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Kafila - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

PM Modi didn’t mention former RSS chief Golwalkar on his recent 114th birth anniversary. The idea is to implement his ‘essence’ in private while not mentioning him in public. The 114th birth anniversary of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar went unnoticed. Barring a stray article by a second-rung leader...

Kafila - 2020-02-23 - Original post - cached version

I have been reading with interest the exchange between Aditya Nigam and Satish Deshpande on the AAP’s strategy of avoiding ‘politics’ – or rather, distancing itself mostly from the polarised ideological debates while making small moves to shape for itself a space, arguably fuzzy, in the...

Kafila - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

They represented two foundational but antagonistic visions of “what we as a society, what we as a state should embody” ( Review of ‘Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and The Risk of Democracy’ By Aishwary Kumar Navayana, Rs 599) In the early 1990s D.R. Nagaraj published The Flaming Feet, a...

Kafila - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

BJP’s Delhi campaign was not divisive by sanyog or coincidence. That is its prayog or experiment. Which it will take to other elections. Kitney aadmi thhe—how many were there? A meme based on this famous monologue from the highly successful film, Sholay (Embers), from the early seventies,...

MintPress - 2020-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Listen: we don’t have to agree about everything. We don’t even have to agree about most things. We don’t have to love each other. We don’t even have to like each other. And we certainly don’t need to think alike or dress alike or worship alike or vote alike or love alike. But if this experiment...

Kafila - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Of all reasons to oppose CAA, NPR and NRC, most worrying is the Islamists across the borders feeling enthused. Seattle City Council, one of the most powerful city councils in the United States, recently made history. It became the world’s first elected body to pass a resolution asking the Indian...

Kafila - 2020-02-05 - Original post - cached version

From Nehru to Patel and Ambedkar, the saffron party has appropriated freedom-fighters or tarnished legacies. Gandhi, however, poses a different problem. Death ends all enmity’ (Marnanti Vairani) goes a maxim in Hinduism. The story also goes that when Ravana was on death bed, Ram had even asked...

Kafila - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

  Guest Post by National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation (NCU) The National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation (NCU) unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional and anti-constitutional CAA-NPR-NRC being unilaterally imposed by the National Democratic...

Video Rebel's Blog - 2020-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Annual market value for vaccines was $5 billion in 2000 and is expected to be $100 billion in 2025.

Younger infants are significantly more likely to be either hospitalized or die after vaccination than older infants. There is positive correlation between hospitalization rates and the...

Kafila - 2020-01-29 - Original post - cached version

The arrest of yet another alleged bomb-maker with right-wing links should lead to action at last. When Crimes shoot up, they become invisible. When pain becomes unbearable, cries are no longer heard.’ —Bertolt Brecht Can the provocations of a cabinet minister, who openly raises controversial...

Kafila - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Hindutva is being embarrassed by the very people it has wooed, by means fair and foul. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to further his deeply-sectarian and divisive agenda at Belur Math, global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda, has backfired. His...

Kafila - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

കേരളത്തിലങ്ങോളമിങ്ങോളം നടക്കുന്ന സിഏഏ-എൻ ആർ സി വിരുദ്ധസമരങ്ങൾക്കിടയിൽ നമ്മുടെയെല്ലാം   ഉള്ളുപൊള്ളയായ രാഷ്ട്രീയ അവബോധങ്ങളിലും സുഖസ്ഥലങ്ങളിലും നീറുപോലെ കടിച്ചുപറിക്കുന്ന ഒരു യാഥാർത്ഥ്യം — താഹയും അലനും സഹിക്കുന്ന അനീതി. യുഏപിഏ അറസ്റ്റുകൾ മുൻപ് മുസ്ലീംയുവാക്കളെ ഉന്നംവച്ചപ്പോൾ അവർ തീവ്രവാദികളാണെന്ന്...

Kafila - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

GUEST POST BY C. P.  GEEVAN NPR and NRC – An Enigmatic Clarification It was difficult to miss the smugness with which the Home Minister of India (HM) addressed a TV show he had orchestrated through one of the infamous godi (lapdog) media after the central cabinet had approved Rs 39.41 billion...

Kafila - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

With the central government denying three states’ – Bengal, Kerala and Maharashtra – tableaux proposals for Republic Day, politics has reached a new low.  There is no doubt that the current struggles against the CAA/NRC and the confrontational stance of the Centre with these governments has a...

