- 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 ...
- May 2018
- 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 Ciudhury 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 ...
- Documenting Hindutva’s Hatred for Our Martyrs: Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev
Today is the 86th anniversary of the martyrdom of three great revolutionaries of India: Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev. Their crime? Their attempt to overthrow the British rule in India. The colonial rulers, like elsewhere, thought that with their death, their ideas and dreams of a democratic-secular and egalitarian independent India would also die. But ...
- The Marxist Beginnings of Cultural Analysis
Eagleton’s Economic Marxist Literary Theory
To conclude the analysis and overview of Eagleton’s generic classification of Marxist literary, we come to what he terms the ‘economic’ approaches. By this Eagleton does not mean to emphasise economic themes within literature, as might be expected. As Eagleton explains in Marxist Literary and Cultural Theory, the "topic might be ...
- A Linguistic and Literary Analysis by Prashant Bagad Translated by Kaushika Draavid
A Linguistic and Literary Analysis by Prashant Bagad Translated by Kaushika Draavid
- Crowd Support Alimuddin’s Killers, Chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” Outside Court
A huge crowd gathered outside a trial court in Ramgarh in favour of 11 self-styled "gau rakshaks" chanted slogans such as "Jai Shri Ram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", leading to a commotion. The cow vigilantes were on March 16 found guilty of lynching to death a Muslim meat trader – Alimuddin Ansari – and were sentenced ...
- JNU Round Up: Autonomy, Attendance and Sexual Harassment
Jawaharlal Nehru University has been plagued by various issues in the past few years and issues seem to be growing every day. Last week, the university saw a series of protests against various issues. Be it the case of sexual harassment against Atul Johri, the sacking of Deans over the attendance issues or the recent ...
- Fact Check: The RSS Had No Role in India’s Freedom Struggle
The role of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in the freedom movement against the British rule, was not an issue in the first five decades of independent India.
The project of constructing its role in the freedom movement started only after a seasoned RSS swayamsevak, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, took over as the Prime Minister of India ...
- स्मृति शेष संकलन: केदारनाथ सिंह स्वयं एक लम्बी कविता थे, कहानी छोड़ गए
चंद्र प्रकाश झा
वो स्वयं एक लम्बी कविता थे. इक खूबसूरत तस्वीर थे. एक सुंदर कहानी थे. एक बेहतरीन शिक्षक थे. एक उम्दा इंसान थे. एक सजग नागरिक थे. एक मुकम्मल व्यक्ति थे।
उनकी एक कविता है जो उन्होंने अपने निधन से 31 बरस पहले , 1978 में लिखी थी. उन्होंने इसका शीर्षक रखा था – मुक्ति. उन्होंने स्वयं ...
- यहीं कहीं रहेंगे केदारनाथ सिंह
हिन्दी कविता की एक महत्वपूर्ण पीढी तेज़ी से विदा हो रही है. यह दृश्य दुखद और डरावना है जहां ऐसे बहुत कम कवि बचे हैं जिनसे कविता का विवेक और प्रकाश पाया जा सके. पिछले वर्ष कुंवर नारायण, चंद्रकांत देवताले, दूधनाथ सिंह, और अब केदारनाथ सिंह. केदार जी रक्तचाप, मधुमेह या हृदयाघात जैसी व्याधियों से ...
- The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation
Ravish in this wide-ranging book, examines the spaces available for people to speak out, whether in the mainstream or on social media, and why they are constantly shrinking. He investigates the threats to free expression—censorship, the fear of institutional, physical and psychological violence—and how these threats are being used to replace civilized debate, dialogue and ...
- Kedarnath Singh: A Short Personal Note
Kedarnath Singh was, without doubt, one of India’s finest living poets. The translations of many of his poems into other Indian and foreign languages earned him admirers across the world. His collections, right from Dharati (1945), to the later ones like Abhi, Bilkul Abhi, Zameen Pak Rahee Hai, Yahan Se Dekho, Akal Mein Saras, Uttar-Kabir, ...
- Indian Children’s Book Under Fire for Listing Hitler as “Great Leader”
World attention is focused on India currently in regard to a children’s book that has come under severe criticism for listing Adolf Hitler as amongst its selection of 11 Great Leaders. The book highlights world leaders who have “devoted their lives for the betterment of their country and people,” and along with Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, ...
- Lingayat Religion Status: From an Egalitarian Philosophy to a Political Tool
Shivsundar in conversation with Yogesh S
The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of Karnataka has decided to extend the religious minority status for the Lingayat community, after persistent demands. Who are the Lingayats? And who are the Veershaivas? Why a separate religion? And, what, if any, impact will this have on the upcoming Assembly elections? Yogesh S from Indian Cultural Forum and Newsclick spoke to Shivsundar, a ...
- “Will my son ever get justice” : Junaid’s Father
“How can the state be so cruel – which instead of bringing them to book – is putting efforts to shield the culprits who barbarically lynched to death a young boy in a moving train in front of hundreds of commuters for no reason,” asks Jalaluddin (46), whose 16-year-old son Junaid was stabbed multiple times ...
- UGC Releases 11 Crores for TISS
It is the 25th day of the strike, TISS students seem to be in cheerful spirit after their resistance has compelled the UGC officials to fly down to Mumbai on March 16 in order to negotiate with the students and TISS administration.
Notably, the struggle by the students has compelled the UGC to release an arrear of Rs. 11 ...
- Memories of Amma
This is an excerpt from an essay that Kalpana Karunakaran wrote on her mother, Mythily Sivaraman. The essay was written for a book of recollections by several people who knew Mythily.
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 ...
- Statement by former JNU faculties on the recent attacks on the university
We the undersigned former teachers of JNU are dismayed by the turn of events in the university since the present Vice-Chancellor has assumed office. The strength of JNU since its inception had been its democratic ethos marked by mutual respect, and cooperation between its three main constituents, the students, the faculty and the administration; the frictions ...
- Delhi University Teachers Strike Against Commercialising Education
As the central government persists in making higher education unaffordable for the vast majority of students in the country, teachers of Delhi University have intensified their ongoing struggle against these moves of the government.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) began a five-day strike on 19 March against the recent policy changes — meant to privatise ...
- The Central University of Odisha Closed Indefinitely Fearing Students’ Agitation
The Central University of Odisha was closed sine die on Thursday following the protests of students that was underway in the campus. The protesting students were demanding fulfilment of their 60-point charter. Vice Chancellor Sachidananda Mohanty ordered to close the campus indefinitely due to “the grave prevailing situation in the campus”.
“The students were out of ...
- JNU Students Launch #SuspendJohri Campaign Against Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment
Nine women students have filed police complaints against Atul Johri, Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), accusing him of sexual harassment, abuse of power and sexual misconduct.
JNU students launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #SuspendJohri on Sunday evening, demanding action against Johri.
Students say Atul Johri is a man close ...
- Want Justice not Revenge: Mariam Ansari
“Though they murdered my husband I don’t want them to lose their lives,” she told this reporter at her home shortly after a court here found the 11 accused guilty of killing him. “I would prefer the court gave them life imprisonment.”
The court’s guilty verdict for the 11 men is the first conviction in India ...
- I must have academic freedom, therefore I dissent
Who is the (YOU?)niverse of a University? Is it possible to talk about the University today? If so, HOW? Is there an idea of University in India? To be, or not to be, able to talk about the University is, in no way, solely dependent upon the system of “knowledge” that is acquired through rigorous ...
- Politics, Culture, and the Political Economy of Everyday Communalism in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
Sudha Pai and Sajjan Kumar
Despite the strong presence after independence of the left and socialist forces in this region, including Mau and Gorakhpur, the eastern districts have experienced the rise of right-wing Hindu forces beginning from the colonial period. This is evident from the role played by the Gita Press Gorakhpur, which was originally established to publish low-cost editions ...
- AIDWA Demands Immediate Suspension of Professor Atul Johri for Sexual Harassment
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has sent the following memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University demanding immediate suspension of Prof AtulJohri and instituting a free and fair inquiry on the complaint of sexual harassment against him. The memorandum is self-explanatory.
Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Subject: Immediate ...
- The Republic of Reasons by Alok Rai
The Republic of Reasons by Alok Rai
- How Ngugi wa Thiongo was translated into Telugu
My relationship with the Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiongo — who is now in exile in the US — spans over three decades and is worth recapitulating to make sense of the reader-writer association. My first acquaintance with his writing; my first letter to him and his hand-written response; my first meeting with him; his ...
- Independent Publishing in India: Almost Island
Sharmistha Mohanty in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In the latest on our series on independent publishing in India, we speak to Sharmistha Mohanty, founder and co-editor of Almost Island. Almost Island has been running a website for a decade now, hosting the Almost Island Dialogues, and has published six books so far, from their imprint, Almost Island Books. Mohanty speaks of the ...
- “भारतीय मीडिया और सिनेमा ‘कास्ट घेटो’ हैं”
सोमनाथ वाघमारे की आनंद मंगनले के साथ बातचीत
न्यूज़क्लिक और इन्डियन कल्चरल फ़ोरम ने युवा फ़िल्मकार सोमनाथ वाघमारे से भीमा कोरेगाँव पर बनी उनकी फिल्म तथा भारतीय मीडिया जगत के विषय में बात कीI सोमनाथ ने बताया कि भारतीय सिनेमा और मीडिया में तथाकथित उच्च जातियों का वर्चस्व रहा है और अभी भी बरक़रार हैI इसलिए समाज के हाशिये पर खड़े तबकों का इनमें ...
- Higher Education in India is at Risk
Education has been an important concern since independence. Several policies and programmes have been introduced, meant to improve the existing scenario of education, by the Government of India.
The University Grants Commission was established in 1948-49; the Secondary Education Commission in 1952-53; the Education Commission in 1964-66; and the National Education Commission on Teachers I & ...
- The Swaminathan Commission Report
National Commission on Farmers, Chaired by Professor M.S. Swaminathan
- Artists Respond to the Kisan Long March
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) mobilised over 25,000 farmers across Maharashtra to come together for a march from Nashik to Mumbai, covering a distance of 200 km, by foot. They began the march on 6 March, 2018. The Kisan Long March, as it is being called, demanded loan waivers and an implementation of the ...
- Sridevi: Breaking Stereotypes?
Shoma A Chatterji
Can Sridevi, as an actress of unique merit, offer readings of some of her films with an underpinning of feminist streaks within a patriarchal world? This question arose in my mind only after her sudden demise and the satellite channels were flush with clips from her many films, song sequences, and comic scenes. One wonders ...
- The UGC Directive on Autonomous Colleges
Higher education in India is facing a twin danger today. One is its commoditisation, by which is meant not just the fact that higher education itself is becoming a commodity but also that the products of higher education, ie, those in whom higher education is “embodied”, are also becoming commodities, in the sense of simply ...
- Farmers All Set to Gherao Maharashtra Assembly on 12th March
Thousands of farmers led by All India Kisan Sabha started the Kisan Long March from Nashik on 6th March. During journey of over 200 kilometers on foot, thousands of more have joined them. The plan is to gherao the assembly on 12th of March and demand answers from the fadnavis government.
- PADS Condemns Post-poll Violence by BJP-RSS Cadre and Supporters in Tripura
The state of Tripura in the North-East of India witnessed unprecedented violence and vandalism by supporters of BJP-IPFT alliance after its victory in recent elections. According to a report in The Indian Express, 7 March, 87 of the 90 CPI(M) offices in Bishalgarh sub division near Agartala have been ransacked, and many CPI(M) supporters are living ...
- Supreme Court Judgement on Passive Euthanasia
Supreme Court of India
- Supreme Court Sets Aside Kerala High Court Order Annulling Hadiya’s Marriage
In another twist to the Hadiya case, the Supreme Court of India set aside the Kerala High Court Order which annulled Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan. The operative part of the Judgement was delivered on March 8. The Court also added that the Judgement delivered by the Court would not affect any ongoing investigations by ...
- Modi government may celebrate International Women’s Day but it’s no Padman
We all saw how the “Padman Challenge” went viral on social media in February this year. While the vision of celebrities holding up sanitary napkins in an attempt to break the taboo associated with menstruation was something to cheer for, a ripple of voices questioned the wastefulness of the exercise as mere lip-service to the ...
- Why Is Lenin Special to India?
Public response to toppling of Lenin's statue in Tripura has surprised many, including the BJP, the party that presided over the act.
What's so special about Lenin? What kind of a hold has he–a Russian revolutionary–villified by the West, reviled by Hindutva right, avoided by centrists–over Indian public memory?
Answers to these questions lie in the unique ...
- Beware, The Co-option of International Women’s Day
News is coming in that like every year, International Women’s Day on March 8 is being marked by giant corporations, governments of various shades, NGOs and charities, and of course, celebrities from Bollywood to Hollywood, and studios in between. Mac Donald’s has decided to upturn its brand sign of two arches (so that it looks like a ...
