Kafila - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Following the bizarre idea, earlier mooted by retired army officials, now taken up by the Vice Chancellor of JNU, to install a tank on university campus, ostensibly to instill nationalism in the university community, the JNUTA has issued the following statement: The JNUTA is amused by the JNU VC...

Kafila - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

  Following is the text of the open letter by members of the EPW Community addressed to Sameeksha Trust As long-standing well-wishers and members of the intellectual community served by the EPW, we are appalled and dismayed by the recent events leading to the abrupt resignation of the Editor,...

Kafila - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Sabiha Farhat [ A month ago from yesterday, a teenager called Junaid was lynched and murdered on a train in Haryana. Sabiha Farhat writes in the wake of visiting his house and meeting his family. The news cycles may have moved on to other stories, but we need to keep remembering...

Kafila - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by KASHISH BADAR हरियाणा सरकार को घू़ंघट पर कुछ बोलने से पहले इन महिलाओं की बात सुन लेनी चाहिए थी. जब हरियाणा सरकार ने अपनी मासिक पत्रिका में एक घूँघट काढ़ी हुई औरत को राज्य की आन, बान और पहचान कहा तो मीडिया में इसका काफ़ी विरोध हुआ. फ़ेस्बुक पर लोगों का यह …

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Kafila - 2017-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by SAURABH MISHRA These days, when lynch mobs, cow-killings, and aggressive patriotism dominate the headlines, what does the passing away of a mere historian mean? Not much, it seems. Yet, for those who knew Dr Biswamoy Pati, or had the good fortune of being taught by him, this has...

Kafila - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Red FM’s RJ Malishka features in a peppy video that went viral, mocking Mumbai’s Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the dismal lack of civic amenities and the havoc the rains can wreak in the city. In a lively parody of the popular Marathi folk song Sonu Tuza Mazyavar Bharosa Nahi Kay (Sonu, Don’t...

Kafila - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Madhura Balasubramaniam and Padmapriya Govindarajan  On July 1, 2017 a gathering of citizens congregated at the Valluvar Kottam monument in Chennai, India, in solidarity with the spate of demonstrations across the nation condemning the rise in instances of mob lynching and violence...

Kafila - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Bharat Mata’s daughter? But the Hindutvavadi motherland produces only sons – Hindu, savarna sons – to protect their mother’s ever fragile honour. Let us begin these reflections with a moment from Nisha Pahuja’s disturbing film the World Before Her, which tracks two young women – Ruhi, a beauty...

Kafila - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by SURABHI SHUKLA Playing for the Oxford University Women’s team and the Oxford Cricket Club, I have noticed three different rules for women’s cricket. These may be observed in other countries as well. I argue that these rules are based only on gender stereotypes about women...

Kafila - 2017-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Bhupendra Singh Chudasama, Education minister of Gujarat and his colleague Atmaram Paramar, who handles the Social Justice Ministry, were in the news sometime back- albeit for wrong reasons. A video went viral which showed them participating in a felicitation ceremony of exorcists in Botad. They...

Kafila - 2017-07-01 - Original post - cached version

The recent incident of violence that led to the death of a police officer, DSP Ayub Pandith, was condemned by all kinds of people in Kashmir, as well as elsewhere. It prompted introspection, sadness and regret – like any tragedy of this nature should. Yesterday two unarmed civilians, Tahira...

Kafila - 2017-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Sanjay Kak, for  #Notinmyname / Statement from Not In My Name, Delhi Last evening’s (June 28th) spirited protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, under the banner of Not In My Name, was an autonomous citizens protest against the recent spate of targeted lynchings of Muslims in India –...

Kafila - 2017-06-27 - Original post - cached version

ऊपर से शांत दिखने वाली भीड़ का हिंसक बन जाना अब हमारे वक्त़ की पहचान बन रहा है. विडंबना यही है कि ऐसी घटनाएं इस क़दर आम हो चली हैं कि किसी को कोई हैरानी नहीं होती. 15 वर्ष का जुनैद ख़ान, जिसकी चाहत थी कि इस बार ईद पर नया कुर्ता पाजामा, नया जूता …

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Kafila - 2017-06-27 - Original post - cached version

On 22 June 2017 fifteen-year old Hafiz Junaid was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train from New Delhi. He was traveling home for Eid with his brothers and two friends. A dispute over seats resulted in a group of men repeatedly assaulting and stabbing Junaid and his companions. The...