Kafila - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by Indians Against Fascism Munich On Saturday (21st Dec), a crowd of around one hundred Indians residing in Munich and surrounding assembled at Geschwister Scholl Platz, a square in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (...

Kafila - 2020-01-01 - Original post - cached version

Image courtesy News 18 People, Persons, Citizens When the idea of citizenship is wielded like a deadly weapon to deprive people of basic rights rather than to empower them, it’s time to think about the basis of rights differently.  While in the Preamble to the Constitution, ‘we the people’...

Kafila - 2020-01-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by ‘Netherlands against CAA’ (A series of protests have been held in Netherlands against CAA by the Indian diaspora since last few days.  There was a protest at International Court of Justice ( ICJ) based in Hague on 30 th December. It was the fifth protest in last ten days. Pasted...

Kafila - 2019-12-30 - Original post - cached version

Teachers from different colleges and departments of the University of Delhi have expressed shock at the police repression on the struggles of the academic community across different universities in India and issued the following statement in support of the students. We, concerned teachers of...

Kafila - 2019-12-29 - Original post - cached version

Uttar Pradesh is dealing with CAA as it dealt with crime : encounters Image Courtesy: PTI Seventy-six year old advocate Mohammad Shoaib fought to have innocents branded as terrorists under repressive laws released, and risked multiple assaults by right-wing lawyers as he took these cases through...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Students Against Fascism in India – Bonn/Köln/Aachen “We, the students of Bonn, Cologne and Aachen stand with the protests all across India condemning the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC). In particular, we condemn and are deeply...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Issued by the Joint Forum Against NRC, Kolkata Video courtesy The Wire Rattled by the upsurge in popular protests across the country against the passage of the Unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 in parliament, Prime Minister Modi has accused the anti-NRC and anti-CAA protesters and...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

As students, alumni and faculty members of the University of York, UK, we stand in solidarity with all students in India who are engaged in protests against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. We believe that the right to dissent, protest and demonstrate are fundamental rights...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

The wave of protest in India in response to The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) passed on 11th December 2019 is being violently suppressed. Protesters claim the Act fundamentally alters the concept of Indian citizenship and is against the secular and inclusive India Constitution as it...

Kafila - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

As members of the academic community in India, we the undersigned, stand in solidarity with students across the country protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC). Fundamentally discriminatory and unjust, CAA-NRC contradict...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

As we in Kerala gear up for the long struggle that can cease only when the evil of Hindutva is finally uprooted from India and Kerala, and only after the toxins that it has spewed is wiped clean from the hearts and souls of our brethren, my only request is: please do not forget Allen … Continue...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

The Philadelphia Coalition Against Fascism in India held a protest Against CAA and NRC on December 19, 2019.  Students from several colleges in the Philadelphia area and beyond, including UPenn, Drexel, Temple, Villanova, and Rutgers; working professionals, and business graduates gathered in...

Kafila - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

From UMASS and Five Colleges We, the undersigned members and alumni of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Five College Area write in solidarity and support of the protests in India and elsewhere against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, and express our complete rejection of this...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Law teachers and researchers from across the world have strongly condemned the recent police brutality against students of different universities struggling the recent changes in Citizenship law. They have also criticized the CAA and the NRC ideas as majoritarian and one that subverts our...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Concerned health activists and health professionals and women’s rights activists have issued the following statement against the brutal use of force by the police against students, especially in Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU. We, the health networks, health activists, health professionals, Women’...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Following is a statement by the faculty, researchers and students of the University of Southern Florida, USA, in support of the struggle of students across universities against CAA and NRC. We, the undersigned, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and alumni of University of South Florida (...

Kafila - 2019-12-21 - Original post - cached version

Statements of support for the students’ struggle against the  CAA and NRC continue to pour in. We will try and keep publishing as many as we can. In this post is a statement from the University of British Columbia, Canada.  We, the students, faculty, alumni and scholars of the University of...

Kafila - 2019-12-20 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issued by faculty members of South Asian University on the recent police excesses against peacefully protesting students and other citizens. We, the undersigned teachers of the South Asian University, New Delhi are deeply disturbed by the developments at the Jamia...

Kafila - 2019-12-18 - Original post - cached version

We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest possible terms the police brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and the ongoing illegal siege and curfew imposed on Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. On 15th December 2019 Delhi police in riot-gear illegally entered the Jamia...