- लेनिन की सिर्फ मूर्ति टूटी है, उनके विचार नहीं
बीजेपी और IPFT के त्रिपुरा की सत्ता में काबिज़ हो जाने के बाद से वहाँ लगातार CPI(M) के दफ्तरों और पार्टी से जुड़े लोगों पर लगतार हमले हो रहे हैं I CPI(M) का आरोप है कि इस बीच पुलिस मूक दर्शक बनकर तमाशा देख रही है I इसी बीच कल शाम ये खबर आयी कि ...
- A Look at Sexism in the Medical Field
H S Anupama
To commemorate the International Women's Day, we decided to publish a short excerpt from an essay, written originally in Kannada, by H S Anupama. The excerpt examines sexism and sex/gender based discrimination in the medical field. An English translation of the essay, in its entirety, will be available on our website soon.
Sexual and gender based discrimination ...
- Lest we forget, it’s International WORKING Women’s Day
The women’s movement, since the beginning, has been an ally of the workers’ movement. Women, as workers, and woman and workers, have a long history of standing by each other in demanding their rights.
Women’s Day wasn’t always celebrated on March 8. In fact, the first recorded women’s day, then called the “National Women’s Day,” was ...
- Growing up in Colonial Africa
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o in conversation with Githa Hariharan
This is Part I of a conversation between Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Githa Hariharan, which was a part of the ILF Samanvay Translations Series-2018, organised in collaboration with Seagull Books, at the Indian Habitat Centre.
- A few outstanding films at MIFF that you might have missed
Shoma A. Chatterji
Most film festivals across the world are award-oriented. Then, there are organisations whose sole purpose is to bestow awards in different fields in cinema, such as the Academy Awards in the United States, and the Filmfare Awards in India. Both kinds of awards are anxiously looked forward to by the film fraternity, and there are ...
- Lenin, India’s Freedom Struggle and Hindutva Goons
The reprehensible acts by the Tripura Hindutva goons of razing statues of Lenin who led the greatest October Socialist Revolution in 1917 and was the only head of a state (USSR) who supported the Indian freedom struggle, should not surprise anybody. Large number of revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandershekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah adopted socialism ...
- The BJP must remember that Lenin, and not the RSS, was more supportive of India’s anti-colonial struggle
Several people have been shaken by the visuals of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s statue being taken down by BJP cadres on Monday at Belonia town in south Tripura.
This occured just 20 hours after the Left suffered its first loss, in Tripura, after more than two decades. The coalition of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indigenous Peoples ...
- “Deliberately drawn into malicious fabricated cases”: Teesta Setalvad
In a fresh affidavit filed before the Gujarat High Court, CJP secretary, Teesta Setalvad has filed a reply to the State of Gujarat’s affidavit seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail. In the reply Setalvad denies all false charges levelled against her and calls out the Gujarat state government for pursuing a witch hunt against her.
“This is ...
- AIDWA Condems Attacks by RSS-BJP Goons in Tripura; Appeals for United Resistance Against the Violence
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the brutal violence unleashed by RSS-BJP goons on the Left activists in Tripura immediately after the declaration of the assembly election results. The BJP which had an opportunistic alliance with the separatist forces used tremendous money and muscle power for electoral gains. This reign of terror has ...
- Six Visions of Politics by Riyas Komu
Six Visions of Politics by Riyas Komu
- Modi Government and (In)accessible India
Representatives of various organisations, activists and individuals working with the disabled community in the country gathered today at Delhi's Parliament Street to raise their voices about issues of accessibility across the country especially in the railways.
- Prasar Bharati Tussle…How to Kill a Public Broadcaster
S K Pande
Out flew the web and floated wide,
The mirror cracked from side to side…
Where is my autonomy, cried –
Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati
(With apologies to poet Tennyson)
Indeed, the facade of an autonomous Prasar Bharati, independent of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, is coming out in the open. Its ripples would be heard in Parliament in the coming ...
- Good Panther, Bad Panther
“They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators — no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.” — Hillary Clinton, 1996
The latest Marvel Comics science-fiction movie Black Panther is stealth ruling-class propaganda, consistent with its production by the great manufactory ...
- Three Poems
A redolent pall of incense
crawls through rooms, fed
by the dead and dying
at the hospital.
One large altar,
at the entrance, adorned with tall statues:
A Lakshmi, A Saraswati, A Durga, A Kali
A Parvati, some Kamakhya, Bhavani-Bhuvaneshwari.
All our hopes ...
- SAHMAT Statement on Lenin Statue Vandalism
The vandalism against Lenin's statue in India's north-eastern state of Tripura by power-drunk Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers is most reprehensible. Apart from his own epic role, Lenin was a friend of India's national movement, had his own preferred line on national movements in colonial countries, which was a source of strength to the Indian ...
- Prasar Bharati’s Autonomy: Is it only about Smriti Irani?
Journalists chasing the story of the moment seldom step back to look at the bigger picture. In all the gleeful reporting of the latest fracas between Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and the chairman of Prasar Bharati A Surya Prakash, and the latter’s suddenly vocal protestations about the corporation’s operational and financial autonomy, something ...
- Amidst the Prasar Bharati-Smriti Irani imgroblio, listen to Mahatma Gandhi’s only speech delivered at Broadcasting House in 1947
Recently, several reports were published highlighting the rift between Prasar Bharati and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, now helmed by Smriti Irani. While the debates surrounding the issue have, largely, focussed on the legality of the move, it is important to understand the vision with which Prasar Bharati was set up, which was, in fact, to ...
- The Perilous State of Mental Health in Kashmir
I had always wished to return to Kashmir, which I was able to in the year 2000, as a consultant with Oxfam, as part of its Violence Mitigation and Amelioration Project (VMAP). I was returning to Kashmir after 20 years. Much had changed in these years, particularly the heavy military presence against the unarmed civilians. ...
- Lingering Memory, Gauri Lankesh
Kavitha Lankesh in conversation with Teesta Seetalvad
It has been six months since Gauri Lankesh's murder. Gauri's sister and filmaker Kavitha Lankesh, talks about the vaccumness in her family after the activists' muder.
- AIDWA Supports the Ongoing Struggle of TISS Students
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses solidarity with the agitating students in TISS campuses in the country. It is highly condemnable that the TISS administration has suddenly and arbitrarily announced the imposition of compulsory fee for the current students including the Government of India Post Matric Scholarship students (GOI-PMS). It has disregarded the ...
- Gauri Lankesh Murder: SIT Arrests a Hindu Yuva Sene Activist
Amidst the BJP using the murder of Kannada tabloid editor Gauri Lankesh to target the ruling Congress government in the state over law and order, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has taken into custody a Hindu Yuva Sene activist on Friday.
Lankesh, the editor of Lankesh Patrike with strong anti-right wing views, was shot dead outside her ...
- Yogendra Yadav Writes an Open Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on SSC Scam
Shri Narendra Modi,
The Prime Minister,
It is with great pain that I write to you about the ongoing struggle of our young friends – boys and girls – from all over the country demanding a fair CBI probe in what seems to be a scam in the SSC (Staff Selection Commission) exams conducted by the ...
- Bangladesh: The Attack on Zafar Iqbal is Symbolic of a Larger Danger
Saturday was a dark, dark day for Bangladesh.
Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, one of the leading progressive intellectuals and educationists of the country, was stabbed multiple times by a bearded man while on stage at an event he was attending as chief guest in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) campus, Sylhet.
The assailant, who is aged ...
- The Left Loses an Election in Tripura, but it has not been Defeated
The BJP and its ally – the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) – have won the 2018 elections to the Tripura state legislature. The alliance of the BJP and the IPFT will now form a government.
It is the first time in twenty-five years that Tripura, a state of four million people in India’s ...
- The Prasar Bharathi (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act,1990
- Breaking the Taboo Around Breastfeeding
Recently, a Malayalam women’s magazine, Grihalakshmi, got in trouble for its latest issue. The cover story was on breastfeeding and the problems that women face when doing so in public. The cover image of this issue, quite unsurprisingly, had an image of a woman breastfeeding a baby, and a caption that read, “Mothers tell Kerala, ...
- “Holi Kheloongi Keh Bismillah!” Bulleh Shah
First published in Sabrang India
- Tapan Ghosh’s Hindu Samhati and its Brand of Bengali Hindutva
This is the second of a two part series on the Hindu Samhati in Bengal. Read the first part here.
Although Tapan Ghosh and the Bharatiya Janta Party keep the reasons behind their apparent estrangement a closely guarded secret, a cursory reading of Ghosh’s blogs and other writings reveal that his umbilical cord to the Sangh ...
- Forgive not, Forget not – 16 years since the Gujarat Riots
Citizens for Justice and Peace
The politics behind the Godhra train burning. How communal hatred was systematically stirred and violence incited by deliberate actions and decisions of powerful people in the administration.
- Juergen Boos: “Free Speech is the Frankfurt Book Fair’s DNA”
The director of the festival in conversation with Souradeep Roy
Juergen Boos, the CEO and Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, talks to Souradeep Roy from the Indian Writers' Forum, on self-censorship, translation, and the importance of literacy and books in a "post-truth" world. The discuss the rise of populist governments in different parts of the world and the threat it poses to writing and ...
- CBI Still Clueless About Missing JNU Student Najeeb’s Whereabout
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on Monday had said that it had a “fresh and very important lead” in the mysterious disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, but the premier investigating agency apparently failed to walk the talk when it told the Delhi High Court that it was awaiting forensic results of call details, WhatsApp ...
- “My search for man and mankind is all I know”: Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee, the winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, appears to be an infallible prodigy. If one considers acting as a craft, he is remains unsurpassed. In a conversation with me, he says, an understanding of the art of cinema, as well as of acting, can only come ...
- Karnataka: Can Lies and Communal Propaganda Win BJP the Elections?
Politics is about power. So, naturally, political parties contest elections and try their level best to win and come to power. In elections, they face the public with their agenda, canvassing to amass votes and the results tell us whether a political party and its agenda has succeeded or failed. However, this textbook version of ...
- Can a Film Create a Movement?
Shoma A Chatterji
“Period” was a word that spelt blasphemy in Indian families up until recent times. Or, does it still exist for girls and women, who are trained to refer to periods as “that time of the month,” or, “chums,” or, as Akshay Kumar’s Padman shows, “five day cricket match?” The taboo around the subject, however, does ...
- The Kashmir Question: Nation-State, War and Religion
This is an updated and freshly edited of an old essay by Gautam Navlakha's essay, "The Kashmir Question: Nation-state, War, and Religion." Since Burhan Wani's assassination on 8 July, 2016, Jammu and Kashmir has been in an increasing state of unrest. Navlakha's reworking of the essay makes it more topical and relevant in the current political ...
- TISS Students’ Strike: A Question of Protecting Diversity
As this article is being written, the strike called by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students’ Union enters its sixth day. For the first time in the history of the Institute, a students’ strike is being observed simultaneously by four campuses in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati and the rural campus in Tuljapur, Maharashtra. The ...
- Israel Detains Ahed Tamimi’s Relatives
Nearly 10 Palestinians, including five minors, were abducted and detained by the Israeli forces, during a raid in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh village, in the early hours of Monday, Haaretz has reported.
All of those arrested belong to the Tamimi family, linked to 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen who is currently in detention and awaiting her trial for slapping an Israeli soldier. She ...
- ABVP Creates Ruckus in MGKVP, Threatens Teesta Setalvad and Students
As happens in every educational institution across the country, ABVP members in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, have threatened eminent human rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad and a group of students who organised a media workshop in the campus. Teesta Setelvad was expected to address the workshop which was scheduled at 2 pm on Tuesday ...
- BHU Students Complain Against the Play on Nathuram Godse in Campus
Students from the Banaras Hindu University speaks regarding the controversial play on Nathuram Godse staged during a cultural event in the campus. The students have filed a police complaint against the play on Nathuram Godse. The play was staged during a cultural event in the campus portrays Gandhi in poor light and glorifies Godse.
Also read in ICF ...
- Who is Responsible for India’s Partition and Kashmir Imbroglio?
Political tendencies not only distort and ‘present the past’ to suit their political agenda; they can go to any extent to even lie about the events and their interpretation. ‘Facts are sacred; opinions are free’ should have been the dictum for all those commenting on them, but as they say for the likes of Modi, ...
- Gauri Lankesh Beyond Hagiography
In one of the essays published in The Way I See It, Gauri Lankesh recounts how she narrated an editorial over the phone from jail. The English translation of the article by Bageshree S reads, “Conviviality in Jail”, but what is more interesting is the subtitle: “Hate meets love, conversions are effected, a magazine deadline ...
- Is the Hindu Samhati Mamata Banerjee’s New Ally?
