• AIKS Vice President Arrested for Protesting for Farmers’ Rights in Rajasthan
    Newsclick Team
        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
    Tarique Anwar
      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 ...
  • 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
    Somok Roy
      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
    Newsclick Report
      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”
    Subhash Gatade
      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
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Shamsul Islam
      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
    KP Ramanunni
      Dear Friends, 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?
    Ankita Ramgopal
      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 ...
  • January 2018
    January 2018
  • Retake — Galaxy of Musicians by Cop Shiva
    Retake — Galaxy of Musicians by Cop Shiva
  • Poetry Against Violence: A Prayer For Peace
    K Satchidanandan
      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
    Press Release
        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
    ICF Team
    Having run out of items for its anti-India menu, 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
    Press Release
      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
    Press Release
      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?
    Newsclick Team
    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
    CJP Team
    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
    Seema Mustafa
      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
    Vappala Balachandran
      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
    P Sainath
      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
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Rahim Hamid
      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
    Farheen Qureshi
      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
    ICF Team
      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
    Souradeep Roy
    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
    Press Release
      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?
    Yogesh S
      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
    Bjørnar Moxnes
      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
    Romila Thapar
    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 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
    ICF Team
      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?
    Yogesh S
      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
    Teesta Setalvad
      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
    Seema Mustafa
      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
    Nagesh Chaudhari
      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
    Newsclick Report
      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?
    Yogesh S
      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
    ICF Team The Indian Cultural Forum is proud to present Anson A Athikalam's film Upavahana, a film on the Rohingya refugees. Director's Note 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. Also see The Padmavati ...
  • Last Week Three Girl Students Committed Suicide in Andhra, Telangana
    Prudhviraj Rupawat
      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
    Press Release
      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
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Two Circles
      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
    Surangya Kaur
      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
    Biswajit Roy
    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?
    ICF Team
    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
    Yogesh S
      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
    Ankita Ramgopal
      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
    Sabrang India
    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
    Newsclick Team
    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
    (गौरी लंकेश यांच्या प्रथम स्मृती दिनानिमित्त) तू, तुझ्या प्रचंड दिव्यांचा झोत टाकत राहिलीस शांतपणे… शांतीसाठी, तुझ्या माझ्या नि इतरांच्या. मी माझी मूठ आवळतो तुझ्या दिव्यापाठीमागे. माहीत आहे… हिंसेचा पूर व्यवस्थित निर्माण केला जातोय. तुझी आर्तता, मृदुता, सहनशिलता, संयम होता भविष्यात येणाऱ्या अंधूक शक्यतांसाठी ; प्रकाशात परावर्तीत होण्याच्या झोक्यांचा तुला अदमास होता. तू, त्या स्वप्नांसाठी झटत राहलीस कायम… या स्वप्नांना आकार देतानाच तुझ्यावर आभाळ कोसळवले रक्ताचे. आमच्या मुठी आहेत गौरी, तुझ्या दिव्यात जळत. तो तेवत आहे; राहील; राहणार. मुठींच्या आंत आहेत तुझीच आर्तता, मृदुता आणि सहनशिलता ; भविष्यात येणाऱ्या शक्यतांच्या एका दीर्घ कांरव्यासाठी…
  • 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
    Kavita Lankesh
    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
    Newsclick Report
      "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
    Aabha J
    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?
    Shefali Oberoi
      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
    Ankita Ramgopal
      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
    Amar Farooqui
      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
    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 Reality ...
  • The JNU Files
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Souradeep Roy
    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
    Harsh Mander
      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
    Romila Thapar
    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
    Bill Moyers
      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 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?
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Vivan Eyben
    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
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Newclick Report
      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
    Sadiq Zafar
      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
    Souradeep Roy
    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
    The Hoot
  • #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?
    Bhasha Singh
    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 English
    In 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:     Co-published with Newsclick
  • 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:  Part III     Also watch:  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
    ICF Team
      “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
    Yashwant Zagade
      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
    Ritansh Azad
    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
    ICF Team
    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
    ICF Team
      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”
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Romila Thapar
    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
    ICF Team
    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
    Souradeep Roy
    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”
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Arvind Abraham
      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
    ICF Team
    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
    Megha Pansare
    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
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Pradip Biswas
    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
    Subodh Varma
      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
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Yogesh S
      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
    Urvashi Sarkar
      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!
    Dhruv Tehran
    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
    Maren Mantovani
        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
    Teesta Seetalvad
      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
    Githa Hariharan
    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
    Vijay Prashad
    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?
    Sukumar Muralidharan
    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
    Rahamath Tarikere
    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
    Newsclick Report
      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
    Newsclick Team
    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: “Storytellers may get killed, but others will come to tell the tale”
    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
    Newsclick Team
      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 
    Romila Thapar
    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
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Mohan Guruswamy
      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
    Indira Jaising
      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
    Deborah Grey
      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
    Chinnaiah Jangam
    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
    Yogesh S
      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?
    Souradeep Roy
    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
    ICF Team
      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?
    Yogesh S
      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!
    Newsclick Team
    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
    Sabrang India
      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
    Prudhviraj Rupawat
      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
    Newsclick Report
      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
    ICF Team
    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
    Rohit Ghosh
      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
    Nikhil Wagle
      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
    Umar Khalid
    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
    Teesta Setalvad
      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
    Vasudevan Devadasan
      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?
    Pallabi Chakravorty
    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
    Gokul Balu
      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
    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: “Golwalkar ...
  • Looking back at 2017: Two books which either got banned or almost got banned
    ICF Team
    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
    Asim Ali
    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:
    Sabrang India
    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
    Meena Alexander
    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 ...
  • 4 Years After Horrific Riots, Efforts for Peace Between Muslim, Jats in Muzaffarnagar
    Over four and half years after Muzaffarnagar witnessed one of the most horrific bouts of communal violence in India, senior leaders from Jat and Muslim communities in the area are trying to get the two communities to strike a peace deal. A committee of twenty prominent, reputed and socially respectable members from Jat and Muslim communities ...
  • Ahed Tamimi’s Relative 1st Palestinian Killed by Israel in 2018
      Musaab Firas Tamimi, 17, was shot and killed Wednesday by Israeli occupation forces near Ramallah in the West Bank, making him Israel’s first victim in the year 2018 amid major clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza. Tamimi was shot by an Israeli soldier, reportedly at a close range, in Deir ...
  • Remembering Savitribai Phule and Her Legacy
    Newsclick Team
    Savitribai Phule was a leading social reformer, and first known woman teacher in India. With the RSS and BJP making concerted efforts to distort history, remembering, reading, and talking about figures like Savitribai becomes extremely important now more than ever.     
  • Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing….
    Geetha Seshu
      While fake news has understandably dominated the digital noise all of 2017, how do we deal about the malaise of lies and alternative facts that advocate blatant bias? All of yesterday, Times Now and Republic TV channels worked themselves into a frenzy to pinpoint the blame for the violence that broke out in parts of Mumbai ...
  • Ambrose Pinto: A God’s Man Who Walked the Talk
    Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
      Ambrose pinto’s death after struggling with treacherous cancer for about six months on 3 January of 2018 made me feel that this year would be bad for Dalits. His smiling face, hopeful of change, keeps flashing through my mind. I last met him when I gave a special lecture at Indian Social Institute Benuluru on January ...
  • The Bill Criminalising Instant Triple Talaq is Against Gender Justice
    Press Release
      We, citizens concerned with gender justice and minority rights are deeply disturbed with the manner in which a Bill criminalising instant Triple Talaq, was introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha on 28th Dec, 2017 (The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017) The Bill aims to protect the rights of Muslim women, but ...
  • Savitribai: The Legacy of a Much Loved Teacher 
    H S Anupama
    Global Warming and climate change are true. But, along with water bodies, it seems like people’s conscience is also drying up. It is not only the rivers that are polluted with poisonous wastes disposed by the industries, even people’s mind seems to have been contaminated with poisonous thoughts. Controlling children, women, and disabled has become ...
  • कुछ अनोखे प्रेम पत्र
    Teesta Seetalvad
      सावित्रीबाई फुले यकीनन भारत की पहली महिला शिक्षिका और मुक्तिदाता थीं जिन्हें इतिहास ने लगभग भुला दिया है, 176 साल पहले 1831 में उनका जन्म हुआ और 3 जनवरी उनका जन्मदिन है, विभिन्न जातियों की लड़कियों के लिए पहले विद्यालय की स्थापना भाईडेवाड़ा, पुणे (ब्राह्मणों का गढ़) में करने वाली, क्रांतिज्योति सावित्रीबाई, अनेक रूप से ...
  • The Ṛgveda: Encapsulating Social Change*
    Romila Thapar
    This is an excerpt from The Historian and her Craft: Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar, recently published by the Oxford University Press and republished here with the author's permission. It is the third among our series focusing on Romila Thapar's collected works; read the first here, and the second here.  Aryan domination, irrespective of form or agency, has ...
  • Possible Communism
    Vijay Prashad
    Building Alternatives: The Story of India's Oldest Construction Workers' Union, by T M Thomas Isaac and Michelle Williams, was published by LeftWord Books in 2017 Misery greets the planet. Social inequality has reached unbelievable levels – where five individuals hold as much wealth as the bottom half of society. Climate change – driven by capitalist expansionism – ...
  • Safdar Lives On: Safdar Hashmi Shahadat Divas 2018
    Newsclick Team
    Since 1989, on every 1st of January, Jan Natya Manch (Janam) and CITU mark the attack on a group of street theatre activists, which eventually claimed the life of Safdar Hashmi, actor and founder, Janam and Ram Bahadur, an innocent industrial worker.    
  • Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 5: Berozgari ek Mahamari
    Newsclick Team
    When the youth of a country is in a sea of joblessness, how can a country and its economy prosper? How can it be easier to talk about Mandir and Masjid when there are no avenues within the economy to absorb graduates fresh out of college? How can any government even think to turn a ...
  • Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations and the Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
      Ambedkarites are agitated all over the country as the despicable attempts of the Hindutva affiliated organisations in Pune attacked the massive assembly of people who had come to pay their respect to 800 brave Mahar soldiers who with the help of British had defeated the then powerful army of the Peshwas which numbered around 30,000 ...
  • Dalit Leaders Say Bhima Koregaon Attack was “Pre-Planned”, Vow to Throw Out BJP-led “Peshwai Rule”
    Newsclick Report
      Tension has gripped Maharashtra a day after a person was killed, 25 vehicles were torched and more than 100 vehicles were damaged in stone pelting after individuals allegedly with saffron flags attacked dalits and their vehicles in Pune district. Lakhs of people gather on January 1 in Bhima Koregaon village every year to mark the ...
  • Remembring Savitribai Phule the First Woman Teacher on 3 January.
    K Neela
    3 January is the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule. Savitribai, a social reformer, is especially remembered for giving access to education to those who were prohibited by the Varna Ashram to learn. Along with her partner, Jyothirao Phule, she opened India’s first girls’ school in Pune at Bhide Wada. With the increase in the attacks and ...
  • Bhima Koregaon Inspires Thousands to Fight Oppressive Social Systems
    P G Ambedkar
      This year marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon that was instrumental in bringing down the Peshwa rule in Pune. Thousands of followers of Dr B.R. Ambedkar and his philosophy congregate each year on January 1 and pay their tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives in the battle. On January ...
  • Rajinikanth Well-Timed Entry to Help BJP in Tamil Nadu
    P K Balachandran
      Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who announced his entry into Tamil Nadu politics last Sunday, is in place to try and pave the way for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tamil Nadu. He could be the mascot of a new movement and political outfit directed by the BJP leaders in Delhi. It is, therefore, not surprising that only ...
  • Jewish Identity Politics and the Struggle to Liberate Palestine
    Rima Najjar
      Jewish identity politics complicate the Palestinian response to the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. Sometimes it seems impossible to address the crux of the matter, the Jewish state Nakba in Palestine, without being subjected to attacks one way or another. On the last day of 2017, I posted a meme on my Facebook wall that provoked a long and ...
  • #OurGauri: Murder of Gauri Lankesh Legitimises Violence
    B. Shreepada Bhat
    Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. –    Samuel Beckett. It was probably last few years of the twentieth century. Lankesh introduced Gaurito B.V. Karant, who was visiting their house, saying, “This is my daughter Gauri”. When Lankesh wrote about it, that name had triggered surprise and curiosity in all of us. We ...
  • Peoples Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Condemns Casteist, Patriarchal and Anti-Secular Comments of BJP Minister
    Press Release
      A minister in the Modi government has publicly attacked secularism and stated that his party is here to change the Constitution. At a public meeting of Brahman Yuva Parishad at the Koppal district of Karnataka, on 25 December 2017,Mr Ananta Kumar Hegde said that seculars "are like people without parentage, or who do not know ...
  • Attacks and Resistance Remain the Order of the Day for Dalits this Year
    P Ambedkar
      As the years pass under the current regime, life for Dalits gets more difficult. The biggest setback this year for Dalits and Adivasis was the scrapping of the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in the Union Budget 2017.   These Special Component Plans, introduced in the 1970s, was to allocate funds ...
  • 2017: A Year Full of Cow Vigilantism and Awaited Justice
    Newsclick Team
    The series of attacks in the name of cow continued in 2017. Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis were prime targets of the Gau Rakshaks. As we enter into a new year, hundreds of families await justice.     