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

The Sangh Parivar has supported Tipu when it needed to. Ghatam Bhindyat, Patam Chhindyat, Kuryat Rasbharohanam Yenken Prakaren, Prasidho Purusho Bhavet (Break earthen pots, tear clothes, ride a donkey: Men try to achieve popularity by any means.) It was 2006 and DH Shankarmurthy, a nondescript...

Kafila - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

क्या ऐसा शख़्स, जिसने अंग्रेज़ सरकार के पास माफ़ीनामे भेजे, जिन्ना से पहले धर्म के आधार पर राष्ट्र बांटने की बात कही, भारत छोड़ो आंदोलन के समय ब्रिटिश सेना में हिंदू युवाओं की भर्ती का अभियान चलाया, भारतीयों के दमन में अंग्रेज़ों का साथ दिया और देश की आज़ादी के अगुआ महात्मा गांधी की हत्या की साज़िश...

Kafila - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

Home Minister Amit Shah, while inaugurating a two-day seminar at Banaras Hindu University, emphasised that Indian historians should “rewrite history from an Indian perspective”. There is one thing unique about the present dispensation holding reins of power at the Centre. What one witnesses that...

Red Ice Radio - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

Former Associate Professor at Stockholm University, Bilyana Martinovski joins Henrik to talk about her work trying to help victims of gang rape in Sweden. She shares her story of how she became interested in helping expose the Swedish state and legal system who have turned their back on...

Kafila - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

BJP’s poll promise of Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, who inspired a wide spectrum of fanatic individuals and violent organisations, shows the moral vacuousness of the Hindutva project “The curious fact is that as we move into the 21st century, historians have become central to politics. We...

Kafila - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version

Ms. Amruta Fadanavis – wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis – found herself at the centre of controversy two weeks back. Her birthday greetings to PM Modi – whom she wished ‘Father of Our Country @narendramodiji a very Happy Birthday -…’ – on her twitter evoked reaction from...

Kafila - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version

Statement issued on 27 September 2019. NEW DELHI. NEW YORK  On 30 August 2019,the United Nations’ International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Parveena Ahangar, mother of Javaid, a 16 year old who was ‘disappeared’by paramilitary forces in Kashmir in 1990 mourned again. Every...

Kafila - 2019-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Jinnah propounded his two-nation theory in 1939—exactly two years after Savarkar presented it. Who could have been the best prime minister of independent India?  Nehru or (Vallabhbhai) Patel? For more than last five years, we have been a witness to this manufactured debate—courtesy Bharatiya...

Kafila - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issues by teachers and academics in support of Dr Hany Babu, whose residence was raided early morning non 10 September by Pune Police We, teachers and members of the academic community from across universities, are shocked to know of the illegal raid at the residence...

Kafila - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. The word lynching conjures up images of a dark period in the history of the United States of America. Between 1877 and 1950,...

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

Scientists have barely offered resistance to pseudoscience. This must change—IIT students show how. Surely India’s scientific community must be waking up to the realisation that their silence is detrimental to scientific development and allows many varieties of mischief to breed. In a rare show...

Kafila - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Review of ‘Malevolent Republic : A Short History of New India’ by K. S. Komireddi ‘The idea of a peace-loving, nonviolent India exists, persists, as part of a selectively constructed and assiduously cultivated national self-image in the midst of a society pervaded by social and political...

Kafila - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Thapar questioned imperialist versions of Indian history, which the Hindutva Brigade still goes by. ..an historian who is indefatigable in the pursuit of knowledge and prolific in its publication, and who is above all a devoted partisan of the truth. … The early history of the country has been...

Kafila - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

A brief history of books, resistance, the police and politicians. It is humanly impossible for even the most learned judge to have read every book referred to in their court. For a brief while this week, the judge conducting the trial of activist Vernon Gonsalves, an accused in the Bhima...

Kafila - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Two massive calamities, tremendous losses, continuing signs of serious ecological destruction impending — yet all we Malayalis seem to have produced in response: two reports, and even more frenzied strategic calculation. There is little doubt that the disasters happened in the first place at...

Kafila - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

This is the second in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note on Lalithambika Antharjanam is by J Devika. The excerpt from her story Vidhibalam (The Power of Fate) is translated by GEORVIN JOSEPH. Lalitambika Antharjanam (1909-1987) was the first Malayali...

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