“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

The following statement from Nayantara Sahgal was read out at the programme "Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein" in Gandhi Bhavan, Lucknow, December 28, 2016: The dangers we face today come from the fact that this Government is destroying the meaning of India, and step by step, stealthily and openly, is converting our secular…

Resistance is Existence

Resistance is Existence

Press Release from the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization On the walls of Ambedkar University Delhi, from a poem by Aharon Shabtai / Swati Gupta, sourced from Facebook The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization denounces the arrest of Khurram Parvez on the intervening night of September 15-16 at 12.30 a.m. from his house in Srinagar….

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…

Yes, the Adivasi Will Not Dance!

Yes, the Adivasi Will Not Dance!

Statement from the Indian Writers’ Forum Lalgarh / Wikimedia Commons June 19, 2016 The award winning writer, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, has given us insights into the conditions of Adivasi life, both as a medical officer posted at the additional public health centre in Beldanga block of Pakur district in Jharkhand, and as a questioning, truth-telling creative writer….

Press Statement against ‘Beat Wives Lightly’

Press Statement against ‘Beat Wives Lightly’

All India Democratic Women’s Association AIDWA stands in solidarity with Pakistan’s women who reacted strongly to the statement made by Pakistan clergy to “Beat wives lightly” as a violation of the fundamental rights of women. We also condemn similar derogatory remarks by people holding public offices in India. We protested when the Women and Child…

Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

We strongly condemn the Chhattisgarh government and its police force for using intimidation and threats of a criminal case against academics and political activists investigating human rights abuses in the southern parts of the state, especially Bastar and Dantewada.  A fact finding team consisting of Prof. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Prof. Nandini Sundar,…

The Indian Cultural Forum Salutes Our Students

The Indian Cultural Forum Salutes Our Students

​The Indian Cultural Forum congratulate​s​ K​anhaiya Kumar​ on his speech at JNU after his release on bail​. We are proud to stand in solidarity with him​,​ as also with the ​thousands of JNU students and faculty who have ​supported him, and with the ​thousands of students from universities across the country who have demonstrated their…

Occupy UGC Protest Against Scrapping of Non Net Fellowship! Fight Against Fund Cuts! Fight Against Privatization Of Higher Education!

Occupy UGC Protest Against Scrapping of Non Net Fellowship! Fight Against Fund Cuts! Fight Against Privatization Of Higher Education!

  13th January, 2:00pm It will be now 85 days since we began our agitation against UGC after it scrapped the Non NET Fellowships for the M.phil/Phd students. Soon the matter was transferred to the MHRD and since then even after several demonstrations at MHRD and our continued occupation at the UGC premises, there has…

Statements of filmmakers who have returned their National Awards

Statements of filmmakers who have returned their National Awards

25 filmmakers and film professionals, including Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, Arundhati Roy, Ranjan Palit, Sanjay Kak, Pradeep Kishen returned their National Awards at the Press Club in Mumbai in protest of state sponsored violence and aggressive interference in academic and cultural institutions. Here are their personal statements: Virendra Saini I am returning this award in…