  • Hairy by Meenakshi Sengupta
    Hairy by Meenakshi Sengupta
  • Introspection 2017: Speak Up Against Intimidating Language of the Goons Masquerading as Political Activists
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
      As another year is coming to an end, we witnessed huge turmoil everywhere. The intimidation to dissenters continued while political opponents were targeted as usual by the Hindutva groups. Mob lynching and cow terrorism aggravated all over the country and as the state remained subdued and muted, the goons with political patronage had a field ...
  • Revisiting Eight Significant Judgements of 2017
    Sabarish Suresh
      As a new year begins, it becomes necessary to review the legal pronouncements of the past year. 2017 has been replete with many significant judgments by the Supreme Court for India’s jurisprudence. While there are some judgments worthy of mention for the controversial nature and media reportage associated to it, such as that of Ram ...
  • Javed Akhtar’s Jaadu on the World of Culture
    Mehru Jaffer
      His humour is sunshine warm. His views on love and life are often waterfall fierce, but sometimes feel like molten honey. His politics is to call a spade a spade while his poetry remains achingly romantic. Whether it is about politics or poetry, he has been weaving magic with words for nearly half a century. After ...
  • Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!
    Urvashi Sarkar, Shipli Goyal & Sevanti Ninan
      Film-making is challenge in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic democracy. Particularly if offence-takers are indulged. But each year the propensity to take offence, or to pander to offence-taking, seems to scale new heights.  In 2017 the travails of film makers made news throughout the year. The impetus for film censorship ranged from preserving social mores to socio-political and ...
  • The Heart and Mind of a Person Who Kills for Hate
    Harsh Mander
      In a deeply affecting account titled Hashimpura 22 May (Penguin 2016) of the slaughter by armed policemen in 1987 of 42 young civilian Muslim men, police officer and novelist Vibhuti Narain Rai says, ‘Imagine such a close encounter with death that when you open your eyes to bodies – dead and half dead – you may want ...
  • 2017 — The Year Gender Justice Took a Back Seat
    ICF Team
    While judgements become part of the history of law in a country, they are also part of its history of power. With both law and justice in its root word ‘jus’, it would not be difficult to understand in our times that what becomes legal following a judgement, or what is ordained by the law ...
  • 2017: A Look at Some of the Movies That Came Under Fire This Year
    Lourdes M Supriya
    This year witnessed another string of movies getting into trouble, for reasons that seem absurd at first, but a closer inspection reveals the underlying misogyny that seems to be becoming increasingly more acceptable. For instance, when the Malayam actress, Parvathy, spoke up against the rampant misogyny in the Malayam film industry, she was trolled by ...
  • An Open Letter to Anant Kumar Hegde Sahib by Devanoora Mahadeva
    "Mother India survived precisely because Dr Ambedkar drafted the Constitution."
    Union Minister, Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde ji, it is frightening to have to listen to the words you have spoken at Kuknoor in Yelburga Taluk. “Those who are unaware of their parentage are the ones who call themselves secularists,” you say deridingly. Now we have to make you aware of your own parentage. It is ...
  • Meena Menon: “Put the internet to better use and do not spread hatred”
    Meena Menon in conversation with Yogesh S
    In this part of our interview with Meena Menon, author of Riots and After in Mumbai, we discuss the difference between news, and rumour/ fake news. She says, "Put the internet to better use and do not spread hatred." Listen to the whole conversation here:  Part II
  • Activists Condemn the Ban of Majdoor Sangathan Samiti by the Jharkhand Government
    Press Release
      We the undersigned, condemn (i) the illegal, unconstitutional and arbitrary ban under Section 16 of the draconian Indian Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA)on Majdoor Sangathan Samiti (MSS), a 30 year old registered Trade Union, and (ii) the false cases impugned under Section 17 of CLAA against 10 office bearers of the MSS, by the Jharkhand ...
  • Triple Talaq: Why Criminalise After Supreme Court Has Declared It Illegal?
    Tarique Anwar
      The Muslim community is voicing opposition to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which has the provision of three year jail term to husbands who divorce their wives with the now illegal practice of instant triple talaq or Talaq-e-Biddat (uttering the word talaq thrice in one sitting). The controversial bill was ...
  • Netanyahu Battles for Survival in Israel: Will He Have to Cancel His January Visit to India?
    The Citizen
      India is worried. But of course,silently lest a whiff of the serious corruption charges threatening to dislodge Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu find their way into the Indian media and Parliament on the eve of his much touted visit to India. And queer the pitch that the Ministry of External Affairs has been carefully preparing to ...
  • Dalit Student of IIT Kanpur Missing From Campus Since 29th November 2017
    Press Release
          Akshay Kamble, an IIT Kanpur third year Computer Science student, hailing from Badlapur, Maharashtra, has been missing from campus since November 29, 2017. The 20 year old Dalit student had gone missing after he reportedly left the campus on 29th to catch a train for Mumbai. But he did not reach home at the expected ...
  • “Borders only become borders when cartographies come into existence” – Professor Romila Thapar
    Notes from the open-house organised by “History for Peace” on 24 December, 2017
    It wasn’t a surprise to see history lovers in Calcutta queue up on a Sunday morning to engage in a closed door rendezvous with Professor Romila Thapar. Professor Thapar, after years of inimitable research and fearless writing, needs no introduction. She certainly is a festering (and pestering!) eyesore of the Hindu Right, the fascist dispensation ...
  • The Rise of the Small Town in Bollywood
    Shoma A. Chatterji
    Why do mainstream and off-mainstream filmmakers have this tendency to use big metros as the settings of their films? We don’t have to seek far for the reasons. One, it is easier to shoot the film in Mumbai specially because the industry itself is centered around this city; two, all big metros fit neatly into ...
  • The Ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is Both Hate-Ridden and Supremacist
    Teesta Setalvad
        At a recent talk show by an international television channel, the former spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and present general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Ram Madhav, firmly asserted that the ideology of the RSS was neither supremacist, nor dominant or aggressive. Leave alone fascist.   Quoted on the show were two foundational ...
  • The Media Crisis in India Today is a Moral Crisis
    Mohan J Dutta
      I wanted to un-see the image, and yet its grotesqueness stuck with me. The image of a murder as it unravelled before my eyes, on my Facebook screen, from the comfort of my home. The image of a man consumed with hate, making repeated assaults from behind with his axe on a powerless body of ...
  • Thinking of Him, a Film Exploring the Tagore–Ocampo Relationship
    Pablo César in conversation with Pradip Biswas
    Pablo César is an eminent director from Argentina. His new film, Thinking of Him, was screened at the recently concluded International Film Festival of India, Goa. It is based on the relationship between Rabindranath Tagore and Victoria Ocampo, an Argentinian writer and intellectual. However, Pablo César is yet to reach the stature of Fernando Solanas, the ...
  • Of Beef, Biryani and Ghafoor Asma Anjum Khan
    Of Beef, Biryani and Ghafoor Asma Anjum Khan
  • Bengali Film Under Right Wing Attack for Using Names Ram and Sita
    Shoma A. Chatterji
      Meet filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh who trained at Subhah Ghai’s Whistling Woods and arrived in Kolkata to assist Aparna Sen for her film Iti Mrinalni, stepped into independent direction with his maiden film Hrid Majharey. His second film Rongberonger Korhi (Colour of Money) is now facing the wrath of a Hindu Right Wing organization Hindu Jagran Manch for using the names Ram and ...
  • What Irked the Anger of Mammootty Fans Over Parvathy?
    Shilpa Shaji
      For the past week, followers of Malayalam actor Mammootty have been busy pouring lewd and violent comments against the award-winning artist Parvathy TK, who pointed out the misogynistic trends in Malayalam mainstream movies. While talking in open forum at the recently concluded International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Parvathy expressed her disappointment over derogatory dialogues towards ...
  • Why is BJP Government Silent on Hindutva Goons in Rajasthan, ask Activists
    Newsclick Team
    The Rajasthan government has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this year, especially for its inability to stop lynchings in the name of cow protection. The latest was the brutal murder of a Muslim migrant labourer in Rajsamand. What followed was equally disturbing, when a mob of Hindutva extremists went on a ...
  • Fading Identities: Parliament’s Transgender Bill is Downright Contemptuous and Demeaning
      The Lok Sabha has passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (the Bill) which is now to be tabled before the Rajya Sabha. Sadly, this Bill “to provide for protection of rights of transgender persons and their welfare” in fact defeats their rights. It is well settled that the determination of gender to which ...
  • Yogi Once Again Uses State’s Might, Orders Withdrawal of Case Against Himself
    Newsclick Report
        The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the withdrawal of a case related to defying prohibitory orders against holding a meeting. This order was registered in 1995 against him and 14 others including a Union Minister and saffron party legislator from Sahajanwa in Gorakhpur. The case against the ...
  • BJP Minister’s Views on Constitution: It’s RSS Speaking
    Pranetha Jha
      The RSS remains unhappy that Manu Smriti gave way to ‘Ambedkar Smriti’ —  which is how  Anantkumar Hegde, a central minister in the Modi government, described the Constitution of India at a public function in poll bound Karnataka. Hegde was only being forthright when he told a Brahman Yuva Parishad gathering in Karnataka that the BJP ...
  • Opposition in Parliament: Sack Minister Hegde
    The Citizen Bureau
      Parliament was repeatedly adjourned, as the Opposition in both Houses demanded the sacking of Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde who had claimed that the BJP would “soon change the Constitution.” Minister Vijay Goel stood up in the Rajya Sabha to state that the government disassociated itself from Hegde’s views. This ...
  • Kosi Sori Is Podiyami Jogi: Another Fake Encounter in Chhattisgarh?
    In a video released on December 23, journalist and documentary film maker, Linga Kodopi has alleged that contrary to what was claimed by the security forces, the recent encounter of one Kosi Sori appears like a case of fake encounter. Linga says, “This is just one such in a series of many fake encounters namely ...
  • Normalising the Abnormal Is the Strategy of BJP
    Yogesh S
    Anant Kumar Hegde addressed the gathering in an event organised by the Brahmana Yuva Parishad in Koppala district on 25 December 2017. In his speech, the Member of Parliament urged the gathering to identify themselves proudly with their caste, which, according to him, is the identification of one’s blood. He said this while explaining the ...
  • “हम एक है तो करोडों है, वरना कु छ भी नहीं…”
    Megha Pansare on the Bhopal Jan Utsav
    Megha Pansare writes about Bhopal Jan Utsav in Sadhana, a Marathi weekly, of which Narendra Dhabolkar was the editor. In this detailed report on the three days long festival of diversity and resistence in Bhopal, Megha Pansare recollects her experience of participating in the festival. Read the original piece in Marathi by Megha Pansare here:   
  • How Ghalib Was Influenced by the Bhakti Movement
    Gopi Chand Narang, translated by Surinder Deol
    On the occasion of Ghalib's 220th birth anniversary, Indian Cultural Forum brings to you an extract from the chapter, "Buddhist Thought and Shunyata", from the book Ghalib: Innovative Meanings and the Ingenious Mind, by Gopi Chand Narang, translated into English by Surinder Deol, and published by Oxford University Press. Sufi saints, bhaktas, and aulias have been using the ...
  • 2017: A Year of Resistance
    Subodh Varma
    2017 was the year of increasingly diverse, yet more united struggles by working people of all sorts in India. In dozens of public sector units—ports, steel plants, coal mines, ordnance factories, banks, insurance companies, etc—workers went on strikes or protested against relentless govt. pressure to privatise national assets by handing them over to private industrialists. ...
  • On National and Cultural Independence
    Makarand Sathe
    The following is an excerpt from the chapter 'राष्ट्रवाद व सांस्कृतिक स्वातंत्र्य', by Makarand Sathe, from the book बदलता भारत अणि जनतेचा राष्ट्रवाद, edited by Dr Megha Pansare. The original, in Marathi, will be available soon on ICF. What is culture? Defining culture is almost impossible. Many people say that we can explain it, talk about it, even ...
  • Is Education a Commodity Now?
    Sanjay Bohidar in conversation with Apurva Chaudhry
    Professor Sanjay Bohidar, of Delhi University, talks to Newsclick about the structural changes witnessed in the education system over the years in India. He discusses, in detail, how education is increasingly becoming more and more privatised and what are its repercussions.   First published by Newsclick
  • Resist Twin Attacks of RSS on Education
    Vikram Singh
    Education is considered a tool to inculcate independent thinking in students. The basis of education is conveying real facts and established principles to the students through their curriculum, equipping them to analyse these facts and evolve their independent thinking. This will lead to a rational society, but education is used as a means for ideological indoctrination ...
  • 2017 — A Year of Resistance: Four times writers, actors, academics and artists stood up against the government
    ICF Team
    I look then at the silly walls  Through dark eyes in a dark face—  And this is what I know:  That all these walls oppression builds  Will have to go!  Langston Hughes, “I look at the world” The American poet, Langston Hughes’ lines were written for a very different purpose and against a very different kind of  oppression than the one ...
  • Parivathana Rally of BJP in Karnataka Is to Spread Its Hindutva Ideology
    Yogesh S
    The assembly election in Karnataka is around the corner. Amit Shah, the president of BJP, inaugurated Parivathana (“transformation”) rally, a campaign for the upcoming election in 2018, in Bengaluru on 3 November. Shah, while addressing the gathering, said, “This parivarthana (transformation) rally is not to change the CM , not to change the government, ...
