Posters

  • Two Poems by Pankaj Singh
    Translated by Medha Singh
    Pankaj Singh was born in a village called Chaita in East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, in Bihar. He had three collections of poems to his name, Aahatein Aas Paas (Whispers All Around, 1981), Jaise Pavan Paani (As Air, As Water, 2001), and Nahin (No, 2009). He identified as a Marxist-revolutionary, and others knew him as a poet. The aspiration towards the same bleeds uncontrollably through his ...
  • Bangladeshi Journalist Shahidul Alam Gets Bail After 102 Days in Prison
    Peoples Dispatch
    Shahidul Alam, the award-winning Bangladeshi photojournalist and social activist, who was arrested in August following the students’ protest that rocked the country, was released on bail on Thursday, November 15. The 63-year-old was in jail for 102 days. He had been accused by the Bangladesh Awami League government of instigating disorder through public statements. A bench ...
  • “I changed my surname so people would not know me as a Namashudra”
    Manoranjan Byapari
    "If you insist that you do not know me, let me explain myself …you will feel, why, yes, I do know this person. I’ve seen this man." With these words, Manoranjan Byapari points to the inescapable roles all of us play in an unequal society. Interrogating My Chandal Life: An Autobiography of a Dalit is the translation ...
  • AAP takes up T M Krishna’s concert, to be held in Delhi on Saturday
    Sabrang India
    Carnatic musician T M Krishna will perform in New Delhi on Saturday evening. In a tweet, the vocalist announced that he will be performing with RK Shriramkumar, Praveen Sparsh and Anirudh Athreya at Garden of Five Senses, Near Saket, New Delhi at 6.30 pm on Nov 17. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, making the announcement ...
  • “The more the right-wing attack us, the more we will resist”: Sunil P. Elayidom
    ICF Team
    On Wednesday night, noted writer and orator Sunil P. Elayidom’s office was vandalised by an unidentified group. The next morning, Elayidom, a faculty member of the Department of Malayalam at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, found out that his door was marked with a crossed-out sign in saffron paint. His name board was also ...
  • India 2019: A Self-Reliant Nation
    D Raghunandan
      In the two to three decades following India’s independence, the vision of the founding leadership on the role of science and technology arose out of the freedom movement. It was not as if we became independent and then began thinking about what kind of nation to build; the idea of India was already nascent in ...
  • The World of Gérald Bloncourt, Photographer of Human Beings
    Vijay Prashad
    Gérald Bloncourt (1926-2018), who died last week at 91, had a close sympathy for political exiles. In 1965, Bloncourt went into the border region between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains to greet and photograph Portuguese refugees who fled the dictatorship of Antonio Salazar’s Estado Novo. He followed them into their shack towns that ...
  • What’s in a name?
    Souradeep Roy
    On 4 November, the second day of the Gyan Kumbh, Yogi Adityanath defended changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj. ANI quoted Adityanath saying, “When I changed the name of Allahabad, some people raised questions over it. Some also said, what is there in the name. So, I said, why didn’t their parents name them ...
  • Let T M Krishna Sing
    ICF Team
    What kind of country stops a musician from singing? What kind of country keeps its citizens from listening to this musician? India today is such a country — the same India where those who dissent are intimidated; the same India where those who speak up for Indian diversity are silenced; the same India where citizens ...
  • Cow politics, Sabarimala stance: Is India’s grand old party retreating from Nehruvian ideals?
    Amulya Ganguly
    The Congress’s manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh elections would have made Jawaharlal Nehru, whose birth anniversary it happens to be today, November 14, squirm with embarrassment, especially the portion about the commercial utilisation of gaumutra (cow’s urine). Nothing defines the antediluvian, unenlightened mindset of the Hindutva brigade more graphically than its obsession with the cow. Hence, its advocacy ...
  • Ahead of 2019 Polls, Demands for NRC and ILP in Sikkim
    Vivan Eyben
    Some groups from Sikkim have recently begun to demand that Sikkim enumerate a National Register of Citizens (NRC), implement an Inner Line System – commonly referred to as the Inner Line Permit (ILP), and restore the seat ratio in the Assembly. Reports have named the groups such as Sikkim Indigenous Lepcha Tribal Association (SILTA), the Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex ...
  • Severe Droughts to Go Unreported?
    Shilpa Shaji
    Though the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had declared a month ago that as many as 255 districts of the country have witnessed deficit rainfall of 20 to 59 per cent during the South-West monsoon, many of the states are yet to declare a drought. Due to this laxity, farmers in these areas have been suffering. During ...
  • “Love makes better city-people of us all”
    Ravish Kumar
    A City Happens in Love is the English translation of Ravish Kumar's Hindi bestseller Ishq Mein Shahar Hona. The book has been translated by Delhi based poet and translator Akhil Katyal and is a tribute to the modern Indian city, its capaciousness, and to the power of love. Through this collection of LaPrek or short stories on love, the celebrated journalist and ...
  • When The Farmers Go Marching In…
    The Citizen Bureau
    Some say this world of trouble Is the only one we need But I'm waiting for that morning When the new world is revealed When the revelation (revolution) comes When the revelation (revolution) comes Oh lord I want to be in that number When the farmers (saints) go marching in The old Louis Armstrong number could have been written for India’s farmers who ...
  • SC Admits Sabarimala Review Petitions, Hearings from January 22
    Newsclick
    The Supreme Court of India today agreed to admit the 49 review petitions filed against the Court’s decision regarding women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple. A five Judge Bench comprising of the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra, however, made it clear that agreeing to hear the ...
  • Zakia Jafri Case back in the Spotlight
    CJP Team
    Zakia Jafri’s Special Leave Petition (SLP) against the order of the Gujarat High Court (dated October 5, 2017) dismissing her challenge to Magistrate Ganatra’s Order (dated December 26, 2013) and confirming the closure report of the SIT (dated December 8, 2012) came up for hearing before the Supreme Court of India today. The matter has ...
  • Bodhi is an ode to Ambedkar”: Director Vinit Chandrasekharan
    Kanika Katyal in conversation with Vinit Chandrasekharan and Ninad Mahajani
    If a film opens with a scene of a farmer hanging himself, as people, including his young son, gather below in mute resignation, you know it’s not afraid of causing a furore. Set in a village in Maharashtra, Bodhi depicts an ideological tussle over land between two minority communities in India – the Buddhists and the ...
  • Virat Kohli Should Stick To Batting and Spare India His Cricket Nationalism
    Leslie Xavier
    Virat Kohli, the batsman, is invaluable for the Indian cricket team. There should be no second thoughts about that. But, over the years — through his tenure as skipper to be exact — he has increasingly made one feel the side would be better off without Kohli, the leader. The batting machine’s arrogance and related transgressions have been ...
  • Liberalism and Sabarimala: Why Shashi Tharoor is Wrong
    Arjun Sengupta
    Shashi Tharoor, in an article published in The Print on 10th November, has made some arguments against the appropriateness of the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala. In making his case, he criticises the firm position of the Left-led state government on the issue and calls it misplaced. It may be recalled that on 3rd October, ...
  • The Wagon Tragedy: Painting a Saffron Past
    ICF Team
    On November 10, an acrylic painting of the 1921 Wagon Tragedy was made at the Tirur railway station. However, the painting disappeared soon after its completion. The Indian Railways had decided to remove the painting from the walls of Tirur railway station after receiving threats from BJP activists. The painting was made in the station ...
  • हिन्दोस्तां की कहानी
    अनहद मीडिया
    आज कल इस सवाल को लेकर बहुत सी अटकलें लगायी जा रही हैं कि कौन हिन्दोस्तानी है और कौन नहीं, हिन्दोस्तानी संस्कृति, भाषा, भोजन, संगीत क्या है और इसमें से कितना कुछ ऐसा है जो भारतीय नहीं हैं साथ ही अंग्रेजों की ग़ुलामी से हिन्दोस्तां को आज़ाद करने के संघर्ष और हिन्दोस्तां के इतिहास को ...
  • ‘I knew I was going to jail that day…’
    Sweta Daga/ PARI
    “I was in jail because I fought for my land, not because I committed a crime. I wasn’t afraid of jail then and I’m not afraid now,” says Rajkumari Bhuiya.  Rajkumari, around 55 years old, is from the Bhuiya Adivasi community in Dhuma village of Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh. In 2015, she spent over four months in jail ...
  • Netanyahu Backed Bill May Lead to More Death Sentences Against Palestinians
    Pavan Kulkarni
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 5 declared that his Likud party would support reforming the death penalty laws in the country. This reform would make it easier for courts to hand down death sentences to Palestinians resisting occupation by Israelis illegally settled on their lands.    The reforms were first proposed in a bill ...
  • SC Declines Early Hearing Of Petitions On Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Title Dispute Case
    PTI
    The Supreme Court on Monday declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January. “We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” ...
  • The Ghosts of Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Death Still Lingers, Who’s Accountable?
    A Kashif Kakvi and Newsclick Production
    December 2-3, 1984, poisonous gas leaked from the factory of Union Carbide India Ltd's pesticide plant in Bhopal and killed over 10,000 people and affected more 5,50,000 people. The survivors of the industrial incident and their succeeding generations as well, are struggling with severe health issues. There has been no talk about it in the political ...
  • BHU Debars 11 Students From Enrolling in Future Courses for Leading 2017 Protests
    Newsclick Report
    Eleven students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have been debarred from taking part in any future course in the university for joining a protest over the alleged sexual molestation of a female student of the university.   In September 2017, thousands students of BHU, mostly girls, protested when a student was allegedly molested by three men inside ...
  • #MeToo: A Voice That Awoke the Sleeping
    H S Anupama
    Voices of women against oppression are silenced arguing that they are subjective experiences. Campaigns and movements like “#MeToo” aim precisely to break this notion and claim the universality of these experiences. Inferiority complex is the gift that women in India receive as part of their socialisation, indoctrinated at every stage. The main goal of social institutions ...
  • “The question of questioning is no longer a part of our everyday social and political grammar”
    Ramin Jahanbegloo
    Written by Ramin Jahanbegloo, The Disobedient Indian: Towards a Gandhian Philosophy of Dissent is a book about the history, philosophy and necessity of disobedience. The core idea of Gandhi’s philosophy of resistance, Jahanbegloo argues, is his unshakeable conviction that it is no longer possible to organise political action without disobedience. Democracy, to be worthy of obedience, he says, ...
  • Notes from discussion: Police Subjectivity in Kashmir by Gowhar Fazili
    Apoorva Gautam
    “The occupation demands varying degrees of collaboration from everyone”, noted Gowhar Fazili as he shared with us his work on Police subjectivity in Kashmir in a discussion organised by the reading group Legal Unconscious at the Indian Law Institute, Delhi. Fazili’s doctoral work on political subjectivity in Kashmir examined multiple aspects of the political, social and ...
  • Allahabad? Prayagraj? What does history say?
    Souradeep Roy
    G F Gordon Cumming, a British traveller during the British Raj in India, arrived at the Allahabad Fort and saw the Akshayabat tree and shrine. The Akshayabat is a banyan tree which the pilgrims still believe to be “immortal”. Pilgrims often committed suicide at this tree. The tree and the shrine, an important site for ...
  • Hate Crimes in India: We Need to Come Together to Understand the Problem and Respond to it
    Mohsin Alam Bhat in conversation with Vivan Eyben and Abhilasha Chattopadhyay
    Over the last couple of years, incidents of hate crimes have been on the rise in India. Mohsin Alam Bhat, Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School, talks to the Indian Cultural Forum and Newsclick about what constitutes a hate crime and what are the various ways to curb the problem that is plaguing the nation.  Read more: When Will Akhlaq Get Justice? The 2017 ...
  • राजस्थानः एम्प्लॉयमेंट जेनेरेशन के मामले में स्थिति बेहद ख़राब
    तारिक अनवर
    वर्ष 2009-10 के दौरान बेरोज़गारी के मामले में राजस्थान का स्थान भारतीय राज्यों में से एक था। हालांकि पिछले कुछ वर्षों से रोज़गार की स्थितिपर सटीक आंकड़ा उपलब्ध नहीं है, लेकिन एम्प्लॉयमेंट जेनेरेशन (नये रोज़गार पैदा करना) की बात करें तो इस राज्य की स्थिति बेहद ख़राब है। इसका अंदाज़ा विभिन्न संस्थानों की रिपोर्ट से लगाया जा सकता है। केंद्रीय श्रम तथा रोज़गार मंत्रालय के अंतर्गत नेशनल करियर सर्विस (एनसीएस) के तहत पंजीकृत नौकरी तलाशने वालों की ...
  • Crashing of BJP’s Dreams and Downfall of “Republic of Bellary”
    Yogesh S
      The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks at Karnataka as a possible entry into the political scene of Southern India. The defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the by-elections in the state of Karnataka demonstrates that this grand dream of the party will not be realised. Bye-elections were held in three Lok Sabha seats and two Assembly ...
  • Delhi Winter Pollution: There’s More to it than Stubble Burning
    Newsclick Team
    With the coming of winters and with it, Delhi's winter pollution, the ones to take the blame are again the country's farmers and their practice of stubble burning. But that is an incomplete picture. We look at all the other factors that contribute to Delhi's polluted air, and why farmers continue the practice of stubble ...
  • Mehsampur: The Story of a Film Within a Film
    Kanika Katyal
    Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel remarked, “One must never assume that cinema pursues the truth, for there is nothing more boring than the pursuit of truth,” and Mehsampur is anything but boring. Aiming to document Punjabi folk singer Amar Singh Chamkila’s assassination, the story of a film within a film, Mehsampur is a fiction, a meta-fiction, a ...
  • Critically acclaimed Palestinian author deported from Israel
    Peoples Dispatch
      Image Courtesy: Peoples Dispatch This is the second time Susan Abulhawa has been deported from Israel. Best selling Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa was detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport by Israeli authorities shortly after her arrival on November 1 to attend a Palestinian literary festival, the National reported on Saturday. She was deported on Friday on ...
  • “Beat Her to Death,” Violent Protesters Screamed against Woman’s Entry in Sabarimala
    Newsclick Report
    On Tuesday morning, protesters backed by the RSS-BJP at the Sabarimala Temple could be seen screaming “beat her to death” soon after the entry of a 52-year-old woman, suspecting that she belongs to the 10-50 age group. The woman, Lalitha, who hails from Thrissur had reached the temple along with her family members to perform ...
  • Newschakra with Abhisar Sharma: Modi, Statue of Unity and Manoj Tiwari
    Newsclick Team
    Is Modi really a reincarnation of Lord Rama? Sardar Patel deserves respect, but where is this 'unity' that we are talking about? We also talk about the shameful act of the anarchist MP Manoj Tiwari, in this episode of Newschakra.  
  • Aruna Sairam, Don’t Lend Your Voice to Apartheid
    Statement from artists and writers
    We are writing to you as artists who are anguished to discover that you are scheduled to perform in the Jerusalem Oud Festival on November 13th, and we beseech you to reconsider this decision. We speak from a long history of artistic commitment to the Palestinian freedom and to struggles of justice and peace everywhere ...
  • एकनाथ आवाड की आत्मकथा: स्ट्राइक अ ब्लो टू चेंज द वर्ल्ड
    आईसीएफ & न्यूज़क्लिक प्रोडक्शन
    इंडियन कल्चरल फोरम औरन्यूज़क्लिक  ने जाने माने दलित सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता एकनाथ आवाड की आत्मकथा और दलित समाज के तमाम पहलुओं पर उनके बेटे मिलिंद आवाड से ख़ास मुलाकात कीI  
  • Devi and Other “Kalis”
    Shoma A Chatterji
    Image Courtesy: Harper Broadcast One of the tragedies of the oeuvre of Satyajit Ray cinema is that his film, Devi, has been often marginalised and side-tracked over his other masterpieces like Charulata and the Apu Trilogy.  Devi (The Goddess), made in 1960, is a classic illustration of the influence of Kali and the superstitions that destroy the peace ...
  • Stooges Over Scholars: Sangh’s Latest Attacks on Academic Institutions
    ICF Team
    In his convocation address to the University of Allahabad in 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru said, “A university stands for humanism, for tolerance, for reason, for the adventure of ideas and for the search of truth. It stands for the onward march of the human race towards even higher objectives. If the universities discharge their duties adequately, ...
  • The Way to Understand Kancha Ilaiah’s Works
    Bheenaveni Ram Shepherd
    The meeting of the Delhi University Standing Committee for Academic Affairs was held on October 24, 2018, and it has recommended dropping edification of three books at the Post-Graduate level.  And, those books have been in MA Political Science’s syllabi for the past few years.  The three books are ‘Why I am not a Hindu? ...
  • Audio Reveals Kerala BJP President Admitting his Party’s Role in Sabarimala Violent Protests
    Newsclick Report
    In the latest turn of events in the row over Sabarimala temple in Kerala, the BJP state president has been caught revealing in a closed meeting that the ongoing series of agitations and violent protests were planned and orchestrated by the party. In an audio which surfaced on Monday, BJP State chief P S Sreedharan ...
  • “Act Against BJP President for Questioning Authority of Supreme Court”
    Retired Civil Servants and Diplomats
    We are a group of former civil servants of the All India and Central Services, who have worked for decades with the Central and State Governments during our careers. We wish to make it clear that, as a group, we have no affiliation with any political party but believe in impartiality, neutrality and commitment to ...
  • Statement Condemning Susan Abulhawa’s Forced Deportation from Palestine by Israeli Authorities
    InCACBI
    Image courtesy: Youtube In yet another egregious display of its racism and colonialism, Israeli authorities denied entry to and forcibly deported writer Susan Abulhawa from Ben Gurion airport late last week, who was traveling to Palestine to participate in the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival. Susan is now back in the United States after a harrowing detention. ...
  • Inextinguishable Fires
    Shanta Gokhale
    The Engaged Observer is a collection of writings by eminent author and intellectual, Shanta Gokhale. The book is an invaluable record of the social, political and cultural changes that have taken place in Bombay, Mumbai and beyond. The following is an excerpt from the chapter "Inextinguishable Fires: Dalit Literature in Marathi". One of celebrated Dalit poet Namdeo Dhasal’s childhood ...
  • “In a choice between the beautiful and the ugly, the film always chooses the ugly”
    Kanika Katyal
    "In his famous nazm, “Mujhse pehli si mohabbat”, Faiz Ahmad Faiz asks several questions. Can love and politics exist independently? Was there ever such a thing as “the one”? Is the desire of an individual bigger than the pain of the collective? Does love mean bliss or a willing suspension of disbelief? If love and violence ...
  • #MeToo: Working Class Women Share Their Stories
    Lekha Adavi
    The #MeToo movement may have started recently, but it is not new to India. The fight against sexual harassment began when Bhanwari Devi, a saathin in a village in Rajasthan, was raped for doing her job — stopping child marriage. Every working-class woman, like Bhanwari Devi, has a #MeToo story to share. Job insecurity, low ...
  • “If you remove my book from syllabus, thousands will read it on road”: Kancha Ilaiah
    Newsclick Team
    Delhi University had recommended removal of books of Dalit writer-activist Kancha Ilaiah from its political science syllabus over the “controversial content” in the books, while also suggesting discontinuation of the use of the word ‘Dalit’ in academic discourse. Kancha Ilaiah spoke in Delhi University on the same. .   
  • Supreme Court asking Centre to provide pricing, offset details for Rafale deal is a big blow for Modi
    Nitya Chakraborty
    Bad days are staring at the Narendra Modi government just six months before the scheduled elections to the Lok Sabha in 2019. The CBI administration is in tatters, both the top bosses of this premier investigation agency of the country, are fighting in courts, the RBI Governor Dr Urjit Patel has threatened to resign over the ...
  • Wounds are Still Raw as Justice has Been Denied to Sikh Riot Victims: Uma Chakravarti
    The historian in conversation with Prabir Purkayastha
    Prabir Purkayastha talks to Uma Chakravarti who was with PUDR and the Nagrik Ekta Manch in the aftermath of the Sikh riots. She talks about her experiences from those days and how the then government was complacent in those times. Uma also tells us how justice was denied to the community.   
  • Red Harvest: Two Poems
    Leslie Xavier
    Urban Dissent In haste merge ideologies, in the morning rain, into a grey canvas stretched on my table; for thumb impressions, attesting a right, our freedom… A sign of life, in spate, the men rise, women roar,  our children march, Me too Urban Naxal! Red Harvest With a sunny disposition, the day begins  in a Gandhian pace. And gladly, with no remorse, Delhi wakes up to a reality, a democratic aberration. What can we harvest now? Gold… Coal ...
  • Jonaki: Part Dream, Part Waking
    Kanika Katyal
    Does all art need to entertain or educate? What if a film refuses to do either? Jonaki is one such film. It will leave you unsatiated, dissatisfied, and even confused about what exactly happened. But if you’re looking to piece the plot together, then Jonaki is not a film for you. Premised on a paradox that is ...
  • India 2019: दूसरा बटवारा 
    मासूम शाह
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • Deplorable Situation of Agriculture in Telangana: TRS’s Role
    Prudhviraj Rupawat
    On March 1, 2014, the then President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, clearing all constitutional obligations for the formation of Telangana state. K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party, which was on the forefront for the separate statehood movement, came to power in the newly formed state, ...
  • Bolsonaro, Rajapaksa and the Age of the Right-wing Strongmen
    Prabir Purkhayastha in conversation with Prasanth R.
    Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about the recent victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidential elections and the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka in the context of the emergence of sectarian right-wing forces across the globe.  
  • Here’s How Much Shorter Your Life Will Be Thanks To Toxic Air
    Mona Ahuja
    It’s that time of the year again. With Diwali less than a week away, a toxic fog has begun to creep over Delhi. A quick peek out of the window reveals a city covered in haze — almost as if an unsightly Instagram filter was slapped all over it. Children make their way to school ...
  • Is Assam being Polarised on the Citizenship Bill Issue?
    Vivan Eyben
    Assam appears to be on the cusp of returning to the bad old days. On Thursday, November 1, five Bengali speaking people were shot dead by gunmen dressed in battle fatigues in Bisonimukh village in Tinsukia district. Targeted killings of non-Assamese people has been a calling card of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in the past. ...
