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Kafila - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

We are publishing below a statement sent to us by the Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies against the suppression and criminalizing of dissent in India The Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS) expresses its deep dismay over...

Kafila - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by C.K. RAJU It was B. R. Ambedkar who first publicised the 22 Mahar names inscribed on the pillar commemorating the battle of Bhima-Koregaon.  Ambedkar, a Mahar himself, had experienced great indignities, and everyone appreciates his quest for a symbol of dalit achievement. Much has...

Kafila - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

A campaign is gathering steam against MIT inviting BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for a conference on February 16 Image Coutesy: Scroll ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides,” – Donald Trump on...

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

A conversation with youngsters – who are by nature bubbling with energy , fired with idealism and suffused with innumerable questions – is a thing which everyone with grey hair looks forward to. For someone like me it is an added gift this morning that after exactly a gap of forty years this...

Kafila - 2019-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by TAMOGHNA HALDER “It was the unlikeliest setting for a ‘literature festival’. A run-down auditorium with rickety chairs secured with rope. Noisy ceiling and pedestal fans. Battle scarred tables covered with threadbare cloth. But the first edition of the People’s Lit Fest, held in...

Kafila - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Images of resistance The three images below teach us how society is transformed – by the courage and determination of the oppressed and marginalized; by tears of rage, and by stony cold resistance in the face of violent retaliation by entrenched power.  It is not that these pioneers were...

Kafila - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination was a culmination of a vicious campaign launched by Hindu communal groups in post-independent India File Photo : Modi – India’s New Mahatma It is far too early to dismiss the possibility of a future Hindu State in India. However, the possibility does not appear a...

Kafila - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU At this important political juncture in Indian polity, anything that seems to give hope of seeing the last of the absurd and nightmarish theatre that has been happening in the name of governance for the last four odd years, would definitely be welcome to any rational...

Kafila - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

It is rather difficult to begin when you know that within a few days or weeks, one of your close friends could be behind bars under one of the most draconian laws crafted by this Republic. The world knows him as Anand Teltumbde, but for me he has always been Anand. Merely four months ago, …...

Kafila - 2019-01-21 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by AIFTRE AIFRTE condemns threatened arrest of Prof. Anand Teltumbde  Professor Anand Teltumbde, an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus, IIT Professor, Executive Director of BPCL, Ex-MD & CEO of Petronet India, Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics in GIM, author of 26 books, columnist...

Kafila - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Narendra Modi is the first mainstream Indian politician who has tried to build his image rather assiduously. But the acceptance of an award with dubious connections does not add to the glory of the Prime Minister’s post. Image Coutesy: The Indian Express Narendra Modi, the present incumbent to...

Kafila - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by New Socialist Initiative New Socialist Initiative stands in solidarity with the people of Assam, Tripura and the other North Eastern states in their heroic struggle against the communally motivated Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). It was only because of the resistance of...

Kafila - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

(‘चार्वाक के वारिस : समाज, संस्कृति एवं सियासत पर प्रश्नवाचक ‘ की प्रस्तावना से) कार्ल मार्क्‍स की दूसरी जन्मशती दुनिया भर में मनायी जा रही है। दिलचस्प है कि विगत लगभग एक सौ पैंतीस सालों में जबसे उनका इन्तक़ाल हुआ, कई कई बार ऐसे मौके आए जब पूंजीवादी मीडिया में यह ऐलान कर दिया कि … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

This is a guest post by Dr B EKBAL The Kerala Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act 2017 is being implemented with effect from Jan 2019. The rules pertaining to the Act have already been framed. In the first phase, establishments under modern medicine including hospitals,...

Kafila - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Fifteen people have been trapped in an illegal rat-hole mine in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya since December 13, 2018. Three helmets are all that have been found so far. Authorities were callous enough to presume the miners dead on the very day of the accident.  The district administration...

