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Kafila - 2020-09-27 - Original post - cached version

Finally. Decades have passed in which we slumbered on eased by the magic mantra that women’s empowerment will emerge like a butterfly from the cocoon of women’s self-help groups, whispered in our ears by the state in Kerala. In the meantime, what we saw was often the opposite. Indeed, the more...

Kafila - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Statement of solidarity from JU alumni As alumni of Jadavpur University (JU), we condemn the casteist abuses hurled against a renowned professor of History at Jadavpur University, Dr. Maroona Murmu, because of her identity as an Adivasi. The remarks were made in response to Dr. Murmu’s comment...

Kafila - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by AEJAZ AHMAD and IRSHAD RASHID What does turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque mean for global political practice?  In an unusally brazen move Turkey’s top court recently ruled in favour of transforming Hagia Sophia, a museum of global tourist attraction, into a mosque. Originally a...

Kafila - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

We are publishing below the following statement in support of and solidarity with Dr Maroona Murmu, signed by more than eighty faculty members of Presidency University, was issued yesterday.   We, the undersigned teachers of Presidency University, Kolkata, are shocked to know about the recent...

Kafila - 2020-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by ARVIND KUMAR अभय दुबे की पुस्तक हिन्दू एकता बनाम ज्ञान की राजनीति पर जारी बहस में एक योगदान। दि प्रिंट में 8 जुलाई 2020 को  योगेंद्र यादव का लेख ‘भारतीय सेक्युलरिज्म पर हिन्दी की यह किताब उदारवादियों की पोल खोल सकती थी मगर नज़रअंदाज़ कर दी गई है’, अभय दुबे की पुस्तक को केंद्र मे रखकर...

Kafila - 2020-07-19 - Original post - cached version

John Lewis ( 21 February 1940 – 17 July 2020) Legendary Civil Rights leader John Lewis died on 17 th July 2020. An analyst wrote ”Lewis, a titan of the civil rights movement, died on Friday at the age of 80, severing a vital link with the generation that rose in the 60s to resist … Continue...

Kafila - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

  In a recent book Hindu Ekta Banaam Gyan ki Rajneeti [Hindu Unity versus the Politics of Knowledge] (Vani 2019), my colleague and friend Abhay Kumar Dubey raises some extremely important issues that have now become central to the struggle for a more just and inclusive India. The book is in...

Kafila - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

[Inaugural Lecture of ‘Democracy Dialogues’ Series ( Webinar) Organised by New Socialist Initiative, 12 th July 2020] Join us on facebook.com/newsocialistinitiative.nsi for further updates   ( Prof Suhas Palshikar, Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics and Co-director, Lokniti at the Centre...

Kafila - 2020-07-15 - Original post - cached version

How discrimination is integrated into the daily lives of the Indian diaspora still needs to be understood. What happens to caste when Indians migrate to Western countries? Do their feelings of being born superior or inferior, their belief in the purity-pollution ethic, just melt away? The “model...

Kafila - 2020-07-12 - Original post - cached version

भारतीयों के मन में व्याप्त दोहरापन यही है कि वह ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भारतीय छात्रों पर होने वाली ज़्यादतियों से उद्वेलित दिखते हैं, पर अपने यहां के संस्थानों में आए दिन दलित-आदिवासी या अल्पसंख्यक छात्रों के साथ होने वाली ज़्यादतियों को सहजबोध का हिस्सा मानकर चलते हैं. (फोटो: रॉयटर्स) ‘जाति समस्या-...

Kafila - 2020-07-11 - Original post - cached version

MAYA ANGELOU recites her iconic poem Still I Rise, followed by the translation into Hindustani by NIVEDITA MENON below.   चाहे लिख दो मेरी कहानी, झूठी, विकृत, कडवी सी, चाहे कुचल दो  मिट्टी में, उड़ जाऊंगी, मैं धूल सी.   मेरी गुस्ताखी से हो नाराज़? क्या इतना दुःख है दिल में? मेरी चाल का यह …...

Kafila - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

My earlier posts on the Kerala Left’s inability to forge an adequate and democratizing response to the ‘societal emergencies’ that have challenged Malayali society in the 21st century, and on the completely-unjustified attack on the body artist Rehana Fathima seem to have irritated, even angered...