  • #MeToo: US-Based Journalist Alleges She Was Raped by M J Akbar
    IANS
    After several women accused former Union Minister M J Akbar of sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, an allegation of rape has now surfaced with a US-based journalist narrating her ordeal of working under him when he was the editor of The Asian Age newspaper. Pallavi Gogoi, Chief Business Editor at National Public Radio, in an article ...
  • “How do we switch off that light in the room?”
    Kanika Katyal
    Light is often seen as the symbol of hope and growth and positivity but what if the same light becomes evil? Light in The Room (Ottamuri Velicham) recognises the historical gravity of marital rape and presents a scathing attack on the issue. At the heart of the film is a debate between Nature and Culture which the film ...
  • “Sabarimala is more an issue of gender equality than of religious freedom”
    Writers and academics on the Sabarimala conflict
    In a landmark judgment on 28 Septemeber 2018, the Supreme Court granted women's entry to Kerala’s  Sabarimala temple irrespective of their age. Following the judgment, the state witnessed a huge protest #SaveSabarimala organised across the state, under the banner of Sabarimala Samrakshna Samiti. When the shrine of Lord Ayappa was opened for five days in October, it witnessed a ...
  • Has the End of the Indian Democratic-Secular Polity Begun?
    Shamsul Islam
    India is witnessing the Hindutva juggernaut running amok, crushing everything democratic, liberal and egalitarian in the Indian polity. The RSS as its charioteer is not ashamed of this vicious campaign and is instead taking credit for it. It was not long back that it claimed to have an apolitical status. Even when its cadres like ...
  • “Targeted Killing Of Unarmed And Defenceless People By Police”: Delhi HC Sentence 16 Policemen To Life Imprisonment In Hashimpura Massacre Case
    Live Law News Network
    The Delhi High Court has set aside the trial court judgement that had acquitted 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) officials in the 1987 Hashimpura mass murder case. The Court convicted all the accused and sentenced them to life imprisonment. “Family of the victims had to wait 31 years to get justice, and monetary relief cannot compensate ...
  • Statues Rise and Fall, Mr Modi, Only the People Remain
    Prabir Purkayastha
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unveiling of the “tallest statue in the world” has been accompanied by a high-voltage campaign on Sardar Patel’s contribution to nation-building. Of course, we know — and Modi has made it repeatedly clear — that this recognition of Patel is a part of the campaign to dismantle the legacy of Jawaharlal ...
  • “Who gave the Hashimpura orders?” Asks Former SP V.N. Rai, “These are Small Fish”
    Seema Mustafa
    “For me the judgment (the Delhi High Court ruling giving life imprisonment to 16 PAC men for the Hashimpura massacre) is not enough, I received the news with mixed feelings. The small fry have been punished, of course they should be but they are the small fry who executed the orders. Who gave the orders? ...
  • Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group Condemns The Arrest of Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj
    Press Release
    The Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group and Collective strongly condemns and mourns the incidents of arrest and police remand of Advocate, friend, mentor, and colleague Sudha Bharadwaj and calls upon a collective expression of solidarity and strength from all activists, students, lawyers, democratic rights and civil liberty communities, friends and the general public. We also denounce ...
  • SC Asks Government To Submit Pricing & Strategic Details Of Rafale Deal Within 10 Days
    Live Law News Network
    The Court said that whatever documents that could be legitimately produced in public domain should be given to the petitioners and all other documents covered under the Official Secrets Act should be given to the Court in sealed cover. The CJI-led bench of Supreme Court asked the Government to submit before the Court the pricing and ...
  • Strike a Blow to Change the World
    Githa Hariharan in conversation with Milind Awad
    Strike a Blow to Change the World is an autobiography of the prominent Dalit activist Eknath Awad. The book was recently translated into English by Jerry Pinto. In his book, Awad describes his rage against the humiliation of the Mangs by the upper castes; his struggle to overcome caste prejudices as well as extreme poverty to get an education​; ...
  • DD Cameraman Among 2 Journalists Killed in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand
    Newsclick Report
    Raipur: An alleged Maoist ambush on Tuesday killed Doordarshan cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two policemen in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, which is set to go for polling in the first phase of Assembly elections in the state on November 12. Two other police personnel and a journalist also sustained injuries in the ambush, the second in ...
  • Inauguration of Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity Without People’s Support
    National Alliance of People’s Movements
    Narmada District, Gujarat: Around 90 activists from around Gujarat are reported to have been arrested by Narmada district police in Rajpipla and other places. A whole Government -the executive, administration, regular police, Reserve Police Force, Home Guards- from across the State has descended on Kevadia for the 31st October ‘tamasha’ being conducted in the name ...
  • The Tall Price That Gujarat’s Tribals Are Paying for the ‘Tallest’ Statue
    Damayantee Dhar
    About 500 metres from the nearly Rs 3,000 crore ‘Statue of Unity’ in Narmada district, stand five huts. One of them is the abode of Ambaben Poonabhai, a 60-year-old woman who was once sarpanch of Limdi group gram panchayat of Limdi and Navagam villages. Navagam is one of those villages where land will be submerged as ...
  • India’s #MeToo, Misogyny and Gender Inequality
    Sanjukta Dasgupta
    In the play Chandragupta by the celebrated playwright Dwijendralal Roy, Greek emperor, Alexander the Great, remarks about the phantasmagorical complexities of the Indian sub-continent to his trusted general Seleucus: “Truly Seleucus, what a strange country this is!” “Strange”, really,  is an understatement. Our country is celebrated for its cultural pluralism. Its Constitution defines it as a ...
  • Height of Ugliness
    Arun Khopkar
    यह बस्ती है मुर्दा परस्तों की बस्ती Just seen the pictures of an object which is supposed to be the tallest of its kind in the world. What is not mentioned but is clearly visible in the pictures is that it is also the ugliest of its kind in the world and shows the very nadir, the ...
  • असम एनआरसीः विदेशी कहलाने का दंश नहीं झेल पा रहे लोग, अब तक 30 सुसाइड
    सबरंग इंडिया स्टाफ़
    असम एनआरसी की लिस्ट में नाम ना आने को लेकर आत्महत्या के मामले थमने का नाम नहीं ले रहे हैं. अब उदलगिरी जिले के एक शख्स दीपक देबनाथ 'विदेशी' कहलाने का दंश झेल नहीं पाए और आत्महत्या कर ली. दीपक देबनाथ का शव असम में उनके घर के पास फांसी पर लटकता हुआ मिला है. एनआरसी अपडेटिंग ...
  • The Sabarimala Verdict: Whose Morality, Whose Freedom?
    Arjun Sengupta
    Image Courtesy: Live Mint A significant social and political churning is underway on the question of temple entry at the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala. The verdict of the five-judge constitution bench on 28th September, granting women between the ages of ten and fifty the right to enter the shrine, has set the stage for a direct ...
  • Shahidul Alam: Caught in the Crossfire of Bangladesh’s Fledgling Democracy
    Rachel Spence
    How do you persuade a government to release a prisoner, however wrongfully incarcerated, if it doesn’t want to cooperate? Thousands of signatures, tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts. Dozens of articles. Then there are the rallies: from Kathmandu to New York, from Rome to New Delhi, London to Mumbai. Week by week, hundreds of people are gathering ...
  • Social movements vow to fight in “the trenches of struggle” as Bolsonaro wins polls
    Peoples Dispatch
    On Sunday, October 28, Jair Bolsonaro, the extreme right-wing candidate of the Social Liberal Party won the presidential election with 55.3% of the vote, while Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party came second with 44.7% of the vote. This election was one of the most polarized in Brazil’s history and  saw two opposing projects for ...
  • The Purity-Impurity Logic of Hindu Caste Mentality is Convoluted
    Sanjay Kumar
    The daily recital of Vedic mantras at our all-boys Arya Samaj school was much resented by students. It was the butt of our jokes, and the more creative among us even developed puns about it. But then there was our social sciences teacher, Mr Vaid, a no-nonsense, staunch Arya Samaji, who commanded silent respect. The ...
  • Sabarimala Row: The People’s Version
    Newsclick Team
    Newsclick team went on the streets to talk to people on the issue of Sabarimala Temple and the Supreme Court verdict lifting the ban on women's entry. They also talk about Smriti Irani's comment on the issue.  
  • Will PM Narendra Modi Answer These Questions?
    Newsclick Team
    In the last four years, Prime minister Narendra Modi has not conducted even a single press conference, leaving scope for many questions require an answer. So, we asked prominent journalists that in the event of the Prime Minister holding a press conference, what is the one question they would like to ask him?  
  • Gorakhpur University: OBC teachers penalised for protesting irregularities in appointments
    Kumar Sameer
    The controversy over appointments of the teachers at the Gorakhpur University is yet to die down. The action is being taken against the OBC teachers who questioned the irregularities in the appointments. This has led to the OBC teachers locking horns with the university administration. In the latest development, the administration has issued a show-cause notice to ...
  • Decision to remove Kancha Ilaiah’s books from Delhi University’s Political Science PG syllabus is RSS-motivated
    Saikat Ghosh
    It is a dismal outcome of the RSS-affiliated ruling dispensation’s increasing interference in premier universities like DU that the University’s Standing Committee of Academic Council has recommended the removal of Kancha Ilaiah’s books from the PG syllabus in Political Science, branded him anti-Hindu and disallowed the use of the word ‘Dalit’ in academic discussions, teaching ...
  • Why Can’t Sabarimala Take a Cue From Haji Ali Dargah?
    Nikhil Wagle
    The gates of Sabarimala have closed, once again, and determinedly. This is not just an insult of the Supreme Court, but also the Constitution of India. The entire episode is another reminder how religion and traditions can hold the law of the land to ransom. The Supreme Court had minced no words in its judgement. It ...
  • चल-चल घोड़े गाँधी की चाल
    धम्म दर्शन निगम
    गाँधी जी आपने “मैं तो सीधी-सीधी बात करने वाला आदमी हूँ … " कहा लेकिन कभी ऐसा दिखा नहीं गाँधी जी आप तो सब जानते थे आपने अछूत्तोधर छोड़ वर्ण व्यवस्था ही मिटाने की बात कही होती अम्बेडकर का थोडा सा साथ दिया होता तो आज कम से कम ये दलित इकट्ठे तो होते कंधमाल और खैरलांजी और ना जाने ऐसे ही कितने दंगो का सामना तो किया होता गाँधी जी आप कहते थे या आप इन शब्दों से ...
  • “His God is very different from mine”
    Feroz Rather
    Through a series of interconnected stories, within which the same characters move in and out, Feroz Rather weaves a tapestry of the horror Kashmir has come to represent. Grappling with a society brutalised by the oppression of the state, and fissured by the tensions of caste and gender, The Night of Broken Glass is as ...
  • Bhima Koregaon: Pune Court Rejects Bail Plea of Sudha Bharadwaj, 2 Others
    Newsclick Report
    The bail applications filed by noted human rights activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, who are under house arrest in relation to FIR registered by Maharashtra police for alleged Maoist links in Bhima-Koregaon violence, was rejected by a Pune court on Friday. “The Special Judge K D Vadane of the UAPA Court rejected the ...
  • “Members of the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs have held academic exercises to ransom”
    Letter by Delhi University Professors to the Vice Chancellor
    Prof. Yogesh K. Tyagi Vice-Chancellor University of Delhi Delhi – 110007 October 26, 2018 Sub: Reg. the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs’ decision to recommend removal of Sh. Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s works from the Political Science M.A. Syllabus and the decision to disallow use of the term ‘dalit’ in academic discussions, teaching and learning Dear Prof. Tyagi, We express our dismay and ...
  • India 2019: Death of Democracy – An Inevitable Possibility under Capitalism
    Rajan Gurukkal
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • Sabarimala Women’s Entry Judgement
  • The Birth of an Empress
    Ruby Lal
    In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan became the twentieth and favorite wife of the Emperor Jahangir, who ruled the vast Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal, Nur was the only woman to acquire the stature of Empress in her male-dominated ...
  • Trump and Bolton’s New Motto: How I Started to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    Prabir Purkayastha
    With President Trump’s announcement of the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US is now set to dismantle the entire architecture of nuclear disarmament worked out between the US and the Soviet Union in the 80’s. In 2002, under George Bush, the US walked out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. It is now pulling out of ...
  • For Kashmir’s Students, a Hundred Dreams Lie Shattered as Conflict Escalates
    Zubair Sofi
    Children living and pursuing education in conflict zones are among the worst sufferers of daily violence in their lives. They, too, have aspirations, but do they have the luxury of following their dreams? At least, not in Kashmir, one of the world’s top militarised zones. Basit (name changed) has lived a life of turmoil. Born into ...
  • Will Maharashtra Govt Keep Its Word and Investigate Sanatan Sanstha?
    Yogesh S
    Deepak Kesarkar, Maharashtra Home Minister, on October 24, 2018, said that the state would initiate “proper action” against the infamous Sanatan Sanstha, which has been accused of having played a role in the assassination of rationalists in the past five years. Through an investigative report, the India Today had exposed, on October 8, 2018, the involvement of Sanstha ...
  • Anil Ambani-led Reliance on a Defamation Suit Spree
    Sumedha Pal
    Paying as little as Rs 75,000 to file a defamation suit, the Anil Ambani-led Reliance has been on a defamation suit spree. Following incisive coverage of the seemingly hand-in-glove dealings of Anil Ambani’s Reliance group with the Narendra Modi-led government, these suits were slapped on multiple media organisations, including NDTV for Rs 10,000 crore, the ...
  • 8 Year Old Madarsa Student Lynched in South Delhi
    The Citizen Bureau
    An eight year old child Mohammad Azeem was reportedly beaten to death by a group of persons in the heart of South Delhi Thursday afternoon. Azeem was studying in a residential madarsa in Shivalik, Malviya Nagar. Azeem was rescued and rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. His distraught parents arrived from their ...
  • Who’s Afraid of Kancha Ilaiah?
    Ishita Mehta
    Delhi University has proposed removing three books by political scientist Kancha Ilaiah from its curriculum citing their “controversial content” and “vitriolic nature towards Hinduism”.  The three books –Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra critique of Hindutva philosophy, culture and political economy, Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution and God ...
  • Living in the Rooms by the Looms
    Reetika Revathy Subramanian/PARI
    Hadu Bahera owns a ‘home’ for 12-hours every day. During this time, the 51-year-old loom worker inhabits a six-by-three-feet space in a dingy room on Ved Road in north Surat. His co-worker uses the same space for the other 12 hours – depending on their shifts, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or the reverse. The ...
  • Dangerous Fall in the Rupee: What does it Mean for India?
    Prabhat Patnaik in conversation with Prabir Purkhayastha
    In this interview, Newsclick Editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha talks to eminent economist Prabhat Patnaik about the drastic fall in the rupee and its implications on the Indian economy. They speak about how inflation is causing low growth rate in the economy, a problem that the government doesn't quite seem to know how to tackle.  
  • न्यूनतम वेतन मामला : मज़दूरों को सुप्रीम कोर्ट से ‘इंसाफ’ की उम्मीद
    मुकुंद झा
    पिछले अगस्त की 4 तारीख को दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय ने केजरीवाल सरकार द्वारा की गई मज़दूरों की 37% न्यूनतम वेतन बढ़ोतरी की अधिसूचना को रद्द कर दिया था। हाईकोर्ट ने मालिकों के पक्ष में फैसला देते हुए सभी श्रेणी के मज़दूरों की न्यूनतम मज़दूरी बढ़ाने वाले नोटिफिकेशन को संविधान के विरुद्ध बताया था जिसके बाद ...
  • Social exclusion of women, based on menstrual status, is a form of untouchability: Justice DY Chandrachud
    Ashok Kini
    Image Courtesy: Live Law “Women have a right to control their own bodies. The menstrual status of a woman is an attribute of her privacy and person. Women have a constitutional entitlement that their biological processes must be free from social and religious practices, which enforce segregation and exclusion. These practices result in humiliation and a ...
  • India 2019: Everything Drowns, Except This Poem
    K Srilata
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • “Because you are a woman?”
    Anand
    In the centuries old struggle for justice and dignity, the question of women has always been at the centre, because in spite of forming half of humanity, they have always been wronged by the other half of it. Condemned as weak and inferior, their role was at most, that of being vassals to their self-proclaimed ...
  • ‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools
    Ramzy Baroud
    Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military order to shut down their school based on the ever-versatile accusation of the school ...
  • Fed up With Caste Violence, Dalit Family in Gujarat Pleads for Euthanasia
    Damayantee Dhar
    En route the road that connects Diu and Una, a tehsil in Junagad district, Gujarat, which was rocked by violence following the flogging of Dalits by upper castes in 2016, lies a nondescript village called Delwara. About two kilometres from Delwada village, amidst stretches of dry and arid land, a lone shanty house stands out. The ...
  • What’s In A Name? Far More Than The Opposition is Able to Understand
    Shubhanshu Singh
    Place names are an important means to capture public memory. They commemorate a particular version of history and culture. Contestations may exist in the name of a place, but when the entire government machinery works towards creating such a contestation based on religion, it is trying to fulfil a particular communal agenda in the public ...
  • Over 900 Students of NIT Uttarakhand Vacate Campus in a Protest
    Newsclick Report
        Over 900 students of NIT Uttarakhand, Garhwal Campus reportedly staged a walkout from the varsity over unfulfilled demand of a permanent campus. The ongoing agitation was launched post the death of two students – Nupur Munda and Neelam – as they were navigating their way through the campus that spans around the NH-58. The deceased students ...
  • Full-on Saffronisation Marks Teachers’ Orientation Programme in JNU
    Newsclick Team
    Participants complained of saffronisation and the propagation of anti-science ideas at the Teachers' Orientation Programme in JNU. Moreover, Prof. Pradipta Chaudhary, Dean of School of Social Sciences, who handled a session, was accused of physical harassment and passing of derogatory comments by those who attended the programme. The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) also issued a ...
  • Voices of Clay: The Musical Journey of the Ghatam
    Sumana Chandrashekar in conversation with the Indian Cultural Forum
    Sumana Chandrashekar is a Karnatik vocalist and ghatam player. She currently works as Senior Programme Officer responsible for the Arts Practice programme at the India Foundation for the Arts. She learnt to play the ghatam under the tutelage of Sukkanya Ramgopal, the first woman to play the instrument on stage. In this interview, Sumana Chandrashekar talks to the ...
  • Labourer Dies While Cleaning Sewer in Jahangirpuri, Delhi
    Newsclick Report
    Image Courtesy: Indian Express On October 21, a 32-year-old labourer, Dooman Ray, died while cleaning a Delhi Jal Board sewer in Jahangirpuri region of Northwest Delhi. It was revealed during the investigation that Ray was working in a sewer with three other workers. Around 5:30 am on Sunday morning, he went down into the sewer hole ...
  • #MeToo presents time ripe for revisiting earlier Supreme Court judgment on defamation
    Amritananda Chakravorty
    Image Courtesy: The Leaflet Last week witnessed the biggest fall out of the #MeToo movement, with the resignation of M J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, and an (in)famous journalist, known for his sexually predatory ways. This was the first time that a minister accused of misconduct resigned from Narendra Modi’s Union Cabinet in the ...
  • The #MeToo Moment is Just a Beginning : Kalpana Sharma
    Nikhil Wagle in conversation with Kalpana Sharma
    Nikhil Wagle talked to Kalpana Sharma, senior journalist and author on the #MeToo movement. She said that it is just a beginning, and it might build up to be a movement. She said the women have always suffered from discrimination and harassment in the work space. Women have now started coming out with the issues, which is a ...
  • Forcing CCS Rules on Central Varsities: Bad Governance, Bad in Law
    Rajat Datta
    Several opinions have been expressed by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration saying that teachers of central universities are at par with civil servants of the central government on the ground that since they are paid by the central government, they are automatically governed by the rules in place for central government officials. This is a ...
  • Compare and contrast RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s ‘glasnost’ speech with his demand for Ram temple ordinance
    Amulya Ganguli
    Image Courtesy: The Leaflet One wonders what Pranab Mukherjee, Kailash Satyarthi and Ratan Tata will make of the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s latest speech in which he gave a clarion call for an ordinance to build the Ram temple without any further delay. The three stalwarts – a former President, a Nobel laureate and a corporate czar – ...
  • As #MeToo mounts, Bhanwari Devi’s Struggle Must Not be Forgotten
    Sushmita
    Image Courtesy: CJP “Indian culture has not yet touched such low depths that an innocent villager would lose all sense of age and caste and like a wolf would pounce upon a woman, that too in the presence of a 70-year old,” said the Jaipur district and sessions court while acquitting the four accused in Bhanwari Devi rape ...
  • The Mahatma on Celluloid
    Shoma A Chatterji
    How did cinema enhance Gandhi's impact on the ordinary Indian? Let's consider four films – Kurmavatara (Kannada) (2011) by Girish Kasavalli, Babar Naam Gandhiji (2015), a Bengali feature film that marked the debut of Pavel, The Salt Stories (2007) a documentary by Lalit Vacchani and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan – The Freedom File (2015) – ...
  • A story of “survival through the lenses of imagination”
    Ananya S Guha
    Nilanjan P Choudhury’s novel: Shillong Times is a “story of friendship and fear” as the sub-title suggests. Friendship’s association with ‘fear’ then, seems to be a thematic focus. Set against the backdrop of Shillong in the volatile times of the 1980s, the novel is an addition to what is now turning out to be a fairly long ...
  • Imposition of CCS Rules in Central Universities
    Appeal to come in solidarity with the teachers
    In the wake of the protests in universities on a number of disastrous policy level changes — huge fund cuts for the University Grants Commission, state governed divestment from the higher education in the name of graded autonomy, tampering with reservation policy in both drawing up recruitment and in college administration, casualisation and reduction of ...
  • IAPL Condemns the Threat to Arrest Justice Hosbet Suresh
    Press Release
    Indian Association of People's Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the threat issued by Shivaji Pawar, ACP, Maharashtra Police to arrest IAPL’s President Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd.) and the most alarming portrayal by him of IAPL as a frontal organisation of CPI (Maoist). IAPL believes that such attacks on Judges and Human Right defenders which includes lawyers and ...
  • Women for Theatre, India in Solidarity with #MeToo Movement
    Statement of Solidarity
    Image Courtesy: Prentsa Aldundia Women for Theatre, India, is a network of women theatre practitioners from across the country striving towards making theatre a safe and equal space for all. We stand in solidarity with the MeToo movement, currently sweeping the country. This is a watershed moment in the history of feminist struggle in India, and ...
