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Kafila - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The dispute will linger until India learns coexistence from history. Coexistence between social groups was a social reality and a primary tenet of Indian life, long before the word secular was included in its Constitution in 1976. Now that a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has delivered a...

Kafila - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

This is the fifth in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note below is by J Devika. The excerpt from the essay by Moorkothu Kumar has been translated by K R GOPIKRISHNA. Moorkothu Kumaran (1874- 1941) was one of Malayalam’s earliest short story writers,...

Kafila - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

It is hard to describe the mood that the unbelievably timid judgment leaves me in.  One has to stop, really, hoping that some institution will be saved from the ongoing collapse of all decency in the country. My article in The Wire.

Kafila - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Even at the breakneck pace at which its proponents are rewriting history in the Hindutva mould, its real past will habitually catch up with it. Last year, a statue of freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, was destroyed by Hindutva mobs at...

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

Their fantasy is to control India’s fate by distorting historical events. History is witness that Buddhism, which originated in the Indian subcontinent, posed a challenge to brahmanical Hinduism. It is also recorded history that Buddhism was completely wiped out of this region centuries later,...

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

The Sangh Parivar has supported Tipu when it needed to. Ghatam Bhindyat, Patam Chhindyat, Kuryat Rasbharohanam Yenken Prakaren, Prasidho Purusho Bhavet (Break earthen pots, tear clothes, ride a donkey: Men try to achieve popularity by any means.) It was 2006 and DH Shankarmurthy, a nondescript...

Kafila - 2019-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PRASANTA CHAKRAVARTY Harold Bloom had made it clear many times that his investment in the Greek literary critic Dionysius Longinus, writing in the first century AD, was a way to address and revisit the fundamental encounter of the sublime in our living. Commentators have noticed a...

Kafila - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

क्या ऐसा शख़्स, जिसने अंग्रेज़ सरकार के पास माफ़ीनामे भेजे, जिन्ना से पहले धर्म के आधार पर राष्ट्र बांटने की बात कही, भारत छोड़ो आंदोलन के समय ब्रिटिश सेना में हिंदू युवाओं की भर्ती का अभियान चलाया, भारतीयों के दमन में अंग्रेज़ों का साथ दिया और देश की आज़ादी के अगुआ महात्मा गांधी की हत्या की साज़िश...

Kafila - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

Home Minister Amit Shah, while inaugurating a two-day seminar at Banaras Hindu University, emphasised that Indian historians should “rewrite history from an Indian perspective”. There is one thing unique about the present dispensation holding reins of power at the Centre. What one witnesses that...

Kafila - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

BJP’s poll promise of Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, who inspired a wide spectrum of fanatic individuals and violent organisations, shows the moral vacuousness of the Hindutva project “The curious fact is that as we move into the 21st century, historians have become central to politics. We...

Kafila - 2019-10-11 - Original post - cached version

The Sangh’s obsession with vocabulary is not innocent. The speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat on its foundation day (Dusshera) has now become an event, watched with interest. The speech itself has a long tradition within the organisation, which all its affiliated (...

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

Guest Post : Fact finding team of Communist Party of India ( CPI) [पिछले सितम्बर की 25 तारीख़ को मध्य प्रदेश के शिवपुरी ज़िले के एक गाँव भावखेड़ी में दो बच्चों की नृशंस हत्या कर दी गयी थी।  मीडिया में कारण यह आया था कि उन्हें खुले में शौच करते देख उसी गाँव  व्यक्ति को गुस्सा आ … Continue reading...

Kafila - 2019-10-09 - Original post - cached version

The Hindu Right is analogous to Right-wing regimes elsewhere. As Brazil’s Far Right rises, army man Ustra (who died in 2015), who tortured hundreds, is becoming a cult figure of a kind. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia The popularity of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, which present female role...

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

Guest post by SABIHA FARHAT [भारतीय-हिन्दू मिथकों और परम्परा पर लंबे समय से लिखते आ रहे  बुद्धिजीवी श्री देवदत्त  पट्टनायक  अपनी एक ट्वीट में  एक लाजवाब  बात  कही . उनहोंने कहा कि जहाँ हिन्दू धर्मं  का मतलब  वसुधैव  कुटुम्बकम है , उसके  लिए  अगर  समूची वसुधा , सारी एक कुनबा  है , वहीँ  हिंदुत्व...

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

This is the fourth in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note below is by J Devika. The excerpt from the essay by Kuttippuzha Krishna Pillai is translated by UTHARA GEETHA. The formation of the linguistic state of Kerala was the culmination of a long...

