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Why Pakistan’s Islamists Don’t Want India’s CAA Repealed

Why Pakistan’s Islamists Don’t Want India’s CAA Repealed

Seattle City Council, one of the most powerful city councils in the United States, recently made history. It became the world’s first elected body to pass a resolution asking the Indian government to repeal the CAA, stop the National Register of Citizens and uphold the Indian Constitution. It also sought ratification of United Nations treaties on refugees. The said resolution[Read More…]

February 10, 2020 India
Beyond Federalism: the protests against CAA-NRC should be broadened

Beyond Federalism: the protests against CAA-NRC should be broadened

 Before engaging with Professor Partha Chatterjee’s essay published in the Wire, 18th January on the anti-CAA protests going on at nation-wide, let me briefly give his academic background and kind of works produced by him. He is one of India’s leading scholars who have produced large volume of the literature on themes like Nationalism as derivative discourse, Secularism, debates around[Read More…]

February 10, 2020 India
Which State do Indians Want?

Which State do Indians Want?

Indians have to make a call- and make it soon- on what nation they want to live in and what nation they want to bequeath to their children. This decision is incredibly important and is not an easy one. Both the negative propaganda and the blandishments of those in power obscure the picture that should, after so much damage has[Read More…]

February 10, 2020 India
Indian Courts Have Let Down Democracy

Indian Courts Have Let Down Democracy

Justice Markandey Katju is a former judge of Supreme Court of India. Long before he retired in 2011, he had been known for both his outspoken views and his brilliant, scholarly lectures and speeches, especially on Indian history, Urdu literature and shared Hindu-Muslim civilizational heritage. After retiring from the highest court in the land, Justice Katju seems to have become[Read More…]

February 8, 2020 India
How doubtful citizens can be ‘foreigners’

How doubtful citizens can be ‘foreigners’

The link between the NRC and the CAA is through amendment to Rules under Foreigners’ Order. The Rule 3A (6) added by Amendment to Foreigners Order 1964 in 2019 says: The district magistrate may also refer to the Tribunal for its opinion the question as to whether the appellant is a foreigner or not within the meaning of the Foreigners[Read More…]

February 8, 2020 India
JNU and the idea of Affordable Education

JNU and the idea of Affordable Education

JNU has been on boil since last four years starting from the February 9th incident in 2016 when news channels aired some doctored videos with ‘masked people’ chanting objectionable slogans and the whole university was declared Anti National. Cut to 2020, the campus again saw around 70-100 masked goons entering the campus on the first Sunday evening of this year[Read More…]

February 8, 2020 India
Delhi Elections: The shades of Communal Polarization

Delhi Elections: The shades of Communal Polarization

The voting-day (8 February 2020) for the Delhi Assembly elections has finally arrived. The BJP has continued its all-time strategy of communal polarization and Congress bashing in its election campaign. However, the emphasis remained more on communal polarization in the discussions held in the public domain and also in circles of anti-BJP intellectuals. There has been such a concentrated publicity[Read More…]

February 8, 2020 India
From The Roots To Statelessness : Are “We, the People of India”?

From The Roots To Statelessness : Are “We, the People of India”?

In the 70-year Republic, the public of India are burdened to prove their citizenship under NRC rules, prove place and birth of their parents under NPR, or face the CAA 2019. With CAA, the citizens might end up in Detention Centres. The 2015 and 2016 notifications under the Foreigners Act and Passport (Entry into India) Rules 1950 regularised the stay[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
All Assam Students’ Union, Anti CAA protests and lack of women’s representation

All Assam Students’ Union, Anti CAA protests and lack of women’s representation

Co-Written by Bhargabi Das  and Sutputra Radheye In a remote village in lower Assam, a thio naam performance (a type of devotional song performed while standing, developed by the Vaishnavite movement in Assam by Srimanta Shankardeva and his disciple Madhabdeva) unfolds. This introduces one to a story about Sita and Dashrath from the Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’. The story is about[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
Socialist Party (India) condemns attempts to disturb the peaceful nature of ongoing anti-CAA movement

Socialist Party (India) condemns attempts to disturb the peaceful nature of ongoing anti-CAA movement

Demands government must take action against all those who have made violent, provocative and misleading statements against the protestors There have been three attacks on anti-CAA protestors by armed men in the last four days. This violence is clearly an outcome of the irresponsible and incendiary statements by numerous politicians and public figures associated with the ruling party in response[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
Indian Health Authorities Plan To Treat nCoronavirus Positive Patients As Guinea Pigs By Experimenting With Anti-AIDS Drugs. Resist it

Indian Health Authorities Plan To Treat nCoronavirus Positive Patients As Guinea Pigs By Experimenting With Anti-AIDS Drugs. Resist it

“Damned philistino-medico Student crew The whole world’s just A bag of bones to you                  – Karl Marx Media reports (Millennium Post, 6 February, 2020) indicate: “The Drug Controller General of India has approved the “restricted use” of a combination of drugs used widely for controlling HIV infection in public health emergency for treating those affected by novel coronavirus (nCoV),[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
Bt Cotton: Cultivating Farmer Distress in India

Bt Cotton: Cultivating Farmer Distress in India

Later this month, India’s Supreme Court will hold a lengthy hearing on the commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard, which would be the country’s first GM food crop. The court has asked the chair of the Technical Expert Committee to be present and says that the decision on GM mustard cannot be kept pending. The TEC has come out against[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
 40 Days On: Aftermath and the On-going Struggles in Uttar Pradesh

 40 Days On: Aftermath and the On-going Struggles in Uttar Pradesh

A five member team from Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) conducted a fact finding visit in four districts of Western Uttar Pradesh – Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Bijnor, on 1st and 2nd of February 2020 to document the situation 40 days after the incidents of alleged police brutalities, which occurred on December 18th, 19th and 20th 2019[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
Primary health care facility in Delhi

Primary health care facility in Delhi

Working on primary health care has been in the list of Mr.Kejriwal led Delhi Government’s priority along with Education, water and electricity among others. One of the flagship programs in the area of health included Mohalla clinic beside Delhi ArogyaKosh (DAK) and Farishtey Scheme for victims of accident. The Farishtey Scheme eases the process of providing a quick, hassle free[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 India
When Two Elderly Women Met At Shaheen Bagh

When Two Elderly Women Met At Shaheen Bagh

Co-Written by AurobindoGhose and Gurjeet Kaur Picture of two Elderly Women at ShaheenBagh, is worth thousand words: Divided by Class and privilege but United by Compassion and Patriotism The moment we saw on Facebook on 25 January, 2020 the happy photograph of two elederly women together at the iconic site of women protest against the new Citizenship law, Shaheen Bagh,in[Read More…]

February 6, 2020 India
Catering to finance alone can not qualify India as a democracy

Catering to finance alone can not qualify India as a democracy

The budget placed in the Indian Parliament on 1st February fails to send out a long due message to the stagnating Indian economy. This is by failing to announce policies for a possible recovery of aggregate employment and output in near future. Above is evident with measures in this budget too few or altogether absent in stimulating the domestic economy[Read More…]

February 6, 2020 India
 The Mottled Logic of Power:  Reactions to Seattle’s Anti-CAA Resolution

 The Mottled Logic of Power:  Reactions to Seattle’s Anti-CAA Resolution

A few days ago, the Seattle City Council approved a resolution condemning the CAA and NRC, both creations of the ruling BJP government in India.  People involved in the creation and support of the resolution speak clearly of the splenetic reaction of many Indian-Americans to the resolution and of their searing rhetoric offered in defense of the CAA and NRC. [Read More…]

February 6, 2020 India
Delhi Election 2020: One Election, Two Battles

Delhi Election 2020: One Election, Two Battles

In the most common parlance, like every election in a democracy, the current election of Delhi legislative assembly seems that it has triggered the battle between major parties – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC) – to got requisite electoral mandate of people in order to claim the throne of the national capital[Read More…]

February 6, 2020 India
Cycling Against #CAA_NRC_NPR

Cycling Against #CAA_NRC_NPR

Yesterday for nearly four hours I was cycling in various working class localities of Bangalore, covered around 30 kms . I noticed that after nearly 7 weeks since the draconian law of CAA was enacted, people in general are aware of things that are happening. Undoubtedly the “walls” between various communities have come down. As Karl Marx once said “conditions[Read More…]

February 5, 2020 India
Why BJP’s Subjugation of Gandhi’s Legacy Hit a Roadblock at Shaheen Bagh

Why BJP’s Subjugation of Gandhi’s Legacy Hit a Roadblock at Shaheen Bagh

‘Death ends all enmity’ (Marnanti Vairani) goes a maxim in Hinduism. The story also goes that when Ravana was on death bed, Ram had even asked Laxman to go to him and learn something which no other person except a great scholar like him could teach him, declaring that though he has been forced to punish him for his terrible crime, ‘you are[Read More…]

February 5, 2020 India
GASS condemns arrest of a teacher and parent of a school in Karnataka on ‘sedition’

GASS condemns arrest of a teacher and parent of a school in Karnataka on ‘sedition’

Ganatantirk adhikar suraksha sangathan, (GASS) Odisha here has the opinion that the drama performed by children between nine and twelve years of a Private school, Bidar, Karnataka as reported in various newspapers no way invites sedition. So, arrest of teacher and mother of a child of that school is highly condemnable. Also the hours long interrogation of the small children[Read More…]

February 5, 2020 India
Violence Against Dalits And Women On The Rise In Uttar Pradesh

Violence Against Dalits And Women On The Rise In Uttar Pradesh

Two incidents in Uttar Pradesh have reflected in the growing normalisation of violence and complete collapse of the law and order. The first incident happened in district Farukhabad where a couple kept hostage to 23 children at their home and threatened to blow them off unless their demands are met. Subhash Batham was on the bail from the high court[Read More…]

February 5, 2020 India
Under CAA, India rejects its own to welcome a few outsiders

Under CAA, India rejects its own to welcome a few outsiders

A large number of Indians – most of them Dalits, Adivasis and the poor – will lose their citizenship under CAA only for a few thousand refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to be accommodated, writes Vivek Sakpal Many of the long-serving and soon-to-retire government employees have their birthdays in June. Most of these, in Maharashtra, have a common date of[Read More…]

February 4, 2020 India
Political Narrative by the Ford Foundation progeny

Political Narrative by the Ford Foundation progeny

Recently, I came across a news piece published in the ‘Indian Express’ in which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that they have changed the narrative of politics. There has been a grand debate ranging from the end of history to the end of ideology since the last decade of the past century . This propagated ‘endology’ apparently meant[Read More…]

February 4, 2020 India
CAA-NPR-NRC’s Impact on Urban Poor

CAA-NPR-NRC’s Impact on Urban Poor

Statement by National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation (NCU) The National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation (NCU) unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional and anti-constitutional CAA-NPR-NRC being unilaterally imposed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The NCU is a network of activists, researchers, urban practitioners, lawyers, informal sector workers, collectives and individuals who, for the past two years have[Read More…]

February 4, 2020 India
State assembly resolutions against Constitutional (Amendment) Act 2019:  Debating legalities for or against?

State assembly resolutions against Constitutional (Amendment) Act 2019:  Debating legalities for or against?

The outbreak of dissent voices against the newly enacted Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 which grants citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, appeared as several forms of condemnation for the last two months in India insisting for repeal of the act. For the first time, the post independent India happened to be an eyewitness for the religious[Read More…]

February 4, 2020 India
Shaheen Bagh Movement: Deepening Democracy-Uniting India

Shaheen Bagh Movement: Deepening Democracy-Uniting India

As democracy is seeping in slowly all over the world, there is an organization which is monitoring the degree of democracy in the individual countries, The Economist Intelligence Unit. As such in each country there are diverse factors which on one hand work to deepen it, while others weaken it. Overall there is a march from theoretical democracy to substantive[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
Understand the Chronology

Understand the Chronology

Opinions are divided over the constitutionality and morality of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The extent of this dyad is difficult to comprehend, however, the ambit of anti-CAA stir steadily swelled across India. Soon after President Kovind gave his nod, protests against the contentious law gripped different cities and smaller towns. A sit-in protest was organized in Shaheen Bagh – a[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
Budget Versus Three Themes of India

Budget Versus Three Themes of India

As an ordinary person belonging to the middle class was looking forward to a budget which can really kick start the economy but Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman disappointed not only me but a million of ordinary citizens. In the Parliament she went on speaking on three themes: Aspirational India, Economic development and a Caring society. No doubt, the Modi government[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
Open Letter To Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi

Open Letter To Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi

VOTE FOR BJP OR YOU WILL GET RAPED? IS THIS YOUR MESSAGE TO DELHI’S WOMEN? YOUR PARTY IS ALSO EXHORTING MOBS TO AIM BULLETS AT WOMEN & CHILDREN. PLEASE STOP YOUR PARTY FROM THREATENING WOMEN WITH VIOLENCE. FIGHT THE ELECTION UPHOLDING THE DIGNITY OF OUR CONSTITUTION. Dear Mr. Prime Minister: We speak to you as women of this country, and[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
Hyderabad: Understanding India’s Biggest Massacre

Hyderabad: Understanding India’s Biggest Massacre

While speaking on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with a neighbor of mines who hails from Zaheerabad, Telangana as in almost every discussion on CAA we ended up discussing the documents issue. He started telling this story of how his family escaped from Zaheerabad when ordinary farmers took up arms and unleashed violence on Muslims. I was taken aback[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
Time for a mid-term poll -in response to reverberations from Shaheen Bagh and other parts of India

Time for a mid-term poll -in response to reverberations from Shaheen Bagh and other parts of India

The  protestors  in  Shaheen  Bagh  in  the  national  capital  are  being  targeted  by    police-protected   revolver-wielding  Hindutva  fanatics,   and  those  in  other  cities  across  the  country  are  being  prevented  by  the  police  from  demonstrating in  the  streets.   Nevertheless   their  voices  are  reverberating  from  all  corners  of  India  to  the  corridors  of  the  United  Nations  and  the  global  institutions  of   Europe.  They [Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
BJP’s Vicious Campaign In Delhi Elections

BJP’s Vicious Campaign In Delhi Elections

The filth is growing day by day and the desperation on the faces when the entire cabinet and a rabble rousing chief minister from neighboring state is campaigning in Delhi. The focus is on Pakistan and ‘terrorism’ and not the basic amenities of the people. It is deeply shocking the way BJP leadership has turned the Delhi elections into an[Read More…]

February 3, 2020 India
Why I Stand with Sharjeel Imam

Why I Stand with Sharjeel Imam

My friends advised me to avoid the issue of Sharjeel Imam. They said that it was not the ‘right time’ to show solidarity with him. I know they were concerned about my safety. But how could I ignore the safety of my friend for the sake of mine? My conscience compels me to stand with Sharjeel Imam. Those who have[Read More…]

January 31, 2020 India
Unprecedented March against Anti-People CAA, NPR & NRC at Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Unprecedented March against Anti-People CAA, NPR & NRC at Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Bhubaneswar, 30.01.20:The State Capital of Odisha witnessed today an unprecedented March against CAA, NPR and NRC in response to a unitedcall given by progressive political organizations, social groups, academics, media persons, artists and students in the State under the banner of ‘We The People Of India’. A peaceful gathering of about 30 thousand people solemnly reaffirmed their faith in the[Read More…]

January 31, 2020 India
How Can We Remain Silent?

How Can We Remain Silent?

A few days ago, I was in Jaipur for the Jaipur Literature Festival. It has now become an annual ritual for me and a dear friend. We were absolutely delighted with the scope and variety of the topics of discussion, the speakers and genres of books launched this year. There was an evident absence of censorship in the talks and[Read More…]

January 31, 2020 India
 The Return of Gandhi in the Indian Public sphere

 The Return of Gandhi in the Indian Public sphere

   On the occasion of 72th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and to save his  dream  of ‘Secular India’ from the current onslaught of Hindutva forces,  a long march ( from Jamia to  Rajghat on 30th January 2020)  was organized by Jamia’s students to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and register protest against the CAA–NPR-NRC at his Samadhi, Rajghat. However,[Read More…]

January 31, 2020 India
Terrorist With A Gun Again On Mahatma Gandhis’s Martyrdom Day

Terrorist With A Gun Again On Mahatma Gandhis’s Martyrdom Day

A terrorist fires at the peaceful protesters in Delhi as police watch silently, injuring a student from Jamia Millia Islamia. Protests have been organised all over the country to mark the martyrdom of Gandhi who was murdered by Pandit Nathu Ram Godse, the first terrorist of independent India. We might differ with Gandhi on his various approaches and need not[Read More…]

January 30, 2020 India
 People Power Humbles Modi, Shah

 People Power Humbles Modi, Shah

Modi and Amit Shah would ignore the lessons of history at their own peril Narendra Modi is in a league of his own.  He swept back into power in May 2019, defying disasters like demonetisation, GST, unemployment and agrarian distress.  His is the first government in the last 30 years to return to power with full majority and a massive[Read More…]

January 30, 2020 India
The Anti-CAA/NRC/NPR Movement: Hope and Prospects

The Anti-CAA/NRC/NPR Movement: Hope and Prospects

1. The government’s decisions on the Kashmir-problem, the temple-mosque dispute, the Assam-problem (National Register of Citizens) and the Citizenship Amendment Act highlight four things: (1) That the decisions are motivated with an intention of communal polarization. (2) That the role of democratic institutions and processes has been merely perfunctory in these decisions. (3) These decisions are not characteristic of a[Read More…]

January 30, 2020 India
How Hindutva Terror Outfits Hide in Plain Sight

How Hindutva Terror Outfits Hide in Plain Sight

The arrest of yet another alleged bomb-maker with right-wing links should lead to action at last. ‘When Crimes shoot up, they become invisible. When pain becomes unbearable, cries are no longer heard.’ —Bertolt Brecht Can the provocations of a cabinet minister, who openly raises controversial slogans, be considered a “breach of peace” or are they merely attempts to “gauge people’s mood”,[Read More…]

January 29, 2020 India
Make Reading Preamble of the Constitution Compulsory | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Make Reading Preamble of the Constitution Compulsory | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The Government of Maharastra has made reading Preamble of the constitution compulsory in the school assembly meetings every morning. From primary school to high school, students must remind themselves that they live in a democracy under this constitution. This is a great nationalist step. Every state Government in the country must do this needful thing at this juncture of our[Read More…]

January 28, 2020 India
Citizenship, Hindutva Hypocrisy and the CAA-NRC

Citizenship, Hindutva Hypocrisy and the CAA-NRC

While celebrating the Republic Day, a public lecture on the topic of ‘Citizenship’ (which now has become a contentious issue after the passing of the CAA, and which has also triggered massive protests at the nation-wide,) was organized by a group of students and activists, teachers (mainly associated with JNU, DU and Jamia) under the aegis of Shaheen Ki Taleem[Read More…]

January 28, 2020 India
West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal became the fourth opposition-ruled state to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in its assembly, after Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan. The resolution, moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee was passed unanimously by the House, with Congress and Left members, along with those of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), supporting it. The BJP opposed it.[Read More…]

January 28, 2020 India
Women Farmers From Farm Suicide Families Demand Special Package

Women Farmers From Farm Suicide Families Demand Special Package

New Delhi, January 27th 2020: In a National Consultation co-organised by MahilaKisanAdhikaarManch (MAKAAM) and UN Women on the “Status of Women Farmers in Farm Suicide Families”, affected women demanded a special support package from the government from this Budget itself. “We find that governments are not doing enough to prevent farm suicides. They are not even extending adequate and uniform[Read More…]

January 27, 2020 India
Call After Political Defeat!

Call After Political Defeat!

1. The title of the article is not reflective of the defeat of politics that stands against the politics which imposes neo-imperialist slavery on the country. That defeat has already been taken place. The reason is that almost all the claimants and intellectuals of socialism, secularism and democracy in the country are against the anti-neo-imperialist politics. The experience since 1991[Read More…]

January 27, 2020 India
Why Indian sugarcane farmers are angry with  President Bolsanaro’s visit to India

Why Indian sugarcane farmers are angry with  President Bolsanaro’s visit to India

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro, is the chief guest at India’s  Republic Day Parade on January 26 this year.  But  sugarcane farmers around the country are not  happy with his visit and protesting around the country for the last  three days. Brazil, largest producer of sugarcane and sugar  exporter in the world  complained to WTO (World Trade Organization) questioning the support[Read More…]

January 27, 2020 India
Political Identity of J &K Usurped by Rightist Politics

Political Identity of J &K Usurped by Rightist Politics

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Rajendran Narayanan The decision on 5th August, 2019 to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A and division and downgrading of State of J&K into two Union Territories J&K and Ladakh was taken in a most undemocratic manner without consulting a single person of J&K. The State Assembly is not in existence for 18 months now. There[Read More…]

January 27, 2020 India
7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

A 620 km long human chain from the northern part of Kerala to the south was formed on Republic Day by the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front, to register the protest against the ‘unconstitutional: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). People from all walks of life including newly weds participated in the human chain. The organizers claimed that around 60 to 70[Read More…]

January 26, 2020 India
154 European Union lawmakers draft stunning anti-CAA resolution

154 European Union lawmakers draft stunning anti-CAA resolution

In a scathing denouncement of CAA, the lawmakers have drafted a formal five-page resolution to be tabled during the plenary session of the European Parliament starting in Brussels next week India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) could trigger the “largest statelessness crisis in the world and cause widespread human suffering”, a powerful group of 154 European Parliament members have warned. In[Read More…]

January 26, 2020 India
This Fight is for Democracy against a Fascist Government

This Fight is for Democracy against a Fascist Government

The participation of the students of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in the movement against the CAA and NRC is a fight between a fascist government and our democracy and is fully justified. Actually, this fight is about fascism versus democracy, which is being expressed through the idea of ‘Save the Constitution’. At present, it has become the biggest political contradiction,[Read More…]

January 26, 2020 India
Justice For An Accused Person: What Is Due Judicial Process?

