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EFLU Defamation Case Against Students – Statement by Concerned Academics and Public Intellectuals

EFLU Defamation Case Against Students – Statement by Concerned Academics and Public Intellectuals

Statement by Concerned Academics and Public Intellectuals Following the Court Sentence on the EFLU Defamation Case We the undersigned wish to express our grave concern over the fact that five senior students of the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), who were raising the issue of discrimination against SC and ST students in the EFLU’s […]

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The Dwijitalisation of India: Satya Sagar

The Dwijitalisation of India: Satya Sagar

GUEST POST by Satya Sagar For over a millennium one of the recurring debates among Indian philosophers was whether this world was real or a mere dream[1]. Paradoxically, those who preached most passionately that our senses mislead us and everything around was Maya or an illusion, went on to corner the largest chunk of material […]

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NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police: WSS statement

NHRC indicts Chhattisgarh police: WSS statement

STATEMENT BY WOMEN AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND STATE REPRESSION WSS welcomes the decisive intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in  cases of sexual violence against Adivasi women by police and security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. Validating our assertion that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Bastar,  […]

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Hindutva Fascists Ransack Janchetna Book Shop in Ludhiana

Hindutva Fascists Ransack Janchetna Book Shop in Ludhiana

We are publishing below a statement issued by Anand Singh on behalf of Janchetna, Ludhiana A group of Hindutva goons ransacked Janchetna — an institution dedicated to promote and propagate progressive literature — in Ludhiana on 2 January 2017. They also abused and misbehaved with the book shop manager Binny and manhandled other activists who […]

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Maternity Entitlements were Legal Rights 3 years ago, not a New Year Gift: Statement of the Right to Food Campaign

Maternity Entitlements were Legal Rights 3 years ago, not a New Year Gift: Statement of the Right to Food Campaign

  On New Year’s Eve, the Prime Minister in his much-anticipated speech amongst other commitments made a vague announcement of a “nation-wide” scheme for maternity entitlements for pregnant women. But the PM has not spelled out any specifics – neither the timeframe;budget nor its universal coverage as obligated in the National Food Security Act (NFSA) […]

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[Watch] Marching with the Bhim Army!

[Watch] Marching with the Bhim Army!

  This October, a colleague and I tracked a group of young Dalits fighting caste atrocities in Uttar Pradesh. The documentary posted above is one part of an extended multimedia project. See the entire project here: https://www.thequint.com/quintlab/ambedkar-dalit-army-fights-caste-atrocities-in-uttar-pradesh/

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Didi, I Want to Learn the Harmonium and Roam Around Freely: Samhita Barooah

Didi, I Want to Learn the Harmonium and Roam Around Freely: Samhita Barooah

Guest post by SAMHITA BAROOAH During a visit to the Kishori Mandal at Apne Aap Women Worldwide’s Uttari Rampur Centre in Forbesganj I met some lovely girls. They stayed in the community near the red light area. They were eager to learn new things. They asked me my story of life, “Didi aapki kahani sunao? […]

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Demonetization not a “war on black money” unless finances of political parties made accountable: Nishank Varshney

Demonetization not a “war on black money” unless finances of political parties made accountable: Nishank Varshney

Guest Post by NISHANK VARSHNEY While the common man is being subjected to infinite scrutiny and daily changing rules, the political parties enjoy to have a free-run at not disclosing a large part of their income, running into thousands of Crores. As long as the political parties continue to enjoy this exemption, the menace of black […]

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Dangal and the Phogat Sisters – A Tale of Many Struggles:  Praveen Verma

Dangal and the Phogat Sisters – A Tale of Many Struggles: Praveen Verma

Guest post by PRAVEEN VERMA Dangal literally means the Indian style wrestling competition for male pahalwans (wrestlers). Dangal has been an important form of entertainment for ages, especially in rural (north and west) India. Dangals act in many ways. It works to settle the personal score between different Akharas and pahalwans. It’s a place where […]

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Do not let a university turn into a ‘shakha’ of a poisoned tree

