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Kafila - 2020-07-09 - Original post - cached version

An unpredictable element has found a new lease of life thanks to the coming Assembly election. The outlawed Ranvir Sena—the private army of upper caste landlords of Bihar—is in the news again. It recently threatened the Bihar chief of the Bhim Army, Gaurav Siraj, and one of its activists, Ved...

Kafila - 2020-07-08 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression  on the passing away of leading feminist activist Kalpana Mehta. This English version was earlier published in Mainstream Weekly. Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) deeply mourns the passing...

Kafila - 2020-07-07 - Original post - cached version

‘विमन अगेन्स्ट सेक्शूअल वायलेंस एंड स्टेट रिप्रेशन’ (WSS) की कल्पना मेहता को श्रद्धांजलि ‘विमन अगेन्स्ट सेक्शूअल वायलेंस एंड स्टेट रिप्रेशन’ (WSS) कल्पना मेहता के उनके निवास इंदौर, मध्य प्रदेश में निधन पर गहरा शोक व्यक्त करता है. एक ऐसे समय में जब हम व्यापक पैमाने पर अभूतपूर्व सार्वजनिक...

Kafila - 2020-07-04 - Original post - cached version

मार्च महीने में इटली के मिलान में मालपेंसा एयरपोर्ट पर क्यूबाई डॉक्टर्स और स्वास्थ्यकर्मियों का दल. (फोटो: रॉयटर्स) हेनरी रीव, इस नाम से कितने लोग परिचित हैं? यह अलग बात है कि इस युवा की याद में बनी एक मेडिकल ब्रिगेड की दुनिया भर की सक्रियताओं से तो सभी परिचित हैं, जिसने कोविड महामारी के दिनों...

Kafila - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version

You can see the English translation of the original poem by the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti , after this translation into Hindustani by AYESHA KIDWAI कितनी कला, बारीक़ सोच, हिचकिचाहट, और क़ुरबानी की रातें, कम या ज़्यादा कीमत अदा कर, तुम्हें लगती हैं एक सरल सा आला अविष्कार करने में? एक तानाशाह...

Kafila - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

My earlier posts on the Kerala Left’s inability to forge an adequate and democratizing response to the ‘societal emergencies’ that have challenged Malayali society in the 21st century, and on the completely-unjustified attack on the body artist Rehana Fathima seem to have irritated, even angered...

Kafila - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

  Let us call it ‘sudden death’ football style – even though, strictly speaking, there was no ‘tie’. Yet, even the highly frayed but continued existence of the earlier Nehruvian legacy (our version of the welfare state) had provided a kind of buffer that had kept in place an intricate balance...

Kafila - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

अहमदाबाद के जमालपुर के पास स्थित वसन्त-रजब चौक कितने लोगों ने देखा है? देखा तो कइयों ने होगा, और आज की तारीख में उससे रोज गुजरते भी होंगे, मगर अंगुली पर गिनने लायक लोग मिलेंगे जिन्होंने चौराहे के इस नामकरण का इतिहास जानने की कोशिश की होगी। मुमकिन है गुजरने वाले अधिकतर ने आज के … Continue reading...

Kafila - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Aman Abhishek गुलफीशा फ़ातिमा, सफुरा जरगर, देवांगना कलिता और नताशा नरवाल दुनिया के जाने-माने प्रोफ़ेसर और पत्रकार डॉक्टर लेता होन्ग फ़िंचर अपनी किताब “बिट्रेइंग बिग ब्रदर: दी फेमनिस्ट अवेकनिंग इन चाइना” में लिखती हैं कि किस तरह चीनी सरकार के द्वारा मार्च 2015 में पांच कार्यकर्तायों...

Kafila - 2020-06-29 - Original post - cached version

I am making appeal here to all people who really care for children’s rights beyond the hypocrisies of the global child rights discourse. A controversy is raging in Kerala over a video of body art posted by the body-activist Rehana Fathima in which her two children paint an image of a phoenix on...