Justice For An Accused Person: What Is Due Judicial Process?

On January 8, 2020, during a student demonstration within the campus of the University of Mysuru at Manasagangothri, Ms.Nalini Balakumar reportedly displayed a banner which bore the words “Free Kashmir”. For this reason, the Police suo moto registered a case of sedition against her. Whether or not displaying a “Free Kashmir” sign is an offence deserving being booked for sedition[Read More…]

January 26, 2020 India
Seven Decades Of The Decaying Republic: Indian Democracy Unmasked

Seven Decades Of The Decaying Republic: Indian Democracy Unmasked

( Text of a Plenary Lecture at ISSA by Dr. KS Sharma  is given below, on the eve of  70 years of Indian Republic.  43rd Indian Social Science Congress was held, by  the Indian Social Science Academy-ISSA, January 17-21, 2020, at Bengaluru Central University, attended by hundreds of  scientists and social  scientists from all over India.  It was held with[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
Rajasthan Assembly passes resolution against CAA

Rajasthan Assembly passes resolution against CAA

Rajasthan Assembly passed a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). Rajasthan is the third state to pass a resolution against CAA. The resolution asked the Centre to repeal the CAA and withdraw the new questionnaire for preparation of the National Population Register (NPR), as the people would face inconvenience with the proposed additional information. “The CAA flouts the Constitution’s[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a threat to democratic values, indigenous people and environment, not welcome by Indian People

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a threat to democratic values, indigenous people and environment, not welcome by Indian People

New Delhi, January 25 : The Brazilian President, Jai Bolsonaro is on a four day visit to the country, starting January 24th. He has been invited by the Indian government to be the chief guest at the 71st Republic Day celebrations.  This is a special day that we cherish and reassert the values of freedom, equality, plurality and diversity, the values enshrined[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
Patriarchy Take Heed, Even As All Of Us Together Fight Fascism In India

Patriarchy Take Heed, Even As All Of Us Together Fight Fascism In India

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   The time for patriarchy to gracefully let women be is ripe in India right now. Last few months have seen hundreds and thousands of girls and women on the streets protesting for their political rights. Even the corporate press has been forced to report – whatever is apparent to any[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
A Wish to the Bhakts

A Wish to the Bhakts

  Dear Bhakts As you go ahead with adoring your god and live in the imaginary world that everything that your god is doing is great, please do go through certain facts. It is known that according to you facts are only those which emerges from ‘Nagpur’, ‘IT Cells’ or ‘Fake media’. You are not ready to trust the real[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
India’s Modi: Messiah or Menace?

India’s Modi: Messiah or Menace?

When the Hindu sages developed their way of life, they divided people into four castes:  Brahmins, the thinkers, scholars and priests at the top for they were the guides; Kshatriyas, the soldiers including the king second for they protected and governed society; Vaishyas the merchants third with their commerce facilitating daily living; and Shudras who were the laborers and service[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
 The Muslim Women’s   ‘Political Agency’ and their Resistance against the CAA-NPR-NRC 

 The Muslim Women’s   ‘Political Agency’ and their Resistance against the CAA-NPR-NRC 

Co-Written by Badre  Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”  (BR Ambedkar)   Since the BJP government has passed the anti-constitutional CAA in Parliament on 12th December 2019; massive protests triggered and as a result currently, India is witnessing unprecedented protests in the history of Independent[Read More…]

January 25, 2020 India
Myths & truths of CAA’s link with NRC-NPR

Myths & truths of CAA’s link with NRC-NPR

 There are ten great claims, which can easily be proved baseless. There are ten great claims, which can easily be proved baseless. By the time the reader verifies the claim, the untruth travels long and their IT or social media managers, print and electronic media agents and PR teams will make it viral. Some claims made by Constitutional office holders[Read More…]

January 24, 2020 India
Where do one lakh Sri Lankan Hindus go?

Where do one lakh Sri Lankan Hindus go?

The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 of India is discriminatory on several grounds. It does not promote equality but violates it. It destroys the secular character and Article 14, as ‘religion’ is made basis of discrimination. India did not include all neighbouring countries to fast track citizenship grant to immigrants. Sri Lanka is a significant exclusion, because of which Hindus and[Read More…]

January 24, 2020 India
CAA: 30 Reasons To Reject

CAA: 30 Reasons To Reject

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has become the most controversial legislation since the promulgation of Constitution of India on 26 January 1950. Different arguments for and against CAA have been discussed in the Parliament, in media and even on streets, yet common people are highly confused regarding its short term and long term impact on them. The only big[Read More…]

January 24, 2020 India
What Is CAA, NPR, NRC? What Is Its Impact On Indian Citizens?

What Is CAA, NPR, NRC? What Is Its Impact On Indian Citizens?

Introduction : The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the BJP government has been challenged by uprisings nationwide. The questions raised by the masses are met with denial, deflection and deceptive statements. The government defends the Act, citing there are no plans to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) nationwide and that the National Population Register (NPR) and CAA[Read More…]

January 23, 2020 India
The Whistleblower of IIT, Guwahati Needs You to Stand in Solidarity

The Whistleblower of IIT, Guwahati Needs You to Stand in Solidarity

While the nation is fighting against the vehemently totalitarian governance of the central government, I stand here in solidarity with a man who dared to challenge the corrupt system, Prof Brijesh Rai of IIT-Guwahati. As it is not a headline that will bring the media houses TRP like the puppetry broadcasts that media houses broadcast, it is silent. Silent like[Read More…]

January 22, 2020 India
When Water turned red, Gaw Kadal Massacre and Lenin’s death

When Water turned red, Gaw Kadal Massacre and Lenin’s death

Cartoon by Suhail H Naqshbani   This day, January 21 marks a very gory picture of history. It has seen blood flowing under Gaw Kadal Bridge in Srinagar and also marks the 96th death year of the Russian Revolutionary V. I. Lenin. In 1914, Lenin who stood affirm on nation’s right to self-determination wrote, “…we must inevitably reach the conclusion[Read More…]

January 22, 2020 India
Why India needs Periyar today

Why India needs Periyar today

In the ongoing movement against the Citizenship Amendment Act the images of Gandhi, Ambedkar and even Bhagat Singh have been put forward as symbols of religious tolerance, non-violence, Dalit empowerment and even socialist revolution. However, outside Tamil Nadu,  few seem to have remembered E.V.Ramaswamy ‘Periyar’, the founder of the Dravidian movement– who perhaps offers the most potent challenge to the[Read More…]

January 21, 2020 India
Rising infant deaths in government hospitals in India: A wake up call for redefining health administration

Rising infant deaths in government hospitals in India: A wake up call for redefining health administration

Over the past few years, frequent incidences of infant deaths at the government run hospitals pointed to a deeper crisis of the health care system in India. The major concern and the way out after recent incidence of infant deaths in Rajasthan’s Kota district (a Congress-ruled state) could be sorted out by seeking government attentions for ensuring accountabilities, but the[Read More…]

January 21, 2020 India
“Don’t fund our eviction”: honey-collecting tribe pleads with US government

“Don’t fund our eviction”: honey-collecting tribe pleads with US government

Two tribal communities famed for their honey-gathering skills have written to the US authorities urging them to scrap support for a conservation project that could lead to the tribe’s eviction from their ancestral forests. The villagers, members of India’s Jenu Kuruba (“honey collectors”) tribe, object to the US Fish and Wildlife Service funding a project in Karnataka state, home to the Nagarhole[Read More…]

January 20, 2020 India
Ramchandra Guha’s history of balancing facts only help the Hindutva forces

Ramchandra Guha’s history of balancing facts only help the Hindutva forces

Ramchandra Guha is quite dangerous and ‘expert’ in balancing thing. His problems with Congress are manifold but many ‘experts’ feel that if they criticise the Sangh Parivar, it is their duty to criticise Congress more than them. Ram Chandra Guha has done that in past. I dont know why Rahul Gandhi should come in the picture. Does he not has[Read More…]

January 20, 2020 India
Hindutva: Get Egg on Your Face and Say ‘I am Loving it’

Hindutva: Get Egg on Your Face and Say ‘I am Loving it’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to further his deeply-sectarian and divisive agenda at Belur Math, global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda, has backfired. His controversial defence of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 at the historic math in which he invoked Vivekananda himself has enraged a broad spectrum of people and formations. The CAA is, of[Read More…]

January 20, 2020 India
Dismantling the Indian Republic

Dismantling the Indian Republic

On 26 January 2020, as India marks 70 years of becoming a modern Republic, it also faces its biggest crisis as a democratic federation of religious, linguistic, ethnic and regional groups. Not only is the soul of India – its traditions of secularism, tolerance and respect for diversity – under threat, even the very flesh and bones of the nation[Read More…]

January 18, 2020 India
The Rise of Right Wing in New India

The Rise of Right Wing in New India

India has entered the new year on many negatives. Its economy is simmering and showing no signs of recovery. And protests are everywhere happening in the country and these are increasing with each passing day and first started by common people are now joined by students of various colleges and universities across the country. The right-wing party BJP came again[Read More…]

January 18, 2020 India
Delhi To Be Under Draconian National Security Act For Three Months

Delhi To Be Under Draconian National Security Act For Three Months

In an unprecedented move Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has granted power of detaining authority to the Delhi Police Commissioner under the National Security Act, according to a notification. Under the National Security Act, an individual can be detained without a charge for up to 12 months. The individual also need not be informed of the charges for 10 days.[Read More…]

January 18, 2020 India
Conversation between Mohan Bhagwat and Narendra Modi

Conversation between Mohan Bhagwat and Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi (with folded hands): Jai Shriram. Bhagwat ji. It is a long time, almost a month since I spoke to you and sought your guidance. I want to know, are we falling short in implementing the Hindutva agenda. Mohan Bhagwat: No Modi. You are doing a good job. We are going to have a Ram Mandir soon. The court[Read More…]

January 18, 2020 India
Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

The Punjab Assembly on Friday passed a resolution by voice vote against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, the second state in the country to do so.  The resolution moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra was passed after over three hours of discussion. While the ruling Congress and main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supported the resolution, the BJP opposed[Read More…]

January 17, 2020 India
 Dissenting voices:  CAA and NPR-NRC

 Dissenting voices:  CAA and NPR-NRC

  Recently majority of the countries are witnessing massive protests and agitations world over on the issues of economic inequality, public corruptions, political freedom, and suppression of dissenting voices by the state agency such as police and army. The ongoing protests on the said issues in the countries like, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, India and other West Asia[Read More…]

January 17, 2020 India
A rise of Secular India after a fall of moral compass

A rise of Secular India after a fall of moral compass

● Time to speak your mind,its now or never : A little something has died in everyone of us today_ In some compassion & empathy, In some zeal & positivity, In some happiness & peace, The shades of grey,with hues of red of blood,are taking away_ The spark of every sunshine with it The warmth of relations with it, The[Read More…]

January 16, 2020 India
Dilemma of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah

Dilemma of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah

Narendra Modi: What is this Amit Bhai! With each of our step our opposers are only growing. Amit Shah:  True Narendra Bhai! If this goes on, a time will come when we will be doomed Narendra Modi: What is Mohan Bhagwat saying? Amit Shah: He said us to take action against our opposers, even if it meant physical attack against[Read More…]

January 15, 2020 India
Whither Educational Institutions?

Whither Educational Institutions?

Educational Institutions are meant to be places of learning and authorities managing them are expected to provide a liberal space where diversity of ideas can exist. Of course, this ideal is present at very few places but Jawaharlal Nehru University, before the Modi government came to power was one such place of international standing in India. It was comparable to[Read More…]

January 15, 2020 India
CAA is first big step towards Savarkar’s Akhand Hindu-Rashtra

CAA is first big step towards Savarkar’s Akhand Hindu-Rashtra

The Citizenship (Amendment)Act, 2019 (CAA) is being vaguely labelled as Anti-Muslims. Though it is certainly designed to exclude and disparage Muslims to become lesser rights holder in India, the Act’s design reflects to a larger nefarious social agenda. In 2014, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists from Pakistan were given Long Term Visas (LTVs)for stay in India. In 2015, the notification[Read More…]

January 14, 2020 India
Shaheen Bagh provides hope for a new democracy and collective struggle for common good

Shaheen Bagh provides hope for a new democracy and collective struggle for common good

The sale of national flag is gone manifold. The reading on Constitution is growing and perhaps for the first time in history of independent India, the faith in our constitution has grown tremendously. It was never so much. In fact, those who are supposed to uphold the constitutional values are actually protecting Manusmirit and people have realized now that it[Read More…]

January 14, 2020 India
What violates secularism: Ministers, politicians visiting temple or Muslims uttering Allah?

What violates secularism: Ministers, politicians visiting temple or Muslims uttering Allah?

  It was late in the evening inside JNU campus. Two Muslim students were engaged in a fierce debate. Close to them were standing two girls and a boy. They were silent and holding placards against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.   Tharoor was already late by several hours. But the students were patiently waiting for him. Even the cold wind[Read More…]

January 14, 2020 India
Constitutional Doubts, Doubtful Assurances

Constitutional Doubts, Doubtful Assurances

The National Register for Citizens (NRC), that created havoc among the lives of 19 lakh people in Assam, if extended to entire India, what will happen to 130 crore people? How many of them could prove their citizenship? In the 70th year of Indian Republic, the people are burdened to prove that they are citizens of India. Top constitutional authorities[Read More…]

January 14, 2020 India
An open letter to the citizens of India by former officials of Government of India

An open letter to the citizens of India by former officials of Government of India

India does not need the CAA-NPR-NRIC. They need to be resolutely opposed. Withdraw the Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019 Issued on 09 January 2020, by CONSTITUTIONAL CONDUCT GROUP, with 106 signatories, Full Text given below. Most of them were IAS, and include IPS, IRS, IFS officials. And include top former Secretaries, DGPs, RAW officials too. The signatories included those connected[Read More…]

January 14, 2020 India
Students As Torch Bearers

Students As Torch Bearers

We live in times when students act as torch bearers while the senior citizens act like idiots, cowards and opportunists. A country or society is shaped by education and education itself acts as a boat which travels large distances for people who battles with the waves and paddles the anchor! It is often said that an educational institution should not[Read More…]

January 13, 2020 India
Another Nail In The Coffin Of Democracy

Another Nail In The Coffin Of Democracy

         On 10th January 2020, the Citizenship Amendment Act  came into effect all over India. Debating about the CAA is a pointless exercise, since it is only a problem if there is a register to tie it to, and until the NPR starts, we really have nothing to go on regarding the legality, or morality of the[Read More…]

January 13, 2020 India
A Dalit Girl Gang Raped And Hanged From A Tree In Gujarat

A Dalit Girl Gang Raped And Hanged From A Tree In Gujarat

In north Gujarat a 19-year-old Dalit woman was kidnapped, gangraped and murdered before her body was hanged from a tree to make it look like a suicide. The victim had gone missing on December 31 and her body was found on January 5. According to the details of the Nirbhaya-like case, after the deceased went missing, her family had approached[Read More…]

January 13, 2020 India
Citizenship Amendment Act and Religious Minorities in South Asia

Citizenship Amendment Act and Religious Minorities in South Asia

In the beginning of January 2020 two very disturbing events were reported from Pakistan. One was the attack on Nankana Sahib, the holy shrine where Sant Guru Nanak was born. While one report said that the place has been desecrated, the other stated that it was a fight between two Muslim groups. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan condemned the[Read More…]

January 13, 2020 India
Not Just Citizenships, Our Conscience and Ethics Too Are Put To Test

Not Just Citizenships, Our Conscience and Ethics Too Are Put To Test

Co-Written by Debmalya Nandy and NIlakshi Bhattacharyya The doldrums of the current political scenario is also witnessing a changing face of the society. Not just our citizenships, our sense of reasoning and rational thinking are under threat as well.. Amidst the NRC( National Register for citizens) and CAA( Citizenship Amendment Act) row and the turbulence brought about by the introduction[Read More…]

January 12, 2020 India
Amidst the darkness we are living in the age of Protests

Amidst the darkness we are living in the age of Protests

 Presently most of the countries are witnessing massive protests, agitations, and public demonstrations across the world around the issues of economic inequality, corruptions, political freedom, and suppression of democratic rights including the police brutality. The ongoing protests on said issues in the countries like, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, and other West Asia regions could be cited as cases[Read More…]

January 12, 2020 India
JNU violence must be investigated by a judicial commission

JNU violence must be investigated by a judicial commission

Delhi Police’s press conference on the JNU issue yesterday was deeply disappointing though not surprising given the nature of the political pressure on the police and ‘ready to do anything’ variety of officers violating commitment to the constitution of India. JNU faced unprecedented violence on January 5th in the night when masked goons attacked the university students and faculties as[Read More…]

January 11, 2020 India
Jammu Kashmir Continues to be A Ministry of Fear

Jammu Kashmir Continues to be A Ministry of Fear

Co-Written by Rajendran Narayanan and Sandeep Pandey “Jab har saans mein bandook dikhe toh baccha kaise bekhauf rahe?” (How can a child be fearless when she sees a gun in every breath?) remarked Anwar, a gardener from Srinagar, when asked about the situation in Kashmir.On 30 November, 2019, a walk through an iron gate in a quiet neighbourhood of Srinagar[Read More…]

January 11, 2020 India
Why RSS/BJP Hate JNU And Social Sciences?

Why RSS/BJP Hate JNU And Social Sciences?

The attack by masked forces, who were freely allowed to enter the JNU campus and injured teachers and students tell a new story of the BJP rule in Delhi. It is likely that they want to dismantle JNU and some other universities in the country. Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) have major issues with universities that teach[Read More…]

January 11, 2020 India
University Campus or Cantonment?

University Campus or Cantonment?

In the mid-seventies, when I came to Delhi University (DU) from a small village in Haryana, the deployment of police or private security guards either in the college or university campus was unheard of. There used to be university watchmen at the gate of college, hostel and faculty, who were generally befriended by the students. In the entire north campus,[Read More…]

January 11, 2020 India
GM in India: Faking it on the Astroturf

GM in India: Faking it on the Astroturf

According to a recent report in The Hindu Business Line, India’s intelligence agencies are investigating the role of a global investment company and international seed companies in supporting farmers organisation Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) in the distribution of illegally procured genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant (HT) cotton seeds. The planting of such seeds is an offence under the Environment Protection Act[Read More…]

January 11, 2020 India
Attack on JNU: Police Accuse Left Wing Students As The Perpetrators of Violence

Attack on JNU: Police Accuse Left Wing Students As The Perpetrators of Violence

Five days after masked goons attacked students in New Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in which about 20 students including JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh and teachers were grievously injured, the Delhi police have accused that Aishe Ghosh and other left wing students were among the attackers. The police released photos puported to be that of Aishe Ghosh.[Read More…]

January 10, 2020 India
Recalling The Horror: making sense of identity amid violence

Recalling The Horror: making sense of identity amid violence

Co-Written by Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Mohd Lateef Mir and Adil Bashir  It is said,‘life is full of uncertainties, and one never knows what transpires in a moment.’ The uncertainty is part of our existence because of mortality. Life has many aspects, although intriguing which makes it a treasure to spend. It is like a journey which starts at the time of[Read More…]

January 10, 2020 India
Premonitions   and  predilections  while  entering   2020  

Premonitions   and  predilections  while  entering   2020  

The  new  year  greets  us  with  the  murderous  rampage  by  the  Hindutva  brigade  in  the  JNU  campus  against  students  and  teachers  who  have  been  protesting  against  the  authoritarian   policies  and  acts  of  the  BJP  regime.  The  practice  of  assaults  and  lynching   against  Muslims   and  Dalits  in  the  public  space  since  Narendra  Modi’s  coming  to  power,   was  extended  to  students  of  [Read More…]

January 10, 2020 India
In CAA narrative, finding the judiciary’s lost voice

In CAA narrative, finding the judiciary’s lost voice

This is a watershed moment for the judiciary not to falter and for judges to undo the wrongs of the past.  This is a reflection of the times we live in and signals that the youth in our country have to spend the next significant amount of time battling a leadership that comes across, at once, as communal and authoritarian.[Read More…]

January 10, 2020 India
Can Hindus give up their Hindu privilege?

