February 2018, stating that two consenting adults have the right to marry each other and it is illegal for any third party to prevent the marriage. What makes this significant is that, before this, there wasn’t any separate law against honour crimes, specifically, honour killing. The Supreme ...
- Dalit Anger Boils Over Across India
Angry protests broke out across India on April 2, against a Supreme Court judgment that is seen as protecting those who commit atrocities against dalits. Crowds of protestors gathered in towns and cities of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and other places, stopping rail and road traffic, confronting police ...
- Is Smriti Irani Set on Another Collision with The Media?
The Citizen Bureau
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani does not know really when to leave well alone. And journalists are now rushing to the National Media Centre following an alert that she is moving to acquire the one hall from where many accredited journalists operate for a creche for her Ministry employees.
The National Media Centre close ...
- When Jesuit Priests Presented a Painting of Madonna at the Court of Akbar
The Jesuit from Portugal, Fernão Guerreiro (1550–1617 ce), collected letters from Jesuit missions from all over the world and put them into multivolume compilation Relçam. In these volume figure, naturally, accounts of the missions to India, during the time of Akbar and Jahangir. Of specific interest is the account of the time when the Jesuits ...
- 23 March 2018: Black Friday
It was alarming and highly disturbing to see the manhandling and violence that was perpetrated by Delhi police on peacefully marching students on 24th March 2018.
Most mainstream media channels grossly underreported the number of students who attended the march. These students were not only from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) but also from Delhi University (DU), ...
- Government Supporters Used My Identity to Troll Me: JNU Scholar
Ajith E A
I do not believe that my personal background should be the centre of discussion when engaging politically with anyone for any cause. But when all facets of my identity, including my personal details, are exposed and mocked by the Sangh Parivar, I believe that my reply should also focus on the individual that I am ...
- Statue Vandalism — Lenin, Periyer, Ambedkar and Now Azad: Who’s the Foreigner in India?
Ever since Lenin’s statue was taken down in Tripura, statue vandalism seems to have become a trend in the country. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had only just won the State Assembly elections in the erstwhile communist state in March when a statue of Lenin was taken down at Belonia. This was even before the ...
- Editors Guild of India Condems Smriti Irani’s Move on Fake News
"The Government was arrogating for itself the role of a Nanny State"
The Editors Guild of India strongly condemns the arbitrary and draconian measure contemplated by the Union Information and Broadcasting (I &B) Ministry ostensibly to penalise any journalist or media organisation publishing fake news but in fact meant to browbeat and muzzle the press.
By notifying that the I & B Ministry will initiate such proceedings, the ...
- The Lingayata and Hindu Mathas in Karnataka’s Electoral Politics
Four seers of Mathas in Karnataka are aspiring for tickets from BJP in the state assembly elections on 12 May 2018. A report in The Economic Times said Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Mutt in Udupi, Basavananda Swami of Sri Guru Basava Mahamane of Dharwad, Madara Chennaiah Swami of Sri Shiva Sharana Madara Guru peetha and Rajashekarananda Swami of Vajradehi ...
- SC : Choosing a partner is a fundamental right
The Supreme Court passed a historic judgement on 27 February 2018, stating that two consenting adults have the right to marry each other and it is illegal for any third party to prevent the marriage. It observed that the Indian Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to freedom and liberty under Article 19 and 21. ...
- “We want to return to our land”: Thousands of Palestinians at The Great Return March
It was bloody, but it had always been bloody- for Israeli military, the value for a life of Palestinian is not more than the cost of a bullet. As the wall of smoke from the tear gas fired by Israeli forces cleared, 16 Palestinians lay dead. One was blown up by an Israeli tank shell, while ...
- Dalit Protests Paralyse India: Five Dead
Protests that swept north India have cost five lives today as Dalit groups tried to enforce an all-India shutdown over a Supreme Court order. In Madhya Pradesh, four people died during clashes and a man was killed in firing in Rajasthan’s Alwar. Violence was also reported from parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. ...
