Kafila - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

It looks like the CPM’s enmity towards the Muslim organizations is such that they do not mind sacrificing women’s human rights and reinforcing the patriarchal family just to teach them a lesson. So they are happy to stick with the Sanghi understanding of conversion as necessarily forced in some...

Kafila - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Tomorrow, the capital will see the culmination of the year-long birth centenary celebrations of Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay ‘Nirastapadapeshe Erandopi Drumayate !’ – Sanskrit Proverb (In a treeless country even castor counts for a big tree) ( Quoted in EPW ”An Occasion...

Kafila - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

If there is one thing, besides the pervasive Islamophobia in Kerala in both the Left and Right, that the Hadiya case reveals, it is the deeply entrenched commitment to patriarchy eerywhere — on the Right, Left, the radical civil society, wherever. Since May 2017, this young woman has been under...

Kafila - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAMEEZ RAJA The discovery of nuclear energy or radioactivity in 1930s and 1940s by the scientists in a sense murdered the true spirit of science. After the bombings by the United States over Japan in 1945, physicists and nuclear scientists practically got to know about the massive...

Kafila - 2017-09-16 - Original post - cached version

For a law against Superstition at the National Level ( Image Courtesy : These are really ‘bure din‘ for the spiritual gurus of India. While the likes of Ram Rahim, Asaram Bapus and Rampal are cooling their heels behind bars for their not...

Kafila - 2017-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by SIMPLE RAJRAH This article is written in response to the article Activism as a blue whale challenge by Manu Joseph that first appeared in Livemint. “Our love is constructed. Our beliefs colored. Our originality valid through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love...

Kafila - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Violence is sweeping Myanmar and in a short span of two weeks lakhs of ethnic Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh and thousands have lost their lives. Satellite data shows, large parts of the Rakhine state, home to most of the Burmese Rohingya population have been set on fire, and murders...

Kafila - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by Inshah Malik Iran is politically and economically isolated and in that isolation, to call it an experiment of nation building is misleading, but nevertheless, it is an on-going exercise. Under the crippling sanctions, the party is still on! I don’t have the usual agenda to visit...

Kafila - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SHRIPAD DHARMADHIKARY AND NANDINI OZA Reposted from Manthan What can one expect when one is faced with a blog by “India’s leading economic journalist” which is titled “Most of the ousted tribals are flourishing and loving it”? That there will be a large helping of fries on the side...

Kafila - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Poo’ poo’ Dilip is an effect of the discourse on the Malayalam cine actor Dilip , who is facing trial for his alleged involvement in the conspiracy behind the despicable attack on a young woman actor in Kochi in February 2017.  Now, as his next bail plea (thrice refused) draws near, there seems...

Kafila - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

SHRIPAD DHARMADHIKARY and NANDINI OZA write a stinging response to Swaminathan Anklesaria Iyer’s unsupported claims in Times of India about how much tribals love being ousted for big dams. The newspaper did not care to publish this rebuttal so the authors posted this on Dharmadhikary’s blog and...

Kafila - 2017-09-12 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by RINA RAMDEV   Public discourse on Delhi University’s staging of student union elections typically picks the ubiquitary narratives of money, muscle power and its floutings of Lyngdoh guidelines, year after clamorous year. College campuses, arterial roads and their flooding...

Kafila - 2017-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Received from Bharat Sarkar Bachao Committee, Delhi Sign Petition Against the BJP’s Electoral Bonds – An Open Door for Corporates to Control Our Government Sign petition here हिंदी के लिए नीचे देखें In this year’s budget session of Parliament, the Modi government quietly introduced a new...

Kafila - 2017-09-09 - Original post - cached version

This is an amazing moment. From what we at the Committee for the Defense of Bhim Army have gathered, and from Chandrashekhar’s own letter from Saharanpur District Jail (see below), the administration is moving to slap charges under the National Security Act on Chandrashekhar and other activists...

