Kafila - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

This review has been prepared by a  voluntary  citizens’  collective of academics and activists, anchored by Karwan-e-Mohabbat, Anhad and Muslim Women’s Forum. The review is based on a PDF of the  ‘book’,  Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story by Monika Arora, Sonali Chitalkar and Prerna Malhotra,...

Kafila - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Democracy Dialogues Lecture Series Organised by New Socialist Initiative – 3 rd Lecture Topic: State of the Judiciary and Reforms RequiredSpeaker: Prashant Bhushan, eminent Supreme Court lawyer and civil rights activistDate and Time: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 6 PM IST Zoom and Facebook Live...

Kafila - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Statement of solidarity from JU alumni As alumni of Jadavpur University (JU), we condemn the casteist abuses hurled against a renowned professor of History at Jadavpur University, Dr. Maroona Murmu, because of her identity as an Adivasi. The remarks were made in response to Dr. Murmu’s comment...

Kafila - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Statement issued by JNUTA, representing the voices of JNU faculty  The JNUTA condemns the arrest by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police of former JNU student, Umar Khalid, under the draconian UAPA. This is yet another instance of the never ending witch hunt being conducted by the Delhi Police...

Kafila - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by AEJAZ AHMAD and IRSHAD RASHID What does turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque mean for global political practice?  In an unusally brazen move Turkey’s top court recently ruled in favour of transforming Hagia Sophia, a museum of global tourist attraction, into a mosque. Originally a...

Kafila - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

It is disheartening when the Constitution is not followed in letter and spirit, but the balm of monetary compensation will not fix the problem. Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K, he knew he had done nothing wrong but one morning, he was arrested. These opening lines of Franz...

Kafila - 2020-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Delhi Police continues its motivated “enquiry” into the systematic and planned violence  in NE Delhi in February 2020, framing through fake “disclosure statements” and “confessions”, students, teachers, film makers, activists and other citizens who peacefully protested the unconstitutional CAA....

Kafila - 2020-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAJINDER CHAUDHARY राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति 2020 के दो मुख्य भाग हैं, स्कूली शिक्षा और उच्च शिक्षा. हम इन दोनों क्षेत्रों का मूल्यांकन करेंगे. किसी भी नीति की तरह इस शिक्षा नीति में भी कुछ स्वागत योग्य कदम हैं, कुछ कमियाँ हैं, कुछ बातें छूट गई हैं और कुछ खतरनाक पहलू हैं. हम … Continue...

Kafila - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by DIPANJALI DEKA I recently finished watching Sursamalaya’s “Folk Stories” on Youtube, a documentary series made during the lockdown.  “Folk Stories” depicts the art and life of folk artists from many lesser known genres of Assam. It has released one season as of now and is amply...

Kafila - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

You can see the English translation by Radwa Ashour of the original poem in Arabic by the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti , after this translation into Hindustani by AYESHA KIDWAI The Roadmap Creeps in the Page of My Notebook by Arpita Singh सब चंगा सी मैं अपने आप को देखता हूँ: सब चंगा सी....

Kafila - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

‘Secularism’ has now become a bad word and it is quite fashionable to attack, criticize and ridicule it. Just about anyone, regardless of whether s/he has spent even a minute thinking about it, can attack it. A television channel  recently even decided to have a vote on whether we should ‘have’...

Kafila - 2020-09-09 - Original post - cached version

UPDATE Signatures kept coming in even as we closed the campaign in order to collate them. We are adding at the end of the statement, some names received between our closing and releasing the statement to the media. We are aware that there are many more who wanted to sign but we had to close …...

Kafila - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

This study of the National Education Policy 2020, apart from my own  analysis, draws on extensive commentary on the final document and its earlier drafts, by education policy experts and teachers, including my own union,  JNU Teachers’ Association, which undertook a detailed critique of the...

Kafila - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

We are publishing below the following statement in support of and solidarity with Dr Maroona Murmu, signed by more than eighty faculty members of Presidency University, was issued yesterday.   We, the undersigned teachers of Presidency University, Kolkata, are shocked to know about the recent...

