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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 of 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...

Kafila - 2019-08-05 - Original post - cached version

यह बिरले होता है कि ख़बरनवीस ख़ुद ख़बर बन जाए।पिछले तीन रोज़ से एक ख़बरची ही ख़बर है: रवीश कुमार। याद आती है कोई 18 साल पहले रवीश से एक मुलाक़ात। “ दिक्कत यह हुई है टेलिविज़न की दुनिया में कि जिसे ख़बर दिखाने का काम है, वह सोच बैठा है कि लोग समाचार नहीं, … Continue reading रवीश कुमार: हिंदुस्तान...

Kafila - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

The following is the full text of the statement issued by 83 English teachers of Delhi University against the attack on the syllabus: We, the teachers of English across Delhi University are shocked and appalled at the unacademic, politically motivated attack on our syllabus. This is a...

Kafila - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

Previous posts on the stealing of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections on Kafila, which have links to many other substantiated stories in other journals and news portals: The “massive mandate” of 2019 and the role of the Election Commission  – Nivedita Menon Update On “Tally Mismatch” In 2019 Lok Sabha...

Kafila - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

A military school under RSS is worrisome because of earlier experiences, such as the Malegaon and Nanded blasts, that were concretised with the intervention and involvement of Hindutva activists. Representational image. | Image Courtesy: Money Control Rare are the occasions when the Rashtriya...

Kafila - 2019-08-02 - Original post - cached version

20 September is close. Birthday of Chandrashekhar. The young left leader who was murdered in Siwan in 1997. Before he went there he was in the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Known to generations of the university as the President of its students’union. We organise an annual  memorial lecture in...

Kafila - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by Astha Savyasachi Humankind, right in the beginning, came face to face with menstruation. So, by now we as a society should have learnt to deal with it. But as we all know that it remains a problem for most of us. When we say this we don’t deny that we have successfully … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PANCHALI RAY In the month of August, 2016, Irom Sharmila Chanu, also known as the ‘Iron Lady’ and ‘Mengoubi’ (the fair one) announced that she would break her 16 year long hunger fast, which she commenced  as a protest against the imposition of AFSPA (Armed Forces (Special Powers)...

Kafila - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Gargi Chakravartty BOOK REVIEW Hindutva’s Second Coming by Subhash Gatade; published by Media House, Delhi; 2019; pages: 272; Rs 395 (US $ 18). The return of Modi to power with a huge margin in this 2019 election is a clear verdict for the Hindutva plank. Why and how it happened...

Kafila - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by PARESH HATE From what knowledge we have so far, it seems clear that the issue of citizenship and migration in South Asia is not any less complicated or politically charged than in Global North. Assam Accord and National Registry of Citizenship were already polarizing individuals...

Kafila - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Evidence mounts of something extremely rotten in the state of India and the recent Lok Sabha elections. We have raised this question on Kafila for a while now, see The Massive Mandate and Open Letter to Election Commission of India by civil servants, the serious charges in which have been met...

Kafila - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

  मई 2019 में नरेंद्र मोदी के नेतृत्व में हिंदुत्ववादी दक्षिणपंथी भारतीय जनता पार्टी ने शानदार चुनावी जीत हासिल की। यह जीत सामान्य समझ को धता बताती है – जीवन और आजीविका जैसी आधारभूत बातें इस चुनाव का मुद्दा क्यों नहीं बन पाईं? ऐसा क्यों है कि सामान्य और सभ्य लोगों के लिए भी हिंदुत्व … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by AFIYA ZIA A year ago, Pakistan’s national elections brought in a new government led by the Pakistan Tehreeq e Insaf (PTI) and headed by the former-cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan. Khan had been drifting in the political wilderness for 22 years, waiting for providence to...

Kafila - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

The excerpt below is translated by DARSHAN SUBRAMANIAM. The note that follows is by J Devika. Followers and disciples of Sree Narayana Guru make a pilgrimage to Sivagiri every year on the first of January. The first pilgrimage took place on January 1, 1933. Only five people took part then....

Kafila - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

This is to announce a new series of postings I will be doing, relating to aachaaram in Kerala. Aachaaram is loosely translated as ‘customary practices’ or ‘customary rituals’, but in 19th century Malayali society, it referred to a massive, inter-connected, all-pervading web of practices, rituals...

Kafila - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The German acceptance for stolpersteine plaques helps them honour victims of Nazism. One wonders if it will ever be possible to take up similar projects in this part of South Asia. Hier Wohnte Bernhard Marx JB 1897 Deportiert 20.07.1942 Minsk Ermordet 24.07.1942 ‘Here lived Bernhard Marx Year of...

Kafila - 2019-07-15 - Original post - cached version

After the Berlin wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, many consigned ideologies and alternatives to the rubble of history. The end of the cold war was explained as the victory, not just of liberal ethos and individual freedom, but of dynamic, market-driven capitalism...

Kafila - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

The most remarkable development during his time in Brussels was the penning down of the Communist Manifesto, which firmly established Marx as well as Engels as the intellectual leaders of the working class movement. Karl Marx Lived in Brussels from February 1845 to March 1848 He celebrated New...

Kafila - 2019-07-13 - Original post - cached version

In May 2019, the party of the Hindu Right, Bharatiya Janata Party, under Narendra Modi, won a spectacular electoral victory. The victory seemed to defy common sense – why did conversations of life and livelihood not dominate the election? Why did the thuggery of the Hindutva vigilantes seem...

Kafila - 2019-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ZAKIA SOMAN  The wedding of Nusrat Jahan the TMC MP to Nikhil Jain is refreshing news. It is heartening to see two young Indians from different faith backgrounds uniting and celebrating their marriage in the times of religious hate and division. The mixing of politics and religion...

