Appeal to Rise Against the Killing of Gauri Lankesh and to March for Democracy

Appeal to Rise Against the Killing of Gauri Lankesh and to March for Democracy

  WHAT: All India coordinated mobilizations for Justice for Gauri on October 5th.  In Delhi, this mobilization will take the form of a March for Democracy  DATE: October 5th  TIME:  1 pm  PLACE: Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.   Contact: Bittu (8179542651) Poonam (9811136242) We request all people to join this rally in the largest possible numbers. In several parts…

Mourning the Loss of Gauri Lankesh

Mourning the Loss of Gauri Lankesh

  The devastating news of the assassination of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh on 5 September signals the broken road that lies ahead of us. It is no longer an individual targeting of firm and fearless voices of dissent – it is now the decimation of dissent itself, and the rise of fear as the only emotion that is guaranteed…

रक्त

रक्त

    रक्त रक्त रक्त! हर वक्त वक्त वक्त!   खेतों में रक्त, सड़कों में रक्त वोटों में रक्त, कोर्टों में रक्त वर्णों का रक्त, वर्गों का रक्त इस देश का आधार है यह रक्त रक्त रक्त!   दुर्गा का रक्त, दरगाह का रक्त काली का रक्त, या अली का रक्त कलबुर्गी का रक्त, पनसारे…

“The holes in knowledge are being replaced by attacks”: Githa Hariharan

“The holes in knowledge are being replaced by attacks”: Githa Hariharan

Renowned author, Githa Hariharan speaks at a public meeting held on August 22nd, emphasing on the problem of having holes in knowledge – the more you censor novels, seminars, discussions, movies, music, art, you create holes in knowledge. She discusses on the growing fear of questioning and debating against the authority among the student community. Witnessing the recent…

Attacks on Writers and Scholars Continue

Attacks on Writers and Scholars Continue

    What does a writer and theatre personality, a professor fighting for justice for a slain RTI activist, a filmmaker questioning Hindu rituals, a young dalit student and writer questioning the system of caste, and an eminent academic of Vachana literature have in common? All of them have faced the wrath of the right-wing…

National Campaign against the delay in Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murder case

National Campaign against the delay in Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murder case

  डॉ. नरेंद्र दाभोलकर यांच्या खुनाला 20 जानेवारी रोजी 41 महिने पूर्ण होत आहे. महाराष्ट्र अंधश्रध्दा निर्मूलन समितीच्या वतीने किमान जिल्हा स्तरावर तरी आपापल्या परीने धरणे आंदोलन करून मा. मुख्यमंत्री यांना द्यावयाचे निवेदन संबंधित जिल्हाधिकारी किंवा पोलीस अधीक्षकांना द्यावयाचे आहे. तसेच 20 फेब्रुवारीला कॉम्रेड गोविंद पानसरे ह्यांच्या खूनाला दोन वर्षे पूर्ण होत आहेत. ह्या पार्श्वभूमीवर…

Dakshinayan: The Long Path Towards Reason

Dakshinayan: The Long Path Towards Reason

A constant drumbeat broke through the murmuring of hundreds of voices, old and young, men and women. Margao, the cultural capital of Goa, had spent the last few weeks preparing to host hundreds of visitors from all over the country. For three days in November, the Dakshinayan Rashtriya Parishad was to organise the biggest demonstration…

Video: Shanti March in Dharwad, August 30

Video: Shanti March in Dharwad, August 30

A rally was organised from the former residence of slain scholar Dr M.M. Kalburgi in Kalyan Nagar, Dharwad, to mark the first anniversary of his assassination. Geeta Dabholkar, Umatayi Pansare and Umadevi Kalburgi were present at the march, organised by the Dr Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabholkar Hatyavirodhi Horat Samiti. Various writers, activists and artists from around…

The Meaning of Being Prof. Kalburgi

The Meaning of Being Prof. Kalburgi

Chaman Lal Image courtesy Chaman Lal, via The Tribune A year ago on August 30, Prof. M. M. Kalburgi, nearing 77 years of age, was having breakfast at his house in Dharwad, Karnataka, where he had settled after a long and purposeful academic life. A renowned scholar and author/editor of over 100 books, he was…

On the Silent March in Dharwad

On the Silent March in Dharwad

Ganesh Devy   via Businesszoom.in   The brutal murder of the Kannada scholar Dr. M. M. Kalburgi in August last year had resulted in a sharp reaction from Indian intellectuals, literary scholars and artists. Earlier rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was killed in Pune and Comrade Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in Maharashtra.  Reacting to these attacks…

‘Assassinations will not defeat reason’

‘Assassinations will not defeat reason’

To commemorate the murders of Narendra Dabholkar (on 20 August 2013), Govind Pansare (20 February 2015) and M.M. Kalburgi (30 August 2015), the Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (Maharashtra Committee for the Eradication of Superstition, MANS) and other activists and organisations led a march 'Against Violence, Towards Humanity' from New Delhi to Pune, between July 20…

Writing the Age

Writing the Age

Nayantara Sahgal © Anselm Kiefer, 'Morgenthau Plan' / Royal Academy of Arts The title for my talk — “Writing the Age” — was suggested to me and I thought it was appropriate because my writing seems to have been about the making of modern India. This was not a decision I made. As you know,…