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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...

Kafila - 2019-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by NAGRAJ ADVE This post is the second part, excerpted and slightly adapted, from the booklet by Nagraj Adve, Global Warming in the Indian Context: An Introductory Overview (Ecologise Hyderabad 2019). The first part appeared in Kafila on 1 July 2019 While the earlier post covered the...

Kafila - 2019-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Letter to the Election Commission of India written by 64 former civil servants, endorsed by 83 veterans, academics and other concerned citizens. Shri Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Ashok Lavasa,  Election Commissioner, and Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner. Election...

Kafila - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

जब संसद में सरकार का कोई मंत्री कहे कि “वन्दे मातरम” न कहने वाले को भारत में रहने का हक़ नहीं है, तो उसे संसद में और बाहर जवाब देना ही पड़ेगा कि भारत में रहने की शर्त “वन्दे मातरम” का जाप या नारा नहीं है।नहीं हो सकता। भारत में रहने के लिए आप मुझे … Continue reading “वन्दे मातरम” जय नहीं, क्षय का...

Kafila - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by NAGRAJ ADVE This essay is the first of a two-part excerpt from the booklet by Nagraj Adve, Global Warming in the Indian Context: An Introductory Overview (Ecologise Hyderabad, 2019). This covers the basic science of global warming, the roots of the problem, and how inequality...

Kafila - 2019-06-29 - Original post - cached version

The recent spate of attacks on dalits in the state is an indicator of the fact that the unfolding project of RSS’s Hindu Rashtra has entered a new phase where the community is being construed as the ‘new other’. When I was born, I was not a child I was a dream, a dream of … Continue reading...

Kafila - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Dear Friends, As some of you might be aware, our friend and colleague, Dr. Saraswati Kerketta (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Rabindra Bharati University), has recently been a victim of caste-based attack in the university. We write this statement to unequivocally condemn...

Kafila - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Recommendations on Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) by a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of gender, sexuality and education. We, a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of...

Kafila - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned concerned citizens, are extremely perturbed at the increasing tendency of the Government, through its agencies, to use excessive power to curb the voice of the people, which is the very essence of democracy. The work of Lawyer’s Collective in general and that of Indira...

Kafila - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

In support of the campaign launched by BETTER UNIVERSITIES. The Government of India has finally unveiled the much-awaited draft of the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019, and with that, has come a host of new issues to address and engage with. To access a copy of the draft, please click here...

Kafila - 2019-06-25 - Original post - cached version

My friends from Jharkhand sent me a video of a man – to be exact, a Muslim – being lynched. I avoided opening it. Then a message followed – that the man being beaten up on camera has now died. They were at the police station and were meeting senior officers later. I decided to watch … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by JAYA SHARMA In the post election bewilderment that continues to grip us, might it be that we are asking the wrong questions? The questions are by now familiar. How can it be that a Pragya Thakur wins and an Atishi loses? How can it be that demonetization doesn’t translate into loss...

Kafila - 2019-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Can Dalits rightfully claim that they have a ‘homeland’? ( Review of The Doctor and the Saint: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate — Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste; By Arundhati Roy, Penguin, Rs 299) “Gandhiji, I have no homeland.” The first meeting between Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, who later...

Kafila - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

It is important to note that the very idea of Islamic banking and promoting it as a parallel to conventional banking – which is being portrayed as un-Islamic – and which has caught the imagination of a section of god-fearing Muslims, is a clear manifestation of shifts in Muslim politics over the...

Kafila - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

सोचने का सवाल है कि क्या इन मौतों को महज तकनीकी गड़बड़ियों तक न्यूनीकृत किया जा सकता है? क्या इसके कोई संरचनागत कारण नहीं हैं? ‘आखिर अधिक अनाज पैदा करने के बावजूद हम भूख की समस्या को मिटा क्यों नहीं पा रहे हैं। ‘‘रामचरण मुंडा, उम्र 65 साल को विगत दो माह से सार्वजनिक वितरण प्रणाली के तहत … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

( First published in a different form in the Wirehttps://thewire.in/communalism/bengal-violence-tmc-bjp on 14 June, 2018. This article is its revised and updated version.) Do all of us, those who love Rabindra Sangeet, those who wistfully talk about Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mirnal Sen,...

Kafila - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

In an earlier post  we made note of the serious matter of unaccounted movement of EVMs in private vehicles in different parts of the country and the mismatch between the ECI figures for voter turnout and EVM votes cast, neither of which the EC has satisfactorily explained until today. Now in a...

Kafila - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Unfolding Debate about Secularising Education ( To be published in ‘Indian Journal of Secularism) “There is in every village a torch – the teacher; and an extinguisher – the priest.” -Victor Hugo Introduction “Keep the words God, Jesus and the devil out of the classroom.” A school teacher’s...

Kafila - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by SRIJAN DUTTA “The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility.” The line quoted above is from Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s ‘last’ letter, discovered after he was found hanging in his hostel room in January 2016. The letter had exposed how caste...

Kafila - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

( सत्य हिंदी.कॉम पर 10 जून,2019 को सहनागरिकता का भाव विकसित करना ज़रूरी शीर्षक से प्रकाशित टिप्पणी https://www.satyahindi.com/waqt-bewaqt/twinkle-sharma-murder-case-aligar... का परिवर्द्धित रूप) अलीगढ़ के क़रीब टप्पल में दो साल की ट्विंकल की हत्या के बाद सिर्फ़ अलीगढ़ नहीं, देश के कोने कोने से...

Kafila - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Caution: Long read! This is the elephant in the room, is it not? Was this “massive mandate” of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the result of a free and fair election? Should we continue to discuss this outcome – the scale of the BJP victory, the numbers of seats, the margins by which seats were …...

