Kafila - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAJ KAITHWAR As I began to type this review, I struggled to begin with the beginning: how do I present this lively work on ‘talaab’ which does justice to its contents. It was not an easy task. Finally, I decided to begin with the end: the thoughts which clouded over me as …...

Kafila - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

How cow vigilantes are being projected as ‘modern day freedom fighters.’ ( Photo Courtesy : Cow vigilantes attacked six people, including a 9-year-old girl in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and fled away with their flock. The vigilantes...

Kafila - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

My friend Guddi has a great story about a Gujjar wedding she attended recently in Ghaziabad. It was a typically chaotic event, marked accurately by the swirling crowds around the dinner stalls. If Gujjar weddings are chaotic and the dinner doubly so, the scene around the tandoor is triply...

Kafila - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Statement by Coordination of Science and Technology Institutes’ Student Associations (COSTISA) Image Courtesy Hindustan Times On April 11 2017, Punjab University turned into a war zone. Tear gas, water cannons, lathis, belts and police boots were unleashed on unsuspecting students, along with...

Kafila - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG Parts of the petition are reproduced below. Follow the link given at the end to sign the petition. Incidents of mob violence by vigilante groups have become alarmingly common in many parts of India. These groups have frequently committed serious crimes, including ...

Kafila - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by HUZAIFA OMAIR SIDDIQI It has often been broadcast that we live in a post-truth age. In fact we live in an age better envisioned as one of post-certainty, where everything and every fact is liable to be pronounced uncertain and doubtful. The problem with the mainstream liberal...

Kafila - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

In a unique instance of a united initiative, a number of organizations in Rajasthan have come together to protest the lynching of Pehlu Khan and to demand justice in the matter. A large demonstration was recently held in Jaipur, following which many organizations of different political...

Kafila - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

The following, necessarily brief, reflections have been sparked off by two recent posts on Kafila – one by Biju Mathew published on 16 April, and the other by CP Geevan, published today. These reflections should not be seen as a response to the positions taken by Biju and/ or Geevan; they are,...

Kafila - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by CP GEEVAN The following is a response to the piece by Biju Mathew on Kafila, underlining the need for single-minded focus and keep the feet firmly on political realities Given the exuberant optimism that Biju Mathew evokes in these dark days, many of us afflicted by malignant...

Kafila - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

( Photo Courtesy : Bhima Bhoi, saint, poet and social reformer, who lived in later part of the 19 th century and who wielded his pen against the prevailing social injustice, religious bigotry and caste discrimination, would not have imagined in his wildest dreams...

Kafila - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

I wrote this story for children sometime back, improving on a vaguely-remembered story my grandmother told me, and gave it an end. This is my translation of it in memory of all pilgrimages and boat journeys of childhood: In the distant town of Alappuzha, our Ammini Amma bought a fistful-of-cumin...

Kafila - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Statement by concerned citizens We are writing this statement to strongly condemn minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s comment in Parliament that Alwar killing  did not happen. In spite of, repeated reporting in media about the Alwar killing, this denial from the minister only strengthens the anti...

Kafila - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BIJU MATHEW The BJP’s appointment of Adityanath to the post of UP CM once electoral victory was secured has left many angry, sad and frightened. Already the ominous signs of inhuman mass violence are accelerating across UP. A more brazen Sangh will pivot off UP to spread terror and...

Kafila - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

अतिथि post: लखविन्दर मारूति-सुजुकि मज़दूरों को उम्र कैद व अन्य नाजायज सजाओं के गुड़गांव अदालत के फैसले को घोर पूँजीपरस्त, पूरे मज़दूर वर्ग व मेहनतकश जनता पर बड़ा हमला मानते हुए पंजाब के मज़दूरों, किसानों, नौजवानों, छात्रों, सरकारी मुलाजिमों, जनवादी अधिकारों के पक्ष में आवाज उठाने वाले...

Kafila - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

..Everybody would agree that it is a challenging task to encapsulate a great wo/man’s vision in a few words- who as a public figure has impacted not only her/his generation but future generations, initiated or channelised debates in the society, led struggles, mobilised people, wrote thousands...

Kafila - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

When I first encountered Enmakaje, it was already much praised in Kerala as the powerful little book that aroused the Malayali’s moral conscience towards the unspeakable tragedy wrought by the unbelievably-callous aerial spraying of the insecticide Endosulphan in north Kerala, over some of the...