Kafila - 2017-06-26 - Original post - cached version

At some point during the Khalistan movement, I came across a brief news item about a constable of the Punjab Police killed by Delhi Police personnel. The two teams had completed their interrogation of a suspected militant. Whose job was it to clean up the blood? Disagreement, a scuffle, a...

Kafila - 2017-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Statement by Delhi Action Committee for Assam  (Protest in Guwahati against unconstitutional and discriminatory policy of the Assam govt. in teacher recruitment, organised by KMSS on 19 June 2017 (Photo courtesy: Amar Asom) In an unconstitutional and discriminatory move, the Education Department...

Kafila - 2017-06-25 - Original post - cached version

On the First Anniversary of the Una Floggings – Call from JIGNESH MEWANI and RASHTRIYA DALIT ADHIKAR MANCH उना से आई फिर आवाज़,नहीं सहेंगे हिंदु राष्ट्र, भगवा आतंकवाद और पूंजीवाद! दलित, मुस्लिम, मज़दूर और किसान साथ मिलकर मांगेगे तीन साल का हिसाब बहुजन,मज़दूर और किसान साथ मिल फिर ललकारेंगे ‘गाय की...

Kafila - 2017-06-25 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by C.K.RAJU Did you find math difficult in school? Does your child? If so, what is the solution: change the teacher or change the child? Blaming the teacher or the child for math difficulties is a common but unsound explanation. Thus, problems with teachers or students should equally...

Kafila - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Is it not time for this channel that sets new lows with each programme, to be totally boycotted by all right-thinking people? Don’t watch Republic TV, don’t participate in its programmes. Dr SP Udayakumar’s complaint to the Press Council of India follows. He is Coordinator, People’s Movement...

Kafila - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAMA SRINIVASAN Prime Minister Modi is set to meet President Trump on June 26 and we can anticipate an exciting contest between bear hugs and crushing handshakes. We indeed live in interesting times where symbols rather than spoken words determine the fate of nations (Trump is...

Kafila - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

आखिर जिन छोटे बच्चों को क़ानून वोट डालने का अधिकार नहीं देता, जीवनसाथी चुनने का अधिकार नहीं देता, उन्हें आध्यात्मिकता के नाम पर इस तरह जान जोखिम में डालने की अनुमति कैसे दी जा सकती है? 17 साल का वर्षिल शाह – जिसने 12 वीं की परीक्षा में 99.93 परसेन्टाइल हासिल किए, अब इतिहास हो …


Kafila - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

[The title is inspired by Balachandran Chullikkad’s searing poetry] I have recently been asked about why I didn’t write anything about the anniversary of the CPM-led government of Kerala.  Have also been asked why I don’t write about politics in Kerala anymore. The answer to the first is easy...

Kafila - 2017-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Sanjay Kumar In February this year, University of Delhi officials invited chairpersons of the six best known colleges to apply for  autonomy. So far, only the governing body of St Stephen’s College has reacted, authorising its principal to take up the application process. Teachers...

Kafila - 2017-06-06 - Original post - cached version

बिहार फिर से खबर में है. इंटरमीडिएट परीक्षाओं के परिणाम आए हैं.पैंसठ प्रतिशत छात्र फेल हो गए हैं.बिहार में विरोध प्रदर्शन चल रहे हैं.कॉपियों की दुबारा जाँच कराने की माँग की जा रही है. जन संचार माध्यमों के जरिए वैसे छात्रों की व्यथा और क्रोध का पता चल रहा है जिन्होंने आई आई टी जैसी …


Kafila - 2017-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VAIBHAV SINGH अरुंधति राय के खिलाफ अपशब्दों की, गाली-गलौच की, आरोपों की हिंसा ने हमें एक बार फिर यह प्रश्न पूछने के लिए विवश कर दिया है – क्या हमने सचमुच अपने देश में सभ्यता व सहिष्णुता के महान मूल्यों की रक्षा करने के दायित्व से छुटकारा पा लिया है? कहीं हम …


