“Be As Irreverent As You Like”

“Be As Irreverent As You Like”

List three words that you love to taste. Currently, it would be emollient, amaretto, agape. List three words that make you flinch with their violence. Slaughter, eviscerate, bludgeon. A fourth: asphyxiate. Describe a recurring daydream. When I was in school, I had a recurrent daydream about slipping out through the side-gate of the playground during…

सांस्कृतिक अवमूल्यन की राजनीतिक साज़िश

सांस्कृतिक अवमूल्यन की राजनीतिक साज़िश

बोलने की आज़ादी पर बढ़ते हमलों के इस दौर में जो सबसे बड़े प्रश्न हमारे सामने खड़े हैं वह यह है की इन हमलों के सांस्कृतिक प्रभाव क्या होंगे और कितने घातक होंगे? सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्र अनिवार्य रूप से सामाजिक-राजनीतिक क्षेत्र से जुड़ा हुआ है, तथा इन हलकों में चल रहीं हलचलों की तरंगें सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्र…

“Artists need to think strategically”

“Artists need to think strategically”

Theatre person and film actor Sanjna Kapoor, who founded the Junoon theatre company in 2012 after a long stint at Bombay's Prithvi Theatre, visited the ICF studio for a conversation with writer Githa Hariharan.  In the clip below, Kapoor discusses her own experience and others' producing and acting in plays in the face of censorship,…

Three Bills and Ensuing Tensions

Three Bills and Ensuing Tensions

Manipur, “the land of jewels”, has witnessed conflict that is “as old as the hills in Manipur”. A recent point of contention is the introduction of three new anti-migrant bills that have furthered tensions between various ethnic groups and tribes, divided by the hill regions of Manipur and the valley. Although the bill strives to…

Anand Teltumbde on Current Student Struggles

Anand Teltumbde on Current Student Struggles

The Malayalam weekly Madhyamam asked Anand Teltumbde, a writer, scholar of peoples’ movements, civil rights activist with CPDR Mumbai, inter alia, two questions relating to student movements. Here are his answers: Your article in the Economic & Political Weekly in October 2015 has succinctly captured the perils of raising memorials of Dr B.R. Ambedkar while…

Make harassment and discrimination crimes under the law: Prakash Ambedkar

Make harassment and discrimination crimes under the law: Prakash Ambedkar

Courtesy Sabrang Amendments in the Central University law as well as all the statutue(s) under which Central Universities have been established, to ensure that discrimination and harassment are defined crimes punishable under the Indian Penal Code are urgently required, says Prakash Amdedkar, in an interview to Teesta Setalvad. Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar, grandson of Dr Babasaheb…

“The Challenge is in the Individual becoming the Collective…”

“The Challenge is in the Individual becoming the Collective…”

ICF interviewed cultural commentator Sadanand Menon in the wake of attacks on writers, artists, scholars and citizens. Menon rued the lack of an active leftist resistance to rightwing forces sabotaging creativity and free speech in the country in recent years. He suggested that to combat Hindutva forces collectively, we need to address the fact that…

India under Modi is living through a Dark Age: Professor D N Jha

India under Modi is living through a Dark Age: Professor D N Jha

Teesta Setalvad of Communalism Combat interviews Professor DN Jha on dietary traditions in Early India; the calculated misrepresentation of Early Indian and Medieval History by the present government under the direct control of the Sangh Parivar; and the ‘dark age ‘of superstition promoted by the current political dispensation.   Courtesy: Sabrangindia