Kafila - 2017-09-09 - Original post - cached version

शब्द और विचार हर किस्म के कठमुल्लों को बहुत डराते हैं. विचारों से आतंकित लोगों ने अब शब्दों और विचारों के ख़िलाफ़ बंदूक उठा ली है. Gauri, you are more than a memory You are a direction For a world that should not be! – K P Sasi 1 कुछ लोग जीते जी किवदंती बन …

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Kafila - 2017-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VIKAS BAJPAI There couldn’t be a more opportune time than the present moment in India’s history for an impassioned cry for science to arise from the scientific community in the country. On the 9th of August 2017 scientists from across India carried out the ‘March for Science’ in...

Kafila - 2017-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Sanjay Kumar Nearly forty people were killed last Friday (25th August) during public disturbances at Panchkula in Haryana after the CBI court verdict in the rape case of Gurmeet Ram-Rahim. Surprisingly, even though these people died in public, till Tuesday, little information was...

Kafila - 2017-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PRASANTA CHAKRAVARTY “Then is Now. The star you steer by is gone, its tremulous thread spun in the hurricane spider floss on my cheek.” ~ Basil Bunting, Briggflatts   “He who writes the work is set aside; he who has written it is dismissed. He who is dismissed, moreover, doesn’t...

Kafila - 2017-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ANMOLAM and FARHEEN AHMAD   The ghar-wapsi of Mr. Nitish Kumar and the rupture of the grand alliance in a ‘not-so-grand’ manner came as a major surprise to all. Political pundits have expressed much on it with views ranging from ‘credibility crisis and convenient conscience’ to ‘...

Kafila - 2017-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PINJRA TOD, a Delhi-based collective of students fighting to “Break the Cages” of women denied the rights of adult citizens by the restrictive and patriarchal rules of women’s hostels. Your Lordship, We write to you, to bring to your notice a recent judgement of the Kerala High...

Kafila - 2017-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VAIBHAV SINGH सुप्रीम कोर्ट के द्वारा निजता के अधिकार संबंधी फैसले ने निजी बनाम सार्वजनिक, व्यक्ति बनाम समाज, सरकार बनाम नागरिक के द्वैत को फिर बहस के केंद्र में ला दिया है।ऐसा समाज जहां गली-मोहल्लों व गांव-देहातों में निजी जानकारी छिपाने की कोई धारणा न तो रही है, न उसका सम्मान रहा...

Kafila - 2017-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Dear Kummanamji This is to let you know how the events presently unfolding in Dharmakshetra- kurukshetra (or at least its vicinity) are making even me, a lapsed sudrathy from Kerala, more and more creative about convincing your masters in Delhi that Hindutva fanatics in Kerala are no less worthy...

Kafila - 2017-08-25 - Original post - cached version

[ Random notes made in the wake of the conviction of Dr. Baba Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan of Dera Saccha Sauda for the offense of rape in Panchkula, Haryana, with some attention paid to the testimonials of his close friends. ] Sometimes, one does not need to write a long post. Some circumstances...

Kafila - 2017-08-25 - Original post - cached version

Endorsements are still pouring in for this statement, but we are posting it here with just the first names with which it was sent out. 22 august 2017 We wholeheartedly welcome the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Triple Talaq brought before it by a number of Muslim women...

Kafila - 2017-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Even as the state government’s repression on Bhim Army continues, most of its leaders still in jail and some forced to leave Saharanpur, a committee has been formed for the defense of Bhim Army. (For background information, please see the ‘Note on Bhim Army’, appended at the end of this post,...

Kafila - 2017-08-22 - Original post - cached version

  It appears that for women in India, the modern judiciary is fading and in its place, the terrifying face of Brahmanical Dandaneethi is emerging. A ten year old rape victim is denied abortion, women fleeing dowry harassment are to submit to the rule of local elders and leaders of ‘family...

Kafila - 2017-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Shehla Rashid on behalf of the signatories We, the undersigned, are deeply shocked by the shameful attempts by JNU Administration to crush dissent in the University through imposition of arbitrary fines on student activists, denial of registration to students engaged in protests...

