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Kafila - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issues by teachers and academics in support of Dr Hany Babu, whose residence was raided early morning non 10 September by Pune Police We, teachers and members of the academic community from across universities, are shocked to know of the illegal raid at the residence...

Kafila - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Academics focus on secularism when secularisation can save the day. Image Courtesy : NDTV A simple query sometimes occasions judicial intervention: Does the right to freedom of expression apply merely to believers? On September 6, the Madras High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation...

Kafila - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by ANONYMOUS Suspected Banksy mural in London in support of environmentalist protest.  As authoritarian right-wing populist leaders across the world unleash a reign of tyranny and hate, there is a need to think together about everyday strategies of survival. As an individual, it can...

Kafila - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. The word lynching conjures up images of a dark period in the history of the United States of America. Between 1877 and 1950,...

Kafila - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

This is the third in the series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. Both excerpts have been chosen and translated by HARIKRISHNAN S. The prefatory note below is by J Devika. They are about the notions of purity of clothing harboured by the traditional caste elite in...

Kafila - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Scientists have barely offered resistance to pseudoscience. This must change—IIT students show how. Surely India’s scientific community must be waking up to the realisation that their silence is detrimental to scientific development and allows many varieties of mischief to breed. In a rare show...

Kafila - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

Statement by the US-based COALITION AGAINST FASCISM IN INDIA cafiusa2019@gmail.com Twitter @Hum_CAFI_hai) Protest on Friday, September 27th at 10:30 am United Nations Plaza, New York City India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United States at the end of September. He will attend...

Kafila - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SATYA SAGAR Note: Ganesh Gaitonde is a fictional character from the Netflix series Sacred Games, but that does not make him any less real than anyone else on the planet. Warning: Profanity ahead. Get parental advice before proceeding. Somewhere on a yacht in choppy waters off the...

Kafila - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Review of ‘Malevolent Republic : A Short History of New India’ by K. S. Komireddi ‘The idea of a peace-loving, nonviolent India exists, persists, as part of a selectively constructed and assiduously cultivated national self-image in the midst of a society pervaded by social and political...

Kafila - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post By Maknoon Wani “I need a toy and a new dress for Eid.” Requests and tantrums like these are heard around Eid in every Kashmiri household but not this time. It was the 8th day of the government imposed military siege. On 5 August, 2019 the central government unilaterally scrapped the...

Kafila - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Report from Kashmir by a team from the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and the Free Speech Collective (FSC) . A month after the 5 August abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the continuing shutdown of communication in...

Kafila - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Thapar questioned imperialist versions of Indian history, which the Hindutva Brigade still goes by. ..an historian who is indefatigable in the pursuit of knowledge and prolific in its publication, and who is above all a devoted partisan of the truth. … The early history of the country has been...

Kafila - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

The Final NRC published today has excluded a whopping 19.06 lakh persons in Assam. The NRC process had shifted the burden of proof of citizenship on to the entire population of Assam, with people undergoing deep travails over the past four years to get their names included. In a poor country...

Kafila - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

A brief history of books, resistance, the police and politicians. It is humanly impossible for even the most learned judge to have read every book referred to in their court. For a brief while this week, the judge conducting the trial of activist Vernon Gonsalves, an accused in the Bhima...

Kafila - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Two massive calamities, tremendous losses, continuing signs of serious ecological destruction impending — yet all we Malayalis seem to have produced in response: two reports, and even more frenzied strategic calculation. There is little doubt that the disasters happened in the first place at...

Kafila - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

This is the second in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note on Lalithambika Antharjanam is by J Devika. The excerpt from her story Vidhibalam (The Power of Fate) is translated by GEORVIN JOSEPH. Lalitambika Antharjanam (1909-1987) was the first Malayali...

Kafila - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAMNIK MOHAN “The number you are calling is currently switched off. Please try again later.” This has been the stock computerized response I have heard on calling a friend in Jammu and Kashmir over the last twenty odd days, and still counting. The chirpy, happily surprised voice I...

Kafila - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by KAUSHAL BODWAL In August 2018, it came to my knowledge that a few of my pictures wearing sarees were circulating in my extended family’s WhatsApp group. Phone calls from home regarding my “obscene” behaviour were followed by a shift in the entire conversation towards my having some...