Can Hindus give up their Hindu privilege?

Cow vigilantism, Article 370, Ayodhya verdict and now the evil conjoined twins NRC-CAA. This dispensation is unsurprisingly on an exclusionist rampage and will one leave no stone unturned till they are well on their way to attaining Hindu-rashtra as they have purported to achieve directly and indirectly. Nevermind the fact that Article 14, which many people believe applies only to[Read More…]

January 9, 2020 India
(Photo | Parveen Negi| The New Indian Express)

A Raised Fisted Red Salute, To My Alma Mater, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University For Protesting Against Fascism In India

Kudos to students of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Delhi for protesting in the campus against fascism on 8 January, 2020. Almost the entire college walked out in protest and marched towards other colleges where more students joined. It was the collective decision of students of this college. This was an unprecedented political outrage by the students. They raised the[Read More…]

January 9, 2020 India
Pakistan and Indian Muslims

Pakistan and Indian Muslims

‘Go to Pakistan’ has probably been most often used phrase used against Muslims in India. Recently in yet another such incident the SP of Meerut, UP has been in the news and a video is circulating where he, Akhilesh Narayan Singh, is allegedly using the jibe ‘Go to Pakistan’. In the video he is seen shouting at protestors at Lisari[Read More…]

January 9, 2020 India
Largest Ever Strike in India Shakes Up Modi Govt

Largest Ever Strike in India Shakes Up Modi Govt

India woke up on January 8, to witness the largest ever strike with an estimated 25 crore (250 million) workers, employees, farmers and rural labourers stopping work and hitting the streets to protest against the Modi government’s economic policies and divisive politics. Reports coming in from various states indicate that the strike was complete in the country’s massive public sector[Read More…]

January 8, 2020 India
For the first time

For the first time

Something about 5th January night’s state sponsored attack on students and professors in JNU hostels left me completely shaken up. Because I felt a lot of things, for the first time. For the first time, sitting in my home in Mumbai, I felt unsafe. When I saw videos of a mob with weapons marching brashly at night in private living[Read More…]

January 8, 2020 India
Why RSS hates JNU?

Why RSS hates JNU?

The recent attack on students and teachers at JNU by right-wing goons associated with Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) exposes the threat being felt by the BJP. The party which believes in an ideology of exclusion and hardly pays attention to the real concerns affecting people, JNU is a nightmare. JNU is seen as troublesome in building their agenda of[Read More…]

January 8, 2020 India
Citizen Amendment Bill and Student Protest in India

Citizen Amendment Bill and Student Protest in India

Co-Written by Inamul Haq & Dr. Beryl Anand The ongoing student protest in India against the policies of government is not new in the history.It is revolution among the young students, who does not believe in boundaries, religion, identity, class and region. The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is considered as a hub of anti-government protests. However, the rest of the[Read More…]

January 7, 2020 India
Capitalism and the Gut-Wrenching Hijack of India  

Capitalism and the Gut-Wrenching Hijack of India  

In India, the ‘development’ paradigm is premised on moving farmers out of agriculture and into the cities to work in construction, manufacturing or the service sector, despite these sectors not creating anything like the number of jobs required. The aim is to displace the existing labour-intensive system of food and agriculture with one dominated by a few transnational corporate agri-food[Read More…]

January 7, 2020 India
Gujaratification as the foremost national security threat

Gujaratification as the foremost national security threat

A commentator has it that Kashmirisation of India is underway ever since methods law and order maintenance tried and tested in Kashmir found their way into the national capital with the invasion of the armed police into a university campus to rough up students. Alongside, Gujratification of India is also underway, evident from the foray of a right wing lynch[Read More…]

January 7, 2020 India
What I Think The Indian Right Wing Is Planning To Do Next In 2020

What I Think The Indian Right Wing Is Planning To Do Next In 2020

Based on what their loyalists on Twitter are clamouring for. You see 2019 has been a year that saw sweeping changes in India. It has been pretty bad on the economic front but it did have all the ingredients to keep right-wing loyalists fixated with the BJP. Article 370 which granted special privileges to India’s only Muslim majority state Jammu[Read More…]

January 7, 2020 India
Attack On Students and Teachers: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Withdraws From New Indian Express Conclave

Attack On Students and Teachers: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Withdraws From New Indian Express Conclave

To, Mr. Prabhu Chawla Editorial Director New Indian Express Chennai. Dear Mr. Prabhu Chawla You have invited me to speak in a panel on 8 January in the Educational Conclave you are organizing. You have been organizing this conclave on education called ThinkEdu for quite some time. This year invitation said: ‘It is my honour to invite you to speak[Read More…]

January 7, 2020 India
A Repulsive Political Game Play

A Repulsive Political Game Play

It is not the first time that JNU is witnessing the wrath of the right wing. But on what had happened recently cannot be seen as just another usual incident amongst others. Never in the history of JNU did it see such chaos reigning on the campus. The backdrop of the whole series of protest that happened in JNU was[Read More…]

January 7, 2020 India
Police failure to protect JNU from terror attack need to be investigated

Police failure to protect JNU from terror attack need to be investigated

The terror attack on JNU last night is the reminder how the BJP has increasingly supported lumpenism and goondaism of its student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad during the last few years particularly after the Narendra Modi government took over. It is a well known factor that ABVP is unable to take the opponent head on in most of the[Read More…]

January 6, 2020 India
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Condemns Attack on JNU Teachers and Students

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Condemns Attack on JNU Teachers and Students

I strongly condemn the brutal attack on JNU Teachers and Students on 5 January, 2020. Under the present BJP/RSS rule unusual levels of violence has been let loose on campuses. For the first time in higher education history after independence masked forces with lethal weapons entered the campus and brutally beat teachers and students. This signals a new level of[Read More…]

January 6, 2020 India
NAPM stands in solidarity with the struggling students and faculty members of JNU

NAPM stands in solidarity with the struggling students and faculty members of JNU

New Delhi, January 6 : NAPM strongly condemns the unprecedented violence unleashed by the masked goons on the JNU campus specifically targeting Student Union activists, students active in anti fee hike agitation and the faculty members supporting them and some Kashmiri and Dalit students. The attack has left more than 20 students and faculty members with grievous injury, fracture and cuts[Read More…]

January 6, 2020 India
In Spite Of Severe Repression People Are United In Protests

In Spite Of Severe Repression People Are United In Protests

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Anandi Pandey At New Delhi’s Jamia Millia University if one visits the library it may appear as if a pitched battle was fought here. Almost all glasses have been broken by tear gas shells or stun grenades and furniture has been vandalised. And this was in response to some peaceful protests outside the library. Although[Read More…]

January 6, 2020 India
War Will Destabilize At Home And In The Region

War Will Destabilize At Home And In The Region

Starting 2002, USA has been negotiating foundational military cooperation Agreements with India. They are GSOMIA (General Security of Military Information Agreement) signed in 2012; LSA (Logistic Support Agreement), signed in 2016 as LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement); CISMOA (Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement), signed in 2018 as COMCASA (Communications Compatibility & Security Agreement); and BECA (Basic Exchange[Read More…]

January 6, 2020 India
 In a First, Gangs of Masked Goons Launch Barbarous Attacks on JNU

 In a First, Gangs of Masked Goons Launch Barbarous Attacks on JNU

Shocking! The shape of things to come. Unless we can fight it back. Gangs of armed and masked thugs, from outside, attack the agitating students, with police standing by or even helping. To break up the agitation against sharp fee hike and offer alibi to the  administration for taking drastic actions. JNUSU President grievously injured. So are many others. More[Read More…]

January 6, 2020 India
ABVP Goons Attack JNU

ABVP Goons Attack JNU

Masked goons entered New Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University and went on a rampage, targeting students and teachers and vandalising property. Several students have been injured, including the head of its students’ union. The police, “who are in the campus and the security personnel did nothing,” said JNUSU vice-President Saket Moon. The JNUSU has alleged the complicity of Akhil Bharatiya[Read More…]

January 5, 2020 India
Muslims pray at Marthoma Cheriapally Church in Kothamangalam Kerala during anti-CAA protest

Between Allah, Hindutva and Atheist in Kerala

Remember Faiz Ahmed Faiz writing about Allah? He was a communist. But many communists in Kerala believe that when the Muslims in this country are hit from head to toe for their culture, identity and faith, they should not even utter the word Allah’ in their protests on streets. In the ballroom dance of electoral politics, these communists forgot to[Read More…]

January 5, 2020 India
Become a rock in the foundation

Become a rock in the foundation

The first thing to understand is that this CAA+NRC is the best thing that could have happened to India at this stage. We had become a rapidly polarized, fascist, extremist society with the voices of the ‘silent’ majority conspicuous by their silence while the strident and raucous screech of hate speech was echoing off the walls of our collective conscience.[Read More…]

January 4, 2020 India
Odisha: How Mission Shakti scheme is giving a new name to millions of rural women

Odisha: How Mission Shakti scheme is giving a new name to millions of rural women

Life was never an easy go for Jayanti Ekka who struggled through the thick and thin to reach the pinnacle of success. However, she is an iconic figure now, thanks to the Odisha Government’s Mission Shakti Movement. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was so much enthused by her success story that he gave a standing ovation during a state-level meeting in[Read More…]

January 4, 2020 India
Jan 8 Strike: With 7.3 crore Jobless, It’s a Fight for Survival

Jan 8 Strike: With 7.3 crore Jobless, It’s a Fight for Survival

Over 7.3 crore people, mostly youth, are currently unemployed. This is perhaps the largest army of jobless people India has ever seen, and definitely the biggest in the world. According to Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s monthly estimates, the unemployment rate stood at 7.7% in December 2019, the ninth month in which it has been above 7%. In urban areas, unemployment[Read More…]

January 4, 2020 India
Humanitarian Home Minister of India: His Dictions and Failures

Humanitarian Home Minister of India: His Dictions and Failures

Home minister of India Amit Shah started his office by promising to security, liberty, prosperity and right to life to the common masses. However, this self-styled Chanakya Amit shah came withdifferent plan. Whatever he used to saying in the election campaign tried to Implement on ground.  Amit shah, a man with criminal charges became the president of BJP first and[Read More…]

January 3, 2020 India
The CAA question will test the ‘Reasonable Classification Test’

The CAA question will test the ‘Reasonable Classification Test’

With the enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (‘CAA’) and the initiation of processes for creation of a National Register of Indian Citizens ( ‘NRIC’), a citizenship vesting apparatus based on religion, has now been operationalized. In a pre-NRIC exercise, the ‘residents’ of India will be identified by updating the National Population Register (‘NPR’), which will then be worked[Read More…]

January 2, 2020 India
How Indian Media reported the Solar Eclipse

How Indian Media reported the Solar Eclipse

The Media is tasked with the responsibility of making people aware. Besides being the watchdog of democracy, it should also conscientiously serve as the watchdog of upholdment of Constitutional values and directives enshrined in the constitution such as the Fundamental Duties. Acting on this lines, journalists in developing countries, as the creme-de-la-creme educated intelligentsia also act as diligent instruments of[Read More…]

January 2, 2020 India
Fearlessness is the poetry of revolution

Fearlessness is the poetry of revolution

IIT Kanpur’s decision to form a ‘committee’ to ‘investigate’ whether Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Nazam ‘ Hum Dekhenge, Lazim hai ke hum dekhenge’ i.e. ‘we shall see’ , constitute anti Hindu prejudices as it was being sung by a group of students who were protesting against the CAA-NPR-NRC like many others in different parts of the country. People like me will[Read More…]

January 2, 2020 India
State Sponsored Statelessness in India in the Age of ‘Sophia’

State Sponsored Statelessness in India in the Age of ‘Sophia’

Introduction “I want to live and work with humans, so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people,” said ‘Sophia’[i], the World’s First Robot citizen, in an exchange with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin nearly two years ago. When countries started thinking of granting citizenship to robots and robot citizen(s) can speak of building trust[Read More…]

January 1, 2020 India
The Guru that never was

The Guru that never was

  The ongoing and widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India, has rightly inspired the hopes of decent and freedom loving peoples in India. In this context, the ruling Modi regime’s spin machine has sprung into action, to try and “contain” the fallout and seek control of the narrative around the[Read More…]

January 1, 2020 India
Every Police Bullet Is aimed At The Constitution – Chandrashekhar Azad Writes From Jail

Every Police Bullet Is aimed At The Constitution – Chandrashekhar Azad Writes From Jail

Dear Indians Jai Bhim, Jai Constitution from Tihar Jail. The way a government responds to our struggle is the best indicator of how strong, constitutional, and in Bahujans’ interest it is. When the Narendra Modi government wanted to make the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act irrelevant under the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)’s pressure, it was forced to backtrack because of[Read More…]

December 31, 2019 India
Indian Adventures: Policing, Facial Recognition and Targeting Privacy

Indian Adventures: Policing, Facial Recognition and Targeting Privacy

The chances for those seeking a world of solitude are rapidly run out.  A good case can be made that this has already happened.  Aldous Huxley’s Savage, made famous in Brave New World, is out of options, having lost to the Mustapha Monds of the world.  State and corporate regulation of life, surveillance and monitoring, are reviled only in the[Read More…]

December 31, 2019 India
Islamophobia of Indian Nazis

Islamophobia of Indian Nazis

Since 1947, never had post-independent India experienced such a public anti-government outrage and dissent voices. Peaceful protests and brutal state crackdown is happening across India after Parliament passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The law has been contemplated even by United Nations and International Media as blatantly Islamophobic in nature. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) along with CAA raises a[Read More…]

December 31, 2019 India
Kashmir: The politics of bloodbaths

Kashmir: The politics of bloodbaths

On the New Year’s Day, Kashmir will complete 150 days of siege – largest ever in any place with the world’s longest-ever internet blockade. Although the curfew-like siege that started on mid-night 4 August has been considerably eased, the wherewithal of the cordon remains entrenched and determined to activate with a wild vengeance whenever Kashmiris display any potential for resistance.[Read More…]

December 31, 2019 India
‘ONE STATE, ONE LANGUAGE’ demands in Assam

‘ONE STATE, ONE LANGUAGE’ demands in Assam

With the recent uprising in Assam against Citizenship Amendment Bill, a parallel sentiment of ‘Assamese’ linguistic hegemony has erupted among the people, who are in favor of ‘One state, one language’. The argument is as absurd as ‘One India, One Language’ propagated by the B.J.P government. Why? There are multiple reasons to it. The first reason is the political and[Read More…]

December 30, 2019 India
No Nazis this New Year

No Nazis this New Year

If the record of December 2019 is anything to go by 2020 promises to be one of great hope for all Indians interested in preserving their country’s traditions of secularism, democracy and tolerance of diversity. The New Year may well be a turning point in the dismal record of hate and hubris that has prevailed over the last several years[Read More…]

December 30, 2019 India
Divide And Rule: The Indian Story of 2019

Divide And Rule: The Indian Story of 2019

The Citizenship amendment act of 2019 is another vicious attempt to change the demographics of India. The Act, along with upcoming National Register of citizens will successfully polarize the electorate and It is aimed to further consolidate the “Us” versus “Them” narrative. The 2014 General Election was contested on the pro-development, Anti-Congress plank. Narendra Modi (then CM of Gujarat) was[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians in Sydney held a huge protest against the unconstitutional, bigoted and divisive Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens. Speakers called for the repeal of the CAA and NRC; for an end to police violence; and for the Morrison government to speak out about the human rights abuses occurring under the Modi government. A number of speakers[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
CAA: Tit for Tat

CAA: Tit for Tat

The niggardly standard of Indian diplomacy with respect to three of its neighbouring countries : Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is getting exposed. First, the CAB wrongly accused these countries of having persecuted its non-Muslim minorities and assumed that they were thus forced to illegally migrate to India. Second, the NRC imperfectly identified the ‘foreigner’ mainly on account of lack of[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
 In Solidarity with Shaheen Bagh – From another winter, from another protest 

 In Solidarity with Shaheen Bagh – From another winter, from another protest 

When Winter Came, the Power of the People Blazed On The brave protesters at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi have been on protest since Dec 15 after the brutal attack on Jamia students. They have been sitting in solidarity with the protest of the students and against the various steps that the central government threatens against citizenship criteria, like the Citizenship[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
The Poetry of Protest – Anti CAA-NRC-NPR Stir in Azad Maidan

The Poetry of Protest – Anti CAA-NRC-NPR Stir in Azad Maidan

As 25,000 to 50,000 people descended on Azad Maidan over a 5 hour period to protest against the CAA-NRC-NPR [Citizenship (Amendment) Act – National Register of Citizens – National Population Register] on December 27, 2019, the portion allowed for protest swelled over and the outside gates were opened by the police. This despite the authorities refusing to allow the originally[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
Your Government Wants Revenge From You

Your Government Wants Revenge From You

Uttar Pradesh is dealing with CAA as it dealt with crime: encounters. Seventy-six year old advocate Mohammad Shoaib fought to have innocents branded as terrorists under repressive laws released, and risked multiple assaults by right-wing lawyers as he took these cases through various courts in Uttar Pradesh. His contemporary, former police officer SR Darapuri became a human rights activist and writer after he retired.[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
Why Kashmir’s political uncertainty will persist in 2020 and beyond

Why Kashmir’s political uncertainty will persist in 2020 and beyond

The analysis of Kashmir’s 90-year political history i.e., the period from 1930 to cusp of 2020 reveals a cyclic pattern in which significant political events took place after every 30-year period. I chose to call these events as Kashmir’s 30-year cyclic political turbulences. The first such event was 1931 revolution against Hindu Dogra regime that had been ruling Kashmir since[Read More…]

December 29, 2019 India
Burn CAA Copies On New Year’s Eve

Burn CAA Copies On New Year’s Eve

The Citizenship Amend Act (CAA) is a unconstitutional law passed by the Nazi regime in India led by the ideologically Nazi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. It amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh,[Read More…]

December 28, 2019 India
BJP’s defeat in Jharkhand Assembly Poll: prudence for BJP or prospect for Congress

BJP’s defeat in Jharkhand Assembly Poll: prudence for BJP or prospect for Congress

The people of India had been thrilling and ecstatic moods for Jharkhand poll result after the passing of some appalling laws of the BJP government, namely the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, abrogation of Article 370 and Jammu and Kashmir Re-organization Act, the historical verdict in favor of Ram Mandir and Constitutional Amendment Act 2019. The[Read More…]

December 28, 2019 India
CAA, NRC challenge Indian citizenship

CAA, NRC challenge Indian citizenship

If one considers the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) alone, it appears that the Centre is providing some concessions to ‘immigrants’ coming from three neighbouring Islamic nations into India, classifying them as religious minorities persecuted in those nations, to secure citizenship in India. The concession offered is that if they reside six years in India, it will be enough to get[Read More…]

December 28, 2019 India
Why Is S R Darapuri In Jail?

Why Is S R Darapuri In Jail?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid ‘rich’ tribute to our forces and said that more than 35000 of them have laid their life for the security of our people. Yes, we agree that men and women in uniform work under tireless conditions and despite provocation remain committed to the rule of law. There have been many upright officers both in the[Read More…]

December 27, 2019 India
Ham Bharat ke Log: National Action Against Citizenship Amendment

Ham Bharat ke Log: National Action Against Citizenship Amendment

Stop reign of terror in Uttar Pradesh: ‘Ham Bharat ke Log’ asks for immediate end to brutal suppression of dissent and independent probe into police atrocities For the last one week, Uttar Pradesh is under a reign of terror. Uttar Pradesh government is employing unlawful and lethal tactics to harass and intimidate the citizens that are protesting against Citizenship Amendment[Read More…]

December 27, 2019 India
Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

A fact-finding report, published by a team comprising activist Yogendra Yadav, CPI (ML)’s Kavita Krishnan, and Riad Azam, says that Uttar Pradesh is under a “reign of terror” following the state government’s “unlawful and lethal tactics” to harass citizens protesting peacefully against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). The report, which cites district-wise statistics and[Read More…]

December 27, 2019 India
The Saffron that weighs us down

The Saffron that weighs us down

Taking an excerpt from Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, as he was describing and interpreting the significance of the colors in the Indian flag, which is stated in the Flag Code of India 2002, “Bhagwa or the Saffron denotes renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work.” So, are[Read More…]

December 27, 2019 India
Two Hindu students in Kolkata, India walking a blind Muslim to a Mosque

Indian Muslims: Are they ‘invaders’, ‘scumbags’ or equal citizens?

