Kafila - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

They represented two foundational but antagonistic visions of “what we as a society, what we as a state should embody” ( Review of ‘Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and The Risk of Democracy’ By Aishwary Kumar Navayana, Rs 599) In the early 1990s D.R. Nagaraj published The Flaming Feet, a...

Kafila - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

  The debate on the meaning of AAP’s victory in Delhi and the Hindu idiom that its spokespersons have adopted continues as indeed on the implications of its refusal to play the electoral game in the way the BJP was intent on setting it up. But to keep our perspective right, we need to remember...

Kafila - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

BJP’s Delhi campaign was not divisive by sanyog or coincidence. That is its prayog or experiment. Which it will take to other elections. Kitney aadmi thhe—how many were there? A meme based on this famous monologue from the highly successful film, Sholay (Embers), from the early seventies,...

Kafila - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

  What has Gandhi got to do with the recently concluded elections in Delhi? On the face of it nothing. But at another level, the election process, its campaign and its results – all invite us to revisit Gandhi’s stupendous moral-political project of cementing the Hindu-Muslim division with his...

Kafila - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Of all reasons to oppose CAA, NPR and NRC, most worrying is the Islamists across the borders feeling enthused. 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...

Kafila - 2020-02-06 - Original post - cached version

  Three incidents of firing in four days – two in Jamia Millia Islamia and one in Shaheen Bagh – quickly followed open calls to violence (‘goli maro saalon ko‘) by Union minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur and the demonization of Shaheen Bagh protesters by BJP MP Pravesh Verma (‘the...

Kafila - 2020-02-05 - Original post - cached version

From Nehru to Patel and Ambedkar, the saffron party has appropriated freedom-fighters or tarnished legacies. Gandhi, however, poses a different problem. 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...

Kafila - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

  Guest Post 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...

Kafila - 2020-02-01 - Original post - cached version

[संशोधित नागरिकता-कानून, जनसँख्या-रजिस्टर  (एन पी आर ) एवं नागरिकता-रजिस्टर (एन आर सी ) पर  निन्मलिखित परचा रोहतक ज़िले के दो संगठनों  – सप्तरंग  व नागरिक एकता व  सद्भाव समिति ने शाया किया है. जनहित में इस सामग्री का किसी भी रूप में प्रयोग किया जा सकता है। ये सारी जानकारी सार्वजनिक तौर पर उपलब्ध...

Kafila - 2020-01-30 - Original post - cached version

    The  Constitution of India should be seen as a work-in-progress – not because it has been amended ever so often by different governments but because it has been taken over by ‘we, the people’, repeatedly, especially since the 1990s. The ‘authorized’ interpreters of the Constitution and Law...

Kafila - 2020-01-29 - Original post - cached version

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...

Kafila - 2020-01-23 - Original post - cached version

  The question that is uppermost on most people’s minds today is what will happen to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and how long will the protests continue? The home minister Amit Shah declaring that the Act will not be withdrawn and the government will not move an inch, regardless of the ...

Kafila - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Hindutva is being embarrassed by the very people it has wooed, by means fair and foul. 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...

Kafila - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

കേരളത്തിലങ്ങോളമിങ്ങോളം നടക്കുന്ന സിഏഏ-എൻ ആർ സി വിരുദ്ധസമരങ്ങൾക്കിടയിൽ നമ്മുടെയെല്ലാം   ഉള്ളുപൊള്ളയായ രാഷ്ട്രീയ അവബോധങ്ങളിലും സുഖസ്ഥലങ്ങളിലും നീറുപോലെ കടിച്ചുപറിക്കുന്ന ഒരു യാഥാർത്ഥ്യം — താഹയും അലനും സഹിക്കുന്ന അനീതി. യുഏപിഏ അറസ്റ്റുകൾ മുൻപ് മുസ്ലീംയുവാക്കളെ ഉന്നംവച്ചപ്പോൾ അവർ തീവ്രവാദികളാണെന്ന്...

Kafila - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PRADIP KUMAR DATTA Pictures by author Amidst the bustle of talk and announcements on stage, there is a surprise at Shaheen Bagh. A young, slim girl student in ankle length boots, dark pants and shirt is invited to take the podium. She begins her speech by saying that the...

