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 …


Kafila - 2017-04-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SABIHA FARHAT These are tough times for muslims in India.  But now that I look back and shed my ‘liberal’ prejudices – muslims were never acceptable as ‘who they were’ in Indian society.  I had always blamed my mother for not giving me proper lunch box to carry to school.  But the...

Kafila - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

An earlier version of this essay was published in Outlook magazine “The young students are not interested in establishing that neoliberalism works – they’re trying to understand where markets fail and what to do about it, with an understanding that the failures are pervasive. That’s true of both...

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...


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