Kafila - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Prerna Trehan While walking through the lawns between the Library and the Chemistry Department , one is confronted with the sudden and  scary sight of policemen brandishing canes. One of the policemen says, threateningly : “Go inside, before we start shooting bombs” (of tear gas)....

Kafila - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAMEEZ RAJA Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) was founded by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889 in village Qadian, District Gurdaspur, Punjab. He claimed to be the “Reformer” of the age and fulfilled all the revelations of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) regarding the second advent of...

Kafila - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by NAVPRIT KAUR\ Chandigarh  is an expensive city to live in. It is more so for Buta Singh, a student belonging to a poor family in Punjab and pursuing a BA degree course in the evening studies department of the university. To meet his expenses, Buta at times stands on one of the …...

Kafila - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU Rasheed, a political activist, award winning journalist and activist was one of the founders of the Trotskyite movement in India and the RSP in Kerala. He passed away on the 6th of January, 2017 It is very unusual for a grandchild to write public obituaries for...

Kafila - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

JNUTA Press Release UGC/MHRD’s Duplicity Exposed! Was the Nigavekar Committee really behind the 2016 Regulations? The following response was given to a question asked by Mr. Hussain Dalwai in the Rajya Sabha. As can be seen from this MHRD Circular, the terms of reference of this Committee never...

Kafila - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by NIKITA AZAD It is easy to hate. In fact, one of the strongest emotions to have lasted so long and so vividly in our minds is hate. From La La Land to competitions in schools, we are taught to become self-serving narcissists; we are fed jealousy and hatred strategically. From the...

Kafila - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by V. SUJATHA That the first woman to win the Fields Medal for mathematics in 2014 was an Iranian is important to note. Not only because Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to make it in the field of mathematics which is considered to be a male bastion[1], but also because her...

Kafila - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

The undersigned students’ organisations and unions from North East India, would like to extend solidarity with people of African origin living in India and particularly those who were attacked in Greater Noida recently. We empathise with the violence, ordeals, and humiliation faced by Africans...

Kafila - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Radical Desi A letter asking Canada’s Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough to intervene for the release of disabled social justice activist who has been convicted for life in India was submitted at her constituency office on Tuesday, March 28. Signed by...

Kafila - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by PRAKASH GUPTA   Health has been the most neglected policy domain in India.The fact that India made it first National policy on Health in 1983, 36 years after independence itself reflects the level of priority for the state. India’s health policy, health financing in...

Kafila - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

JNU administration has drastically cut intake into the university for the next academic session and perhaps for years to come, using the UGC ‘caps’ on research as a pretext. JNU Teachers’ Association demonstrates conclusively here through a survey of 46 Central Universities, that barring a...

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

Guest post by RAJANI K. DIXIT In Vedic mythology we come across the story of sage Trita looking for fire and finding it in the head of a cow. Today we face a really big and scorching fire ensuing from bovines in India. Cows, we are told, are worshipped by Hindus and cow slaughter is therefore …...

Kafila - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

( Photo Courtesy : Indian Express) Guest Post by Gurpreet Singh India which has always claimed to be a victim of terrorism for all these years owe answers for one of the worst terrorist incident that is hardly discussed by the anti terror activists across the world either due to silence over...

Kafila - 2017-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Vikas Bajpai and Ish Mishra (on behalf of ‘Janhastakshep’) A Report on the Ghastly Beating up of Two Youth of Extremely Backward Castes by Kurmi Landlords in Nauva Village of Kochas Block of Rohtas District in Bihar. Prelude On the 29th of January an incident happened in Nauva...

Kafila - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Kavita Krishnan It’s been twenty years since the assassin’s bullets took Chandu away from us, at 4 pm on 31 March 1997. I still recall my sheer disbelief when a phone call from my party office at my hostel that evening informed me ‘Chandu has been killed.’ Chandrashekhar as well as...

Kafila - 2017-03-27 - Original post - cached version

People United Shall Always Be Victorious ! (Photo Courtesy : The Hindu) Big news – at times – go completely unnoticed. (Thanks to the mediatised times we are passing through) And thus it did not appear surprising that the decision by Posco, the South Korean steelmaker, the fourth biggest in the...

Kafila - 2017-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Shehla Rashid Mar 21, Delhi: In a shocking revelation that has triggered panic amongst the media fraternity, renowned media tycoon, Ameer Jain, who is Vice-Chairman of the prestigious Parrot, Caveman & Co. Ltd, has been accused of sexual harassment by an employee of The Slimes...