Broadly speaking most Indian Hindus seem to entertain three perceptions vis-à-vis the Indian Muslims – that Muslims are: (i) ‘invaders’ and thus have no place in Hindu India; (ii) ‘scumbags’, liars, cheats and terrorists and thus be shunned; and finally, to some (iii) they are equal citizens and thus be treated accordingly. Muslims are Invaders and thus have no place[Read More…]

December 27, 2019 India
Rahul Gandhi (C), President of India's main opposition Congress party, his mother and leader of the party Sonia Gandhi and India's former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) display copies of their party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi, India, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A Shudra Appeal To Congress

I am a Shudra by birth and a son of shepherd mother and father. My parents and ancestors were meat and milk producers. Their contribution to the nation was through building a food resource and wool based industry and market. They were not Muslims but their occupation was exactly like that of the Kashmiri Muslims—sheep and goat rearing and wool[Read More…]

December 27, 2019 India
Statement in solidarity with IITK students who peacefully marched on 17th December

Statement in solidarity with IITK students who peacefully marched on 17th December

We stand in complete solidarity with the students of IIT Kanpur who marched on 17th December against the police violence inflicted upon protesting students of AMU, JMI and other universities against CAA and NRC. According to the student organisers, they took admin permission for the march on the previous day itself but when they reached the assembly point, they were[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
Some Clarifications on Some ‘Clarifications’ on the CAA

Some Clarifications on Some ‘Clarifications’ on the CAA

Co-Written by Karen Gabriel and Prem Kumar Vijayan The following is a message that has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp and other social media forums. It is apparently a summary of the arguments made by ‘Harish Salve, well known Lawyer, who successfully argued India’s case, in International Court of Justice’, in defence of the CAB (now CAA), in the[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
CAA Protest: Secular leadership must rise up to save the nation from the fall

CAA Protest: Secular leadership must rise up to save the nation from the fall

The unrest triggered by the passing of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is broiling across the country. Thousands of people, including students and intellectuals, are on the streets fighting to save the Constitution of India. It is time that an iron-willed leadership rise and sustain this movement. CAA is regressive and discriminatory, undoubtedly. It violates the fundamental rights guaranteed[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
Modi Has Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Modi Has Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Indians are marching in millions to assert that they remain a united nation and are not prepared to be divided all over again as Hindus and Muslims I have never felt so proud of my country in a long, long time. Led mostly by students and youth, Indians are marching in their millions across the length and breadth of the[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
The unrest of Assam- History, Facts and an appeal

The unrest of Assam- History, Facts and an appeal

On the evening of 11th December, a fellow-researcher and Ihad a lengthy discussion regarding the implications of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. I have previously worked on Bhupen Hazarika’ songs of the Assam Movement while he has written his MPhil on the Nellie massacre (1983); hence the Bill was naturally a point of interest to both of us. We spoke for[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
India needs a National Register For Unemployment (NRU) Not the CAA and NRC

India needs a National Register For Unemployment (NRU) Not the CAA and NRC

Co- written by, Wakeel Ahmed, Badre Alam Khan and Wasim Ahsan   After the passing the unconstitutional CAA by the Indian Parliament on 12th December, 2019;  it has created a massive unrest at the nation-wide and as a result, students, Left and secular forces have started opposing the said Act on the grounds of violating the basic tenants of our[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
CAA – NRC: Burning Questions- Made in India … But not Indian?

CAA – NRC: Burning Questions- Made in India … But not Indian?

Our country is currently aflame with continuing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 (CAA) and the as-yet-on-the-drawing-board National Register of Citizenship (NRC), concerning illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants are indisputably illegal. There remains a limit to which Indian society can manage to socially, economically and politically accommodate persons who come into India, and claim a share of the diminishing “cake[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
You Are Strangled By The Central Government

You Are Strangled By The Central Government

Fear of losing the job; fear of statelessness; fear of ending the agronomy; fear of being selling off the country. There is a very uncertain future ahead of the millions of working-class in India. Did you ever think about increasing of working shift in factories from 8 hours to 9 hours? Did you ever think that contractual labour has to[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

To the attention of Prof. Fernand de Varennes Special Rapporteur on minority issues Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland CC: Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief   Re: India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims Dear Prof.Fernand de Varennes:  I am William Nicholas Gomes, a British Human Rights Activist and[Read More…]

December 26, 2019 India
RSS/BJP Ideology Is No Spiritual Citizenship To Shudras And No National Citizenship To Muslims

RSS/BJP Ideology Is No Spiritual Citizenship To Shudras And No National Citizenship To Muslims

The Hindutva, a political child of the Brahminic Hindu religion, denied spiritual citizenship to Shudras historically. Now it has decided to deny national citizenship to Muslims. The Brahmin/Bania forces want to consolidate their power with an iron grip on all sections of India by denying basic citizenship to different sections of India in different modes. Shudras and Dalits were denied[Read More…]

December 23, 2019 India
Reversing the Progress

Reversing the Progress

At a time when India is already grappling with critical issues, such as economic slowdown, vanishing jobs and agriculture distress, the government’s audacious decision to go ahead with the amendments in citizenship law demonstrate its utter lack of political sensibility. The Prime Minister Modi-led government, since its onset, is obstinately taking reckless decisions that are, in effect, threatening to reverse[Read More…]

December 23, 2019 India
Government Fails To Establish The Legality of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

Government Fails To Establish The Legality of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

On December 20, 2019, the Press Information Bureau (the “PIB”), the nodal agency of the Indian government that disseminates information about the government policies, published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (the “CAA”), via Twitter. Although the government, through these FAQs, has made an obvious attempt to justify and establish the legitimacy of[Read More…]

December 23, 2019 India
IAPI holds rally against CAA in Surrey

IAPI holds rally against CAA in Surrey

Scores of people came together to denounce the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), at a rally organized in Surrey on Sunday, December 22. CAA is a divisive law that welcomes only non-Muslim refugees from the Muslim-dominated countries neighbouring India. Aimed at polarizing the Hindu majority against Muslims by excluding[Read More…]

December 23, 2019 India
The poor aren’t effigies for your protest

The poor aren’t effigies for your protest

The voices rising from all the corners of Assam against the Citizenship Amendment Act (Bill) has divided Assam into two sects- one, which is pro-bill or honors the stand of the government in implementing it, and the other, those who are with the populist voice fighting the establishment. But, is it so? I tend to disagree. For me, both the[Read More…]

December 23, 2019 India
The Goddess Of Big Things

The Goddess Of Big Things

On December 19th, I left Batla House, Jamia Nagar to Lal Quila to see my city swell up in anger. The BJP-led government had passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and turned it into the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). When the students of Jamia Milia Islamia had protested against it, fearing for their own existence, the Police Force did the[Read More…]

December 23, 2019 India
Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied to the nation claiming that there never was a pan India National Register of Citizens (NRC). Launching BJP’s election campaign in Delhi he said, “Has anything happened with the NRC yet? Lies are being spread. After my government came to power, from 2014 to now, let me tell the 130 crore citizens of this country,[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
Let’s talk NPR !!!

Let’s talk NPR !!!

The mediadarbar.com published a story[1] to explain CAA and NRIC. the story goes like this: A pilot reaches a village with a big aircraft and offers a free ride to its villagers. The villagers had never seen a plane like this, in such a proximity. So many fall prey to the pilot’s ploy and took the seat. The full plane,[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
The Bravehearts Protesting in India

The Bravehearts Protesting in India

Yesterday, the 20th of December, marked the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s release from prison after a failed attempt to seize power. While he was behind bars, he wrote his manifesto. After he was released, Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925. In the same year, the RSS — a fascist paramilitary — was founded in India with the goal of establishing[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
Resisting the footfalls of a Genocide

Resisting the footfalls of a Genocide

As the country offers stiff resistance to the government’s agenda of polarizing the society, the factors at play are not confined to persecution of religious minorities alone. It is a multipronged attack aimed at dividing the country and its people at several levels, each one more destructive than the other. With more than ten protesters dead in the process, the[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown

Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown

The waters of fascism have risen in the country where I was born and the country where I have citizenship. Both countries need sustained, non-violent, mass protest to demand the removal of fascist regimes. As morose as it sounds, I sometimes think about where I would be sent if I were deported. I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen, with no guarantee[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
Need police reforms to professionalise it in the greater interest of democracy

Need police reforms to professionalise it in the greater interest of democracy

The death toll in the anti CAA protests through out the country has crossed 20. Situation in many parts of the country is tense and government has imposed section 144 in most of it. Many State governments have imposed section 144 for many days. State like Uttar Pradesh have it till January end but still protests have rocked the state.[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
Bundru Upper Primary school in the verge of closure

The fact-check on RTE Implementation in Odisha

The recent news of the primary school of Bhulia village under Bhawanipatna Block in Kalahandi District of Odisha has raised the concern of many as the children of this schools are being taught beneath a tree from the last three years. The classroom is one of the most important factors affecting student learning. Because a child spares most of his/her[Read More…]

December 22, 2019 India
I Will Give My Blood:Chandrasekhar Azad

I Will Give My Blood:Chandrasekhar Azad

Historic speech given by Chandrasekhar Azad on the steps of Delhi Jama Masjid “Jai Bhim! This is a bigger fight. CAA and NRC will break this country and we are standing with this nation. This fight is not just of the Muslims, this is a fight for everyone, and we will not let it weaken. I’m surrendering to the government,[Read More…]

December 21, 2019 Editor's Picks, India
Modi’s veiled attack on dress as identity reveals his stark bigotry

Modi’s veiled attack on dress as identity reveals his stark bigotry

Jo aag laga rahe hain, TV pe unke jo drishya aa rahe hain, yeh aag lagaane vaale kaun hain, woh unke kapdon se hi pata chal jaata hai (From the visuals on TV, those setting the fire can be identified by their clothes) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally recently. By alluding to the clothes/dresses of certain protesters,[Read More…]

December 21, 2019 India
 India: Swelling Waves of Mass Protests: Reject NAA / NRC /NPR!

 India: Swelling Waves of Mass Protests: Reject NAA / NRC /NPR!

The Beginning The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (CAB) (ref.: <http://164.100.47.4/BillsTexts/LSBillTexts/Asintroduced/370_2019_LS_Eng.pdf>) has now become the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), having been notified in the Gazette (ref.: <http://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2019/214646.pdf>), at midnight (Dec. 12/13), following the grant of assent by the President on December 12, in turn preceded by its passage in the Lok Sabha on Dec. 9 and then the Rajya Sabha[Read More…]

December 21, 2019 India
Protest Against CAA Held In The Hague

Protest Against CAA Held In The Hague

In solidarity with the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 “India cannot cease to be one nation, because people belonging to different religions live in it. … In no part of the world are one nationality and one religion synonymous terms; nor has it ever been so in India.” Mahatma Gandhi in Hind Swaraj (1908); Quoted in S.R. Bommai[Read More…]

December 21, 2019 India
Death Toll Mounts In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Death Toll Mounts In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act

The protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed NRC is spreading in many parts of India. Six protesters were killed in clashes that erupted across Uttar Pradesh over the Citizenship Amendment Act on Friday, the state police confirmed. This has taken the total number of protest-related deaths in the state so far to seven. However, Uttar Pradesh Director[Read More…]

December 20, 2019 India
Statement from Indian recipients of the Magsaysay Award Against CAA

Statement from Indian recipients of the Magsaysay Award Against CAA

We, the Indian recipients of the Magsaysay Award, would like to express our deep sense of concern and anguish at the passing into Law, of the Citizenship Amendment Bill – and the linkage of the same with the National Register of Citizens. Both of these are clearly discriminatory and violative of all the guarantees of right to equality before law[Read More…]

December 20, 2019 India
Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) andresistance to the Majoritarian discourse at the ‘Northeast Frontier’ and Beyond

Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) andresistance to the Majoritarian discourse at the ‘Northeast Frontier’ and Beyond

Co-Written by Bikash Sarma and Shofiul A. Pathan Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy recently tweeted,“A democracy is necessarily divisive. If you do not want it, go to North Korea”, even before the protestors against Citizenship Amendment Bill (Now an Act), 2019 in Shillong reached his official residence. His tweet is a small but significant statement that constitutes the supposedly majoritarian discourse[Read More…]

December 20, 2019 India
CAB Debate: Falsehoods to the Fore

CAB Debate: Falsehoods to the Fore

Citizenship Amendment Bill, while passed in both houses of Parliament has elicited diverse and negative responses all over India. On one hand we see massive protests in North East leading to death of four people. On the other there is a sever discomfort among those upholding Indian Constitution and among the Muslim community all over the country. This Bill in[Read More…]

December 20, 2019 India
Listen Seriously : India’s youth has spoken against divisive politics

Listen Seriously : India’s youth has spoken against divisive politics

The nation wide protests against #CAA and #NRC has reflected the mood of the nation and categorically rejected the attempt to divide this country and create a brahmanical theocratic state even when the rulers will pretend everything and bow to the constitution, we know they had in mind, was to polarise the nation and enjoy the fruits of ‘division’. If[Read More…]

December 20, 2019 India
India’s Citizenship Amendment Act-2019: Confusion, Concerns, Conflicts and Chaos

India’s Citizenship Amendment Act-2019: Confusion, Concerns, Conflicts and Chaos

There are concerns, curiosity and confusion among citizens on CAA (earlier CAB) and protests erupted at many places and in universities across India. Here are few concerns to express what is problematic there in CAA, NRC and in present situation: Even if everything is fine with the bill: If everything was fine with the bill and despite that there were[Read More…]

December 19, 2019 India
The Question That Won A Big Battle

The Question That Won A Big Battle

In Andhra Pradesh Assembly the anti-English medium, opposition leader, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, surrendered in a debate on 12 December, 2019. He said “we are not opposing introduction of English medium in Government schools’. With this surrender all his supporting media network, street dharna teams,the forces of pro-private English medium schools will now follow the suit. Thepro-English medium in Government schools[Read More…]

December 19, 2019 India
The Agenda for the New Chief

The Agenda for the New Chief

General Naravane takes over as army chief at the turn of the year. His agenda has already been set for him by his predecessor, whose tenure over the past three years witnessed a trend towards politicization of the army. Naravane needs to roll back the damage done by General Bipin Rawat, even if Bipin Rawat is lucky enough to be[Read More…]

December 19, 2019 India
ASSAM SHAN’T BLEED AGAIN- The Current Citizenship Amendment Bill Row

ASSAM SHAN’T BLEED AGAIN- The Current Citizenship Amendment Bill Row

  As we stand in the third decade of astructural economic reform, we must question every side of the coin about their intentions before taking any particular side. The same should be done to the populist leaders of Assam who have sparked protests across the state on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill. It’s interesting how history is on the[Read More…]

December 18, 2019 India
People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Denounces Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Denounces Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism strongly condemns the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) passed by the Parliament on Dec 11,2019. Modi government used its brute majority to force it through the Parliament, without addressing any of the concerns raised against it. The law violates principle of secularism, which is part of the basic structure of the constitution. Parliament has no legal[Read More…]

December 18, 2019 India
Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum Codemns Attack On Students

Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum Codemns Attack On Students

Solidarity statement by Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum against the police action on students of Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi became the centre of students protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act which was passed in the parliament last week. Even Aligarh Muslim University students were protesting against this Act. On 15th December[Read More…]

December 18, 2019 India
Demonetisation: Assessment Of Its Impact

Demonetisation: Assessment Of Its Impact

Three years after demonetisation was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8, 2016, people still remember it as the beginning of a very difficult period. Many have come to accept what I have been saying that the economic downturn in India began then and now the official rate of growth has come down to below five per cent.[Read More…]

December 18, 2019 India
Why I’m Protesting: BJP’s Citizenship Bill Mirrors Nuremberg Laws

Why I’m Protesting: BJP’s Citizenship Bill Mirrors Nuremberg Laws

When Nazi Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, they made it illegal for non-Germans to be citizens. Germans to prove that they had Aryan ancestry. India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill mirrors those Nazi laws. Instead of segregating people by genetics, it segregates them by religion. It makes religion the basis for citizenship. CAB is only the latest in a line[Read More…]

December 18, 2019 India
Welcome to Hindu Rashtra via CAB !

Welcome to Hindu Rashtra via CAB !

Dharshini, aged 34 years, one of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living at a camp in Tamil Nadu’s Gummidipundi, is really disappointed these days. (https://www.news18.com/news/india/fear-of-deportation-looming-large-sri-lankan-tamil-refugees-play-wait-and-watch-in-hope-of-indian-citizenship-2419791.html). She was hoping against hope that the government would finally decide to grant citizenship rights to her and her family members after waiting for all these years. Somebody had told her that the government is[Read More…]

December 17, 2019 India
The Spectre of Jamia: Violation of a safe space

The Spectre of Jamia: Violation of a safe space

Co-Written by Ushosee Pal & Sanchari Basu Chaudhuri  Time and again, students have shown the way to dissent peacefully and demand change. And, Friday, the 13th was no different. Three to four teachers were giving a speech about NRC and CAB inside the campus while a number of students (around fifty) listened. It was peaceful inside the campus on that[Read More…]

December 17, 2019 India
Thanks Jamia students for putting your lives on the line, for speaking truth to power – for all of us!

Thanks Jamia students for putting your lives on the line, for speaking truth to power – for all of us!

The end, hopefully, of Jantar-Mantarisation of people’s resistance   It took the lesser-in-the-news, supposedly less-flashy Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) to change the complexion of resistance in the country. While we had earlier seen some protests regarding hike in hostel fees, whose narrative was broadened to “affordable public education,” we did not see much mobilization for various egregious national issues like[Read More…]

December 17, 2019 India
Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019: A step Towards Hindu Rashtra?

Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019: A step Towards Hindu Rashtra?

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was brought as a Citizenship Amendment Bill for the purpose of amending the Citizenship Act of 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before 31 December 2014, eligible for Indian citizenship. It also seeks to relax the requirement of residence in India for citizenship by naturalisation from 11 years to 5 years for these migrants.[Read More…]

December 17, 2019 India
Swami Nithyanand: Founding of a Hindu Rashtra

Swami Nithyanand: Founding of a Hindu Rashtra

Religion is probably the most complex human phenomenon. From Centuries philosophers have tried to understand and define it. Different commentators have emphasized on its many facets. Probably one of its most comprehensive understanding of this phenomenon has been put forward by Karl Marx, when he writes “Man makes Religion…This state, this society produce religion, a reversed World consciousness, because they[Read More…]

December 17, 2019 India
Renegades vs the true children of Mother India

Renegades vs the true children of Mother India

There’s a well-known story, often included in children’s story anthologies, about the legendary wisdom of King Solomon. Once a dispute between two women was brought to him to resolve. Both of them were mother’s of two small babies, and they lived in the same house. One morning one of the babies was found dead, smothered in bed. Then each of[Read More…]

December 16, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and the threats upon the Assamese Community

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and the threats upon the Assamese Community

Co-Written by Bishaldeep Kakati and Pranjit Das There was a time when the tales of the Assam Agitation were simply a part of history, for all those who were born in the post Assam Agitation era. But as the common quote itself says, “History repeats itself”, hence it seems that even something similar to Assam Agitation is currently lingering in[Read More…]

December 16, 2019 India
Anti CAB Protests: Hope for protecting India

Anti CAB Protests: Hope for protecting India

India is witnessing a set of massive protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). These protests do offer a ray of hope of preserving and protecting the idea of ‘secular’ India. What the parliament sought to undo to the constitution through the majoritarian numbers is sought to be redone by the mass protests. A regime which is bent on bringing[Read More…]

December 16, 2019 India
STOP! The Police violence against students and those protesting the CAA!

STOP! The Police violence against students and those protesting the CAA!

PUCL strongly condemns the motivated, targeted and brutal attack by the CRPF and Delhi Police on students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi yesterday, Sunday 15th December, 2019 causing serious injuries to over 150 students including girls, and also arrest of scores of students and youngsters. By all media reports and eye witness accounts, the[Read More…]

December 16, 2019 India
Delhi Police Forcefully Enter Jamia Milia Islamia University; Many Students Injured

Delhi Police Forcefully Enter Jamia Milia Islamia University; Many Students Injured

Co- written by Badre Alam Khan, Wakeel Ahmed and Wasim Ahsan The Delhi Police have forcefully entered Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) university campus without the any permission of university administration (as the Chief Proctor of Jamia has officially tweeted) and started fired tear gas inside campus and even students studying in the library of JMI. Some students were severely injured.[Read More…]

December 16, 2019 India
No time to hide for India’s Muslims

No time to hide for India’s Muslims

“Where do we go from here?” asked a US-based Indian Muslim friend the morning after India lurched further to the right with the smooth passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Yet another ostensibly wild and crazy idea on the Parivar’s agenda has been ticked off and with such ease. Who would have thought that it would take less than 72[Read More…]

December 15, 2019 India
 Time For A Unified Protest

 Time For A Unified Protest

Martin Neimoller’s confessional poem of how he, a Protestant pastor, did not care or ignored the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany , and how they arrested or persecuted the Communists, the Socialists, the trade unionists, the Jews and so on, one group after another till “Then they came for me – and there was no one left to[Read More…]

December 15, 2019 India
 PushBACk CAB – A Million Person March is the need of the hour for India

 PushBACk CAB – A Million Person March is the need of the hour for India

The show of strength during the 1963 “Million Man March” on Washington DC in the United States has been seen as a landmark in the Civil Rights struggle. Though it had its own problems, especially, and ironically, problems of representations since several voices were shut out, it nevertheless demonstrated a unified show of resistance, conviction and dedication for the cause[Read More…]

December 14, 2019 India
A garland in the wrong hands

A garland in the wrong hands

The state of the nation is disturbed. The economic data is at a historic low – GDP, Employment, NPAs in banks, cost overruns, even falling demand not only in the automotive but also in rural markets for FMCGs, even undergarments! For the first time in my memory we are seeing falling demand for POWER!! Thermal power plants are shutting down[Read More…]

December 14, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019: A Hate Driven Move

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019: A Hate Driven Move

PUCL Call to Citizens to launch Non-Cooperation Movement against CAA & NRC PUCL deplores the promulgation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 on 12th December, as a law which renders asunder the basic structure of India’s constitutional scheme founded on the stated goals of secularism, respect for diversity and peaceful coexistence of all communities, without distinction of community, caste, creed[Read More…]

December 14, 2019 India
Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

The Kerala government has decided not to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill enacted by the Centre, calling it unconstitutional. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday that his government had taken the decision based on the “unconstitutional” nature of the bill. Another opposition-ruled state, Punjab, too, decided to not implement the law. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder[Read More…]

December 13, 2019 India
Is India Really One Man Only?