  • How Game of Thrones inspired a children’s book set in Jharkhand
    Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar in conversation with Kanika Katyal
    Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is a well-known name in contemporary Indian literature. His debut novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, won, among many others, the 2015 Yuva Puraskar, and was longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. His second collection of stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories, opened up to wide acclaim and ...
  • Sabarimala An Upper Caste Conspiracy? Here Are Ten Ways To Defuse It
    Binu Mathew
    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has stated that the agitation to prevent entry to women of all ages to Sabarimala temple as per the order of Supreme Court of India is an ‘upper caste conspiracy’. No one has made more truer statement and realistic assessment about the situation in Sabarimala than the Chief Minister.  The ...
  • Anand Teltumbde Moves HC to Quash Criminal Proceedings
    CJP Team
    Dr. Anand Teltumbde’s plea to quash and set aside criminal proceedings initiated against him allegedly in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case has been adjourned for Friday October 26. In the petition, Dr. Teltumbde has alleged that he has been “implicated in a false and fabricated case by acts of omissions, commissions and vengeance” on the ...
  • “Methods used to crush dissent, are now being adopted to silence survivors in the era of #MeToo”: Teesta Setalvad
    CJP Team
    Teesta Setalvad of the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) speaks about how the threat of criminal defamation is being used as a tool by the powerful, to suppress those trying to hold them responsible. It's happening now to sexual harassment survivors who have recently spoken out, and this is not the first time that this tactic ...
  • Sabarimala: Brahmanism’s Last Ditch Battle In Kerala
    Binu Mathew
    The only code of law for Hindus is Manu Smriti. IX.3 of Manu Smriti says “Na stree svaatantryam arhati” (a woman does not deserve freedom). Manu Smriti is the code of the four fold Varna system, namely Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vysya and Shudra. Hinduism is in fact is rooted in this pyramidal varna system, Brahmins being ...
  • SLAPP suits create a David-versus-Goliath battle between free speech, free press and corporate-political complainants
    Karan Kumar
    Image Courtesy: The Leaflet SLAPP, in line with the term’s literal perusal, is an acronym for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. These are cases filed to shut down any criticism, regardless of its authenticity. Intrinsically linked with the Freedom of Speech guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a), SLAPP suits have not yet garnered the requisite judicial scrutiny. The ...
  • India 2019: The Nation I Want and the Nation I Don’t Want
    Narendra Nayak
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • #AdhocsSpeak: Chronicle from Delhi University
    Sonali Dutta Roy
    Ad-hoc appointments in Delhi University (DU) are always uncertain, some more than others. The general idea is that if one’s appointment is on a clear post against a permanent vacancy, the workload against which the candidate has been appointed normally sustains, and hence, they can continue working there. However, whether they want to retain the ...
  • #MeToo Allegations: Editors’ Guild Asks MJ Akbar to Drop Defamation Case
    Newsclick Report
    Former Editor MJ Akbar, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, will record his statement on October 31 with regard to the criminal defamation case that he has filed against journalist Priya Ramani, even as the Editors' Guild of India asked him show "grace" and drop the case. The Patiala House court, which is hearing ...
  • Sabarimala: RSS Supremo Justifies Flouting of SC Order
    Subodh Varma
    Even as chaos and violence continued at the gates of the Sabrimala shrine in Kerala, with groups of people preventing women from entering, manhandling journalists and damaging their vehicles, and terrorising villagers in the vicinity to shutdown their shops, far away in Nagpur, Maharashtra, RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday provided the justification for such brazen flouting ...
  • Statement on the event planned by Manipur Research Forum at the official residence of the Chief Minister of Manipur
    Statement by Academics
    Manipur Research Forum (MRF) is organising a book event at the official residence of the Chief Minister of Manipur on the 18th of October 2018. This is to release an edited book; the editors of the book are members of the Forum and the articles are reprints from the Forum's journal – Eastern Quarterly. We, as ...
  • #MeToo Fallout: M J Akbar Quits 2 Days After Suing Woman Journalist
    Newsclick Report
    Image Courtesy: NDTV Stung by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by at least 14 women journalists, former Editor and Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar, resigned on Wednesday. His resignation comes a day before the hearing of a criminal defamation case filed by him against Priya Ramani, the first to have called him ...
  • Is Rajnath Singh celebrating Dussehra or war-mongering?
    Souradeep Roy
    Image Courtesy: NDTV Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh plans to do shastra puja with the Border Security Force (BSF) at Bikaner House, Rajasthan near the India Pakistan border, according to a report published in Times of India (TOI). Singh had earlier participated in the shastra puja with BSF last year in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. This year, however, he will ...
  • Manipur University Teachers and Students Released, FIR Dropped
    Newsclick Report
    Six teachers and eight students of the Manipur University, who were arrested on September 21 after police raided the boys’ hostel following a complaint by the Vice Chancellor’s office, were released on Tuesday. The case against them was closed by a local court, after the investigation officer requested it on the grounds of insufficiency of ...
  • A Resting Place for Dead Atheists
    Tikender Singh Panwar
    It so happened that the burial of a very dear friend’s father took place a few days ago at Delhi  and I was just struck by the idea; what about the atheists? How would they like to be treated once they die?  For Hindus, it’s the pyre, for Muslims and Christians it’ burial, and the ...
  • Mumbai’s SNDT Varsity Student Allegedly Forced to ‘Strip’ by Warden, Sparks Massive Protests
    Malvika Singh
    The Juhu hostel campus of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women’s University erupted in protests on Sunday after the warden allegedly shamed a student over the length of her skirt and then stripped her in her room. According to one of the hostel inmates, the incident took place when a second-year engineering student was headed out in ...
  • Sabarimala Protesters Force Andhra Woman and Her Family to Back Down
    IANS
    Strong protests by Sabarimala traditionalists on Wednesday forced a 40-year-old Andhra woman and her family to abandon their trip to the Lord Ayyappa temple. Madhavi, her parents and children began their Pamba climb on the Swami Ayyapan road leading to the hilltop temple hours ahead of its opening for the monthly puja rituals. Ten minutes into their trek, ...
  • The Significance of a Scientific Outlook
    Narendra Achyut Dabholkar
    Narendra Achyut Dabholkar was an Indian activist, rationalist and an author from Maharashtra. He founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) for eradication of superstition in Maharashtra. He was killed by unknown assailants shortly after the Modi government came in power in 2014. The Case for Reason: Understanding the Anti-Superstition Movement in India is a thought- ...
  • Kandhamal Documentary Demands Justice to Riot- Affected
    Saurav Datta
    “Because of a fraudulent verdict, seven innocents have been languishing in jail for a decade, while the perpetrators of the carnage– the Sangh Parivar is remaining unscathed, and flourishing and surging ahead. While the judiciary remains a mute spectator to this travesty of justice”, journalist Anto Akkara, who has been striving for justice and closure ...
  • “The film industry’s attitude gives the notion of a very patriarchal space”: Bina Paul
    ICF Team and Peoples Dispatch
    In February last year, a Malayalam actress was abducted and molested by a group of men while returning from work. Following the police complaint she filed, the police found one of the leading Malayalam actor Dileep’s involvement in the abduction. WCC, a woman’s collective, was formed by a group of women from the Malayalam film ...
  • AIDWA Denounces BJP-RSS Threats to Women and AIDWA Leaders on Implementation of Sabarimala Judgement
    Press Release
    The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the efforts of BJP-RSS backed right-wing groups to create a communal frenzy against the implementation of the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court in the Sabarimala Case. The Court upheld the equal right of women to worship at the temple under Article 25 of the Constitution. ...
  • Taming the Warrior Woman and Other Tales from the Bengal Autumn
    Somok Roy
    Satyajit Ray’s 1960 classic ‘Devi’, based on a short story by Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, brings out the tragedy of ‘being a goddess’. Kalikinkar (Chhabi Biswas), a landed patriarch in nineteenth century rural Bengal, dreams of her daughter-in-law, Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) as an incarnation of the goddess Kali, his tutelary deity, and rushes to fall at ...
  • We Have Fought Racism, We Have Fought for Gender Equality: Gita Sahgal
    Prabir Purkayastha in Conversation with Gita Sahgal
    While we discuss the rise of the right wing across the globe, we should not forget that the secular left has had many victories over the years, says writer and journalist Gita Sehgal. While those from the secular left are sometimes called ‘islamophobes’, we should learn to distinguish between the attac on the people and right ...
  • Reliving Tagore Through Kuvempu
    Rahamath Tarikere
    On my visit to West Bengal, I went to see Tagore’s dream child, Shantiniketan and his residence at Calcutta – Jorasanko.  Jorasanko houses a host of Tagore’s childhood photographs and books. Tagore’s room and the spot where he breathed his last have been meticulously maintained. In fact, you move around the house with the melodious, ...
  • Why Re-Write Judgments with a Feminist Lens
    The Leaflet
    Image Courtesy: The Leaflet The Second installment of the Feminist Judgment Workshop took place in New Delhi on October 6 and 7, 2018. The workshop involved discussions on thirty-two selected cases. The Feminist Judgment Project India imagines the possibilities of collaborative writing of alternate judgments for several Indian cases across a broad range of legal issues having a significant bearing on women. ...
  • M J Akbar Must Step Down and Submit to Investigation of Sexual Harassment Charges
    Network of Women in Media, India
    To  Hon’ble President of India,  Ram Nath Kovind  Rashtrapati Bhavan,  New Delhi  The Prime Minister of India,  Narendra Modi  Prime Minister’s Office,  New Delhi            15.10.2018  Sub: Defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani by MoS MJ Akbar  Respected Sirs,  The Network of  Women in Media, India, along with  Foundation for Media Professionals and BrihanMumbai Union of Journalists, stands in solidarity with Priya Ramani and others who have accused former ...
  • Play About Queers Cancelled as VHP and Right Wing Organisations Protest
    Yogesh S
    Image Courtesy: Jagriti Theatre The staging of the play titled Shiva, which explores queer identities using dance, music and theatre, was cancelled by Jagriti Theatre following threats from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a right wing Hindu extremist group. The queer community in the country is prepping for its (not so) new struggle against social and cultural ...
  • “Punjab Blasphemy Law Violates Constitution and is an Attack on Democratic Rights of Citizens”
    Statement by the People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism
    Punjab assembly recently passed a bill for an addition to IPC clause 295 to give life imprisonment for any ‘injury, damage or sacrilege’ of four religious books, (Guru Granth Sahib, Koran, Bible and Geeta) ‘with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people’. This is the first time in independent India that a ...
  • #MeToo Shows the Legal System has Failed Indian Women, but There is a Way Forward
    Indira Jaising
    Image Courtesy: The Leaflet If the #MeToo movement proves one thing, it is the failure of the legal systems in the country to deal with a legal injury of a woman who has been a victim of sexual harassment. Enough has been said about the reasons why women choose not to report the predatory nature of their ...
  • Celibacy of Ayyappa is an Excuse to Oppress Women
    Yogesh S
    The Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrimage centre in the western ghats of Pathanamthitta District of Kerala, till September 28, 2018, banned the entry of women in the menstrual age. Ayyappa, the legend has, is a celibate deity and thus, the ban to protect the celibacy of the deity. The Supreme Court of India ...
  • Statement from the Carnatic Music Community on the #MeToo Movement
    Statement from the Carnatic Music Community
    Over the past few days, we have all read many disturbing accounts of sexual harassment, abuse and assault, including from within the Carnatic music community. Many such instances in the past have been brushed under the carpet, subsequently creating a culture of silent complicity. There continues to be a deafening silence that needs to be ...
  • “Everything was beautiful”
    Daniya Rahman
    Nothing is more familiar to us than ordinary objects. And yet nothing is, perhaps, more ignored than ordinary objects. But what is ordinary? Isn’t the very definition of ordinary subjective? A passport might only be a piece of document for you, but for someone else, it could be the only memory of a friend who died ...
  • कविता वीरेन: दो कविताएँ
    वीरेन डंगवाल
    सभा भीतर वालों ने भितरघात किया बाहर वालों ने बहिर्गमन अध्यक्ष रूठे कुछ देर को संविधान के अनुच्छेदों के निर्देशानुसार सदन स्थगित हुआ भत्ता मगर मिला सबको यों चलती ही रही हमारी सभा चलती ही रही मार-काट । गाज़ा का कुत्ता वह जो कुर्सी पर बैठा अख़बार पढ़ने का ढोंग कर रहा है जासूस की तरह वह दरअसल मृत्यु का फ़रिश्ता है । क्या शानदार डॉक्टरों जैसी बेदाग़ सफ़ेद ...
  • Israel Killed 44 Children in 40 Weeks This Year
    Peoples Dispatch
    Defense for Children – Palestine (DCIP), in a recent article, reported that in 2018, Israel has killed Palestinian children at the rate of more than one per week, with the majority of these killings taking place in the blockaded Gaza Strip. By their latest count, 44 children have been killed by Israeli armed forces this ...
  • The Mocking Bird – Talaq, Talaq, Talaq
    Sadiya Rohma Khan
    The Central government on September 19  passed the ordinance to amend provisions of the Triple Talaq Bill, 2018 . President  Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance later the same day. The official name for the law is the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Ordinance 2018. It is a watered-down version of the Muslim ...
  • Hindutva Poses the Greatest Threat to Women
    Dr Akhileshwari Ramagoud
    In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, a trident rests against the speakers' dias as Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party workers gather to protest against rising Islamic militancy, in New Delhi, India. India has been wracked by deadly bomb attacks in recent years, attacks police blame on Muslim militants intent on destabilizing this largely Hindu ...
  • Adityanath Govt Cancels Recruitment of 4,000 Urdu Teachers
    Abdul Alim Jafri
    The Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has nullified the recruitment of 4,000 Urdu teachers by the previous Samajwadi Party government. According to an India Today report, the Additional Chief Secretary of Basic Education Department of Uttar Pradesh announced the cancellation, citing that there were already enough Urdu teachers and these recruitments were not required. The recruitment of ...
  • India 2019: The Voice of Resistance
    Merlin Moli
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • AIDWA Demands Resignation of Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar
    Press Release
    The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) demands the immediate resignation of the Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar against whom many complaints of molestation, sexual assault and harassment have been made. The harrowing experiences narrated by Ghazala Wahab of the sexual depredations that she had to face as an intern in Asian ...
  • Civil Services Code- ‘An Attempt to Clamp Down Critical Expression in JNU’
    Surajit Mazumdar in conversation with Sudheema Pal
    Recently, Jawaharlal Nehru University decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings under the Central Civil Services (CCS) Rules, 1965 against an associate professor. Following this, the teachers of the university have come out to openly oppose the application of these rules and called it an unjust way to clamp down dissenting voices and critical thinking. Professor Surajit ...
  • “I will challenge CBI’s closure report”: Najeeb Ahmed’s mother
    Sabrang India
    With no signs or hope for her son's return, Fatima Nafees is dejected. Not only has her son been missing for two years from JNU, the Delhi HC allowed CBI to file a closure report of the case she had filed against RSS affiliated ABVP students. The 34 page judgement that may read here however allows her ...
  • Delhi University Teacher’s Lead March to Protest Against Privatisation of Education
    Newsclick Team
    The teachers and students marched in the heart of Delhi against a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Human Resources and Development the UGC and the Delhi University stating that it is a move to commercialise education.    
  • Editors Guild Condemns Tax Raids on The Quint, Says Media Freedom Undermined
    The Citizen Bureau
    The Editors Guild of India has expressed concern over the search and survey conducted by the Income Tax Department today at the offices of The Quint, a media company, and at the residence of its founder and promoter, Raghav Bahl. In a statement following the raids today the Guild noted: “Bahl is also a member of ...
  • Can the (Married) Woman Speak?
    Abhilasha Chattopadhyay and Sneha Chowdhury
    Image courtesy: Latest Laws If we can learn one thing from the judgements that recently struck down section 497 of the Indian Penal Code which considered adultery a criminal offence, section 377 which prohibited ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’, and the judgement that established right to privacy as a fundamental right of the Indian Constitution, it ...
  • Hate Watch: CJP writes to NHRC about Varanasi Church attack
    Citizens for Justice and Peace
    CJP was founded on the constitutional values of dialogue and harmony between various sections of Indian society, and it is consistently disappointing when dominant groups target minority communities in India. Recently, several local citizens’ organisations in Varanasi alleged, in a letter submitted to district officials, that a mob of members of the Hindu Yuva Shakti ...
  • Network of Women in Media, India: Statement on #MeToo in Indian Media
    Network of Women in Media
    Image Courtesy: Medium | Liza Donnelly  The Network of Women in Media in India stands in absolute solidarity with all those who have bravely spoken up about their experiences of sexual harassment within the Indian media. This is a watershed moment for all of us in journalism. We have witnessed and reported on sexual harassment in ...
  • Pinjra Tod Activists Protest Against Hostel Curfews in Delhi University
    Newsclick Report
    On the night of Monday, October 8, Pinjra Tod: Break the Hostel Locks organised an all-night protest in front of Arts Faculty, North Campus, against the unreasonable and arbitrary curfews in Delhi University hostels. Pinja Tod has been raising these issues to the administration over the last three years, and had even submitted a memorandum to the VC a ...
  • To be really a feminist is to do what the Constitution requires you to do: Justice DY Chandrachud
    Kritika A
    At a roundtable, “Feminism in Practice: Feminist Lawyering and Feminist Judging” hosted by O P Jindal Global University in collaboration with National Law University, Delhi and Ambedkar University, Delhi on October 6, 2018 as a part of feminist re-writing judgments workshop at the Indian Habitat Centre, Justice DY Chandrachud said: “liberty and equality is the essence ...
  • “There is no room for religious fundamentalism among us”
    Nayantara Sahgal
    When Murlidharji asked me to deliver this lecture in his wife’s memory, I was intimidated by the long list of eminent speakers before me. But I accepted because these lectures are in memory of a woman who made a distinguished mark in a man’s world. We live in a conservative medieval-minded patriarchy. The majority of ...
  • #AdhocsSpeak: Chronicles from the North-East
    Toko Anu
    The persistent problem of vacancies in teaching positions in public institutions has been short-sightedly addressed by the government through a system of hiring ad-hoc teachers. These teachers are allotted the same responsibilities as the permanent faculty but lack job security. They are also underpaid and not provided with the various social security benefits the permanent ...
  • The Literature of Shillong: Where Prose Meets Poetry
    Ananya Guha
    How the town of Shillong figures in Indian writing in English is a new critique in this body of literature. It is, in a way not new. Since the 1980s, poets like Robin S Ngangom, Desmond Leslie Kharmawphlang have used Shillong as a backdrop for their poetry. The hills, the streams, and the pines recurred as poetic ...
  • ​AIDWA Strongly Condemns the Attack on Pankhuri Pathak and Maria Alam in Aligarh
    Press Release
    The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses shock at the blatant use of terror tactics and attempts of a murderous assault on Pankhuri Pathak and Maria Alam by Bajrang Dal goons in the presence of police personnel in Aligarh. It expresses concern at the break down of law and order in Uttar Pradesh under ...
  • Retracing Histories Through Ordinary Objects
    Newsclick Team
    The Museum of Ordinary Objects was an exhibition that was held at Studio Safdar, Shadipur, Delhi. It brought together a collection of ordinary objects sourced from around the neighbourhood with am attempt to uncover community stories.
  • Equal Pay For Equal Work To Sexual Autonomy: Read The Significant Judgments Of Supreme Court On Women’s Rights
    Juma Sinha
    “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”1―this were the words of Noble Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who rightly pointed towards the indispensability of making every woman in the world self-sufficient as the development of ...
  • Remembering Shujaat Bukhari’s Fearless Journalism
    Shujaat Bukhari
    This is an excerpt from Shujaat Bukhari's book The Dirty War in Kashmir: Frontline Reports published by LeftWord Books, 2018. Bukhari was gunned down in front of his office on June 14, 2018. At a time when objective, fact based journalism is rare, Bukhari's reports, published in the weekly Frontline, show that he is as ...
  • Baatein Aman Ki: A Rally for Peace, Non-violence and in Defence of Constitution
    Shabnam Hashmi in conversation with Pranjal
    Under the campaign Baatein Aman Ki, five rallies passing through different parts of the country gave a message of peace and non-violence. The campaign is urging people to stand in defence of the Constitution which is subject to an attack from the fascist forces. The rallies originating from five corners of the country covered over ...
  • Breaking Taboos, One Note at a Time
    Sumana Chandrashekar talks to the Indian Cultural Forum
    Sumana Chandrashekar is a Karnatik vocalist and ghatam player. She currently works as Senior Programme Officer responsible for the Arts Practice programme at the India Foundation for the Arts. She learnt to play the ghatam under the tutelage of Sukkanya Ramgopal, the first woman to play the instrument on stage. In this interview, Sumana Chandrashekar talks to the ...
  • Kashmir and the Imagination of the Hindu Rashtra
    Concerned Citizens' Collective
    Image courtesy: The Indian Express The Indian government under the Bharatiya Janata Party treats Kashmiri Muslims as Erewhonian criminals, aggressively turning their longstanding struggle and their pain of living in a conflicted state into terrorism and ‘crime’, while also repeatedly pathologising Kashmiri Muslims as terrorists. This is reflected in the violence unleashed by the Indian army ...
  • India 2019: In Modern India
    Salma
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • What Buddhadev Bose, one of the pioneers of Bengali modernism, thought of English
    Buddhadev Bose
    On 14 September, the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, said that "English" was an illness left behind by the British. He was speaking on the occasion of Hindi Divas Samaroh 2018. Naidu also suggested that it is not possible to progress in the country without learning Hindi. Keeping Naidu's comments on language and a ...
  • Sui Dhaaga: Weaving Deception
    Kanika Katyal
    Sui Dhaaga: Made in India. Image Courtesy: The Financial Express Last year, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, actors Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan released a special-teaser video of the film, paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and revealing details about the film's subject. Varun Dhawan had also earlier told news agencies that, “from Gandhiji to Modiji (Narendra ...
  • Kochi and the Sea!
    Leslie Xavier
    Between the devil and the sea I thought I grew up. He stands tall amidst  ruins of cemeteries, hysterical laugh follows. West of Kochi's conscience the sea wails, crashes at his feet; she still shows mercy, smothering her angst, salty wrath. Where are you? They question. I… I have left home!  