Kafila - 2019-01-04 - Original post - cached version

भीमा कोरेगांव संघर्ष: एक अन्तहीन लड़ाई ? (उदभावना के आगामी अंक में प्रकाशन हेतु) Image : Courtesy – scroll.in ‘वे कौन लोग थे जो ईस्ट इण्डिया कम्पनी की सेना में भरती हुए और जिन्होंने हिन्दोस्तां जीतने में ब्रिटिशों की मदद की ? मैं जो उत्तर दे सकता हूं और – वह काफी सारे अध्ययन पर … Continue reading...

Kafila - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version

[This is a GUEST POST by N P CHEKKUTTY]   It is rarely that a journalist writes about himself or herself, because they are supposed  to be detached observers of history-in-the-making. But this time I cannot help it because one of the things that happened in the Sabarimala-obsessed state of...

Kafila - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Hours after the two women entered Sabarimala, the Hindu terrorists began their handiwork. Mad mobs, including women, began to roam the streets and attack by-passers, in their desperation to foment violence and provoke riots. In Karunagappally, Muslim establishments and shops were singled out for...

Kafila - 2019-01-02 - Original post - cached version

Out of the dark, seemingly never-ending night, a streak of light! Two women of menstruating ages, Bindu and Kanakdurga, finally entered Sabarimala, breaking the concerted walls built against them by brahmanical-Hindutva male authorities on the right and left. The past months have been times of...

Kafila - 2018-12-31 - Original post - cached version

( अकार, 51 – हिंदी समाज पर केंद्रित अंक में जल्द ही प्रकाशित) ‘देवताओं, मंदिरों और ऋषियों का यह देश ! इसलिए क्या यहां सबकुछ अमर है ? वर्ण अमर, जाति अमर, अस्पृश्यता अमर ! ..युग के बाद युग आए ! बड़े बड़े चक्रवर्ती आये ! ..दार्शनिक आए ! फिर भी   अस्पृश्यता  , विषमता अमर है ! … Continue reading हिंदी...

Kafila - 2018-12-28 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned individuals, women’s rights activists and allies of the women’s movements, are opposed to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 in its present form. We appeal to the Members of Rajya Sabha to completely withdraw the Bill and significantly re-draft it...

Kafila - 2018-12-27 - Original post - cached version

December 25, 1968, termed as ‘Black Thursday’, saw the first mass crime against Dalits in independent India, who were fighting for respectable wages under the leadership of the Communist Party. Image for representational use only; Image Courtesy : Socialist India P Srinivasan, a veteran village...

Kafila - 2018-12-25 - Original post - cached version

Ghya Chang Fou is not a Chinese or East Asian word – it is the name of this new dark Bengali satirical film that had its world premiere this September (2018), at the Transart Communication Festival, Nove Zamky, Slovakia.  Below is the official trailer of the film, followed by my take on it –...

Kafila - 2018-12-19 - Original post - cached version

नागेश / बदला हुआ नाम/ – जो आई आई टी मद्रास में अध्ययनरत एक तेज विद्यार्थी है, तथा समाज के बेहद गरीब तबके से आता है – उसे उस दिन मेस में प्रवेश करते वक्त़ जिस अपमानजनक अनुभव से गुजरना पड़ा, वह नाकाबिले बयानात कहा जा सकता है। उसे अपने गांव की जातीय संरचना की … Continue reading आई आई टी मद्रास –...

Kafila - 2018-12-17 - Original post - cached version

The institute’s recent order, now withdrawn, of separate entrance for non-vegetarians is just a part of the overall policing and push for vegetarianism after the Modi government’s ascent. Image Courtesy: Catch News   Nagesh (name changed), a bright student at the Indian Institute of Technology-...

Kafila - 2018-12-15 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned faculty and student members of Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) who have been elected by the faculty and students of JNU to ensure gender justice in the university (2017), are shocked by the news report on the recommendations of the Internal...

Kafila - 2018-12-15 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru University express our shock and outrage at the extreme penalties recommended against a doctoral student for bringing a sexual harassment complaint against her teacher. According to a report in the Indian Express (dated 13 December 2018),  JNU’...

