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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 Change.org 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 …

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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 …

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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...

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