“Are the murderers of Kalburgi not being nabbed because they’re from the Sanatan Sanstha?”: Keki Daruwalla

“Are the murderers of Kalburgi not being nabbed because they’re from the Sanatan Sanstha?”: Keki Daruwalla

Keki N. Daruwalla, poet, fiction writer, and a former officer with the Indian Police Service, speaks to Souradeep Roy for our latest feature on writing and politics. Having served in the police force for decades, he recalls how he had led encounters, nabbed criminals, but had always ordered his force to show maximum restraint. Now, deaths in encounters are lauded….

Mohandas Nemishrey Discusses Dalit Participation in Sahitya Akademi

Mohandas Nemishrey Discusses Dalit Participation in Sahitya Akademi

Eminent Dalit writer Mohandas Nemishrey highlights the biases and prejudices prevalent against the marginalised communities in state funded intitutions such as the Sahitya Akademi. He discusses his experiences as a writer, and the continued discrimination against writers on the basis of their caste which limits their participation on such platforms, and generally excludes their works from what the state sponsors…

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…

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…

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…

Reject Hindutva, Embrace Insaniyat

Reject Hindutva, Embrace Insaniyat

Image courtesy http://hydlitfest.org/speaker/nayantara-sahgal-2/ As Guest of Honour at the recent Hyderabad Literary Festival, Nayantara Sahgal made a strong case for continuing resistance to the Hindutvadi goal of a Hindu rashtra. Despite writers, scholars, artists film makers and scientists raising their voices over the last few months, Sahgal said, “The danger is by no means over……

“Speed up the investigation into the killing of Professor Kalburgi…”

“Speed up the investigation into the killing of Professor Kalburgi…”

9 December 2015 Shri Siddaramaiah Chief Minister of Karnataka Anugruha, Kumarakrup Road Bengalaru Honourable Shri Siddaramaiah, On behalf of the community of writers, artists, thinkers and scientists who feel concerned about attacks on intellectuals and thinkers in recent times, I would like to request you to kindly do everything possible within your authority to expedite…

“आज़ादी हमारा पैदाइशी हक़ है”: कृष्णा सोबती

“आज़ादी हमारा पैदाइशी हक़ है”: कृष्णा सोबती

लगातार तर्कशील एवं प्रगतिशील ताकतों पर हो रहे हमलों के विरोध में १ नवम्बर को दिल्ली के मावलंकर सभागार में आयोजित ‘प्रतिरोध’ नामक सभा में लेखक कृष्णा सोबती ने अपनी बात रखी. सोबती ने आज़ादी की लड़ाई के दौरान हुए संघर्षों को याद करते हुए वर्तमान समय में मौजूदा हालात के खिलाफ मुखर प्रतिरोध का…

Nayantara Sahgal Returns Her Sahitya Akademi Award

Nayantara Sahgal Returns Her Sahitya Akademi Award

Eminent writer and member of the Indian Writers' Forum Nayantara Sahgal returns Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against the government’s failure to safeguard cultural diversity. Nayantara Sahgal, renowned writer and niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, is known for her upright and outspoken political views. She took a firm stand against Indira Gandhi’s Emergency and, ​in more…