Kafila - 2020-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Those who disagreed that the internet would challenge dictatorships have been proven right. Belarus-born American writer Evgeny Morozov, a scholar of the political and social implications of technology, is among the early technology sceptics whose words have now proved prescient. Morozov had...

Kafila - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

DELHI POLICE – WE, THE CITIZENS OF INDIA, OBJECT TO THE MANNER OF THE DELHI RIOTS PROBE RESTORE PUBLIC FAITH IN YOUR INVESTIGATION  Stop coercing ‘confessional’ statements to manufacture evidence Stop falsely implicating people, including Umar Khalid Stop wrongly invoking UAPA to give the colour...

Kafila - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

On October 16th the Climate Justice Charter will be taken to South Africa’s national parliament, together with the climate science future document, with the demand it be adopted as per section 234 of the South African constitution, which provides for charters to be adopted. All political parties...

Kafila - 2020-09-02 - Original post - cached version

You can see the English translation by Radwa Ashour of the original poem in Arabic by the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti , after this translation into Hindustani by AYESHA KIDWAI “The Death of King Dasharatha, the Father of Rama”, Folio from a Ramayana ca. 1605. Courtesy the Metropolitan...

Kafila - 2020-08-27 - Original post - cached version

  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, goes an old Chinese saying.  In the present context, that single step – and an absolutely essential step – for reclaiming the soul of India, is the coimng together of the social movements, non-party groups and the political parties – and...

Kafila - 2020-08-23 - Original post - cached version

This post is jointly written by NIVEDITA MENON & ADITYA NIGAM Bloomsbury India has withdrawn the book Delhi Riots 2020 in the face of massive outrage at its publication. While we commend Bloomsbury’s decision to withdraw, we also note that its statement explaining this act ends with the the...

Kafila - 2020-08-23 - Original post - cached version

The bias that social media platforms such as Facebook display reflects their own world-view as much as it does the regimes they support. A few gave the appearance of being truly psychopathic individuals. The mass of others were ragged and illiterate peasants easily roused to hatred of the Tutsi...

Kafila - 2020-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PRATIKSHA BAXI In May 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs constituted a Committee to recommend reforms in criminal laws in India with NLU Delhi.  The National Level Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws (henceforth, the NLUD Committee) is to review and recommend changes to the...

Kafila - 2020-08-20 - Original post - cached version

घेरेबन्दी में पड़े अपने शहर के हालात को लेकर अपने जमाने का शायर कैसी प्रतिक्रिया देता है? अचानक इस बारे में कुछ कहना मुश्किल जान पड़ सकता है, अलबत्ता एक तरीका है फिलिस्तीन के महान कवि महमूद दरवेश के नक्शेकदम पर चलना, जिनकी लम्बी कविता ‘मेमरी फॉर फरगेटफुलनेस’ अर्थात ‘भुलक्कड़पन/स्‍मृतिलोप के लिए...

Kafila - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

जन संस्कृति मंच, प्रगतिशील लेखक संघ, दलित लेखक संघ, प्रतिरोध का सिनेमा, इप्टा, संगवारी,  न्यू सोशलिस्ट इनिशिएटिव और जनवादी लेखक संघ ने प्रशांत भूषण को अदालत की अवमानना का दोषी क़रार दिए जाने तथा भीमा-कोरेगाँव और दिल्ली दंगों के मामलों में बुद्धिजीवियों-मानवाधिकारकर्मियों को फ़र्ज़ी आरोपों के तहत...

Kafila - 2020-08-17 - Original post - cached version

Our Professor turned 54 on August 16, while in the custody of NIA. Prof. Hany Babu M.T. from the Department of English, University of Delhi was arrested on July 28 by the NIA in a series of ongoing harassment of academics, and activists who have been vocal against the government and its policies...

Kafila - 2020-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Artist Sarita  Pandey This report is republished from The Polis Project On the afternoon of 23 February 2020, communal violence broke out in Gokulpuri, a neighborhood in North-East Delhi. From there, it quickly spread to several other areas — including Seelapur, Shivpuri, and Jafrabad — raging...