Kafila - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Aman Abhishek गुलफीशा फ़ातिमा, सफुरा जरगर, देवांगना कलिता और नताशा नरवाल दुनिया के जाने-माने प्रोफ़ेसर और पत्रकार डॉक्टर लेता होन्ग फ़िंचर अपनी किताब “बिट्रेइंग बिग ब्रदर: दी फेमनिस्ट अवेकनिंग इन चाइना” में लिखती हैं कि किस तरह चीनी सरकार के द्वारा मार्च 2015 में पांच कार्यकर्तायों...

Kafila - 2020-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Before I start, a request:    Friends who are reading this, if you are close to Noam Chomsky, Amartya Sen, or Soumya Swaminathan, or the other left-liberals who appear in the Kerala government-sponsored talk series from outside Kerala, please do forward this to them? I hope to reach them.   The...

Kafila - 2020-05-23 - Original post - cached version

कांकर पाथर जोरि कै मस्जिद लई बनाय. ता चढि मुल्ला बांग दे क्या बहरा हुआ खुदाय क्या अपने ‘खुदा’ को आवाज़ देने के लिए बांग देने की जरूरत पड़ती है ? आज से छह सदी पहले ही कबीर ने यह सवाल पूछ कर अपने वक्त़ में धर्म के नाम पर जारी पाखंड को बेपर्दा किया … Continue reading प्रार्थना स्थलों पर लाउडस्पीकर पर...

Kafila - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by Ravi Sinha राजनीति का आम सहजबोध यह है कि सत्ता की निरंकुशता लोकतंत्र का निषेध है। लोकतंत्र राजनीतिक सत्ता का गठन तो करता है, लेकिन उसे निरंकुश नहीं होने देता। यदि किसी लोकतांत्रिक व्यवस्था के अंतर्गत निरंकुश सत्ता का उद्भव होता है तो उसे लोकतंत्रा की दुर्बलता, उसके विकार या उसमें...

Kafila - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

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Kafila - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Guest Post by PARVIN SULTANA (Review of HINDUTVA: EXPLORING THE IDEA OF HINDU; NATIONALISM, Jyotirmaya Sharma ( Context 2019); M.S. GOLWALKAR, THE RSS AND INDIA, Jyotirmaya Sharma (Context, 2019) ; DECODING THE RSS: ITS TRADITIONS AND POLITICS Raosaheb Kasbe (Leftword Books, 2019) , RAJIV GANDHI...

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 - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

  What has Gandhi got to do with the recently concluded elections in Delhi? On the face of it nothing. But at another level, the election process, its campaign and its results – all invite us to revisit Gandhi’s stupendous moral-political project of cementing the Hindu-Muslim division with his...

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 - 2020-01-18 - 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 - 2020-01-01 - 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 - 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 - 2019-12-20 - Original post - cached version

  This is the sixth in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note below is by J Devika. The short essay by C V Kunhiraman has been translated by LIJU JACOB KURIAKOSE. The formidable CV Kunhiraman (1871-1949) was one of the most explosive anti-aachaaram voices...

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 - 2019-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Untouchability Walls keep rising and falling in Tamil Nadu. BR Ambedkar wrote in Annihilation of Caste that “…the world owes much to rebels who would dare to argue in the face of the pontiff and insist that he is not infallible. I do not care about the credit which every progressive society must...

Kafila - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

This is the fifth in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note below is by J Devika. The excerpt from the essay by Moorkothu Kumaran has been translated by K R GOPIKRISHNA. Moorkothu Kumaran (1874- 1941) was one of Malayalam’s earliest short story writers,...

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

This is the fourth in a series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. The note below is by J Devika. The excerpt from the essay by Kuttippuzha Krishna Pillai is translated by UTHARA GEETHA. The formation of the linguistic state of Kerala was the culmination of a long...

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 - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

This is the third in the series titled Against Aachaaram: A Dossier from Malayalam on Kafila. Both excerpts have been chosen and translated by HARIKRISHNAN S. The prefatory note below is by J Devika. They are about the notions of purity of clothing harboured by the traditional caste elite in...

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

The Final NRC published today has excluded a whopping 19.06 lakh persons in Assam. The NRC process had shifted the burden of proof of citizenship on to the entire population of Assam, with people undergoing deep travails over the past four years to get their names included. In a poor country...

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...

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 in 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 - 2019-08-14 - 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 - 2019-08-11 - 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 - 2019-07-26 - 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 - 2019-07-18 - 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 - 2019-06-28 - 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 - 2019-02-12 - 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 - 2019-01-15 - 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 - 2019-01-03 - 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 - 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 - 2018-12-09 - 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 - 2018-12-01 - 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 - 2018-11-28 - 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 - 2018-10-30 - 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 - 2018-10-22 - 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...

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