  • Looking Back at 2017: Listen to Writers Discussing Politics and Cultures of Resistance
    ICF Team
    Image courtesy Nitesh Kumar As 2017 draws to a close, we are left reeling from the shock of the violence that claimed several innocent lives during the year. Be it Afrazul’s murder near Udaipur, Rajasthan or Gauri Lankesh’s assassination in Bangalore, Karnataka, we are now faced with the bitter truth that – to (mis)quote Orwell and ...
  • Why Change the Name of Dyal Singh College
    Chaman Lal
    All hell was let loose on 17th November 2017 evening when the Chairman of Dyal Singh College, on Lodhi Road, New Delhi, made an announcement after an unusual—rather, illegal—governing body meeting that the name of Dyal Singh College (Evening Classes), from now onwards, will be Vande Matram College! Prior to this meeting, and following the announcement, ...
  • ईसाई और मुसलमानों से क्यों नफरत करते हैं स्वघोषित राष्ट्रवादी?
    कंवल भारती
    जब विजयी शासकों ने अपने जश्न की यशोगाथा लिखी और अपनी सत्ता का इतिहास लिखा, तो अपने शत्रुओं का भयानक चित्रण किया, उन्हें आदमखोर राक्षस, निशाचर, पशुओं के शरीर वाला और न जाने किन-किन विकृत नामों की उपाधियाँ दीं, फिर उन हत्याओं की स्मृतियों में उत्सव मनाये गये। आज अगर हम इन उत्सवों पर टिप्पणियां ...
  • Bill on Triple Talaq: Unjust and Alarming, Needs Parliamentary Standing Committee Review
    Seema Mustafa
    The BJP government, riding piggyback on the Muslim women’s movement for the abolition of triple talaq, has sought to go a step further with the Bill just tabled in Lok Sabha wherein it has proposed the criminalisation of instant triple talaq. And included a proviso where a man found guilty of the same be sent ...
  • Did you know that Babasaheb Ambedkar burnt the Manusmriti on Christmas, in 1927?
    Sabrang India Team
    Ninety years ago, on December 25, 1927, huge strides were made in the movement for self-dignity of Dalits. Under the leadership of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, a small town/village, Mahad in Konkan, the coastal region of Maharashtra, made history.   Manusmurti Dahan Din. The day that the text of caste Hindus epitomizing hegemony, indignity and cruelty to Dalits ...
  • Let Christmas be
    Keki Daruwalla
    Image courtesy The Tribune India   Throughout the West, in both the Americas, Europe and Australia and in parts in other countries in Asia and Africa, there is no festival to beat Christmas; the shopping, the sales, the gifts exchanged, the family dinner with the father or grandfather carving the turkey (apologies to vegetarians), Santa Claus, Christmas ...
  • Assam Police Re-Arrests Akhil Gogoi
    Abdul Gani
    Anti-corruption activist of Assam, Akhil Gogoi was re-arrested on Saturday even after the Gauhati High court had quashed the National Security Act (NSA) detention order against him two days before. Gogoi who has been vocal against the current BJP-led government was re-arrested by a team of Goalpara police on the basis of an FIR lodged at ...
  • Imagined Religious Communities?
    Romila Thapar
    This is an excerpt 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. Read the first part of our continued focus on Romila Thapar's collected works here.  ‘Communal’, as many in this audience are aware, in the Indian context has ...
  • Sevanti Ninan: “There is a still a great scarcity of research on media practice in India”
    Sevanti Ninan, editor of The Hoot in conversation with Souradeep Roy
    In the latest edition to our series on independent media, we speak to Sevanti Ninan, editor of The Hoot. Souradeep Roy of the Indian Cultural Forum speaks to Ninan on the state of media today, and the pervasive attacks on journalists who work in non-English media establishments.
  • Andhra’s Municipal Workers Indefinite Strike Successful
      Andhra Pradesh Municipal workers called off their indefinite strike on Friday, December 22, after the state government led by principal secretary R.Karikal Valaven assured the leaders of workers unions to meet their demands. For the last four days from December 18, the municipal workers organized as A.P. Municipal Workers and Employees Federation have led various forms ...
  • Meena Menon: “Is saying yes to the ruling government nationalism?”
    Meena Menon in conversation with Yogesh S
    In the latest addition to our focus on the Bombay riots of 1993, we interview Meena Menon, author of Riots and After in Mumbai . Yogesh S speaks to Menon about the Bombay Riots and rise in inicidents of communal violence in the country in recent times. She asks, "is saying yes to the ruling government nationalism?" Listen ...
  • 2G Judge Missed Basic Facts, Public Prosecutor Hits Out
    The Invisible Lawyer
    The 2G scam case judge O P Saini's unusual severity in faulting special public prosecutor Anand Grover while acquitting all accused was returned in the same coin by the SPP on Friday when he said the trial judge made silly mistakes in even reading the basic document, the chargesheet. Grover told TOI that the trial ...
  • Not just Muslims, Adivasis have also Suffered at the Hands of ‘Gau Rakshaks’
    Two Circles
      Over the past three and a half years, India has witnessed an increase in attacks on marginalised communities in the name of “cow-protection” (Gau Raksha). From Jammu and Kashmir to Karnataka and West Bengal to Maharashtra, it would be fair to say that the series of attacks have left few states untouched. The impact of ...
  • Right Wing Attacks on Christians Rise Sharply in 2017
    Natasha Singh
    Conversion is the argument being used by right wing mobs to attack Christians celebrating Christmas in the week leading up to the festival. In Madhya Pradesh a group of carol singers were beaten and their vehicle torched. Two days ago in Rajasthan a right wing fringe group disrupted a Christmas fair, with the participants running ...
  • Notes from the Tenth Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture
    A conversation with Akeel Bilgrami about the rise of communal ideology in India
    Image courtesy Global Thought Columbia University This year, the tenth Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer memorial lecture was delivered by Professor Akeel Bilgrami on 8 December, 2017, in the wake of the twenty fifth anniversary of the planned demolition of Babri Masjid and the beginning of the devastating Bombay riots. There could not have been a better ...
  • The Bond between Language and Script
    Rahamath Tarikere
    I have always believed that travelling is more rewarding than reading. Unless one travels the length and breadth of India, there is no way to understand the diversity that adorns her. It was not until I visited Tripura did I know that Kokborok  is one of the official languages spoken by lakhs of people written ...
  • P Sainath: How Demonetisation Ravaged Rural Economy
    P Sainath
    Though Sainath cites many examples of banks actually helping the poor and downtrodden during those hard times, the general story in rural India was of despair, devastation and starvation.   Republished from Newsclick First published by Mumbai Collective on YouTube 
  • Remembering the Bombay Riots Part III
    An excerpt from Riots and After in Mumbai
    When I first heard Mahmood Mamdani, writer of Good Muslim Bad Muslim, Talk of Truth and Reconciliation and the South African Experiment, and the way in which it could be a model for other communities in conflict, I wondered how it could be applicable here in India. Then again in a talk at the Press Club in Mumbai, in 2009, ...
  • UN General Assembly Rejects Trump’s Jerusalem Move With Resounding Majority
    The Citizen Bureau
    In a development that signalises the growing isolation of the United States from the Israel-Palestine conflict, an overwhelming majority of United Nations members defied unprecedented threats by the US to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “null and void.” The resolution was passed at a UN General Assembly emergency meeting called ...
  • रेणु की परंपरा के साहित्यकार सुरेंद्र स्निग्ध का निधन
    Forward Press Desk
    कवि, उपन्यासकार, संपादक और अध्यापक रहे प्रो. सुरेंद्र स्निग्ध का निधन बीते 18 दिसंबर की रात हो गया। उनके निधन पर बिहार के अनेक साहित्यकारों, बुद्धिजीवियों ने शोक प्रकट किया है। प्रो. स्निग्ध पिछले कुछ दिनों से फेफड़े में गंभीर संक्रमण की वजह से वे जगदीश मेमोरियल अस्पताल में वेंटिलेटर पर थे, जीवन-मृत्यु के बीच संघर्ष जारी ...
  • Read Amal, the Palestinian girl’s letter of solidarity to artists and writers who opposed Trump’s move to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel
    ICF Team
    On 11th December, 2017, one hundred artists wrote a letter rejecting Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which appeared in The Guardian on 12th December, 2017. This move by Trump is a belligerent show of power and it paves way for further colonisation and occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. Jerusalem is not under ...
  • A Spark of Hope for India’s Future in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
    LeftWord Blog
    In an alternative world, the BJP would have been routed in both Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. It is the Party of the Rich, the party of corruption and deceit,  the party with fangs against minorities – particularly Muslims. Why a party with such fangs can win elections is to be seriously considered. Books – such ...
  • Divya Bharathi: “I don’t want people to be moved by my work, I want them to be politicised”
    Souradeep Roy in conversation with the documentary film maker
    In an interview with Indian Cultural Forum, Divya Bharathi, director of the movie Kakkoos, talks about the attack that her recent movie has come under; and the threats of rape and murder that she has received. The right wing forces, with the support of BJP, have called for a ban on the movie across Tamil Nadu. ...
  • नये सिरे से सोचने को विवश करती किताब : चिंतन के जनसरोकार
    सविता पाठक
    किसी किताब की यह सफलता होती है कि वह अपने पाठक को इतना उद्वेलित कर दे कि वह अपने परिवेश और जीवन के हर पहलू पर फिर से विचार करने को विवश हो जाय। ऐसे ही लेखों का संकलन है ‘चिंतन के जनसरोकार’। हिन्दी के  महत्वपूर्ण लेखक प्रेमकुमार मणि के प्रमुख लेखों का यह एक संकलन है। भारतीय ...
  • Weaving Despairs: The Challenges of the Handloom Sector in India
    Newsclick Report
    The handloom sector, which employs over 6.5 million families, is the second largest cluster of labourers, after the agriculture sector. However, the recent policy-level and economic developments and changes by the government have been inconsiderate towards the weaver's needs and basic requirements for survival. In order to discuss these ongoing crisis of the handloom sector, the ...
  • Kashmir Reels Under New Wave of Violence, And This Despite Winter
    Jehangir Ali
    SRINAGAR: Tensions are on the rise in Kashmir Valley following the killing of three civilians, allegedly by security forces during counterinsurgency operations, within a week, prompting violent anti-India and pro-freedom protests. The killing of two women in Shopian and Handwara, and a young driver in Kupwara district, has brought the Valley on the edge yet again with ...
  • Rajasthan Local Polls: A Countdown Or A Flash In the Pan?
    The Citizen Editorial
    The Congress has virtually swept the civic polls in BJP ruled Rajasthan. This despite the intense communalisation taking place in the state, that has been home to some of the worst cow mob lynchings of Muslims. And while Congress leader Sachin Pilot can take solace from the interpretation that the “countdown for the BJP in ...
  • Haobam Paban Kumar’s Manipur, as Seen through His Films
    Pradip Biswas
    Haobam Paban Kumar is a filmmaker. His documentaries and shorts are stories of the mountain terrain reality and upheavals not found in the plains. One of his first feature length documentaries, Phum Shang (A Floating Life), is about a very special fishing community.  In the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, close to its border with ...
  • The Real And The Reel: Padman, The Pad Piper and The Menstrual Man
    Shoma A Chatterji
    Much before Akshay Kumar came forward with his greatly hyped Padman, two documentaries have already been made on this wonderful man who has turned the world of thousands of women who have suffered for years because of the taboo on women and menstruation around. Arunachalam Muruganantham, now 55, is a social entrepreneur from rural Coimbatore in ...
  • Jignesh Mevani Hits the Ground Running
    Seema Mustafa
    Image courtesy The Wire Jignesh Mevani does not believe in wasting time, and ever since the election results, he has been on a whirligig, meeting people, accepted congratulations but more importantly for him and Vadgam, focusing on real issues. His first act was to write to the District Collector of his district to fix the road in ...
  • #OurGauri: Gauri’s Resolute Life
    Teesta Setalvad
    Following Gauri Lankesh’s brutal murder, there were protests everywhere. Now that we remember someone who had lived a successful and a complete life, now that we mourn her death, the only question that we should be asking is, what was Gauri’s purpose in life? Anti Hindu Rashtra Gauri firmly believed that it was her constitutional duty to ...
  • Challenging Communalism, Challenging History – The Work of Romila Thapar
    An extract from The Historian and her Craft Collected Essays and Lectures of Romila Thapar
    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 The Indian Express The years after Independence saw a paradigm shift in history writing in India. Inspired by the ideals of nationalism, and the vision of ...
  • India’s Rural Poor May Miss Green Jobs Boom. How To Avoid That
    Bhasker Tripathi
    India’s clean-energy push to triple renewables over the next five years can generate 330,000 jobs, as IndiaSpend reported in August 2017. But can these renewable energy jobs help alleviate poverty in India, especially in its rural pockets? Only if the renewables sector can offer permanent jobs with stability and other benefits to contractual employees expected to form around 80% of its ...
  • BJP’s Plan for Karnataka: Communal Polarisation
    Yogesh S
    The state of Karnataka is now witnessing communal riots in the Uttara Kannada district. There is a Congress government in Karnataka. The increasing communal tensions in the state are being seen as a result of the carelessness of the regime. The ruling government, of course, has the power and resources to prevent and curb such ...