  • “Wear the robe of wisdom,/ brand Lalla’s words on your heart”
    Nayantara Sahgal wins the Lal Ded Award
    On 6 September, Nayantara Sahgal was conferred the 2nd Lal Ded Award by Sarhad, a non-governmental organisation based in Pune. Sahgal walked up to the dais with her usual poise and delivered her acceptance speech. This is not an ordinary award, she announced, firm but equanimous, and continued: “It is named after a woman who is ...
  • Physics Nobel Prize Includes a Woman After 55 Years
    Sandipan Talukdar
    For the first time in 55 years, the Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman. Donna Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, has become the third woman to be honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physics. Before this, it was Maria Goeppert-Mayer who won physics Nobel in 1963 for ...
  • Prof. Irfan Habib on ‘Mahatma Gandhi and the Concept of Nation’: Lecture Organised by SAHMAT
    Newsclick Team
    On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, eminent historian Prof. Irfan Habib delivers a talk on 'Gandhi and the National Question' as part of the lecture series organised by the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust in Delhi.  
  • Police Brutally Stop Farmer’s March To Delhi, Many Injured
    Countercurrents
    Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a farmers march led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) on the outskirts of Delhi. Many farmers were injured.  The protesting farmers are coming to the capital with several demands including farm loan-waiver, friendly crop insurance and support for small and marginal farmers and to implement recommendations ...
  • Leaders Of Outfits Calling For Mob Violence Liable For Damages
    SC Issues Guidelines To Prevent Vandalism By Protesting Mobs [Read Judgment]
    The Supreme Court has issued comprehensive guidelines to control vandalism by protesting mobs in the case Kodungallur Film Society vs. Union of India.  While issuing guidelines, the SC bench of CJI Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, has taken cue from the guidelines issued to control mob lynching in Tehseen Poonawala case. The PIL filed by Kodungallur ...
  • “Saadat Hasan died at 42. Manto lives on.”
    Rakesh Sengupta
       A ​still from the film Manto How to read a film like Manto along the grain of a genre which is as popular in the West as it is unpopular in Bollywood? The writer-biopic is an established genre in Hollywood and British cinema which reconstructs the lifetime of an author by dramatizing aspects of their creative, commercial ...
  • Sunlight is the best disinfectant: Supreme Court gives landmark judgment allowing live-streaming of court proceedings. Petitioner-in-person Indira Jaising tweets satisfaction.
    The Leaflet
    In a more than welcomed judgment pertaining to Indira Jaising v. Registrar General of Supreme Court commonly known as the “live streaming” case, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud conceded to the demand of the petitioner-in-person, Senior Advocate Indira Jaising to allow the live-streaming of court proceedings. Justices Khanwilkar and ...
  • “I have won my freedom”: Gautam Navlakha after Delhi High Court Judgement
    Gautam Navlakha
        Statement of an Urban Naxal  I wish to thank the majority and dissenting Justices of the Supreme Court for their judgment, which allowed us four weeks to seek relief in this matter, and the public-spirited citizens & lawyers of India for putting up  a spirited fight on our behalf, whose memory I will cherish. I am ...
  • PEN International calls on India to safeguard freedom of expression as the 84th PEN Congress closes in Pune, India
    PEN International
    In recent years India’s climate for free expression has severely deteriorated, with writers, journalists and social media users finding themselves increasingly under attack, PEN International said today. The 29th of September marks the final day of the 84th PEN International Congress, which includes writers from over 80 countries. Each year, PEN International prepares a freedom of expression report ...
  • HNLU Students Protest for Over 200 hours, Give Ultimatum to VC to Quit
    Sumedha Pal
    Image Courtesy: Newsclick Continuing their protests for the past 200 hours, law students from the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) in Raipur, Chattisgarh, have given an ultimatum to the Vice Chancellor (VC) Sukh Pal Singh to quit. A delegation of students visited the VC’s house last night to make their demands clear. The Student’s Bar Council, ...
  • TM Krishna: “It is ironic that people who have built this large Hindu temple in a Christian country would take such a decision”
    ICF Team
    Karnatic musicians TM Krishna, OS Arun and Nithyashree Mahadevan were recently targeted for attack by the Tamil Nadu based group Rashtriya Seva Sangham for singing devotional songs about “gods of other religions”. In response, Krishna resolved to sing one Karnatic composition every month on Jesus or Allah. The attacks on Krishna mounted, and on his recent tour of ...
  • Bhima Koregaon Verdict: Arrest Should be the Last Step of an Investigation, Not the Starting Point for One
    Newsclick Team
    The Supreme Court on September 28 rejected the plea for a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) in the arrests of five eminent activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, with Justice DY Chandrachud dissenting with majority Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar. Following the judgment, a press conference was ...
  • DY Chandrachud, the Justice Who Marches to a Different Tune
    Seema Mustafa
    In this week of a slew of important judgements from the Supreme Court, one Justice has entered the public eye, without even trying to. Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud is noticeable for his views, not hesitant to take a position away from that of the majority view, and categorical and firm in his opinion. He has done ...
  • AIDWA Welcomes SC Judgement Recognizing Women Equal Rights to Places of Worship
    Press Release
    AIDWA welcomes the Judgement of the Supreme Court in the Sabarimala case which has allowed the entry of women of all ages into the temple. Earlier, the Sabarimala Temple rules had barred women between the ages of 10-50 years from entering the temple on account of antiquated notions of impurity associated with menstruation and other ...
  • Hitler and the Rat-fry Hotel
    Kavery Nambisan
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • Statement by WSS Regarding Bhima Koregaon Case Judgement by Supreme Court
    Press Release
    WSS condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao. WSS deeply condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court which has dismissed the PIL filed by Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Satish Deshpande, Prabhat Patnaik and Maja Daruwalla and has in effect ...
  • How a Marathi play represents the crisis of Indian democracy today
    Makarand Sathe
    Today, the Supreme Court has stayed the house arrest of activists by four weeks and has refused a special probe. The Supreme Court bench was hearing the petition by Romila Thapar and others. The petition says, "The singular reason for the spate of arbitrary and motivated arrests is to silence the voice of dissent, particularly those ...
  • Ayodhya Verdict: The Dispute Is Not Settled Yet
    Vivan Eyben
    A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer delivered their verdict on Thursday, refusing to transfer to a larger bench the issue of reconsidering  the 1994 decision in Dr. M. Ismail Faruqui and Ors. Vs. Union of India and Ors. The appellants in the present case had sought for reviewing certain ...
  • अख़लाक़ के क़त्ल के तीन साल बाद इन्साफ अब भी एक सपना
    ऋतांश आज़ाद
    28 सितम्बर को उत्तर प्रदेश के बिसारा गाँव के मोहम्मद अख़लाक़ की लिंचिंग को 3 साल पूरे हो जायेंगे। इसे 'दादरी लिंचिंग' के नाम से भी जाना जाता है और यह 2014 में मोदी सरकार के सत्ता में  आने के बाद पहला लिंचिंग का मामला था जो राष्ट्रीय मुद्दा बनकर उभरा। लेकिन तीन साल बाद ...
  • Biographies of two politicians – separated by eighty years
    Sumanta Banerjee
    September 17, 2018 was the sixty-eighth birthday of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on which occasion a new edition of a 670 page coffee table biography was released. Entitled ‘Narendra Modi – A Charismatic and Visionary Statesman,’ it is co-authored by an Indian, Dr. Adish C. Aggarwala, and an English woman, Sarah J. Marchington. ...
  • The Art of Shahidul Alam, Prisoner in Sheikh Hasina’s Jails
    Vijay Prashad
    Art is powerful. Things can be told with a glimpse that make one’s chest heave. In Budapest, during World War II, the Nazis and their Arrow Cross militia captured people – Jewish people – and brought them to the edge of the Danube River. The Nazis asked them to remove their shoes, then shot them ...
  • AIDWA Welcomes Outlawing of Adultery
    Press Release
    The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) welcomes the Supreme Court judgement holding Section 497 of the IPC (Adultery) unconstitutional and striking it down. Section 497 IPC criminalized a specific form of adultery and was an archaic law which was enacted by the British 158 years ago.It defined Adultery as an offence which was committed ...
  • The Handlers of India’s Human Waste
    PARI Contributors
    Tens of thousands of Dalits still work as manual scavengers in India – unclogging sewers, emptying septic tanks, and more. They work with no protective gear, no holidays, irregular wages, and the constant threat of disease and death. All this along with deep social stigma – while the government speaks of a Swachh Bharat and ...
  • Blasphemy Laws Remain Philosophically Fallacious, Legally Unconstitutional; So Remove IPC 295A, Don’t Bolster it
    Fahad Zuberi
    Already, religious lobbies use Section 295A and insist on the importance of its existence is representative of their intentions to attack free speech and silence criticism. IPC 295 AA, as it is called in Punjab, now proposes to punish ‘whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Gita, Holy Quran ...
  • When Will Akhlaq Get Justice?
    ICF Team
    Since the BJP government came into power in 2014, lynching in the name of cow protection has become the new normal. The first person to be lynched, in a series of such lynchings, was Mohammed Akhlaq, a 52-year-old man who lived in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. He was lynched by a group of men who suspected ...
  • “Government Breaking Constitutional Values”
    Nileena S B
    The third segment of Batein Aman Ki rally passed via  Chennai on Tuesday. It is a rally organised by a collective of women organisations across India carrying the message of peace and harmony and constitutional values. There are five rallies being held at the same time namely Ekjuta (Kerala to Delhi), Maitri (Kashmir to Delhi), Ekta (Kanyakumari to Delhi), Nyay (Johrat to Delhi), and Samanata (Delhi to ...
  • “The State Machinery in Chattisgarh Works Against Journalists”
    Newsclick Team
    Prabhat Singh, Journalist from Chattisgarh talks about how the state government and administration in the state works against journalist who write about loot of resources and oppression happening in the Bastar region. Prabhat has been continuously target of the BJP govt for his writing against corporate takeover of the natural resources.    
  • The Troll Army of the Right and Threats to Women Journalists: Neha Dixit
    Newsclick Team
    Neha Dixit speaks at the constitution club on the attack and trolling of journalists. She talks about the death and gruesome rape threats given to female journalists and how there is no accountability for any of this. Moreover, the police and other pillars of justice also do not stand by them.  
  • Statement by Free Software Movement of India on Aadhaar Verdict
    Press Release
    The Supreme Court of India on September 26 pronounced its judgement on the validity of the Aadhaar project, upholding it in a 4:1 verdict. While the Free Software Movement of India notes that certain blatant misuses of the project have been identified and struck down, at the same time, the larger infrastructure has been broadly ...
  • Appeal to the Visitor, Manipur University from Academics and Civil Society: Ensure the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Arrested MU Professors Now!
    Statement from Academics and Civil Society Members
    We, the undersigned academics and members of civil society, unequivocally condemn the arbitrary arrest and incarceration of six teachers and nine students of Manipur University. Six teachers and seven students have been sent to judicial custody for fifteen days, and the remaining two students for five days. The arrests have been made under sections of the ...
  • Aadhaar Project Wholly Unconstitutional-Landmark Dissent By Justice Chandrachud.
    Live Law News Network
      “Constitutional guarantees cannot be compromised by vicissitudes of technology”, he observed. In an emphatic dissent from the majority, Justice Chandrachud has held the entire Aadhar project to be unconstitutional. The very act of passing the Aadhaar Act 2016 as a money bill was held to be unconstitutional by Justice Chandrachud, dissenting from the majority view expressed through ...
  • Deceased Manual Scavengers’ Kin Protest, Demand Justice
    Sumedha Pal
      The families, neighbours and friends of the safai karamcharis, who lost their lives in the sewers, took to the streets to make their voices heard today in Delhi. The protest was organised under the banner of the Safai Karamchari Andolan (SKA), and was supported by the CPI(M) and affiliated parties.   Rani sits on the stage with ...
  • The One Stop Guide to Assam’s NRC Issue
    CJP Team
    NRC, D-Voters, Foreigners’ Tribunals, Detention Camps, Border Police… Have you been hearing these terms vis-a-vis Assam lately? If not then welcome back to civilization. If yes, then this is your one stop guide to everything that is happening is Assam, that has happened in Assam and that has led to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The ...
  • Eknath Awad: A Life Spent in Struggle for Emancipation
    Umakant
    Dalit activist, Eknath Awad, wrote his memoir, “Jag Badal Ghaaluni Ghaav” in Marathi language, which was published by Samkaleen Prakashan, Pune in 2012. It has now been translated in to English by Jerry Pinto. Eknath Awad was born in a low caste Mang family in Marathwada region in Maharashtra. The family was living a life of ...
  • ABVP members assault BHU students hosting gender equality event
    Sabrang India
    Members of the RSS affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) attacked students of Banaras Hindu University celebrating the anniversary of gender rights protest that had taken the university by storm last year. They attacked the students on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the 23 September women’s protest against the victim shaming of a sexual harassment ...
  • It’s Time to Speak Up: Ravish Kumar
    Newsclick Team
    Ravish Kumar speaks at the constitution club on the rising attack on journalists. He emphasises on the importance of speaking out, specially at a time where people are being killed for it. He touches upon the issue of trolls and their systematic attack. He further talks about the ‘pro – Modi’ narrative that was built ...
  • RSS Desperate to Show it’s ‘Tolerant Side’, Wonder Why?
    Newsclick Team
    In this episode of " Media Par Khari Khari", Bhasha talks about the issues pertaining to freedom of press, deaths of manual scavengers and the attempt of RSS to project itself as a moderate organisation.   
  • “As a Citizen of this Country I’m Afraid of Being Misguided by Journalists”: Prakash Raj
    Newsclick Team
    At a convention on Attack on Journalists, actor Prakash Raj speaks as an ordinary citizen raising questions about the state of media and journalism today. He speaks about how buying and silencing of journalists is not a new phenomenon, but what is worrying is that organised way in which this silencing is being carried out today.  
  • “In My 40 Years as a Journalist, I Have Never Witnessed Such a Toxic Atmosphere”: Nikhil Wagle
    Newsclick Team
    Speaking at a convention on the Attack on Journalists, senior journalist Nikhil Wagle talks about how even though journalists have witnessed threats and abuses before in the industry, things have never been as bad as they are today. What is happening today is far worse than anything that the country has seen in the past ...
  • Ravish Kumar: “Newspapers and Channels Have Become Trolls”
    Newsclick Team
    Ravish Kumar talks to Newsclick about how mainstream media houses today are toeing the line of the ruling regime. They often act as trolls representing the government with no sense of neutrality or will to represent the truth. Organisations like Editors Guild have also ceased to be helpful. In this situation where journalists are facing immense pressure, ...
  • देश सभी का होता है
    धम्म दर्शन निगम
    विचारधारा देसी या विदेशी नहीं होती आधुनिकता देसी या विदेशी नहीं होती  विकास देसी या विदेशी नहीं होता  न्याय-समानता की परिभाषाएं विदेशी नहीं होती  हवाई जहाज विदेश में ईजात हुआ बोलकर हम उसमें उड़ना नहीं छोड़ते  बुद्ध का धम्म और दर्शनशास्त्र   देश-विदेश में कहा-सुना-अपनाया जाती है अम्बेडकर के लोकतान्त्रिक मूल्य देश-विदेश में कहे-सुने-अपनाए जाते हैं गाँधी को भी तुम विदेश में फैलने से नहीं रोकते  कार्ल ...
  • Manto in My Court
    Mehdi Ali Siddiqui
    The year 1953 had just been rung in and I was busy with work. The court was teeming with people when my reader came up to me and said, ‘This gentleman here wants his case to be heard without delay.’ I lifted my head and looked up. I saw a man of average height and good ...
  • The RSS Conclave Betrays a Sense of Nervousness and Defeatism
    Vagraj Badarayan
    When the supremo of the RSS Mohan Bhagwat reads out the preamble of India declaring it to be ‘Socialist, Secular, democratic republic’ and recites the famous poem of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore ‘Where the head is held high and the mind is without fear’, it is certainly not an ordinary sight. There has to be some ...
  • इस ‘खोटे’ समय में एक ‘खरे’ कवि का जाना…
    न्यूजक्लिक रिपोर्ट
    “एक दिन ऐसे जाऊंगा कि कोई मुझे देख नहीं पाएगा और बिना पुकारे पता नहीं कहाँ से वह झपटता हुआ तीर की तरह आएगा पहचानता हुआ मुझे अपने साथ ले जाने के लिए”   – विष्णु खरे और विष्णु खरे चले गए। “एक ऐसा कवि जो गद्य को कविता की ऊँचाई तक ले जाता है और हम पाते हैं कि अरे, ...
  • “The country will go to the dogs if an unapologetic killer is allowed to become a leader”: Afrazul’s wife
    Shabina Akhtar
    As the disturbing news of Shambhulal Regar getting a ticket to contest election from Agra in Uttar Pradesh reached Malda’s Kaliachak area, Gulbahar Bibi looks visibly agitated. Bibi, the widow of Afrazul Khan, a migrant labourer from West Bengal was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajasmand district by Regar last year in December, ...
  • Manto in our Times- An Interview with Nandita Das
    Amit Sheokand
    Saadat Hasan Manto died on 18th January, 1955 in Lahore. Sixty five years after his death, Manto remains relevant to our times. His legacy shines on with his 22 collections of short stories and multiple collections of essays, personal sketches and plays. In the last few years, there has been a significant surge in the number ...
  • Along With Jharkhand’s Santoshi, 55 Died of Hunger Across India in Last Three Years
    E Newsroom
    As many as 56 starvation deaths have been reported in the last four years in India, of which 42 deaths took place between 2017 and 2018. And in two Indian states – Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh (16 cases each), maximum number of hunger deaths have taken place. A group of social activists have compiled a list of hunger deaths ...
  • The India We Want: A Country Without Manual Scavenging
    ICF Team
    Official data suggests that one person dies every five days doing manual scavenging work. In the month of September itself there have been at least six deaths just in the National Capital. Even with a ban placed by the Supreme Court on manual scavenging, the situation is dire. There are only unfulfilled promises on the ...
  • Manto
    Nandita Das
    On the day of the release of Nandita Das' film Manto, we publish an extract from The Armchair Revolutionary and Other Sketches (LeftWord Books, 2016) edited by Ali Mir and Saadia Toor, and translated by Khalid Hasan. The extract is from the "Prologue" of the book. Saadat Hasan Manto (1912–1955) is celebrated as one of the ...
  • Eminent Citizens Condemn Attack on Classical Musical Expression in South India
    Newsclick Report
    Condemning the recent cancellation of certain classical music programmes and 'intimidation' of artists in South India, close to 160 eminent citizens, including a good number of artists, theatre persons, film directors, judges, academics among others have issued a statement decrying the complete failure of  all authorities and institutions to protect freedom of expression. "In a recent ...
  • September 2018
    September 2018
  • “Your own loudspeaker”: Five images by S. Vijayaraghavan
    “Your own loudspeaker”: Five images by S. Vijayaraghavan
  • Morching Player Bhagyalakshmi M. Krishna Talks to Guftugu
    Morching Player Bhagyalakshmi M. Krishna Talks to Guftugu
  • A Slip of Paper and Other Poems
    A Slip of Paper and Other Poems
  • Bhima-Koregaon: SC Reserves Verdict; Who Said What in Court Today
    Tarique Anwar
    The Supreme Court on September 20 reserved its judgment on the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking an independent probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the arrests of five activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence. A bench comprising  Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice ...
  • In Conversation With Mridula Koshy
    Souradeep Roy in conversation with the author
  • Draupadi and Other Poems
    Translated by Linda Hess and Aparna Bhagwat
    Draupadi and Other Poems
  • The Revolt of Monkeys
    By Saadat Hasan Manto Translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon
    The Revolt of Monkeys
  • AIDWA Strongly Protests Against the Promulgation of Ordinance on Triple Talaq
    Press Release
    AIDWA expresses its strong protest over the promulgation of the Triple Talaq ordinance by the Central Government on September 19th 2018. The ordinance is an attempt to undermine the democratic process since many organizations, including AIDWA , had demanded that the Muslim women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, pending in the Rajya Sabha, should ...
  • Attack on Carnatic Musicians: We Condemn Attempts to Limit and Stifle Free Expression
    Statement condemning the attack on classical musical expression in south India
     A number of prominent artists and performers, former judges and bureaucrats, academicians, social activists, public intellectuals, journalists and other concerned citizens from various walks of life, have released a statement condemning the attacks on south Indian musicians for performing interfaith music at classical music concerts. The full statement: In a recent occurrence in South India, eminent classical ...
  • Unframed by Jayant Kaikini
    Translated from Kannada by Tejaswini Niranjana
    Unframed by Jayant Kaikini
  • Bhima Koregaon: Differentiate Between Dissent and Attempts to Overthrow Govt Using Arms, Says SC
    Tarique Anwar
    The Supreme Court on September 19 witnessed another gripping hearing in the petition filed by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking an independent probe into the police crackdown and subsequent arrests of five rights activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence. The matter came up for hearing at about 12.15 pm. Senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi, ...
  • Sanatan Sanstha and its Saviours
    Yogesh S
    The ongoing investigations in the cases of the political assassinations of rationalists have reached a juncture where the role of Sanatan Sanstha (SS) in these killings and other terrorist activities is becoming obvious. While the existence of ‘saffron terror’ or Hindutva terror is being established, Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ...
  • RSS Outreach Programme Will Succeed Only if it Eschews Hindu Rashtra
    SN Sahu
    The attempts of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh and its chief Mohan Bhagwat to interact with persons and organisations of different political affiliations and ideological pursuits sounds utterly unconvincing. The RSS worldview defines India exclusively based on Hindutva, and looks at everything about our country from the narrow frame of one homogenised religion. Bhagwat's pronouncement (a few ...
  • Republic of Caste Supremacists
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
    ‘Democracy day’ was being celebrated yesterday on social media where political leaders ‘greeted’ their ‘bhakts’ and hailing India as one of the ‘biggest’ democracies of the world.  Things are moving so fast these days that it has become too difficult to focus. The power of information sharing has reduced the power of ‘thinking’. Visual world ...