- Ticket Lobbying: Political Parties Contesting and Their Candidates in the Upcoming Karnataka Election
The Karnataka State Assembly elections are scheduled for 12 May 2018. With election campaigns in full swing, all that is left to be decided now, are the candidates for each party. According to a report in the Kannada daily Prajavani, most of the major parties will be announcing their candidates by 15 April 2018, with ...
- Why does the “Rukmini is from Arunachal Pradesh” myth persist?
The Madhavpur mela held in Porbandar, Gujarat was not without the usual unholy nexus of religion, politics, and pseudo-history. The event titled "Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat" saw the Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in attendance , along with the Union Minister of State for Home. A team from Arunachal Pradesh also participated in the event, the ...
- Protesting Dalit Leaders Leave Amit Shah Dumbstruck
The BJP in Karnataka faces questions which have left the haters of dissent in a state of shock. Amit Shah, the national president of Bharatiya Janata Party, was in Mysuru on March 30, 2018, to interact with the Dalit leaders. His speech was interrupted by the enraged Dalit leaders in the audience. Amit Shah was questioned about ...
- Can cooperatives be a possible alternative to capitalist enterprises?
Eminent economist, Prabhat Patnaik speaks at the launch of the book Building Alternatives: The story of India's Oldest Construction Workers' Cooperative written by T.M Thomas Isaac and Michelle Williams. He discussed the idea of cooperatives being an alternative to capitalist enterprises, and sheds some light on the extent to which such an understanding of cooperatives is ...
- Was Amit Shah’s Yeddyruppa Comment a Freudian Slip or the Truth?
Since November, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been busy campaigning for the state assembly election in Karnataka. BJP has been pretty aggressive in its campaign so far, with all its biggies — right from Amit Shah, the national president of the BJP, who is now living there, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Uttar ...
- “Need to redefine Dalit movement”: Rajni Tilak
The activist in conversation with Moggallan Bharati
Rajni Tilak, Dalit women leader, writer and poet, passed away on 30 March in Delhi. She was awarded with Life Time Achievement Award for her role in Ambedkar’s Dalit Women Movement in Dalit Women Speak Out conference at Pune recently. She was the Executive Director of Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM) and Founder Member of NACDOR. We ...
- [Obituary] Remembering M Sukumaran (1943-2018): The One who Asked Questions
“I can hear around me the question as to why I stopped writing. I had to end my career because of a strong and ceaseless inner voice telling me that I have written whatever I had to write in this life and if I write again I will just be repeating what I have already ...
- Decide Now, Which Side You Are On!
Three years have passed since Comrade Pansare’s murder. I still remember the tremors of that morning’s violence. Sitting with his hand resting on the pavement, just across the house, Comrade Pansare was trying to say something in spite of the immense pain and bleeding that he was experiencing. I can still remember how warm his ...
- Who Owns Meera Bai? Kumkum Sangari in conversation with Souradeep Roy
Who Owns Meera Bai? Kumkum Sangari in conversation with Souradeep Roy
- How much does today’s youth know about Bhagat Singh’s ideas?
Tikender Singh Panwar
In a painting competition organised in a colony in Delhi on the occasion of the 88th martyrdom day (23rd March) of Bhagat Singh along with his two comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev the students were asked to write a sentence or slogan on the ideals of Bhagat Singh. None, out of the 150 students who participated ...
- Bleeding Memory : Babri and Bombay
Citizens for Justice and Peace
An account of how Bombay changed after the 1992 riots. Featuring interviews with Meena Menon, Teesta Setalvad, Justice Hosbet Suresh and Farooq Mapkar.
- If Modi is a Leader, Can Hitler be Far Behind?
The New York Times and The Guardian have recently published articles about a children’s book imprint Pegasus that lists Adolf Hitler as one of the great leaders of the world in one of their books. While Kai Schultz’s article in The New York Times reported that Adolf Hitler is seen as an important leader in ...
- From Glorifying Shambhu Lal in Rajasthan to Violence in West Bengal
In a Ram Navami procession in Rajasthan, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, featured a tableau glorifying Shambhu Lal Regar — the man who hacked a Muslim labourer to death in Rajasamand and captured the gruesome act on video. Shambhulal featured along with Lord Ram and Sita, with a man masquerading as him sitting gloriously on ...