  • In Four Gujarat Seats EC Admits Mismatch Between Paper Trail and EVM
    Sabrang India Staff
    The EC had said it would conduct random vote counts on EVMs and VVPAT slips in one polling station in each of the 182 Assembly constituencies. Gujarat’s Chief Electoral Officer ‘admits’ some mismatch in EVMs and VVPAT slips in Gujarat, sparks controversy according to a PTI report. Gujarat’s Chief Electoral Officer, BB Swain, first claimed that ...
  • Ruth Vanita: “The courtesan in popular Hindi cinema has been a marginalised figure in cinema studies.”
    The academic and translator in conversation with Souradeep Roy
    In the latest addition to our series on film and politics, we have Ruth Vanita, Professor at University of Montana. Souradeep Roy of the Indian Cultural Forum speaks to Vanita on her book, Dancing with the Nation, which has just been brought out by Speaking Tiger Books. Has the figure of the courtesan or the tawaif been a ...
  • Going Beyond the Threshold
    Shanta Gokhale in conversation with Yogesh S
    Yogesh S (YS): You have translated various works written in Marathi before Smritichitre. How different was the experience of translating Smritichitre from that of translating other works? Each book that I have translated has been different from the one before. Each has presented its own set of challenges. The challenge common to all is finding a register ...
  • Celebrating the Nostalgia of Khirkee
    V Padmaja
    A crowd huddled near a narrow lane in South Delhi’s Khirkee extension as inquisitive on-lookers continued to join in. Inside a small basement, a pop-up studio for the ‘Khirkee Talk Show’ was being set-up. The talk show featured Lawrence, who is from Nigeria and a few other residents of Khirkee. Over piping hot cups of ...
  • Karnataka Ahead: Hindutva To Be BJP’s Poll Plank
    Shiv Naidu
    Hindutva, will be the plank of the BJP for the Karnataka Assembly elections early next year. A key party strategist told The Citizen, “Hindutva will be our main poll plank in Karnataka and we will win 150 of the total 224 seat under the leadership of B.S.Yeddyurappa.” The target is a minimum 150 seats with the ...
  • History of Communal Violence in Karnataka and the Case of Communal Violence in Uttara Kannada in December 2017
    Prudhviraj Rupawat and Yogesh S
    In the backdrop of the mysterious death of Paresh Mesta in Honnavara town of Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district, members of Hindutva outfits have kept the district on a fore of communal violence. Rumours and lies around Mesta’s death that his dead body was found in a brutalised condition which later turned out to be false ...
  • Statement by the Lawyers Collective on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016
    The Invisible Lawyers Team
    The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment’s decided to re-introduce the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 in it’s original form. 5 December 2017 On 19th November 2017, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (“MOSJE”) reportedly stated on the subject of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, ...
  • Invincibility Busted In Gujarat, Game Wide Open For 2019 in India
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
    Image courtesy   Gujarat’s much awaited results are out. The fraudsters sitting in the mega “slaughterhouses” have been exposed and myth related to invincibility is broken and perhaps shaken the Hindutva camp from inside. These results will have a huge impact on the psyche of our nation and the fraudsters will start building up their narratives ...
  • The Three Amazing Leaders of Gujarat
    Seema Mustafa
    Three young men, who have shown leadership qualities beyond their years. Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor were the major players in this election, checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s juggernaut by placing obstacles that the big BJP players, and the media are still not willing to recognise. One, all three started their campaign far before ...
  • A Fearful Xmas for Christians in India
    Oliver D’Souza
    “Mamta and Anita, Dalit sisters of Iroli Gurjar village in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh wait in the district courts for their kin, and a Pastor, to be released on bail. The Pastor and five others were beaten up on 4th December when a mob entered Mamta’s house where a prayer was in progress, and ...
  • Tragedy and Eclipse
    Adil Jussawalla writes about the importance of dramatic tragedy in a world torn apart by hatred after the planned demolition of Babri Masjid
    This essay was first published in The Afternoon Despatch and Courier through the Associated Press Features on 18 December, 1992, nearly twenty five years ago in the aftermath of the planned demolition of Babri Masjid. The Indian Cultural Forum is grateful to the author for sending us the hard copy of the article in print and for ...
  • The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 criminalises Transgender Persons
    ICF Team and Newsclick
    The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 poses threat to some of the basic rights of transgender people in India. Far from guaranteeing their protection, the bill gets the definition of a transgender person wrong, and ends up excluding a majority of the community. Individuals and groups came together to protest the bill at Parliament Street, ...
  • Pardon me, this isn’t a story by Manto
    The author writes about the absurd communal violence unleashed in Northern Karnataka after the death of Paresh Mesta
    One It was an unfortunate evening — everything around had transformed into something else.  He was just 19. He had dropped out of college to earn his living and had started to work with his elder brother and father in the port. That evening, he was prepared to observe the rituals that one observes before visiting the ...
  • One City, Five Commotions: Memories of the Dilli We Lost
    Intizar Husain, translated into English by Ghazala Jamil & Faiz Ullah
    The following is an excerpt from the book Once There Was a City Named Dilli, written by Intizar Husain and originally published in Urdu as Dilli Tha Jiska Naam. The extract is from its English translation, by Ghazala Jamil and Faiz Ullah, published in 2017 by Yoda Press. A Hindi translation of the book, translated by Shubhum ...
  • Redux, Redux Enter Through the Side-Door by Shreyas Karle
    Redux, Redux Enter Through the Side-Door by Shreyas Karle
  • Swara Bhaskar on Farmers’ Distress and the Complete Disconnect in India with Real Issues!
    Swara Bhaskar talks about the film industry, and its feudal hierarchy that has roles defined for each category. The pluses and flipside of unionization of the actors, writers, make-up artists, spot boys and more. Explaining how we as a society are in a situation where good content is not appreciated. From Padmavati row to S Durga and ...
  • Why an Indian theatre artist decided to boycott the Israel Festival to be held in 2018
    ICF Team
    On 6 December, 2017, reports said that Donald Trump announced that the United States of America recognises Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Although Israel has made such a demand for a long time, it has never been accepted internationally. More than hundred Jewish studies scholars in the United States of America have condemned ...
  • Women Speak Up Against Intolerance and Violence
    AIDWA Convention
    Survivors of harassment, from across the country, spoke about their personal experiences at the AIDWA Convention held in Delhi on December 8. Newsclick brings to you a brief video of their experiences and their lives in their own voices.    
  • Why condoms are bad for the country and why banning their ads was a good decision
    A Sanskari Man
      I thought Wednesday was going to be an easy day, a light day, a nice day—in short, a day I wouldn’t have to meet too many deadlines. But what do I find out the moment I step into office? “You’ve got to write a piece on the condom ad ban, man. Needs to go up ...
  • The New India
    Nayantara Sahgal
    Image courtesy The Indian Express The twenty-fifth anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid has reminded us once again that India is a bruised, battered and bleeding democracy. In the past three years, the country’s multi-cultural inheritance has been torn to shreds. Indians have been partitioned into Hindus and Others, and Hinduism has been replaced ...
  • The Indian Cultural Forum welcomes the Jharkhand government’s decision to lift the ban on Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s book
    ICF Team
    The Indian Cultural Forum welcomes the Jharkhand government’s decision to not ban Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s book of short stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance. The Telegraph has quoted Sarayu Roy, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, saying that the ban on the book should be lifted soon. "He is a well-known author and a Sahitya Akademi Award ...
  • Tribute
    Alfa Zareena Hisham
    A red stream of words cascaded along the screen announcing your untimely grim departure Your lifeless body splayed across the steps haunting every pair of eyes. I cannot help but wonder, Did you smell death lurking in the darkness of your porch Or did it spring upon you like the weather of Bangalore unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving Did you have debates which had ...
  • Junaid’s Mother and Akhlaq’s Daughter Ask for Justice
      At the AIDWA convention in New Delhi, Saira, Junaid's mother along with Shaista, Akhlaq Khan's daughter talk about the pain and betrayal of losing their loved one to the madness of a hate crime.  Shaista's broken innocence of losing her father to the heinous lynching that her father faced and died in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh three ...
  • Letter to a Filmmaker
    Debanjali Biswas
    This is an epistolary response to the 2016 documentary, Ima Sabitri, by filmmaker Bobo Khuraijam. The film follows Ima Sabitri, a popular Manipuri stage actress, over the course of several months, and is a documentation of her life and her art. It was the opening film in the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival of ...
  • Remembering the Bombay Riots Part II: The Story of Teacher, Journalist Firoz Ashraf
    Meena Menon
    Firoz Ashraf/ Image courtesy Meena Menon   Twenty-five years after the Bombay riots, few people can look back with satisfaction, Firoz Ashraf is one of them. The change from a “mixed” cosmopolitan locality in Malad to a Muslim ghetto couldn’t have been more starkly felt in his flat in suburban Jogeshwari in Abba apartments. Yet journalist and ...
  • British Columbia Federation of Labour Raises Voice for Saibaba
    Gurpreet Singh
      The largest labour group of British Columbia has raised voice for the physically disabled Delhi University Professor being incarcerated in the Indian jail since March this year. On the International Human Rights Day, the British Columbia Fed issued a statement calling upon the Canadians to sign petition seeking the release of wheelchair-bound Prof. GN Saibaba who ...
  • Two Poems by Anuradha Vijayakrishnan
    Two Poems by Anuradha Vijayakrishnan
  • Bezwada Wilson Remembers B.R. Ambedkar on His 61st Death Anniversary
    P G Ambedkar
      On December 6, 1956, Babasaheb Dr B.R. Ambedkar died, leaving behind his mission of annihilating caste and making a just society. He left behind a document in the form of the Indian Constitution, which if implemented in letter and spirit, could have gone a long way towards eradicating the inequality prevalent in society. Commemorating the 61st Death ...
  • Bird of Dusk : Insight Into the Spirit of Rituparno Ghosh
    Shoma A Chatterji
      Rituparno Ghosh remains one of the most outstanding filmmakers Indian cinema has produced in recent times. Sangeeta Datta’s documentary on this director Bird of Dusk (Sandhyar Pakhi) takes us into a flashback into this unique journey of this brilliant filmmaker. This film is currently doing the rounds of film festivals with a wonderful opening Who is Sangeeta Dutta? ...
  • Rajsamand: Another Horrifying Attack, Citizens Take to Streets
    A Muslim migrant labourer from Bengal was hacked to death and then set on fire, while a youngster was made to record the deeply distressing scene. In the end, the attacker issues a warning to Muslim men over "love jihad". It was then uploaded and circulated on social media. Protests were held in different parts ...
  • Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 4: Gujarat Model Ki Baat
    In conversation with Kanhaiya Kumar
    In this series of the discussion Kanhaiya looks at data, facts about the Gujarat Model and asks if it has lived up to its promises.   Watch more in ICF: Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 1: Corruption ki Baat Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 2: Mazdoor ki Baat Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 3: Corruption Ki Baat
  • Database of Cow-Related Hate Crime Since 2010: 86% Of Those Killed are Muslim
    Alison Saldanha
    After the recent murder of a dairy trader by cow vigilantes on the Rajasthan-Haryana border, 11 deaths have been reported in 2017, the highest toll from cow-related hate crimes since 2010, from when IndiaSpend’s database records hate crimes. The database is being launched in a new, interactive format today.   Image courtesy Sabrang India   No incidents of hate ...
  • #Notinmyname: Protest Against the Rising Tide of Hatred Against Muslims in India and Especially Rajasthan. 
    13 December, 5 PM at Parliament Street, New Delhi
      ​#Notinmyname   India is bleeding. The time to remain silent is over. The brutal murder in Rajsamand, Rajasthan of Afrazul Islam a migrant worker from West Bengal has brought home searingly the vulnerability of minorities, especially Muslims to hate crimes being committed against them in the India of today. The murderer, Shambhu Lal Regar can be heard ...
  • Remembering the Bombay Riots Part I
    Meena Menon
    Image courtesy Outlook India To kill, and then burn a human being, are not new in our country. To brutally murder and then gloat about it is also not new. But today you can gloat about it on camera and make sure it goes viral on social media creating a horrific voyeuristic experience of violence for ...
  • Death of CBI Judge B H Loya: Statement by Concerned Citizens Demanding a Time-bound Public Enquiry Commission
    We, the citizens of India, have been perturbed by the reports surrounding the death of CBI Judge B.H. Loya who was presiding over the trial of Sohrabuddin murder case. It is disturbing for us to note that other than multiple conflicting versions of the circumstances of Judge Loya’s death, there have been allegations of undue ...
  • The Fallout of the Planned Demolition of Babri Masjid: Analysing the Violence in 1992-93
    Ram Puniyani
    Image courtesy The Hindustan Times   The demolition of Babri masjid on 6 December, 1992, witnessed an unleashing of horrific violence in its aftermath. Various places in the country suffered. Violence in Mumbai was the worst and qualitatively, it set a new low in the history of communal violence in India — iIt was most glaring in ...
  • #OctoberRevolutionSeries: How Lenin Schooled His Dilly-Dallying Comrades
    V I Lenin
    This is our eighth story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October 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 Professor Sobhanlal ...
  • Kapu Reservations – A Travesty of Social Justice
    Veeraiah Konduri
    Amid fast changing developments, the Andhra Pradesh Legislature passed a bill into an Act which confers 5% reservations to the Kapu community. At nearly 22% of the population, it is an electorally significant community. A few days before that, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo, Chandrababu Naidu, issued a warning to the BJP on the Polavaram ...