This is the first of a two part series on the Hindu Samhati in Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee seems to have found a Pravin Togadia of her own to beat Narendra Modi and his men in Bengal. Tapan Ghosh, a former RSS pracharak who is now a self-styled saviour of Bengali Hindus and godfather of Hindu Samhati ...
- Kunan Poshpora: 27 Years Later Victims Wait for Justice
Sahba Husain in conversation with Surangya Kaur
This case of Kunan Poshpora epitomises the culture of impunity and no accountability in Kashmir. Sahba Husain an independent researcher and activist explains how people in Kashmir have suffered.
- Art and the Obstinate Expectations of Avant-Gardism
For the mouths of cinema lovers, who have stretched out their tongues to taste everything—from Swedish to Iranian and African to Japanese cinema—Mukkabaaz turned out to be placid; lacking a tenacity which could grip your heart and land a punch right where it would hurt. It was fleeting in its narrative, like a regular unnoticeable co-passenger ...
- Justice Delayed: From Gauri Lankesh to Najeeb Ahmed
The Citizen Editorial
"Justice delayed is justice denied", goes the much used proverb but the police apathy in the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed and journalist Gauri Lankesh this could not have been accurate. The Delhi police and the Karnataka police do not seem to have moved an inch forward in both the cases, similar because ...
- Kajal: On Domestic Violence, Of Explosive Silent
Shoma A. Chatterji
Kajal is a 20-minute short film in Hindi directed by Paakhi A. Tyrewalla. It has been selected for screening at the XVII Edition of the Madrid International Film Festival in the Short Films section to be held between 17th and 31st May this year.
According to Paakhi, “It is the story of a woman who finds an ...
- Haryana: Students Protest Against the Anti-Student Policies of Khattar Government
Students across Haryana were on streets to protest against the anti-student policies of the BJP government in the state for past one week. On Friday, thousands of students demonstrated in various locations of the state including Kurukshetra University, Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak and Choudhary Devilal University, Sirsa, under the banner of Student Federation of ...
- 27 Years After Mass Rape in Kashmir, India’s Judiciary has Failed Survivors, Women Continue the Fight
On 23rd February 1991, 27 years ago, Indian armed forces entered the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Kupwara district of Kashmir under the guise of a cordon-and-search operation. The soldiers dragged the men of the villages out of their homes to three ad-hoc interrogation centres set up in houses and barns in the ...
- Composite Culture of India: A Talk by Dr. Hamid Ansari
As part of the 3rd Annual Lecture organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis, former Vice-President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari speaks on the 'Composite Culture of India'. He elaborates on what this phrase really means and how in the case of India and it's cultural diversity, the words 'composite' and 'inclusive' cannot be used ...
- Why do Kashmiris Keep Fighting the Indian Army?
On Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day, we publish this short excerpt from an essay by Gautam Navlakha. The Kashmiri Women’s Day marks the mass torture and gang rape of women by the Indian army, in Kunan Poshpora, in 1991. The essay, in its entirety, is available on our website and can be read here.
An unnamed youth — ...
- Minorities Insecure; Government Indirectly Encouraging Hindu Extremists: KP Ramanunni
Nikhil M Babu
The BJP-led central government indirectly encourages Hindu communal extremists by "shying away from acting against them", and this increases the insecurities of minorities, Sahitya Akademi awardee K.P. Ramanunni has said.
In an interview with IANS, Ramanunni said: "The (central) government is not acting against the Hindu communal extremists. They are shying away from the issue. It ...
- The Stike is On at TISS
Tata Institute of Social Sciences students continued to be on strike on Thursday, protesting the fee hike as well as the withdrawal of aid to students from marginalised communities and backgrounds. The strike originally began on Wednesday, February 21 when in a historic show of resistance and solidarity, the students boycotted all classes, field work ...
- The Urdu Debate: Languages Die Not by Aggression of Enemies but Neglect of Friends
Mirza Yawar Baig
A language, any language, is not simply sounds and script characters which represent thoughts. A language is the soul of the people.
It is the vehicle which connects their past to their present, their present to their dreams. It is the means by which one generation leaves its legacy for the next.
In my view the single ...
- NIA Says Kashmiri Media Equally Responsible for Present Situation in Valley
In the chargesheet filed against Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist arrested on charges of stone pelting and inciting violence, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that the media in Kashmir is equally responsible for the ongoing troubles in the valley.
Describing a video shot by Yusuf which was uploaded on Greater Kashmir’s website, NIA ...
- Should Supreme Court Interfere in Investigation of Army Action in Kashmir?
Parvez Imroz in conversation with Surangya Kaur
In case of civilian deaths due to army action, registration of an FIR is legal even in areas under Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA). Then why is the ruling BJP opposing any investigation so vehemently?
Parvez Imroz, internationally recognised lawyer-activist and founder of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), talked to Newsclick about ...
- Writers and activists demand fast track investigation into the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, and Lankesh
Petition to the Prime Minister of India
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
PMO, New Delhi.
The Hon’ble Minister-in-charge,
Ministry of Railways, Government of India,
Recently there has been continuous effort to destroy the long cherished pluralist heritage of India. Our country enjoys more than two thousand years heritage of rational schools of thought. But today, this rational mind is at the center of ...
- Play Glorifying Nathuram Godse Sparks Tensions at BHU
Banaras Hindu University is in the news again, this time for a play staged at the annual cultural festival. The Marathi play, I, Nathuram Godse Speaking was the cause of controversy, with students alleging that it showed Mahatma Gandhi in a poor light, glorified his assassin and justified his assassination.
The play was staged as part of ...
- Sadhvi at the Congregation: A Doggerel
Keki N Daruwalla
Hunched over the Hindutva horoscope
had hardly the time to pore over
the map of India.
When questioned by Mr Wadhwa, her pot-bellied host
realtor and black market’s toast,
she answered to much acclaim,
“The horoscopes of India and Hindutva,
aren’t they the same?”
At which Mr. Wadhwa and Mrs. Wadhwi
to the all- knowing Sadhvi.
- The Rāmāyaṇa: Theme and Variation by Romila Thapar
The Rāmāyaṇa: Theme and Variation by Romila Thapar
- Exposing the Mirage of “Modicare”
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
The Union Budget 2018-19 makes tall claims, with no clear road map for the health sector, one that is sensitive to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable population of India.
The allocations for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) (including for AYUSH) have increased from Budget Estimate of Rs. 50,281 crore in 2017-18 Rs. ...
- Syndicated Hinduism
This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.
The first step towards the crystallisation of what we today call Hinduism was born in the consciousness of being the amorphous, subordinate, other. In a sense this was ...
- The Withering Away of the University
Saitya Brata Das
The series of events that has unfolded, and is still unfolding, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, one of the premier institutions of higher education and research in this country, is symptomatic of a deep-seated, mostly unconscious, malaise. From a distance, it appears that it is the internal conflict between two opposing political ideologies – “left” and ...
- “VC Hatao, JNU Bachao” — Thousands March to Save Education
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union organised a massive march to MHRD on February 20. Students participated in thousands, demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala. The students claim that the VC has been trying to systematically destroy the varsity. His policies, from seat cuts to decimation of reservations and deprivation points, scrapping GSCASH, and now ...
- What Autonomy Means: When the Sahitya Akademi published a anthology of Pakistani writers
An excerpt from U R Ananthamurthy’s autobiography Suragi
U R Ananthamurthy was one of the first writes who endorsed the idea of Indian Writers' Forum. Here we publish an excerpt from his autobiography Suragi, translated by S R Ramakrishna. This is from the chapter "At the Sahitya Akademi and National Book Trust". Ananthamurthy was the President of the Sahitya Akademi — the national ...
- Padmaavat : The politics behind mobilising consciousness of our cultural past
The pride and valour of a community, among other glorified stories of our pristine past, continue to be the central preoccupation of our modern life. This has gained currency in the recent past, as one witnessed in the controversies that plagued the film Padmaavat. The violence, chaos, and confusion, fomented by the Karni Sena, continued ...
- Rahman Abbas Speaks Up Against the Rape Threats Sent to Shehla Rashid
An open letter by the author
Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union’s (JNUSU) Vice-President and well known student activist, Shehla Rashid was reportedly forced to deactivate her Facebook account after some Muslim youths issued multiple rape threats and sent hate messages to her. Rashid’s “crime” was to speak in support of the freedom to have an interfaith marriage; she raised the ...
- Samas: The Third National Convention of Dakshinayan Abhiyan
ICF Team and Newsclick
The third national convention of Dakshinayan Abhiyan was recently held in Wardha and Nagpur on 29 and 30 January 2018. The Dakshinayan Abhiyan is a movement launched by Padma Shri Ganesh Devy, a scholar, linguist, and an activist. According to Devy, it is larger than a literary festival. The convention, SAMAS-2018, kicked off on 29 January ...
- Beyond the Confines of Religion: A Look at Karnataka’s Syncretic Legacy Through the Celebration of Rajappa Swami’s Urus
I was in Gajendragada in Rona taluk to meet some friends. I passed through Nelajeri, a small village in Yalaburga Taluk. This region is known for its wheat, onions, pepper, and other things found in the rainfed regions of Karnataka. Most of the youth from the village work for a daily wage in the steel ...
- AIKS Vice President Arrested for Protesting for Farmers’ Rights in Rajasthan
The farmers of Rajasthan, under the leadership of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), had staged a historical protest in Sikar district in September 2017. The farmers had put forth 12 major demands, to which the government had agreed to then. Excluding the mobility of necessary goods and services, the entire district was shut down.
Now that ...
- Complete Filth!
The Citizen Editorial
To imagine that ruling party members would take the Indian National Flag and use it as a statement for a demonstration supporting rapists was impossible even for die hard cynics till a few years ago. That Indian patriarchy found it easier to hit the woman survivor than the rapist was of course an established fact, ...
- Raje Government Buries “Gag” Law
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday told the assembly that the government was not proceeding with much-criticised "Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017" which was termed a "black law" and a "gag" order.
The bill was tabled in last Assembly session in October to replace an ordinance promulgated on September 7. Under it, a prior ...
- What Shambhu Lal Regar Said in His Latest Hate Videos Released from Inside Jail Cell
Shambhu Lal Regar, who is lodged in Jodhpur central prison for brutally killing Mohammad Afrazul Khan, has allegedly released two inflammatory videos from the high-security jail with an aim to vitiate the communal atmosphere of the state that is going to polls this year.
Wearing a hoodie, he has given out a hate-filled statement asking Hindus ...
- Evidence Against Journalist in Kashmir Terror Funding Case Weak, NIA Says Accused Not Real Journalist
Kamran Yusuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist, was arrested by NIA in September last year on charges of stone-pelting and instigating violence. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Saharawat heard Yusuf’s bail application in the NIA Special Court in Delhi on Thursday. While the NIA has been delaying presenting the defence lawyers with crucial evidence they are citing as ...
- Dalit Anger: Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat Feel the Heat
The Citizen Bureau
Thousands of activists of the Bhim Army gathered in Saharanpur to demand the release of their chief Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’ from jail.
The demand gathers new urgency in the face of Chandrashekhar’s recent statements to the youth leaders who met him recently that the “BJP government is going to kill me.” In jail since June 8, 2017 ...
- Rama Abhirama: Locating the Hero among Antiheroes and Sidekicks
The National Museum, Delhi, curated a temporary exhibition titled “Rama-Abhirama: The beauty of Rama in Indian Art and Tradition,” which was opened to the public on 18 December, 2017 in the presence of Professor B B Lal, the eminent archaeologist of Ayodhya fame. Stringing together a diverse range of material objects and art works from ...
- Indian Railways Remove Malayalam from the Recruitment Exam
The Indian Railways has removed Malayalam as one of the languages for the recruitment exam for group D posts. Other than Malayalam all the other regional languages are intact. Now, apart from English, Hindi and Urdu, applicants can write the exam in Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Konkani, Odiya, Assamese and Manipuri. This practice ...
- “Asma Jahangir was a relentless fighter for human rights, women rights and for justice” : Nirupama Subramanian
“ To meet Asma Jahangir was to meet women empowerment in real terms. She relentlessly fought for human rights, women rights and for rights of minorities in Pakistan . She began her crusade at the young age of 20 against military rule of Zia Ul Haq which was the darkest period of Pakistani history,” said ...
- Time to “Militarise Hindus, Hinduise Nation”
Would it be possible to imagine that leader of any organisation openly declaring that her/his people/activists have the ability to prepare an "army" in three days , can be deployed on the front within three days, questions the ability of the security forces for quick operations, and does not face any legal hassles ?
A lesser ...
- “A real wonder woman”: Artist Behind Che Guevara’s Iconic Poster Paints Ahed Tamimi
“There is a real Wonder Woman” is the title of a new painting from Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who is famous for drawing the iconic 1968 poster of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, depicting Palestinian imprisoned teen Ahed Tamimi as a superhero.