Kafila - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by GURPREET SINGH It was summer of 1985 when we were visiting New Delhi, the national capital of India to attend a wedding in the family. I had a long hair back then and was aged 15. Both me and my uncle who were wearing turbans like other Sikh men were waiting at …


Kafila - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PRAVEEN VERMA यूँ तो अम्बेडकर जयंती हर साल आती हैं और दलित-पिछड़े समुदाय का एक बड़ा तबक़ा इसे बड़ी शिद्दत से मनाता आया है। लेकिन इस बार अम्बेडकर का 126वां जन्मदिन कुछ और ही नज़ारा ले कर आया। यू॰पी॰ का सहारनपुर ज़िला जहाँ अच्छी ख़ासी तादाद में दलित समुदाय के लोग रहते …


Kafila - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by DEBALIN ROY Debalin Roy takes us to some specific moments in the rally, aside from the bird’s eye view of the massive rally that we have already seen. Dalits from all over northern India gathered at Jantar Mantar, Delhi on the 21st of May to protest the Saharanpur violence and...

Kafila - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Bastar Solidarity Network Delhi Chapter The democratic forces, organizations and the thinking minds of IIMC took part in a spirited protest today against the invitation extended to notorious ex-IG Kalluri by the IIMC administration to take part in a seminar. To start with, since...

Kafila - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Sucheta De CPI-ML- AISA Team’s Visit to Saharanpur – A Report “Sarkar Hamari Hai, Police-Prashashan Bhi Hamara Hai”- Yogi Government Boosts Up Morale of Casteist Feudal Goons Who Burnt Dalit Village in Shabbirpur! Casteist Goons from Dominant Rajput Community Enjoy Complete...

Kafila - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU English language television news in India nowadays is nothing more than exaggerated visual editorials. They pick two or three stories, sensationalize them, run them in a loop through the day, alongside panel discussions where the editorial ideology of the channel is...

Kafila - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by ROHIN KUMAR संस्थान के गेट पर सरस्वती की प्रतिमा थी ही. नारद पहले पत्रकार बताए जाते रहे हैं. अब बचा था हवन वो भी होने ही वाला है. आईआईएमसी मीडिया स्कैन नामक संस्था के साथ मिलकर ‘वर्तमान परिदृश्य में राष्ट्रीय पत्रकारिता’ पर सेमिनार आयोजित करने जा रहा है. इसकी शुरुआत हवन से …

Kafila - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VAIBHAV SINGH सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन अज्ञेय हिंदी के ही नहीं वरन समूचे भारतीय साहित्य में निरंतर जिज्ञासा और पाठकीय आकर्षण पैदा करने वाले रचनाकार के रूप में देखे जाते हैं। विभिन्न किस्म की दासता-वृत्तियों, परजीवीपन और क्षुद्र खुशामद से भरे मुल्क में उनका स्वाधीनता बोध जितना...

Kafila - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SANJAY KUMAR Ramesh has been working as a daily wager in a Government of India office in Delhi for ten years. He is one of the army of peons, office assistants, security guards, gardeners, and cleaning staff which government offices, city municipalities, hospitals, schools and...

Kafila - 2017-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by RAJIVE KUMAR Towards the end of his presidency, Lyndon B Johnson, the 36th President of the United States of America, had been reduced to a figure of universal scorn and derision. His escalation of the Vietnam War to a point from which it became impossible to extricate the US ended...

Kafila - 2017-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by RAMAPRIYA GOPALAKRISHNAN In March this year, the Ministry for Labour and Employment unveiled the third of its series of Labour Codes aimed at simplifying and rationalizing the labour laws. The Draft Labour Code on Social Security has been placed in the public domain and comments...

Kafila - 2017-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Prasanta Chakravarty Pitr-paksh/ पितृ-पक्ष (also pitru-paksh) is the 16 day lunar period in the Hindu diurnal calendar when believers pay homage to their ancestors, through specific food offerings. Most years, the autumnal equinox falls within this period, that is, the Sun...

