Poems by Marathi Writer F.M. Shahajinde

Poems by Marathi Writer F.M. Shahajinde

    F.M. Shahajinde is a poet who lives in Sastur, a village in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra. He was born there, in 1946, in a family of a low-ranked Muslim jati. When he was two years old, his father was murdered in communal violence. Despite social and economic obstacles, he completed school and college…

The Precarious Democracy

The Precarious Democracy

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

The Complex Nexus of Fascism, Communalism and Casteism

The Complex Nexus of Fascism, Communalism and Casteism

  At the Dharwad Literature Festival held on 6-7 May, 2017, Dr. Anand Teltumbde explained how the BJP Government under Narendra Modi is slowly turning India into a proto-fascist state buttressed by the twin evils of communalism and casteism. Despite being self-declared nationalists, the BJP Government aligns with the colonial rulers in its persistent attck on…

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

Will Untouchability Make A Return?

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