Kafila - 2018-12-10 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by 70 People’s Organizations of Assam  ( Photo Courtesy : AISA) Protestors from various democratic organisations in Assam have began an indefinite dharna in Jantar Mantar from today 9 Dec. This includes KMSS and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, AJYCP, Tai Ahom Satra Sontha, Asom Moran...

Kafila - 2018-12-09 - Original post - cached version

..बुलंदशहर की घटनाएं इस बात की ताईद करती हैं कि  हिंदुत्व वर्चस्ववाद का यह नज़रिया जिसमें मानवीय जीवन के प्रति गहरी असम्वेदनशीलता और असम्पृक्तता  टपकती है और जो एक चतुष्पाद को पूजनीय बनाती है, आज उरूज पर है।.. ( Photo Courtesy : indianculturalforum.in) कभी कभी एक अदद वक्तव्य किसी नेता की एकमात्र...

Kafila - 2018-12-08 - Original post - cached version

പ്രിയ ബീനാ IFFK എന്ന പ്രസ്ഥാനത്തിനോട് വിട പറയാൻ സമയമായിയെന്ന് തോന്നുന്നു. ബീനയ്ക്ക് വേണം ഈ വിടവാങ്ങൽ കത്തെഴുതാനെന്നും തോന്നി. കാരണം ഇതിനെ ഒരു ജനകീയ പ്രസ്ഥാനമാക്കിയത് നിങ്ങളാണ്. ഇന്ന് അത് മറ്റൊന്നായി മാറിയിരിക്കുന്നു. ഇടങ്ങളെല്ലാം മാറിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ഈ കാലത്ത് ഇതു പ്രതീക്ഷിതമാണ്, അതുകൊണ്ട് ഇതു...

Kafila - 2018-12-07 - Original post - cached version

The Bulandshahr mob killings show that the Hindutva Supremacist world view, which has complete apathy and indifference toward human life and puts a four-legged animal on a pedestal, is on the ascendance. “It is a curious people. With them, all life seems to be sacred except human life.” – Mark...

Kafila - 2018-12-05 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by ILA ANANYA On the night of November 12th 2018, more than fifty people from Sittilingi, a village in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, made their way back home from Dharmapuri Government Medical College Hospital with the body of a 16-year-old Adivasi (Malaivasi) girl. The girl had...

Kafila - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version

Till just the other day, they were committing suicide, while some of them were demonstrating in Jantar Mantar, Delhi, humiliating themselves by disrobing and eating rats, trying in vain to draw the attention of the political establishment to their plight.  And to pour salt on their wounds, BJP...

Kafila - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by SAJAN VENNIYOOR If you key in “remote island” on Google, most of the news stories it throws up are about an unfortunate and very dead young man named John Allen Chau. If you type in “remote Indian island”, Google will take you immediately to North Sentinel Island. We are all, by...

Kafila - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by RAMA SRINIVASAN Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.” ― Jane Austen, Persuasion Austen’s words, a searing commentary on how...

Kafila - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Image Courtesy: Vappingo To such a degree has Religion fuelled conflict, complicated politics, retarded social development and impaired human relations across the world, that one is often tempted to propose that Religion is innately an enemy of Humanity, if not indeed of itself a crime against...

Kafila - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Dear Comrade Last year, around this time, I wrote you an open letter about the plight of Hadiya Asokan who was being hunted down by the Hindutva groups for her choice of faith and partner while the CPM and its cyber force was either actively abetting the violence or watching passively. I wrote...

Kafila - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Inching Towards Majoritarian Democracy ( Madhu Dandavate) 1. These are times when the state of democracy is a cause of worry everywhere. With the emergence of populists, demagogues of various hues as custodians of the future of their countries, growing fascination for illiberal ideologies among...

Kafila - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Today, it is 100 days of the detention of acclaimed photographer and cultural activist Shahidul Alam. On this occasion, Arundhati Roy, Aparna Sen, Vikram Seth, Romila Thapar, Amitav Ghosh, Shabhana Azmi, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Nandita Das, Mohammad Hanif, Anish Kapoor among other eminent persons...