  • “Remember, Remember the 6th of December; the Axes and Hammers that Dismembered a Mosque”
    It was 25 years ago, on 6th December, 1992, that the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished. Even though the incident took place over two decades back, the memory of it is still alive in people's minds. Newsclick brings you a glimpse of the resistance against communal hatred.   Disclaimer: Title of the video is an excerpt from ...
  • Watch all that Happened on the First Day of the #BhopalJanUtsav
    ICF Team
    Our story on what happened on the first day of the Bhopal Jan Utsav, organised by Indian Writers Forum and the Bhopal Collective (a collective of progressive organisations and movements like AIPSN, Delhi Science Forum, Bharatiya Gyan Vigyan Samiti and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan). Here, we have Subhashini Ali, Aruna Roy, Mallika Sarabhai, Bezwada Wilson and ...
  • What Our Self-Declared Nationalists (Read the Hindu Right) Owe to British Historians for their Claims on Babri Masjid or Ram Temple
    Souradeep Roy
    Like Padmavati, there is no historical evidence to suggest that there was Ram Temple at the site where Babri Masjid once stood. Today, on the 25th anniversary of the planned demolition of Babri Masjid, if we see the way the Padmavati controversy has raged over the last month, we will realise how little we have progressed ...
  • Delhi Union of Journalists Observes Vigilance Day Today
    Press Release
      Delhi Union of Journalists is observing Vigilance Day today to remind everyone of the repeated attempts to silence the media. Attacks on truth have become more frequent now, and the Union is urging people to beware of the discourse intent on dividing the populace on communal lines.  DUJ’s Vigilance Day Today On the 25th anniversary of the demolition ...
  • The Babri Masjid: Its Inscriptions and Date of Construction
    1.1. Mr Justice Sudhir Agarwal aims in his judgement to prove that the Babri Masjid was built not during the reign of Babar, in 1528, but only under Aurangzeb (d. 1707), at any rate not very much before Fr Joseph Tieffenthaler visited Ayodhya between 1740 and 1765 (paras 1645 and 1682). So the memory of the ...
  • Sofia Coppola: “I make the films I’d like to see.”
    Pradip Biswas
  • Is Delhi Police Using Section 144 to Curb Fundamental Rights of Speech and Assembly?
    P G Ambedkar
      A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by Aruna Roy of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS) seeking guidelines for holding public protests and meetings in Delhi. The petitioners’ concern was that the Delhi Police was arbitrarily using Section 144 of CrPC to deny permission to hold peaceful protests in the capital city. They ...
  • Bhopal Jan Utsav: A Festival of Hope and Solidarity Celebrating Reason and Diversity
    Organising Committee Bhopal Jan Utsav
      The city of Bhopal witnessed a unique Festival — a festival of diversity, reason and resistance—between 26th and 28th of November. Named as Bhopal Utsav, it was organised by various progressive organisations, collectives and movements between. The festival brought together activists from diverse movements, cultural activists, science activists and thousands of people from all walks ...
  • Babri Masjid Case: Case Coming Up Before Supreme Court on Eve of 25th Anniversary of Demolition, What Lies Ahead?
      December 6th, 1992, marked one of the darkest days of Indian history which witnessed the impact of the polarisation that had taken place within our society. On this day, prominent leaders of the BJP including L.K. Advani flagrantly flouted the orders of the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court, and brought down the Babri ...
  • A Memory Buried Under the Debris of Babri Masjid
      On 6 December, 1992 it was yet another normal day in a small town called Burhanpur, in the southern Madhya-Pradesh. It was often known as Deccan Darvaza, the gateway to Deccan plateau for its militarily important geo-political location during the Mughal period. In those days talking about Mughals was a matter of pride and their ...
  • Ayodhya, 6 December 1992: Near Encounter with Death as Babri Masjid was Being Demolished
      Revisiting decisive moments of your life is always a cathartic experience. I can never say the same about the day of 6 December 1992, which brings back a series of haunting memories – that I would rather not revisit. However, when some of my journalist friends asked me to write down my memories of that tragic ...
  • Where Exactly was Ram Born: SC to Decide
    The controversy revolving Babri Masjid has been simmering for over two decades. Hearings on the dispute are said to begin on 5th December in the Supreme Court of India.    
  • 25th Year of the Demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya
  • Ancient India did not Identify Itself as Hindu: Marathi Writer Raosaheb Kasbe at Bhopal Jan Utsav
    ICF Team
    Yogesh S from Indian Cultural Forum spoke to  Marathi writer, Raosaheb Kasbe, at Bhopal Jan Utsav. Watch the entire conversation here:
  • Prof Ilaiah and the Muzzling of Freedom of Speech: A Timeline of Events
    Lourdes M Supriya
  • Civil Society Members in Gujarat Resolve Not to Vote for BJP
    Statement by Members of Civil Society in Gujarat
      Today on the strength of majority the right wing forces are trying to destroy every aspect of our democracy such as the constitution, education and the judiciary. They are trying in a systematic manner, by spreading hatred and fear, to stifle and silence our diverse social and cultural practices and ideas as well as the ...
  • Twitter Stands By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweets
    Newsclick Report
      Taking US President Donald Trump's side once again, Twitter has refused to remove Trump's tweets that included graphic anti-Muslim videos. In a blow to Twitter’s credibility, the company retracted its previous explanation for why it did not remove tweets. Trump had retweeted videos by far-right British politician Jayda Fraser that purported to show Muslims performing violent ...
  • Argentinian Filmmaker Makes Movie on Tagore: When Tagore Met Victoria Ocampo in 1924
    Shoma A Chatterji
      Pablo César is Argentine, born in Buenos Aires started making films at the age of 13 when his older brother José María, a short filmmaker, gave him a Super 8mm camera and taught him the first techniques to film. He is a professor at the University of Cinema in Buenos Aires since 1992 specialized in ...
  • Is Srikrishna Privileging Privacy Over Free Speech?
    Prashant Thikkavarapu
      The government’s expert committee on a data protection framework for India, headed by retired Mr. Justice B.N. Srikrishna recently released a 243 pages report soliciting comments on more than 200 questions. While the nation debates on data protection and privacy, the focus has been exclusively on Aadhaar and the internet industry. Little attention has been paid to ...
  • We Protest
    Segment 2
    Voices of resentment are on the rise. However, the mainstream media is mostly interested in grabbing eyeballs and increasing the viewership on their channels. Hence they just do the momentary coverage of the protests and that too, for a selective few. But at Newsclick, we thrive on movements, and that is why we do not ...
  • Gauri Lankesh Book Launch: A Call for Unity
    A book launch was organised by Navayana, on Friday for The Way I See It — A Gauri Lankesh Reader. The book is a collection of essays and editorials written by the Bengaluru-based journalist, who was shot dead on  5 September 2017. JNU scholars Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Lawyer Karuna Nundy and Dr. Manisha Sethi were among the ...
  • Song for Gauri :”They’ll try and crush us, they cannot hush us…”
    Arati Rao   This song is a tribute to Bangalore journalist, Gauri Lankesh, who was killed on 5 September 2017. The sheer brutality of the crime (she was shot 7 times), reflects the intolerance displayed by opposing thought. Her death got to all of us at some level because she was a citizen of Bangalore, known to all of ...
  • Journalist Naveen Gupta Shot Dead in Uttar Pradesh
    Two Circles
    Naveen Gupta, a journalist working with Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead by three bikers in Bilhaur area of Kanpur. The claim of Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that he had made UP a ‘crime free’ state fell on its face on Thursday evening when a 38-year-old journalist was shot dead in Kanpur. According to Superintendent of ...
  • #OurGauri: “For her, movements and friendship were interdependent.”
    K. Phaniraaj
    For people like me, who are involved in various struggles in Karnataka for the last thirty-five years, and have seen success sometimes and have been caught up in certain illusions in other instances, Gauri was a force which would interfere very often to either fight with us, or extend her solidarity.  Her murder has disturbed ...
  • Revisiting Caste through Karnatic Music
    ICF Team
  • Kunwar Narain: The Poet of Love and Deep Reflection
    Mangalesh Dabral
    There now remain very few people in the Hindi-speaking world who, in their personalities, carry the value of cultural diversity and whose language reflects truth, dignity and ethics as a beacon for our times. Kunwar Narain was one such individual and writer. His demise marks the loss of an individual of rare values, and the ...
  • Rhinos Don’t Go to School by Salik Shah
    Rhinos Don’t Go to School by Salik Shah
  • Why I’m Denied My Right of Speech?
    Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
      In spite of the fact that the Supreme Court of India in its three judge bench judgment on October 12, 2017 said that my book Smajika Smugglerlu-Komatollu cannot be banned, the Arya Vysyas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are trying to attack me wherever I go to speak in meetings and seminars. The latest is their ...
  • Respect Differences, Reject Hate Mongering: Kanhaiya Kumar
    At Bhopal Jan Utsav, Kanhaiya Kumar spoke about how India, a country of diversity cannot come under a single banner of Hinduism. He explained how the BJP & RSS are fooling not just the ordinary citizens, but also their own 'Swayam Sevaks'. Talking about several wider aspects, Kanhaiya celebrated the resistance, with thousands in Bhopal.    
  • Exposing Pseudoscience, One Workshop at a Time
    Narendra Nayak
    When I was invited to The Bhopal Jan Utsav, the first thought that came to my mind was of visiting Itarsi, a town that is a mere 2 hour-train journey away from Bhopal. It is one of the largest railway junctions in the country. Surrounded by forest areas, Itarsi has a large tribal population. I have ...
  • Meet the Dissenters of Gujarat
    Newsclick Report
    Mainstream media has been trying hard to sell the 'development model' of Gujarat. But here are a few people who have been working to create awareness about the reality of the much-hyped 'development'.  Newsclick spoke to the activists, theatre artists and musicians who still dare to question the state and raise the voice of the voiceless.     
  • The Destruction of Babri Masjid – the 25th Anniversary
    Irfan Habib
      The town that is called Ayodhya in Valmiki’s Ramayana, as well as today, was known as Awadh in pre-British times. Tulsidas in his Ramcharit Manas called it Awadh-puri. It was a large city, capital of the province that was also called Awadh. It had, therefore, a large Muslim population. So it was that when Babur established the Mughal ...
  • The Red in the Sea of Black and White
    Indira Jaising
      While three judges of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of India, Mr. Dipak Misra, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar sat motionless on 27th November, 2017, a young women dressed in red, with a red Hijab approached them followed by a stern of women police officers in uniform. All heads turned around at approximately ...
  • Hadiya Case Supreme Court Judgement
  • #Notinmyname: Protesting the Spread of Hatred on 6 December 2017
    Not In My Name
    मज़हब नहीं सिखाता आपस में बैर रखना हिंदी है हम वतन है हिंदोस्तां हमारा   Remembering 6 December 1992 No More Hatred | No More Violence – Not In My Name 6 December 2017 will mark twenty-five years of the demolition of Babri Masjid. On that day we will gather at several locations across the city of Delhi to remember ...
  • Inauguration of Gauri Memorial Trust
    Inauguration and Seminar
    Inaguration of Gauri Memorial Trust Date: 4/12/2017 Venue: Senat Hall, Bangalore Speakers:  Teesta Setalvad Devanur Mahadev Siddharth Varadarajan Dr. Vijayamma Ganesh N. Devy Prakash Raj
  • “Poetry is my refuge”: Perumal Murugan
    Githa Hariharan and Kannan Sundaram in conversation with the writer
    In the latest interview in our series #WritersTalkPolitics, Githa Hariharan talks to Perumal Murugan on the influence of folklore on his fiction; the complexities involved in writing about caste relations; and finally, on poetry. Poetry, Murugan says, gives him the refuge he needs whenever he needs to calm down. It is no coincidence that the first book after ...
  • Maharashtra has a Long History of Fighting Regressive Ideas: Megha Pansare
    Megha Pansare, a prominent activist from Maharashtra, in conversation with Manishi Jani, talked about how Maharashtra, being celebrated as progressive, is just turning a blind eye towards its communal and regressive history. She explains how comrade Govind Pansare saw the regressive path Maharashtra was taking, and how one after another, rationalists have been shot down, ...
  • On the Cover of Edward Said’s Orientalism
    Vijay Prashad
    A week ago, I was at the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is an odd museum, the collection of the heirs of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. There is no overarching character to the collection – impressionists here and there, modernists here and there, tea pots and silver platters in another room. It is ...
  • Citizens for Justice and Peace Intervenes for Peace in Ayodhya
        Citizens for Justice and Peace, a human rights and legal resources platform dedicated to fighting communalism and discrimination, and for the rights of one and all, is now intervening in the Ram Janm Bhoomi – Babri Masjid case along with a galaxy of prominent Indians from various walks of life, from across the length and ...
  • Listen to T M Krishna Singing Perumal Murugan’s Verses of Exile
    ICF Team
      Contemporary poet and writer Perumal Murugan entered into a controversy when his Tamil book, Madhurobhagan (2010), translated into English as One Part Woman, was released in his home town, Namakkal, in Tamil Nadu. The fictional book portrays the sufferings of childless couple, particularly women, and it dealt with the lifestyle dating back to more than a century. Murugan ...
  • #Our Gauri: “Gauri fought her struggles peacefully without letting the world know about it.”