Is India Really One Man Only?

The phrase “Anti-National” is curious, for more reasons than one can count. Still, we Indians both use it and allow it to be used far too often, contributing to the national disease of complicity, muddle-headedness and capitulation that plagues us and always has. The use of the phrase has echoes in eras that have gone before, thankfully some short-lived despite[Read More…]

December 13, 2019 India
Left Parties To Organise Joint Protest On December 19 Against CAB-NRC

Left Parties To Organise Joint Protest On December 19 Against CAB-NRC

The Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party – have issued the following statement: Both the Houses of Parliament have passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). The Left parties consider this Bill as being completely violative of the Indian Constitution and aimed[Read More…]

December 12, 2019 India
The Dream City

The Dream City

There once existed a city by the name of ‘Multicoloured city’. It had various houses built in it. People were encouraged to build houses as they deemed fit, to colour them with whatever colours they liked. So the houses in that city were all different…vibrant….with various shades of so many different colours. The residents of the city used to look[Read More…]

December 12, 2019 India
An India that wasn’t

An India that wasn’t

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). With this India moves one more step further towards ‘Hindu Rashtra’ an anti-thesis to the idea of India. For citizenship by naturalization, a stay of 11 years was sufficient to acquire citizenship. This did not have a religious dimension to it. The current bill allows non-muslims from[Read More…]

December 12, 2019 India
Kashmir is heading to a point of no return

Kashmir is heading to a point of no return

The crackdown on the mainstream leadership in Jammu and Kashmir and the inability of the present dispensation, to take into confidence the Abdullah’s and the Mufti’s, is deeply problematic. The political doctrine that has been operating in Kashmir since 1947 has now been challenged. Using a ‘not so friendly’ mainstream leadership, to check separatist politics, was one compromise Delhi had[Read More…]

December 12, 2019 India
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is an attack on the secular and democratic character of India

The Citizenship Amendment Bill is an attack on the secular and democratic character of India

The Constitution of India guarantees the right to citizenship for all Indians; irrespective of their religion, caste, language, culture, gender or profession. This very right is being made void by the Citizenship Amendment Bill. A move to decide citizenship on the basis of religion amounts to a rejection of the Constitution. The is an exercise to divide people on communal[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Maharashtra Govt dumps library into a godown wants to build a car park

Maharashtra Govt dumps library into a godown wants to build a car park

It is a shame that some 30,000 books of the Mantralaya library in Mumbai have been dumped into a godown. Clearly, the government cares more for motor cars than books. It has no space for books but proposes to build a car park under Mantralaya to park 700 cars at a cost of Rs. 70 crores. Besides, the move totally[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
How To End Rapism In India?

How To End Rapism In India?

The culture of raping women both for personal gratification of persons involved or as a weapon of oppression is killing the public morale of the nation within and globally. The brutal gang rape of Disha at Hyderabd on 27 November, 2019 re-enacted the worst case of Nirbhaya in Delhi seven years ago. In Delhi it was a gruesome killing of[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: Proposal & Reactions

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: Proposal & Reactions

Bringing unity in diversity by harmonizing the opposing forces of centripetal and centrifugal trends in the country for the achievement of common national goals is the purpose of federalism in India. As in all federations, there is a formal division of legislative, administrative and financial powers between the Centre and the constituent units. As provided in the 7th Schedule of[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Bill: No country for Muslims

Citizenship Amendment Bill: No country for Muslims

Can a leopard change its spots? Can the saffron clan led by the RSS and BJP ever give up its core philosophy and agenda that is founded on a pathological hatred of all things Muslim? During the second tenure of the Manmohan Singh government when an elaborate exercise was launched collectively by the Sangh Parivar, India Inc and the media[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Unrest in Assam Over Citizenship Bill

Unrest in Assam Over Citizenship Bill

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) an umbrella organization of student organizations of North East India have registered their protest by 11 hour bandh on Tuesday against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which is seen as a threat to the indigenous population which have already been overburdened by the large scale influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The bandh brought the[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Alumni of Indian Institute of Mass Communication Extend Solidarity To Students Protesting Fee Hike

Alumni of Indian Institute of Mass Communication Extend Solidarity To Students Protesting Fee Hike

We, the alumni of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), express our solidarity with the current batch students who have entered the seventh day of  protest against feet hike. We do understand the hike was not introduced mid-session but the existing structure is deeply problematic. As many as 120 alumni from different batches and courses have given individual line of consent[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Why the Public Response to Hyderabad Encounter is Disturbing?

Why the Public Response to Hyderabad Encounter is Disturbing?

The moment after the encounter killing of the four accused of raping and murdering of a 26 year old vet in Hyderabad, hundreds of people on the street and social media alike congratulated the Telengana police and government. People distributed sweets, burst firecrackers, showered flower petals on police, and chanted ‘police zindabad’ and ‘CM zindabad’. Perhaps sensing the public mood,[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Disha rape: Delay in FIR could be fatal

Disha rape: Delay in FIR could be fatal

In Disha rape case of Hyderabad, which shook the nation, the delay in registering FIR is an important issue that may weaken the conviction of the dreaded criminals. The investigation into crime cannot be delayed even by a minute in the interests of law and order. Jurisdiction or lack of it cannot be a lame excuse! Police and the people[Read More…]

December 11, 2019 India
Ambedkar, Constitutional Morality and the Question of Minority Rights in Today’s Indian politics

Ambedkar, Constitutional Morality and the Question of Minority Rights in Today’s Indian politics

  “If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country. No matter what the Hindus say. Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost.”  (Dr.  BR Ambedkar)  “Until 1990, Ambedkar was untouchable to all[Read More…]

December 8, 2019 India
Why India is turning into Rapistan? What measures we can take to control it?

Why India is turning into Rapistan? What measures we can take to control it?

Time and again rape incidents stir our conscience and sends chills down the spine after listening to brutal,insensitive assault on girl/women & the mental trauma they must have undergone. Although a crime like rape is nothing new but the rate at which it’s increasing in India is quite worrying &gives us goosebumps. I feel we have become more of insensitive,morally[Read More…]

December 7, 2019 India
Will the media and ‘others’ ask for similar justice for the accused of Unnao

Will the media and ‘others’ ask for similar justice for the accused of Unnao

Unnao’s rape survivor has just passed away. The accused are well identified and arrested. There is another Unnao horror story where the accused is well identified and for whom we saw some marches in that city. So far, I am not hearing the same cries about hanging the accused. The TV channels are not beaming the names of the accused.[Read More…]

December 7, 2019 India
JNU Protests: The Truth And The Outrage

JNU Protests: The Truth And The Outrage

The protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have been going on for quite some time now. Though the media is coming up with a number of stories and facts regarding JNU, there is one facet of JNU protests that only very few news pages are talking about. While students are protesting against the sudden hike in fees, news channels are[Read More…]

December 6, 2019 India
Statement and Appeal on Ladakh’s Union Territory Status

Statement and Appeal on Ladakh’s Union Territory Status

by Vikalp Sangam Core Group We congratulate the people of Ladakh for getting a Union Territory status, although we do not endorse the means used by the Government of India to give it this status, especially because of its implications for the people of Kashmir. The people of Ladakh, especially in the Leh district, had been demanding UT status for[Read More…]

December 6, 2019 India
Do English Educated Become Christians?

Do English Educated Become Christians?

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy remained firm on the question of introducing English medium in Government schools and issued the orders to start the new education programme from 2020-21 academic year. Since then a new theory has been floated by forces that do not want the children of the poor and lower castes learn English. They do not[Read More…]

December 5, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Bill Is Unconstitutional

Citizenship Amendment Bill Is Unconstitutional

The proposed Citizenship amendment bill is an assault on the Constitution of India which never based our citizenship on our religious or caste identities. On the one side, the government says that it want to welcome people living in Islamic countries but immediately suggest that Muslims are not wanted. It makes a clear assumption as if all the Muslims living[Read More…]

December 5, 2019 India
Rahul Gandhi: The One Who India Betrayed

Rahul Gandhi: The One Who India Betrayed

Let’s be practical about the aspect that as the only national party, to me Congress was a far more superior government than the NDA. Buy it or not, but in every case we compared a young leader like Rahul Gandhi to someone so cunning like Narendra Modi. Both are different personalities and to me Rahul had and still has a[Read More…]

December 4, 2019 India
Judge Loya case should be re-investigated if there is demand and need: Sharad Pawar

Judge Loya case should be re-investigated if there is demand and need: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said that Central Bureau of Investigation Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya’s death should be re-investigated if there is a demand and need for it. Sharad Pawar said in an interview to a Marathi news channel, “If there is something in it [the demands], then maybe a re-investigation should be done.” “I don’t know, I read[Read More…]

December 3, 2019 India
NRC and Citizenship Amendment: is it only about winning elections?

NRC and Citizenship Amendment: is it only about winning elections?

After the accomplishment of Mandir mission and revocation of special status given to Jammu and Kashmir, the two long cherished dreams of Hindu nationalism at least for the last two decades, the BJP is now heading to another elephantine mission, the redefining of citizenship regime of the country. It is done through two routes: one, the citizenship amendment bill that[Read More…]

December 3, 2019 India
Being Political In Class Rooms

Being Political In Class Rooms

The turmoil at JNU and other universities demand certain introspections regarding the institutions of higher education across the country. When there is a massive paradigm shift happening in our social discourses, the movement towards a neoliberal economy and culture, student community ought to be an informed and educated one. Apart from these premier institutions, how are the student communities responding[Read More…]

December 2, 2019 India
Telangana CM KCR announces huge sops for RTC workers

Telangana CM KCR announces huge sops for RTC workers

(Following is a news report that pleased all RTC workers and people who supported them in spite of a 52-day long strike from October 5. Around 49000 workers went on strike, hardly one percent workers resumed duties in spite of threats and ultimatums issued by the Management as well as the Chief Minister. The strike was illegal, declared the management,[Read More…]

December 2, 2019 India
The Politics of the Idea of India

The Politics of the Idea of India

  What is India? A question can neither be answered nor be defined easily. However, we celebrate India as a civilization, as an idea, as a nation, as a notion as a culture, as a sentiment, as an emotion and as dynamic geographical concept. We try to define in it many ways.  Though everyone has the freedom of visualizing the[Read More…]

December 2, 2019 India
WSS Condemns IIT-Ms Inaction regarding the Institutional Murder of Fathima Latheef

WSS Condemns IIT-Ms Inaction regarding the Institutional Murder of Fathima Latheef

  On November 9th 2019, 19 year old Fathima Latheef, a first year topper student of IIT-Madras, committed suicide citing harassment by Prof. Sudarshan Padmanabhan in a note left behind on her cell phone. This is the fifth suicide on the campus of the elite institution this year with Fathima being victim to not just institutional casteism but anti-muslim harassment from[Read More…]

November 30, 2019 India
From Ad-hocism to Guest: Delhi University on the road to Contractual Teaching Norms

From Ad-hocism to Guest: Delhi University on the road to Contractual Teaching Norms

An official communication from the office of the Vice- Chancellor, University of Delhi dated 28th August, 2019 has put the teaching career of more than 4500 ad-hoc teachers in jeopardy. The letter directs all DU colleges to appoint only guest faculty, instead of ad-hoc faculty as has been the norm in DU since 1990s, from academic session 2019-20 in case[Read More…]

November 30, 2019 India
Aarey forest destruction halted, Metro Railway is not the best solution

Aarey forest destruction halted, Metro Railway is not the best solution

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to stay construction of the Metro rail car shed at the controversial Aarey forest site in Mumbai needs to be seen in the proper perspective. The point is people are not against development, they are against an insensitive system riding rough shod over them. The point is people are seeing through the one size fits[Read More…]

November 30, 2019 India
Buddhist heritage site at Udayagiri Hills, Odisha

Who is responsible for destroying magnificent Buddhist places of learning in Odisha

Modern day Odisha is known to be the ‘epicenter’ of Brahmanism as the socio-cultural-economic dominance of the brahmanical castes in Odisha is complete. One wonders as what happened to it and why Odisha, once the hub of Buddhist activities and culture completely lost to it. I am sure a fair analysis of history need to be done in the greater[Read More…]

November 30, 2019 India
Student Movement and Public Education

Student Movement and Public Education

The movement of Students along with other Universities and Institutes of Excellence in the country do raise questions on the importance of Public Education. Education in India has always received a low priority with only about 3% of the National Budget spent on Education. Even within this, there is a lot of inequity with IITs, IIMs receiving the larger share[Read More…]

November 28, 2019 India
Modi’s absurdly costly projects Being questioned by experts

Modi’s absurdly costly projects Being questioned by experts

The Modi government’s extravagant projects are being seriously questioned by experts. These include the Metro rail projects and the absurdly expensive proposed high speed railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. With the Shiv Sena-led coalition government assuming power in Maharashtra, the high speed project is likely to face strong opposition. Metro railway alone cannot solve urban traffic and transport problems. There[Read More…]

November 28, 2019 India
VP Singh must be remembered to encourage honesty and integrity in our political life

VP Singh must be remembered to encourage honesty and integrity in our political life

In this age of Manustream media, when your history is being rewritten and when every attempt is being made to erase the glorious chapters, forget leaders who have immense contribution towards social justice and secularism, it is our duty to continuously remembering them whether the brahmanical media has time for them or not or whether they consider them ‘irrelevant’ today.[Read More…]

November 28, 2019 India
 The Decline of the “Constitutional Morality” in the Current Political Scenario

 The Decline of the “Constitutional Morality” in the Current Political Scenario

On 26th November 2019 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of our Constitution Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized that we should celebrate the Constitution Day with pride and enthusiasms. It is to be noted that on 26th November 1949, the Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in accordance with the recommendation of the Cabinet Mission plan.[Read More…]

November 27, 2019 India
India is not quite yet a Hindu Rashtra: 70th Constitution Day

India is not quite yet a Hindu Rashtra: 70th Constitution Day

In January 2018, four top Supreme Court Judges in a surprise move, held a press conference declaring that ” Democracy is at stake, and we have a debt to the nation.” Justice Ranjan Gogoi, as he then was, had also remarked that, “independent judges and noisy journalists are democracy’s first line of defence”. Three of these judges have retired  as[Read More…]

November 27, 2019 India
Constitutional morality can only come through humanist principles of Baba Saheb Ambedkar

Constitutional morality can only come through humanist principles of Baba Saheb Ambedkar

The President of India is speaking about ‘constitutional morality’ while the prime minister is saying that Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar would have been the ‘proudest’ person to see the ‘democracy’ flourishing in India and the ‘success’ of our ‘democracy’. Yesterday, friends talked about Gandhi’s Gram Swaraj and we were sitting in the place ‘owned’ by Lord Jaggannath. It is reported[Read More…]

November 26, 2019 India
Ayodhya: Adding insult to injury

Ayodhya: Adding insult to injury

If the bizarre Ayodhya verdict of India’s Supreme Court is a classic case of adding insult to injury, on the one hand, it marks the final and total surrender of the country’s democratic institutions to Hindutva, on the other. But this had long been coming and should have been apparent to all those watching the meltdown of the republic under[Read More…]

November 25, 2019 India
Maharashtra governor’s action unconstitutional

Maharashtra governor’s action unconstitutional

The Maharashtra Farce which was played at the ‘stroke of late night’ yesterday with President Kovind signing the removal of the Presidential Rule there therefore allowing the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to swear in Devendra Fednavis and Ajeet Panwar as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of the state is the modus operandi of how two leaders who are running[Read More…]

November 25, 2019 India
JNU Must Be Protected

JNU Must Be Protected

The surge in demand for market skills led to a complete overhaul of higher education with the result being universities becoming mere affiliation hosting bodies for the vocational colleges located at a distance from its main campus. Once the demand overshot even this customary practice was done away with and autonomous institutes were allowed to function outside the purview of[Read More…]

November 23, 2019 India
Ayodhya Verdict: Muslims Won The Case But Lost The Land

Ayodhya Verdict: Muslims Won The Case But Lost The Land

  Why is the Hindu media, newspapers and news channels so gung-ho over All India Muslim Personal Law Board ( AIMPLB)-the prime most Muslim body in the nation, deciding to file Review in the judgement of Ramjamanbhumi/Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, Faizabad, UP  case of Nov 9, in which the site where Babri Masjid existed has been given to Hindus and a[Read More…]

November 22, 2019 India
 Jharkhand Government downplays repression in Pathalgadi villages through misinformation

 Jharkhand Government downplays repression in Pathalgadi villages through misinformation

On 19 November, the news portal Scroll.in reported, on the basis of analysis of 19 First Information Reports (FIRs) filed in cases related to Pathalgadi movement in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, that 10000 people were accused of sedition as ‘unknowns’ in the FIRs. The Khunti police in a statement on 21 November called the media reports “totally incorrect” and “hugely inflated”.[Read More…]

November 22, 2019 India
RTI never harms judicial independence

RTI never harms judicial independence

The Supreme Court decided its appeal. The Constitution Bench of five judges settled its own doubts by declaring that the judiciary as such is a public authority and hence answerable under Right to Information Act, on 13th November 2019. This is special because it was deciding the appeals filed by its own officers. One can also criticise that Supreme Court[Read More…]

November 22, 2019 India
Not Really Supreme

Not Really Supreme

After the verdict of supreme court on Ayodhya, the words of justice JS Verma that supreme court is supreme but not infallible, becomes more relevant. Often sitting before television and watching hotly news debates over Ayodhya dispute with full of fiery assertive slogan like mandir wahin banayenge (temple will be built there only) has become a part of my entertainment.[Read More…]

November 22, 2019 India
POSCO to Jindal: A Fact Finding Report

POSCO to Jindal: A Fact Finding Report

A four-member fact-finding team of Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangathan, Odisha visited Gadakujanga, Dhinkia, Noliasahi and Govindapur villages of Jagatsinghpur district on 19th November 2019. The government of Odisha is handing over the land already acquired for POSCO to Jindal Steel Works Ltd for setting up of a steel plant (13.2MTPA capacity), Cement plant (10MTPA), Power plant (900MW) and a port[Read More…]

November 22, 2019 India
Opposition MPs Could Try To Impeach The President of India For His Executive Orders of 5th, 6th August, 2019 Regarding Kashmir

Opposition MPs Could Try To Impeach The President of India For His Executive Orders of 5th, 6th August, 2019 Regarding Kashmir

The opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) in RajyaSabha(Council of States) could initiate the proceedings for the impeachment of the President of India for violation of the Constitution in right earnest in this winter session of the Parliament. Article 61 of the Constitution of India details the procedure for impeachment of the President. One fourth of the total number of MPs[Read More…]

November 21, 2019 India
In place of shock and despair, need is to understand the situation and move on

In place of shock and despair, need is to understand the situation and move on

On November 9, 2019 Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Babri Mosque-Ram Janmabhoomi Temple dispute. In contrast to simple thinking that the dispute regarding political Ram has come to an end and there was need to move on, many people courted arrest in state like Kerala against Supreme Court verdict, and criticisms against those at higher echelons of establishment have[Read More…]

November 21, 2019 India
Abrogation of Article 370 and the Aftermath

Abrogation of Article 370 and the Aftermath

Kashmir issue has always been a tool for all the mainstream political parties in general and BJP in particular to invoke it for the consolidation of Hindu vote bank. After doing all the wrongs with the state of Jammu and Kashmir from overthrowing Sheikh Abdullah from the office in 1953 to Election rigging of 1987; abrogation of Article 370 was[Read More…]

November 21, 2019 India
Media in 2019 : Dissenters versus the banal agitprop in Indian Politics

Media in 2019 : Dissenters versus the banal agitprop in Indian Politics

If one is constantly imbued with certain kinds of the doctrine and thought processes through reinforcing visuals or ideas, gradually it starts to set its place in their subconscious.  That’s how ideology works, its 24*7 presence around us through the media, songs, posters, street art or the cinema can internalize or mould the gravest of the wrongs. Freud would call[Read More…]

