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...

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

NAPM demands Court – monitored Judicial Inquiry by Retired Apex Court Judge & action against senior political leaders, officials responsible for the massacre. Demands that Government of Tamil Nadu must ensure permanent shut down of old and proposed units of Sterlite. National Alliance of...

Kafila - 2018-05-21 - Original post - cached version

There are enough reasons for for the upbeat and celebratory mood in the anti-BJP-RSS camp following the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa even before the floor test. After all, for once, the game plan of the Modi-Shah duo fell flat, thanks in no small measure, to the Supreme Court’s intervention in...

Kafila - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU There is all around jubilation in the anti-BJP, particularly the Congress camp that the Supreme Court has cut short the time given to Yediyurappa by the Governor to prove his majority from 15 days to 24 hours. This jubilation is extremely myopic and self serving and is...

Kafila - 2018-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Former civil servants have written open letters since 2017 (here and here), expressing their anguish at the unchecked attempts to spread hatred and discord among communities. Eleven of these civil servants have now written (on May 7, 2018) to the Chief Secretary of Haryana on the issue of...

Kafila - 2018-05-01 - Original post - cached version

In a letter to Ms Smriti Irani, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, a group of over 100 journalists and other professionals related to online media  expressed concern over the government proposal to extend traditional broadcasting rules and restrictions to the Internet. This could have a...

Kafila - 2018-04-25 - Original post - cached version

To, The Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110 001. 21 April 2018 Mr Prime Minister, We are academics and independent scholars from India and abroad, writing to express solidarity with, and to endorse the sentiments expressed by, forty-nine...

Kafila - 2018-04-25 - Original post - cached version

The following petition initiated by Prasenjit Bose appeals to the Supreme Court to reconsider the verdict in the case regarding Judge Loya’s death. Since the launch of the petition, over 527 persons have already signed it. A list of 40 prominent signatories is provided below. A hard copy of the...

Kafila - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU Yesterday, on 23rd April 2018, the Vice President of India and the Chairperson of Rajya Sabha declined to admit an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India, thereby setting a dangerous precedent that scuttles a constitutionally mandated provision to ensure...

Kafila - 2018-04-19 - Original post - cached version

After the Modi government came to power, citizens of this country have seen gate after gate of Hell — the Narakas — open relentlessly to suck them in mercilessly or condemn them to be helpless spectators to unspeakable acts of injustice and violence. We have by now crossed the Arbudanaraka and...

Kafila - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

  കേന്ദ്രത്തിൽ മോഡിസർക്കാർ ഭരണത്തിൽ വന്നതിനു ശേഷം നരകത്തിൻറെ വാതായനങ്ങൾ ഒന്നൊന്നായി പിളരുകയും അവ നമ്മേ വിഴുങ്ങുകയും മഹാപാതകങ്ങൾക്ക് നിസ്സഹായരായ ദൃക് സാക്ഷികളാവുക എന്ന അപാരപരീക്ഷണത്തിനു നാം വിധേയരാവുകയും ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നു. നിരർബുദനരകവും അർബുദനരകവും പല വട്ടം നാം കടന്നിരിക്കുന്നു. മാട്ടിറച്ചിയുടെ...

Kafila - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

लोग अब समझने लगे हैं कि अपने संकीर्ण एजेंडे को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए सत्ताधारी जमातें भले डॉ आंबेडकर की मूर्तियां लगवा दें, मगर तहेदिल से वह मनु की ही अनुयायी हैं. एससी/एसटी एक्ट को कमज़ोर करने के ख़िलाफ़ बुलाए गए भारत बंद का दृश्य. (फोटो: पीटीआई)   2 अप्रैल का ऐतिहासिक भारत बंद लंबे …


Kafila - 2018-04-02 - Original post - cached version

The following statement has been signed by students and faculty from universities across the world. You may sign on by adding your name in the comments section. In solidarity with the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU We, the undersigned students and faculty members in art history, cinema...

Kafila - 2018-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by  SAJAN VENNIYOOR Hoax claim that circulated for a while (Image added by Kafila for no good reason) Every once in a while, it dawns on an Indian citizen that, among the list of provinces of British India thoughtfully provided by Tagore in our national anthem, Sindh is an anomaly....

Kafila - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Ravi Sinha (Marx Bicentennial lecture – Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, March 16, 2018) etaddhastidarshana iva jatyandhah That is like people blind by birth viewing an elephant. (Shankaracharya’s bhasya on Chandogya-Upanisad 18.1)[1]   It was six blind men of Indostan, To...