    Krishna Prasad
    I had known Gauri Lankesh for twenty five years. We spoke very little. We would speak only when there was some important issue to be discussed. She usually called late in the night, and we would talk for really long hours. Whenever we spoke, she would talk about the thoughts that were bothering her at ...
  • #OctoberRevolutionSeries: How Lenin Asked His Comrades to Take Their Shirts off and Declare Themselves a Communist Party
    Prakash Karat
    This is our seventh story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October 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 ...
  • After 30 Lynchings, Government to Withdraw the Ban on Sale of Cattle for slaughter
    The Citizen Bureau
      India’s farmers, through consistent protest and struggle, have finally got the central government to seriously contemplate the withdrawal of its notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter. A date has reportedly not been fixed, but government sources informed the media that this notification issued by the Ministry of Environment will now be withdrawn. This comes ...
  • A Story of “Gujarat Development Model”
    Siddhant Mohan
    The ‘Sabarmati Riverfront’ has been for many, one of the crowning jewels of the Gujarat government during the period of Narendra Modi as its Chief Minister. The riverfront, in Ahmedabad, has been used time and again to show the ‘development’ that the state has witnessed under the leadership of the BJP. In truth, however, the ...
  • Joint Statement on the Deterioration of Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom in Turkey
    PEN America
      PEN International, ARTICLE 19, and 66 organizations are deeply concerned by the continuous deterioration of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey following the violent and contemptible coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Over 180 news outlets have been shut down under laws passed by presidential decree following the imposition of a state of emergency.  There ...
  • Kunwar Narain: “Poetry Is by Nature a Free Art”
    Kunwar Narain in conversation with Apurva Narain and Arundhathi Subramaniam.
  • Why Has Hadiya Not Been Allowed to Join Her Husband?
    Seema Mustafa
      There is this 25 year old girl, an age where parents happily marry off their daughters or even today start sharing their "worry" if a potential groom is not on the horizon, and we are being subjected to the sad spectacle of the courts intervening in the life of an adult woman. Why? Because her parents ...
  • Free the Freedom: Where Untouchability is Locked Away in Prisons
    Suraj Yengde
      The National Securities Act slapped on a Dalit leader of Bhim Army organization, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan is indicative of the fact that the greatest threat to this country is Dalit humanism. Ambedkar was deemed as anti-national for his outward resignation of the Brahmin-Baniyas (caste-capitalists) nationhood. His followers are still forced to carry that mantle. In a ...
  • Padmavati and Protesting Peasants: Products of the Same Agrarian Crisis
    Banojyotsna Lahiri
      Was the "Padmavati debate" a creation of the corporate media to overshadow the major farmer’s rally that hit the streets of Delhi a few days back? More than 3,00,000 peasants from all across the country marched on the streets of Delhi against the deepening agrarian distress, accumulating debts of the peasants, land alienation and lack ...
  • Criminalising Triple Talaq: Will It Liberate Women?
    Flavia Agnes
  • A Poem for Hadiya
    Ananya Guha
      A twenty five year old  marries a Muslim love is a jihad  love jihad Even love is metamorphosis  into rocks of Syria  and the rocks smash  her in her home  till providential judgement  decrees she is still a student  What happens to love  or to the jihad? I love my husband  She maintains stoic  the whole world is stoic  only some laugh  some of course weep  For a love wiped off tendrils  the ...
  • People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (P.A.D.S) Condemns Incarceration of Akhil Gogoi and Chandrasekhar Under NSA
    Press Release
      Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti of Assam, and Chandrasekhar of Bhim Army in Western Uttar Pradesh have been under detention for many months now. Akhil was arrested on 13 September 2017 under sedition charges by the BJP government of the state. On 25 September 2017, a total of 122 cases against him were clubbed ...
  • Sonata Lacks Cohesive Union
    Pradip Biswas
  • The Padmavati Story: Romanticising History or Historicising Romance?
    Shoma A Chatterji
  • Barbarism is Back With a Bang
    Oliver D’Souza
      The UP CM Adityanath says criminals will be killed, that no power in the world can stop building of a temple at Ayodhya even though there is an established judicial process to try and sentence criminals and the Ram temple issue is sub-judice. Aadhar is being forced down the throats of citizens despite SC orders ...
  • Why Asking Bands to Not Perform in Israel is Not an Attack on Freedom of Speech and Expression
    A video explainer on the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people
    On the 40th International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian People, Souradeep Roy of the Indian Cultural Forum and Apoorva Gautam of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, India (BDS India) explain why asking bands to not perform in Israel is not an attack on freedom of speech and expression. They take Roger Waters example and his performance ...
  • A Look at Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
    Robert J Barsocchini
      “Are we supposed to kill women and children?” “Kill everything that moves.” (2) In Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books. New York. 2013), Turse writes about the US military’s official position, and the popular understanding in the US, is that leadership “has never condoned wanton killing or disregard for human life.” (2) On the ...
  • Is Mainstream Media Becoming a Threat to Democracy ?
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
      I had long left watching the PR agents on the TV studios discussing nationalism or pushing the particular agendas of their political parties. It is over 5 years that I stopped buying newspapers or magazines. I do go through the news through my twitter handle as well as some other forwarded material but that too ...
  • Telangana Government Welcomes Ivanka Trump, Hyderabad Techies Say Go Back
    Newsclick Report
      While the Telangana Government has been busy with face-lift activities of Hyderabad to project the city as a global capital ahead of the visit of Ivanka Trump, the retrenched techies from the city launched the “Ivanka Trump go back” campaign to mark their protest against Donald Trump’s protectionist policies. Expressing concerns over the job losses suffered ...
  • The Padmavati Controversy: Behind the Bastions of Memory
    Somok Roy
    Bengaluru : Members of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena during a protest demanding for a total ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie "Padmavati' at Freedom Park in Bengaluru./ Image courtesy The Indian Express   The past few months in India have been unexpectedly germane to the historian’s craft, promising an imminent adrenaline rush to the new apprentices, both ...
  • Hadiya Case: What Exactly Happened During Frenzied Arguments in Supreme Court
    Tarique Anwar
      On 27 November, Hadiya (formerly Akhila Ashokan), wearing red scarf, entered court number one of the Supreme Court around 2:55 pm. She had embraced Islam in 2015 and married a Muslim man Shafin Jahan. She had come to give her side of the story after it was alleged that she had been converted to Islam ...
  • Why Propaganda Passes as News in the (Indian) Media
    Pushkar Raj
  • FEDCUTA Expresses Dissent over Government Policies, Announces an All India Protest by End of January
    Newsclick Report
      Intensifying the protests against the unprecedented attacks on public funded education and higher educational institutions, the Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) has given a call for an all-India agitation by the end of January. Taking a note on the proposed regulations like the one on Graded Autonomy, the setting up of Higher Education Financing ...
  • Time to Bring TV News Channels Under Press Council Purview
    Kuldip Nayar
      The press has been able to consolidate its freedom after several struggles. And today it is generally free from government pressure. There are still other forces which do not allow it to be completely free. Yet among all the democracies in the world, the Indian press is considered independent. The electronic media is to a large ...
  • Jyotiba Phule: The Method of Rational Insult
    Soumyabrata Choudhury remembers the revolutionary thinker and activist on the latter's death anniversary
    Image courtesy   It is not enough to say that Jyotiba Phule was a great rationalist. We must specify the characterisation further by saying that he pioneered the method of the rational insult. It is not enough to locate contemporary figures such as Dhabolkar, Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh, among others, in the tradition of critical rationalism to ...
  • Anganwadi Workers Call Off Their Protest After Government Agrees to Their Demands
    Newsclick Report
      The Anganwadi workers and helpers, who had gathered in all the district headquarters in Punjab under the banner of Anganwadi Mulazam Union, called off their protest after the government has given a head up on their demands. The workers had been protesting to express their opposition against the state government’s policies to merge the Anganwadis ...
  • NammaPride Makes Us Proud!
    Manisha Shastri & Karthik Shetty
    Dressed in bright colours and waving balloons in the air, over 7000 individuals took to the street of Bangalore for the 10th edition of the Bangalore Pride March on Sunday. Individuals from the LGBTQI community and their parents, allies, ordinary citizens and persons with disability marched from near the Majestic Railway Station to Town Hall. ...
  • AIDWA Demands Strict Implementation of the Sexual Assault Laws
    Press Release
      The state government of Madhya Pradesh has decided in a cabinet meeting yesterday to recommend death penalty for the culprits of rape of minor girls below 12 and for culprits of gang rape. The Chief Minister said that these recommendations have been sent to the Central government with suggestions to amend the rape laws. It ...
  • Yogi Government Resorts to “Unofficial” Ban on Movies Inspired by Muzaffarnagar Riots, Babri-Demolition
    Newsclick Bureau
      The entire country is talking about the controversy and violence on the name of movie Padmavati. Nervous by the opposition, the Hindu Right wing including several BJP and Congress state governments, even the film-makers postponed the release of the film. But there are two movies —Game of Ayodhya and Muzaffarnagar — the Burning Love –whose censorship by the Yogi ...
  • The Stories of Ishrat Jahan and Hadiya: Victims of Communal Politics
    Natasha Singh
      Young Hadiya again shouted out to reporters at the airport, before boarding the flight to Delhi for an appearance before the Supreme Court, that she had converted to Islam and married the man she loved. She has said this over and over again but in its investigation into 89 such marriages in Kerala, a state ...
  • Why Savarnas Should Heartily Thank Bollywood Instead of Protesting
    Ravikiran Shinde
    When I think of Hindi movies, I remember my incessant visits to the video parlor as an eight-year old, to surreptitiously catch newly released movies for Rs 1. I knew the dialogues by heart and clearly remember not just the plots but also the names of the characters portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Jitendra ...
  • “We Protest” – Segment 1
    Newsclick Report
    Voices of resistance are on the rise. The mainstream media does a fleeting coverage of protests — if they cover it at all — and  is quick to move on to the next issue. At Newsclick, we believe movements are important. We do not want them forgotten. In this segment, We bring you a weekly round ...
  • Hadiya Speaks Today
    Sreelakshmi KM
      The 25 year old Hadiya, who converted into Islam and sparked off a nation-wide debate on “Love Jihad”, will finally be allowed to present her side of the narrative in the Supreme Court today. Hadiya arrived in Delhi on Saturday. She has refuted the claim that she was forced into converting to Islam. A trained ...
  • Attack on Padmavati, Kancha Ilaiah Reminiscent of the Attack on Punjabi Writers
    While protests related to Padmavati are creating headlines everywhere, very little attention has been paid to what has been happening to Punjabi writers. Two Punjabi writers have been subjected to harassment at the hands of the state and private institutions recently. One of them is Sahitya Akademi award winning senior writer Baldev Singh Sadaknama, a ...
  • A Victory for S Durga but Nude Still in the Dark
    Lourdes M Supriya
  • #OctoberRevolutionSeries: What has the October Revolution Done for Women in the West?
    Alexandra Mikhailovna Kollontai
    This is our sixth story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October 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 ...
  • Lakshmibai Tilak, My Old Friend
    Shanta Gokhale
    Translator's Introduction Shanta Gokhale Lakshmibai Tilak’s Smritichitre is one of those books that constantly beckons you to re-read it. If not to re-read it in its entirety, at least to dip into it occasionally to meet an old friend. When such a book beckons a translator, she does not stop at re-reading, or re-re-reading. She is keen ...
  • Window to Real Gujarat #4: How Modi’s ‘Model’ State Government Dealt with Gujarat’s Shocking Child Sex Ratio
    Subodh Varma
      Gujarat has only 883 girls for every 1000 boys in the 0-6 age group compared to an average of 927 for the country, according to Census 2011. This makes Gujarat the state/UT with sixth worst child sex ratio in the country. And, it has been like that for decades. Clearly, something is drastically wrong. So, what ...
  • An Open Letter to Swati Maliwal in Protest Against Her Move for Death Penalty for Rape of Minors
    Feminist Collective
    On the occasion of Children's Day a group of feminist organisations who had sent out a letter earlier to the Delhi CM Kejriwal on this matter, sent a joint letter to the Chief of the DCW protesting against her 'appeal' for death penalty for the rape of minors. The following are the contents of the ...
  • Ajmer Singh Aulakh : Demise of Another People’s Playwright
    Chaman Lal
      Ajmer Singh Aulakh, the notable Punjabi playwright, passed away on 15 June. He left behind a legacy of revolutionary plays that stand testament to his progressive ideals. His funeral, much like his life, was a celebration of literature, music, and progressive values. He is survived by his wife and three daughters who continue the work he ...
  • Padmavati Row: BJP Leaders Issue Death Threats, Why is the Government Silent?
    Newsclick Team
    There is no end in sight to the controversies surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. Statements and threats given by prominent BJP leaders are crossing all bounds of decency. Why is a government that jails a person over a cartoon keeping silent on blatant death threats given to artists by BJP ‘leaders’?    
  • What Does Jai Sriram Poster Mean?
    Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
      As the debate on the Arya-Vysya attack against me was taking place at the national and international level two things have happened. One, the Chandrababu Naidu Government in alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh arrested me in my home on 28 October, so that I would not go to Vijayawada (Amaravathi) and attend the public ...