November 20, 2019 India
A Harmless Anecdote of a Frivolous Quarrel

A Harmless Anecdote of a Frivolous Quarrel

The Oudh Public School was hosting a modelling clay workshop. The eve of the event found next-door neighbours and best friends Ram Lal and Rahim Babbar embroiled in a particularly harsh squabble. Mere minutes into the event, an apparent dispute had emerged. Ram was of the opinion that he was the rightful owner of the piece of clay that his[Read More…]

November 20, 2019 India
Stand with JNU

Stand with JNU

The issues raised by the students and teaching fraternity of JNU are highly important and need to be understood in the right spirit, at the time when there is a sinister campaign going on to discredit the University and shut its door for the poorest of the poor of the country. Why is there so much of hatred towards JNU[Read More…]

November 20, 2019 India
Build Peace And Friendship On The Foundation Of Kartarpur

Build Peace And Friendship On The Foundation Of Kartarpur

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Arundhati Dhuru It was heartening to hear Narendra Modi praise Imran Khan for facilitating the opening of 4.7 km corridor so that Sikh pilgrims from India could visit the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan, after a mostly anti-Pakistan narrative first during the general elections and then after the decision related to Jammu and[Read More…]

November 20, 2019 India
Pegasus Targeted Persons demand probe from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology

Pegasus Targeted Persons demand probe from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology

In a letter sent today to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, 17 persons who were informed by WhatsApp Inc that their electronic devices had been targeted by advanced spyware, Pegasus, have demanded a detailed probe into the cyber-attack that occurred earlier this year. The Standing Committee, chaired by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthpuram, is scheduled[Read More…]

November 20, 2019 India
Ram Janmabhoomi on the moon

Ram Janmabhoomi on the moon

“You do not mean the moon?” I asked incredulously. Sarbajnanam gave a patient but an all-knowing smile. “Yes, the moon” he said. “You mean, there is a Ram Janmabhoomi on the moon?”, I barely stammered out these words, completely flabbergasted. “And why not? Do you think Ram was a mere earthly creature?” Sarbajnanam (or maybe we should call him SJ[Read More…]

November 19, 2019 India
Police Brutally Attack JNU Students

Police Brutally Attack JNU Students

Thousands of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, who were marching to parliament to protest the massive hike in hostel fees were detained and baton-charged, leaving some of them grievously injured yesterday. The students continued their march but were stopped at many places. The protesters said they would not relent until the government withdrew the fee[Read More…]

November 19, 2019 India
Hidden Hardships – Pregnancy and Child Birth in Rural India

Hidden Hardships – Pregnancy and Child Birth in Rural India

The hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth tend to go unnoticed. Their husbands and in-laws rarely go out of their way to support them as they experience fatigue, illness and pain. Public services, too, are grossly deficient. A recent survey sheds light on this hidden ordeal. The JABS Survey The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers[Read More…]

November 18, 2019 India
Travesty of Justice

Travesty of Justice

Justice, in normal parlance, is supposedly neutral and seemingly fair attainment of what is equitable, righteous and just in its moral correctness, ethical consideration, rational perspective and from legal point of view. Edmund Burke sees justice from the prism of humanity and reason while Mahatma Gandhi has evoked the conscience to envision justice. Bentham upheld utilitarian principles that promote human[Read More…]

November 18, 2019 India
Ayodhya: Can a Dispute Reach Closure if it Still Causes Pain?

Ayodhya: Can a Dispute Reach Closure if it Still Causes Pain?

Coexistence between social groups was a social reality and a primary tenet of Indian life, long before the word secular was included in its Constitution in 1976. Now that a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has delivered a “historic” judgement on the Babri Masjid dispute, there is a sense of disquiet. This is not just on account of the[Read More…]

November 18, 2019 India
India Exits the RCEP: What Happens Next?

India Exits the RCEP: What Happens Next?

On November 4, India announced its decision to exit the negotiations on the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – a mega-regional free trade agreement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed the decision at the third RCEP Summit that took place in Bangkok. The summit was attended by the leaders of all 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs). The full text of[Read More…]

November 18, 2019 Globalisation, India
Zakia Soman: We Must Fight the Men of Religion

Zakia Soman: We Must Fight the Men of Religion

ZakiaSoman, the founder of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (an organisation of Muslim women in India), has been the wheel behind the mass movement demanding the law to criminalise the draconian practice of Triple Talaq.Soman, the epitome of pluralistic faith, remained untouched of hatred peddled in the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat violence while her activism brought together thousands of women to[Read More…]

November 17, 2019 India
Justice for Fathima Latheef: Normalisation of Islamophobic violence in Indian institutions

Justice for Fathima Latheef: Normalisation of Islamophobic violence in Indian institutions

The institutional murder of nineteen year old Fathima Latheef at IIT Madras has once again hogged the national limelight on the oppressive nature of India’s higher educational institutions, especially technical institutions. The stark irony of anti-caste movement is the mocking fact that the very educational institutions established to ensure upward mobility of marginalised sections continue to benevolently patronize the neo-casteism.[Read More…]

November 17, 2019 India
Ramdev must apologise for his insulting remark on Periyar

Ramdev must apologise for his insulting remark on Periyar

A statement made by Ramdev on Periyar is on the air and is being circulated. He calls Periyar and other who spoke of Moolniwasi philosophy as ‘intellectual terrorists’. One should not take Ramdev too seriously as he has got exposed completely and if there was a neutral government both ED and IT department would have arrested him. He is the[Read More…]

November 17, 2019 India
Abdul Jabbar: The victim who fought for victims

Abdul Jabbar: The victim who fought for victims

Another anniversary of Bhopal Gas tragedy will pass by next month but still many poor people are suffering the after effects of the release of poisonous gas. Many activists are still engaged in struggle for justice. One of the oldest activist Abdul Jabbar led the largest group of survivors of the Union Carbide gas leak in 1984. Activism Abdul Jabbar[Read More…]

November 16, 2019 India
The Relevance of Nehruvian ideals of Secularism, Socialism and Minority Rights in the contemporary Political Scenario

The Relevance of Nehruvian ideals of Secularism, Socialism and Minority Rights in the contemporary Political Scenario

 Barring the Hindu Right, the Left-liberals and secular oriented academics and civil society groups have time and again emphasized that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s secular legacy needs to be remembered in the current political scenario. While remembering the contributions of Nehru on the occasion of his 130th birth anniversary, at New Delhi, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi vividly reminded us that[Read More…]

November 16, 2019 India
Kashmir After Abrogation of Article 370: Lies and Propaganda Galore

Kashmir After Abrogation of Article 370: Lies and Propaganda Galore

It is over three months that the Article 370 has been abrogated. The procedure laid down by the law has been given a go bye and through a majority in Lok Sabha, bypassing the people of Kashmir the act has been done. While many a falsehood has been promoted, lately two such surfaced yet again. Paying tribute to Sardar Patel[Read More…]

November 16, 2019 India
Seiging, the besieged Kashmir

Seiging, the besieged Kashmir

An old man envisions Burial of his Dead self in Kashmir, Appalled how this thought precipitates his imagination, Is it merely a serendipity or causation? Imageries of horror & terror are never bereft of causations, They are complexly situated, ideational, relational & ideological, This is Land of syncretism; Kashmir, less admired & more envied, Here Children of conflict are traumatized,[Read More…]

November 16, 2019 India
Why have India’s elite institutions become murderers of Dalit Adivasi-Muslim scholars ?

Why have India’s elite institutions become murderers of Dalit Adivasi-Muslim scholars ?

The suicide of bright young scholar Fathima Latheef at the IIT Madras is reflective of the brutal and atrocious caste order prevailing in these institutions which discriminate against Dalit, OBC, Adivasi and Muslim students. This suicide is an institutional murder where the masterminds and caste supremacists are well protected. The list is long in recent years as how bright young[Read More…]

November 16, 2019 India
Does The Appeal For Peace And Harmony Apply To Hindutva Brigade As Well For Future?

Does The Appeal For Peace And Harmony Apply To Hindutva Brigade As Well For Future?

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey, Yugal Kishore Shashtri and Lubna Sarwath With the exception of few, every leader of political or social importance is making an appeal to the common people to maintain peace and communal harmony in the wake of Supreme Court judgement in the Ram Janambhumi-Babri Masjid case as part of which the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
Ayodhya Judgement and Justice

Ayodhya Judgement and Justice

The Ayodhya Judgement to hand over the disputed land for construction of Ram temple and providing alternative land to Muslims for construction of Mosque is being welcomed not only by the Sangh Parivar but also the parties which claim to be secular. This includes Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Telugu Desam Party. This is being[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
Ayodhya Judgement Unjust: An Assault on the Secular Fabric of the Constitution

Ayodhya Judgement Unjust: An Assault on the Secular Fabric of the Constitution

The National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns the ‘unanimous’ verdict by the 5-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya matter. The judgement, instead of holding accountable before law all those who criminally demolished the 450 year old Babri Masjid has rewarded the violators. The judgement legitimizes majoritarianism and mobocracy and strikes at the very secular fabric of our[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
We Will Take Our Forest Rights

We Will Take Our Forest Rights

National Adivasi Alliance (NAA), a collective of people’s organizations  espousing the cause of the tribals’ on Forest Rights Act (FRA) drawn from  Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand and Delhi assembled at Rangapadar in Kalahandi district of Odisha. In its National Review and planning meeting held on 12th and 13th October 2019, the NAA registered its[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
Congress And BJP Have Triumphed Over Ayodhya

Congress And BJP Have Triumphed Over Ayodhya

Muslims had pinned their every hope for Justice in Ramjanambhumi/Babri Masjid case, for it was only Supreme Court where-in laid their last recoup. But, the spleen in the name of Ram Mandir, now guaranteed on the demolished site of Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, Faizabad, UP since the Karachi born LK Advani charioted his Rath Yatra (Sep 25, 1900) from Somnath to[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
The Ayodhya Verdict: Majoritarianism At Play?

The Ayodhya Verdict: Majoritarianism At Play?

Raja bola raat hai, Mantri bola raat hai Court bola raat hai Yeh subah-subah kee baat hai (The King said it was night; The Ministers said it was night; The Court said it was night; It was early morning) The Court of the Honorable Chief Justice of India’s below the central dome of the Supreme Court building, is the setting[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
Winning The Land, Losing The Country

Winning The Land, Losing The Country

There are many  dreadful things we all know about human societies and institutions, which are absolutely true and yet we like to think otherwise, lest we come across as being too cynical. Even more so we live in the hope that, some of our wishful thinking about how things really are, will rub off on reality and magically produce a[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
The Verdict for A Common Future

The Verdict for A Common Future

The changes from a pretension of secularism to a majoritarian Hindutva culture within the mainstream psyche was slow and steady during the post independent India. The growth of Islamophobia from the partition period to the destruction of Babari Masjid was one stage in this. The destruction of Babari Masjid and its justification changed the pace in which communal forces acted[Read More…]

November 14, 2019 India
Death of Secular And Democratic India      

Death of Secular And Democratic India      

  Ayodhya Verdict unravels a new sensibility and a distinctly different social reality, in several diverse ways. One aspect to be mentioned here is the extraordinary rush of appeals for peace in the country. With large battalions of police force deployed throughout the nation, the government and mass media and the social media sent out appeals again and again. The[Read More…]

November 13, 2019 India
Countering Hypocrisy of Ruling Class on English Medium Education in Government Schools

Countering Hypocrisy of Ruling Class on English Medium Education in Government Schools

The Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy Government recently issued orders for implementation of English medium in Government schools from the academic year 2020-21. It said that from next academic year from class 1 to 6th all Government schools will teach in English medium with one subject compulsory in Telugu. The orders are issued almost seven months in advance before the academic year starts.[Read More…]

November 12, 2019 India
Massacre of Labourers: An Assault on Kashmiri Ethos

Massacre of Labourers: An Assault on Kashmiri Ethos

Once more the ill-fated land of Kashmir has turned red with the blood of innocent people. This time the poor victims are the six poor labourers from Bengal, doing labour in the local Paddy fields, who were brutally massacred by “unknown” gunmen in an attack at Katrusoo village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Ironically, Katrusoo is the same village where[Read More…]

November 12, 2019 India
Attempt to Gag the Media by the AP Government

Attempt to Gag the Media by the AP Government

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) calls upon the AP government to rescind GO 2430. The GO, issued on 30-10-2019 accords permission to government functionaries to file complaints and lodge appropriate cases through public prosecutor against defamatory news items in the print, electronic and social media. HRF believes GO 2430 undermines the fundamental freedom of the Press and expression and is[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
Babri Masjid-wikimedia

Babri Judgment and Portents for Future

The Supreme Court judgment on Babri Mosque-Ram Janmbhumi dispute gave the verdict that the whole land where the mosque stood from 1528 to 6th December 1992 be given to the ‘Hindu Side’, Ram Janmbhoomi Nyas, set up by VHP. Just to recall it was demolished in broad day light by the RSS combine led by Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
COPYRIGHT THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD A photograph of the Babri Masjid from the early 1900s

Finality At Ayodhya

Whether one likes it or not, celebrates it or rues it, appreciates it or criticizes it, the unanimous Ayodhya verdict by a 5-Judge constitution bench is now law. Flawed it may be, imbued with strange logic in places it may be, but it is final, because the Supreme Court is structurally supreme and constitutionally final. Following the Ayodhya verdict, a[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
48000 RTC workers of Telangana on strike for 37 days : It is a stalemate now

48000 RTC workers of Telangana on strike for 37 days : It is a stalemate now

The strike by 48000 workers and employees of  Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has completed 37 days by now. It is a stalemate now, caused chiefly by the adamant attitude of State Government led by TRS headed by Chief Minister KCR. The High Court had several sittings till now, but could not end the stalemate, and is going to[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
Agrarian Crisis and Malnutrition: GM Agriculture Is Not the Answer

Agrarian Crisis and Malnutrition: GM Agriculture Is Not the Answer

M S Swaminathan is often referred to as the ‘father’ of India’s Green Revolution. In 2009, he said that  no scientific evidence had emerged to justify concerns about genetically modified (GM) crops, often regarded as stage two of the Green Revolution. In a December 2018 paper in the journal Current Science, however, it was argued that Bt insecticidal cotton (India’s only officially[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
For the memory of “Chatto”:  Virendranath Chattopadhyaya and his anarchist tendency as a way for Indian independence

For the memory of “Chatto”:  Virendranath Chattopadhyaya and his anarchist tendency as a way for Indian independence

The whole story of Indian independence struggle against British empire was a glamorous saga with many dedications and it epitomizes the courage held by a nation despite its people were trampled under imperial yoke. However, it seems to indicate the larger picture of Indian independence movement has been narrated from how Gandhi launched his famous Satyagraha as a mean to[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
Exit Azad! Enter Savarkar!!

Exit Azad! Enter Savarkar!!

Last year, a statue of freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, was destroyed by Hindutva mobs at Kankinara in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. At the time, there were communal flare-ups in many districts of the state in the aftermath of aggressive Ram Navami marches, the first of their kind in the[Read More…]

November 11, 2019 India
It doesn’t end with Babri Mosque: The dispute may cast a long shadow on the future of mosques in India

It doesn’t end with Babri Mosque: The dispute may cast a long shadow on the future of mosques in India

India’s Supreme Court on Saturday granted Hindus permission to build a temple at the centuries-old site of Babri Mosque demolished in 1992 by Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) led right-wing mobs. In their unanimous and historic judgment, the five Supreme Court judges stated that the site rightfully belonged to Hindus, based upon the claim it is the birthplace of their god[Read More…]

November 10, 2019 India
COPYRIGHT THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD A photograph of the Babri Masjid from the early 1900s

Ayodhya – Babri Masjid- Just A Verdict, Not Justice

On 09-Nov-19, Hon. Supreme Court of India’s 5 judges Constitution bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Dhananjay Chandrachud, Sharad Bobde, Ashok Bhushan & Abdul Nazir given entire 2.77 acre land to Hindus. By seeing the judgment it is not clear whether all 5 judges agreed to it or someone dissented like in Aadhar validity case where Justice Chandrachud given a scathing[Read More…]

November 10, 2019 India
Babri Masjid-wikimedia

 Ayodhya reflections  

A Mosque stood in Ayodhya, it was built in the 15th century – since then, Tulsidas, the writer of the Ramayana, (that is the story of Lord Ram) did not write that Lord Ram was born in the precise place the mosque stood, Swami Vivekananda, the Icon of Hinduism did not mention it. The surveys did not indicate that, nor[Read More…]

November 10, 2019 India
Ayodhya verdict incomplete without bringing perpetrators of the demolition of Babari Masjid to justice

Ayodhya verdict incomplete without bringing perpetrators of the demolition of Babari Masjid to justice

The Ayodhya verdict is out. People are interpreting it according to their positions. A one thousand page verdict will have many point and perhaps would be useful for the scholars as a research material. There are things which make verdict the best possible solution in todays vitiated political climate. It is unambiguous that the court has been unanimous in ‘respecting’[Read More…]

November 10, 2019 India
 SC Verdict on Ayodhya: My Conscience Does Not Allow Me to Celebrate It

 SC Verdict on Ayodhya: My Conscience Does Not Allow Me to Celebrate It

What if the Ram temple were demolished on December 6, 1992 instead of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya? Do you think the Supreme Court judgment would have been the same? Do you think the demolished structure would have been given to the party that was involved in razing it to the ground or supporting its demolition? These questions are unlikely[Read More…]

November 10, 2019 India
Babri Masjid Verdict: My House Demolished, I Go To Court, Court Awards The Land To The Demolisher, Is This Justice?

Babri Masjid Verdict: My House Demolished, I Go To Court, Court Awards The Land To The Demolisher, Is This Justice?

Someone demolished my house. I went to court to get justice. The court ordered that the demolisher can build house in the place where my house stood. As a consolation I’ve been allotted some land. Is this justice? This is a fictitious scenario, but not dissimilar to what happened to Rama Janmabhumi – Babri Masjid that was delivered in the[Read More…]

November 9, 2019 India
COPYRIGHT THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD A photograph of the Babri Masjid from the early 1900s

Babri Masjid And The Two Chairmen Of Shia – Sunni Waqf Boards

As the Ramjanambhumi/Babri Masjid, Ayodhya/Faizabad,UP case draws to a close the Muslim society faultlines, contradictions, loopholes and potholes have all as yet again come out in the open. In fact since independence out of the thousands of Muslim organisations, devoted to charity, welfare, human rights, culture or community service, probably all been have ‘engineered’ by agents or agencies . The[Read More…]

November 8, 2019 India
The Rise of ‘Tele-Nationalism’ in Safron Era

The Rise of ‘Tele-Nationalism’ in Safron Era

Nation, and nationalism can be, at times, quite confusing terms at philosophical level of thinking. Why am I saying so? Because of a simple fact- every nation has a different nationalism despite having the same fabrics in it. It is like all the nations are wearing clothes which are made of thread, but each have its own form and characteristics.[Read More…]

November 8, 2019 India
Politainment: Why Hindutva Brigade Spews Lies

Politainment: Why Hindutva Brigade Spews Lies

History is witness that Buddhism, which originated in the Indian subcontinent, posed a challenge to brahmanical Hinduism. It is also recorded history that Buddhism was completely wiped out of this region centuries later, through means violent and non-violent. But the Hindutva supremacists, compelled by their desire and fantasy to re-shape national identity, want India’s past to match their views on[Read More…]

November 7, 2019 India
Ayodhya Storm Will Pass, The Dignity And Honor Of Supreme Court Can Not Be Compromised Because Of It

Ayodhya Storm Will Pass, The Dignity And Honor Of Supreme Court Can Not Be Compromised Because Of It

When Babri Masjid had lay demolished on December 6, 1992, at the hands of Hindu fanatics, the world sympathised with Muslims of India. Muslims were outraged, betrayed and flabbergasted and resorted to legal recourse to safe Babri Masjid, which is now seeking completion, coupled with virtually nothing coming their way as far as demolition accused, which is BJP top echelon,[Read More…]

November 5, 2019 India
Haste And Brinkmanship Inadvisable In Reaching A Naga Accord

Haste And Brinkmanship Inadvisable In Reaching A Naga Accord

By Sandeep, Babloo Loitongbam and Meera Sanghamitra Thuingaleng Muivah, the supreme leader of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) says that Nagaland may be weaker in material sense but it is strong in politics. No wonder, the organisation which started of as an insurgent group was able to engage Government of India in a process of dialogue for 22[Read More…]

November 5, 2019 India
Sikhs as a religious minority in Kashmir

Sikhs as a religious minority in Kashmir

by Dr Wakar Amin & Ashish Kumar Singh  While the status of Jammu and Kashmir has been changed, there remain various issues yet to be redressed by the current Modi-led NDA government. One among them is to maintain the peaceful co-existence of different religious communities in the state. As per the 2011 census data, Jammu and Kashmir is a Muslim[Read More…]