Kafila - 2017-05-13 - Original post - cached version

The vicious and combined attack of the administration and the local media on Bhim Army continues. It is being villainized by them and they are threatened with impending arrests under the National Security Act. The  blatantly partisan attitude of the administration, backing in overt and covert...

Kafila - 2017-05-12 - Original post - cached version

The  NAPM (National Alliance of People’s Movements) has written the following letter, signed by many movements and orgnizations, to the Governor and the Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh Date: 11th May, 2017 To, Shri Balram Das Tandon, The Hon’ble Governor, Raj Bhawan, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, To, Shri...

Kafila - 2017-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Update: Reports coming in that the UP government plans to use NSA against Chandrashekhar. Should be condemned and opposed by all concerned. Even as the embers of the recent fires continue to smolder in Saharanpur, ‘Dalit-Thakur’ clashes have been reported just now from Sardana. Ravi Das statues...

Kafila - 2017-05-08 - Original post - cached version

सांसद समेत अन्य लोग फर्ज़ी कागज़ातों के ज़रिये दलित और आदिवासियों के अधिकार छीन रहे हैं. (फोटो: कमल किशोर/रॉयटर्स) मध्य प्रदेश के बैतूल से अनुसूचित जनजाति के लिए आरक्षित सीट से दूसरी बार चुनी गईं सांसद ज्योति धुर्वे की सदस्यता फिलवक़्त ख़तरे में पड़ती नज़र आ रही है. पिछले दिनों मध्य प्रदेश सरकार...

Kafila - 2017-05-06 - Original post - cached version

All Accused in Bilkis Bano Case, Including Police Officers Finally Convicted BOMBAY HIGH COURT REJECTS APPEALS OF THE 11 CONVICTED ACCUSED, UPHOLDS LIFE IMPRISONMENT Sets Aside Acquittals of 7 Gujarat Cops & Doctors Convicts them of Evidence Tampering & Cover Up  Mumbai, May 4, 2017  ...

Kafila - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

The Communist Manifesto had, as its object, the proclamation of the inevitable impending dissolution of modern bourgeois property. But in Russia we find, face-to-face with the rapidly flowering capitalist swindle and bourgeois property, just beginning to develop, more than half the land owned in...

Kafila - 2017-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by SARAH ATHER My life has revolved around the concept of God. I have been a Muslim, a theist, an agnostic and an atheist in all types of phases of my life. I am sure, I am still just growing and my perceptions will mature as I grow. My Muslim identity slowly faded …


Kafila - 2017-05-03 - Original post - cached version

Ambedkar University Delhi Faculty Association condemns the police brutality on students of Panjab University earlier this month. Students were protesting against fee hikes which have been made primarily because one of the oldest universities in the country is under a financial crisis for the...

Kafila - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version

STATEMENT FROM JNU TEACHERS We, members of the JNU faculty, are deeply shocked at the kinds of allegations and speculations being made because a faculty member’s car was vandalised a couple of nights ago. Obviously the incident in which the windshield of the car was found shattered in the...

Kafila - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement of solidarity for workers sent by COSTISA – The Coordination of Science and Technology Institutes’ Student Associations from IITs around the country.  May Day 2017: In solidarity with Maruti workers’ struggle More than 130 years from today, in 1886 May 1st, several...

Kafila - 2017-05-01 - Original post - cached version

This May Day comes at a very crucial juncture in our history. Crucial, not simply because there is a belligerent Hindu Right government in power but also because it comes in the wake of the most unprecedented belligerence of the upper castes and their all-round violence, especially on the Dalit...

Kafila - 2017-04-30 - Original post - cached version

Everyone else’s father is in prison in Istanbul, they want to hang everyone else’s son in the middle of the road, in broad daylight People there are willing to risk the gallows so that everyone else’s son won’t be hanged so that everyone else’s father won’t die and bring home a loaf of bread and...

Kafila - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by RAJAMATHANGI S I am one of the fortunate PhD scholars lucky enough to study in JNU. I am a Dalit woman.  My mother is my family’s main breadwinner and my father struggles as a daily wager. I have two siblings who are younger than me. My mother is a low paid private …



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