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…

Contentious Heritage: The Case of Ahmedabad

Contentious Heritage: The Case of Ahmedabad

  Saraspur Roza, where Ehsan Jafri is buried/ Image Courtesy: Heba Ahmed   The UNESCO has given the designation of a World Heritage City to Ahmedabad, the first of its kind in India. The declaration was followed by self-congratulatory statements by Vijay Rupani, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and Amit Shah. Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent…

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…

In the Name of Junaid?

In the Name of Junaid?

    “Why are you mourning Junaid’s death?” the boy next door was asking me.  Was he asking for an explanation of my act of mourning or a narration of Junaid’s death? I was perplexed.  Assuming it was the latter I directed his eyes to a headline in the newspaper. “Oh that recent train killing?”…

ईद मुबारक कहूँ किसे?

ईद मुबारक कहूँ किसे?

    राजधानी दिल्ली से अब एक लंबे अरसे से   कोई ट्रेन मथुरा नहीं जाती.    मथुरा की कल-कल बहती यमुना ने तो घोर अँधेरे में क्रूर हत्यारे को अँधेरे में रखकर नवजात कन्हैयाको   नदी पार कराई थी.   गोकुल में बाल गोपाल मोर के गीतों का पंख सिर पर बाँधकर गायों के झुंड…

The Visuality of Lynching

The Visuality of Lynching

    Rarely do we see the optics of the periphery take over the centre or the mainstream. However, in the last two years, this is exactly what has been happening and it is mortifying. I am talking about the cases of lynching that are happening across the country on an everyday basis. What bothers…

In Dispute

In Dispute

  This is all about a small shrine in a cave on a hill known as Baba Budan Giri, after a Muslim saint belonging to the 17th century. The same shrine is also known as Dattatreya Peetha – literally ‘seat’ – is widely used for holy places and shrines; and as Guru Dattatreya Baba Budan Swamy…

ARE YOU HUMAN? 

ARE YOU HUMAN? 

  Image Courtesy: The Metropolitan Museum of Art   This morning a website asks me, before I can complete signing in:  ARE YOU HUMAN? If I am, I must be able to type accurately the words offered below, which in my case are: PLACE RAINS I am human so without blinking an eye and without…

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

Say NO to Hindu Terrorism

    The outrage and the spontaneous protest following 16-year-old Junaid's death while traveling in a train with his cousins after Eid shopping is something one needs to understand in a clear perspective. It is precisely the misrule of the Modi government – and no other excuse would suffice to explain this and the heinous…

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

I Know Who is behind the Lynching

    Whenever politics and religion are mixed, it is obvious that those who live outside the game plan suffer the most. Indian right-wing politics was anti-secularism, anti-democracy and anti-Indian civilisation for decades; but after it came to power, these were not enough to maintain political supremacy. It was part of the right-wing agenda to…

जुनेद को मार दो

जुनेद को मार दो

    बहाना कुछ भी करो और जुनेद को मार डालो। बहाना कुछ भी हो,जगह कोई भी चलती ट्रेन हो,बस,सड़क,शौचालय या घर नाम कुछ भी हो अख़लाक़,कॉमरेड जफ़र हुसैन या जुनेद क्या फर्क पड़ता है मकसद तो एक है कि जुनेद को मार डालो! ज़रुरी नहीं कि हर बार तुम ही जुनेद को मारो तुम…

Writers Protest the Unmaking of India

Writers Protest the Unmaking of India

    Nayantara Sahgal "This is Hindutva's version of the Nazi 'final solution' for the Jews, but a cleverer version." The Muslim League and the Hindu Mahasabha were twin souls. Both wanted a divided India. Jinnah achieved his desire in 1947. The followers of Golwalkar and Savarkar are now busy fulfilling theirs. The massacre of Muslims…

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

Where is the Hinduism I Believe In?

CPI(M) Polit Buro memeber Brinda Karat and AIDWA Delhi state Secretary Asha Sharma consoling Junaid's mother   Watching images of the massacres of Muslims in India, I am left wondering: Are there any decent Hindus left? As the body counts of the Muslim victims of public lynching keep adding up, I am left concluding, perhaps…