  • “The other gods don’t need looking after”: The Many Voices of Kabir
    “The other gods don’t need looking after”: The Many Voices of Kabir
  • Listening to India from 1947 to the Present
    Ankur Bhardwaj, Seema Chishti and Sushant Singh
    Reading Note by Note is like looking into the old-fashioned bioscope where the vignettes of India’s story over the past seven decades are played to Hindi film music. If India didn’t exist, no one would have the imagination to invent it. It was that bold and radical an idea, well ahead of its times in 1947. Jawaharlal ...
  • From the Editors: Is this the India we want?
    From the Editors: Is this the India we want?
  • Bouldering: Two Poems
    Bouldering: Two Poems
  • Why is ABVP Continuously Targeting JNU?
    In conversation with Satarupa Chakraborty
    Former General Secretary of JNU students Union, Satarupa Chakraborty, talks to Newsclick about her experience at the night of counting of votes post elections in JNU. She tells us about how ABVP supporters had brutally attacked her and one other student. She discusses this issue in connection with a larger ploy to dismantle the public ...
  • How Many Deaths Will It Take Till We Know That Too Many People Have Died
    Sumedha Pal
    A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked up a broom and launched the ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa’ campaign, the national capital witnessed the death of yet another sanitation worker on Sunday, who fell into the sewer of a building in Dwarka’s Dabri area. Anil (27) suffocated to death, according to preliminary reports. This incident follows a ...
  • “If It Shocks Your Lordship’s Conscience, There Is Perversity On The Face Of It”: The Gripping Courtroom Exchange In Bhima Koregaon Hearing
    Mehal Jain
    “If it shocks Your Lordships’ conscience, then there is perversity on the face of it…if, on a feel of the case, Your Lordships do not think this case deserves such(SIT) investigation, I will go elsewhere”. Argued Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi. The PIL by historian Romila Thapar and four other eminent persons over the arrest of five ...
  • Assault on Scientific Temper
    D. Raghunandan
    Earlier this year, the All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN) called for observing August 20 as National Scientific Temper Day (NSTD), in order to commemorate the cold-blooded murder of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, well known campaigner against superstition and for scientific temper, on that day in 2013. To the horror of the nation, the original suspicion was ...
  • Najeeb’s mother sues media houses for defaming son, file disappears from court!
    Sabrang India
    In a shocking development, the file of a defamation case filed against top media houses and news publications has gone missing from inside court premises in New Delhi! Fatima Nafees, mother of JNU student Najeeb who had gone missing mysteriously from his hostel premises in October 2016, had filed the defamation case against Dilli Aaj Tak, Times of India and others ...
  • If Convicted Killers Can Get Bail, Why Not Undertrials?
    Sania Mariam
    Montesquieu in The Spirit of the Laws wrote that ‘There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.’ This holds true especially in the context of 21st century India. Jharkhand was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons, when Union Minister Jayant ...
  • JNU Students Stand Strong in the face of ABVP’s Reign of Terror
    Newsclick Team
    Following the JNUSU polls, which saw the ABVP being defeated by the United Left with historic margins, they have again resorted to release a string of violent attacks targeting activists and sympathisers of the Left. On the face of such attacks, the students remain strong in their resolve to not let the ABVP escalate the ...
  • Over 80 Palestinian, Latin American and International Organisations Send a Powerful Message of Solidarity to Arrested Human Rights Activists
    Solidarity Statement against Repression
    In the wake of the arrests of human rights activists and lawyers by Pune police in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case, over 80 Palestinian, Latin American and members of international organisations have sent a message of solidarity to the arrested activists. They demand their release and also an end to draconian laws that are ...
  • “We hadn’t dreamt that a day would come when the newly-born republic of hope would turn into a republic of fear for thinkers and writers.”
    Shanta Gokhale
    Fellow-writers and friends, good morning. On such a morning as this, breathing the pure, bracing air of the hills, I wish I could speak of bright and bubbly things. But I cannot. I can only speak of what's been on my mind, on all our minds, in recent times.    For the last few years there ...
  • “The motive was to teach the community a lesson for celebrating a history which undermines the Hindutva agenda.”
    From the office of Vrinda Grover
    The hearing lasted for about an hour and a half.  ASG Tushar Mehta appearing for State of Maharashtra began by yet again arguing that the Petitioners are strangers to the Petition and that the arrestees have already approached various high courts. It was yet again submitted by the counsel appearing for the Petitioners and also acknowledged ...
  • Students Allege Attack by ABVP Hours After Victory of United Left in JNUSU Polls
    Newsclick Report
    Hours after the United Left bagged a massive victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections, RSS-backed ABVP members resorted to attacking some students in the campus. The newly elected President of the union, N Sai Balaji, and former President Geeta Kumari were reportedly targeted and attacked. Early on Monday morning at 3 a.m, ...
  • Left Unity Emerges Victor in JNUSU Elections
    Tarique Anwar, Abdul Alim Jafri
    Despite strong opposition put up by the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and several other independent candidates, the United Left registered a massive victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) elections on September 16. The Left unity (comprising ...
  • “UAPA is a very unjust law in terms of bail…almost like a life sentence”: Anand Grover
    In conversation with the senior advocate
    Senior Advocate Anand Grover speaks to Newsclick about the Unlawful Activities (Prevention ) Act and breaks down how from restrictions on bail to long periods of detention, the many facets of this law make it an extremely unjust one. https://youtu.be/yX9qFbxuwd4  
  • S Shankar: “We need to think of free speech both in terms of form and content.”
    The novelist and writer in conversation with Souradeep Roy
    In the latest in our series of interviews #WritersTalkPolitics, Souradeep Roy speaks to S Shankar, critic, novelist and translator. They begin by talking of Shankar's current project on translating E V Ramaswamy (Periyar)'s commentary on Ramayana. In the latter half, Shankar talks about the need to think of free speech both in terms of its ...
  • Anand Teltumbde: “The foremost task is to save India in the 2019 elections…”
    Anand Teltumbde
      Unlike many well-meaning people, I am not enamoured of our founding fathers who deliberately squandered the opportunity of constituting the post-colonial state as it was laid out for the people in the Preamble to the Constitution: We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, democratic republic and to secure to ...
  • (Re)locating Early Kashmir
    Shonaleeka Kaul
    Reinterpreting the first work of Kashmiri history, Kalhana's Rajatarangini, Shonaleeka Kaul's The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini argues that the text was history not despite being traditional Sanskrit poetry but because of it. It elaborated a poetics of place, implicating Kashmir's sacred geography, a stringent critique of local politics, and a regional ...
  • Suspend Agreements with India Until the Human Right Activists are Released : MEP to European Commission
    Press Release
    Nine Members of the European Parliament sent today the attached letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, regarding the raids on homes and arbitrary arrest of nine human and democratic rights activists across India on August 28 (2018). With this letter MEPs Lídia Senra, Ángela ...
  • The 377 Judgment, LGBT Discrimination and Gay Marriage
    Surya Rajkumar
    The Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 in the case of Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India declared unconstitutional Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalised sex against the “order of nature” to the extent that it prohibited sexual relations between consenting adults belonging to the same gender. Its reasoning was multifarious ...
  • Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party
    Tarique Anwar
    Five activists who have been arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence will continue to remain under house arrest till September 17. The Supreme Court on September 12 deferred the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others, after it was submitted that senior ...
  • The Self-Reflexive Cinema of Rituparno Ghosh
    Shoma A Chatterji
    In simple words, self-reflexive cinema can be called “cinema within cinema” though it is not as simple and as straightforward as it sounds. Every director, over time, absorbs into his/her system, a certain sense of narcissism and this drives them to make self-reflexive films which may not really be autobiographical in a personal sense, but ...
  • “I am traumatized and living in fear. Anytime, I can be killed”: Prof Sanjay Kumar
    Sucheta Chakravarty
    Sanjay Kumar, assistant professor of sociology, at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari (Bihar) who was dragged from his residence and nearly torched by a group of men for having spoken against the Vice-Chancellor of the university, speaks to eNewsroom about his trauma and agony, just after his university swung back to normalcy. Following are excerpts from the ...
  • Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA
    Advocate Susan Abraham was one among the rights activists whose house was raided on the morning of August 28. She talks to The Leaflet about the raids, their connection to the Bhima Koregaon chain of events and the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which has been used to incarcerate the rights activists. Update: The Supreme Court of India has adjourned the hearing ...
  • Speaking Up in Times of Intolerance
    Surbhi Jain
    The dominant culture of economic upheaval, destruction of livelihoods and the erosion of the rural economy poses a threat to modes of coexistence. Religious intolerance further endangers the idea of a tolerant, inclusive and pluralistic society. In this environment, literature must be deployed as a subversive tool to question and oppose undemocratic and unconstitutional actions. It ...
  • I call her Ma
    Barnali Ray Shukla
    The fireflies in your eyes call out to mornings lazy under a quilt of gossamer messages on your face,  brown with thumbprints of yesterday  disrobed, memories going– wrinkles taut with tales that annoy you   I live with your embers, your fumes, fame, your shame, fried carp, steamed rice, your lies and the bottled fireflies—   I want to set them free, then you steal a ...
  • The Missing Men of Bhuj, Kutch
    Damayantee Dhar
    Sanjognagar, a semi slum like residential area in Bhuj, Kutch in Gujarat is where a 22-year-old woman Ashiyana fell in love with Majid, a 27-year man. Against the wish of their family, the two got married with dreams of building a life together in a two-room tenement, the home of Majid.  Her dreams and life came ...
  • केरल ! केरल !
    Prayag Shukla
    केरल ! केरल ! जल ही जल है !! जल की इस बहती आंधी की  कैसी तो लीला अविरल है। टूटे भहरा पुल घर सड़कें । दिल सब जल के भय से  धडकें ।। बादल गरजें बिजली कडके। स्वर भड़  भड़ के। स्वर भड़ भड़ के ।। पुष्ट भुजायें फैली  बाहें । जल से जो हैं टूटी राहें , फिर वे संवरें , ऊंची लहरें, निष्फल हों ...
  • “Shocked at the arrest of human rights defenders”
    Jinee Lokaneeta
    As an associate professor in political science at Drew University, New Jersey, who teaches and researches on human rights in India and the United States, I have been shocked to hear about the arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha (as well as PUCL lawyer/ activist Sudha Bhardwaj, eminent poet Varavara Rao, ...
  • Dissent on Social Media Leads to Unfair Expulsion and Suspension of Student and Faculty of Central University of Kerala
    ICF Team
    The Central University of Kerala is facing a huge backlash from writers, activists and students across the country. In an attempt to crush the dissenting voices in the campus, the university administration recently took action against both students and faculty who had been critical of their actions. On September 7, the university administration suspended Prasad Pannian ...
  • Open Petition to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind
    Scholars, writers, and activists in Solidarity with Dr.Prasad Pannian
    Honourable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Instances of assault on academic and intellectual freedom have become the order of the day in present day India, the latest being the disciplinary action taken against Dr. Prasad Pannian, Associate Professor and Head, Department of English & Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala. Dr. Pannian was removed ...
  • “Without engaging with dissent and debates, we believe, no institution can grow to fulfil its social and democratic mission”
    Statement in Solidarity with Dr.Prasad Pannian by Alumni Members of Central University of Kerala
    It is with deep sense of alarm that we have learnt about the oppressive measures being introduced in Central University of Kerala by the current administration against voices of dissent, disagreements and genuine student demands. We have come across reports of administrative high handedness against students and teachers in the university. There have been attempts ...
  • Life of Pandits Living in Kashmir Valley is Put at Risk to Divert Attention from Article 35 A and Article 370
    Press Release by Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti
    Right now State of Jammu and Kashmir is facing political instability and amid this political chaos the news item telecasted by National Media about the so called threat to the Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley is aimed to increase the trust deficit among the population living in the Valley.   KPSS strongly believe that the religious ...
  • “We are experiencing a ‘Cow-faced Tiger’ Emergency”: Devanoora Mahadeva
    Devanoora Mahadeva
    I’m going to say a few words based on our community’s understanding— if a murderer comes to kill you openly, it can perhaps be fought against, but the possibility of escaping is high. However, if the same killer comes in disguise, it would be difficult to get away. We are experiencing a similar situation now. The ...
  • Chicago: Vivekananda on “Tolerance” in 1893, Bhagwat on “Dogs” In 2018
    S N SAHU
    On the 125th anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda’s historic address to the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed a meeting of Hindus in the same city two days ago. He delivered a speech in which he used the word “dog” to allude to others. It is worth mentioning ...
  • “Prisons can’t lock up ideas and ideals”
    Aniket Alam
    In some ways, I had always expected the news of Gautam’s arrest. Over the last 25 and more years that I have known him, first as a friend and comrade in anti-communal mobilisations in the early 1990s and then as a part of family, the one thing which has stood Gautam apart is his ability ...
  • From the Salon to the Studio
    Vidya Shah
    Jalsa is a book on the journey of women performers in India from the salon to the studio. It gives insight into the beginning of the interface of technology and entertainment. The following is an excerpt from the chapter  “The Impact of Technology” of the book. The Impact of Technology When recording technology was first brought to India in the early years ...
  • “Clear Fabrication of Facts and Immediately Release Activists, Intellectuals”
    IIT Kanpur Alumni
    We, a group of alumni of IIT Kanpur and others as students, researchers, faculty, staff and other community members affiliated with the same institute strongly condemn the arrest of IIT Kanpur alumna Sudha Bharadwaj (Integrated MSc., Mathematics, 1979-1984) and other activists namely, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao, and the raiding of ...
  • How Brahmins Negated The Progress of India
    Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
    In my earlier article “Shudras Built The Indus Valley Civilization!” I argued that the Agni and Vayu worshipping Rigvedic Aryans might have caused the destruction of 1500 years of Harappan and post-Harappan civilization. My broad thesis that the South Indian names and spiritual cultures match with the productive and spiritual cultures of Harappan civilization is confirmed by ...
  • Situation is Frightening in Our Country: Poet and Satirist Sampat Saral
    Shahnawaz Akhtar
    At a time when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has sent out a strong message against the voice of dissent, by launching a nationwide witch hunt for social activists across India, poet and satirist Sampat Singh Shekhawat, alias Sampat Saral’s recently released mass anthem seems to be directly taking on those in power. A mass anthem ...
  • Girish Karnad Caught in Web of ‘New Language’ of Hindutva Politics
    Yogesh S
    At a literary meet on tolerance, organised by Dakshinayan in Bengaluru, Jnanpith recipient playwright Girish Karnad on September 2, 2018, had said that the ruling government at the Centre keeps discovering new language to further its politics. Speaking in Kannada, the playwright had said, “when we spoke about politics we used to speak of Lanchavatara (corruption’s dance) ...
  • They are not man Fridays, they are dignified labourers with rights
    Sruti M D
    The central paramilitary force that guards India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan (Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)) has recently implemented a programme called "Man Friday". The aim of this programme is to produce “multi-talented” domestic help who can cook, clean, drive, provide first aid, handle laundry, bank work and much more. It aims to train boys and girls (though it ...
  • Under the Shadow by Srinivas Kuruganti
    Under the Shadow by Srinivas Kuruganti
  • All India Women’s Protest Rally
    ICF Team
    Spirits were high, despite the heavy rainfall. Umbrellas or no umbrellas, thousands of women marched towards the Parliament on September 4, chanting slogans and singing songs of resistance. The march was led by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) and women from 20 different states participated in the march in New Delhi, protesting against the ...
  • Justice DY Chandrachud: “It’s too long a period for the LGBTQ community to suffer the indignities of life”
    ICF Team
    On 6 September, the Supreme Court of India passed a historic judgement by decriminalising homosexuality between consenting adults, Section 377. A four-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, along with Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, pronounced four separate judgments and one unanimous decision. Here is an extract from ...
  • India 2019: Three Poems
    Ra Sh
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • Revisiting Penguin Island
    P. Sachidanandan
    Police officer Param Bir Singh’s claim before the media that he has conclusive evidence including thousands of letters establishing the charges against the arrested activists reminded me of Anatole France’s novel Penguin Island (1909) written in the background of Dreyfus Affair. The prosecutor in the novel, General Panther claims that he has tons and tons ...
  • The Other
    Paro Anand
      The Other, is a collection of short stories about young adult on the margins. The following is an excerpt from the short story  “Because Superman Has Better Things to Do” of the book. There was a new gymnasium being constructed. The teachers were all away in a meeting. Raghu and his pals pushed me to the construction ...
  • Love Is For Everyone- Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 377
    Newsclick Report
    “I have been waiting for this with baited breath, I am overwhelmed beyond words and I don't know what to say,” said Debottam, from IIT Delhi, who was one of the 20 young petitioners fighting to decriminalise same-sex relationships in the country.  Amidst celebrations, Neel Sengupta, from the Ambedkar University queer collective said, “I am thrilled ...
  • Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377
    AIDWA
    AIDWA welcomes the historic and path breaking Supreme Court judgment in the Navtej Singh Johar case which decriminalises consensual sex between adults in the LGBTQ community and amongst others. This judgment in effect legally recognizes homosexuality and whittles down a 158-year-old colonial law which led to immense suffering and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Section 377 of ...
  • Supreme Court Judgment on Section 377
  • In Historic Verdict, SC Decriminalises Homosexuality
    IANS
    In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as "manifestly arbitrary". In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra partially ...
  • Remembering Gauri Lankesh
    ICF Team
    Last year, on September 5, the activist and editor-in-chief of Lankesh Patrike, Gauri Lankesh was murdered at her residence by two people affiliated to Sanatan Sanstha- a Hindu right-wing outfit. Her murder shook the whole nation leading to a huge outcry by the citizens demanding the need to defend ones' freedom of expression.  Through her works, Gauri critiqued the Hindu fundamentalists, ...
  • Girish Karnad: “No one has the right to curb our freedom of expression”
    ICF and Newsclick Team
    Girish Karnad speaks at the Literary Meet for Tolerance organised by Dakshinayan and Gram Seva Sangh on the 2nd September at the Bangalore Central University.    
  • Cartoonist P Mahamud Wins the First PEN-Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism
    ICF Team
    Cartoonist P Mahamud was awarded the first PEN-Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism today in Bengaluru on the first anniversary of journalist Gauri Lankesh's assassination. The prize money for the award is one lakh rupees.  The award celebrates what Gauri Lankesh stood for — a life of commitment to equality and justice, fearlessness and above all, a ...
  • “Activists arrested not for dissent but for involvement with banned organisation”: Maharashtra Counter Affidavit In SC
    The Citizen Bureau
    The Maharashtra government has filed a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court against the writ petition that had challenged the arrests of five activists in the Bhima-Koregaon case. The writ petition was filed by Romila Thapar, Prabhat Pattnaik, Devaki Jain, Maja Daruwala and Satish Daruwala, alleging that the arrest was “an exercise to silence dissent, stop people ...
  • “We Shall Fight. We Shall Win.”
    Newsclick Team
    Thousands of toiling men, women and children walked, sang, and shouted slogans all the way from Ramlila Grounds to Parliament Street in the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally, expressing their anger against government policies and a pro-rich development model that is pushing them to the fringes of society.    
  • Research Student Lois Sophia Arrested for Calling BJP Government ‘Fascist’, Gets Bail
    Newsclick Report
    Lois Sophia, a 28-year old research student, had never thought that she would land in a jail when she tweeted and asked what will happen if she shouted slogans against the “fascist BJP government”. The research student in her tweet had said that she was on the same flight as the BJP Tamil Nadu chief ...
  • Streets of Delhi Coloured in the Shades of Protest
    Sumedha Pal
    Standing in trains, travelling across the length and breadth of the country, leaving their families behind, women from the remotest of districts assembled in the national capital in a major show of strength. The nationwide call for the protest was given by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). The unflinching spirit of the protesting women ...
  • M S Sathyu: “It is necessary for some of us to say vehemently that we oppose fascism”
    ICF and Newsclick Team
    M S Sathyu speaks at the Literary Meet for Tolerance organised by Dakshinayan and Gram Seva Sangh on the 2nd September at the Bangalore Central University.  
  • Now MIB Says Better Not to Use the Term ‘Dalit’
    Geeta Seshu
    After the intensive reporting of the past week or more on the arrests of human rights activists,  it now transpires that use of the word ‘Dalit’ to describe the some of the activists among the so-called ‘urban naxals’ had been advised against early in August. In an inexplicable move, a directive by the Ministry of Social Justice ...
  • “Crackdown on activists politically motivated”: Justice PB Sawant
    The Supreme Court Judge in conversation with Teesta Setalvad
    Those arrested had nothing to do with Elgaar Parishad says retired SC Judge in this interview with Human Rights Activist Teesta Setalvad.  
  • Undeterred by Heavy Rains, Thousands of Women March to Parliament
    Newsclick Team
    Thousands of women from all walks of life marched towards Parliament Street today on a call given by AIDWA against Modi government's indifference towards growing violence, joblessness and hunger.    
  • How the term “naxal” is used to target dalits, tribals and other subaltern sections of Indian society
    Anand Teltumbde
    On 28 August, five activists were arrested by the Pune police in a joint raid in several cities. Apart from the activists, K Satyanarayana and Anand Teltumbde’s houses were raided by the police. The Pune police, in contempt of court, has released alleged doctored letters connecting them to an event that took place in Bhima ...
  • Ramachandra Guha: “Pune police commissioner should be writing crime fantasy novel”
    ICF and Newsclick Team
    On 2nd September 2018 a programme titled Literary Meet for Tolerance was organised by Dakshinayana and Gram Seva Sangh in Bengaluru Central University. The event was organised with a commitment to restore tolerance in society.  In this video, Ramachandra Guha, while addressing the meet, speaks on the recent crackdown and arrests of lawyers and activists.  
  • Assassination plots and other rumors: The story of how left-wing activists were hounded in India
    Pavan Kulkarni
    Hundreds of protesters gathered on Parliament Street in India’s capital, New Delhi, to protest against the recent attempts to arrest of five prominent leftist activists and intellectuals on charges that are widely perceived to be ranging from unsubstantiable to absurd. The activists who were raided were alleged to have links with the banned Maoist movement. Attempts to ...
  • “Sabarimala discriminates against women on a public health issue”: Nikita Azad
    The Leaflet
    As the arguments on the long-contested Sabarimala case concludes with the judgment being reserved, The Leaflet speaks to activist Nikita Azad, who along with Sukhjeet Singh, filed an intervention in the above-mentioned case. In 2015, Nikita Azad addressed an open letter to Prayar Gopalakrishnan — president of the Travancore Devaswom Board — against his statement of installing scanners ...
