When Bodies Speak

When Bodies Speak

A woman clothed. Then stripped, so she is just a woman’s body; bare skin on which battles are fought for power in all its guises, from honor to state security. What happens when this woman’s body speaks? What is its language? And can such a language live apart from the vocabulary of politics?  Here stands a…

Winter Light

Winter Light

        It's afternoon, dark already at the cross roads, A sudden storm of bikers, men in leather, motors snarling, Flags spurt skywards I freeze in place at the metal barricade, the seam of sense unpicked, Brown body splayed. In the aftermath of light, what proof is there of love— Buoyancy of the…

“The Fascists, in Germany too, first came after the universities”

“The Fascists, in Germany too, first came after the universities”

Writer Githa Hariharan spoke to renowned writer, editor, translator and theatre critic Samik Bandyopadhyay on the continued attack on the space for debate, discussion and imagination in Indian universities, and collective resistance to such attacks.   Read the statement by the Indian Cultural Forum editorial collective condeming the incident in Haryana here. Also see here for photographs from…

Excluding the people

Excluding the people

The masks came off soon after condoling writer Mahasweta Devi’s death. Unmasked, the right-wing pseudo-nationalists were on the prowl for their daily target. They found it in a play staged in the University of Haryana; the play was based on Mahasweta’s story, "Draupadi". The ABVP attack was to convince us that a story, a story…

We Condemn the Central University of Haryana’s Clampdown on a Play based on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”

We Condemn the Central University of Haryana’s Clampdown on a Play based on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”

Mahasweta Devi with C.S. Lakshmi / Indian Express A stage adaptation of Mahasweta Devi's short story "Draupadi" by the Department of English and Foreign languages at the Central University of Haryana (CUH) was performed on September 21, to be met with hooliganism, media trials and, finally, an administrative clampdown. The event was organised in memory…