Kafila - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

The idea of education being imparted without any compulsion to declare one’s religion is definitely a welcome thing Principal’s office of Bethune College, Kolkata, which included Humanity as an option under the religion category. Image Courtesy: college dunia   A college admission form...

Kafila - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

By distributing knives to meritorious children, organisations like the Hindu Mahasabha, are trying to give religious legitimacy to what is essentially a political use of faith. Image courtesy: Twitter What does an organisation do when it wants to congratulate meritorious students who have...

Kafila - 2019-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PRATIKSHA BAXI The publication of a sworn affidavit by a former Supreme Court staffer testifying to sexual harassment by the Chief Justice of India has been treated as a scandal, whether the complainant was believed or not. And the subsequent events – an extraordinary suo moto...

Kafila - 2019-05-24 - Original post - cached version

This election verdict will have vital ramifications for democracy’s onward journey for decades together, and silencing and further invisibilisation of religious minorities would be its logical outcome. “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born;...

Kafila - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

  USS passe rani hai, iss passe Gandhi!” (“On that side is the Queen, on this is Gandhi) (https://indianexpress.com/elections/patiala-dharamvira-gandhi-aap-electi...) Nawan Punjab Party’s candidate ex MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s election campaign and the way he projected his appeal as ‘battle...

Kafila - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

The art of legitimising religiosity in a secular country and live happily ever after. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by wise people as false and by the rulers as useful. — Seneca (4 BC-AD65) A picture is worth a thousand words. An outgoing Prime Minister of the ‘world’s...

Kafila - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Caste discrimination, even while faced with a calamity, is a clear outcome of the brahminical ideology of purity and pollution that has permeated deep into Indian society. Image Courtesy: Al Jazeera “[U]ntouchability, is a kind of disease of the Hindus…it is a mental twist…. I do not know how my...

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

Why does Hitler’s legacy in India greatly differs from that in the West. More removed from the traumas associated with World War II and the Holocaust   ……………………………………………………………………. ..An innocent question sometimes comes up with very troubling answer(s). J’admire ( I admire)… a simple exercise...

Kafila - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Extract from the Preface of  ‘Hindutva’s Second Coming’ Preface Democracy as Majoritarianism “We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal,’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany...

Kafila - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Ravi Sinha 1. मार्क ट्वेन ने कभी कहा था – धूम्रपान की आदत छोड़ने में मैं ख़ासा माहिर हूँ; यह काम मैंने हज़ारों बार किया है.सन्धान की यह केवल तीसरी शुरुआत है. वह भी काग़ज़ पर छप कर नहीं. अभी केवल वेब-पेज़ के रूप में. अतः यह दावा तो नहीं किया जा … Continue reading संस्कृति की ज़मीन, बदलाव...

Kafila - 2019-04-10 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by MANINDRA AGRAWAL This is the story of a young man who made it to the premier institution of IIT Kanpur against heavy odds, but was then let down by the system and people at the institute. Yet, he showed exemplary courage and stood up for his rights firmly but … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

  The thinking mind knows, but the heart keeps seeking the lingering traces of presence. Days after Ashita’s passing, the heart returns to that void inside itself. I was in the middle of wedding preparations at home. Bala’s early morning message on the phone was cryptic: Ashitechi is gone. I sat...

Kafila - 2019-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Dheeresh Saini – Review of ‘Charvak ke Vaaris’  `चार्वाक के वारिस` को पढ़ते हुए ही मुझे हिंदी के आलोचक और जेएनयू के रिटायर्ड प्रोफेसर नामवर सिंह के निधन की ख़बर मिली। एक ऐसी किताब को, जो भारतीय समाज-संस्कृति में अतीत से लेकर आज तक ज्ञान-विज्ञान की विभिन्न प्रगतिशील, विवेकवादी, ...

Kafila - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Recall Kalburgi and Shahid Azmi? There are several such unconnected looking incidents in recent times that are part of the same mindset that looks for ‘internal enemies’ in every dissenting voice. Image for representational use only.Image Courtesy : Siasat Ram Puniyani, the affable and...

Kafila - 2019-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Condemn attempts at intimidating Prof Ram Puniyani To The Commissioner of Police Mumbai We the undersigned strongly condemn the way in which attempts were recently made to intimidate Prof Ram Puniyani by people supposedly belonging to CID. We fear that it is to silence his voice which has always...

Kafila - 2019-03-05 - Original post - cached version

A WhatsApp-sponsored report, prepared in partnership with Queen Mary University, has raised the alarm that the 2019 elections in India, which already has cleavages on lines of caste, race, gender, religion, would be a fertile ground for damaging fake news. There was a time when ‘Good Morning’...

Kafila - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

“Kasturba Gandhi is no more. She died at the age of 74 in British jail….I salute this great woman who was like a mother to Indians ….Kasturba was an inspiration for millions of Indian girls with whom she lived and met during the freedom struggle of our motherland. She was party to the many...

Kafila - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

We are publishing below a statement sent to us by the Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies against the suppression and criminalizing of dissent in India The Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS) expresses its deep dismay over...

Kafila - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by C.K. RAJU It was B. R. Ambedkar who first publicised the 22 Mahar names inscribed on the pillar commemorating the battle of Bhima-Koregaon.  Ambedkar, a Mahar himself, had experienced great indignities, and everyone appreciates his quest for a symbol of dalit achievement. Much has...

Kafila - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

A campaign is gathering steam against MIT inviting BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for a conference on February 16 Image Coutesy: Scroll ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides,” – Donald Trump on...

Kafila - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

A conversation with youngsters – who are by nature bubbling with energy , fired with idealism and suffused with innumerable questions – is a thing which everyone with grey hair looks forward to. For someone like me it is an added gift this morning that after exactly a gap of forty years this...

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