  • Protesting Farmers Hold Their Parliament, Pass Bills as the Real One Looks Away
        More than 3 lakh suicides in three decades and millions of other lives ruined would qualify as a national disaster forcing the government to tackle it all guns blazing in any democracy. Alas, it does not in the one that claims to be the largest of them all, the democracies. In fact it hardly gets registered ...
  • Facebook’s Community Censors Curb Free Speech
    Geetha Seshu
      On October 26, barely two days after US-based lawyer Raya Sarkar created a Facebook ‘Sexual Violence Hall of Shame’ post on what simply came to be known as The List – a listing of over 50 prominent academics charged with sexual harassment – her account was blocked for seven days, forcing her to scramble to ...
  • Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 3: Corruption Ki Baat
    Kanhaiya Kumar in conversation with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta & Prashant Bhushan
    BJP came to power with the one loved promise of ending corruption and bringing back black money. We have heard this over and over but then why is it systematically pulling down and diluting systems that are in place that check corruption? From promising a more transparent system the steady moves to becoming opaque – ...
  • Human Rights Watch Report: Status Update on Implementation of Laws Governing Sexual Offenses
    Barriers to justice and support services for sexual assault survivors in India.
  • Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?
    Natasha Singh
      The Karni Sena has grown slowly but steadily since 2006 when it came into existence with the support of both the BJP and the more silent Congress legislators in Rajasthan. Seen initially as just a fringe group, it has expanded to become a voice for the Rajput community in Rajasthan—or at least is propped as ...
  • Students Under Increasing Pressure: Suicide and Violence in Chennai College
    Ragamoulika hangs herself after she was ‘humiliated’ by the college administration
      A young student, clearly humiliated and under pressure, kills herself. The students turn violent in protest. The University is closed. Seems like a pattern, almost serial. Young Ragamoulika, a first year B.Sc Computer science student at the Sathabama University in Campus hung herself after she was ‘humiliated’ when reportedly caught cheating in an examination. From Andhra ...
  • DUTA Marches to Save Higher Education
    Teachers rally for better service and working conditions
    Hundreds of teachers marched to the Parliament Street in the DUTA Protest Rally against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC, on November 21. In a blatant anti-teacher move, this government has decided to withdraw the advanced PhD/MPhil increments meant to reward higher qualifications and to offset late entry into the teaching profession. The 7th ...
  • Choosing Exile: Poems of Loss and Displacement
    Sophia Naz in conversation with Jhilmil Breckenridge
  • “Hadiya’s safety is the responsibility of Kerala government”: Tamil Poet Rajathi Salma writes to the Chief Minister of Kerala
    Rajathi Salma
      This is the text of the open letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala from the celebrated Tamil poet Rajathi Salma, a leading literary and activist voice from South India whose writing has often revealed the pain and poignancy of women’s unfreedoms and the denial of a creative life of choice to them. This is ...
  • A New Language That Spoke of Change
    Lourdes M Supriya
      First published by Yoda Press in 2005, Because I Have a Voice was one of the first anthologies of its kind, written by queer people, for queer people, in “words chosen by to be part of a new language that speaks of change just as it steps towards it” (Narrain and Bhan 1). By “queer”(and, ...
  • #Our Gauri: Gauri Lankesh Over the Years
    Dr. Vasu
    It was in 2003 that I first saw Gauri from close quarters. She sat next to me in one of the programs in Bayalu Rangamandira and was speaking to someone over her mobile phone. I would not have liked anything about her back then. I learnt a great deal about her through my interactions with ...
  • AIDWA Demands Action Against the Vigilante Right Wing Brigade that Threatens to Undermine Our Constitutional Rights
      The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the threats and acts of violence unleashed by right wing vigilante groups like the Sri Rajput Karni Sena which has prevented the release of the film Padmavati on the scheduled date. The parallel system of ‘goonda raj’ being perpetrated by such extra constitutional groups has been exacerbated ...
  • Bhopal Utsav to Begin on November 26
    ICF Team
    Bhopal Collective a group of progressive activists, scientists and artists, along with other progressive groups, are organising a three day event, the Festival of Resistance, to protest the unmaking of India and to celebrate its diversity. Indian Writers' Forum is one of the organisers of the Bhopal Jan Utsav. Different organisations and individuals, responding to a call by ...
  • प्रेम और दार्शनिकता का कवि
    मंगलेश डबराल
    हिंदी समाज में ऐसे लोग अब बहुत कम बचे रह गए हैं जो अपने व्यक्तित्व में सांस्कृतिक बहुलता और अपनी भाषा में सचाई, शराफत और नैतिकता की रौशनी लेकर चलते हों. कुंवर नारायण ऐसे ही मनुष्य और लेखक थे. उनके जाने से दुर्लभ गुणों वाले एक व्यक्ति का अवसान हो गया है और हिंदी कविता ...
  • 100 Years After Peace-Land-Bread and 50 Years After Naxalbari Peasants Rebellion Where do We Stand Now
    Sandeep Banerjee
      On the September 22, 2017, during a march of All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee, one of its leaders Mr Yogendra Yadav (henceforth YY) told us, “So, what we are witnessing is the beginning of something that can only be described as a peasant rebellion”  Because, there were outbursts of peasants’ movement in several states ...
  • “This is being done to consolidate the Rajput vote”: Shyam Benegal on Padmavati Row
      As Padmavati crisis escalates and the film's release got deferred 'voluntarily', veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal was highly critical of the behaviour of The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The filmmaker who headed a committee to recommend reforms on the censor board's working, has strong words of censure for the panel. "I must say the CBFC is ...
  • The Fight for Chandrashekhar Azad Comes to Delhi
    Newsclick Team
    Bhim army members, student leaders and social activists gather in the capital against NSA (National Security Act) being slapped against their leader Chandrashekhar Azad. After getting bail from Allahabad High court in the Saharanpur violence case, NSA was slapped against Chandrashekhar Azad by the Utter Pradesh Government . Activists have criticized this move saying that ...
  • The Elippathayam (Rat Trap) Moment of Indian Cinema
    Binu Mathew
      Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) is a 1981 Malayalam film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It tells the story of a man trapped within himself unable to understand the changes taking place around him. It seems Indian Cinema also is caught in rat trap. No, it would be a bit flattering for Indian Cinema to ...
  • Kerala High Court Gives a Nod to the Screening of S Durga at IFFI
    Newsclick Report
      Giving a major boost to the artistic freedom and creative minds, the Kerala High Court instructed the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) organisers to include and exhibit the film ‘S Durga’, directed by Sanal Kumar Sashidharan, in the Indian Panorama section of the Festival. Overruling the objections of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, the Single ...
  • International Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Mourn the Victims of, and Protest Transphobia
    Yogesh S
    Image courtesy Gaylaxy 20 November is marked as International Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to remember, mourn, and memorialise the victims of transphobia. The day was founded to commemorate the murder of Rita Hester a transgender woman in the USA. Now Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated across the world, reminding us of ...
  • How was Modernism in Indian Art?
    Pithamber R. Polsani
    Abstract: Twenty-five years back Geeta Kapur asked the question “When was Modernism in India?” and in response, located the Indian modernism in disjunction with the West, in a fractured temporality.  Perhaps it’s time to revisit this question again not with the view of positioning it accurately in time and space, but instead to critically examine the ...
  • Shadows without Bodies: How was Modernism in Indian Art?
    Art is a recent innovation. The idea and the concept of art emerged only in the eighteenth century when some objects, images, and practices, whose creative and judgemental process are predominantly through sensorial perception, came to be designated as artistic. Art became the new reality of these objects and an independent domain of activity. Similarly, aesthetics emerged ...
  • A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh at the Bangalore Literature Festival 2017
    ICF Team
    The inagural session of the 6th edition of Bangalore Literature Festival 2017 was dedicated to Gauri Lankesh. Ammu Joseph, a journalist and an author based in Bangalore, along with Nimi Ravindran, Padmavati Rao and Kafeel Jafri recited poems dedicated to Gauri Lankesh. Watch the recital of these poems here:       Read these poems here: रक्त A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh Deepavali Poem ...
  • #OctoberRevolutionSeries: Alexandra Kollontai’s Ideas on Sexuality and the Socialist State
    Parvathi Menon
          This is our fifth story for our #OctoberRevolutionSeries, a series we began in October 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 ...
  • A Fisherman Beyond Time: Remembering A K Ramanujan by S G Vasudev
    A Fisherman Beyond Time: Remembering A K Ramanujan by S G Vasudev
  • Of Manushi Chhillar and Deepika Padukone
    Natasha Singh
      Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted for her, BJP President Amit Shah described her as the “daughter of India” almost as somehow her Miss World crown had something to do with the government and its ‘beti padhao, beti bachao’ scheme. So when Manushi Chhillar got the title after a 17 year gap, it became a major ...
  • The Trident — A Poem
    Susmit Panda
  • Twisted Interpretation of History: Challenging Times for Artists, Filmmakers
    Amulya Ganguli
      At the root of the controversy over the release of the Hindi feature film Padmavati is, first, the saffron brotherhood's interpretation of history with a pronounced anti-Muslim bias and, secondly, the Bharatiya Janata Party's overt and covert attempts to whittle down institutional autonomy. Even if the BJP's seemingly political use of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) ...
  • Umar Mohammed Killed by Gaurakshaks, Family Recounts How State Tried to Protect the Murderers
    Newsclick Team
    Umar Mohammed was shot dead by gau-rakshaks in Alwar. His uncle recounts how the police and hospitals tried to hide the crime, and how the government is denying them support. This is the second incident in Alwar, the first one being lynching of Pehlu Khan.    
  • IFFI Begins, Minus Nude and S Durga
      The 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India 2017 (IFFI) which begins on Monday in Goa, will mark one unedifying first: that of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) which organises it dropping two films selected by the jury for the Indian Panorama section. This has not happened before and the development prompted some editorial ...
  • How the Salwa Judum Looted and Killed Villagers in Kondasawali Village in Chattisgarh
    ICF Team
    In a letter dated 16 June 2017, The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) directed the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (Chhattisgarh) to make further inquiries into a complaint it had received regarding the looting and burning of huts and the killing of seven persons of Kondasawali, a village in district Sukma of Chhattisgarh. Sometime during the ...
  • Report Prepared by People’s Union for Civil Liberties on Salwa Judum Violence in Chattisgarh
  • WSS Statement in Solidarity with Survivors of Sexual Harassment
    Women Against Sexual Harassment and State Repression
      Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly with the survivors who have faced sexual harassment at the hands of the perpetrators on and off the list and, most importantly, extends solidarity in this moment of unravelling narratives, disjointed arguments and personal struggles of individuals voicing their experiences. The last few weeks have ...
  • Sexual Harassment in India: An Illustrated Essay
    Yamuna Matheswaran's four-page comic delves into her experience of growing up amidst rampant sexual harassment in India.
    Also read: WSS Statement in Solidarity with Survivors of Sexual Harassment From Sexual Violence to Justice: The Perils of Naturalising
  • From the Editors
    From the Editors
  • Television Breaches Journalistic Ethics in Padmavati Coverage
    The Citizen
      Every limit of journalist ethics was crossed when a major news channel, followed by others of course, telecast threats to behead Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali by little known men protesting against the movie Padmavati. The channel gave the protestors full play, and then tamely criticised them in the commentary. The channel that does ...
  • Indian Government Must Open their Eyes Towards Marginalised People: Bezwada Wilson
    Bezwada Wilson
    Bezawada Wilson spoke to Newsclick on the observations made by UN special rapporteur on the failure of Swachh Bharat Mission in addressing the issue of Manual Scavenging. He said unless the government addresses the issue holistically it won't make much progress.    
  • Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz on the Freedom of Ideas, Subversive Art and Censorship
    An extract from The Meaning of Civilisation
    One of the central figures of Arab Literature, Nobel-laureate Naguib Mahfouz (December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was a swimmer against the current and we get a glimpse of that in the following excerpt titled 'Imported Ideas' from the recently published The Meaning of Civilisation, collection of essays on one of Egypt's most important ...
  • Making Transgender Rights a Reality in India
      “While there is no shame in being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex or even straight,” says Ramesh Bais, a member of parliament from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, “there is most certainly shame and dishonor in being a homophobe, a transphobe and a bigot.” This strong public acknowledgement of the LGBT community, long marginalized in ...
  • Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Joint Statement on Military Take Over
    Vijay Prashad
      We the undersigned civil society organisations guided by the Constitution express our concern over the political developments in Zimbabwe, today Wednesday 15 November 2017. We call for the peaceful and constitutional resolution of the situation and the immediate return of Constitutional order and democracy in Zimbabwe. As civil society we reiterate our position that the ...
  • What is the Agenda Behind the Interlocutor’s Visit to Kashmir?
    Seema Mustafa, Editor-in-chief of The Citizen in conversation with NewsclickEditor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha.
    Seema Mustafa, Editor-in-chief of The Citizen talks to Newsclick Editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha about interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma's recent visit to Kashmir. They discuss whether this visit involved any real dialogue, or was it just a gimmick to prove a point.     
  • Modi-Shah: Five Reasons Why Their Fear Factor has been Fractured in Gujarat
    Venkatesh Kesari & Seema Mustafa
      Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are searching for a new image in Gujarat, as the fear and terror that the duo had created through their persona, has been effectively fractured in these Assembly elections. They do not have the same command over the state, and even their party that is now ...