Fitzpatrick said he was amazed by Tamimi’s bravery when he first learned of her two ...
- Thousands March in Shiksha Bachao Rally to Save India’s Future
Over 8,000 teachers, students and karmacharis marched through the streets of Delhi demanding that public education be saved. Participating in the Shiksha Bachao Rally today, they marched from Mandi House to MHRD.
The Joint Rally of DUTA, DUCKU, DUSU and other students’ organizations was also joined by FEDCUTA and AIFUCTO. Teachers and students of AUD, JNU, ...
- Mohan Bhagwat Threatens to Overrun Indian Republic with Hindutva Mercenaries
Despite four years of the RSS (via its pocket organisation BJP) rule in India under the leadership of PM Modi, a hardened practitioner of the Hindutva politics, the RSS dream of converting democratic-secular polity of India into Hindu rashtra where Manusmriti would be law of the land seems to have fizzled out. The RSS had declared the ...
- Cobbling Together Words That Do Not Match and Won’t Stay Put
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
My name is Ka'i Chand The Sar-e Asman. In English, somewhat arbitrarily, I am called The Mirror of Beauty. I am an Urdu novel, a little above 850 pages long. My English avatar is nearly a thousand pages worth of prose of a somewhat quaint register, or registers.
I was somewhat horrified when an author approached ...
- Malayalam Writer K P Ramanunni’s Statement After Receiving the Sahitya Akademi Award
After accepting the Sahitya Akademi Award I now come to your midst in order to make a symbolic, moral gesture. Let me explain briefly. The book that earned me this award is God's Own Book which is so to speak my extra grief at the present plight of the world and humanity, and writer's imaginative ...
- Gender neutral rape laws- What about the Transgenders?
On Friday (February 2nd), a Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India heard a petition for making laws pertaining to rape, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, outraging the modesty etc gender-neutral. The plea filed by a SC lawyer Rishi Malhotra argued that the word “any man” used under these offences in Indian Penal ...
- K P Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family
ICF Team and Newsclick
Sahitya Akademi Award winner K P Ramanunni donated a part of his prize money to Junaid's family. The Malayalam novelist won the award for his book Daivathinte Pusthakam. Speaking to the Indian Cultural Forum, the writer explains why he chose to donate his prize money to the family of the16-year old teenager who was lynched by Hindu fanatics last year.
- Writing and Looking at the World from Nigeria
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In our latest in the #WritersTalkPolitics series, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim talks to Souradeep Roy. The Indian edition of his first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, has been brought out by Speaking Tiger Books. In the first part of the interview, Roy and Ibrahim discuss the novel and his literary influences. Ibrahim also explains what he ...
- Retake — Galaxy of Musicians by Cop Shiva
Retake — Galaxy of Musicians by Cop Shiva
- Poetry Against Violence: A Prayer For Peace
Poetry has ever been a conversation with self, with the other that we tend to call society, with nature and with mystery that envelopes all beings. Ocatvio Paz, wrote in his introduction to Poesia en Movimiento ( Poetry in Motion ) an anthology of contemporary Mexican poetry : “There can be no poetry without history, but poetry ...
- Statement on the visit of Westinghouse official to India, to resuscitate the Kovvada Nuclear Project
We express our strong opposition to the Kovvada nuclear project planned on the eastern coast of India, where officials of the US-based nuclear corporation Westinghouse will be visiting in mid-February to resuscitate the plan. The six-reactor project to be set up by Westinghouse even as it has become a disastrous financial liability for its parent ...
- Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OP India calls the Kerala Literature Festival 2018 anti-Indian
Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, OpIndia.com has called the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF) 2018 anti-Indian. The article, which has been posted by a “mlessp” (we’re still googling to find out what that is) names Arundhati Roy, Ashis Nandy, Prakash Raj, Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose in interesting ways. Roy is a ...
- UN Secretary-General’s Statement on the Death of Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir
We have lost a human rights giant. News of the death of Asma Jahangir today is echoing within her native Pakistan and across the world. She was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality – whether in her capacity as a Pakistani lawyer in the domestic justice system, as a ...
- NBSA Rejects Zee News’ Revision, Channel Must Apologise to Gauhar Raza
Sabrang India Staff
The National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has rejected Zee News revision petition in the Gauhar Raza Mushaira case. Zee News has been asked to display an apology for the obnoxious coverage on the poet scientist. The apology was ordered to be displayed on February 16,.2018 at 9 pm and further, the channel has been asked to deposit Rs ...
- AIDWA salutes Asma Jehangir, the Tireless and Unflagging Fighter for Women and Oppressed People
The death of Asma Jahangir has been received with sorrow, anguish and a great sense of loss by people all over the world, especially in Pakistan and India. She was a woman of rare courage and indomitable commitment to women’s rights and human rights, a commitment that never wavered despite the many attacks that she faced ...
- Indian Women’s Organisations Call for Freedom for Ahed Tamimi and Support BDS
“Do not worry Ahed, we will see joy again and celebrate as we always have. I hereby promise, your brothers and I will stand at the gates of prison and sing for you and your mother’s freedom. We will demand the freedom of all those imprisoned unjustly; we will demand freedom for all free spirits. ...
- Mr Modi: All About the Past, What About the Present?
Senior Journalist Urmilesh in conversation with Newsclick talks about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's conduct on the floor of the Parliament on issues and facts that simply don't suit the stature of a statesman.
- Harmony of the Hills
Baba Budan Giri is also known as the Babri of the south. This beautiful film explores the story and charts out the struggle of memory against forgetting. As the Babri Masjid issue is being heard by the Supreme Court, CJP looks at other, similar, cynical, politically motivated disputes that put the Ram Janma Bhoomi movement ...
- Asma Jahangir, The Truly Phenomenal Woman
Asma Jahangir is no more. Death (cardiac arrest) was sudden, dramatic almost taking away Asma at a time when this region needed her the most. As warmongers dominate and the language of hate between India and Pakistan holds sway, even as civilians and soldiers die by the dozens, Asma’s voice for peace remained firm and ...
- Sardar Patel Would Not Have Handled Kashmir Any Differently Even as Prime Minister in 1947
Our Prime Minister stated this in the Parliament on February 7, 2018 while replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address:
“If the country’s first prime minister was Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, then this part of my Kashmir would not have been with Pakistan today”( excerpts based on the English translation ...
- “He spoke truth to and about the Power”: P Sainath on John Reed
LeftWord Books, recently published John Reed’s “stirring eyewitness account” of the Russian Revolution, Ten Days That Shook the World with an introduction by one of India’s finest journalists and public intellectuals P. Sainath. In Howard Zinn’s words, Reed “made history come alive for the readers of popular magazines and impoverished radical monthlies” through his journalistic work ...
- JNU Administration Threatens to Throw out Students over Attendance Issue
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has warned that students who refuse to comply with the attendance diktat will not be allowed register for the next semester. In a circular dated 8 February, 2018, the varsity said that apart from withdrawing the hostel and medical facilities, students who fail to follow the compulsory attendance order would lose ...
- Women’s Reservation and Political Consciousness
Anupama H S
As Gandhi used to say, although men and women are different, they are equals. One has to be very conscious in approaching and understanding this sensitive and a complex relationality of both the genders. If one were to dismiss the differences between them, there exists a danger of also blinding oneself to the constructed differences ...
- Two Journalists Face Trial in Ahwaz for Criticising Education Officials
Two journalists in the Arab region of Ahwaz in Iran have been summoned to appear in a regime court after they condemned the deteriorating standards of education in the region, which are the worst in the country.
The journalists, Naim Hamidi and Sayed Nashan Al-Boshawka, both wrote articles criticising the performance of the education directorate in Ahwaz, ...
- Agents of Change: Kashmir’s New Generation of Women Activists
Activism in Kashmir has usually seen men at the forefront. Women — who are perhaps the biggest victims of the protracted conflict in the valley — have remained on the sidelines, treated as passive victims and confined to the four walls of their home.
In recent years, however, there has been a slow and gradual yet ...
- Sedition or Dissent? The Government Can’t Seem to Tell the Difference
Today marks five years since Afzal Guru was hanged to death, On February 9, 2013, for his role in the 2001 Parliament Terror Attack. His execution was carried out as a top secret government operation, code named Operation Three Star, with news of the execution reaching his family days days later, by post. His remains were buried in ...
- A Critical Insider in Expat Journalism: Remembering V M Sathish
K M Seethi
The unexpected demise of V.M. Sathish—a veteran Expat-journalist who spent a quarter century of reporting in the GCC countries—has left a deep vacuum in the domain of ‘human interest’ writings in the world of media. Sathish has a reputed track-record in Expat-journalism. Beginning with the Indian Express Group of newspapers in Mumbai, he held many positions over ...
- Films Division’s decision to not screen In the Shade of Fallen Chinar at MIFF is censorship; let’s not call it by any other name
So here’s the thing: one government body has censored another government body.
On January 29, the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) did not screen In the Shade of Fallen Chinar, a 16 minute documentary on students at the University of Kashmir, directed by Shawn Sebastian and Fazil N.C.. The documentary was not screened despite the fact ...
- Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Intimidates State Officers who Expressed Opinion Against Communalism
People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism
People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS) condemns remarks made by the UP Dy CM Mr KC Maurya against District Magistrate of Bareilly as pure intimidation and a brazen effort to browbeat officers who express their opinion against communalism.In an FB post put up after the recent Kasganj communal violence the officer Mr Raghvendra Vikram Singh ...
- Women Delegates Write to Law Ministry on the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017
A delegation comprising of P.K Sreemathi (M.P Loksabha), Sudha Sundararaman (Vice-President) , Kirti Singh (Legal Convenor, AIDWA) S.Punyavathi (Vice-President) , Tapasi Praharaj (National Secretary) , Asha Sharma (General Secretary, Delhi JMS) Maimoona Mollah (President, Delhi JMS) met the Law Minister and submitted a memorandum regarding the Bill of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2017, bringing to his attention the concerns ...
- Is it possible for Gandhians and Ambedkarites to engage in a dialogue?
The third national convention of Dakshinayan Abhiyan, called Samas, took place on 29 and 30 January, 2018. On the opening day, Ganesh Devy, the founder of Dakshinayan Abhiyan, explained the relevance of the chosen name, “ ...
- BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS "should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states."
Statement by Norwegian Parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes on Nominating the BDS Movement for Palestinian ...
- Dissent and Protest in the Early Indian Tradition
This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.
Image courtesy beaninspirer.com
For many decades now it has been maintained that Indian civilization has shown an absence of dissent and protest. This has become so axiomatic on the ...
- Malayalam Poet Kureeppuzha Sreekumar Responds to the Attack by RSS
The poet in conversation with Sreelakshmi
Malayalam poet Kureeppuzha Sreekumar was attacked by RSS and BJP activists on Monday, 5 january 2018, after a speech that he delivered at the Kairali Library at Kottukkal in Kollam district, Kerala. The Indian Cultural Forum talked to the poet about the incident and about the increasingly number of attacks against writers, artists, and thinkers in the ...
- The Art Fair You Can’t Afford to Miss
The coming weekend in the city will see Studio Khirki host The Irregulars Art Fair, an “anti-art fair” meant for independent artists to exhibit their works. The event, spread over three days — 9th, 10th, and 11th February, 2018 — is curated by Tarini Sethi, founder and curator at TIRAF, and Anant Ahuja, Creative Director ...
- Would BJP like some coffee from Baba Budangiri?
Baba Budangiri Mountain has increasingly become a hot bed for the communal politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sangh Parivar in Karnataka. The dispute is over the religious identity of the shrine in Baba Budangiri, a mountain in the Baba Budan Mountain Range in the Western Ghats.
Who was Baba Budan? What is ...
- Supriya Choudhury (1933-2018): “Dada, I want to live!”
Shoma A. Chatterji
The “Neeta” of Meghe Dhaka Tara is no more.
Supriya Choudhury, whose talent was sucked into the towering screen presence of her co-star and partner Uttam Kumar, will still remain archived in the history of Bengali cinema by virtue of her sole performance as Neeta in Ritwik Ghatak’s classic film Meghe Dhaka Tara.
Choudhury passed away on January 26 this ...
- A Candle for Ankit … and His Lost Love and a Flickering Secularism
It was an act of violence and terror, albeit of a critically different kind. When 23-year-old Ankit Saxena’s throat was slit after an altercation with the family members of his childhood sweetheart a few days ago, while the usual suspects of the BJP, Manoj Tiwari, and the Bajrang Dal swung into pre-scripted, hate-driven action, a ...
- When a Man is Killed But the Woman is the Victim
Whether it be Hadiya, who was more fortunate than poor Ankit who was brutally killed by his girl friends family, the issue is not just about religion but more about the patriarchal and intolerant approach towards the rights of the girl child. Hadiya’s father tried her to lock her up at home, and make her ...