Kafila - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by YASH PAL ROHILLA and SANTOSH SHARMA हाल के वर्षों में हुई दो घटनायें उल्लेख के लायक हैं। पहली एक कॉलेज में पढ़ने वाली छात्रा ने मुखौटा लगाकर भीड़ के सामने अपनी कहानी बयान की, जिसमें उसने बताया कि किस तरह से उसे कॉलेज की पढ़ाई के लिए, लिए गए कर्ज को उतारने …

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Kafila - 2018-03-16 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University, are deeply distressed to read about extremely grave allegations of moral turpitude against Prof. Atul Johri, amounting to charges of sexual harassment, academic dishonesty, and financial misappropriation. We now hear that seven women...

Kafila - 2018-03-10 - Original post - cached version

This post is not a statement from the Kafila collective, but my individual response to the news about the Ambedkar University report having found Lawrence Liang guilty of sexual harassment. This response will also address some of the comments that were posted on the Kafila statement posted...

Kafila - 2018-03-09 - Original post - cached version

STATEMENT BY KAFILA COLLECTIVE Reports in the media indicate that Lawrence Liang, a member of the Kafila collective, has been found guilty of sexual harassment by an internal committee set up by Ambedkar University, Delhi, through due process. He will no longer be writing on Kafila.

Kafila - 2018-03-04 - Original post - cached version

The raging controversy over the cover of a breastfeeding woman looking up with no shame about her exposed breast has, quite expectedly, sent conservative fools in Kerala into a raving frenzy. The case against the model and the conservative breast-beating going on now must be dismissed summarily...

Kafila - 2018-03-01 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by V J VARGHESE The aborted move of giving the Emigration Check Required (ECR) passports a distinct look by orange-jacketing them was arguably driven by reasons of administrative expediency. Though unexplained officially, the aim was to ensure discreet and dedicated handling...

Kafila - 2018-02-28 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by TANNISTHA SAMAMTHA and MUKTA GUNDI   With the success of “PadMan”, Akshay Kumar has established himself to be a bleeding-heart ‘feminist’. News channels are pouring praises for a film that introduces a ‘bold’ topic while regurgitating the crucial link between safe...

Kafila - 2018-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by TEJAL KHANNA It is often advised that civil disobedience in the form of breaking a law must not be practiced under a democracy. It is because democracy by giving the space for open discussion prevents a situation wherein people are compelled to think of civil disobedience. Moreover...

Kafila - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Parnal Chirmuley This is the complete version of the edited text published as “Learning Without Regimentation: On Compulsory Attendance” published in The Hindu on February 19, 2018 It may, at first glance, seem odd that students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, are...

Kafila - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Statement by JAN SWASTHYA ABHIYAN The Union Budget 2018-19 makes tall claims, with no clear road map for the health sector, one that is sensitive to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable population of India. The allocations for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) (including for...

Kafila - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by AYESHA KIDWAI Happy International Mother Language Day. This day, declared by UNESCO, is straight up South Asia’s alley as it celebrates linguistic diversity and multilingualism. In other words, it celebrates each Indian. Here’s what you can do from now on to celebrate it: 1. Resist...

Kafila - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST, ADDED ON FEBRUARY 20, 2018 Student poster displaying a clear understanding of Foucault and surveillance. Compulsory attendance is really not needed at JNU! Let us begin with a basic fact. The diktat on compulsory attendance in JNU is only a symptom of the larger,...

Kafila - 2018-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ARUNDHATI GHOSH I have been working for the past 16 years with a small organisation called India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) that attempts to support arts and culture projects across the country. In these years I have been fortunate enough to travel across the country to big...

Kafila - 2018-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BAIDIK BHATTACHARYA We live in strange times. A judge in the country’s Supreme Court believes anyone challenging the government’s decision to impose Aadhar-based surveillance regime is following an “NGO line.” Another judge wonders in the court whether “one nation one identity” is...

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

T T Sreekumar, an important commentator on contemporary politics in Kerala — a public intellectual who now qualifies to be an irritant in the eyes of the Kerala police, now that he has openly declared his allegiance to the dalit people fighting injustice and Vadayambady and inaugurated a protest...