Kafila - 2020-06-28 - Original post - cached version

कितने लोगों ने डॉ. अम्बेडकर की अगुवाई में छेड़े गए पहले ‘दलित विद्रोह’ अर्थात महाड़ सत्याग्रह (1927) के बारे में पढ़ा होगा और यह जाना होगा कि किस तरह उसके पहले चरण में (19-20 मार्च) को महाड़ नामक जगह पर स्थित चवदार तालाब पर हजारों की तादाद में लोग पहुंचे थे और उन्होंने वहां पानी … Continue...

Kafila - 2020-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Before I start, a request:    Friends who are reading this, if you are close to Noam Chomsky, Amartya Sen, or Soumya Swaminathan, or the other left-liberals who appear in the Kerala government-sponsored talk series from outside Kerala, please do forward this to them? I hope to reach them.   The...

Kafila - 2020-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Even today the attempt is to whitewash Manusmriti, not shun it. But all is not lost as the ripples of Black Lives Matter have reached Indian shores. It was 1927, the second phase of the historic Mahad Satyagrah was on, and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar led thousands of people in burning the Manusmriti,...

Kafila - 2020-06-18 - Original post - cached version

  In this year of COVID19, the organized ‘working class’ movement completes a hundred years of its history. It was on October 31 1920, that the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), the first central trade union organization, came into being. This might be a good occasion to take stock – to...

Kafila - 2020-06-17 - Original post - cached version

Darren Sammy has revealed he faced racism in India at a time when the world is battling racism. India needs to join this fight. Darren Sammy, the famous all-rounder from West Indies, is a legend. He has led his country team and is the only captain to have won two T20 World Cups, in 2012 …...

Kafila - 2020-06-16 - Original post - cached version

आज जब पूरे देश में धार्मिक स्थलों को खोला जा रहा है, तब बीते दिनों ‘सांप्रदायिक’ होने का इल्ज़ाम झेलने वाले केरल के मलप्पुरम ज़िले ने अपनी अलग राह चुनी है. कोरोना के बढ़ते मामलों के मद्देनज़र वहां की पांच हज़ार मस्जिदों को अनिश्चितकाल तक बंद रखने समेत कई धार्मिक स्थलों को न खोलने का फ़ैसला लिया गया है...

Kafila - 2020-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by JAMAL KIDWAI Ibn-e-Insha (15 June 1927 – 11 January 1978) would have turned 93 today. We celebrate his birthday by curating some of his best poetry, sung by leading vocalists from India and Pakistan. Born in Jalandhar, Punjab, on 15 June 1927, he was named Sher Mohammad Khan by his...

Kafila - 2020-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PANCHALI RAY The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare some of the most significant and deep-rooted fault lines of society, whether it is attacks on Indians from the North-east part of the country including racial slurs, holding returning migrants responsible for the spread of the virus or...

Kafila - 2020-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by JANAKI NAIR Maj General GD Bakshi (hereafter MGB) feels enough is enough. Having dealt with the Information Warfare and Psychological Operations in the Indian Army, he has now trained his guns on the internal enemy, abandoning the trenches of Jai Jawan for the far messier...

Kafila - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Ruins of old Jain Style Temple at Arimbra  Mallapuram, Kerala’s lone Muslim-majority district, made history recently. The 5,000 mosques in the district would remain closed indefinitely. Logic behind this decision is simple. As the state is witnessing spike in Coronavirus infection recently, it...

Kafila - 2020-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ANIA LOOMBA AND SUVIR KAUL Protest in Philadelphia, June 7, 2020 (Video by Teren Sevea)) In 2002, when we moved to Philadelphia to join the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, a friend invited us for breakfast to his home in West Philadelphia, abutting the university. We...

Kafila - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Perhaps celebrities know that talking about the plight of an animal—who died in a state not ruled by the ruling dispensation at the Centre—is a safe bet Migrants wait for a means of transport to travel to their native places during the fourth phase of the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, at...

Kafila - 2020-06-06 - Original post - cached version

It is inevitable that the virus will spread anywhere people gather in numbers. Representational Image India went for the world’s toughest lockdown in March, when just about 500 Covid-19 cases had been reported. And it has started withdrawing the lockdown when India has become the seventh-worst...

Kafila - 2020-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by MAYA JOHN Given the rampant social and economic inequalities in our society, education has been seen by majority of the common masses as a tool for moving up the social ladder. Their aspirations for higher segment jobs and status constitute the largest component of the growing...