  • Trial by Media: Pune Police Read out ‘Evidence’ Not Yet Proved in Court
    Vivan Eyben
    In an interesting turn of events, the Pune Police participated in the media trial of the five activists whose transfer remand had been stayed by the Supreme Court of India. On Sunday, in front of television cameras, the Additional Director General of Maharashtra Police, Param Bir Singh, read out the content of a letter allegedly ...
  • “Crackdown on Dissent is Dangerous”: Arundhati Roy
    Teesta Setalvad in Conversation with Arundhati Roy
  • Letter to The Hindu
    Anand Teltumbde
    To, Mr Mukund Padmanabhan, The Hindu, Chennai. Dear Sir, A friend whatsapped me a clip of a news item published in The Hindu of today instant under the heading “Activist held meets abroad: police” in which in reference to me the following lines are written: “The arrested accused claimed they needed to stoke violence and tension and maximize the death of ...
  • The Indian Suffragettes
    Sumita Mukherjee
    The 1935 Government of India Bill was the government’s major intervention in the Indian constitution, hoping to stave off self-government for the immediate future while placating the demands of Indian nationalists. It would give even more representative powers to Indian people and was seen as the last intervention that would be made by the government ...
  • The Reason Behind the Crackdown on Activists and Intellectuals
    The Citizen
     
  • Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals
    Human Rights Forum
    The Human Rights Forum (HRF) unequivocally condemns the arrests of social activists and leftist intellectuals including Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao,and Arun Ferreria  by the Pune police today. The arrests are part of a clear design to lock down on democratic dissent, undermine free speech and create a climate of fear. This is quite ...
  • PUCL Condemns the Arrest of Public Intellectuals
    Press Release
    PUCL strongly condemns and denounces the arrests under the draconian UAPA of – Sudha Bharadwaj, PUCL National Secretary Gautam Navalakha of PUDR, Prof. Anand Teltumbde of CPDR, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, advocates, and VaraVara Rao, noted poet and rights activist. PUCL also denounces the simultaneous multi-city raids conducted today, 28th August 2018 in a concerted and pre-meditated manner across the ...
  • India 2019: A Song From the Ruins
    K Satchidanandan
    Is this the India we want? A country in which citizens are murdered or attacked for being rational; for being critical, for raising a voice of dissent; for just being themselves, Muslim or Dalit or women. Intimidation, threats. Hatred. Lynching. Sickening violence. Students and teachers given the choice between being leashed in thought and word, or being hounded ...
  • From Chinky to Taliban: Enough is Enough
    North-east Students' Forum, JNU
    On August 28, 2018, ABVP, JNU unit organised a public talk ‘Ishan Uday: Bridging The Heart’ in Koyna Hostel Mess wherein they invited the sitting chief ministers of three states of North East India – Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. The Convener of NESF (North East Students’ Forum) was personally called by the ABVP, inviting ...
  • Full text of petition filed by Romila Thapar and others
    Romila Thapar,Devaki Jain,Prabhat Patnaik,Satish Deshpande & Maja Daruwala
    Following is the full text of the petition: IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CRIMINAL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. ________2018 IN THE MATTER OF : ROMILA THAPAR DEVAKI JAIN PRABHAT PATTNAIK SATISH DESHPANDE MAJA DARUWALA (PETIONERS) VERSUS UNION OF INDIA THROUGH SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS, NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI – 110001 SPECIAL ...
  • WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao
    Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
    WSS strongly condemns the arrests of its member Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and the raids at the homes of Father Stan Swamy, Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Prof. K. Satyanarayana, Pavana, Anala, Kurmanath, Kranti Tekula and others conducted by the Maharashtra police along with the state police of ...
  • Untitled by Haraprasad Tripathy
    Untitled by Haraprasad Tripathy
  • “State terror let loose, utter lawlessness”: Justice P.B. Sawant
    The Citizen Bureau
    “This is state terror let loose. It is complete lawlessness by the ruling party. All because they know that opinion has turned against them in all walks of life, and everyone has started criticising them. This is in the runup to the 2019 general elections, and it will get worse as that is all they ...
  • Open appeal to Parliamentarians and Citizens
    JNU Teachers
  • Assassination of Dr Kalburgi – A Conspiracy to Eradicate the Culture of Dissent
    Yogesh S
    Dr. Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, a scholar of Vachana literature, was assassinated three years ago on August 30, 2015, at his residence in Dharwad, Karnataka. Kalburgi was a prolific writer and a researcher of Vachana literature. His scholarship was influenced by the 12thcentury philosophy of Basavanna and the Vachana literature that also became a backbone of ...
  • Freedom from Violence, Fear, Hunger and Unemployment
    Join All India Women’s Protest Rally on September 4, 2018
    AIDWA has been constantly engaged in waging relentless struggles on the issues of increasing violence against women, and for the right to food and employment at various levels from the centre to local units and grass root levels. Since violence against women, joblessness and hunger are assuming alarming proportions, AIDWA has planned to organize an ...
  • Yet Another Mob Lynching In UP: What Has Been Done to Implement Apex Court’s Directives?
    The Citizen Bureau
    NEW DELHI/BAREILLY: A 22 year old man Sharukh Khan, home from Dubai, was lynched by a mob in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of stealing a buffalo. The incident was reported from Bholapur, Hindoliya village in Bareilly district late Tuesday night. The postmortem report according to the local media said that he died of internal injuries ...
  • We Need Stronger Laws to Regulate Digital Search and Seizure
    NewsClick Production
    During the recent raids on the houses of human rights activists, their laptops and phones were confiscated and they were asked to reveal their email and social media passwords. In this context, Prabir Purkayastha talks about the grey areas with respect to digital search and seizure, and the risks involved.
  • #Me Too Urban Naxal
    Arundhati Roy
    This morning’s papers (August 30 2018) settle something that we have been debating for a while. A front-page report in the Indian Express says “Police to Court: Those held part of anti-fascist plot to overthrow govt.” We should know by now that we are up against a regime that its own police call fascist. In ...
  • #BhimaKoregaonArrests: Constitution turns into a mere piece of paper if we choose to ignore its tenets
    Ajay Kumar
    Those of us who only read about the Emergency felt that something like that could never again happen in India. After all we had judicial precedents and constitutional amendments to make sure that it didn’t. But the events of the last few days tell us otherwise. It’s grown colder in India and it’s been chilly ...
  • When Human Rights Lawyers, Activists are Arrested, Who Will Remain to Defend the Defenceless?
    Indira Jaising
    We are going through times when lawyers who are on the front lines taking up unpopular causes are being maligned, attacked, arrested and held in prolonged detention, and/or killed. If this does not stop, one day there will be no one to defend the rule of law, one day there will be no rule of ...
  • Activist Arrests in India Are Part of a Dangerous Global Trend to Stifle Dissent
    Vijay Prashad / Independent Media Institute
    On Tuesday morning, the police from the Indian city of Pune (in the state of Maharashtra) raided the homes of lawyers and social activists across India and arrested five of them. Many of them are not household names around the world, since they are people who work silently on behalf of the poor and oppressed ...
  • क्या है गिरफ़्तार किये गए कार्यकर्ताओं का जुझारू जीवन ?
    अजय कुमार
    28 अगस्त 2018. महाराष्ट्र पुलिस ने अफवाहों के आधार पर आरोप लगाकर देशभर के कई मानवधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं के घरों पर छापे मारें और पांच मानवधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं को गिरफ्तार किया। आरोप यह था कि इन कार्यकर्ताओं ने साल 2017 के अंतिम दिन एल्गर परिषद की सभा में एक दिन बाद होने वाले भीमा कोरेगांव दलित और ...
  • “The Upcoming Mazdoor Kisan Rally is a Reflection of a Larger Unity”
    Newsclick Report
    Addressing a press conference on the upcoming 'Mazdoor Kisan Rally' which is to be held in the capital city on September 5, poet K.Satchidanandan outlines the importance of the unity between farmers and workers of this country.
  • Members of Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa Express Solidarity with the Arrested Activists
    Press Release by Dakshinayan Abhiyan
    In a press note issued by Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa, Dakshinayan Abhiyan Goa has denounced the recent raids and arrests of the Human rights activists that include reputed writers, lawyers and scholars working tirelessly to protect the interests of the marginalized communities. The press note issued by Dakshinayan Abhiyan states that “We also put across our concern ...
  • “They were afraid of his ideas and words…”
    ICF Team
    On this day, three years ago, the renowned Kannada scholar and rationalist MM Kalburgi was shot dead at his own residence. Over the years, there have been innumerable responses of outrage as well as demands from academics, cultural practitioners, activists and citizens to find the murderers and bring justice for not just Kalburgi, but for all the rational voices ...
  • India: A Dark Day for Democracy and Freedom of Expression
    PEN Delhi & PEN South India
    PEN Delhi and PEN South India join large numbers of Indian citizens in unequivocally condemning the arrests and searches conducted on the homes of human rights activists, writers and thinkers on 28 August. Sudha Bharadwaj, lawyer and rights activist, known for her work with tribal and women’s rights, P Varavara Rao, poet, activist and teacher, Gautam Navlakha, journalist, ...
  • The Resistance Against These Arrests Needs to be Intensified: Bhasha Singh
    Bhasha Singh in Conversation with Pranjal
    Newsclick spoke to journalist Bhasha Singh on the raids and arrests of social activists, lawyers and journalists. Bhasha notes that these raids are part of a sustained campaign to suppress those who have been fighting for Dalits, Adivasis and the marginalised sections of the society. The voices in favour of these people need to be ...
  • What is Happening in the Country Today is Far Worse than What Happened During the Emergency: Urmilesh
    Urmilesh in Conversation with Prabir Purkayastha
    Urmilesh talks to Newsclick Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha about the recent arrests of 5 human rights activists for their alleged links to the Bhima Koregaon Violence. While on the one hand, this activists are being labelled 'urban maoists' and being held accountable for the violence without any concrete evidence, in Maharashtra, those who have really been accused ...
  • HC Questions Maharashtra Police, SC Grants Interim Relief
    Tarique Anwar, Vivan Eyben
    Following a petition filed against the arbitrary arrests of five activists yesterday, the Supreme Court has granted them interim relief. All five of them have been remanded to house arrest, while the Court has sent a notice to the Maharashtra government. The petition was filed by Romila Thapar, Prabhat Patnaik, Devaki Jain, Satish Deshpandey and ...
  • “We stand in solidarity with all those who speak for our fellow citizens’ rights.”
    Statement from the Indian Cultural Forum
    In a dangerous move for Indian democracy, several human rights activists have been taken into police custody. Who are some of these alleged “conspirators” who have either been taken into custody or had their homes searched? Sudha Bhardwaj is an advocate and the national secretary for People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). Father Stan Swamy is ...
  • അവശിഷ്ടങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്ന് ഒരു പാട്ട്
    സച്ചിദാനന്ദന്‍
  • The Truth Behind Crackdown on Human Rights Activists
    Subodh Varma
    The arrest of five human rights activists seems to be a misconceived attempt by the Pune police – with the sanction of the State Govt. – to divert the attention of people and media from its failure to diligently investigate and pin down the unfolding Hindu terror plot. Recall that rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on August ...
  • “The entire process was conducted as though I was a dreaded terrorist”: Anand Teltumbde
    Anand Teltumbde
    I had just woken up somewhat late, tired of late night arrival of the flight. Just saw missed calls from Prof Ajit Parulekar, who is a colleague and director of Goa Institute of Management where I work a Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics. He shocked me by informing that the Pune Police reached ...
  • Yeh Din Bhi Jayenge Guzar, Guzar Gaye Hazaar Din: Gautam Navlakha
    Gautam Navlakha
  • SAHMAT Condemns Arrest of Activists
    SAHMAT
    We the undersigned are utterly shocked and appalled by the simultaneous arrests of several prominent civil rights activists in different parts of the country, and the raids on their houses and those of many others. The exact nature of the alleged unlawful activities of those arrested has not been made clear though they are booked ...
  • AIDWA Condemns the Raids and Arrests of Activists and Lawyers
    Press Release
    The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) condemns the simultaneous nationwide raids on human rights defenders and the arrests of five activists and lawyers by the Maharashtra police on August 28, 2018. It sees this repressive and arbitrary action as a part of the wider politics of silencing dissent and deterring activists, lawyers and intellectuals ...
  • Joint Statement Condemning Arrest of Activists and Public Intellectuals
    Statement from Civil Society Members
    We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and others, are nothing but ...
  • Sanatan Sanstha Terror: Govind Pansare’s Assassination and Security Threat To Megha Pansare
    Yogesh S
    The demand for investigating and banning the Sanatan Sanstha (SS) is on the rise. Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar had said the state government had sent a proposal to the central government seeking a ban on the outfit. However, the Centre denied receiving any such proposal. As Megha Pansare, an activist and ...
  • Human rights activists, writers taken into custody across the country
    Newsclick Report
    At least five human rights activists were taken into police custody on Tuesday following simultaneous raids on the residences of several well-known activists in six States for their alleged Maoist links. As per reports and sources; Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalvez, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao have been taken into police custody. There have ...
  • Finally, Nagaland All Male Cabinet Decides to Look at Women Reservation
    Ranju Dodum
    ITANAGAR: A year and a half since violence erupted in parts of Nagaland allegedly over the issue of granting 33 percent reservation for women in urban local bodies, the all-male state Cabinet has constituted a sub-committee that will look into the feasibility of the proposal. Headed by agriculture minister G. Kaito Aye, the sub-committee has two ...
  • The Virus of Orange Madness: Eve Ensler on Trump
    The playwright and activist in conversation with Souradeep Roy
    Historian Vijay Prashad writes in the introduction to Strongmen, "The monsters have returned. They are led by strong men — by Trump, by Modi, by  Erdoğan, by Duterte, and by others. But these are not really strong men. These are men who pretend to be strong, who hide behind ugly rhetoric that befuddles the masses, ...
  • संविधान जलाना देश की बुनियाद पर हमला है!
    धम्म दर्शन निगम
    ये कौन लोग हैं जिन्हें संविधान से डर लगता है, संविधान लिखने वाले डॉ अम्बेडकर से डर लगता है। आख़िरकार सच्चाई से इतना क्यों डरते हैं ये लोग? इनकी नफ़रत इतनी क्यों बढ़ जाती है कि ये संविधान जलाने, इसके मूलभूत सिद्धांतो के खिलाफ़ लोगों को भड़काने, और तो और लोगों को मारने तक से ...
  • Rationalists Under Attack: “If we shut up, they succeed”
    Vartika Rastogi
    A number of prominent rationalists have faced attacks at the hands of Hindu extremists in recent years, with many having been gunned down in cold blood: Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti President Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013; Leftist politician Govind Pansare and his wife, Uma Pansare, in Kolhapur in February 2015; former Kannada University ...
  • Ghoul: Do We Have Answers to the Questions it Raises?
    Harshvardhan
    In his famous dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell describes a scenario in which children were used to spy on their parents and report their ‘deviation’ to the “thought police of the Big Brother,” who was the leader of a totalitarian state.   This theme forms the very basis of Netflix India’s newest mini TV series Ghoul. ...
  • Punjab Sacrilege bill: A Dangerous Game
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
    Punjab’s Congress government trading a dangerous path again trying to ‘beat’ BJP in using religion as a pretext. Why Mr Amrinder Singh feel that any critique to religion is sacrilege and the person need to be punished for life? While, I can understand that in multicultural societies we need to be very careful. As administrator we ...
  • आसिफ़ा
    सौम्य मालवीय
    आसिफ़ा-2 मंदिर में जब दीप जलेंगे ख़ून से बाले जायेंगे परवचनों और आरतियों में प्रेत बुलाये जाएँगे घंटों के घनघोर तुमुल में गले दबाये जाएँगे माणूस गंध की घनी चिरायंध बास करेगी आँगन में नरबलियों के उत्सव में पितरों को निवाले जाएँगे पैजनियों को पिघलाकर हार बनेगा नौलक्खा जिसे पहनने नवयुग के अवतार बुलाये जाएँगे मूर्तियों की कोरी आँखें सोग करेंगी मज़हब का भक्तों के जलवे होंगे भगवान उछाले जाएँगे जब गुम्बद-गुम्बद ख़ामोशी सन्नाटों में ...
  • UAPA on Thirumurugan Gandhi for expressing solidarity to Palestinian Struggle
    Tamizharasan
    Thirumurugan Gandhi, civil rights activist and coordinator of May 17 Movement has been booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) act for expressing his solidarity to the Palestinian struggle in a public meeting, in 2017. Thirumurugan Gandhi is in jail for the past 14 days. He was detained in the Bangalore international airport on ...
  • RIP Kuldip Nayar: My Friend, The Man for Peace
    Syeda Hameed
    Image coutesy: Indian Express Khushjamalon ki yaad aati hai Bemisaalon ki yaad aati hai Jaanewaley kabhi nahin aate Jaanewalon ki yaad aati hai That’s what he was Khushjamaal (Beautiful) Bemisaal- (Peerless) I never thought I would be writing these lines for Kuldip Nayar. He was alive, active, articulate until the very last when I spoke to him on the phone from ...
  • Is Dabholkar’s Killer Really Under Arrest?
    Nikhil Wagle
    Five years have passed since Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in Pune. Suddenly there is lot of activity on investigation front.Just a few days ago, Maharashtra ATS and CBI claimed to have arrested his shooter from Aurangabad. Sachin Andhure is the name of the Hindutvawadi youngster. A revolver was also recovered from his 3 friends who ...
  • Why should UP CM Adityanath not be prosecuted, asks SC
    Abdul Alim Jafri
    The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh, and asked to explain within four weeks why Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for delivering a hate speech in 2007 in Gorakhpur.  Hearing the petition filed by Allahabad High Court lawyer Asad Hayat and journalist Parvez Parwaz, a ...
  • When I Hid My Caste
    Baburao Bagul
    Baburao Ramji Bagul was born in a poor dalit family in Nashik District, Maharashtra. His education stopped after he completed his matriculation. Despite his poverty, he continued to write and remained active in dalit movement. He is regarded as a pioneer of modern dalit and Marathi literature. When I Hid My Caste is a collection of ...
  • Petition Challenging Amendments to Prevention of Atrocities Act Filed in Supreme Court
    Vivan Eyben
    A petition challenging Parliament’s decision to pass the amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, was filed yesterday by two advocates, Prathvi Raj Chauhan and Priya Sharma. The amendments had come following the controversial Judgement of the Supreme Court on March 20 this year, which restricted the Act's provisions. The Judgement was seen ...
  • Dalit woman stoned to death for not withdrawing sexual harassment complaint
    Sabrang India
    Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Madhya Pradesh: 38-year-old Anil Mishra dragged a 23-year-old Dalit college student by her hair and smashed her head with a stone because she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against him.   The incident occurred in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, around noon when the girl was walking to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Government Girls ...
  • Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity
    K M Seethi
    The flood disaster that struck the entire state of Kerala following the unprecedented monsoon has raised many questions of survival-in-crisis transcending the traditional paradigm of security. For many years, the coastal States of India—from Gujarat to West Bengal covering more than 7500 kilometers of coastline—have been facing several threats from the Arabian Sea, Bay of ...
  • Womanhood – Celebration or a Curse !
    Shalini Newar
    #ALLWOMENBLEED a hashtag coined by prabha raj @deepsealioness on twitter sets the mood for these words that flow through … The capacity and strength of a woman to be herself standing tall in her femininity has been made wrong since time immemorial! Against all odds whether it be mythology or fact it has been a woman ...
  • National Register of Citizens: A Discussion on its Historical Context and Outcomes
    Toko Anu
    On 20 August, the India International Centre, in collaboration with Good World Foundation (a Shillong based organisation), organised a panel discussion titled “Insider and Outsider: Issues of Citizenship and Belonging in Northeast India” to discuss the National Register of Citizens of Assam (NRC) at New Delhi. The panelists were Suhas Chakma, Sublimal Bhattacharya, Krishna Sarma, ...
  • Statement: Condemnation of the mob attack on Sanjay Kumar, Department of Sociology, MG Central University, Motihari Bihar
    Statement by sociologists, social scientists, and members of civil society
    As sociologists, social scientists and concerned individuals across the world, we strongly condemn the brutal mob assault on 17 August 2018, on sociologist Sanjay Kumar at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar. This particular trend of mob violence directed at dissenting voices in various university/college campuses of late has become ‘normal’. Teachers have been targeted ...
  • From Communal Deadlock to a Communal Emergency: An Ambedkarite Assessment of “Indian Conditions” Today
    Soumyabrata Choudhury
    In a speech he made to the All-India Scheduled Castes Federation (AISCF) in 1945, B.R. Ambedkar distinguished between a “political majority” and a “communal majority”. According to him, “a political majority is not a fixed or a permanent majority… it is always made, unmade and remade. A communal majority is a permanent majority, fixed in ...
  • Kerala Floods: Detained JNU Students Collect Fund From Police Station
    Newsclick Report
    As all sections of the society try to rebuild flood-hit Kerala, the students from Jawaharlal Nehru University have also joined hand-in-hand with the relief efforts. The students, as per the call of JNU students’ union, had participated in a protest march to the Ministry of Home Affairs on last Saturday, demanding more fund allocation for ...
  • “There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna
    The Citizen Bureau
    “There is nothing accidental about it, these threats, and horrendous efforts to intimidate artists. Yes Bollywood has completely deserted us, it will never speak up,” said Carnatic music expondent T.M.Krishna in an interview to The Citizen. This was shortly after he along with other Carnatic musicians had received threats for singing Christian hymns and while most ...
  • The Graphic Form Today
    In conversation with the writers and illustrators behind First Hand Volume II: Graphic Narratives from India
    Vidyun Sabhaney, the editor of First Hand Volume II: Graphic Narratives from India, along with writers and illustrators to the book, Neha Dixit, Bhagwati Prasad, Vipin Yadav and Anupam Arunachalam, speak to Souradeep Roy of the Indian Cultural Forum on the process behind the making of the book. Published by Yoda Press, it adapts adapts ...
  • Hindutva Terror: Story of the Common Link Between the Four Murders
    Yogesh S
    Rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, on being offered police protection, had remarked, “If I have to take police protection in my own country from my own people, then there is something wrong with me. I'm fighting within the framework of the Indian Constitution, and it is not against anyone, but for everyone.” Five years ago, on ...