Kafila - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version

Ms. Amruta Fadanavis – wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis – found herself at the centre of controversy two weeks back. Her birthday greetings to PM Modi – whom she wished ‘Father of Our Country @narendramodiji a very Happy Birthday -…’ – on her twitter evoked reaction from...

Kafila - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version

Statement issued on 27 September 2019. NEW DELHI. NEW YORK  On 30 August 2019,the United Nations’ International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Parveena Ahangar, mother of Javaid, a 16 year old who was ‘disappeared’by paramilitary forces in Kashmir in 1990 mourned again. Every...

Kafila - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SASHEEJ HEGDE A thought is a tremendous form of excitement. [Alfred N. Whitehead] We are concerned with the imagination, and the vaguely functionalist remarks we noticed before are not the sketch of an explanation, but an aid to the imagination, to make a different practice a more...

Kafila - 2019-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Jinnah propounded his two-nation theory in 1939—exactly two years after Savarkar presented it. Who could have been the best prime minister of independent India?  Nehru or (Vallabhbhai) Patel? For more than last five years, we have been a witness to this manufactured debate—courtesy Bharatiya...

Kafila - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Periyar : Image – Courtesy velivada.com क्या अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता का अधिकार महज आस्थावानों के लिए ही लागू होता है ? कभी कभी साधारण से प्रश्न का उत्तर पाने के लिए भी अदालती हस्तक्षेप की जरूरत पड़ती है। मद्रास उच्च न्यायालय की – न्यायमूर्ति एस मनिकुमार और सुब्रहमण्यम प्रसाद की – द्विसदस्यीय...

Kafila - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issues by teachers and academics in support of Dr Hany Babu, whose residence was raided early morning non 10 September by Pune Police We, teachers and members of the academic community from across universities, are shocked to know of the illegal raid at the residence...

Kafila - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Academics focus on secularism when secularisation can save the day. Image Courtesy : NDTV A simple query sometimes occasions judicial intervention: Does the right to freedom of expression apply merely to believers? On September 6, the Madras High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation...

Kafila - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by ANONYMOUS Suspected Banksy mural in London in support of environmentalist protest.  As authoritarian right-wing populist leaders across the world unleash a reign of tyranny and hate, there is a need to think together about everyday strategies of survival. As an individual, it can...

Kafila - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. The word lynching conjures up images of a dark period in the history of the United States of America. Between 1877 and 1950,...

Kafila - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

This is the third in the series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. Both excerpts have been chosen and translated by HARIKRISHNAN S. The prefatory note below is by J Devika. They are about the notions of purity of clothing harboured by the traditional caste elite in...

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

Scientists have barely offered resistance to pseudoscience. This must change—IIT students show how. Surely India’s scientific community must be waking up to the realisation that their silence is detrimental to scientific development and allows many varieties of mischief to breed. In a rare show...

Kafila - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

Statement by the US-based COALITION AGAINST FASCISM IN INDIA cafiusa2019@gmail.com Twitter @Hum_CAFI_hai) Protest on Friday, September 27th at 10:30 am United Nations Plaza, New York City India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United States at the end of September. He will attend...

Kafila - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by SATYA SAGAR Note: Ganesh Gaitonde is a fictional character from the Netflix series Sacred Games, but that does not make him any less real than anyone else on the planet. Warning: Profanity ahead. Get parental advice before proceeding. Somewhere on a yacht in choppy waters off the...

Kafila - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Review of ‘Malevolent Republic : A Short History of New India’ by K. S. Komireddi ‘The idea of a peace-loving, nonviolent India exists, persists, as part of a selectively constructed and assiduously cultivated national self-image in the midst of a society pervaded by social and political...

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

Guest Post By Maknoon Wani “I need a toy and a new dress for Eid.” Requests and tantrums like these are heard around Eid in every Kashmiri household but not this time. It was the 8th day of the government imposed military siege. On 5 August, 2019 the central government unilaterally scrapped the...

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

Report from Kashmir by a team from the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and the Free Speech Collective (FSC) . A month after the 5 August abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the continuing shutdown of communication in...

Kafila - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Thapar questioned imperialist versions of Indian history, which the Hindutva Brigade still goes by. ..an historian who is indefatigable in the pursuit of knowledge and prolific in its publication, and who is above all a devoted partisan of the truth. … The early history of the country has been...