Kafila - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

  In an earlier post last month, I had discussed the global rise of the Right as related to the revolt of the ‘little man’ (a term I borrow from Wilhelm Reich) and his search for a ‘father-figure’ of authority. I had also argued in that post that the revolt of the little man in … Continue...

Kafila - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

THIS IS THE FINAL PART OF A THREE PART POST India has been effectively under an RSS coup d’etat  since May 2019, after the  extremely dubious “sweeping victory” of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Since then, there has been a concerted and relentless onslaught on democracy from the twin...

Kafila - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PEOPLE UNITED AGAINST REPRESSION ON ANTI CAA PROTESTERS Over the past two months the Delhi Police has arrested Jamia students Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider, Asif Iqbal Tanha, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita along with activists Ishrat Jahan, Khalid Saifi, Gulfisha...

Kafila - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

As Indians and people of Indian origin in the United States, we stand in solidarity with Black communities and their allies who are protesting this racism, and demanding structural change. The killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd have highlighted the systemic racism...

Kafila - 2020-06-02 - Original post - cached version

Statement by Students Against Fascism, Johns Hopkins University, USA. Students Against Fascism is a group of international students at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), which aims to build solidarities against fascism across borders. We have been deeply saddened by the recent arrests of...

Kafila - 2020-06-02 - Original post - cached version

Tamika Mallory addresses a protest in Minneapolis May 2020     Langston Hughes 1902-1967 Let America Be America Again Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) …...

Kafila - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version

Please read and sign below /por favor lea y firme abajoWe, the undersigned feminists, community activists and academics from around the world stand in solidarity with Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal who are being held as part of the Narendra Modi government’s brutal clampdown on dissent...

Kafila - 2020-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Statement of New Socialist Initiative (NSI) on India’s ‘war against Covid 19’ # Today, India has emerged as a new epicentre for the novel corona virus in the Asia Pacific region.With 1,58,333 confirmed cases of Covid 19 and deaths of total of 4,531 people after contracting the virus, it has...

Kafila - 2020-05-27 - Original post - cached version

We, members of Faculty Feminist Collective JNU, stand in solidarity with all wrongfully arrested students, and in particular with JNU students Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal who were arrested on 23rd May 2020 by the Delhi Police. We demand the immediate release of all those wrongfully...

Kafila - 2020-05-25 - Original post - cached version

राजनीतिक उत्पीड़न और साम्प्रदायिक ध्रुवीकरण के लिए तालाबंदी के इस्तेमाल के ख़िलाफ़ सांस्कृतिक-सामाजिक संगठनों का संयुक्त आह्वान महामारी से मुक्ति के लिए जन–एकजुटता का निर्माण करो! तालाबंदी के दौरान जेलबंदी महामारी और तालाबंदी के इस दौर में समूचे देश का ध्यान एकजुट होकर बीमारी का मुक़ाबला करने पर...

Kafila - 2020-05-23 - Original post - cached version

नवचिंतन कला मंच द्वारा – बीते दिनों में अपनी ही धरती पे बेगानेपन का अहसास कर हज़ारों किलोमीटर दूर अपने घरों की उम्मीद के निकले लोगों के साथ हुए हादसों की दास्तान ज़रूर देखें।

Kafila - 2020-05-23 - Original post - cached version

कांकर पाथर जोरि कै मस्जिद लई बनाय. ता चढि मुल्ला बांग दे क्या बहरा हुआ खुदाय क्या अपने ‘खुदा’ को आवाज़ देने के लिए बांग देने की जरूरत पड़ती है ? आज से छह सदी पहले ही कबीर ने यह सवाल पूछ कर अपने वक्त़ में धर्म के नाम पर जारी पाखंड को बेपर्दा किया … Continue reading प्रार्थना स्थलों पर लाउडस्पीकर पर...

Kafila - 2020-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by MAYA JOHN Under the condition of lockdown while we are confronted with images and accounts of the suffering of the labouring poor, and all around us there appears to be a pervasive social chaos, in our universities students and teachers are supposed to return to an atomized life...