Kafila - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

A tribute to Ilina Sen by WSS विमन अगेन्स्ट सेक्शूअल वायलेंस एंड स्टेट रिपरेशन’ (डब्लूएसएस) कोलकत्ता में 9 अगस्त को इलीना सेन के निधन पर अपना गहरा क्षोभ व्यक्त करती है.  69-वर्षीय इलीना एक नारीवादी कार्यकर्ता होने के साथ–साथ एक शिक्षक, शोधार्थी और लेखिका भी थीं, जो देश भर के महिला आंदोलन के साथ...

Kafila - 2020-08-13 - Original post - cached version

This post should be read as a sequel to my earlier post of 16 July, which had discussed the discourse of “Hindu Unity” and questions  before the struggle against the Right. That post had ended with the claim that the struggle against the Hindu Right is not so much about what we understand as “...

Kafila - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by JAMAL KIDWAI Agha Sahab ( Agha Ashraf Ali), passed away at the age of 94 on the 7th of  August, 2020. I was lucky to know Agha Sahab closely because of his intimate connection with Jamia Millia Islamia and our long standing family friendship. He would come down to Delhi in the …...

Kafila - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

[Democracy Dialogues Lecture Series ( Webinar) Organised by New Socialist Initiative] Date and Time: Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 6 PM IST (8.30 AM EST in the US)   Topic: The Structural Contradictions of Indian Democracy and the rise of the BJP Abstract: This talk explores the deep social...

Kafila - 2020-08-10 - Original post - cached version

You can see the English translation by Radwa Ashour of the original poem in Arabic by the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti , after this translation into Hindustani by AYESHA KIDWAI एक अनोखी रात उसकी उंगली दरवाज़े की घंटी को बस छूनेवाली है दरवाज़ा, बहुत ही आहिस्ता आहिस्ता, खुलता है. वो अंदर आता...

Kafila - 2020-08-09 - Original post - cached version

अगर हम प्रोफेसरों के पदों की बात करें तो यूजीसी के मुताबिक अनुसूचित जाति से आने वाले प्रत्याशियों के लिए आरक्षित 82.82 फीसदी पद, अनुसूचित जनजाति तबके से आने वाले तबकों के लिए आरक्षित 93.98 फीसदी पद और अन्य पिछड़ी जातियों के लिए आरक्षित 99.95 फीसदी पद आज भी खाली पड़े हैं। असोसिएट प्रोफेसर के …...

Kafila - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

We stand firmly with Apoorvanand, our friend and fellow member of the Kafila collective, as we do with all those being interrogated and framed by Delhi Police for the violence in Delhi. We also stand with all political prisoners of this  fascist regime.  Before you read the statement below,...

Kafila - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by RANJANA PADHI & LAXMI MURTHY There is no cure for mortality, yet there is a lingering sadness and a sense of loss at the passing away of a fellow-traveler, a saheli and a comrade. Any reflection of such lives becomes a reflection of the times. The times when we as women, and …...

Kafila - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

A caste-based society will overcome legal codes that make equality the norm unless people actively bring change. Will we ever know the category-wise distribution of vice chancellors of the forty central universities located across the country? Thanks to the rules governing these universities,...

Kafila - 2020-08-05 - Original post - cached version

Banojyotsna Lahiri shared her translation of some excerpts from  a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, written 120 years ago, titled “Deeno Daan”. It is about a temple. Original Bangla below the translation. “There is no god in that temple”, said the Saint. The King was enraged; “No God? Oh Saint, aren...

Kafila - 2020-08-02 - Original post - cached version

यह मानने के पर्याप्त आधार हैं कि राम मंदिर के भूमि पूजन के लिए चुना गया यह समय एक छोटी रेखा के बगल में बड़ी रेखा खींचने की क़वायद है, ताकि नरेंद्र मोदी और उनकी सरकार की बढ़ती असफलताएं जैसे- कोविड कुप्रबंधन, बदहाल होती अर्थव्यवस्था और गलवान घाटी प्रसंग- इस परदे के पीछे चले जाएं. अयोध्या में …...