Kafila - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

The Final NRC published today has excluded a whopping 19.06 lakh persons in Assam. The NRC process had shifted the burden of proof of citizenship on to the entire population of Assam, with people undergoing deep travails over the past four years to get their names included. In a poor country...

Kafila - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

A brief history of books, resistance, the police and politicians. It is humanly impossible for even the most learned judge to have read every book referred to in their court. For a brief while this week, the judge conducting the trial of activist Vernon Gonsalves, an accused in the Bhima...

Kafila - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Two massive calamities, tremendous losses, continuing signs of serious ecological destruction impending — yet all we Malayalis seem to have produced in response: two reports, and even more frenzied strategic calculation. There is little doubt that the disasters happened in the first place at...

Kafila - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

This is the second in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note on Lalithambika Antharjanam is by J Devika. The excerpt from her story Vidhibalam (The Power of Fate) is translated by GEORVIN JOSEPH. Lalitambika Antharjanam (1909-1987) was the first Malayali...

Kafila - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAMNIK MOHAN “The number you are calling is currently switched off. Please try again later.” This has been the stock computerized response I have heard on calling a friend in Jammu and Kashmir over the last twenty odd days, and still counting. The chirpy, happily surprised voice I...

Kafila - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by KAUSHAL BODWAL In August 2018, it came to my knowledge that a few of my pictures wearing sarees were circulating in my extended family’s WhatsApp group. Phone calls from home regarding my “obscene” behaviour were followed by a shift in the entire conversation towards my having some...

Kafila - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Protest in Philadephia on abrogation of Article 370 Since the 5th of August, the now abolished state of Kashmir has been under de facto military rule, as shown both by news reports of the numbers of troops stationed there currently, as well as by a fact-finding report released after a visit to...

Kafila - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

(Photo Courtesy : http://www.newslaundry.com) “He came, he saw and he concurred“ – Caption of a RK Laxman cartoon in early 90 s   AAP’s stand on article 370 has confused and disheartened many. For its workers the party has opened itself to attacks by its adversaries because of its support to...

Kafila - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

It’s an outrage to dismiss valid concerns that doctors and medical journals are raising. Representational image. | Image Courtesy: Indian Express These are strange times. A state can just get ‘obliterated’ from the map of the nation. Constitutional propriety is set aside to deprive millions of...

Kafila - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

I write this open letter to you as a well wisher, and someone who has been seriously supportive of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) through all the ups and downs in the years since its formation.  Perhaps like many others, I too have high expectations of the experiment that AAP is and the new ground …...

Kafila - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

  Everywhere the talk is still about rebuilding Kerala: I say, we need to talk about healing Kerala. The change in phrasing is not trivial. When we admit that we need to heal, rather than rebuild, we are admitting much that we did not care to own up till now. That is, we would be … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

The ethic that dehumanises dalits continues 72 years after the country’s Independence. What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your...

Kafila - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Economist Jean Dreze, Kavita Krishnan of the CPI(ML) and the All India Progressive Women’s Association, Maimoona Mollah of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and Vimal Bhai of the National Alliance of People’s Movements released the following report to the press today, 14 August 2019,...

Kafila - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Determined, defiant – not the Kashmiri women of Sanghi fantasies Protest in Srinagar against the abrogation of Article 370 on August 11, 2019, despite the clampdown by the Indian government. Image courtesy The Wall Street Journal. When trolls on social media started circulating photographs of...

Kafila - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

I guess bad habits in development take a very long time to unlearn. Even in the face of the direst of warnings. I know that last year, when taken completely by surprise, Kerala rose to the occasion. It appeared that a new civil society had come to being around the flood rescue and relief work...

Kafila - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by AYESHA KIDWAI   On the same page of the Times of India of June 28, 1958 are two news items. The one on the left is a report of how Bakrid was celebrated the day before in various cities, including Jammu, where Hindus and Sikhs offered namaz along with their Muslim brethren. …...

Kafila - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Dear Prime Minister, nothing about Jammu & Kashmir is as your party sees it Economist and activist Jean Dreze, who has co-authored books with Nobel laureates, such as Amartya Sen and Angus Deaton, was in the headlines for a placard he carried to a protest rally in Delhi earlier this week....

Kafila - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

Is tweaking of Babasaheb’s iconic slogan — Educate, Organise, Agitate — by the Gujarat government part of a pan-India phenomenon in the saffron camp? Does anyone still remember the ‘re-editing’ of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi during National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-I period when demands...

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