Kafila - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by MOGGALLAN BHARTI Going by the track record of past four years of Narendra Modi’s government, the only definitive political narrative today is that of the ruling party, characterized by its brand ideological vehemence/ aggression and paralleled by corresponding ideological ennui in...

Kafila - 2018-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PREETI CHAUHAN The recent arrest of activists and intellectuals, and raids on various others connected with rights activism across five states in India is a grim reminder of the shrunken space for protest, criticism and dissent in our democracy today. This tendency to muzzle...

Kafila - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

After the floods comes the pestilence. Even as the rest of us are focusing all our energies on making sure that epidemics and sheer psychological trauma aren’t going to bring our people devastated by floods to the brink of their endurance, here is a bizarre person, a certain P C George, MLA from...

Kafila - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement signed by 143 teachers of Hyderabad, released by the University Teachers’ Forum Hyderabad, condemning the police raid at the residence of Prof K. Satyanarayana recently. We university teachers of Hyderabad hereby strongly register our protest against the arbitrary,...

Kafila - 2018-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PRAVEEN VERMA Does it amaze you when you hear the stories of poverty and success in same sentence? Does it amaze us when we hear the stories of some of the best sports-persons and the hardship they have dealt with before and throughout their careers? Does it amaze us when we hear...

Kafila - 2018-09-10 - Original post - cached version

We, a group of alumni of IIT Kanpur and others as students, researchers, faculty, staff and other community members affiliated with the same institute strongly condemn the arrest of IIT Kanpur alumna Sudha Bharadwaj (Integrated MSc., Mathematics, 1979-1984) and other activists namely, Vernon...

Kafila - 2018-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Statement by COSTISA On September 4th, 2018 in an important Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika, it was declared that the Central Intelligence has marked some organizations in West Bengal which reportedly act as a frontal organization of the “Maoists”. In the list of organizations, a...

Kafila - 2018-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Statement by academics in American universities We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the raid on Dr. Satyanarayana and Pavana’s official university residence, conducted by the Pune police as part of their recent raids on activists in India. Dr. Satyanarayana is currently Head of the Department...

Kafila - 2018-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by LOVISH GARG Ameena Begum was only ten years old when she was married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. The man- a 60-year-old Arab from Saudi Arabia had come to her house in Hyderabad to see Ameena’s elder sister for marriage but found her to be too ‘ugly and …


Kafila - 2018-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Dear Comrade I write to you as a citizen, so unlike the many eulogies and appeals you have received recently, this will not be sugar-coated. You have received much praise, which is indeed well-deserved. But most of us have done, and are still doing, our duty well, but there is no need to indulge...

Kafila - 2018-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Stylized image of fasces There is a rumour circulating which is best dispelled as soon as  possible in the interests of factual knowledge (which is rather shy and rarely seen these days. Sometimes you see its shadow slip past, from the corner of your eye). So, no, absolutely not, the word...

Kafila - 2018-09-02 - Original post - cached version

Image courtesy We, the undersigned students, faculty and others from IIT Kharagpur are shocked with the treatment that the police forces have meted out to our ex-colleague, Prof. Anand Teltumbde and other intellectuals. His residence in Goa, where he is working as a Senior Professor...

Kafila - 2018-08-31 - Original post - cached version

A Statement Issued by New Socialist Initiative (NSI) on the recent arrests of human rights defenders and public intellectuals Democracy Under Siege ! With Ground Slipping Fast Beneath Its Feet, BJP government Resorting to Draconian Measures ! 1. New Socialist Initiative strongly condemns the...

Kafila - 2018-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Today morning, The Hindu reported a decision of the Communist-led Kerala government: “The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to appoint a consultancy firm to guide in the post-floods reconstruction. The Cabinet is understood to have decided to appoint KPMG as its consultants on the subject.” KPMG...

Kafila - 2018-08-31 - Original post - cached version

Following is the final statement with the signatures as they were when it was closed for purposes of releasing to the media and sent to us by the initiators of the campaign. We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals...

Kafila - 2018-08-30 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement by WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND STATE REPRESSION (WSS) against the raids on and arrests of activists and intellectuals in different cities. WSS strongly condemns the arrests of its member Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira,...

Kafila - 2018-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VAIBHAV SINGH रामचरित मानस में सुन्दर कांड में एक पंक्ति आती है, जो कही तो विभीषण के मुंह से गई है लेकिन वह आज के लोकतंत्र पर भी लागू होती है। चौपाई में विभीषण कहते हैं- ‘सुनहु पवनसुत रहनि हमारी। जिमि दसनन्हि महुं जीभ बिचारी।’ यानी विभीषण कहते हैं कि मैं ऐसे …


Kafila - 2018-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Film on Chapal Bhaduri by Naveen Kishore. Conversation with Chapal Bhaduri transcribed and translated by Naveen Kishore. Chapal Rani. I can no longer hear. The whispering autumn leaves. Everything touches me. Nothing. Touches.  I am no longer as beautiful as I used to be, he says with a twinkle...