- Jyotirao Phule, Satyashodhak Samaj and RSS
After the end of Peshwa – Brahmin rule in today’s Western Maharashtra, English rule began and it was through a war in 1818 at a place near Pune – Bhima Koregaon, Peshwa army was defeated by English army unit the Mahar regiment. Thus Peshwa rule was defeated through Mahar Caste (untouchables) regiment by the British. ...
- RSS Activists Attack Malayalam Poet Kureepuzha Sreekumar
Noted Malayalam poet Kureepuzha Sreekumar was attacked and threatened by a group of RSS activists on Monday late evening in Kollam. So far, six of them have been taken into custody, including a panchayat member of BJP.
The RSS activists targeted Sreekumar when he was about to leave the venue of a meeting which was organized ...
- Narendra Modi Uvacha: What is the History of Karnataka for Modi?
On 4 February 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed a large gathering during the concluding event of Parivartan Rally, in Bangalore. Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 90-day long election campaign rally in Karnataka kicked off on 2 November 2017, with party president, Amit Shah, attending the flagging it off. While talking about the developments during the ...
- Kumkum Sangari looks back at Recasting Women — the landmark book on gender
The academic in conversation with Pragati Mohapatra
This is the first part from a a three part discussion on Recasting Women, the landmark anthology of essays co-edited by Kumkum Sangari and Sudesh Vaid. In conversation with Pragati Mohapatra, who teaches at Indraprastha College For Women, Sangari reflects on some of the most important ideas Vaid and she introduced to studies on women ...
- [Watch] Upavahana: A Film on Rohingya Refugees
The Indian Cultural Forum is proud to present Anson A Athikalam's film Upavahana, a film on the Rohingya refugees.
Upavahana, which is Pali for "washing away", is a humble effort at narrating the story of the Rohingya refugees in 12 minutes. This is probably the first documentary fiction movie on the issue. Upavahana criticises the ...
- Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?
Major General S G Vombatkere
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie Padmavati raised the hackles of the Rajput community across several states, who vandalised the film sets and threatened further violence on the grounds that it distorted the history of Rajput Rani Padmini, and hurt their sentiments.
Various persons threatened specific targetted violence like Mahipal Singh Makrana allegedly threatening to cut off Deepika Padukone’s ...
- Kumkum Sangari: “Padmavati is a fictional character, but the Hindu Right has fabricated fiction as well.”
The academic in conversation with Souradeep Roy
This is an excerpt from an inteview with Kumkum Sangari, one of the most important feminist scholars of our time. In conversation with Souradeep Roy, she explains that fictional characters too can be manipulated in a way to serve vested interests of a particular social group.
Watch this space to see the entire interview.
The Padmavati ...
- Last Week Three Girl Students Committed Suicide in Andhra, Telangana
Suicide by three girl students in the twin states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the first week of February has sent shock waves across the country and highlighted a host of simmering problems faced by students. Two doctor aspirants in Andhra Pradesh, Ragari Chandra Nagamani, 18, and Chakali Vijayalakshmi, 18, and a Class 9 ...
- “They killed Gauri because she was alive”
ICF Team & Newsclick
As part of the Third National Convention of the Dakshinayan Abhiyan, writers, activists, and artists gathered together from across the country, to remember Gauri Lankesh’s fearless journalism, and the life that she lived giving a voice to the voiceless. The event took place in Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram.
- Union Budget 2018 Excludes Persons with Disability Again
Muralidharan in conversation with Anoushka Mathews
Mr.Muralidharan, General Secretary, National Platform for the rights of the disabled sheds light on how the union budget passed on 1st February 2018.
- Rally for Gauri Lankesh and Rohith Vemula Held in Canada
The South Asian activists gathered at Holland Park in Surrey on Sunday evening to remember Gauri Lankesh and Rohith Vemula, the two prominent victims of the right wing extremists.
Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI), the rally was held to mark the birth anniversaries of the two individuals who stood up against the ...
- Three Arrested for Assault on Kashmiri Students in Haryana
The Haryana Police on Saturday arrested three people for allegedly assaulting two Kashmiri students in Mahendergarh town in south Haryana.
"Guilty will be punished. The incident began over a minor collision of the motorcycle of the accused. Three people have already been arrested and senior officer (SP) is on the spot," Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal ...
- “Reduction in scholarship allocation for Dalit students a major concern, shows that Dalits, Adivasis continue to be ignored”: NCDHR
The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received sharp criticism from the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) which pointed out that once again, the Budget had failed to live up to the expectations of the marginalised communities of India.
In the Union Budget 2017-18, there was a fundamental shift made towards a ...
- Blood Knot: Five poems by Meena Alexander
Blood Knot: Five poems by Meena Alexander
- BJP-PDP Divided over FIR against Army, Lust for Power will Keep Them Together: Yousuf Tarigami
The Kashmir Valley is tense again after three civilians died in army firing in Shopian district on 27 January. This happened three days after an encounter between the army and militants in the same area, which left a civilian and two militants dead. While the Valley has been in mourning for the four young Kashmiri men, the ...
- Bengal’s Worthy and Unworthy Victims of Hate Crimes
In a way, middle-aged Afrazul Khan of Maldah’s Syedpur, a migrant laborer from West Bengal was killed by a Hindutva- induced fanatic in Rajasthan on 6 December last year. His family had better luck than his three co-religionists in their early twenties who were battered to death by some Hindu villagers at Chopra, in neighboring ...
- “Are there bookshops in Nigeria?” Really? That’s a Question?
The prize-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was invited by France’s foreign ministry to appear as guest of honour to the Institut Francais’s cultural event La Nuit des Idées. She was interviewed by the French journalist Caroline Broué. Adichie was asked if there were bookshops in Nigeria. Adichi responded on Facebook to respond to this ...
- The Third National Convention of Dakshinayan Abhiyan
The third national convention of Dakshinayan Abhiyan was recently held in Wardha and Nagpur on 29 and 30 January 2018. The Dakshinayan Abhiyan is a movement launched by Padma Shri Ganesh Devy, a scholar, linguist, and an activist. According to Devy, it is larger than a literary festival; it is also a social movement and ...
- AIDWA Opposes the Anti-Women Budget Based on False Promises
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses its disappointment with the anti-people budget presented today by the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on behalf of the Modi-led NDA government. Since this is the final full budget of this government before the elections of 2019, it is based on high rhetoric and overestimated projections of ...
- Githa Hariharan’s Response to Aniruddhan Vasudevan Declining the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation
ICF Team and Newsclick
Aniruddhan Vasudevan, who was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2016, for his translation of Perumal Murugan’s novel, Madhorubhagan, has now written to the Akademi declining the award.
Kongu Kalvi Valarchi Arakattalai, the same group that hounded author Perumal Murugan, also filed a petition in the Madras High Court against his translator, Vasudevan, ...
- Is Today’s India a Threat to Gandhi and Ambedkar’s Idea of a Secular Nation?
ICF Team & Newsclick
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's death, his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi, historian and biographer, delivered a speech at Sevagram, Wardha highlighting the crisis that faces secularism in India today. In his speech he spoke of the many ways in which Gandhi and Ambedkar's ideas of India intersected and the urgent need ...
- Court Orders Asaram Bapu to Appear via Video Conferencing
A trial court in Gujarat has been hearing the rape case against self-styled religious leader Asaram Bapu. The Court on Monday (29th January) ordered his appearance before them via video conferencing during the next hearing.
Additional Sessions Judge Rashida Vora on Monday allowed the application moved by the prosecution to produce Asaram in the court via videoconferencing, ...
- A Warning to RSS-BJP from Gauri’s Children
On 29 January 2018, Bangalore celebrated Gauri Lankesh's birthday. Her extra ordinary life was remembered by the young leaders including Umar Khalid, Richa Singh, Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani. In their speech, they warned the Sangh Parivar once again that the power of the pen is mightier than their bullets. That if, in life, ...
- Independent Designer’s Print Plagiarised by Top Fashion Brand Dior
Gurpreet Sidhu in conversation with Anoushka Mathews
Gurpreet Sidhu, co-founder and designer at People Tree talks about the recent plagiarism by Christian Dior of a specific People Tree design.
- The Government is Quietly Wrecking the Education System
Changes in higher education policies have been materialising silently and consistently missing the headlines. Students have been protesting against these changes for a long time and raising serious questions on fund cuts in research. One such protest was held on January 30, where students from JNU, DU and Jamia held a protest at the UGC against the ...
- Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street
Shoma A. Chatterji
Let us forget all the violence angry members of the Karni Sena and other satellite right wing groups are creating against the release of Padmavat for a minute.
Let us forget the lack of authenticity of historical documents, writings and poetry that point out that Padmavati is fiction, or, that, Allauddin Khilji lived between 1296 and 1316, or ...
- Romila Thapar in Conversation with Rajan Gurukkal
The renowned historian discusses her methodology of research
This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.
Image sourced from YouTube
Rajan Gurukkal (RG): Let me start with a general feature of your studies, particularly the methodology part, which has inspired me a lot. I have ...
- Kathua Minor Rape: Sexual Violence and Communalisation in a Vulnerable Community
Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society
In response to a question in the Jammu and Kshmir Legislative Assembly, the government of Jammu and Kashmir stated on 16 January, 2018 that there were 297 reported cases of rape in the year 2017, in contrast to 189 in 2016, as per media reports. These recent figures are alarming, even accounting for a rise ...
- The Lynching in West Bengal that didn’t Make too Many Headlines in 2017
Newsclick and ICF Team
Here is a ground report from Durgapur and Islampur. In June 2017, three Muslims were killed by a frenetic Hindu mob near the Chopra police station in Durgapur. They killed three Muslim men from Islampur: Mohammed Nasiruddin, Nasirul Haque and Mohammed Samiruddin. Along with Harsh Mander, John Dayal, and others from Karwaan-e-Mohabbat, we met Ashin ...
- Why Attack Children? The Loss of Innocence
Ananya S Guha
Once again, we are witness to barbaric acts going unnoticed or applied blinkers to by the authorities. I am referring to the stone pelting on a school bus in Haryana. Targeting innocent children is an example of the worst sort of mob violence. It is horrifying to watch the videos of the attack that are ...
(गौरी लंकेश यांच्या प्रथम स्मृती दिनानिमित्त)
तुझ्या प्रचंड दिव्यांचा झोत
तुझ्या माझ्या नि इतरांच्या.
मी माझी मूठ आवळतो
हिंसेचा पूर व्यवस्थित निर्माण केला जातोय.
भविष्यात येणाऱ्या अंधूक शक्यतांसाठी ;
प्रकाशात परावर्तीत होण्याच्या झोक्यांचा
तुला अदमास होता.
तुझ्यावर आभाळ कोसळवले
आमच्या मुठी आहेत
तुझ्या दिव्यात जळत.
तो तेवत आहे;
मुठींच्या आंत आहेत
आणि सहनशिलता ;
- Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine
Raja Shehadeh in conversation with Githa Hariharan
Githa Hariharan in conversation with Raja Shehadeh, discusses questions of history, memory, land and friendship, in his new book, Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine.
- My Sister, My Soulmate
Gauri Lankesh fearlessly spoke truth to power. She stood up against injustice and discrimination. She strived for communal harmony until her dying breath. On the occasion of Gauri Lankesh’s birth anniversary, we are publishing a heart breakingly beautiful tribute by her sister Kavita.
She raved, she ranted,
Many times she burst out….
Uppercaste this… Brahmincal that…
At the inhumanity ...
- The First Ever People’s Literature Festival
Lourdes M Supriya
The first Jan Sahitya Parv (People’s Literature Festival), organised by the Saajha Sanskritik Morcha, a joint cultural forum backed by Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML), and various other people’s organisations, took place in Jaipur on 24 and 25 January, 2018.
The festival kicked off with a mashaal-juloos, a torch ...
- Gauri Lankesh’s 56th Birth Anniversary Celebrated as “Gauri Day” in Bengaluru
"Gauri Day", the commemoration of the 56th birth anniversary of journalist- activist Gauri Lankesh was organised in Bengaluru on Monday. Actor Prakash Raj, Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, JNU student leaders – Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, Umar Khalid, ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila, Gauri Lankesh's sister Kavita Lankesh were among others ...
- अरुणा रॉय : कहानियों, नाटकों और गानों के ज़रिये करें जनवादी राजनीति का प्रचार
Newsclick & ICF Team
जयपुर में आयोजित जन साहित्य पर्व में बात करते हुए सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता अरुणा रॉय ने इस सरकार द्वारा तर्कसंगत सोच पर हो रहे हमलों और उनके खतरों के बारे में बात की I उन्होंने बताया कि किस तरह संघ और उससे जुड़े लोग आम लोगों तक गलत धारणायें पहुँचा रहे हैं और उन्हें कला के ...