Kafila - 2017-03-25 - Original post - cached version

JNUTA is disappointed at the statement by the Minister of Human Resource Development regarding the number of research scholars working with each faculty in JNU, and considers his remarks as unbefitting of the Minister of Human Resource Development. First of all, the claim that there are JNU...

Kafila - 2017-03-19 - Original post - cached version

  Guest Post by Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union [This is a statement and an appeal by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union condemning the unjust handing down of a life sentence to 13 workers of the Maruti Suzuki Manesar Factory for a ‘murder’ (of an HR Manager) that the prosecution could not prove that...

Kafila - 2017-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Account of a ten year old story : Helps you understand the CM designate of UP What happened in the eastern Uttar Pradesh town was not a conflict but violence unleashed by MP Yogi Adityanath and his henchmen  If one tries to understand the developments in Gorakhpur and its neighbouring areas of...

Kafila - 2017-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative (Delhi Chapter) On 9 March 2017 three well-established academic corporate publishing houses, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis withdrew their copyright suit filed in the High Court against Delhi University and...

Kafila - 2017-03-12 - Original post - cached version

(Photo courtesy :, From left to right – Golwalkar, Deendayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, . Photo taken in Mathura during Goraksha/Cow Protection movement, 1965) “DEENDAYAL UPADHYAYA is to the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] what Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was to Congress”...

Kafila - 2017-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Nazim Hikmet was a Turkish poet and writer. A communist revolutionary, he was repeatedly arrested for his political beliefs and spent much of his adult life in prison or in exile. Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example– I mean without...

Kafila - 2017-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Video by Media Collective, Article by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Fernandes Fifty Years of Unreasonable Restrictions Arun Ferreira & Vernon Gonsalves  Soon after its adoption, the Constitution of India was amended in 1951. At the time several progressive judgements[i] by the Judiciary held that...

Kafila - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

(Photo Courtesy :, Photo Illustration by Saurabh Singh) ..The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote.  To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust.  In every field, in...

Kafila - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by ANIRBAN BHATTACHARYA [This missive to Makarand Paranjape, who is a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, comes in response to his recent op-ed piece in the Indian Express where he comments on the events at Ramjas College, Delhi University on the 21st of February and in their...

Kafila - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

[ This is a letter addressed to Raman Singh, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh by several concerned individuals and organizations regarding the impunity with which medical guidelines are put aside by professionals who enjoy the patronage and protection of the state government.] We, the 138...

Kafila - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Statement and image by Pinjra Tod On the eve of International Working Women’s Day, Maneka Gandhi has given a deeply patriarchal, casteist and classist statement to a media channel saying that hostel curfews are necessary as “laxman rekha” for controlling women’s “hormonal outbursts”, that the...

Kafila - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

This is a Guest Post by ANITHA S I As a nature lover and then an ecologist, my tryst with the living world has been fascinating, exciting, scary and at time dangerous. The most recent of this interaction was with a jackfruit tree in my backyard that has the uncanny capacity to produce fruits all...

Kafila - 2017-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Please find below a collation of statements of solidarity received by Kafila over the past fortnight since the shameful incidents of violence by the ABVP occurred on the 21st and 22nd of February 2017. These are from: Ramjas Alumna, Ambedkar University Delhi Faculty Association, O.P Jindal...

Kafila - 2017-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BAIDIK BHATTACHARYA [While the media worked overtime to present the developments in Ramjas College and Delhi University as a clash between two student organizations and two political formations, Baidik Bhattacharya here reflects on the new kinds of politics, rooted in the everyday...

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

Kozhikode, Hotel Alakapuri, 4-5 March, 2017. Kozhikode has always upturned my feelings about the male gaze. It is of course a cheerful, bustling, place, full of fabulously good-looking people of all genders. The cheeriness has a certain effortlessly defiant quality – already evident when you...

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

[Videos of song by Shehla Rashid and of speeches by Nivedita Menon, Kavita Krishnan, Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani, courtesy, Samim Asgor Ali] February gives way to March and spring returns to Delhi. And what a spring it is. The right wing thugs of the ABVP choose the wrong time to attack, once...

Kafila - 2017-03-04 - Original post - cached version

MANJULA PRADEEP on Dalit CameraFiled under: Feminism, Identities, Right watch Tagged: Chalo nagpur, women against manuvaad and hindutva


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