  • Teri Meri Sabki Baat Episode 2: Mazdoor ki Baat
    In this episode of Teri Meri Sabki Baat, Kanhaiya talks about issues that concern the working class of India and why they are completely ignored by the mainstream media.  
  • Karni Sena: Goons Disguised as Guardians of History
    Lourdes M Supriya
  • Citizens Protest Against Yet Another Brutal Attack of Cow Vigilantes
    Seven months after the lynching of Pehlu Khan, came another incident of cow vigilantism. Ummar Khan, a dairy farmer was brutally murdered by ‘gau-rakshaks’ in Gopalgarh village of Rajasthan’s Alwar district. The mutilated body of the 35-year-old was found by the police near a railway track on the morning of November 10. Ummar, along with two other dairy ...
  • Thousands Join Rally for Science Across Kerala
      The Kerala Rally for Science, a week-long event consisting of programmes in support of science, concluded on Tuesday with colourful rallies and public meetings in the 14 district headquarters in the State. Organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) and the State Library Council on the ...
  • Since When Has Consensual Sex Become a Crime?
    The Citizen
      After 24 year old Hardik Patel cringed publicly over a cheap video—sexciting sections of the irresponsible and idiotic media—the most heartening response has come from Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani who has stood the controversy on its head with a tweet, “Dear Hardik Patel, don't worry. I m with you. And right to sex is a ...
  • The Expensive Affirmation: Australia Says Yes to Same Sex Marriage
    Dr. Binoy Kampmark
      The overall figure was comfortable, though hardly dashing.  62 percent of Australians (7.82 million) decided that same sex marriage was a perfectly feasible, even desirable notion, while 38 percent (4.87 million) did not. Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow ...
  • Nightmarish Visions? An Evaluation of the GoI Proposal for ‘Institutions of Eminence’
      In early November, the JNU administration forwarded to all Centres/Special Centres/Schools, the Government of India proposal to establish twenty “Institutions of Eminence” to achieve world class status, from amongst the existing Government/Private institutions and new institutions from the private sector. It conveyed its intentions to submit an application to the UGC under the scheme and ...
  • Kandhamal
    K P Sasi
      When a thunder and lightning hit Many places of worship Houses destroyed and people killed With fire on the roofs And swords and axes on the ground Exploding bombs on the nerves Murdering the identity and dignity Of men, women and children, I went to measure The pain in their eyes And to count The number of tears Flowing like a waterfall Crossing their check dams, For a moment ...
  • “Why don’t they pass a law that Muslims can no longer rear cows?”: A Voice of Anguish
    Harsh Mander
      The nightmare of hatred that is haunting India just does not end. In the latest outrage, with many echoes of the lynching of cattle farmer Pehlu Khan in April this year, three Meo Muslim dairy farmers transporting dairy cattle were attacked by mobs and bullets on the border of Rajasthan and Haryana. The incident took place ...
  • Sanjay Kak on the Undeclared Emergency in India and His Edited Book Witness
    The filmmaker in conversation with Yogesh S
    In this interview with the Indian Cultural Forum, Sanjay Kak discusses the threat to freedom of expression in the undeclared state of emergency India is currently in and his book Witness, which is a collection of photographs by nine photographers from Kashmir.
  • Condemnation of IB Ministry’s Decision to Withdraw the Films Approved by the Jury of Goa Film Festival
    ICF Team
    Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa takes strong exception to the decision taken by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to exclude two films in the Panorama section by overriding the IFFI Jury’s prudent choice.  A gross violation of the right to Freedom of Expression, we consider this act as an attempt to suppress creativity.  As the festival is ...
  • Q-cafe: A Queer Friendly Space in Delhi
    ICF Team and Newsclick
    Q-cafe in Delhi has created a safe and a friendly space for the queer community. In this feature we talk to the owner of this cafe and the artist who performs in the cafe.
  • Stories, Like Poems, Are Never Finished
    I once met a woman who makes savouries and snacks for weddings. She told me that while leaving at the end of the day after making large quantities of snacks like murukku and thenkuzhal, it is important not to look back. Apparently, looking back at all that you managed to cook in one day might ...
  • Dalit Army Leader Chandrashekar’s Health Deteriorates, in Meerut Hospital
    The Citizen
      The decision of the Yogi Adityanath government to deny bail to Bhim Army leader Chandrasehkhar and two others arrested with him by slapping the National Security Act on them after the High Court had intervened in their favour has created deep worry among individuals and right organisations. A dynamic young leader who had emerged into the ...
  • Betrayal of 1857
    Shamsul Islam
      Delhi as the Capital of India and touted as the heart of India, in fact, is a heartless city. There is endless list of shameful incidents to corroborate this character of the city. This list keeps on expanding at fast rate. The latest is the news that Cyrus,  the last surviving ‘prince’ of the Oudh ...
  • Who Killed Umar Mohammad and 5 Cows: Rajasthan Police or Gaurakshaks?
    The Citizen
    The terrified family and village elders sat for the entire night outside the moratorium, refusing to accept Umar Mohammad’s body until the police filed a FIR (that has been done against ‘unknown persons’) and a postmortem established that he was killed by a bullet wound and not on the railway tracks, under a moving train. The ...
  • Impunity Prevails, But What is the Solution?
    Geeta Seshu & Sevanti Ninan
      Being a journalist is increasingly dangerous business. Both at home and abroad. When there is injury to life and limb, perpetrators are almost never brought to book. Which is why the UN observes since 2013 an ‘End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Day’ on November 2nd.  What does it achieve?  It provides an occasion to focus ...
  • Did You ‘Taste the Rainbow’ at Delhi’s 10th Queer Pride?
    Newsclick brings you a glimpse of the vibrant parade organised by the LGBTQ community. It was a feast of colors with over two thousand people celebrating their sexuality.      
  • Three Reasons Why the Big Media Blacked Out the Massive Workers Mahapadev
    The Citizen
      They came in the thousands. They came from all over India. They came to demand their rights. They were in Delhi for three days. They were the workers of India, the mazdoors, the oppressed labour. Amongst them were hundreds of women, as vocal, as aware of their rights as the men. They came in protest against ...
  • Palestinian Queer Feminist Movement Extends Solidarity to the Delhi Queer Pride
    Statement of solidarity by Aswat, a group of LGBT, intersex, questioning and queer Palestinian women.
    Aswat — Queer feminist movement in Palestine salutes the efforts of our brothers and sisters in Delhi, and congratulates you on a decade of work and activism. Aswat (which means Voices) was established in 2003 to provide safe, supportive and empowering spaces for Palestinian queer women, who face multiple forms of oppression- as Palestinians struggling against occupation, ...
  • Making the City Hers
    Githa Hariharan
    There has been an increased interest around sexual harassment, especially in the academia, after a list of alleged harassers was circulated in social media. Keeping up with the discussions, we publish a few first person accounts by women who write of the experiences which led to their politicisation as feminists.    It must have taken all ...
  • P. Sainath: “PARI is meant to be a living book…”
    ICF Team
    This is the third part of our roundtable with P Sainath, founder editor of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI), about media and culture. Talking about the aim of PARI, Sainath says, "PARI is meant to be a living book written by one generation of students to the next." Watch all the three parts together here.
  • संसद मार्ग पर मजदूरों का महापड़ाव
    अमित श्योकंद
    सेंट्रल दिल्ली शहर और देश के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण इलाका है. यहाँ देश की संसद से लेकर राष्ट्रपति, प्रधानमंत्री, मंत्रियों और प्रमुख विभागों के मुख्यालय स्थित हैं. ऐसा अमूमन कम ही होता है कि सेंट्रल दिल्ली में कुछ हो रहा हो और वह सुर्ख़ियों का हिस्सा ना बने पर पिछले तीन दिनों से संसद मार्ग ...
  • One Year After Demonetisation
    Prabhat Patnaik
      On 8th November, Narendra Modi had announced the decision to demonetise, at four hours’ notice, as much as 86 per cent of the total currency of the country. After one year it is clear that none of the objectives that demonetisation was supposed to achieve has been achieved. This should not come as a surprise; ...
  • It’s Not My Job to Tell You That It’s Okay to Be Gay
    Arvind Narain and Vinay Chandran
  • Jindal Rape Case : Suspending the Law
    Radhika Saxena
      On 13th September 2017, the High Court of Punjab & Haryana suspended the sentences awarded and granted bail to the accused in the Jindal Rape Case, as it is popularly referred to. All the three accused – Hardik, Karan and Vikas faced trial and were convicted by the trial court for rape, intimidation and circulation of obscene material ...
  • We Cook, Clean for Entire School, at 1,000 a Month: Mid-Day Meal Cooks at Mahapadav
    Mid-day meal cooks work all day, all week, to provide nutritious meals to India’s school-going children. They run the scheme which ensures attendance in schools. But the government pays them Rs. 1,000 a month for their crucial work. They protested at Mahapadav for the government to take notice of their plight and give them better ...
  • Another Cow Lynching: Muhammad Shot Dead by Mob 2 Days Ago, No FIR Yet
    Natasha Singh
      In a new twist cow mobs are trying to hide the killing of their Muslim targets. Umar Muhammad, transporting cows near the Rajasthan-Haryana border was shot dead and his body thrown on the railway track to make it appear like an accident. The brutal killing took place in Fahari village in Alwar district with Muhammad and ...
  • India’s Students, Enemies of the State?
    The Citizen
      Are students of India now to be considered enemies of the state? It would appear so given the inability of the central government, and the BJP in the states, to deal with what is just normal dissent in universities where the calibre of students is high, and where the environment has been in favour of ...
  • Kanhaiya Welcomes Civilised Debate Between Ideological Adversaries: Lucknow Literature Fest
    Sabrang India
    Former JNUSU President and author of the book  From Bihar to Tihar, Kanhaiya Kumar was stopped at three day Lucknow Literature Festival. Despite the efforts to disrupt the event by ABVP and RSS cadres, Kumar, an invited speaker to the festival spoke for over 45 minutes at the Lucknow Literature Festival with the support of the ...
  • Mahapadav: Prominent Intellectuals Support Workers, Demand Action By PM
    Over 50 well-known intellectuals, writers and artists have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that his government at the Centre intervenes to resolve their basic demands. Among those who endorsed the letter were writers Krishna Sobti, K. Satchidanandan and Githa Hariharan; classical dancer and activist Mallika Sarabhai; Bezwada Wilson of the ...
  • Voices of Dissent in Maharashtra
    Ramu Ramanathan
    Once upon a time it is now. And in the now I want to tell you a story. Please do pay heed to this story. It is a real story with twists and turns. It has songs and dance. It has a tamasha (a traditional folk theatre show in Maharashtra, which includes dance and songs) and a powada ...
  • In Times of “Bharat Mata”, Revisiting Mother India on the 60th Year of the Film’s Release
    Shoma A. Chatterji
    Introduction Mother India (1957) completes sixty years this year. Produced and directed by Mehboob, famous for his social agenda films packaged with a lot of chutzpah, grandeur and melodrama, the film was assessed among the ten biggest hits in Indian cinema in the 20th century. Seventeen years into the 21st century and its memories remain archived ...
  • Media Blacks Out Massive Workers’ Protest in Delhi
      Nearly 100,000 workers gathered at Delhi's Parliament Street from 9 November 2017 to protest against the central government's policies that have adversely affected the working class of India. The protest – called ‘mahapadav’ or mega sit-in – will continue till 11 November. (See reports here: and videos such as: ) It is one of the biggest workers protests ...
  • “Check Hindutva Patriarchy”: Prof. Akeel Bilgrami Writes to the Chief Minister of Kerala
    Sabrang India
    This is the text of the open letter written by the eminent philosopher Prof. Bilgrami, who was honoured by the Government of Kerala a few years back, to Com. Pinarayi Vijayan, on the Hadiya case.                                           ...
  • HCU Authorises Surveillance and Restrictions on Students, Security Officer Armed with Extraordinary Powers
    The Citizen
    “Keeping in view the situation prevailing in the campus”, the Registrar of Hyderabad Central University, has issued an order “authorising the Chief Security Officer to take photographs of the activities, videographing, checking of ID cards, confiscation of banned substances, questioning the suspected activity, peventing the unauthorised entry, inspection of hostel rooms/play grounds/open areas in the ...
  • Understanding the Marxism in Gandhi’s Fight Against Imperialism
    Uday Mehta in conversation with Akeel Bilgrami
    Uday Mehta (UM): I think of you, especially in the essays that constitute this book, as doing a rather particular kind of philosophy. It is a very distinguished tradition of practitioners, including the late Richard Rorty, Bernard Williams, and Alasdair MacIntyre in the Anglo-American tradition; Michel Foucault, in the French tradition; Adorno and Walter Benjamin ...
  • BJP Government’s “Codes” will Remove Existing Workers’ Benefits: K Hemalata at Workers’ Mahapadav
    K Hemalata, President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), said that the trade unions have launched the 3-day mahapadav (mass sit-in) at the Parliament Street in Delhi on a 12-point charter of demands. Curtailing the demands in the charter, such as price rise, strenghtening the public distribution system, employment generation, social security for ...
  • Brinda Karat’s Speech on 100 Years of Russian Revolution
    #100Yearsof RussianRevolution
    The upcoming 7th November will mark the 100 years of Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution changed the course of history in many ways. In what is remarked as one of the most significant events of the 20th century, the ordinary Russians took control of the stage to overthrow the provisional government and established a rule of ...