Kafila - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Protest in Philadephia on abrogation of Article 370 Since the 5th of August, the now abolished state of Kashmir has been under de facto military rule, as shown both by news reports of the numbers of troops stationed there currently, as well as by a fact-finding report released after a visit to...

Kafila - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

(Photo Courtesy : http://www.newslaundry.com) “He came, he saw and he concurred“ – Caption of a RK Laxman cartoon in early 90 s   AAP’s stand on article 370 has confused and disheartened many. For its workers the party has opened itself to attacks by its adversaries because of its support to...

Kafila - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

It’s an outrage to dismiss valid concerns that doctors and medical journals are raising. Representational image. | Image Courtesy: Indian Express These are strange times. A state can just get ‘obliterated’ from the map of the nation. Constitutional propriety is set aside to deprive millions of...

Kafila - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

I write this open letter to you as a well wisher, and someone who has been seriously supportive of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) through all the ups and downs in the years since its formation.  Perhaps like many others, I too have high expectations of the experiment that AAP is and the new ground …...

Kafila - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

  Everywhere the talk is still about rebuilding Kerala: I say, we need to talk about healing Kerala. The change in phrasing is not trivial. When we admit that we need to heal, rather than rebuild, we are admitting much that we did not care to own up till now. That is, we would be … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

The ethic that dehumanises dalits continues 72 years after the country’s Independence. What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your...

Kafila - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Economist Jean Dreze, Kavita Krishnan of the CPI(ML) and the All India Progressive Women’s Association, Maimoona Mollah of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and Vimal Bhai of the National Alliance of People’s Movements released the following report to the press today, 14 August 2019,...

Kafila - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Determined, defiant – not the Kashmiri women of Sanghi fantasies Protest in Srinagar against the abrogation of Article 370 on August 11, 2019, despite the clampdown by the Indian government. Image courtesy The Wall Street Journal. When trolls on social media started circulating photographs of...

Kafila - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

I guess bad habits in development take a very long time to unlearn. Even in the face of the direst of warnings. I know that last year, when taken completely by surprise, Kerala rose to the occasion. It appeared that a new civil society had come to being around the flood rescue and relief work...

Kafila - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by AYESHA KIDWAI   On the same page of the Times of India of June 28, 1958 are two news items. The one on the left is a report of how Bakrid was celebrated the day before in various cities, including Jammu, where Hindus and Sikhs offered namaz along with their Muslim brethren. …...

Kafila - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Dear Prime Minister, nothing about Jammu & Kashmir is as your party sees it Economist and activist Jean Dreze, who has co-authored books with Nobel laureates, such as Amartya Sen and Angus Deaton, was in the headlines for a placard he carried to a protest rally in Delhi earlier this week....

Kafila - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

Is tweaking of Babasaheb’s iconic slogan — Educate, Organise, Agitate — by the Gujarat government part of a pan-India phenomenon in the saffron camp? Does anyone still remember the ‘re-editing’ of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi during National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-I period when demands...

Kafila - 2019-08-05 - Original post - cached version

यह बिरले होता है कि ख़बरनवीस ख़ुद ख़बर बन जाए।पिछले तीन रोज़ से एक ख़बरची ही ख़बर है: रवीश कुमार। याद आती है कोई 18 साल पहले रवीश से एक मुलाक़ात। “ दिक्कत यह हुई है टेलिविज़न की दुनिया में कि जिसे ख़बर दिखाने का काम है, वह सोच बैठा है कि लोग समाचार नहीं, … Continue reading रवीश कुमार: हिंदुस्तान...

Kafila - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

The following is the full text of the statement issued by 83 English teachers of Delhi University against the attack on the syllabus: We, the teachers of English across Delhi University are shocked and appalled at the unacademic, politically motivated attack on our syllabus. This is a...

Kafila - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

Previous posts on the stealing of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections on Kafila, which have links to many other substantiated stories in other journals and news portals: The “massive mandate” of 2019 and the role of the Election Commission  – Nivedita Menon Update On “Tally Mismatch” In 2019 Lok Sabha...

Kafila - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

A military school under RSS is worrisome because of earlier experiences, such as the Malegaon and Nanded blasts, that were concretised with the intervention and involvement of Hindutva activists. Representational image. | Image Courtesy: Money Control Rare are the occasions when the Rashtriya...