Do not let a university turn into a ‘shakha’ of a poisoned tree

Have the JNU students and faculty seriously considered taking legal action against the current Vice Chancellor? From every report that I have seen, all his actions in the recently concluded farcical Academic Council (AC) meeting seem to me to be instances of prima facie procedural violation. (Or am I incorrect in assuming this?) From what […]

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Corrupt Notes – the Black Comedy of Tragic Error: R Srivatsan

Corrupt Notes – the Black Comedy of Tragic Error: R Srivatsan

Guest post by R. SRIVATSAN Reflections on the many paradoxes of the demonetization process: the schizophrenia of the BJP, the desire of the well to do, the baffling sacrifice of the have nots, the faults and fault lines that propagate through our society in crisis. Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley, in their brilliant strategy to […]

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JNU VC sabotages democratic functioning of Academic Council to push through anti-social justice policies

JNU VC sabotages democratic functioning of Academic Council to push through anti-social justice policies

First, here is the statement issued by 20 faculty members of the Academic Council today, about half the members present at the adjourned 142nd AC Meeting. PRESS RELEASE BY MEMBERS OF THE JNU ACADEMIC COUNCIL We, faculty members of the JNU Academic Council, are shocked and dismayed at the manner in which the Vice Chancellor […]

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On Barak Valley Bandh on 16th December, 2016 – Some Nascent Observations: Arunima Chakraborty

On Barak Valley Bandh on 16th December, 2016 – Some Nascent Observations: Arunima Chakraborty

This is a Guest Post by ARUNIMA CHAKRABORTY Let’s begin with the usual: by ruing over Indian mainstream media’s overlooking of what could have been treated as more newsworthy. Today, that is, 16th of December, 2016 witnessed a bandh in southern Assam’s Barak valley protesting against the statement by the union minister of state for […]

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The Laziest Blog Post Ever Written – Educational reform and Demonetization

The Laziest Blog Post Ever Written – Educational reform and Demonetization

Remember the FYUP debacle? Remember (as repeatedly written about on Kafila as elsewhere) that it was the latest in a long series of badly-conceived, mindlessly-borrowed and forcibly-implemented ‘educational reforms’ that practically crippled universities around the country? And remember a certain Rev. Valson Thampu, authoritarian, controversy-soaked Principal of St. Stephens College and eager soldier for the […]

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डिजिटल दुनिया के देशभक्त सैनिक और औसत आदमी : मनीष राज

डिजिटल दुनिया के देशभक्त सैनिक और औसत आदमी : मनीष राज

Guest post by MANISH RAJ चारों तरफ देशभक्ति का खुमार चढ़ा देख मैं सोच में पड़ गया. क्या मैं भी देखभक्त कहलाने लायक हूँ? क्या मेरे अन्दर भी देशभक्ति के वे सभी गुण मौजूद हैं जो एक भारतवासी में होने चाहिएं? इस सवाल का जवाब जानने के लिए पहले मुझे देशभक्ति के मायने समझने होंगे. […]

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Buying into Demonetisation- the Popular Ideological Receptors of Creeping Fascism: Sanjay Kumar

Buying into Demonetisation- the Popular Ideological Receptors of Creeping Fascism: Sanjay Kumar

Guest Post by SANJAY KUMAR The withdrawal of eighty six percent of currency notes by the Modi government has been an administrative fiasco. It is clear that little economic thought, and only a political urge has gone into the exercise. Informal sector of the economy, which accounts for 80% of the employment and 40% of […]

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Angela Davis appeals to President to repeal AFSPA

Angela Davis appeals to President to repeal AFSPA

At an exclusive meet-the-press in Mumbai, American black feminist activist and human rights defender, Angela Davis joined feminists in India spearheading a global women’s campaign appealing to the President of India to use his Constitutional powers and repeal the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). In doing so, she extends her solidarity to the […]

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A Dog Writes to a Minister: Dear A K Balan …

A Dog Writes to a Minister: Dear A K Balan …

  Dear Mr A K Balan I am writing to you because I feel that it is my duty to disabuse you of the ideas you seem to harbour of, and in the name of, Indian nationalism (and not just bark at the portentous approach of the peddlers of ‘nationalism’, the Hindutvavaadis). You are a […]

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