- A Life Lived in Shadows and Silences
This is the Foreword to Mythily Sivaraman's memoir of her grandmother Subbalakshmi, Fragments of a Life: A Family Archive, published by Zubaan in 2006. You can also read Kalpana Karunakaran's essay on her mother on our website here, or some excerpts from the essay here.
When Mythily Sivaraman first spoke to me of her grandmother Subbalakshmi, I felt a ...
- Delhi Streets See Sea of Students and Teachers Marching in Defence of Education
The People's March against the Government's policy onslaught on higher education and attack on reservation, saw an ocean of people descend on Parliament Street. Over 10000 teachers and students constituted the unprecedented gathering that marched with the DUTA banner through Barakhamba Road, Tolstoy Marg, Janpath and Jantar Mantar to finally culminate in a huge public ...
- Dr K — A Poem
Straight out of a redeemed and revised novel
with all the particulars regretted, refitted, reconfigured and reconciled
with an honorary doctorate from the University of Prague
Dr K stepped out of Indira Gandhi International
To be garlanded and warned that one only sleeps badly here
and was sent further
clutching a letter from the Registrar for a Nirala Chair
On the first ...
- Anatomy of Batla House Encounter through Lens of Neyaz Farooquee
The author in conversation with Pranjal
Neyaz Farooquee’s first person’s account of understanding what lay behind the Batla House Encounter on September 10, 2008 — a single incident that changed the narrative of a colony that has pre-dominantly Muslim residents. Neighbors became suspects overnight and the police witch hunting created intense fear amongst the residents of Jamia Nagar in the capital city. Newsclick ...
- Facebook Blocks Punjabi Website That Covers Alternative Politics
Facebook has blocked Punjab-based Suhi Sahver, a website that covers alternative politics, allegedly under pressure from supporters of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
The publisher and editor of the website, Shiv Inder Singh, is a critic of religious fanaticism and is known for his progressive and secular views.
He earlier used to give daily updates ...
- “My health is not at all good” : GN Saibaba Writes from Jail
Wheelchair bound, Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba, who was awarded life imprisonment for aiding and abetting Naxal activities, has written an emotional letter about his health status to wife Vasantha. In the letter, 90 per cent disabled, Delhi University professor writes, “My health is not at all good. I am going through extreme pain in ...
- Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan Releases Enquiry Report on the Kathua Rape
The Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (Delhi) today held a Press Conference at Press Club and released the report of the PMS team which visited Kathua District of Jammu region of J&K state on 18th and 19th of March 2018 in connection with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl of the Bakkarwal tribe ...
- Small Media has Big Impact
Awed by the Big Media? Think again. A new study by American political scientists has found that small news media outlets can have a dramatic impact on the “national conversation” around topics pertaining to public policy.
Even if just three small media outlets (with an average readership of 50,000 each) write a story about a particular issue for ...
- Condemn the Inhuman Treatment of Professor G N Saibaba by the Maharastra Government
Former Delhi University professor G N Saibaba and four others were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Gadchiroli sessions court in Maharashtra in 2014. He spent 14 months in jail before the Bombay High Court granted him bail for six months in July 2015 in view of his deteriorating health condition. He had to surrender and ...
- “Artists Should Own their Means of Production”: BegumX BFR Sound System
BassFoundation Roots sound system is Delhi Sultanate’s (Taru Dalmia) solo project dedicated to roots reggae, with a strictly vinyl-only policy. It was developed in 2008 as a reaction and resistance to the new wave of dance music played off laptops with a ‘louder-the-better’ attitude, BFR brings back the joys of vinyl and old school sound ...
- Lenin, Periyar and Now Azad: A Message in the BJP Attack on Specific Statues
The Citizen Bureau
Taking a leaf out of the US Soldiers trajectory in Iraq where their first act was to bring down a statue of then ruler Saddam Hussein, the BJP continues its attack on statues of iconic leaders across the country. BJP cadres pulled down the bust of freedom fighter Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad in Kakinara, West ...