- Mumbai: Opposition Leaders Come Together for “Save the Constitution” Rally
On 26 January 2018, India’s 69th Republic Day, Sharad Pawar, president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), along with senior leaders of the left, led a march against the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime at the Centre. Opposition party leaders like D Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Omar Abdullah, leader of opposition in the ...
- Padmavat Director, Star Cast Silent on Violence: Is It Only about the Box Office?
Oprah Winfrey a household name, dubbed as the Queen of All Media, evokes a feeling of strength and compassion. Her speech at the Golden Globes was a powerhouse. If you haven’t already heard it, I think you should.
But why I write today isn’t about her, it’s about how celebrities abroad be it actors or singers ...
- Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma
A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today dismissed a petition seeking the deletion of some of the scenes of controversial film Padmaavat which was released on January 25 by noting that censor board has already granted certificate and refused to go into the issue again. The petition was filed by Advocate ML ...
- Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India
- 70 Years: Gandhi’s Secularism Refuses to Let Him be Reduced to a Pair of Spectacles
In the sustained communal offensive against the secular character of the Indian Constitution, the term "secular" is in serious danger of becoming a casualty.
This is largely because the notion of "secularism", itself a modern concept which cannot be delinked from democratic principles and rights of citizenship, has often in this communal ideological onslaught been equated with ...
- Remembering Gauri Lankesh’s Last Ten Seconds
Kavita Lankesh's poem talks about how she finds it difficult to cope with Gauri's death. On the occasion of Gauri Lankesh's birthday we are publishing this touching tribute to the fearless tigress from her loving sister.
The last 10 seconds
Sometimes I feel
You are here…
It’s just one of those hectic days
So you haven’t visited us.
But most times
- The JNU Files
Ever since Jagadesh Kumar Mamidala was appointed in Jawaharlal Nehru University as the Vice Chancellor, the varsity’s democratic values and academic structures have been under constant attack. The students and teachers of the university accuses Kumar for imposing polices drafted by RSS and BJP to the curb the academic and democratic spaces, and ultimately privatise the university.
- “We need Prime Minister to speak out, government to act and hate crime against minorities to be stopped”
Indian Civil Servants
We, retired civil servants belonging to different Services and batches, wish to register our deep concern at the continuing incidents of mindless violence in the country, especially those targeting the minorities, and the lackadaisical response of the law enforcement machinery to these attacks.
The killing of Mohammed Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal in Rajsamand, ...
- The Barbarians by K Satchidanandan — Translated from the original മുട്ഠാളന്മാര് by the poet
The Barbarians by K Satchidanandan -- Translated from the original മുട്ഠാളന്മാര് by the poet
- Jan Sahitya Parv: Celebrating People’s Literature
Newsclick & ICF Team
Jan Sahitya Parv was held in Jaipur on 24th and 25th January 2018. The idea behind the event was to celebrate people’s literature and underline the social responsibility of literature.
Co-published with Newsclick
- The story of three Bengali Muslim households which lost their men to lynching in 2017
Ashin Mohammed says he had a dream. He starts to explain the dream to Harsh Mander and the others from the Karwan-e-Mohabbat team, but is, soon, overwhelmed with tears. They choke his throat before the words can come out.
His son, Mohammed Nasiruddin, is one of the three who were killed in a mob lynching for ...
- Update From the First Day of the Karwan e Mohabbat in Bengal
Troubled by the rising tide of hate across India unabated as we entered the New Year, we resolved to continue the Karwan e Mohabbat through all of 2018, and if necessary then longer. We would take our Karwan to at least one state every month, visiting the homes of families hit by acts of hate ...
- Origin Myths and the Early Indian Historical Tradition
This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.
Image sourced from YouTube
The organization of a historical tradition revolves around two related components—the purpose of action and the agency of action. Both of these are implicitly present ...
- “We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula Le Guin
In the midst of all the end-of-the-year lists and reminiscences, there is a speech that made the social media rounds recently that we thought deserved a special mention here at BillMoyers.com.
In accepting the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year’s National Book Awards, eminent science-fiction writer Ursula Le Guin made a knock-out speech ...
- How Free is the Media in India?
What is the state of media freedom in India? With constant censorship from both state and non-state actors, as of now it is obvious that journalists in this country are enduring terrible times only to practice the profession. At the same time, with giant corporates and close aids of political leaders owning and controlling large ...
- Six Constitutional Provisions on Language That You Should Know About
Sushma Swaraj recently made news when she said that the Government of India was making efforts to accord Hindi the status of an official language in the United Nations. Shashi Tharoor promptly questioned the move, pointing out that Hindi wasn’t the national language of the country, only an official one. As we approach the Republic ...
- Happy Birthday Sergei Eisenstein! World Remembers Soviet Master Filmmaker on His 120th Birth Anniversary
The films directed by Sergei Eisenstein during the 1920s marked a new paradigm in the world of cinema. A pioneer in the practice of montage, he was among the early major theorists of cinema.
Born on 22 January 1898, Eisenstein left behind a rich legacy that is complex and in many ways, immeasurable. The power of ...
- When Mobs Rule the State
P K Balachandran
Assertion of caste, regional, ethnic, religious and national identities are characteristic of new democracies, as groups previously lacking consciousness wake up to their identity and seek a place in the sun.
The opening up of the power structure by the establishment of democratic institutions and the institution of elections helps mobilise there entities which had been ...
- Three Indian Science Academies Issue a Statement on Evolution
After a very long time the three premier Indian science academies, Indian Academy of Science (IASc), Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), have issued a joint statement; it is a response to the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Satyapal Singh’s outright denial of Darwin’s theory of evolution of ...
- BJP’s Unscientific Ideologies Will Result in Slow Death of Scientific Temper in Education
Prabir Purkayastha in conversation with Pranjal
Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, issued a statement claiming evolution never happened since no one saw an ape converting into a human. Such statements by our highest ranking ministers show the lack of rationality in BJP’s core ideologies. What can be the future of India’s science and technological development when our ...
- The Spatial Apartheid of Marginalised Sections in India
A procession of Dalits was attacked by a group of upper caste men in Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra. In UP’s Muzaffarnagar, a Dalit was beaten and forced to chant "Jai Sri Ram". On any given day, a few news anchors reveal a new geographical setting, where a Dalit has been subjected to violence, threat or abuse. Many a ...
- “The citizens are facing the worst time in the hands of right wing”: Raosaheb Kasbe
In a talk organised by the Mumbai Collective, eminent scholar Raosaheb Kasbe talks about the alarming instances of vigilantism, and the rise in violence and lynchings in the name of religion, that have increased over the past three years. He also talks about the unscientific notions, like the study of ancient vedas, that are being propagated ...
- Cinema of, for, by the People
Image courtesy Peoples Film Collective Facebook page
Kasturi Basu, one of the organisers of the 5th Kolkata People’s Film Festival, waits outside the entrance to Jogesh Mime Academy auditorium with a donation box as the crowd from the last session comes out. She says, “Please donate for the People’s Film Festival; we run on your donations”. ...
- The India Freedom Report: Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in 2017
- #NotoNetanyahu No to complicity with Israel’s Apartheid
Statement by Activists, Academics and Concerned Citizens
In the coming week, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tour different cities of India along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This visit comes at the beginning of a year that sees Israel globally ever more isolated and ever more aggressively advancing its ethnic cleansing and annexation of Palestinian land. To invite the leader of ...
- Swachh Bharat and People Still Clean Gutters?
In the Pul Pehlad mohalla (settlement) of Lal Kuan in outer Delhi, everybody knows "the boy with the pushcart" or the "chilli-potato boy". He is the youngest pushcart vendor in the area.
I spot him running through a narrow lane in the slum settlement, bordered with open sewers, to the empty space where he parks his handcart. He rolls ...
- Watch: “Draupadi” and “My First Love”
Melizarani T Selva
Melizarani T. Selva is a spoken word poet, storyteller, and journalist from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Watch T Selva perform her poem "Draupadi," a poem about the trials of being a woman, succinctly summed up in the line "A woman is not a woman until something happens to her." Continue watching to see her perform her poem "My First Love."
Co-published with ...
- In Conversation with Keki N. Daruwalla: Understanding the Past and Present of Indian Poetry in English
Understanding the Past and Present of Indian Poetry in EnglishIn Conversation with Keki N. Daruwalla: Understanding the Past and Present of Indian Poetry in English
- “Palestinian’s right to return is key for the peace process”: Raja Shehadeh
Prabir Purkayastha in conversation with the Palestinian author
Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian author and lawyer in a discussion with Prabir Purkayastha says that the expanding Israeli annexation of Jerusalem and the recent US decision to move embassy to the city has now totally killed the Oslo agreement.
- Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home
Penny Johnson in conversation with Apoorva Gautam
Penny Johnson, co-author of Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home, talks about the book, the ideal of memory, nostalgia, and Palestine as an international struggle. Listen to the whole conversation here:
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- Meena Menon: “Our perceptions about Pakistan are coloured according to stereotypes”
The writer and journalist in conversation with Yogesh S
In this part of our interview with Meena Menon, author of Reporting Pakistan, we discuss reporting Pakistan in the Indian Media. She says, "Our perceptions about Pakistan are coloured according to stereotypes" Listen to the whole conversation here:
Meena Menon: “Is saying yes to the ruling government nationalism?” (Part I)
Meena Menon: “Put the internet to better use and do ...
- Parvaaz: Making it New
Apoorva Gautam & Souradeep Roy
“So, you want to know how it started? The band began with Khalid and me — we went to kindergarten together,” said Mir Kashif Iqbal, the lead guitarist of the band Parvaaz. He was tired (they had just landed in Delhi and reached the hotel), and, from his voice, it was clear to us that ...
- The Cultural Resistance to Rohith’s Institutional Murder
“And when religious instruction comes with a proxy, term “culture” resistance should be registered strongly”: Rohith Vemula
Two years after Rohith Vemula’s death, his memory lives within us in the form of songs, poetry, verse, and resistance. The systematic and the institutional murder of Vemula not only unearthed the reality in university spaces but also opened ...
- Why Bhima Koregaon is Important for the OBCs Too
Five years ago, when I heard of the Bhima-Koregaon celebrations for the first time, I did not feel any personal connection with its history. Gradually, as my understanding of the Ambedkarite movement developed, I realised the importance of this battle for people for my caste location, i.e., a Mali Shudra.
The Battle is primarily remembered as ...
- Listen: Mubarak Ho, a Rap Against Rising Communalism
Since the right wing government came to power, minorities in our country have been living in fear. Women are being harassed in public; people are lynched in the name of religion, caste; ruthless policies are being imposed upon the citizens. The BJP government has turned a blind eye to all these issues in their quest to make India a "Hindi-Hindu-Hindustani" ...
- Supreme Court Stays Ban on Padmaavat Release, Film Industry Euphoric
The Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for an all-India release for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat on January 25 by staying the orders banning the release of the film by the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana governments. The film industry hailed the decision.
Staying the "notifications and orders" banning the release of the controversial film by the ...
- Bollywood turns a Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bollywood “A-listers” at the Shalom Bollywood event yesterday. The event was meant to promote the ties between Bollywood and Israel, with Prime Minister Netanyahu inviting Bollywood to shoot its films in Israel, saying, "We believe in Bollywood. World loves Bollywood. Israel loves Bollywood. We want Bollywood in Israel. ...
- Government’s Apathy Towards Rohith’s Legacy
On 17 January 2016, University of Hyderabad mourned over the death of their young research scholar Rohith Vemula. The 27 year old ended his life after facing continuous harassment from the university's administration. Rohith's institutional murder reignited a debate in the country that has long lain dormant: Was Rohith targeted because of his caste? Can ...
- Justice Ashok Kumar Roopanwal Report on Rohit Vemula Case
- Is The Censor Board Redundant Now? Why Are States Banning Padmavat Screening?
Shoma A. Chatterjee
The manner in which several Indian states are banning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat even after the Central Board of Film Certification has passed it following the slight change in its title, it would appear that these states have themselves decided to become state censor boards unto themselves, rendering the decision of the CBFC and ...
- The People on the Ground Baburao Bagul Translated by Wandana Sonalkar
The People on the Ground Baburao Bagul Translated by Wandana Sonalkar
- Teachers and Social Activists Ask the Government to Enact the “Rohith Act”
Urging the government to enact the "Rohith Act" and ensure scholarship for all students from marginalized sections, academic fraternity and social activists across the country stood together in memory of Rohith Vemula. The existing system which is based on caste-based structural inequality had pushed Rohith, a Dalit research scholar at the University of Hyderabad, to death ...
- Tributes Paid to Rohith Vemula on His Second Death Anniversary
Two years back on this day, January 17, Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in NRS hostel in University of Hyderabad. After protesting for two weeks against his suspension along with four other Dalit students, losing hope, Vemula took the extreme step. Outraged over his demise, students of the University led a collective struggle ...
- The Historian and the Epic
This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.