  • Public Statement in Support of Mr. Sanjay Kumar and the Mahatma Gandhi Central University Bihar Teachers Association
    Press Release from Civil Society Members
    We, the undersigned academics and members of the public, condemn in the strongest possible terms the attempt to murder Sanjay Kumar of the Dept of Sociology, Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Motihari, Bihar. Mr. Kumar was attacked at his residence by a mob of persons that comprised several known elements, dragged out of his home, ...
  • The Muslim in Hindi Cinema
    Shoma A Chatterji
    There are three operative words in the title of this piece – “Muslim”, “Hindi” and “Identity” as if these are mutually exclusive terms that need to be brought under a single umbrella. Why? Would anyone think of naming an article “The Hindu in Hindi Cinema?" or, “The Parsee in Indian Cinema”? Because the mainstream identity ...
  • Remembering Dabholkar and The Fight to Save Scientific Temper
    Newsclick Team
    On August 18, Delhi Science Forum, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), Andhvishwas Virodhi Manch, and the Indian Cultural Forum (ICF) organised a programme titled 'Scientific Temper: Why we need it?'. The speakers included Avinash Patil (MANS), Nandita Narain (St. Stephen's College, DU), Keki Daruwalla (ICF), D. Raghunandan (Delhi Science Forum), Dhruv Raina (JNU) and Gauhar Raza (Andhvishwas Virodhi ...
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee – A Leader Who Laid the Foundation for Modi’s India
    T Jayaraman
    Individuals do matter in politics. Some may represent the spirit of their times, with all its contradictions and weaknesses. Others appear at the right moment to lead the way out of what seems to be a state of disarray or chaos. Yet, others lead the way to the future, seizing on opportunities that others would ...
  • Our Real Heroes
    Joy Sebastian Translated by Subin Dennis
    Translated by Subin Dennis   [Joy Sebastian, a software professional who is part of the rescue operations in Kerala's Alappuzha district, writes about the stellar role played by fishermen and volunteers in the flood relief activities in Kuttanad. A major rice-growing region with scenic backwaters, Kuttanad is spread over the Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. Lying below the ...
  • Kudos to Kerala, Where Relief Means Relief
    The Citizen Comment
    It is a sad commentary on the times when even a mammoth human tragedy like the Kerala floods becomes an occasion of divisiveness on the social media. And the media per se. Focusing on the death of a former prime minister, the big Indian media ignored the trauma and suffering of the people of an ...
  • Three Poems by K. Srilata
    Three Poems by K. Srilata
  • Students Marching Towards Home Ministry Against Insufficient Action on Kerala Floods Detained and Beaten Up
    NewsClick Report
    Students Marching Towards Home Ministry Against Insufficient Action On Kerala Floods Detained And Beaten Up. The bus full of students trying to reach the Home Ministry was halted, the police compelled the students to get off the bus and even beat up some of the students.  Students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had issued a call ...
  • Why the Chakmas Have Declared August 17 A Black Day
    Vivan Eyben
    Image Used For Representation Purpose Only, Credits : Scroll.in The Chakma people living in India have decided to observe August 17 as a 'black day'. This has been stated by  the  Chakma organisations in Mizoram and Tripura. The reason for declaring August 17  as  a black day is that on this  day  in 1947, the ...
  • Vilification Campaign Against Dr Sanal Mohan of Mahatma Gandhi University
    Press Release
    Born in a Dalit family in Parakkappara, one of the remotest migrant-settler villages in the northern district of Kannur Kerala, Sanal Mohan has his early schooling, undergraduate education and research studies in various institutions in the state of Kerala. Mohan joined Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in 1993 as a Lecturer in Ethnography, and has completed ...
  • Nothing New About Whataboutery
    Inderjit Bhadwar
    Above: The Khir Bhawani Temple in Ganderbal, J&K, was completely safe even though the BJP had claimed that it was “completely burnt” ~By Inderjit Badhwar That last tongue-twister in the headline to this essay is an inventive neologism to explain the phenomenon of laying the blame for your sins and depredations on allegedly comparative misdoings in the ...
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee University Runs Into Tough Times, Discontinues Over 90 Courses From The Current Academic Session
    Kashif Kakvi
    With a view to honour the first Prime Minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Madhya Pradesh government established ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University’ in 2011 and introduced engineering and paramedical courses in Hindi for the first time. However, since then, the university has been running in to rough times. Owing to the ...
  • Kerala Floods: 255% Excess Rainfall in One Week
    Subodh Varma
    Between 9 August and 15 August, Kerala received a staggering and unprecedented 255% excess rainfall according to latest data released by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The normal average rainfall expected for this week was 98.4 mm whereas actual recorded rainfall was 349.7 mm.  The severe flooding that has ravaged the state this year is explained by this ...
  • British Used Aurangzeb to Divide and Rule India: US Historian Truschke
    Tariq Hasan
    An American scholar has expressed concern over the present trend in India of deliberate distortions in the writing of history, which she says further the agenda of manufacturing hatred against different sections of peoples. Historian Audrey Truschke, author of the bestselling book Aurangzeb – The Man and the Myth, teaches South Asian history at Rutgers ...
  • In Nitish Kumar’s Land of Peace, Mob Mauls Assistant Professor for a FB Post
    The Citizen Bureau
    “Fasciva ke ek yug ki samapti, Atalji anant yatra pe nikle” (end of one era of fascism, Atalji (Bihari Vajpayee) embarks on another journey.” An innocuous Facebook post, and Sanjay Kumar— former Jawaharlal Nehru University student and now Assistant Professor at the Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar—started being trolled on the social media. On the morning ...
  • Insightful Exposure of the Four Years of Modi Regime
    Tania Chakravartty
    BOOK REVIEW Dismantling India: A Four Year Report edited by John Dayal, Leena Dabiru, Shabnam Hashmi; Media House, Delhi; 2018; pages 355; Price: Rs 600. A recently published 355-page book titled Dismantling India: A Four Year Report with documented accounts, edited by John Dayal, Leena Dabiru and Shabnam Hashmi, gives an insight into the reality of whatever has ...
  • Kerala Flood Is Thousands Of Times The Magnitude Of Thai Cave Rescue!
    Binu Mathew
    When 12 boys and their coach were trapped in a Thailand cave, the international community rose up as one. Thai Navy Seal took up the lead in rescuing the kids. Several international agencies sent in their experts to support the rescue operations. Tesla chief Elon Musk took his mini-submarine to the rescue operation’s command centre. ...
  • Anti Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    Siva Vaidhyanathan
    In Antisocial Media: Anti-Social Media How Facebook Disconnects Us, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains that Facebook may make personal lives pleasurable, but it can also deteriorate democracy around the world. The following is an excerpt from the chapter "The Surveillance Machine". The Surveillance Machine Facebook is the most pervasive surveillance system in the history of the world. More than ...
  • देवदासी: एक पहचान
    भगवती प्रसाद
      Below is an excerpt from First Hand Volume 2: Graphic Narratives from India, edited by Vidyun Sabhaney. This particular extract is from Bhagwati Prasad's "Devadasi: Ek Pechaan" which is based on the report on Devadasis published in the India Exclusion Report 2015. Both the books have been published by Yoda Press and have been published ...
  • Kerala Floods: Death Toll rises, Massive Rescue Operation Underway
    Newsclick Report
    The continued torrential rain in Kerala along with the series of landslides and landslips, with cities and villages submerged in floodwaters, have claimed lives of nearly 100 people so far in the second phase of the monsoon season. Till Thursday evening, 40 deaths – mostly from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Kottayam and Thrissur – were added ...
  • Dravidian Movement and M Karunanidhi: A Tale of Fostering a Fraternal Society
    Vignesh Karthik KR and Jeyannathann Karunanithi
    The late DMK leader M Karunanidhi marked his place in history not only as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, but also as a leader who played a key role in bringing together parties across India under a common narrative more than one time in the last 50 years. As the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is ...
  • क्यों भूल जायें बाबरी मस्जिद ध्वंस से गुजरात नरसंहार का मंज़र?
    भाषा सिंह
    देश के पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी के निधन के बाद से शोकसंवेदनाओं का आना, दुख व्यक्त करना, दुखी होना, obituary लिखना—सब कुछ स्वाभाविक है। वह देश के प्रधानमंत्री थे, लंबा संसदीय जीवन जिया, भाजपा को सत्ता में पहुंचाने में उनका करिशमायी योगदान था—सब कुछ स्वीकार, लेकिन क्या उनके राजनीतिक योगदान की आलोचनात्मक विवेचना करना ...
  • Mulk: Sigh of Hope in Tough Times
    Tikender Singh Panwar
    In tough times, when the secular fabric of the society in a country like India is being torn apart, is there a sign of hope? Mulk – a recently released Hindi film produced and directed by Anubhav Sinha is one of the signs of hope! There have been many reviews of the film. But, I ...
  • Suspension on Writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Revoked
    ICF Team
    In a fresh development in the case of writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, the Jharkhand Government has decided to revoke his suspension and given his job back. A doctor by profession, he was posted at an Additional Primary Health Centre in Pakur at the time of his suspension. Following the controversy around his book, The Adivasis Will ...
  • August 15, 1947: When Indians were celebrating Independence, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was mourning
    Shamsul Islam
    August 15, 1947 was a historical day in the eventful history of India. India got independence after a long and heroic struggle against the British colonial masters. India's independence was also a milestone in the on-going anti-imperialist liberation struggles world-over. In India, all those who dreamt of an independent India and survived to see it happen, ...
  • Red Fort Speech: You Forgot Jobs, Mr. Modi! And, Education
    Subodh Varma
    As expected, Prime Minister Modi’s customary speech on Independence Day was all about himself (he used ‘I’ and ‘my’ 208 times) and his govt.’s ‘achievements’ in the past four and a half years. But, sadly, that’s par for the course for prime ministers and other leaders, especially if an election is around the corner. It ...
  • Massive Tel Aviv Protest Sees Palestinians and Jews in Solidarity against Nation-State Law
    Yumna Patel
    Passed last month, the law officially declared Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and, among other things, made Hebrew the singular national language. The move was appladued by Israel’s right-wing government, which praised it as finally affirming the “Jewish character” of Israel. Critics, local and international, however, have criticized the law, saying it ...
  • Two Young Girls from India and Pakistan Sing each other’s National Anthems
    SabrangIndia
    On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of Pakistan ( 14th August) and India (15th August), Members of the 25-year-old Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD)  released a video on YouTube. The video has two young girls from Indi and Pakistan singing each other’s National Anthems.    The video titled "Two Nations, Two Anthems and ...
  • Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply
    Dr. Arshad M Khan
    To be rational is to know that weather events cannot be causally related to climate change, although exacerbation is another issue.  Yet when the news is full of record setting fires in California and Greece and Australia, temperature records tumbling, and typhoons and hurricanes relentless in their intensity, one might be forgiven for wondering. Those who ...
  • Ease of Living Index Not Portraying Living Conditions of People, Say Experts
    Newsclick Report
    In order to improve the image of Indian cities globally, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs recently released the Ease of Living index 2018, which measured the livability of people in 111 cities across the country. The index, claiming to measure cities based on a slew of exhaustive parameters, ranked Pune, Navi Mumabai and ...
  • Meet Kruti R: One of the Female Voices of Yakshagana
    Sabrang India
    Yakshagana is a traditional theatre art form that has been performed in in Karnataka and some parts of the other Southern states. Yakshagana combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques to stage the stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata.  Although there are many female characters represented in the play, Yakshagana traditionally does not have ...
  • Kerala Rains Heaviest Since 1924 – Here Are Some Numbers
    Subin Dennis
    Most people in India would find it difficult to fathom how heavy the rainfall that has occurred in Kerala during this monsoon is. So here are some numbers. Kerala, even in "normal" years, gets the highest amount of rainfall among all major States in India. The average annual normal rainfall for Kerala is nearly 3000 millimeters – ...
  • Is the Shooter Who Killed Kalburgi Arrested Already?
    Newsclick Report
    While interrogating Ganesh Miskin – a member of Hindu extremist group Sri Rama Sena, who was arrested in July on the suspicion of being the person who rode the motorcycle with Gauri Lankesh's assassin in the pillion – the Special investigation team has reportedly learnt that his recruiter, Amol Kale – the former convenor of ...
  • The Unsung Heroism of Hausabai
    P. Sainath/PARI
      It did not matter to him that he was attacking his wife in front of a police station. Hausabai Patil’s drunken husband began thrashing her mercilessly. “My back started to ache with all the beatings,” she recalls. “This was in front of the small police station at Bhavani Nagar .” But only two of ...
  • Flavours of Ethnicity in North-East India
    Nandita Haksar
      The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes of Love, Hate and Friendship is a personal memoir by Nandita Haksar, from her childhood during the Nehruvian era to the present. Haksar recounts her culinary journey, as a human rights activist and lawyer in search of answers to the fundamental political questions that hae arisen during recent contorversies over food— ...
  • 15 August: Freedom from Hunger?
    Subodh Varma
    On this 72nd Independence Day of our India, while there will be the usual speeches and festivities, spare a thought to this shocking bit of news: average availability of food grains for every Indian has increased by 3.3% since 1961. Food grains includes wheat, rice, other cereals and pulses. Among these, per person availability of ...
  • August 15th: Re-making India
    ICF Team
    On the 72nd Indian Independence Day, we bring to you a message by the people, for the people. About the India we don't want, and the India we want. Free our farmers and workers from suffering. The famous three wise monkeys who refuse to see, hear or speak any evil have been turned on their head. The ...
  • 72 Years of Independence, and I am Still Waiting for my Freedom as a Woman
    Bhavna Jha
    I am an Indian woman who is anxiously waiting for the day which marks the departure of the colonial masters. As an Indian, I am eagerly waiting for my Independence Day, but as a woman I confront a dilemma that, whether I am really free or still confined within the chains of patriarchy and masculine ...
  • Audrey Truschke: “Aurangzeb is most in need of scholarly attention.”
    The historian in conversation with Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta
    In the latest edition of #WritersTalkPolitics, historian Audrey Truschke speaks to Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta, members of the Indian Writers' Forum. ICF had  published an interview with Truschke earlier in which she gives her version of the events in Hyderabad, where her talk was cancelled. In this interview, she talks about her work on ...
  • Cartoonist Satish Acharya Quits Mail Today Following Censorship
    ICF Team
    This cartoon by Satish Acharya’s was censored by the editors of the daily tabloid Mail Today.   The cartoon cited China’s talons viscously spreading across South Asia. Acharya, in his website, said that the editors of Mail Today cited it as “Very defeatist and the China problem is being overplayed”. Dwaipayan Bose, the editor of Mail Today,  ...
  • Different shades of Karunanidhi
    Balu Sunil
      In the 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, BJP lost deposit in all seats, barring three. Amidst the Modi wave in other parts of the country— which has even impregnated the previously unimaginable regions like Bengal— BJP lost deposits in 231 assembly segments of Tamil Nadu. If there is one contribution of Karunanidhi which stands out, ...
  • Observances of National Scientific Temper Day
    All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) Statement
    20th August 2018 is being observed as National Scientific Temper Day in honour of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, anti-superstition campaigner and champion of scientific temper, who was killed in an act of premeditated murder by right-wing communal extremist forces, on this day five years ago in 2013. Several similar shocking murders were committed over the next several ...
  • Caste Violence: Dalit Youth Killed in Meerut
    Newsclick Team
    On the night of August 8, Rohit, a 17-year old Dalit along with two other Dalit youths were beaten and abused by Thakurs during a Kanwar Yatra in Modinagar town. Next day morning, when Devendra, Rohit’s father, along with a couple of others went to reason about the incident, they were all stopped and beaten up. ...
  • Villagers and activists allege fake encounter on adivasis in Sukma by security forces
    Sushmita
    On August 6, mainstream newspapers across the country reported that 15 “Naxals” were killed in an “encounter with security forces” near Sukma in Chhattisgarh. The news also reported that two others “including a senior cadre and an injured woman rebel” were held after a “gun battle” with the security forces. As per the reports that appeared, the “firing” ...
  • मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे
    सलिल चतुर्वेदी
    मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे झमा-झम नदियों से निकले केमिकल का ऊफ़ान, रे पेस्टिसायड पी-पी कर आत्महत्या करे किसान, रे हस्पतालों में होता नन्हें बच्चों का बलिदान, रे अडानी अम्बानी की भैय्या खूब चली दुकान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे एस.इ.ज़ेड. से मिल रहा है प्रगती का प्रमाण, रे गाँव-गाँव उद्योगी कूड़े का बनता पीकदान, रे झुग्गी हटा कर बनेगा स्टेडीयम आलीशान, रे बाबू ले गया बाढ़ के पैसे, खबर ना कानों कान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे कॉल सेंटर में शॉन के नाम से बोलता अपना शान, रे होम लोन से जुटा लेगा निजी फ़्लैट या मकान, रे बिल्डरों ने धरती काटी, किया सब का कल्याण, रे कहाँ गए जंगल सारे, तू मत हो हैरान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे गोल्डन क्वाड्रिलैटरल का सपना देखें मंत्री प्रधान, रे नदियों को जोड़ने का देते हैं फ़रमान, रे नया युग है नयी दिशा है, तू बुरा मत मान ,रे अब तो रामलीला में भी होता आइटम नम्बर गान, रे अरे नाचो गाओ झूमो कूदो, मेरा भारत भयो महान, रे  
  • “I thought I was moving to a platform where you can raise issues”
    Sevanti Ninan on Harivansh’s career
    The former journalist who has just become Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha explained earlier this year why he decided to shift from journalism to politics. Because, “whatever great journalism you do, the system does not change”. His paper exposed several scams, including the fodder scam. It did great investigative journalism, but there was no systemic change.  Now, he said,  he ...
  • Umar Khalid Attacked in Delhi’s VIP Zone: Eyewitnesses Say He Was Fired On, Cops Deny Claim
    The Citizen Bureau
    An alleged attempt was made on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid’s life in the heart of New Delhi, on Rafi Marg, just outside the Constitution Club. Scheduled to speak at a meeting inside, he was having tea with a few friends when he was reportedly approached by a man who pushed him, and ...
  • Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak
    Yogesh S
    The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with ...
  • Statement of Solidarity with the Protesters in Bangladesh
    Editorial Collective, Indian Cultural Forum
    The editorial collective of the Indian Cultural Forum stands in solidarity with the protesting students in Bangladesh. The students have every right to express their concern for road safety measures, especially after two students, Abdul Karim and Dia Khanon Mim of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School were run down by a private bus in Dhaka ...
  • We will not be Silenced: The Writers’ Protest Continues
    Statement from the Indian Writers' Forum
    Once again, the current establishment has manufactured “charges” against those who speak up to divert attention from urgent issues. The former President of the Sahitya Akademi, Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, has claimed on troll media that the writers who protested against growing intolerance by returning their awards in 2015 were part of a “political conspiracy”. Rather than ...
  • The Verdict by Bama Translated by Malini Seshadri
    The Verdict by Bama Translated by Malini Seshadri
  • Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Protest in J&K, Demand Salaries as per the 7th Pay Commission
    Sumedha Pal
    However, the teachers, who have served the department for over 16 years are no longer being recognised as state employees due to administrative loopholes. After recruiting the SSA teachers instead of filling up vacancies of master grade employees or head teachers, the government decided to promote the in-service SSA primary school teachers to the upper ...
  • India- A Cruel Paradox of Rising GDP and Low Social Development
    C R Sridhar
    The testosterone levels of the well-heeled in India goes on overdrive when there are reports from foreign sources extolling the virtues of India’s rising GDP. In a report titled “The World in 2050,” consulting firm PwC projects that “India’s GDP would exceed US GDP in purchasing power parity terms by 2040 (purchasing power parity accounts ...
  • Letter from Germany Condemning the Arrest of Dr. Shahidul Alam
    Friends of Shahidul Alam and Academy of the Arts of the World/Cologne
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  • Letter from the Students of GKCIET, Malda, Pleading Solidarity with their Movement Demanding the Right to Affiliation and Recognition
    We, the students of Ghani Khan Chowdhury Institute of Engineering and Technology (GKCIET), Malda, West Bengal, are writing to you today with the hope that you, can help us at this desperate hour., We are students of an institution who have been misled and abandoned by the very people who were tasked with looking out ...
  • Rahman Abbas: “I condemn the statement of former President of Sahitya Academy Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari and it hurts me.”
    Rahman Abbas
    Rahman Abbas is a novelist who writes both in Urdu and English. He was targeted by Islamists following the publication of his first novel, Nakhalistan Ki Talash, which they termed obscene. His novels, Hide and Seek in the Shadow of God (2011) and Rohzin (2017), have been widely acclaimed. Rahman Abbas responds to the recent comment by Vishwanath Prasad Tiwary ...
  • Hindutva’s Henchmen: Revelations Made by the SIT Probe into Gauri Lankesh Murder
    Rajendra Chenni
    Not many of us in Karnataka have spoken about it.  We  do  not  know  how  much  and  in  what  detail  the  news  from  here  appears  in  the  media  in  the  other  states. August 30 will be the third anniversary of Prof.  M. M.  Kalburgi’s assassination and soon after, September 5 will mark the first anniversary ...
  • Audrey Truschke: “The cancellation of my lecture is an indication of shrinking spaces for rational thought in public discourse in India.”
    Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta in conversation with the historian
    In the latest editon of #WritersTalkPolitics historian Audrey Truschke speaks to Souradeep Roy and Ishita Mehta, members of the editorial collective of the Indian Writers' Forum. In this excerpt from the entire conversation, Trushke presents her version of the events that transpired in Hyderabad. She was invited by the Krishnakriti Foundation in collaboration with History ...
  • Damodar Mauzo: “Indian writers have always stood by their right to freedom of expression…”
    Damodar Mauzo
    Damodar Mauzo, an eminent Konkani writer in Goa who returned his Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015, has been protesting the growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country in the form of assassinations of rationalists, writers, and journalists, as well as lynchings in the name of cow protection. A joint statement of Sahitya Akademi Award winning writers from Goa, termed ...
  • Statement of IIT Bombay Students Against Invitation of Narendra Modi in Convocation
    Press Release
    As IIT Bombay students, we are proud that this institution has now stepped in its Diamond Jubilee year and has occupied a prominent place among the other well-known institutes of learning in this world. However, invitation of Mr. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, as a guest of honour in the convocation of this ...