Kafila - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PRASANTA CHAKRAVARTY Stephen Greenblatt has struck upon a sheer and stupendous idea: to retell the tale of the first couple of the Christian world, Adam and Eve. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve is a sweeping work with a remarkably ranging scholarship, galloping through centuries...

Kafila - 2018-02-04 - Original post - cached version

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, not our own powerlessness, stupefy us. Adorno. As frightening spectres of untouchability and unseeability hover around the festering sore of the ‘caste-wall’ at Vadayambady in Kerala, as the so-called mainstream left-led government...

Kafila - 2018-02-03 - Original post - cached version

On 30 January 2018, retired civil servants and veterans of the armed forces jointly organised a conclave on ‘Hinduism and Hindutva’ at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. The conclave attended by over hundred participants, emphasized the need to rescue both Hinduism and the Indian...

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

Guest post by VAIBHAV SINGH पूरे हिंदी क्षेत्र में और विशेषकर उत्तरप्रदेश में ऐसे बडे, छोटे और मंझोले किस्म के नेताओं की बड़ी फौज पैदा हो गई है जिसकी नेतागिरी केवल सांप्रदायिक नारे लगाने और समाज में सांप्रदायिकता फैलाने पर टिकी है। सार्वजनिक जीवन पर इन संकीर्ण सोच वाले हिंदुत्व नेताओं की निरंतर...

Kafila - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by VIKAS BAJPAI Ram Teke Bhoi, rickshaw puller from Puri, Odisha My search for Mr Bhoi, whose sketch I present above, had started on the 1st of January 2017. It culminated sometime around the middle of May 2017 in Puri while on my sojourn to the state of Odisha for conduct of...

Kafila - 2018-01-29 - Original post - cached version

Ghalib has fascinated generations of people and they have tried to understand/ interpret his poetry in their own way. For any such individual it is really difficult to recollect when and how Ghalib entered her/ his life and ensconced himself comfortably in one’s heart. This wanderer still...

Kafila - 2018-01-26 - Original post - cached version

देख ज़िन्दां के परे, रंग-ए-चमन, जोश-ए-बहार रक्स करना है तो पॉंव की ज़ंजीर न देख – मजरूह सुल्तानपुरी Look –  beyond the the prison walls, the brilliance of flowers, the vitality of spring If you must dance, ignore the chains that bind your feet – Majrooh Sultanpuri Today, the scared Republic that...

Kafila - 2018-01-21 - Original post - cached version

ജൈവ വൈവിധ്യ സംരക്ഷണത്തിന്റെയും വനസംരക്ഷണത്തിന്റെയും ഭാഗമായി വനം വകുപ്പ് ട്രക്കിംഗുകളും പരിസ്ഥിതി ക്യാമ്പുകളും ലോകത്താകമാനം സംഘടിപ്പിക്കാറുണ്ട്. എന്നാൽ അവിടെയൊന്നുമില്ലാത്ത വിലക്കാണ് കേരള സർക്കാരും വനം വകുപ്പും അഗസ്ത്യാർ കൂടം ട്രക്കിംഗിൽ സ്‌ത്രീകൾക്ക് ഏർപ്പെടുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. ഭരണഘടന ഉറപ്പു നൽ...

Kafila - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

I The recent reference to how the distribution of food in Malayali homes is often skewed against women by the actor Rima Kallingal in a recent talk has sparked off yet another round of attacks against feminists in Kerala. It is interesting to see how this seems to have brought together men of...

Kafila - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

( Photo courtesy : The hoot) (To be published in the special issue of ‘Janata’)   The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost...

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

Guest Post by Umar Khalid I went to Maharashtra as I along with other activists and intellectuals were invited to come there. I along with others was a guest there. And I would remember fondly the love and support that I received in Pune and Mumbai. I would remember the resilience and enthusiasm...

Kafila - 2017-12-22 - Original post - cached version

[A shorter version  of this article was published in The Wire on 18 December. I thank K. Satyanarayana, P. Sanal Mohan and Jangam Chinnaiah for their very helpful comments on it, which have helped me to clarify and elaborate on certain points.] The rise of Jignesh Mevani constitutes a...

Kafila - 2017-12-22 - Original post - cached version

[ This post is based on updates posted by me on my Facebook wall ] A great kerfuffle has ensued ever since the recently elected independent MLA from Vadgam, Gujarat and Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch activist Jignesh Mevani gave an interview in which he had some choice things to say about the...


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