Image courtesy Governance Now
The historian’s interest in epic literature arises from the argument that epic literature generally documents a period which is prior to that of early recorded ...
- Modi-Bibi in Sabarmati: What the Media Won’t Tell You about Gandhi’s Views on Palestine and Israel
The mainstream media scrambled to outdo each other in its coverage of the 8km “roadshow” that culminated with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visiting, along with his wife Sara and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.
For the handful of those who missed out on classroom history lessons, Sabarmati Ashram is ...
- Saheb, Bibi aur Palestine? Bollywood Must Make it Clear if it Stands with Colonialism or with Freedom
Let me cut short all detours and answer your burning question: no, calling Bollywood to not shoot their films in Israel is not an attack on freedom of speech and expression. I understand this sounds confusing, but what is at stake here? Calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions (and there’s a reason I’ve highlighted ...
- Dalit Woman Set Ablaze in Karnataka
As reported by Basavraj Sulibhavi to Yogesh S
Shantavva Harijan, a dalit woman from Shingatalooru village in Gadag district, was set ablaze on 14 January 2018. She succumbed to the burns on the same night. This writer spoke to Basvaraj Sulibhavi, a well known Kannada poet, activist, and publisher, about Shantavva’s murder and the protests that followed. Sulibhavi has been actively following the ...
- Informal Workers Narratives: “We too are human beings”
The informal workers narratives, hosted by Working Peoples' charter and WIEGO, brings together a panel of workers from different trades, including domestic workers, e-rickshaw drivers, waste-pickers, street vendors, home-based workers, Hamal and other workers, showcasing their life, their work, and their challenges. The conversation throws light on the role played by informal workers in making ...
- Challenging Period for Constitutionalism in India
The Judiciary in India is undoubtedly the most respected organ of Government in India. The soul and heart of this respect comes from the integrity of the Courts and their relative independence from the executive and the legislature. There are few defining moments in the history of the judiciary when judges have put their neck ...
- Besieging the Siege: Report from the Protest Against Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to India
Yesterday noon, the usual perturbing quietness of central Delhi was broken by activists gathered together to protest the diplomatic visit of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, to India. Netanyahu’s visit is being portrayed, all across the mainstream media, as an “accomplishment” of the Modi regime. Netanyahu’s personal camaraderie with Modi, the elusive “agreements” ...
- No Aadhar No Food: Yet Another Starvation Death Reported from Jharkhand, Still Counting…
The Citizen Bureau
September 28, 2017: Santoshi Kumar, 11, Simdega district died of hunger. Her mother Koyli Devi said that the family was not receiving rations under the Public Distribution scheme for the past several months as their ration cards were not linked to Aadhar.
October 21,2017: Baidyanath Das died at Jharia, Dhanbad district. His family said they had ...
- Are we Prejudiced Against Women and Dalits in Varying Degrees?
P G Ambedkar
A study to understand social prejudices against women and Dalits in India was published recently in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). This study was exploring explicit prejudice – "beliefs and behaviours to which people openly and readily admit that reinforce the lower social status of people in oppressed groups.". This study was conducted by Diane ...
- Govind Pansare: Towards an Active Channel for Political Education
Comrade Govind Pansare was shot on 16th February 2015. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away on 20th February 2015. His death led to an obvious and clear vacuum in the social, political, and cultural sphere. Everyone remembers him in his various roles as a bold Marxist, a communist party leader, a supporter of ...
- “Judiciary has to stand up and protect it’s Independence”: Indira Jaising
Indira Jaising at the All India People's Forum Press Meet, talked about the urgency of the probe on Justice Loya's death. Judge Loya was hearing the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh police encounter case in which BJP President Amit Shah was one of the accused.
- Annemarie Jacir on her film Wajib and Palestine’s Struggle Against Subjugation
Wajib, by Annemarie Jacir, won the Golden Crow Pheasant Award for the best International film at the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala. Jacir, a female Palestinian director, was present at the festival venue; she sat face to face with this film scholar, speaking about her film and the political milieu of present-day Palestine.
The film Wajib is ...
- Eight Facts About Israel
Although India consistently supported the Palestinian struggle to reclaim their lost lands and for forming their own country free from Israel, in recent years India has shown a distinct shift towards greater friendship with Israel. This trend has received a boost with the RSS backed BJP govt. coming to power in India in 2014. Israel ...
- #NotoNetanyahu: Protest Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s India Visit Held in Delhi
A protest march against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s India visit was organised in Delhi by the Left parties, the All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee, India. The march took place in the larger context of atrocities committed by Israeli government in Palestine and illegal occupation.
- “Death is for the unmoving…”: K Neela on Lingayata Dharma and Vachana Sahitya
The Lingayat community in Karnataka has been struggling for about 40 years to get state recognition as separate from the Hindus. The movement is fast gaining momentum now. M M Kalburgi, who worked extensively on Vachana Sahitya, and Gauri Lankesh, who was a popular supporter of the movement, were both assassinated. Against this backdrop, the ...
- India Stands on the Wrong Side of History as Modi Embraces Netanyahu
Brisk winds lashed our faces as we descended from the sherut which brought us from Tel Aviv to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, during April 2016. Starving from the two long hour journey, my partner and I were immediately drawn to the shops of roasting meat and sweets which lined the pavements, but which were oddly deserted. A ...
- Netanyahu India Visit Sandwiched Between Protests in Tel Aviv and Delhi: Bibi Go Home!
That all is not right at home was made resoundingly clear as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boarded the flight for India with reporters asking why he was not taking his son Yair with him. All of course knew the reason for the question, as thousands took to the streets in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu ...
- “Saffron goons act like sleeper cells, pop up to show true agenda”: Prakash Ambedkar
Teesta Setalvad in conversation with the President of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasang
Teesta Setalvad in the interview with the grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar explains about the violence happened at Bhima Koregaon and the incidents followed after the pre-planned attack by the right wing forces.
- Modi in Israel: The Emperor’s New Clothes
Israel has done a masterpiece of political plays enacting the long planned visit by Narendra Modi. It was the first one of an Indian prime minister and it was to show to its own population and to the entire world that repeated warnings about Israel’s growing international isolation are untrue.
Modi has been treated to glamorous ...
- Full Letter to the Chief Justice of India from the Supreme Court Judges
- India’s Justice League: Four Judges Defend Democracy, Question Nepotism in Supreme Court
Four of the five senior most judges of the Supreme Court – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph – in a letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra expressed concern on certain judicial orders passed by the top court which has “adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery ...
- All is Not Well Within the Supreme Court and this Needs Correction: Kamini Jaiswal
Sonali in conversation with the lawyer
Speaking to Communalism Combat and Newsclick in an exclusive 11 minute interview, Ms Jaiswal spoke of the developments in the highest court of the land, arising out of the unprecedented move by four of the five senior most judges in addressing the people of India through a press conference yesterday, January 12, 2018.
- #NotoNetanyahu: Land Day: The Palestinian Call for Land, Freedom and Equality
Githa Hariharan in conversation with Raja Shehadah
On March 30, 1976, Palestinians protested against Israel's plans to occupy thousands of acres of Palestinian land in Galilee. Six Palestinians were gunned down by the Israeli army and police, and hundreds wounded in the confrontation. Since 1976, every year, Palestinians around the world commemorate March 30th as "Land Day" – a day to announce ...
- #NotoNetanyahu: Homeward Journeys
Home. The word is used so casually by most of us. What the word stands for is also easy enough to identify. A house or a room; a village or a city or a country; a couple of people or more; a language or two; food, maybe some landscapes, myths and tales. In other words, ...
- The Communist International and its Impact on Asia
This is our ninth story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October 2017 to remember the centenary of the Russia Revolution. The first is an excerpt from Cecilia Bobrovskaya's memoirs; the second is from an essay by Prabir Purkayastha; the third is our inaugral bookend by Githa Hariharan on Sevtlana Alexievich's novel Second Hand Time; and the fourth is a conversation with ...
- Read the full text of the letter submitted by four Supreme Court Judges to the CJI
Dear Chief Justice,
It is with great anguish and concern that we have thought it proper to address this letter to you so as to highlight certain judicial orders passed by this Court which has adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system and the independence of the High Courts besides impacting the administrative ...
- #NotoNetanyahu: We know Netanyahu and Modi love each other, but how much did the RSS love Zionism?
Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit India next week. India and Israel are closer than ever before. In light of the Donald Trump's announcement that the United States of America (USA) will officially view Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Netanyahu’s visit becomes an even more open endorsement of Israel’s crimes against Palestine. This comes ...
- Perils of an Imagined Enemy
An incident that took place twenty 25 ago has the capacity to question many of our notions about land, language, and their enemy. I was invited to a town, known as the “rice bowl,” near Raichur to deliver a talk on the Rajyothsava Day celebration. A little before my speech, one of the conveners of ...
- Shock Therapy: 4 Supreme Court Judges Openly Vent Grievances
Four Judges of the Supreme Court of India held a press meet on 12 January to criticise the way the apex court is functioning. This was an unprecedented move, never before seen in India or elsewhere in the world. The four judges – seniormost after the chief justice – released a letter submitted to the ...
- Bhima-Koregaon: Glimmerings of a Maratha-Dalit-Bahujan Alliance Against Fascism
Harish S. Wankhede
The Dalits are angry again.
Another incident of caste violence and atrocity was registered in Maharashtra. This time Dalits were protesting against the planned attack by the Hindutvadi rightwing groups on an event, organized to commemorate the "victory of Mahar’s" over the mighty Peshwas at the battle of Bhima-Koregaon in 1818.
Further, the protest was not restricted to the local ...
- Stand Up Against Benjamin Netanyahu’s Diplomatic Visit to India
As the international consensus on holding Israel accountable for its regime of apartheid, occupation and settler-colonialism against Palestine grows, Modi government is welcoming Netanyahu to India. This growing alliance not only subverts India's commitment of solidarity to Palestine, it also endangers the freedom and welfare of Indians.
- Proceedings of the Final Hearing in Section 377 Case
- Somnath Waghmare on Bhima Koregaon and the Fight against Brahminism
The filmmaker in conversation with Lourdes M Supriya
In the wake of the recent attack on peaceful Ambedkarites, celebrating the Bhima Koregaon battle, by right-wing groups—and the ensuing violence that brought Maharashtra to a standstill—we decided to catch up with the filmmaker of Battle of Bhima Koregaon: An Unending Journey, Somnath Waghmare. Completed in April 2016, according to him, "This is the only ...
- Easterine Kire on Writing Outside the Box
The writer in conversation with Souradeep Roy
In our latest interview for the series Writers Talk Politics, Souradeep Roy talks to Easterine Kire, a novelist, poet, translator from Nagaland. They discuss her novel, Son of the Thundercloud which has won the Best Book (Fiction) award at the 2017 Tata Literature Live festival. Her latest novel is Don't Run, My Love, brought out ...
- “France Concerned over Trump’s Century deal,” says Fatah member
Azzam Al-Ahmad, member of Fatah Central Committee Wednesday said France expressed concern over the preliminary aspects of US President Donald Trump’s deal of the century and considered his decision unilateral.
In an interview with Palestine TV, he said France has expressed concern over the deal and said what has been revealed so far is negative and sugarcoated. ...
- “The youth will create the third alternative”: Akhil Gogoi
Vivan Eyben in conversation with the activist
RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi talks to Newsclick about NSA charges against him, the state of North East politics and the way forward for India in light of recent crackdown by the RSS and BJP.
- Bollywood Values Should Reflect the Triumph of Good over Evil
People of India for Peace, Justice and Humanity
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
On the 14th of January 2018 a person who is the Prime Minister of Israel is actually not visiting India, rather a salesman is coming to sell the idea ...
- “I want my freedom and my faith” Hadiya Tells the Supreme Court
Newsclick & Lawyers Collective
In the Hadiya case: A group of young lawyers from Lawyers Collective, who were present in the Supreme Court during the last hearing where Hadiya was summoned to be heard before the bench, discuss the unusual events that played out in the courtroom, decisional autonomy, and why this is a highly gendered issue.
- Lawmerick: Gook on the National Anthem!
Raju Z. Moray
Gobble D. Gook has been following the shifts in position on the National Anthem case with great interest.
Now, the Supreme Court has modified it's earlier order dated 30th November, 2016 making playing of the National Anthem prior to the screening of feature films in cinema halls mandatory.
The learned AG made a refreshingly poetic suggestion:
"The word ...
- JNU Vice Chancellor Hits Another Academic “Low”: Skype to Replace Viva Voice Examination in Research
The Citizen Bureau
Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor M.Jagadesh Kumar has come out with yet another decision to whittle down the standards of excellence that the university had achieved over decades. He has now cancelled all mandatory public viva voce for research and directed the faculty to conduct this only on Skype.
JNU Teachers Association has “rejected” the proposal ...