  • Explosives Recovered From a Hindutva Proponent and a Gau Rakshak
    Yogesh S
    The Hindu extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha (SS) and its splinter Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) have had a long relationship with weapons and explosives. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raided the house of Vaibhav Raut on August 10, 2018, an SS sympathiser and a member of Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, and recovered at least eight country-made bombs, along with ...
  • Over 45,000 Farm and Labour Activists Court Arrest in Their ‘Jail Bharo’ Stir
    Sabrang India
    The organisers of Kisan Long March came through with their promises when they organised a ‘Jail Bharo’ stir in Maharashtra on August 9. All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and CPI related Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) claim to have succeeded in their mission to fill jails and demand better actions and relief for farmers, removal ...
  • Activists and Academicians Condemn Violence Against Students and Journalists in Bangladesh
    Peoples Dispatch
    More than 60 Bangladeshi activists, academicians from universities across the world, lawyers and artists have issued a signed statement condemning the Bangladeshi government’s crackdown on student protesters and “illegal abduction” of the 63-year-old renowned photographer and social activist, Shahidul Alam. In another statement issued by Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler and Vijay Prashad, ...
  • Tea Garden Workers Break the Jinx of Identity and Communal Politics
    Newsclick Report
    Against an oppressive state machinery and vile attempts to diffuse the class movement in the North Bengal , tea garden workers took the lead in the state to deliver a blow to the aspirations of the ruling class, as  their 72-hour strike for wages according to the  Minimum Wages Act, reached a pinnacle. Cutting across political affiliations, about ...
  • Silicosis Patients Protest in Jaipur Over Denial of Compensation
    Sabrang India
    Over 1000 men and women sat quietly at Shahid Smarak in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Aug 8, with a piece of white paper announcing their identity. The paper is a death warrant of their certain and imminent death due to silicosis; a disease they caught at their workplace.   According to data collected by a team of Suchna ...
  • Statement from the Bangladeshi Civil Society
    Statement from the Bangladeshi Civil Society
    24 Sraban 1425/8 August 2018 Over the past week or so school children and university students in Bangladesh have been demanding road safety, rule of law and justice. It has been reported that in the presence of the police, members of the student and youth wings of the ruling Awami League, the Bangladesh Chattra League and ...
  • Audrey Truschke’s Talk Cancelled Following Threats
    ICF Team
    Well known South Asian history scholar Audrey Truschke has cancelled her talk in Hyderabad following threats from Right-wing extremists. Her talk titled “Unpopular Stories: Narrating the Indo-Islamic Past and Navigating Present-day Prejudices” was scheduled for the 11 August. The talk was organised by Krishnakriti Foundation. The venue of the talk had already been shifted twice by ...
  • No Substantial Outcome of AMMA Meeting with WCC
    ICF Team
    The much awaited meeting between the Association of Malayalam Movie actors (AMMA) and the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) members was held on August 7, in Kochi. The AMMA and WCC members- Revathy, Padmapriya, and Parvathy were also a part of the meeting. The meeting was called by AMMA secretary Edavela Babu, in response to the letter ...
  • The 2017 Assam Lynchings
    Harsh Mander
    In response to hate crimes across India, manifested through the recent lynchings in the name of religion, a group of volunteers led by Harsh Mander travelled across eight states in India to unite against hate crimes. They called it the Karwan e Mohabbat or Caravan of Love. The book Reconciliation Karwan E Mohabbat’s Journey of ...
  • Editors Guild Decries Government’s ‘Orwellian’ Censorship Attempts
    The Hoot
    The Editors Guild of India condemns the manner in which the right to practise free and independent journalism is seen to be undermined by a combination of forces – some media owners’ inability to withstand political covert or overt pressures from the political establishment and frequent instances of blocking or interference in the transmission ...
  • Over 250 Photographers, Artists, Journalists and Activists Demand Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam
    Free Shahidul Alam
    Over 250 photographers, Artists, Journalists and activists including: Ram Rahman, Vivan Sundaram, Parthiv Shah, Pushpamala N., Raghu Rai, Devika Daulet-Singh, Pablo Bartholomew, Prashant Panjiar, Dinesh Khanna, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kalat, Krishen Khanna, Ravi Aggarwal and Gauri Gill, have issued a statement demanding Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam’s immediate release. The statement with is as follows:  In a shocking ...
  • Celebrate Mandal Day with Introspection
    Vidya Bhushan Rawat
    Today is a historic day and must be celebrated by all those who believe in social justice. On this day in 1990, the then Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh accepted the recommendations of the Mandal Commission Report in Parliament. The hero of the nation, a man of great integrity in his own personal life, V ...
  • JNUTA To Hold Referendum On The Rejection Of HEFA Loans And Removal of JNU VC On August 7
    Newsclick Report
    As per the unanimous mandate given by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association’s (JNUTA) General Body Meeting (GBM) held on 24th July 2018, the JNUTA Executive will be organizing a referendum on 7th August 2018 where the collective opinion of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) teachers will be ascertained on the following two questions: Should the JNU ...
  • Palestine: Freedom or a loaf of bread?
    Jafar M Ramini
    Many a pundit, commentator or analyst witnessing what has been going on in Palestine for the last hundred years can draw parallels between our situation and that of Apartheid South Africa and/or the liberation movement in Algiers. Though there are similarities with our cause in the struggle for freedom in both those countries there are ...
  • Are We Indians, Or Just Muslims
    Seema Mustafa
    This is a question that everyone has to ask themselves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he keeps silent about the assault and attacks on Muslims across the country, the brutal lynchings, the hate filled statements. Congress president Rahul Gandhi when he seeks meetings with just Muslim intellectuals. Asaduddin Owaisi when he speaks of the Muslims ...
  • The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Edward Curtin
    “Ahab is forever Ahab, man. This whole act’s immutably decreed. ‘Twas rehearsed by thee and me billion years before this ocean rolled. Fool! I am the Fates’ lieutenant; I act under orders.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, ...
  • Number of Govt. Jobs Gradually Decreasing, A Trend After NDA Came To Power
    Newsclick Report
    There are about twenty four lakh government jobs lying vacant with both the central and state governments and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, asks,“Where are the jobs?” The present regime’s track record with employment specifically in government sector is significant to understand the ...
  • Bangladesh Government Unleashes Violence on Youth Demanding Road Safety
    Sushmita
    Dhaka, Bangladesh is witnessing massive students’ protests over issues of road safety and the killing of students in road accidents. However, widespread reports especially accessed on social media, reportedly suggest that the Government of Bangladesh with its police and other informal institutions such as its students’ wing has unleashed a bloodied war on its youth ...
  • “The hierarchy of languages is a peculiarly Indian situation…”
    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra in conversation with Souradeep Roy
    In the latest in our series of interviews for Writers Talk Politics, we speak to the poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. Mehrotra writes in English, and has translated Prakrit poems from the Gāthā Saptaśatī, and Kabir's dohas into English. He began writing his own poems in English in the 1960s at the height of the ...
  • Police Interrogates Filmmaker Divya Bharathi Again Over Her Second Documentary
    ICF Team
      Filmmaker Divya Bharathi’s second documentary Oratharum Varela (Nobody Came) landed in trouble soon after she released the trailer on YouTube on June 28 this year. The film is dedicated “to the hundreds of fish workers drowned at deep sea due to the government’s wilful neglect in Ockhi cyclone”. Earlier in July, the director’s house was searched by ...
  • Remembering Hiroshima
    ICF Team
      Today, 6th of August 2018, marks 73 years since the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. After the unsuccessful “Fat Man” and “Thin Man” bombs, Little Boy was developed at the Manhattan Project with Robert Oppenheimer at its helm. Little Boy, as we now know, wasn’t very little after all. It left 1,35,000 bodies ...
  • Muzaffarpur Shame Exposes Governments dependence on NGOs for Welfare Responsibilities
    Syed Ali Mujtaba
    The horrifying news from a state sponsored shelter home at Muzaffarpur town in Bihar has lowered the national esteem beyond imagination. All over the country, there has been shocking and dismay at this shameful news. No one believed that even such kind of ghastly act can take place in a state run shelter home. Now, when ...
  • Assassin’s Creed: Hindutva-supporters’ Network Planned Several More Killings
    Yogesh S
    The investigations into the assassination of rationalist and anti-Hindutva voices— Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh— has produced clear evidence in the form of diaries, documents, gun forensics, and statements of participants, that a five state network of like-minded hardcore Hindutva supporters exists and has been actively planning the physical ...
  • Finding Common Ground: In Conversation with Kumkum Sangari
    Finding Common Ground: In Conversation with Kumkum Sangari
  • Why Sanathan Sanstha’s Allegation is Redundant
    ICF Team
    Dakshinayan Abhiyan hosted a three-day event in Margao, Goa from the 18 November. The event was joined by writers, poets, academicians, activists and artists from 11 states of the country. Representing the diversity of India, the stage was shared by all to exalt freedom of speech, oppose absolutism, and promote democracy. To mark their presence ...
  • Kis Kis ko Qaid Karoge: United Protest Programme at Parliament Street, Delhi
    Campaign Against State Repression on Rights Activists
    The protest programme at Parliament Street in Delhi by Campaign Against State Repression on Rights Activists saw the participation of over four thousand people from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and all other parts of the country. The programme was presided by Professor G Haragopal. Justice BG ...
  • Writers Respond to CJI Dipak Misra’s Observation in Favour of S.Hareesh
    ICF Team
    The Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, while hearing a petition for a ban on the Malayalam novel Meesha by S Hareesh, observed that “the culture of banning books directly impacts the flow of ideas”. The court has asked for the publisher to produce a translated copy of the novel, and has reserved orders on the case. With the ...
  • Sahitya Akademi Responds, Condemns Threats to Writers
    ICF Team
    Sahitya Akademi has responded to the threats to writers such as Damodar Mauzo and S Hareesh, after the Indian Writers’ Forum sent a letter signed by 26 writers, urging the Akademi to take action. In an email sent to the Indian Writers’ Forum, the Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi, K Srinivasarao said, “The Akademi has ...
  • Interrogating the Silence Around the Partition of India
    Daniya Rahman in conversation with Alok Sarin and Sanjeev Jain
    The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India has been collated and edited by Alok Sarin, practising Clinical Psychiatrist at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi and Sanjeev Jain, Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. The book tries to bring together the issues of partitioning and dividing the ...
  • Nation-wide Shutdown Against Rape Culture Marks Women’s Month in South Africa
    Peoples Dispatch
    On Wednesday, South Africa witnessed a nation-wide shut down against the increasing gender-based violence. Tens of thousands of women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people marched across the country demanding an end to rape culture and gender-based violence. Chanting ‘enough is enough’ and ‘my body is not a crime scene’, they marched through various cities. Marches were ...
  • JNUTA Gives a Call ‘JNU VC Must Go!’, To Hold a Referendum on August 7
    Adhiraj Nayar
    The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA), in its General Body Meeting (GBM), held on 24 July 2018, decided on its future course of action as the monsoon semester of the university has started. The GBM “took note of the serious developments that have taken place in the university since the current vice chancellor, Prof. ...
  • Letter Sent to the President of the Sahitya Akademi
    Indian Writers' Forum
    Dear Dr. Chandrasekhara Kambara, President, Sahitya Akademi,  It is with a sense of considerable anxiety and dismay that we who belong to the community of writers, a community which holds fast to democratic and secular values enshrined in our constitution, have noticed recent developments relating to writers. We are specifically pointing to the news that Konkani writer ...
  • “Those who could not counter ideas with an idea killed Pansare and Dabholkar”: Dr Avinash Patil
    The activist in conversation with Amit Sengupta
    In an exclusive interview with Newsclick, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti President Dr Avinash Patil speaks about how his organisation has continued the war against superstitions. The organisation was established by Dr Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed for running a campaign to end unscientific beliefs. According to Dr Patil, the killers are the ones who are ...
  • Ahed Tamimi is Finally Free After Eight Months in an Israeli Jail
    Peoples Dispatch
    Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenage girl who was jailed for eight months by Israel for slapping and shoving Israeli soldiers outside her home in Nabi Saleh village, was released on Sunday after the completion of her prison sentence. 17-year-old Ahed was taken along with her mother, Nariman Tamimi, who was also in prison for a similar time, ...
  • Boundaries of Displacement
    Shakeel Anjum
    Following is an extract from the chapter Return, Presence, Absence of Shakeel Anjum's book, Politics of Space and the Question of Palestine. The work is an attempt to look at the problematiques of the spatial representations of violent geographies in the autobiographical works of Israeli and Palestinian writers— Amos Oz, Raja Shehadeh and Mourid Barghouti. Writing and Resistance: Cartographies of Becoming The ...
  • Lawyers and Activists Condemn Uttar Kannada Activist Ajit Nayak’s Murder
    Newsclick Report
    Three days after the murder of activist- lawyer Ajit Nayak in, Dandeli, the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka the state police are yet to ascertain the reason behind the murder and the culprits are still unidentified.  Ajit Nayak was killed on the night of July 27 when he was heading home from office. The incident has ...
  • “No one can curb my right to speech,” says Konkani Writer Damodar Mauzo
    ICF Team
    It has been four years since the BJP government came into power and writers, intellectuals, rationalists have perhaps never received more threats than in the last four years. Most recently, the Goa based Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo has been provided with special security after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) reported his name in the hit ...
  • Appeal to Participate in the Email Drive Against the HECI Bill, 2018
    ICF Team
    As the monsoon session of the Parliament progresses, the possibility of the HECI Draft Bill being tabled before our legislators becomes more and more eminent. On 27 June, the Human Resources Development Ministry of the Government of India announced that it would repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act and introduce a new regulatory body for higher ...
  • Two Female Protesters Beaten Up by Police for Showing Black Flag to Amit Shah
    Newsclick Report
    The Uttar Pradesh Police is facing flak for allegedly manhandling and beating two female students of Allahabad University, who waved black flags in front of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah's cavalcade in Allahabad, reportedly. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.  On friday, the BJP president was in Sangam ...
  • Three Etchings on Paper by Kedar Namdas
    Three Etchings on Paper by Kedar Namdas
  • Palestinian Writer is Being Interrogated in an Inhuman Manner
    Peoples Dispatch
    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said on Wednesday said that the Palestinian journalist-writer Lama Khater, arrested by Israeli forces early on Tuesday morning, is being interrogated in a brutal, inhuman manner. According to them, Ms. Khater is being held at the Israeli prison Ashkelon. The PPC, in a statement on Facebook, said that its lawyer, Firas Al-Sabbah visited ...
  • There is a Portentous Rage in Sumeet Samos
    Abinash DC
    There is a portentous rage in Sumeet Samos and he has successfully become one of the distinct voices in the Indian Rap music. Subverting the dominant cultural assumptions, Samos steers away from the mindless piecing together of words for the audience to just dance away to and, instead, carefully composes his work with a conscious ...
  • How a peaceful dalit demonstration led to charges of sedition
    Anushka Singh
      Bhagana is a village in the Hisar district of Haryana, located about 15 kilometres away from the district headquarter. Jats comprise around 60 per cent of the population in the village and the Scheduled Castes comprise around 30.9 per cent of the population.1 In May 2012 the Dalits in Bhagana experienced a social boycott by the ...
  • Dr. Kamala Sohonie: Entry of Women to the Indian Institute of Science
    H S Anupama
    Bengaluru may now be known as an IT and BT city. But, even before that, city was a thriving centre of academic and scientific research and its institutions drew much attention. An important institute that put the the city on the world map was the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISC), established in 1909; one of ...
  • Ahmedabad Police Launch Midnight Attack on OBC Locality, Torch Vehicles, Beat Women, Men Mercilessly
    The Citizen Bureau
    Just after midnight a huge posse of policemen attacked Chharanagar, torched vehicles, barged into homes by breaking down doors, and beat whoever they could lay their hands on mercilessly. An old 75 year old paralysed woman also did not escape the cops, some in uniform others not, who threw her off her bed and punched ...
  • IAPL Condemns Recent Incidents of “Lynching” by Lawyers
    Press Release
    The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the recent attack by lawyers on those accused of a child rape within the Madras High Court premises on 17th July 2018. This act of the officers of the Bar is not an isolated incident and has been witnessed in 2016 in the Patiala Court in Delhi and ...
  • So Much Media yet so Little Media
    Nupur Basu
    An audio message from  former PM Nawaz Sharif in jail was released hours before campaigning for Pakistan’s election ended on July 24 His deep set voice was heard appealing in chaste Urdu to his supporters and voters in Pakistan: “My daughter Maryam and I are in jail to defend your vote – give us such ...
  • PEN South India and PEN Delhi Stand with Writer S Hareesh
    Press Release
    PEN South-India and PEN-Delhi note with extreme distress the harassment and silencing of Malayalam writer S Hareesh in Kerala. Hareesh’s new novel, Meesa (Moustache), was being serialised in the leading weekly magazine Mathrubhumi. As its third chapter was published, members of the Yoga Kshema Sabha declared that a conversation in the chapter between two men ...
  • Is This Azaadi?
    Dalit agricultural labourers' struggle for food
      …the underclass in Muktidih is hopelessly on the margins of survival because of its limited access to the necessities of life, including food, clothing and shelter. One of my informants, …, insightfully stated that even insects were more capable of coping with their needs than were members of his class. This is a corollary of a ...
  • A Hidden Potential of Contemporary Dalit Uprisings
    Vishal Verma
    Today, Indian politics is going through a particular kind of change, especially in the area of politics of uprising. Indian politics has long history of uprising, better to say, India emerged as an independent nation with the Naval Uprising of 1946, a forgotten page of Indian history.  Indian democracy has sustained for more than 70 ...
  • Kumkum Sangari looks back at Recasting Women — the landmark book on gender
    The academic in conversation with Pragati Mohapatra
    In the second part of a conversation with Pragati Mohapatra, who teaches at Indraprastha College for Women, Kumkum Sangari looks back at her book Recasting Women, which she co-edited with Sudesh Vaid. Mohapatra asks how Sangari would have approached this project if she had to do this now. Sangari answers that she would have given ...
  • Rise of the Gau Rakshaks: Mob Rule under Modi Rule?
    Newsclick Team
    The incidents of cow vigilantism have risen alarmingly since Modi led BJP govt came to power. Of the 140 incidents that took place between 2016 and now, 125 occurred in 14 states ruled by the BJP. Not only is the center silent on the killings, BJP leaders have been seen supporting the accused in lynchings. The Supreme ...
  • Are We Journalists, or Just Women Journalists?
    Seema Mustafa
    The Indian Women's Press Corps, an august body promoting segregation in a profession that can only function effectively without, is in the midst of deep conflict. Currently. Why? Because of an interaction with Congress president Rahul Gandhi with over 50, some say 100, women journalists held at the India International Centre amidst deep secrecy. The Congress ...
  • After Eminent Malayalam Writers Support S Hareesh, Writers in Other Languages also Come Out in His Support
    Souradeep Roy
      Writers from across languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and English have come out in support of S Hareesh, the 2018 Kerala Sahitya Akademi winner who withdrew his novel following attacks from certain Hindu right-wing groups in Kerala. Hareesh’s novel Meesha was being published serially in Mathrubhumi. After three instalments had been published, ...
  • “Hum wahan hain jahan se humko bhi kuch hamari khabar nahi aati”
    Daniya Rahman & Lourdes M Supriya
      Khan: Hum wahan hain jahan se humko bhi kuch hamari khabar nahi aati Husain: Hum kaun hain, hain ya nahi hain, ye zer-e-bahas nahi hai, aap sirf iss baat pe tawajjah dijiye ki Qissa Urdu ki Aakhri Kitab ka, Ibne Insha ne likhi hai Khan: Lekn wo toh marr gaye Husain: Arre, phir toh maamla saaf ho gaya. Khan: ...
  • What Can We Do To Avert ‘Lynchistan’? A People’s Movement
    Newsclick Team
    Recounting the recent horrors that India has witnessed — in the form of mob lynchings of innocent citizens — senior journalist Nikhil Wagle discusses where to pin the responsibility in a country where the accused of such crimes are still let go and police are reluctant to act against the perpetrators. He looks at the ways Indians ...
  • Israeli Massacres Continue, 5 Palestinians Killed in Gaza and West Bank
    Peoples Dispatch
    The Israeli military on Monday killed a teenager in the West Bank and on Friday caused the deaths of four Palestinians in Gaza,marking more assaults in Israel’s most significant escalation of violence since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. Arkan Thaer Mizhar, 15, was shot dead at a refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday morning. The incident took place at the ...
  • “Anti-national” Comedian Kunal Kamra’s Show Cancelled by Baroda University After Alumni Complains
    Newsclick Report
    Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat's Baroda cancelled a sold out show by prominent comedian Kunal Kamra, after it received a complaint from a group of alumni alleging that he has mimicked the national anthem and holds anti-national views about the government. The show was scheduled to take place on August 11, at the CC Mehta Auditorium within the campus ...
  • The Justice of Eating (Of Swami Agnivesh and the Politics of Food)
    Nandita Haksar
    I have known Swami Agnivesh from the days of the Emergency; he always looked tall, handsome and in control dressed in his resplendent saffron robes of a Hindu ascetic. Once at a meeting when I started speaking in English he scolded me and said :you know Hindi, speak in your own language.” On another occasion ...
  • Writers against Self-censorship
    Statement from the Indian Writers' Forum
    The thugs policing our cultural fraternity have struck again. In response to the violent threats against his family, Malayalam writer S Hareesh has now withdrawn his novel Meesa (Moustache) being serialised by Mathrubhumi, stating that he will publish it when “the climate is congenial”. Meesa is the first novel written by Hareesh, winner of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi ...
  • दलित बहुजन दृष्टिकोण और महिषासुर विमर्श
    ब्रिज रंजन मणि
      भारतीय इतिहास के संबंध में कई अधूरे और परस्पर विरोधी दृष्टिकोण मौजूद हैं, जो कि दो मुख्य श्रेणियों में बांटे जा सकते हैं – ब्राह्मणवादी दृष्टिकोण और दलित-बहुजन दृष्टिकोण। इस लंबे विभाजन की वास्तविकता अभिजात्य वर्ग के उस प्रचलित व प्रभावी विमर्श से एकदम भिन्न है, जो कि अनेक तरीकों से अगड़ी जातियों के हितों ...