Kafila - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

  Beginning this week, we are starting a column which will appear every Thursday. The name of this column, ‘Parapolitics’, is meant to indicate something that happens all the time, outside the formally designated sphere of politics, or what is sometimes called ‘the political’ by political...

Kafila - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Joint Statement by Feminists Urging the President of India to Commute Death Sentence to Life Imprisonment As individuals and groups who have been engaged in the struggles for women’s rights, safety and justice, it is often presumed that we would support the demand for death penalty for sexual...

Kafila - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Sustained reportage by dogged and principled journalists and investigation by citizens’ groups have gradually begun to illuminate the terrible darkness around anti CAA protests in UP over December 2019. Every single one of these has exploded the narrative fostered by the UP government, police...

Kafila - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

WOMEN OF SABARMATI WRITE: The outpouring of solidarity and generosity on the JNU campus, since the attack of 5th January 2020 has been overwhelming. Hostels have organised guerilla dhabas at Sabarmati. They have sung revolutionary songs while making pans of maggi and distributing jhal muri and...

Kafila - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by JAYA SHARMA This article that explores the enjoyment of violence, epsecially in the social media world, in the wake of the brutal violence perpetrated by the Yogi Adityanath regime in Uttar Pradesh. It should be read as a sequel to Jaya Sharma’s earlier article published in Kafila...

Kafila - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

GUEST POST BY C. P.  GEEVAN NPR and NRC – An Enigmatic Clarification It was difficult to miss the smugness with which the Home Minister of India (HM) addressed a TV show he had orchestrated through one of the infamous godi (lapdog) media after the central cabinet had approved Rs 39.41 billion...

Kafila - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

With the central government denying three states’ – Bengal, Kerala and Maharashtra – tableaux proposals for Republic Day, politics has reached a new low.  There is no doubt that the current struggles against the CAA/NRC and the confrontational stance of the Centre with these governments has a...

Kafila - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by Indians Against Fascism Munich On Saturday (21st Dec), a crowd of around one hundred Indians residing in Munich and surrounding assembled at Geschwister Scholl Platz, a square in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (...

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

Image courtesy News 18 People, Persons, Citizens When the idea of citizenship is wielded like a deadly weapon to deprive people of basic rights rather than to empower them, it’s time to think about the basis of rights differently.  While in the Preamble to the Constitution, ‘we the people’...

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

Guest Post by ‘Netherlands against CAA’ (A series of protests have been held in Netherlands against CAA by the Indian diaspora since last few days.  There was a protest at International Court of Justice ( ICJ) based in Hague on 30 th December. It was the fifth protest in last ten days. Pasted...

Kafila - 2019-12-30 - Original post - cached version

Teachers from different colleges and departments of the University of Delhi have expressed shock at the police repression on the struggles of the academic community across different universities in India and issued the following statement in support of the students. We, concerned teachers of...

Kafila - 2019-12-29 - Original post - cached version

Uttar Pradesh is dealing with CAA as it dealt with crime : encounters Image Courtesy: PTI 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...

Kafila - 2019-12-25 - Original post - cached version

Members of Ritwik Ghatak’s extended family have issued the following statement, responding to reports appearing in the media about the BJP youth wing planning to use bits from Ghatak’s cinema for what appears to be some propaganda film about refugees and migrants.  We, the undersigned, family...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Students Against Fascism in India – Bonn/Köln/Aachen “We, the students of Bonn, Cologne and Aachen stand with the protests all across India condemning the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC). In particular, we condemn and are deeply...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Issued by the Joint Forum Against NRC, Kolkata Video courtesy The Wire Rattled by the upsurge in popular protests across the country against the passage of the Unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 in parliament, Prime Minister Modi has accused the anti-NRC and anti-CAA protesters and...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

As students, alumni and faculty members of the University of York, UK, we stand in solidarity with all students in India who are engaged in protests against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. We believe that the right to dissent, protest and demonstrate are fundamental rights...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

The wave of protest in India in response to The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) passed on 11th December 2019 is being violently suppressed. Protesters claim the Act fundamentally alters the concept of Indian citizenship and is against the secular and inclusive India Constitution as it...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

