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 Wire 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 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 …...

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

The idea of education being imparted without any compulsion to declare one’s religion is definitely a welcome thing Principal’s office of Bethune College, Kolkata, which included Humanity as an option under the religion category. Image Courtesy: college dunia   A college admission form...

Kafila - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

By distributing knives to meritorious children, organisations like the Hindu Mahasabha, are trying to give religious legitimacy to what is essentially a political use of faith. Image courtesy: Twitter What does an organisation do when it wants to congratulate meritorious students who have...

Kafila - 2019-06-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PRATIKSHA BAXI The publication of a sworn affidavit by a former Supreme Court staffer testifying to sexual harassment by the Chief Justice of India has been treated as a scandal, whether the complainant was believed or not. And the subsequent events – an extraordinary suo moto...

Kafila - 2019-05-24 - Original post - cached version

This election verdict will have vital ramifications for democracy’s onward journey for decades together, and silencing and further invisibilisation of religious minorities would be its logical outcome. “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born;...

Kafila - 2019-05-22 - Original post - cached version

  USS passe rani hai, iss passe Gandhi!” (“On that side is the Queen, on this is Gandhi) ( Nawan Punjab Party’s candidate ex MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s election campaign and the way he projected his appeal as ‘battle...

Kafila - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version

The art of legitimising religiosity in a secular country and live happily ever after. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by wise people as false and by the rulers as useful. — Seneca (4 BC-AD65) A picture is worth a thousand words. An outgoing Prime Minister of the ‘world’s...

Kafila - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Caste discrimination, even while faced with a calamity, is a clear outcome of the brahminical ideology of purity and pollution that has permeated deep into Indian society. Image Courtesy: Al Jazeera “[U]ntouchability, is a kind of disease of the Hindus…it is a mental twist…. I do not know how my...

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

Why does Hitler’s legacy in India greatly differs from that in the West. More removed from the traumas associated with World War II and the Holocaust   ……………………………………………………………………. ..An innocent question sometimes comes up with very troubling answer(s). J’admire ( I admire)… a simple exercise...

Kafila - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Extract from the Preface of  ‘Hindutva’s Second Coming’ Preface Democracy as Majoritarianism “We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal,’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany...

Kafila - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Ravi Sinha 1. मार्क ट्वेन ने कभी कहा था – धूम्रपान की आदत छोड़ने में मैं ख़ासा माहिर हूँ; यह काम मैंने हज़ारों बार किया है.सन्धान की यह केवल तीसरी शुरुआत है. वह भी काग़ज़ पर छप कर नहीं. अभी केवल वेब-पेज़ के रूप में. अतः यह दावा तो नहीं किया जा … Continue reading संस्कृति की ज़मीन, बदलाव...

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

This is a guest post by MANINDRA AGRAWAL This is the story of a young man who made it to the premier institution of IIT Kanpur against heavy odds, but was then let down by the system and people at the institute. Yet, he showed exemplary courage and stood up for his rights firmly but … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

  The thinking mind knows, but the heart keeps seeking the lingering traces of presence. Days after Ashita’s passing, the heart returns to that void inside itself. I was in the middle of wedding preparations at home. Bala’s early morning message on the phone was cryptic: Ashitechi is gone. I sat...

Kafila - 2019-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Dheeresh Saini – Review of ‘Charvak ke Vaaris’  `चार्वाक के वारिस` को पढ़ते हुए ही मुझे हिंदी के आलोचक और जेएनयू के रिटायर्ड प्रोफेसर नामवर सिंह के निधन की ख़बर मिली। एक ऐसी किताब को, जो भारतीय समाज-संस्कृति में अतीत से लेकर आज तक ज्ञान-विज्ञान की विभिन्न प्रगतिशील, विवेकवादी, ...

Kafila - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Recall Kalburgi and Shahid Azmi? There are several such unconnected looking incidents in recent times that are part of the same mindset that looks for ‘internal enemies’ in every dissenting voice. Image for representational use only.Image Courtesy : Siasat Ram Puniyani, the affable and...

Kafila - 2019-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Condemn attempts at intimidating Prof Ram Puniyani To The Commissioner of Police Mumbai We the undersigned strongly condemn the way in which attempts were recently made to intimidate Prof Ram Puniyani by people supposedly belonging to CID. We fear that it is to silence his voice which has always...

Kafila - 2019-03-05 - Original post - cached version

A WhatsApp-sponsored report, prepared in partnership with Queen Mary University, has raised the alarm that the 2019 elections in India, which already has cleavages on lines of caste, race, gender, religion, would be a fertile ground for damaging fake news. There was a time when ‘Good Morning’...

Kafila - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

“Kasturba Gandhi is no more. She died at the age of 74 in British jail….I salute this great woman who was like a mother to Indians ….Kasturba was an inspiration for millions of Indian girls with whom she lived and met during the freedom struggle of our motherland. She was party to the many...

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 – ‘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...


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