Kafila - 2019-08-02 - Original post - cached version

20 September is close. Birthday of Chandrashekhar. The young left leader who was murdered in Siwan in 1997. Before he went there he was in the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Known to generations of the university as the President of its students’union. We organise an annual  memorial lecture in...

Kafila - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by Astha Savyasachi Humankind, right in the beginning, came face to face with menstruation. So, by now we as a society should have learnt to deal with it. But as we all know that it remains a problem for most of us. When we say this we don’t deny that we have successfully … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PANCHALI RAY In the month of August, 2016, Irom Sharmila Chanu, also known as the ‘Iron Lady’ and ‘Mengoubi’ (the fair one) announced that she would break her 16 year long hunger fast, which she commenced  as a protest against the imposition of AFSPA (Armed Forces (Special Powers)...

Kafila - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Gargi Chakravartty BOOK REVIEW Hindutva’s Second Coming by Subhash Gatade; published by Media House, Delhi; 2019; pages: 272; Rs 395 (US $ 18). The return of Modi to power with a huge margin in this 2019 election is a clear verdict for the Hindutva plank. Why and how it happened...

Kafila - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PARESH HATE From what knowledge we have so far, it seems clear that the issue of citizenship and migration in South Asia is not any less complicated or politically charged than in Global North. Assam Accord and National Registry of Citizenship were already polarizing individuals...

Kafila - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Evidence mounts of something extremely rotten in the state of India and the recent Lok Sabha elections. We have raised this question on Kafila for a while now, see The Massive Mandate and Open Letter to Election Commission of India by civil servants, the serious charges in which have been met...

Kafila - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

  मई 2019 में नरेंद्र मोदी के नेतृत्व में हिंदुत्ववादी दक्षिणपंथी भारतीय जनता पार्टी ने शानदार चुनावी जीत हासिल की। यह जीत सामान्य समझ को धता बताती है – जीवन और आजीविका जैसी आधारभूत बातें इस चुनाव का मुद्दा क्यों नहीं बन पाईं? ऐसा क्यों है कि सामान्य और सभ्य लोगों के लिए भी हिंदुत्व … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by AFIYA ZIA A year ago, Pakistan’s national elections brought in a new government led by the Pakistan Tehreeq e Insaf (PTI) and headed by the former-cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan. Khan had been drifting in the political wilderness for 22 years, waiting for providence to...

Kafila - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

The excerpt below is translated by DARSHAN SUBRAMANIAM. The note that follows is by J Devika. Followers and disciples of Sree Narayana Guru make a pilgrimage to Sivagiri every year on the first of January. The first pilgrimage took place on January 1, 1933. Only five people took part then....

Kafila - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

This is to announce a new series of postings I will be doing, relating to aachaaram in Kerala. Aachaaram is loosely translated as ‘customary practices’ or ‘customary rituals’, but in 19th century Malayali society, it referred to a massive, inter-connected, all-pervading web of practices, rituals...

Kafila - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The German acceptance for stolpersteine plaques helps them honour victims of Nazism. One wonders if it will ever be possible to take up similar projects in this part of South Asia. Hier Wohnte Bernhard Marx JB 1897 Deportiert 20.07.1942 Minsk Ermordet 24.07.1942 ‘Here lived Bernhard Marx Year of...

Kafila - 2019-07-15 - Original post - cached version

After the Berlin wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, many consigned ideologies and alternatives to the rubble of history. The end of the cold war was explained as the victory, not just of liberal ethos and individual freedom, but of dynamic, market-driven capitalism...

Kafila - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

The most remarkable development during his time in Brussels was the penning down of the Communist Manifesto, which firmly established Marx as well as Engels as the intellectual leaders of the working class movement. Karl Marx Lived in Brussels from February 1845 to March 1848 He celebrated New...

Kafila - 2019-07-13 - Original post - cached version

In May 2019, the party of the Hindu Right, Bharatiya Janata Party, under Narendra Modi, won a spectacular electoral victory. The victory seemed to defy common sense – why did conversations of life and livelihood not dominate the election? Why did the thuggery of the Hindutva vigilantes seem...

Kafila - 2019-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ZAKIA SOMAN  The wedding of Nusrat Jahan the TMC MP to Nikhil Jain is refreshing news. It is heartening to see two young Indians from different faith backgrounds uniting and celebrating their marriage in the times of religious hate and division. The mixing of politics and religion...

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