Kafila - 2018-08-25 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by ROBY RAJAN Epic. Biblical. Apocalyptic. These are some of the words that have been used to describe the floods and landslides that have wreaked havoc in Kerala over the last few weeks. Entire towns and cities were submerged, and entire rivers altered their courses...

Kafila - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Kerala is the land of my birth, and my life is intertwined closely and inseparably with the lives of all fellow-Malayalis. I will respect and remember this truth and will never think of my life as totally unrelated to nature, my neighbours, and the government that we elect to rule us.   I vow to...

Kafila - 2018-08-21 - Original post - cached version

By now everyone knows what the Sanghis, probably not just outside Kerala, but also inside, have been up to when others were battling the deluge, saving lives, working round the clock to organize relief: making Lord Ayappan look like a stupid brat (or, actually, painting him in their likeness),...

Kafila - 2018-08-19 - Original post - cached version

[Before you read this post, you might want to read KR Meera’s brilliant portrait of the average Malayali middle-class Sangh supporter, in her story Sanghiannan, which I translated as ‘My Brother Sanghi’, published by Juggernaut at :

Kafila - 2018-08-18 - Original post - cached version

In Malayalam, the usual way of referring to virulence that feeds on negative experience is paashaanathil krmi — or the maggot that is fattened by poison, instead of getting killed by it. Over the past few days, many of us have lived completely on the edge, bereft of sleep or ease, tossing about...

Kafila - 2018-08-04 - Original post - cached version

A statement by concerned organizations, teachers’ unions and academics against government proposal to amend RTE Act to scrap no detention policy and to fail children in class V and VIII. The statement was issued in New Delhi on 25 July 2018 The civil society organisations, teacher unions, and...

Kafila - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU A couple of days back, representatives of a group that wanted a petition demanding death penalty for all the accused in the Chennai gang rape case sought an appointment with me. I had clarified that I will not be part of any process demanding death penalty and would be...

Kafila - 2018-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Continuing the debate on the controversial Association of Asian Studies conference recently held in Delhi, to which Pakistani participants were denied visas by the Indian government, following which there was a call to boycott the conference. Nandini Sundar wrote an article in The Wire which we...

Kafila - 2018-07-17 - Original post - cached version

It is easy to see the linkages between Manu, Nietzsche, Hitler and the worldview of Hindutva supremacism Manu and his ‘magnum opus’ Manusmriti keeps hogging headlines in the 21st century as well. Thanks to the fascination it still holds among the Hindutva supremacists of various kinds even...

Kafila - 2018-07-16 - Original post - cached version

This is a GUEST POST by TANNISTHA SAMANTA Although the Indian Hindi film industry has been known to be considerably less gerontophobic than the western popular culture (Hollywood, in particular), our aging Naanas and Naanis have been often represented as either able keepers of family “sanskars”...

Kafila - 2018-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The recent murder of an SFI activist, Abhimanyu, at the Maharajah’s College, Ernakulam, allegedly by activists of another student organization, the Campus Front, has once again triggered a series of intense campaigns against the Popular Front of India (PFI), which is accused of having terror...

Kafila - 2018-07-13 - Original post - cached version

സത്യം പറഞ്ഞാൽ അഭിമന്യു എന്ന വിദ്യാർത്ഥിയുടെ ഞെട്ടിക്കുന്ന കൊലപാതകത്തിനു ശേഷം ആ ചെറുപ്പക്കാരൻറെ മാതാവിൻറെ വിലാപം മാത്രമാണ് ഇപ്പോഴും മുഴങ്ങിക്കേൾക്കുന്നത്. ആ ശബ്ദം മനസ്സിൽ നിന്ന് മായുന്നതേയില്ല. അതുകൊണ്ട് ഹാദിയാകേസ് നടന്ന കാലത്ത് സിപിഎമ്മിൻറെ സൈബർ ബുദ്ധിജീവി-ഗുണ്ടകൾ ഉണ്ടാക്കിയെടുത്ത ആയുധങ്ങൾ അവർ...

Kafila - 2018-07-08 - Original post - cached version

“It has been said with good reason that the Jana Sangh resulted from a combination of a partyless leader, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, and a leaderless party, the RSS”. (The Jana Sangh: A Biography of an Indian Political Party, by Craig Baxter p. 54)  1. In Search of the “Selfless Patriot” An...