Kafila - 2017-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Present day Hindus are probably the strongest opponents of Marxism. They are horrified at its doctrine of class-struggle. But they forget that India has been not merely the land of class struggle but she has been the land of class wars. – B. R. Ambedkar, Philosophy of Hinduism. I often find...

Kafila - 2017-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by JANAKI SRINIVASAN If you are a resident of Chandigarh and came across pictures of the Bekhauf Azaadi Reclaim the Night and the Streets march of August 11 in the newspapers, it is most likely that you assumed it to be just another routine protest.  Protests in ‘the city beautiful’...

Kafila - 2017-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by KARTIK MAINI One day, the war will end, and I will return to my poetry Contemporary India loves its army. For a civilisation that defines itself as intrinsically nonviolent, we do also love our wars. On 23 July, 2017, Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar, students of the Jawaharlal Nehru...

Kafila - 2017-08-12 - Original post - cached version

The prime minister of India Narendra Modi’s cheap hindutvavaadi jibes in his farewell address to vice president Hamid Ansari were better suited to Republic TV or The Organiser, but under Modi’s regime, parliament is pretty much run like an RSS shakha, and Modi himself seems no different from...

Kafila - 2017-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by DEBADITYA BHATTACHARYA and RINA RAMDEV *Disclaimer: Even as news pours in of Pahlaj Nihalani’s ouster as CBFC chief, consider this essay an earnest tribute to the man who is ‘alleged’ to have beeped sense out of Indian cinema. We repeat, merely ‘alleged’ – since we go on to prove...

Kafila - 2017-08-10 - Original post - cached version

In these days in which Indo-Gangetic barbarians seethe with rage against Kerala and unleash all sorts of false propaganda about the state of affairs here, I have been thinking about my own love for and quarrels with this place. My relation to it has been largely critical, as a Malayali woman...

Kafila - 2017-08-09 - Original post - cached version

A version of this piece appeared yesterday in The Wire “I would like to thank Huddersfield University for enabling me to have a sabbatical semester to work on this revised edition and for providing such a supportive environment. Thanks to many of the students on my Women, Power and Society...

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

Guest Post by BRINDA BOSE To return to questions about women’s imperiled sexual desires and freedoms that have been spilling around us in recent weeks – with a middle-aged ‘Rosie’ emerging as a blissful mascot of women’s ageless pleasures in a multiplex film – I had unexpected occasion on a long...

Kafila - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version

This guest post is an investigative report by MAYA JOHN, SUNITA TOPPO and MANJU MOCHHARY, who are associated with Gharelu Kamgar Union and actively involved in organizing domestic workers. Recently, the otherwise docile workforce of domestic workers – most of whom are migrant labourers from the...

Kafila - 2017-07-30 - Original post - cached version

In the midst of all the cacophony and shrill pseudo-nationalist rhetoric that is destroying the fabric of a plural India, often in the name of the Armed Forces, 114 veterans of the Indian Armed Forces have spoken out. They have spoken out in no uncertain terms against targeted attacks on Muslims...

Kafila - 2017-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SAHANA GHOSH & RIMPLE MEHTA From the night of July 11 when Zohra Bibi did not return home to the evening of July 16 when union minister Mahesh Sharma, member of parliament for Gautam Budh Nagar, UP met with residents of Mahagun Moderne, much has transpired. Promptly after the...

Kafila - 2017-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VAIBHAV SINGH भारत खुद को भले किसी महान प्राचीन ज्ञान-परंपरा का वारिस समझता हो पर उसके विश्वविद्यालयों की दशा चंद चमकदार अपवादों के बावजूद खस्ताहाल है। उच्चशिक्षा की हालत किसी मरणासन्न नदी जैसी है जिसपर पुल तो बहुत बड़ा बन गया है पर पानी सूखता जा रहा है। भारत अपने साथ ही …


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...


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