Kafila - 2019-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by NAGRAJ ADVE This post is the second part, excerpted and slightly adapted, from the booklet by Nagraj Adve, Global Warming in the Indian Context: An Introductory Overview (Ecologise Hyderabad 2019). The first part appeared in Kafila on 1 July 2019 While the earlier post covered the...

Kafila - 2019-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Letter to the Election Commission of India written by 64 former civil servants, endorsed by 83 veterans, academics and other concerned citizens. Shri Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Ashok Lavasa,  Election Commissioner, and Shri Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner. Election...

Kafila - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

जब संसद में सरकार का कोई मंत्री कहे कि “वन्दे मातरम” न कहने वाले को भारत में रहने का हक़ नहीं है, तो उसे संसद में और बाहर जवाब देना ही पड़ेगा कि भारत में रहने की शर्त “वन्दे मातरम” का जाप या नारा नहीं है।नहीं हो सकता। भारत में रहने के लिए आप मुझे … Continue reading “वन्दे मातरम” जय नहीं, क्षय का...

Kafila - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by NAGRAJ ADVE This essay is the first of a two-part excerpt from the booklet by Nagraj Adve, Global Warming in the Indian Context: An Introductory Overview (Ecologise Hyderabad, 2019). This covers the basic science of global warming, the roots of the problem, and how inequality...

Kafila - 2019-06-29 - Original post - cached version

The recent spate of attacks on dalits in the state is an indicator of the fact that the unfolding project of RSS’s Hindu Rashtra has entered a new phase where the community is being construed as the ‘new other’. When I was born, I was not a child I was a dream, a dream of … Continue reading...

Kafila - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Dear Friends, As some of you might be aware, our friend and colleague, Dr. Saraswati Kerketta (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Rabindra Bharati University), has recently been a victim of caste-based attack in the university. We write this statement to unequivocally condemn...

Kafila - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Recommendations on Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) by a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of gender, sexuality and education. We, a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of...

Kafila - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned concerned citizens, are extremely perturbed at the increasing tendency of the Government, through its agencies, to use excessive power to curb the voice of the people, which is the very essence of democracy. The work of Lawyer’s Collective in general and that of Indira...

Kafila - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

In support of the campaign launched by BETTER UNIVERSITIES. The Government of India has finally unveiled the much-awaited draft of the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019, and with that, has come a host of new issues to address and engage with. To access a copy of the draft, please click here...

Kafila - 2019-06-25 - Original post - cached version

My friends from Jharkhand sent me a video of a man – to be exact, a Muslim – being lynched. I avoided opening it. Then a message followed – that the man being beaten up on camera has now died. They were at the police station and were meeting senior officers later. I decided to watch … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by JAYA SHARMA In the post election bewilderment that continues to grip us, might it be that we are asking the wrong questions? The questions are by now familiar. How can it be that a Pragya Thakur wins and an Atishi loses? How can it be that demonetization doesn’t translate into loss...

Kafila - 2019-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Can Dalits rightfully claim that they have a ‘homeland’? ( Review of The Doctor and the Saint: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate — Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste; By Arundhati Roy, Penguin, Rs 299) “Gandhiji, I have no homeland.” The first meeting between Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, who later...

Kafila - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

It is important to note that the very idea of Islamic banking and promoting it as a parallel to conventional banking – which is being portrayed as un-Islamic – and which has caught the imagination of a section of god-fearing Muslims, is a clear manifestation of shifts in Muslim politics over the...

Kafila - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

सोचने का सवाल है कि क्या इन मौतों को महज तकनीकी गड़बड़ियों तक न्यूनीकृत किया जा सकता है? क्या इसके कोई संरचनागत कारण नहीं हैं? ‘आखिर अधिक अनाज पैदा करने के बावजूद हम भूख की समस्या को मिटा क्यों नहीं पा रहे हैं। ‘‘रामचरण मुंडा, उम्र 65 साल को विगत दो माह से सार्वजनिक वितरण प्रणाली के तहत … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

( First published in a different form in the Wirehttps://thewire.in/communalism/bengal-violence-tmc-bjp on 14 June, 2018. This article is its revised and updated version.) Do all of us, those who love Rabindra Sangeet, those who wistfully talk about Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mirnal Sen,...

Kafila - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

In an earlier post  we made note of the serious matter of unaccounted movement of EVMs in private vehicles in different parts of the country and the mismatch between the ECI figures for voter turnout and EVM votes cast, neither of which the EC has satisfactorily explained until today. Now in a...

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

Unfolding Debate about Secularising Education ( To be published in ‘Indian Journal of Secularism) “There is in every village a torch – the teacher; and an extinguisher – the priest.” -Victor Hugo Introduction “Keep the words God, Jesus and the devil out of the classroom.” A school teacher’s...

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

Guest post by SRIJAN DUTTA “The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility.” The line quoted above is from Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s ‘last’ letter, discovered after he was found hanging in his hostel room in January 2016. The letter had exposed how caste...

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

( सत्य हिंदी.कॉम पर 10 जून,2019 को सहनागरिकता का भाव विकसित करना ज़रूरी शीर्षक से प्रकाशित टिप्पणी https://www.satyahindi.com/waqt-bewaqt/twinkle-sharma-murder-case-aligar... का परिवर्द्धित रूप) अलीगढ़ के क़रीब टप्पल में दो साल की ट्विंकल की हत्या के बाद सिर्फ़ अलीगढ़ नहीं, देश के कोने कोने से...

Kafila - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Caution: Long read! This is the elephant in the room, is it not? Was this “massive mandate” of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the result of a free and fair election? Should we continue to discuss this outcome – the scale of the BJP victory, the numbers of seats, the margins by which seats were …...

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