Kafila - 2018-07-07 - Original post - cached version

Following is a statement of Jadavpur University alumni on the current controversy around the scrapping of the entrance examination by the university authorities.  There is also a petition that has been put up for those wanting to sign. Over 5075 people have signed the petition at last...

Kafila - 2018-07-07 - Original post - cached version

​​We the undersigned wish to place on record our utter disgust, contempt and outrage at the latest in the series of machinations by Republic TV, working to its brief as a propagandist for the ongoing crusade against all those who take public stands in defence of democracy, secularism, human...

Kafila - 2018-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Kafila had earlier published a letter to Association of Asian Studies (AAS) protesting the exclusion of Pakistani scholars from its conference in Delhi, because the Government of India refused visas to them. Nandini Sundar, in an article in The Wire, explores the complex ramifications of this...

Kafila - 2018-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SRITAMA CHATTERJEE The Executive Council (EC) of Jadavpur University recently decided to scrap the admission test in the Humanities for the academic year 2018-2019. This is no surprise to many of us who have been closely following the chain of events that have unfolded at the...

Kafila - 2018-07-04 - Original post - cached version

The Government of India has set up a draft proposal to repeal the UGC Act, scrapping the UGC as a regulatory body and establishing a new regulatory body called the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). Needless to say, such an act has far-reaching repercussions for higher education in...

Kafila - 2018-07-02 - Original post - cached version

This dance – the Palestinian Dabka – was performed amidst firing by Israeli Zionazis  on the 30th of June 2018. Remember the cowards stepped up their attack on Gaza as the holy month of Ramzan began. This video has all the ambient noises – of the firing of bullets and other war sounds and is...

Kafila - 2018-06-27 - Original post - cached version

[This is a statement of solidarity endorsed and signed by over 200 intellectuals, artists, academicians, lawyers, journalists, and students in support of the five arrested in connection with Bhima-Koregaon case. In the 43rd year after Emergency was declared in this country, this statement was...

Kafila - 2018-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Why Jailing of Gnanasara Did Not Become News in This Part of Asia “Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanised humanity…” – Bertolt Brecht in The Exception and the Rule (quoted in The Sunday Leader) “I have done my duty towards the country,” Gnanasara told reporters as he boarded the bus...

Kafila - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

This is not the story of a man who once sold tea and later ‘sold’ dreams to a people and managed to reach top echelons of power in the biggest democracy in the world. This is not the story of this man and his rise from the margins of a organisation which is called the …

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Kafila - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by KAVITA KRISHNAN The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever ‘Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’ on 14 June, 2018. It is unfortunate though predictable, that India rejected the report and its recommendations...

Kafila - 2018-06-15 - Original post - cached version

  Image courtesy Rebel Politik Statement from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff We, the undersigned students, alumni, faculty, staff and other members of the TISS community stand with Mahesh Raut and the four other activists who have been arrested...

Kafila - 2018-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by VIDHYA A Image courtesy Subcontinental wind In a statement issued on April 16th 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed that the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is ‘a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development related...

Kafila - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

A letter of protest by Concerned Scholars/Conference Participants, addressed to the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), is being circulated  for signatures. The AAS has bowed to the Indian government’s directive not to include Pakistani nationals at the AAS-in-Asia Conference to be hosted in...

Kafila - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU On 22nd May 2018, in what cannot be imagined even in a dictatorial regime, the police in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu – a South Indian state opened fire to kill, on a group of peaceful protesters marching towards the district administration office demanding denial of...

Kafila - 2018-06-02 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by KAVITA KRISHNAN SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen Raazi, please don’t read this review because it contains spoilers. Rabindranath Tagore, the composer of the poems that serve as the national anthems of India and Bangladesh, wrote an essay on nationalism in which he asserted, “it...

Kafila - 2018-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAJNI K. DIXIT The Gayatri mantra, as it is called these days, has been assigned a very important position in Hinduism. One is supposed to pray to the Sun god with this verse every morning and evening. It is supposed to be a prayer to the Divine Light to guide our mind …


Kafila - 2018-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative New Socialist Initiative Condemns Hindutva Engineered and Inspired Atrocities on Dalits Hardly a day passes without headline news of some or another atrocity on Dalits. On 24 May, a Dalit man in the Ahmedabad district was beaten and his house attacked by a...

Kafila - 2018-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ABHAY KUMAR Dear Ram Nath Kovind Ji, Within a few weeks I have to submit my PhD thesis at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Given that the deadline for my submission is at hand, I should have spent all my energies on my thesis rather than writing...


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