November 4, 2019 India
Congress Party sans Gandhis

Congress Party sans Gandhis

Tons of papers by thousands of popular writers in India & abroad have been written while giving advice to the Gandhis on how to revive the party. A few like Sagarika Ghosh suggested forming a new party called the“Swatantra Congress Party” without ideological baggage. Mary Tully, a renowned writer has suggested to shed darbari culture & centralization of power. In[Read More…]

November 3, 2019 India
BJP’s Nationalism and Electoral Chessboard

BJP’s Nationalism and Electoral Chessboard

BJP is a party with a difference in more ways than one. It is the major electoral formation which contrary to the values of Indian Constitution of secular, democratic nation, holds that India is a Hindu nation. It is the only party which is the electoral wing of RSS, the organization formed and pursuing Hindu Nationalism. BJP also has the distinction[Read More…]

November 3, 2019 India
Goodbye, Tipu Sultan

Goodbye, Tipu Sultan

Ghatam Bhindyat, Patam Chhindyat, Kuryat Rasbharohanam Yenken Prakaren, Prasidho Purusho Bhavet Break earthen pots, tear clothes, ride a donkey: Men try to achieve popularity by any means. It was 2006 and DH Shankarmurthy, a nondescript swayamsevak, was handling the higher education ministry in the HD Kumarswamy-led coalition government suddenly hit the national headlines. The trigger was his unusual demand to[Read More…]

November 3, 2019 India
Cost of inaction to prevent and treat TB is (very) high

Cost of inaction to prevent and treat TB is (very) high

Prevention of TB was the focus of many a sessions at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad, India, on the theme of ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action.’ This conference comes one year after the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB. One of the commitments made in the political declaration of the UNHLM[Read More…]

November 2, 2019 India
Kashmir: Supreme Court’s delaying tactics

Kashmir: Supreme Court’s delaying tactics

To infringe upon the privacy ofcitizens and convert the country into a surveillance state the government enacted Adhaar Act. There were atleast 30 challenges to the law in the apex court.The court gave the interim judgment prohibiting government from making it compulsory.The government didn’t listen and by the time the final judgement came had implemented over 50 centrally sponsored schemes[Read More…]

November 1, 2019 India
Private School Teachers: Species of Deprived Dignity

Private School Teachers: Species of Deprived Dignity

George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm is the clear cut reflection of the cruelties put by the authorities. In this novel the author has expounded the exploitative lot of the society. Same could be said of the private school teachers who despite being the disseminators of real and quality education in our society are still the worst sufferers. They work tirelessly[Read More…]

November 1, 2019 India
Gopal Kanda And Other Criminal Politicians

Gopal Kanda And Other Criminal Politicians

It is a fact that politics and crime are inseparable particularly in India. Soutik Biswas argues that criminals get elected not only because many voters are ill-informed, but also for sociopolitical reasons. According to a report released this April by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a nonprofit that works on electoral and political reform, a total of 1,580 Members[Read More…]

October 31, 2019 India
Rep. Ro Khanna’s tweet rejecting Hindutva splits the Indian American community

Rep. Ro Khanna’s tweet rejecting Hindutva splits the Indian American community

US Congressman Ro Khanna’s tweet rejecting Hindutva echoed at the Cupertino Town Hall meeting called by the congressman earlier this month. Chinmoy Roy, a Khanna supporter who attended the Oct. 3 town hall meeting, told India-West that about 25 people stood outside, bearing placards reading: “Ro Khanna, Stand with Gandhi. Do not mix with bigots (alluding to Pieter Friedrich of the Organization[Read More…]

October 30, 2019 India
After Kashmir Is Indian Government Ready To Go Back On Promise To Nagaland?

After Kashmir Is Indian Government Ready To Go Back On Promise To Nagaland?

by Sandeep Pandey and Meera Sanghamitra The Nagas claim that their leader Phizo never signed any instrument of accession with India like the other 562 princely states and Nagaland or Nagalim, as they prefer to call their land, was never part of India either with consent or by conquest. Nagas are proud of their unique history in which they have[Read More…]

October 30, 2019 India
COPYRIGHT THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD A photograph of the Babri Masjid from the early 1900s

Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhumi: Will Democracy Survive or Mobocracy Thrive?

The nation is bracing for the judgement in the most controversial issue of India, the Ramjanambhumi/Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, Faizabad, UP case where Muslims are waiting with bated breath and Hindus in an over joyous mode are waiting for victory as a ‘double-diwali’, already there are voices from BJP parliamentarians (latest by Sakshi Maharaj on Oct 27) and legislators that construction[Read More…]

October 29, 2019 India
Far Right EU MPs Visit Kashmir

Far Right EU MPs Visit Kashmir

The 27-member delegation of European Parliament members visited the troubled region of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s the first foreign delegation allowed to visit Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, this year. The MEPs are drawn largely from extreme right-wing parties like the German Alternative for Germany (AfD) famous for its anti-immigrant stand, and France’s Rassemblement National. In[Read More…]

October 29, 2019 India
Panaji: BJP President Amit Shah address BJP supporters in Panaji, Goa on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_20_2016_000228A)

History as Storytelling

No commentator even asked why the home minister—a graduate in bio-chemistry who has also worked as a stockbroker and in co-operative banks [Sheela Bhatt, “What Amit Shah’s fall really means”, July 28, 2010]—was found the most apt person to inaugurate a two-day seminar on a subject of history at Banaras Hindu University where he shared his pearls of wisdom. His emphasis was that[Read More…]

October 29, 2019 India
 Dushyant Chautala Factor in Haryana Politics

 Dushyant Chautala Factor in Haryana Politics

Frank Hebert rightly said, “Absolute power attracts the corruptible.”  The fractured assembly election 2019 result in Haryana shows that the foundation of collapse in the BJP turf has been laid down by the Congress Party. The result also shows that Congress has emerged as a strong opposition party with 30 MLAs despite the NDA`s government anti-congress, anti-dynasty 24×7 feisty &[Read More…]

October 28, 2019 India
Whipping Nationalism: Media ends up a ‘lapdog than a watchdog’

Whipping Nationalism: Media ends up a ‘lapdog than a watchdog’

Inducing Flag Waving Patriotism, Indian Media Stands Unmasked and Exposed Since Independence, the Indian media has been a carrier of flag-waving patriotism. Anything that infringed New Delhi’s project of ‘nation-building’ invariably fell into the ‘anti-national’ category deserving no sympathy or critical appreciation from the media. The Indian periphery- deep south, far west, Punjab, Kashmir, and north-east—have already experienced hostile press[Read More…]

October 28, 2019 India
The Age of Savarkar in Gandhi’s India

The Age of Savarkar in Gandhi’s India

During the month and year of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the BJP has the audacity to celebrate Savarkar, the plotter of Mahatma’s assassination Whatever you may think of the BJP and its extended Parivar, they have a sordid sense of humour. At a time when India and the world are celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, the governing party[Read More…]

October 28, 2019 India
By-Elections 2019: Arrogance slapped

By-Elections 2019: Arrogance slapped

The poll results of the Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly as well as by-polls in about 52 constituencies across the country are out and wronged the pollsters as well as the arrogant ‘spokespersons’ on the Manustream media who were out and out ‘determined’ to ‘decimate’ the opposition. In any democracy, if we wish to strengthen it, people must ensure that a[Read More…]

October 28, 2019 India
Calling  Modi’s  Bluff

Calling  Modi’s  Bluff

 Results   of  the  latest  state  assembly  elections  in  Haryana  and  Punjab,  and   some  by-elections  in  other  states  indicate  a  slight  awakening  from  the   slumber   in  which  the  Indian  electorate  had   sunk,   since  the  last  Lok  Sabha  polls.   It  seems  that  not  all  voters  are   willing  to  be  taken  in  by  the  media-fashioned  image  of   Narendra  Modi   as   their  messiah,  and [Read More…]

October 26, 2019 India
Kashmir: Self-Determination Is The Solution

Kashmir: Self-Determination Is The Solution

It is a pity that some groups and individuals are urging palm oil importers in India to refrain from buying the commodity from Malaysia. The Solvent Extractors Association of India, India’s top vegetable oil trade body is one such outfit. Apparently, this boycott is a sort of “punishment” for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’sremarks on Kashmir at the United Nations[Read More…]

October 26, 2019 India
Hindutva loses in the US congress 

Hindutva loses in the US congress 

Ms. Suhag Shukla, Executive Director of the Hindu American Foundation was upset with the congressional hearings on October 22nd, 2019, about Modi government’s  gross violations of  Human rights, democratic norms and abrogation of the article 370 without the consent of the governed. All their expensive and powerful lobbying effort went down the drain at the hearing.  Even though the Asst[Read More…]

October 26, 2019 India
Protests, protest everywhere, but not (a major) one in India?

Protests, protest everywhere, but not (a major) one in India?

The world seems roiled by a “million mutinies now,” to use a term used by VS Naipaul to describe a situation in India in the 1980s. Yet, while India still might be witnessing a million small mutinies…there is hardly any countrywide or even more localized mass movement which encompasses, expresses and embraces the protests of all the disadvantaged classes in[Read More…]

October 26, 2019 India
Sikh Organizations: India not a Hindu Rashtra

Sikh Organizations: India not a Hindu Rashtra

RSS ideologues and leaders regularly keep stating that India is a Hindu Rashtra. This has been most annoying for the religious minorities, particularly Muslims, Sikhs and all those believing in Indian Constitution. This Dussera; when RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat; in his hour long speech reiterated the same formulation, a large number of Sikh organizations and intellectuals showed their opposition to[Read More…]

October 26, 2019 India
Umar Khalid Wants Everybody Else To Rise In Rage, But Not Muslims,  Why?

Umar Khalid Wants Everybody Else To Rise In Rage, But Not Muslims,  Why?

Co-Written by Areeb Rizvi and Kuriakose Mathew Recently there was a genocidal campaign against Muslims in India, launched by diehard Hindu Nazis. It called for the complete untouchablisation of Muslims (In Hindu Social Order, sampoorna bahishkar means turning someone into a Sapoorna Bahishkrit, an Untouchable, a point that Hindu Leftists/Liberals fail to understand, since they misunderstand it as mere boycott).[Read More…]

October 25, 2019 India
In post Article 370 Phase few Q&A on Kashmir

In post Article 370 Phase few Q&A on Kashmir

Indian government by abrogating Article 370 has put the entire population in Kashmir valley in deep pain and agony. Since October 5, 2019 the people of the valley are subjected to untold hardship and they are silently suffering the pain without any hope of redemption. In the post Article 370 abrogation phase some uneasy questions are being asked about the[Read More…]

October 25, 2019 India
Image courtesy: The Statesman

Why Ambedkar’s Constitutional Morality needs to be revisited !

Dr.Ambedkar’s role in crafting of the majestic document called Constitution of India(not Indian Constitution as there is a still a long way to go in becoming a nation!) is undisputed.His entire repertoire of works when keenly read invokes passion and inspiration among the Bahujan masses especially Dalits.He is the epitome of excellence and a goal for them to mould their[Read More…]

October 24, 2019 India
COPYRIGHT THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD A photograph of the Babri Masjid from the early 1900s

Babri Masjid Is Up For Sale

The countdown to the judgement in the nation’s 134 years old suit of Ramjanambhumi/Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, Faizabad, UP has begun and is certain to find its conclusion on or before November 15 as it would be the last working day before Chief Justice of India Rajan Gogoi is set to retire on November 17. The Constitution bench consists of Justice[Read More…]

October 23, 2019 India
Digital Inclusion is still a Distant Dream in India

Digital Inclusion is still a Distant Dream in India

Technology has revolutionized the world. Without innovating & adopting new technologies, no country in the world can make a sustained and fast economic and social advancements in a globalized world. India`s story of digitalization began when the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, introduced computer science in the country. Taking this step forward, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched Digital[Read More…]

October 23, 2019 India
The Complexity of Citizenship Amendment Bill: The Cloth of Fear

The Complexity of Citizenship Amendment Bill: The Cloth of Fear

“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end”~ Bayard Rustin For people[Read More…]

October 22, 2019 India
When solution becomes as problematic as the problem

When solution becomes as problematic as the problem

The pendency of cases in Indian courts is as high as 3.3 crore. The Indian courts are burdened to the extent that if the crisis is left unattended, it might destroy the stability of the judiciary as an institution. Alarmed by all this, the ministry of law and justice recently conducted a meeting in New Delhi in order to come[Read More…]

October 21, 2019 India
Telangana and Punnapra-Vayalar Struggles Remembered

Telangana and Punnapra-Vayalar Struggles Remembered

A Convention  is being held on Telangana and Punnapra-Vayalar struggles, on October 26 (2.30 to 6.30pm) in Sahitya Academy Hall, Thrissur, Kerala. Speakers from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are scheduled to speak there. It seeks to go beyond a ritual, by reflecting on the History, Significance and Lessons of both the struggles. Thrissur Meet is being organized by a[Read More…]

October 21, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-6

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-6

15th August:  Early Morning: After entering the premises of Srinagar airport, I must admit that my nation has been robbed of its identity, its constitution, its land and its skies. My people are caged to mourn this broad daylight robbery by putting nine hundred thousand guns at their heads. The valley has become graveyard of silence. The road is deserted.[Read More…]

October 21, 2019 India
Remembering the ‘Secular Legacy’ of the Builders of Jamia on the occasion of Centenary celebrations

Remembering the ‘Secular Legacy’ of the Builders of Jamia on the occasion of Centenary celebrations

  It is a historic moment for all of us to note that Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the first nationalist universities in our country which is going to complete one hundred years in 2020. To celebrate its (Jamia) centenary, several seminars, conferences, exhibitions and public meetings are scheduled to be held in the upcoming months which will be continued[Read More…]

October 21, 2019 India
Kashmir- The curious case of Indian Collective Conscience

Kashmir- The curious case of Indian Collective Conscience

Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of the world for more than two months now, with little certainty about what is coming next.  Kashmiris living in and outside the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir remain disconnected with hardly any means to communicate with each other. Just a few days ago some mobile connectivity was restored.  Terrible stories[Read More…]

October 19, 2019 India
Modi Government: Of the Corporate, By the Corporate, For the Corporate

Modi Government: Of the Corporate, By the Corporate, For the Corporate

Modi government has recently doled out 1.45 lakh crore gift to the corporate houses[i]. For the last five years, the corporates in India in connivance with the Modi government, has been accruing financial burden to the country leaving behind the majority of the poor people to be future slaves. The Modi Government is doling out tax payers` money to the[Read More…]

October 19, 2019 India
Say No To Bharat Ratna For Savarkar

Say No To Bharat Ratna For Savarkar

Savarkar petitioned the British Govt from Andaman Cellular Jail seeking pardon and promising loyalty to the Govt if released, says Justice Markendaya Katju. The Congress has thrown further light that Sawarkar had agreed with Jinnah on the two-nation theory. Documents further show that the Hindu Mahasabha of which Savarkar was a leader, joined hands with Muslim League and formed coalition[Read More…]

October 19, 2019 India
Savarkar, India’s ’Ratna’ of a Different Kind!

Savarkar, India’s ’Ratna’ of a Different Kind!

BJP’s poll promise of Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, who inspired a wide spectrum of fanatic individuals and violent organisations, shows the moral vacuousness of the Hindutva project It was in the wee hours of dawn of the 21st century that renowned scholar and historian, Eric Hobsbawm, had talked about the process of  “destroying the past” to “modify” it or how[Read More…]

October 18, 2019 India
Why is Mahatma’s Champaran Satyagraha still relevant?

Why is Mahatma’s Champaran Satyagraha still relevant?

The actual probity on any part cannot be achieved by revisiting historical accounts on pages of history books, what Champaran episode of Indian independence movement teaches us is the need of pragmatic approach and implementation of historical standards on current day sets. In foothills of Himalayas, on the contours of Nepal and India, Bihar’s largest district in terms of area[Read More…]

October 18, 2019 India
Labourers work on a dried lake to try and revive it under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at Ibrahimpatnam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, June 17, 2009. The government has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from the NREGA, the anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming. The flagship anti-poverty plan, started three years ago, provides 100 days of employment every year to tens of millions of rural poor, a move that partly helped the Congress party-led coalition return to power in a general election. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder (INDIA ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

The MGNREGA Slowdown

MGNREGA( Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) this year has almost come to a standstill. While the nation is debating the economic slowdown and falling demand in the rural areas , economists emphasizing that increase in the rural income and generating resources for the poor as a potential solution to the on going crisis, the so called world’s largest[Read More…]

October 18, 2019 India
Whither The India of Today and tomorrow?

Whither The India of Today and tomorrow?

I have recently been reading and re-reading some of the important works which attempt to understand the various strands that make up the tangled strands of present-day India. In my day to day work too I have been encountering facets of the Indian state and its institutions as encountered by the women especially those marginalised in society. Their access to[Read More…]

October 17, 2019 India
Dragon Vs Elephant

Dragon Vs Elephant

The whole of the first half  of October, was consumed by Chinese President Xi Jinping informal summit  to India and thereafter a formal  summit in Nepal,  hogging the media limelight. Just ahead of his visit India had undertaken a massive military exercise on Sino-India border in Arunachal Pradesh,  100 kms from the Line of Actual Control, in an operation called[Read More…]

October 17, 2019 India
Kashmir, Patel : Some Bitter Facts vs Concocted Stories-2

Kashmir, Patel : Some Bitter Facts vs Concocted Stories-2

 Pseudo-nationalism : Venom against neighbours Modi-led NDA-1 regime Government was inaugurated in 2014 with a Neighbors First Policy, with neighbouring countries including Pakistan as the guests, and that was good. Modi had been to Pakistan unannounced, visited and greeted his family, embraced Premier Nawaj Sharif in 2015 December. However, Sangh Parivar , as part of its double talk, and a[Read More…]

October 16, 2019 India
Retrospective of Evolution of Legislative and Minority Rights in India – The Origin Exists in Sir Sayed’s Ideology

Retrospective of Evolution of Legislative and Minority Rights in India – The Origin Exists in Sir Sayed’s Ideology

The political scenario at the end of the 18th century in the Indian subcontinent was drastically different in comparison to that at the beginning of this century. The 19th century began for the people of the Indian subcontinent with the establishment of a colonial power as their ruler and this meant that the upcoming century was going to be a[Read More…]

October 16, 2019 India
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan- A man who wins is the man who thinks

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan- A man who wins is the man who thinks

“Sham dar sham jalenge tere yadoun ke chiragh.. Nasl dar nasl tera dard numaya hoga” – Majaz Life is battle; one has to fight it fearlessly. Fight with confidence, positive attitude, right aptitude, with determined and concentrated efforts, leads to the surest path of success and Aligarh Muslim University is the result of it which Sir Syed had achieved. Aligarh[Read More…]

October 16, 2019 India
The Revolutionaries Have Left

The Revolutionaries Have Left

Any system is a perfect system so far as people lend their allegiance and faith to it, accept it as their destiny and grind themselves in fulfilment of it’s objective. It gets irrelevant whether the system is a law abiding one or stands in violation. The calmness of the cities and suburbs, in the wake of fascist uprising is classic.[Read More…]

October 16, 2019 India
The Land of Buddh, The Land of Yuddh

The Land of Buddh, The Land of Yuddh

  In a remark made by Narendra Modi at the UNGA recently, he observed, not for the first time as a broad theme, that India was a land of peace and not a land of war, with obvious reference to Pakistan’s allegations against India’s actions in Kashmir. He reportedly said: “Hum us desh ke vaasi hain jisne vishwa ko Yuddh[Read More…]

October 16, 2019 India
Urdu and its contemporary relevance in the Indian society:  A note on contributions of Jamia Millia Islamia

Urdu and its contemporary relevance in the Indian society:  A note on contributions of Jamia Millia Islamia

 It is glad to note that Jamia is going to complete 100 years in 2020.  To celebrate one hundred years of the centenary, several seminars, programs, exhibitions are going on in Jamia campus. In this respect, different centers and departments are organizing academic programmes and cultural activities which will continue till mid- 2020. To commemorate hundred years, Department of Urdu[Read More…]

October 16, 2019 India
Modi’s summit-2 with Xi Jinping: Implications for Kashmir – Part I

Modi’s summit-2 with Xi Jinping: Implications for Kashmir – Part I

  (This is Part-1 of a two-part article, with focus on certain external policy dimensions.) While Article 370 was being discussed in Aug 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah repeatedly asserted in parliament that Farooq Abdulla (ex-CM of JK, now MP) was NOT detained or arrested. By evening it was clear that it was a lie. Farooq is still in prison,[Read More…]

October 15, 2019 India
 Adivasis: The Expendables of Progress

 Adivasis: The Expendables of Progress

“Never in history has violence been initiated by the oppressed. With the establishment of a relationship of oppression, violence has already begun.” – Paulo Freire, ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ India houses the world’s second-largest tribal population after Africa, with the 2011 census listing more than 700 tribal groups with a staggeringly large indigenous population of more than a 100 million.[Read More…]

October 14, 2019 India
Gandhi Anniversary: An Occasion to Gain legitimacy for Some

Gandhi Anniversary: An Occasion to Gain legitimacy for Some

  The media is full of articles and videos on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of the ‘father of the nation’, Mahatma Gandhi. While there is a genuine attempt by most to recapture the teachings and path of Gandhi as relevant to contemporary India, there are those also those who are using the occasion to increase their own legitimacy.[Read More…]

October 14, 2019 India
Rahul Gandhi (C), President of India's main opposition Congress party, his mother and leader of the party Sonia Gandhi and India's former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) display copies of their party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi, India, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Salman Khurshid is Right: Congress’ Problem is its Leadership

“Congress party’s biggest problem is our leader Rahul Gandhi has walked away,” Khurshid told the Associated Press. “We need to know why we are in the state in which we are. Unfortunately despite our earnest pleading Rahul Gandhi decided to step down and resign from the president post. We wanted him to continue but it was his decision and we[Read More…]

October 14, 2019 India
Gandhi’s Idea of Cleanliness And Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Gandhi’s Idea of Cleanliness And Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Mahatma Gandhi’s spectacles are being used as an emblem for Government of India’s sanitation campaign Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Even though Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangha, the ideological parent of ruling Bhartiya Janata Party, abhors Gandhi’s ideology, yet Narendra Modi has decided to use Gandhi as a symbol for his drive for cleanliness. First he knows that Gandhi is the only truly mass[Read More…]

October 14, 2019 India
Gandhiji on the Indian Muslims and Jamia: Some Reflections

Gandhiji on the Indian Muslims and Jamia: Some Reflections

  On the special occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an exhibition has been organized by Dr. Zakir Husain Library (from 2 October to 12th October), in Jamia Millia Islam. On this occasion, several books and photographs and manuscripts related to Gandhi works, life, contributions and his positive role towards Jamia including Indian Muslims has been displayed for[Read More…]

October 12, 2019 India
Dear Sisters of Kashmir

Dear Sisters of Kashmir

Dear Sisters, I am…I could be Subaida, Shameema, Khurshida…I could be living in any of the districts of Pulvama, Shopiyan or Bandipura…but I am the woman, one of the tens of thousands of women living in Kashmir. Mine was a quiet life with a security and safety many of you might not even dream of. Yes, the picture postcard beauty[Read More…]

October 12, 2019 India
The reality of lynchings

The reality of lynchings

The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in recent Vijay Dashami speech pointed out that ‘Lynching’ is a ‘Western concept’ and alien to India. It has its origins in Bible and that ‘lynching’ is being used to defame India. He was in a denial mode for the criticism being raised on incidents of ‘lynchings’ in India. It does not really matter whether[Read More…]

October 12, 2019 India
Will Lynching in Bharat Be Called Vaddh?