As members of the academic community in India, we the undersigned, stand in solidarity with students across the country protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC). Fundamentally discriminatory and unjust, CAA-NRC contradict...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

As we in Kerala gear up for the long struggle that can cease only when the evil of Hindutva is finally uprooted from India and Kerala, and only after the toxins that it has spewed is wiped clean from the hearts and souls of our brethren, my only request is: please do not forget Allen … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

As Jamia Teachers Association calls for a candelight vigil at India Gate TODAY at 5 pm (December 23, 2019), we are publishing an earlier Facebook post by FAIZ ULLAH on Jamia written soon after the police violence at the university during the anti-CAA protests there. Dayaar-e-shauq mera is the...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

The Philadelphia Coalition Against Fascism in India held a protest Against CAA and NRC on December 19, 2019.  Students from several colleges in the Philadelphia area and beyond, including UPenn, Drexel, Temple, Villanova, and Rutgers; working professionals, and business graduates gathered in...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

From UMASS and Five Colleges We, the undersigned members and alumni of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Five College Area write in solidarity and support of the protests in India and elsewhere against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, and express our complete rejection of this...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Law teachers and researchers from across the world have strongly condemned the recent police brutality against students of different universities struggling the recent changes in Citizenship law. They have also criticized the CAA and the NRC ideas as majoritarian and one that subverts our...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Concerned health activists and health professionals and women’s rights activists have issued the following statement against the brutal use of force by the police against students, especially in Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU. We, the health networks, health activists, health professionals, Women’...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Following is a statement by the faculty, researchers and students of the University of Southern Florida, USA, in support of the struggle of students across universities against CAA and NRC. We, the undersigned, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and alumni of University of South Florida (...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Statements of support for the students’ struggle against the  CAA and NRC continue to pour in. We will try and keep publishing as many as we can. In this post is a statement from the University of British Columbia, Canada.  We, the students, faculty, alumni and scholars of the University of...

Kafila - 2019-12-20 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issued by faculty members of South Asian University on the recent police excesses against peacefully protesting students and other citizens. We, the undersigned teachers of the South Asian University, New Delhi are deeply disturbed by the developments at the Jamia...

Kafila - 2019-12-20 - Original post - cached version

  This is the sixth in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note below is by J Devika. The short essay by C V Kunhiraman has been translated by LIJU JACOB KURIAKOSE. The formidable CV Kunhiraman (1871-1949) was one of the most explosive anti-aachaaram voices...

Kafila - 2019-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Support for the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University is continuously pouring in from different of the world as people watch the horrors perpetrated by the Indian police on unarmed, peacefully protesting students. The following is yet another of an international...

Kafila - 2019-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Following is a statement issued by current and former faculty members and students of the University of Warwick in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the students against the new citizenship law. As students, alumni and faculty members of the University of Warwick, we stand in solidarity...

Kafila - 2019-12-18 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement from the alumni of NLU Jodhpur, in solidarity with the students at the receving end of police brutalities in Delhi, Aligarh, Assam and other universities. We, the undersigned alumni of National Law University, Jodhpur unequivocally condemn the police excesses in...

Kafila - 2019-12-18 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest possible terms the police brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and the ongoing illegal siege and curfew imposed on Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. On 15th December 2019 Delhi police in riot-gear illegally entered the Jamia...

Kafila - 2019-12-17 - Original post - cached version

Is the Indian state turning into a religious dystopia, like some of its neighbours? Image Courtesy: Free Press Journal The Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government has pushed the Citizenship Amendment Act through, but it is struggling to manage its fallout and the national outrage that a...

Kafila - 2019-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PARESH HATE It has been more than a month that students in JNU have been protesting against the new IHA Hostel Manual. The fight had initially begun against the exorbitant fee hikes, introduction of curfew timings and dress codes, lack of reservations and deprivation points in the...

Kafila - 2019-12-11 - Original post - cached version

December 11, 2019 We, members of Faculty Feminist Collective, Jawaharlal Nehru University, condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked police brutality on the peaceful protest marches of JNU students against the illegal adoption of a revised Hostel Manual by the JNU administration and the...


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