- “I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba
Professor GN Saibaba, who was given a life imprisonment for alleged ties to Maoists, continues to suffer in solitary confinement in prison despite absence of any credible evidence against him. Saibaba’s wife, Vasantha Kumari, addressed a press conference on Wednesday, held by the Delhi Chapter of Bastar Solidarity Network. She spoke about her recent meeting ...
- Prof G N Saibaba Pens a Poem After Meeting His Mother in Jail
माँ, मेरे लिए मत रोना
जब तुम मुझे देखने आयी
तुम्हारा चेहरा मैं नहीं देख सका था
फाइबर कांच की खिड़की से
मेरी अशक्त देह की झलक यदि मिली होगी तुम्हें
यक़ीन हो गया होगा
कि मैं जीवित हूँ अब भी।
माँ, घर में मेरी गैर मौजूदगी पर मत रोना
जब मैं घर और दुनिया में था,
कई दोस्त थे मेरे
जब मैं इस ...
- Some Thoughts on the Inscriptions of Aśoka
This essay has been extracted from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with permission.
Image courtesy DNA India
Given the absence of an acceptable decipherment of the Indus script, the inscriptions of the Mauryan ruler Aśoka are the earliest documentation which can be ...
- Not Raising Your Voice for People’s Issues is the Biggest Anti-national Act: Kanhaiya Kumar
Kanhaiya Kumar, former JNUSU President addressed a gathering today during the Yuva Hunkar Rally in Delhi. Youth leaders from different parts of the country had gathered in defence of the democracy and constitution.
- Yuva Hunkar Rally: Let’s Build a Truly Inclusive India
Yuva Hunkar Rally on January 9th 2018 brought together youth leaders like Jignesh Mevani, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Akhil Gogoi among others who raised their voice against the injustice being faced by Dalits, Muslims and other marginalized youth across India.
- An Important Lesson from History for Narendra Modi
The fortunes of India irrevocably changed on May 29, 1658 when two Indian armies clashed on the dusty fields of Samugarh near Agra. India’s history changed forever.
Aurangzeb’s victory over his brother Dara Shikoh marked the beginning of Islamic bigotry in India that not only alienated Hindus but also the much more moderate Sufis and Shias ...
- Crime and Consent
The significance of the Supreme Court order referring the constitutionality of Section 377 to a larger bench goes beyond LGBT rights. Current debates have focused on the decriminalisation of several laws and the legitimate role of criminal law in our legal system in matters of sexuality. Also central to the outcome is the role of ...
- Simone de Beauvoir and the Left
Today marks the 110th birth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), the acclaimed French feminist theorist, who was born this day on January 9th. She is most known for her groundbreaking work, The Second Sex (1949) along with her book, Mandarins, which received France’s highest literary award in 1954.
Her phenomenal work on gender and her formulation, "one ...
- महिलाओं के मसीहा: मोदी और पैड-मैन
आजकल खुद को महिलाओं का मसीहा कहलाने का चलन है. इसका सर्वश्रेष्ठ उदाहरण हैं हमारे प्रिय नेता प्रधान मंत्री मोदी जी, जो अपनी 56 इंच की छाती ठोंक कर दावा कर रहे हैं कि मुसलमान महिलाएं अब पुरुष अभिभावक के बिना हज पर जाने के लिए आज़ाद हैं. हालांकि सच्चाई यह है कि यह एक सुधारवादी बदलाव 2015 में ही ...
- How dalits such as Kusuma Dharmanna and Vagiri Amosu rejected the upper-caste nationalist movement
Dalits started to appear as significant players in the colonial public sphere after 1900, and Kusuma Dharmanna stands out as one of the first to challenge the brand of nationalism advocated by caste Hindus. In rejoinder to a popular Brahman nationalist Garimella Satyanarayana, who preached swarajya (independence) and wrote songs rejecting British rule such as ...
- Ray of Hope in the Legal Battle for the Queer Movement in India
Section 377 of Indian Penal Code is a draconian law that criminalises any form of sexuality that is not procreative. In an infamous judgement, the Supreme Court of India upheld the law as constitutional, on 11 December 2013. A report in The Indian Express says, “A three-judge bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra on 8 ...
- You no longer have to worry about the popcorn falling over every time the national anthem plays before a movie
Lourdes M Supriya
Today, 9 January 2018, the Supreme Court accepted the Centre’s suggestion to restore the conditions prior to the November 2016 Order of the Supreme Court. As a result, it is no longer mandatory for cinema halls in the country to play the national anthem before movie screenings.
On 30 November, 2016, the Supreme Court had passed ...
- Dear Rajasthan Education Minister, did Newton drink gaumutra as well?
Make no mistake: the next big sci fi book coming out from India will come from members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This statement, of course, will not bode well with the emerging market for new speculative fiction writers from India, but what can our lovely writers do when they are faced with such ...
- Watch: Battle of Bhima Koregaon: An Unending Journey
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani released in December 2015 to packed theatres. The movie, for the most part, glorified the Peshwa rule and completely left out the deeply discriminatory caste practices of the Peshwas. In response, Somnath Waghmare decided to make a documentary on the historic Bhima Koregaon battle.
On 1 January 1818, a small company ...
- Karnataka: Another Gujarat of the South?
The Karnataka State Assembly elections are fast approaching. These elections in the Congress-led state are going to be crucial for every contesting political party. The BJP kicked off its Karnataka campaign with another one of their infamous ratha yatras. For the most of the Parivarthana Yatra, which is about to come to an end, the ...
- 2017, The Year of Bollywood’s Capitulation and Actor Prakash Raj’s Resistance
Mirza Arif Beg
On November 8, 2017, a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic address in which he declared 500 and 1000-rupee notes as illegal, the Opposition was planning to observe it as a “black day”. The BJP, on the other hand, went into a celebratory mode, claiming they had won the fight against the black money, ...
- Yuva Hunkaar Rally: United We Stand, Ignited We March!
The number of people being targeted for raising their voice against oppression and injustice is on the rise. In light of the increasing number of such cases, Jignesh Mevani along with other leaders will be leading the Yuva Hunkaar Rally for social justice in Delhi on January 9, 12 pm onwards at Parliament Street.
- Hate Speech: Sunday Speech of Prime Accused Manohar Bhide Postponed
Facing flak for allowing the prime accused of the Bhima-Koregaon clashes, Manohar Bhide to address a rally in Mumbai, the police have finally cancelled right-wing leader Bhide’s public speech, scheduled to take place in Parel this Sunday. This comes days after the police refused permission to an event organised by student outfit Chhatra Bharati, at ...
- Dakshina Kannada Violence: BJP Resorting to Politics of Polarisation
In recent days, incidents of communal violence in Dakshina Kannada district are resulting in the tensed atmosphere across Karnataka. With assembly elections due in coming May, the ruling Congress leaders are arguing that the main opposition BJP party as resorting to religious polarisation tactics to garner the support of Hindu voters.
On January 3, a BJP ...
- Aadhaar Leak: Journalists Condemn UIDIA’s FIR Against The Tribune Reporter
The journalist fraternity has come out in support of The Tribune and its reporter Rachna Khaira after UIDAI’s FIR against them for publishing a report on Aadhar Data Breach. The report said that a service was being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp which provided unrestricted access to details for any of the more than ...
- SAHMAT’s Jashn-e-Daura: Remembering Safdar and the Babri Masjid
Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) celebrated 1 January 2018 with a day-long cultural event at the Constitution Club Annexe, here in New Delhi last Monday.
On 1 January 1989, Jana Natya Manch (JANAM), while performing a street play in Jhandapur, was attacked by a crowd of armed Congress goons. In the ensuing violence, two people lost ...
- Netanyahu Go Back!!
India Palestine Solidarity Forum
Mahtama Gandhi: “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews ...
- जाति धर्म की बंदिशों के बावजूद भी इन्सानियतं जिन्दा है
Vidya Bhushan Rawat
दिन था शनिवार ३१ दिसंबर जब सभी नए वर्ष की इंतेजारी में थे. देवरिया जिले के बेल्हाम्मा गाँव के कुम्हार जाति के एक परिवार में महिला की मौत हो गयी. पति ज्यादातर शराब पीकर मस्त रहता और गाँव में एलान करता फिरता के इस गाँव के सारे मुसलमानों को यहाँ से भगा दूंगा . जिस ...
- A Poem and a Prose Text by Sharmistha Mohanty
A Poem and a Prose Text by Sharmistha Mohanty
- Chasing Shadows: The Question of Citizenship and Preparation of NRC in the State of Assam
Citizenship is conferred by the Constitution and it is the nexus between the individual and the State, defining civil and political rights and liabilities of individuals, the most important of which are the Fundamental rights and the right to vote and participate in all democratic process. Most importantly, it gives unrestricted rights of residence in ...
- The Real Culprits of Bhima-Koregaon Violence
The violence at Bhima-Koregaon has proved instrumental in bringing forth the gruesome face of Maharashtra yet again.
Bhima-Koregaon has pointed out the extent to which the poison of casteism has spread in this state that chants the names of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar. In this state of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s, the Ambedkarite public is still treated like second-class citizens.
The signs ...
- Yet Another Vicious Trial By The Media
I went to Maharashtra as I along with other activists and intellectuals were invited to come there. I along with others was a guest there. And I would remember fondly the love and support that I received in Pune and Mumbai. The resilience and enthusiasm of the people I met and their resoluteness to fight ...
- Television as Lynch Mob: District Magistrate Report on JNU Incident Raises Questions of Media Ethics
Newspapers have reported that the Aam Admi Government has reportedly told its legal team to file a criminal case against three channels for airing doctored videos where the words, “Bandook”, “Sher ke bacche”, and “Hurriyat ke jawaan” were inserted (extraneously) into the videos to mislead the public. Even “Pakistan Zindabad” were telecast although they were ...
- The Trans Bill and its Discontents – I
This week the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill is up for vote in the Lok Sabha. The Bill has had a comparatively short but turbulent history. On the back of the National Legal Services Authority v UoI (NALSA) judgement and an Expert Committee Report by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (here) the Bill was first introduced ...
- Have TV dance shows, neo-liberalism’s baby, challenged the hierarchy of classical dance?
I found Allen Perris in his tiny flat with a bandana around his head and a loose fi tting T-shirt. He was soft spoken, modest, and accessible. He was excited about his future as a choreographer of reality shows. Currently working for Zee TV, he was looking forward to work with Star TV and other ...
- Bhima Koregoan – The Latest Battlefield of Dalit Resistance
Dr Goldy M. George
The incidences of Bhima Koregoan have come up as yet another battleground of Dalits’ liberation movement against a Hindutva fascist state run by caste system. The incidences and the videos have been rolling around is just shocking. The symbol of yester-century’s valiant and brave battle and victory over the atrocious ruling Peshwas by a small ...
- Fandom and Misogyny
Freedom of opinion also means we are all entitled to opinions and that we don’t necessarily have to share the same opinion about anything. The difference in opinion paves way for a debate which may or may not settle the root cause, this type of aggression and war of words are nothing unfamiliar but with ...
- Revisiting Golwalkar on Koregaon with Raosaheb Kasbe
Scholar Raosaheb Kasbe’s book Zot—translated from Marathi into English as Spotlight on the RSS—refers to Golwalkar’s “grief” on the Mahars fighting the Peshwas. At a time when Koregaon has become a battleground again, it is important to revisit the underpinnings of caste in every reading of this historical incident. This is what Raosaheb Kasbe has to say:
- Looking back at 2017: Two books which either got banned or almost got banned
1. From Being Banned to Not Being Banned: Hansda Swovendra Sekhar’s The Adivasi Will Not Dance
Hansda Sowvendra Sekhar, an author of two books, came under fire after some groups claimed that his second book, The Adivasi Will Not Dance, a collection of short stories, was pronographic. Shekhar, who worked as a doctor in Pakur district, ...
- #BhimaKoregaon: Media Is Criminalising the Dalits
The coverage of the Mumbai bandh and the Bhima-Koregoan violence perfectly exemplifies how mainstream media reflects, and reinforces, an upper-caste view of society. This is quite natural, considering that the media, like all other institutions, is dominated by upper castes. There are no more than 8 Dalits in all of the English media, according to ...
- Umar Khalid: Away from TV screens, Movements are Coming Together:
I went to Maharashtra as I along with other activists and intellectuals were invited to come there. I along with others was a guest there. And I would remember fondly the love and support that I received in Pune and Mumbai. I would remember the resilience and enthusiasm of the people I met and their ...
- Journey to Jerusalem: A Poet Faces the Separation Wall
In the light of recent US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, there are resounding protests across the world. India, however, has been relatively silent. Lest we forget what Palestine means to us, here is an extract from Githa Hariharan’s edited volume From India to Palestine (2014, Leftword). Alexander recounts here friendships, losses, resilience ...