- My Mother, My Comrade
Growing up as Mythily’s daughter meant discovering, early on, that my mother was different from anyone else I knew; it meant being part of a household that was different from most other households. One of the earliest memories I have of my childhood is of my mother seated at her typewriter. I grew up hearing ...
- JNU के छात्रों पर पुलिस ने कैसे किया अत्याचार सुनिए सुभाषिनी अली की ज़ुबानी
२३ March को Delhi की सड़कों पर JNU के छात्रों के शांतिपूर्ण रैली पर पुलिस ने अटैक किया. छात्र – छात्राओं को मारा गया, उनके कपड़े फाड़े गए और उन्हें पुलिस की एक ट्रेनिंग फैसिलिटी में ले जाया गया – माकपा की पूर्व सांसद सुभाषिनी अली वहां मौजूद थी. तीस्ता सेतालवाद के साथ इस बातचीत ...
- Tens of Thousands of Palestinians to March Towards Israel
Tens of thousands of Palestinians are set to march towards Israel’s borders on the March 30, remembered as the Land Day, in commemoration of the uprising on this date in 1976, which left 6 protesters dead and around a hundred injured. The uprising was triggered in response to the Israeli finance ministry’s decision to confiscate ...
- Journalists March in Defense of Press Freedom
Hundreds of journalists took out a march in Delhi after the incident in the JNU Long March where police misbehaved with some journalists and physically molested two of them. The protesters asserted that the freedom of press to cover an incident without any fear must be upheld.
- Delhi Police Books 25 JNU Students, But Refuse to File FIR Against Officer who Molested Journalist
The Delhi Police has registered a first information report (FIR) against 25 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who were taking part in a march to Parliament on Friday against alleged lack of administrative action against the varsity professor – Atul Johri – who have been accused of sexual harassment by eight women students, autonomy and ...
- Disciplining the Cherry Orchard: Campus Tales from Delhi
For the past two years, the country’s premier universities take to the streets every spring, in defence of our constitutional rights, walking past tree lined avenues with sagged semal branches, singing songs of resistance and freedom, ushering in the march of spring in an otherwise ujdā dayār. The Leviathan fears being reduced to a paper ...
- Blacklist Professors Guilty of Sexual Harassment in Labs, Demand Scientists
Scientists across the country have issued a statement expressing deep concern about the harassment of students in science laboratories, which has been recently brought into the spotlight by the Jawaharlal Nehru University incident. They have urged “Indian scientists, and women scientists in particular, to support the young complainants’ quest for justice, and to further this ...
- Students of the Centre for English Studies, JNU, release a statement in support of their former chairperson, Udaya Kumar
The Indian Cultural Forum has been closely following the developments at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. We interviewed Dr Saitya Brata Das after he was denied his promotion to Professorship despite the support of the then Chairperson, Professor Udaya Kumar, and his adequate qualifications. Now, we learn that Dr Udaya Kumar, along ...
- JNU Students Long March: Another Violent Attack on Dissenting Voices
On 23rd March 2018, a peaceful march by students and teachers of JNU turned violent when the delhi police unleashed lathis and water cannons on peaceful protestors and reporters at the rally. How is one expected to rely on the law and order system in this country when the very people who are meant to ...
- “Government is trying to destroy JNU”: Umar Khalid
Umar Khalid, who was arrested in 2016 for supposedly participating in anti-national activities on campus, spoke to Newsclick at the JNU Long March on 23 March 2018. He talks about how the government has been systematically targeting JNU in an attempt to suppress voices of dissent and ultimately destroy one of the leading institutions in the ...
- JNU Students Long March Faces Police Violence
The Delhi Police on Friday ordered a lathi charge here on thousands of JNU students and teachers, who were marching towards Parliament protesting against removal of several department heads and a coordinator for not complying with the university’s new attendance rules. The other demand included immediate suspension and arrest of Prof Atul Johri who is accused ...