Vidrohi: A Rebel Reciter

 

Dharmaraj Kumar

dharma rajRemembering Vidrohiji on his first death anniversary, I write this piece as a memoir. There are layers of memories, but it unfolds on the horizon of reminiscence through several repetitions of certain events. Vidrohiji may not have been remembered by many, but for many his absence is sorely missed. Just being one among such persons, I contribute this introductory article or my own paroxysm of sadness.

Rare is such a moment when due attention is bestowed upon any writer, poet or thinker while alive. There are number of such examples as well, when a single work has turned the course of history. There are such persons also who were forgotten in their own time but recovered from obscurity after centuries. Exactly the same can be said in case of Vidrohi, the poet, who left behind his only collection of poems 'Nayi Kheti', which, I think, embarks upon the canonical understanding of advances of movements waged by oppressed people of the whole world. This collection covers the widest range of turbulent people's history of the world through poems in the everyday language. His ideas were the product of the sharp observations of people's progress in the past. He envisioned the political idealism for his own life and remained engrossed in its praxis. Surprisingly, he won over the contradiction between theory and praxis at least in his own life. He remained communist to the core, stood firmly with all the progressive movements of his time and set the example that Left politics has yet to be arrive at.

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Protest Against the Conviction of SC/ST/OBC Students from EFLU

 

Jai Bhim!

Friends, do join the effigy burning of EFL-U Admin, tonight (17th Dec 2016) at 9:00 pm at Sabarmati Dhaba. 
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Workshop on How to Write a CV (Mumbai on 18thDec)

 

Vinay Shende

Name of Event: CV Writing Workshop
Date: 18th of December, 2016.
Venue: JP Naik Auditorium, Mumbai University, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai
Time:
 (a) Session 1: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. This is aimed at people with No Work Experience
 (b) Session 2: 2 pm to 5 pm. This is aimed at people with up to 5 years' experience

Target Audience: People from SC/ST/OBC/VJ/NT communities.

Fee: There is No Fee Charged. It will be free of cost.

Objective: In today's world, in the competitive job environment, it is seen that having Talent is not the only criteria. Having the right resume is also equally important. New tools like Linkedin have also come into picture that have a lot of potential. Our students have all the Talent and it is a question of showcasing it better while applying for jobs.

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Demonetization or the Struggle for Our Most Sublime of Commons!

 

Georgy Kuruvila Roy

What if the real tragedy of the demonetization drive is not our wait for the introduction and regular circulation of new notes so that our life can go back to normal, but the terrifying realization that such notes are going to change the form of money exchange? Doesn't Paytm's ad-line 'Atm nahin paytm karo' capture our predicament perfectly?

syam modi

The point of the cashless economy is not that we are going to abolish money but that money is going to change its form: from paper to digital technology. Within this formal change of the concept of money there is another more important change of form that money undergoes: from a public commodity to a private one. In other words if the paper form of money was owned by the state the digital form will be owned by private companies like Paytm, Oxygen etc.

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Remembering Babasaheb on his 61st Mahaparinivan Diwas

 

United Dalit Students' Forum JNU (UDSF-JNU) 

Remembering Babasaheb on his 61st Mahaparinivan Diwas 14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956

udsfOn this Mahaparinirvan day when we remember Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, we must not forget the dreams of an egalitarian society which Babasaheb envisioned. In the present day Indian society we witness crimes which vehemently victimize Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim and Bahujan communities. Such atrocities on targeted communities are nothing but the ways in which Brahminical forces are stretching their arms to re-establish the hegemony which it had enjoyed for centuries. It is time for us to understand that the egalitarian revolution which Babasaheb dreamt about is not merely words written in the constitution but the true spirit in which it has to be implemented. The atrocities which Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim and Bahujan communities are facing, be it institutional murder of Rohith Vemula, enforced disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, rape of Dalit women, communal, casteist attacks on Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, Bahujan are all reflections of the Brahminical forces winning over the principle of justice and fraternity which the Constitution of India enshrines.

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Project Heartland 5: Swachh Bharat: Plight and Assertion of Valmikis

 

Pratik Parmar

kiran bhaiProject Heartland captures the struggle of people from marginalised communities, mainly Dalits in Gujarat. It shows the courage and determination of Dalit women and men to assert for their rights despite all odds. By capturing these stories of struggle, Project Heartland wants these brave people to be known, recognised and be seen as inspiration to others. This video covers Episode 5 of the project:

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When Inequality Blooms in the Woods

 

Mruduladevi Sasidharan

mrudula sasidharanIt  received a stunning applause all along the corridors of Inox Screen II at the end of the second screening on 22nd November 2016 at IFFI 2016. 'Kaadu Pookkunna Neram' (When the woods bloom) directed by Dr. Bijukumar Damodar was the sixth Indian Panorama Feature Film at IFFI 2016 and it was the first housefull film on the second day of the festival. The film mainly deals with the problems akin to the enforcement of draconian laws like UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) (UAPA) on Dalit and Adivasis in India. The movie portrays this problem in the general social backdrop of the marginalized communities.

The heroine, actor Rima kallingal outshines the rest of cast in this film. The film depicts woman empowerment and social commitment as its nucleus. The 'nameless' central character, a suspected Maoist woman, of the movie is far ahead in woman's empowerment when compared to the social scenario visualised in the movie 'Venkalam'. A police man arrests a suspected Maoist woman in a forest near a tribal village at night. But the cop loses his way out from the forest. Thus, both the hunter and the hunted (we can say prey and predator also) are stranded in the thick forest.

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