Will Lynching in Bharat Be Called Vaddh?

The speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat on its foundation day (Dusshera) has now become an event, watched with interest. The speech itself has a long tradition within the organisation, which all its affiliated (anushangik) bodies look upon as a guiding light. This year was no different. Donning the Sangh’s uniform, the top echelons of its organisations[Read More…]

October 11, 2019 India
Central authority to manage rivers

Central authority to manage rivers

Another Bill that gives more powers to bureaucrats at the Centre over interstate river basins is going to become law. Here the Chief Ministers of States of 13 river basins will advise. Another Bill that gives more powers to bureaucrats at the Centre over interstate river basins is going to become law. Here the Chief Ministers of States of 13[Read More…]

October 11, 2019 India
 Accumulating Unskilled Workforce in New India

 Accumulating Unskilled Workforce in New India

         With the entry of Modi government at the center in 2014, BJP leaders claim that ‘New India’ under the leadership of Modi has emerged. Through event management, the Modi government has been selling dreams to the poor Indian citizens. Statics reveal that the way this New India has been emerging, no doubt, is quite alarming. Prime[Read More…]

October 11, 2019 India
Kashmir  is  no  longer  an  `internal  affair’ 

Kashmir  is  no  longer  an  `internal  affair’ 

Despite  all  the  cringing  efforts  made  by   our  newly  appointed  foreign  minister  S.  Jaishankar  to  cajole  the  UN  and  the  European  Community   to  fall  in  line  with  the  Modi  government’s  claim  that  developments  in   Kashmir are  India’s  `internal  affair’,  the  exposure   of   the  horrid  happenings  in  Srinagar  and  other  parts  of  the  Valley  through  the  international  media  is  making  Modi [Read More…]

October 11, 2019 India
Is The Country Headed Towards A One Party System?

Is The Country Headed Towards A One Party System?

A National Alliance of People’s Movements delegation was detained at Srinagar airport on the morning of 4th October, 2019 by the District administration of Badgam and then sent back to Delhi. Individual notices in the name of three activists issued by District Magistrate of Badgam say that there was an apprehension that these activists would organise a protest in Srinagar[Read More…]

October 10, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration- Part 5

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration- Part 5

13-14th Aug 2019: Midnight: Sitting beside the bed of an old patient in SMHS hospital is not easy when everything seems to have been made to collapse as a “collective punishment” to eight million people of Kashmir on 5th august by a mere government order.   This old and lifeless patient is on his own and in severe pain. His eyes[Read More…]

October 9, 2019 India
IAPI honours Anand Patwardhan at VIFF

IAPI honours Anand Patwardhan at VIFF

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) honoured renowned documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan in Vancouver on Monday, October 7. Patwardhan was presented with the Radical Desi medal of courage for making powerful documentaries challenging the state power and reactionary forces. He was here in connection with the screening of his latest documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Reason is[Read More…]

October 9, 2019 India
Babar Provided Rs 60 Annually For Babri Masjid As ‘Nankar’

Babar Provided Rs 60 Annually For Babri Masjid As ‘Nankar’

The nation’s longest case of Ramjanambhumi/Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, Faizabad, UP is now to be heard for only four days more, after Dusherra holidays, from October 14 to October 17 and then it would be curtains down, as finally the judgement over it would come on or before November 17, as Chief Justice of India Rajan Gogoi superannuates on that day. [Read More…]

October 9, 2019 India
BJP’s Linguistic Agenda Is Antithetical to Progress and Education

BJP’s Linguistic Agenda Is Antithetical to Progress and Education

Whom exactly does Amit Shah want to impose the learning of Hindi on in south India and the northeast? Clearly, this proposal is only applicable to poor children in villages who study at government schools. A few days ago, I was giving lectures around the Silicon Valley in California. The IT hub of the world, the Silicon Valley is the[Read More…]

October 8, 2019 India
Rally for Kashmir held in Surrey

Rally for Kashmir held in Surrey

South Asian activists came together to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir at a rally organized by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) in Surrey on Saturday, October 5. The Indian-occupied Kashmir remains under siege since August 5. This week marks two months of the blockade. The participants at the rally carried placards in support of the people of[Read More…]

October 6, 2019 India
No Place for Gandhi in Modi’s India 

No Place for Gandhi in Modi’s India 

Nothing is so prized in politics as a short public memory.  As India and the world mark the 150thbirth anniversary of Gandhi and world leaders ply us with the usual platitudes about the greatness of the Mahatma and his teachings, it’s extraordinary how anachronistic the man deified as the ‘Father of the nation’ has become in today’s India. And those[Read More…]

October 5, 2019 India
India`s leadership failed in international Diplomacy

India`s leadership failed in international Diplomacy

 International diplomacy, corporate diplomacy, and economic diplomacy, public diplomacy need special experts who can envision a strong & stable future for a country in the forthcoming centuries. International relationship largely rests on trade & commerce. Cross (2007) argues that diplomacy is a process that individuals engage in. It is a known fact that International diplomacy is quid pro quo, not a[Read More…]

October 5, 2019 India
ABVP Heckle Students Who Protested Against Union Minister’s Talk on J&K In JNU

ABVP Heckle Students Who Protested Against Union Minister’s Talk on J&K In JNU

Sections of students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University protested on Thursday opposing a lecture titled Abrogation of Article 370: Peace, Stability and Development in Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh to be delivered by Union Minister Jitendra Singh. Heated arguments escalated when some members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) barged-in on the spot where the students protesting the minister were standing[Read More…]

October 3, 2019 India
No Need to Glorify Gandhi But Evaluate His Failures Too

No Need to Glorify Gandhi But Evaluate His Failures Too

Mohan Das Karmchand Gandhi would have turned 150 yesterday. The entire nation is celebrating his birthday. There was an edit page article by Narendra Damodar Das Modi on Gandhi in the New York Times whose cover page ironically showed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. His home minister who was in West Bengal warned that all the ‘infiltrators’ i.e. Muslims[Read More…]

October 3, 2019 India
Gandhi Alone is the ‘Father of India’

Gandhi Alone is the ‘Father of India’

The ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston was an eye catcher for more reasons than one. While Modi was saying ‘All is Well’ in India, thousands of protestors outside were showing the real mirror to state of affairs in India. At the same time Donald Trump, US president, while on one hand due to face the process of impeachment, on the[Read More…]

October 3, 2019 India
The crisis in Coop Banks

The crisis in Coop Banks

Earlier, this week, the Reserve Bank of India( RBI )   , ordered that the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative ( PMC) Bank   must stop doing business for the next six months. RBI’s order stated that depositors can withdraw only 1000 rupees or less every six months from the PMC bank. The fact, that deposits of up to 1 lakh are protected[Read More…]

October 2, 2019 India
Should Jewar International Airport be named after Gandhi?

Should Jewar International Airport be named after Gandhi?

Yesterday (1 October 2019) I had the opportunity to share a car ride with Virendra Kumar Barnwal who is the author of ‘Hind Swaraj: Nav-Sabhyata Vimarsh’. We both were en route to the South Campus of Delhi University where he was invited to address the audience on the topic ‘Gandhi and literature’. On the way the discussion inter-alia turned towards[Read More…]

October 2, 2019 India
Ominous Times Indeed!

Ominous Times Indeed!

The PIL Watch Group views with concern the developments unfolding in judiciary – and not just on Kashmir issue. In the case of Gautam Navlakha’s bail plea which is being heard in the Supreme Court the entire bench of three judges recused itself on 01.10.2019. The order as uploaded on Supreme Court’s official website reads: “List on 03.10.2019 before a[Read More…]

October 2, 2019 India
RSS admits Christian women are better educated: time to drop anti-conversion laws

RSS admits Christian women are better educated: time to drop anti-conversion laws

It was a pleasant surprise last week to come across a news report about the findings of a survey done by what was described as a ‘RSS think tank’ on the status of women in India. Besides claiming that married women and women who seek spiritual help are happier than others, it also acknowledged that employment was found to be[Read More…]

October 2, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part 4

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part 4

13th August 2019…( Day after Eid): No sooner had the Sun turned into the red balloon over the horizon there is a knock at my main gate. The lane is dark; my neighbours prefer dark lanes so that they can watch the outside shadows through their windowpanes. I turn the lights off, withdraw curtain of my windowpane to see who[Read More…]

October 1, 2019 India
New India – New Father of Nation?

New India – New Father of Nation?

Amruta Fadnavis – wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis – found herself at the centre of controversy two weeks back. Her birthday greetings to PM Modi – whom she wished ‘Father of Our Country @narendramodiji a very Happy Birthday -…’ – on her twitter evoked reaction from twitterati. Her ‘height of ignorance’,  was pointed out and her attempt was[Read More…]

September 30, 2019 India
Indians Need To Place Themselves In Position Of Kashmiris To Understand Their Travails

Indians Need To Place Themselves In Position Of Kashmiris To Understand Their Travails

When the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah was absent in Parliament on the day when the state’s fate was being decided on 5 August, 2019, the Home Minister Amit Shah informed the Parliament that he had chosen on his own will not to come to the Parliament. He even went to the extent of saying that[Read More…]

September 30, 2019 India
Photo Credit: Manoj Kumar Swain.

Triumph of People Power

On 7th September, thousands of people gathered at the Raj Mahal square in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha and protested against the implementation of the newly amended Motor Vehicle Act, 2019. Under the amended law, implemented from September 1, the police are collecting hefty penalties from common people for the violation of traffic rules e.g. not wearing helmets, not[Read More…]

September 29, 2019 India
India’s courts letting down its most vulnerable sections

India’s courts letting down its most vulnerable sections

Indian judiciary, once known for its independence and integrity, had been the last hope of the dispossessed. Where do they turn for justice if this last resort is snatched from them? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves, as Roman poet Juvenal would ask. Following the stunning UK Supreme Court ruling this week, rebuking Prime Minister Boris[Read More…]

September 29, 2019 India
Can India bear the burden of Modi-ism anymore?

Can India bear the burden of Modi-ism anymore?

The cult of Modi has already been made by the people of India through extravagant, turgid glorification & fawning praise of Modi. Above that, Indian Diaspora through sponsored events in the USA has given Rock Star welcome to Modi. No doubt, Modi is a fantastic orator, foppish, relentlessly self-important, monologue who can move the audience and stir the minds and[Read More…]

September 29, 2019 India
The Politics of Space Exploration

The Politics of Space Exploration

  A few weeks ago, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) came frightfully close to witnessing their lunar lander Vikram autonomously descend onto the surface of the Moon. It has been suggested that a malfunctioning thruster was responsible for the failure to land as originally planned. Despite the disappointment, the moment has succeeded in capturing the imagination of many, in no small[Read More…]

September 28, 2019 India
Dr Kafeel Khan exonerated : Who will fix media accountability now ?

Dr Kafeel Khan exonerated : Who will fix media accountability now ?

Dr Kafeel Khan is exonerated by a report prepared by a senior IAS officer who was asked to investigate the matter. The Allahabad High Court had already granted him the bail last year. The Indian Medical Council too came in his support though too late yet the it was good to see that it woke up. The thing is that[Read More…]

September 28, 2019 India
Kashmir: How We Came To This

Kashmir: How We Came To This

It has been more than a month since the Indian government decided to abrogate the article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Since then the valley has been under a curfew and a communication blockade.On the one hand, the Indian media claims everything to be normal in Kashmir, but on the other international media has brought[Read More…]

September 28, 2019 India
‘Nightmare of Terror’: Preventive Detention laws and Kashmir

‘Nightmare of Terror’: Preventive Detention laws and Kashmir

What are the signs of war? A screeching halt of normal life.  The doldrums of the quotidian shaken by a new arbitrary order. Schools shut. Children rounded up, beaten, detained, tear-gas-blood-vomit. Hospitals slowed down. Deliveries disrupted. New lives asked to wait before coming into this world; ordered to line up in queues.  Terror ringing through deserted streets.Deaths. These are the[Read More…]

September 27, 2019 India
National Campaign For ‘Fearless India; India For All’ – Mass Demonstration By Over 500 Muslims At Jantar Mantar

National Campaign For ‘Fearless India; India For All’ – Mass Demonstration By Over 500 Muslims At Jantar Mantar

A powerful mass demonstration was held on 25th September, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. by over 500 Muslims at the national protest site, JantarMantar, New Delhi. With a large banner indicating a national protest, it was attended by Muslims from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. On the dais were seated[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 India
Changing definition of ‘National Wellness’

Changing definition of ‘National Wellness’

The Prime Minister in the recent event in Houston ‘Howdy Modi’ went on to state that everything is fine and all is well in the country. This was stated in eight different languages to put across the point. The statement only goes on to show how defining the ‘wellness’ of a Nation has changed in the current times. A country’s[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 India
Is the Auto Industry Really 49% of India’s Manufacturing Sector? Does It Employ 37 million?

Is the Auto Industry Really 49% of India’s Manufacturing Sector? Does It Employ 37 million?

The answer to both questions is: No. The real figures are only a fraction of these figures. Who is putting out such high figures? The heads of the automobile industry. Auto industry bodies claim that the automotive sector accounts for 7 (or 7.5) per cent of India’s GDP, 49 per cent of manufacturing output, and 37 (or 40) million jobs“directly and[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 India
Interstate River Water Dispute Bill 2019: More Centralisation Of Centre’s Power

Interstate River Water Dispute Bill 2019: More Centralisation Of Centre’s Power

‘Though water is a State subject, inter-State rivers and river valleys fall under the Union List to ‘the extent to which such regulation and development under the control of the Union, is declared by Parliament by law to the expedient in the public interest’. Parliament can make law, but with an objective to expedite dispute resolution. Such a law, the[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 India
Justice ….. Far, far away

Justice ….. Far, far away

It seems that judicial system is moving far away from major section of society, specially dalits, marginalised sections, muslims and women. Many recent instances are ample proof of this. Some instances While the brutal killing of Tabrez Ansari has made little progress, his widowed wife is still clinging on hope. Shaista Parveen has been a widow for three months, a[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 India
Two Dalit Children Lynched For Open Defecation

Two Dalit Children Lynched For Open Defecation

Two Dalit children were on Wednesday beaten to death by two persons for defecating in front of a panchayat building in Shivpuri district’s Bhavkedhi village of Madhya Pradesh in the morning. Sirsod police station SHO RS Dhakad said the two children, Roshani (12) and Avinash (10), suffered serious injuries in the incident and were rushed to the district hospital where[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 Annihilate Caste, India
Unhappy India

Unhappy India

  Not very long ago (Sept 2, 2019), India launched a rocket to the far side of the moon.  It carried a lunar lander that fell silent following the landing attempt four days later.  Had it survived, India would have become the fourth country in the world to accomplish the feat.  Still, the partial success was a matter of pride. [Read More…]

September 25, 2019 India
Three Water Bills Threatening Federalism

Three Water Bills Threatening Federalism

The federalism of Indian Constitutional governance is facing serious challenge from an unexpected front this time, i.e., the river front. Three Bills are presented by the Centre in the recently concluded session: a) River Basin Management Bill, 2019 proposing 13 River Basin Authorities for various river basins in our country, b) River Water Disputes Bill, 2019, to have a dispute[Read More…]

September 25, 2019 India
All-Woman Team Releases Fact-finding Report on Kashmir

All-Woman Team Releases Fact-finding Report on Kashmir

A five member team of eminent activists, journalists and civil society members recently returned from Kashmir. The all-woman team has now shared its findings on the situation on the ground in the region that still remains by-and-large cut off from the rest of the country, the communication blackout enabling unspeakable excesses against the local population by the military. The team[Read More…]

September 24, 2019 India
The Ballad of an Adivasi Ideology

The Ballad of an Adivasi Ideology

My research on State responses towards the Maoist have often confronted me with a question – how is ideology perceived among the Adivasis? The reason being ideology has become a contesting ground for the government and the Maoist to establish the supremacy of ideas as represented by the respective conflicting parties. Maoists and the government are determined to seek the[Read More…]

September 24, 2019 India
Reading from the Houston Show of Narendra Modi

Reading from the Houston Show of Narendra Modi

The Houston event is over. Cheerleaders are still debating the outcome of it and how it has ‘influenced’ America that no other Indian PM could have done so. Ofcourse, when the leader of the House of Representative spoke about the vision of India that has a shared understanding with that of America, of a liberal, plural and secular society based[Read More…]

September 24, 2019 India
Some Dominant Features of Contemporary India

Some Dominant Features of Contemporary India

There are some dominant features of the contemporary India that needs to be narrated to understand the nature and direction of change that our country is making in a push to redefine nationalism and the bench marks of patriotism. A short summery is that these dominant features of contemporary India, screams loudly that the words like humanity, democracy, justice are[Read More…]

September 24, 2019 India
Humko Savarkarich Mangta

Humko Savarkarich Mangta

Jinnah propounded his two-nation theory in 1939—exactly two years after Savarkar presented it. Who could have been the best prime minister of independent India? Nehru or (Vallabhbhai) Patel? For more than last five years, we have been a witness to this manufactured debate—courtesy Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has tried all the tricks in its kitty to create a false[Read More…]

September 24, 2019 India
How Much Grip Does Hinduism Has On Indian Communists? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

How Much Grip Does Hinduism Has On Indian Communists? | Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

The role of Hindu religion on the Indian state and governing forces is coming up for more and more discussion after the Bharatiya Janatha Party and the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh came to power in 2014 and 2019. However, one also needs to examine whether Hinduism has its grip on Indian communists. Only then we can understand their role around caste[Read More…]

September 23, 2019 India
Narendra Modi to the left of LK Advani during his (W) rath Yatra-Courtesy Daily O

Ayodhya Has Perished Multiple Times

Hadein woh khainch rakhi hain haram ke paasbano ne/ Ke bin mujrim bane paigham bhi pahucha nahi sakta ( Such lines have been drawn by the owners of pride/ Unless I become an accused I cannot get the message through) I chose the couplet from Majaz solely for the communalistic atmosphere prevailing in the country, primarily, after the opening of[Read More…]

September 23, 2019 India
Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part III

Kashmir: Diary of my incarceration-Part III

The JK bank calendar on my wall shows 12th in red today. Remember JK bank, once the economic backbone of the state, which has gone through the raids, interrogations and management changes recently. This was in fact the prelude to the political annihilation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August The red on the calendar means it[Read More…]

September 22, 2019 India