Kafila - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by DHRUV RAMNATH “When you are in India, you must follow Modi. When you are in America, you must follow Trump,” said the semi-literate Odia instructor to a batch of 70-odd students at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), a university which received crores from our...

Kafila - 2018-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Can the countries from this part of Asia walk in the footsteps of Ireland? Mera azm itna bulund hae, Parae sholon se dar nahin. Mujhe dar hae tu atish e gul se hae, Ye kahin chaman ko jala na dein (my confidence in self is strong, I’m unafraid of foreign flames I’m scared those sparks may ignite...

Kafila - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by RAJINDER CHAUDHARY उच्चतम न्यायालय के बहुमत ने ‘आधार’ पर दिये गए हालिया फैसले में सरकारी योजनाओं, सब्सिडी इत्यादि का लाभ लेने के लिए आधार अनिवार्य करने के सरकारी फैसले को सही ठहराया है। इस के साथ ही आयकर दाता के लिए भी आधार अनिवार्य कर दिया है। इस के अलावा बाकी जगह … Continue...

Kafila - 2018-10-26 - Original post - cached version

From Hindu Code Bill to Sabarimala via Roop Kanwar’s Sati — keeping women subjugated under the cloak of tradition It was the mid-1980s when a 18-year-old Roop Kanwar’s burning on the pyre of her husband — under controversial circumstances — had made national headlines. There was national outrage...

Kafila - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Review of ‘Truth in Fetters : Broken Promises and Shattered Unity’ “Change is in the air”! A retired academic who had his last assignment as Vice Chancellor of a leading university said to me the other day, while we were discussing the contemporary political scenario. Frankly admitting that he...

Kafila - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

At the end of the five-day worship in the month of Tulam, it is clear that women have been betrayed. The right wing which promised not to violently stop women devotees did precisely that; their leader also hurled vicious insults are trans people. The dominant left which foamed Ayyankali and Sree...

Kafila - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

  Guest post by VIKAS BAJPAI Sometimes, memories stacked away for long, come tumbling out. If these are not just about personal nostalgia, dwelling upon them could serve some public good. It was 31 October, 1984. The time may have been around 11 am. I was taking my second term exams for class XI...

Kafila - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version

THIS IS A STATEMENT PREPARED BY JNU FACULTY In the wake of the protests in universities about a number of disastrous policy level changes — huge fund cuts for the University Grants Commission, state governed divestment from the higher education in the name of graded autonomy, tampering with...

Kafila - 2018-10-20 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday’s high drama at Sabarimala told us quite a lot about the games that politicians play in Kerala. Rehana Fatima, a young woman activist who decided to take the challenge (it is now a challenge, since the trekking path to the shrine is in effect controlled by Hindutva goons heaping verbal...

Kafila - 2018-10-14 - Original post - cached version

For all women in India, what is happening in Kerala should be an eye-opener.  This is how Indian society rewards you for reaching the top, aspiring seriously to be on top, and actually asking questions to authorities about why they keep drawing on women’s energies and resources while...

Kafila - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version

അഭിനവ അച്ചിയാകാൻ എനിക്കു സമ്മതമില്ല. അതുകൊണ്ട് രാഹുൽ ഈശ്വറെ എന്തുവില കൊടുത്തും ഞാൻ എതിർത്തു തോൽപ്പിക്കും. കുറേ സ്ത്രീകളെ തെരുവിൽ കൊണ്ടുവന്ന് ആചാരസംരക്ഷണത്തിൻറെ പേരിൽ സ്വന്തം താത്പര്യങ്ങൾക്കെതിരെ സംസാരിപ്പിക്കുക, അവരുടെ പൊതുജീവിതപരിചയമില്ലായ്മയുടെ ഫലങ്ങൾ കൊയ്തെടുക്കുക (പിണറായിയെ ജാതിത്തെറി...

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