Kafila - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version

  Face of Class War in Contemporary India It is time again to state one thing absolutely clearly. ‘Class struggle’ or ‘class warfare’ were not invented by Karl Marx, for he and his predecessors merely identified and named the beast. It is something that the rich and the powerful always did and...

Kafila - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

The Migrant Workers Solidarity Network has documented migrant workers’ resistance across India in an interactive map. Below is a screen-shot of the map. For the interactive map, visit the MWSN site. From the MWSN site: The COVID-19 crisis in India has made the migrant workers visible in public...

Kafila - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

For Kerala, the new millennium has been the century of development emergencies. The effects of climate change and rapid urbanization and globalization have had rapid and drastic visible state-wide impact on people’s lives here, much of which in the form of development emergencies like epidemics...

Kafila - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by MANISH THAKUR and NABANIPA BHATTACHARJEE Much has already been said and written about the plight of the migrants during the lockdown necessitated by the current Covid-19 outbreak in India. The visual images of their endless walk – which reminds us of the flight of Partition...

Kafila - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAJINDER CHAUDHARY कोरोना से हमारा वास्ता अभी लम्बे समय तक चलने वाला है. काफिला पर छपे पिछले आलेखों में (यहाँ एवं यहाँ) में हम ने इस के सही और गलत, दोनों तरह के सबकों की चर्चा की थी पर भारत की करोना नीति की समीक्षा नहीं की थी.  आपदा और युद्ध काल … Continue reading भारत की कोरोना...

Kafila - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

This tribute to Prof HARI VASUDEVAN by Prof SOBHANLAL DATTA GUPTA, who passed away in Kolkata recently, is being reproduced here, courtesy Mainstream Weekly. Thereafter, as we proceeded in our work on the publication of the texts of the documents, we began to face insurmountable resistance,...

Kafila - 2020-05-18 - Original post - cached version

No doubt the clarification that India will not map Covid-19 infections on the basis of religion has many heaving sighs of relief. But will the peace last? Image Courtesy: AP “Move for community-based mapping of coronavirus?” a recent news item in a prestigious daily asked, getting tongues...

Kafila - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

On 16th May 2020, the Campaign against Witch-hunt of Anti-CAA Activists inaugurates its Poetry Week.   Poetry bears witness. It records, it remembers. Resistance, indeed life itself, has long been sustained and nourished by the words of poets. So, it is with poetry that we celebrate the...

Kafila - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by the group THE MOCKING BIRDS आज की रात न फ़ुट-पाथ पे नींद आएगी सब उठो, मैं भी उठूँ तुम भी उठो, तुम भी उठो कोई खिड़की इसी दीवार में खुल जाएगी ये ज़मीं तब भी निगल लेने पे आमादा थी पाँव जब टूटती शाख़ों से उतारे हम ने उन मकानों को ख़बर … Continue reading Paean – A Song for Triumphs, For...

Kafila - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Ravi Sinha राजनीति का आम सहजबोध यह है कि सत्ता की निरंकुशता लोकतंत्र का निषेध है। लोकतंत्र राजनीतिक सत्ता का गठन तो करता है, लेकिन उसे निरंकुश नहीं होने देता। यदि किसी लोकतांत्रिक व्यवस्था के अंतर्गत निरंकुश सत्ता का उद्भव होता है तो उसे लोकतंत्रा की दुर्बलता, उसके विकार या उसमें...

Kafila - 2020-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Vatya Raina The fight for half the Earth and half the sky is never at rest around the globe. Women of the world are constantly fighting their oppressors in different colours. The debate around #BoisLockerRoom stories on Instagram and the trolls concerned about the marital status of...

Kafila - 2020-05-08 - Original post - cached version

India is neglecting caste-based discrimination in higher educational institutions at its own peril. It was exactly 13 years back that the Thorat Committee, constituted in September 2006 to enquire into allegations of differential treatment of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students at the...

Kafila - 2020-05-07 - Original post - cached version

  [This is the final instalment of the series on ‘Life After Capitalism – Manifesto of Hope’. Earlier parts can be accessed Part I here, Part II here and Part III here.] The Employment Paradigm In this final instalment of the series, I want to discuss the vexed question of employment and what...

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