Kafila - 2020-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ARVIND KUMAR अभय दुबे की पुस्तक हिन्दू एकता बनाम ज्ञान की राजनीति पर जारी बहस में एक योगदान। दि प्रिंट में 8 जुलाई 2020 को  योगेंद्र यादव का लेख ‘भारतीय सेक्युलरिज्म पर हिन्दी की यह किताब उदारवादियों की पोल खोल सकती थी मगर नज़रअंदाज़ कर दी गई है’, अभय दुबे की पुस्तक को केंद्र मे रखकर...

Kafila - 2020-08-01 - Original post - cached version

We are publishing below a statement by about 350 current and former students of Hany Babu, condemning his arrest on cooked up charges, and expressing solidarity with him.   Students’ Statement of Solidarity: Release Prof. Hany Babu We, the undersigned former and current students of Prof Hany...

Kafila - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by HAMMERSICKLE RUBBERCHAPPAL From the very title you can tell that it is a story with a happy end. It is also a true story. Image courtesy Kevin Clancy Studio Once upon a time there was a campus. In a slightly shabby postcolonial country. When they became post-colonial, they decided...

Kafila - 2020-07-30 - Original post - cached version

  Re-reading Antonio Gramsci lately, in preparation for a webinar organized by the Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad on “Gandhi, Ambedkar, Gramsci”, I was struck by an aspect of his thought that I had not really understood in all its dimensions earlier. This aspect is...

Kafila - 2020-07-25 - Original post - cached version

क्या कोई जानता है 21वीं सदी की शुरुआत में चकवारा के दलितों के एक अहम संघर्ष को? जयपुर से बमुश्किल पचास किलोमीटर दूर चकवारा के दलितों ने गांव के सार्वजनिक तालाब पर समान हक पाने के लिए इस संघर्ष को आगे बढ़ाया था। अठारह साल का वक्फा गुजर गया जब दलितों ने इस संघर्ष में … Continue reading आज़ाद...

Kafila - 2020-07-22 - Original post - cached version

The attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men is yet to develop in India. Does anybody still remember the Dalits of Chakwara, a village around 50km from Jaipur in Rajasthan, who had launched a struggle to gain access to the pond in their village? It is more than 18 years since the...

Kafila - 2020-07-19 - Original post - cached version

John Lewis ( 21 February 1940 – 17 July 2020) Legendary Civil Rights leader John Lewis died on 17 th July 2020. An analyst wrote ”Lewis, a titan of the civil rights movement, died on Friday at the age of 80, severing a vital link with the generation that rose in the 60s to resist … Continue...

Kafila - 2020-07-17 - Original post - cached version

  (Webinar – Sunday, July 19, 5 pm) Shakespeare said, what is past is prologue. A simple-minded rationalist may be contented to assume that past is fixed as it has already gone into the making of the present. Nothing can be done to change it. The truth however is that past is being ‘remade’...

Kafila - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

15.7.2020 Ambedkar University Delhi Faculty Association (AUDFA is alarmed to hear of and strongly condemns the arrest of a survivor of gang rape along with two social workers (including former AUD student Tanmay Nivedita), at the office of the Judicial Magistrate (1st Class) in Araria, Bihar on...

Kafila - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

  In a recent book Hindu Ekta Banaam Gyan ki Rajneeti [Hindu Unity versus the Politics of Knowledge] (Vani 2019), my colleague and friend Abhay Kumar Dubey raises some extremely important issues that have now become central to the struggle for a more just and inclusive India. The book is in...

Kafila - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

[Inaugural Lecture of ‘Democracy Dialogues’ Series ( Webinar) Organised by New Socialist Initiative, 12 th July 2020] Join us on for further updates   ( Prof Suhas Palshikar, Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics and Co-director, Lokniti at the Centre...

Kafila - 2020-07-15 - Original post - cached version

How discrimination is integrated into the daily lives of the Indian diaspora still needs to be understood. What happens to caste when Indians migrate to Western countries? Do their feelings of being born superior or inferior, their belief in the purity-pollution ethic, just melt away? The “model...


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