Why Kashmir?

 

Shinzani Jain

shinzani jainWhy should an Indian, any Indian – student, journalist, activist, lawyer, academician, politician, worker, feminist, communist or an ordinary citizen – care about Kashmir?

First of all, it is untrue that we don't care. There are way too many shades of opinions, suggestions, ideas and even convictions that we Indians have with respect to Kashmir and Kashmiris. And funnily, we are a bit too convinced of our own versions of Kashmir. Very few of us bother to check our facts. Critical thought seems so distant that it hardly appears to be a possibility.

As obsessed as we are with our wishful fantasies of Akhand Bharat and the future of Kashmir and Kashmiris "in India", it will not be an exaggeration to claim that we Indians have little idea about the history, politics, culture, tradition, art or even the geography of Kashmir.

To most Indians, Kashmir, an "integral part of India" is paradise on earth. It is where we go to holiday, relax or to escape. To the political left, right and center it is an indisputable part of India. They do differ, just a little, on how Kashmiris, "our very own citizens", ought to be treated. To a few of us, slightly aware of the cruelties, injustices and the brutalization of the territory and its people, it is an issue too distant and far away. The problem is too huge and we, too small. And sometimes we simply choose to limit our imagination. Because it is comfortable that way, you see.

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Reject ABVP’s diabolical fascist agenda on the institutional murder of Rajini Krish

 

 BAPSA, JNU

The appalling pamphlet put out by ABVP calling for a protest outside CHS against Rajini Krish's death is absolutely uncalled for. We unequivocally reject the politically manipulative and conniving concern extended by the Killers of Rohith Vemula and Assaulters of Najeeb Ahmed. It is a dangerous sign of the future to come.

rajini krish

It has been known that whenever Dalit-Bahujans start asserting politically, the right-wing claim immediate stakes on this assertion while the left bastions, even while extending solidarity to the oppressed, affirm the right-wing's claim. In this time of extreme grief, we are now facing a similar two-pronged attack: One, an attempt to appropriate the death of one of us, and our struggle by the saffron right-wing. The other, an accusation by 'thekedars' of left progressivism of being in complicity with and becoming the 'foot soldiers' of these very forces even while portraying themselves as the modern Jajmans of the education system. BAPSA as an organization, guided by the vision of social justice showed to us by Babasaheb Ambedkar, has always actively opposed both the Hindu right wing and all other Brahminical elements.

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त्यौहार

 

Vruttant Manwatkar

रसिक-रोमानी दिन है आएँ
हंगामे का 'फैशन' लाएँ.
"अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी दो!"
जीने का हक़ भाड़ में जाये.

क्रांति दम्भ में लाल जवानी
रंग, उत्सव में बदलती है.

savarna avarana women

आज भी जब जब चौराहे पर
अवर्ण औरत जलती है.

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Chalo Nagpur Women against Hindutva Manuvaad and Brahmanvaad

 

Manisha Bangar

chalo nagpur poster

Posters and video of the upcoming Chalo Nagpur Women against Hindutva Manuvaad and Brahmanvaad event on 10th March 2017. Please join in big numbers!

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Dissent and the Oppressed

 

Raju Chalwadi

raju chalwadiOur plural society is going through one of its most fragile phases; the very notion of its multi-identity is under threat. The irony is that the threat is not from outsiders but from its own citizens who are trying to impose their version of history, culture and nationalism on "others."

Since the coming of the new Hindutva government at the centre, the self-proclaimed nationalists have awakened. Hero worship has increased, which if not controlled, will ultimately lead to dictatorship. This is followed by the rise of orthodox individuals/groups that have direct/indirect backing from the current regime's ideology. The issues of national importance have been sidelined, those who dare to dissent with the current regime are termed as anti-BJP or pro-Congress if not anti-nationals. A party has been represented as a group of soldiers that is fighting for the well-being of the masses. State policies are being termed as 'nation building policy' hence critiques are not welcomed, even though they are based on solid theoretical and practical grounds. A party instead of being a channel to fulfil the promise to the nationals, itself claims to be the nation.

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Dalit Man murdered in Kerala for 30 Rupees!

 

This is a transcription of a news report, by Amesh, which originally appeared in Left Click News. It was translated from Malayalam by Dhanya Madhav.

A Dalit man was brutally assaulted and murdered for just Rs. 30. This gruesome murder of a human for the sake of just Rs.30 happened not in some interiors. Thulasi, resident of Ambalamkunnu Maravancode, Kottarakkara Taluk in Kollam district, Kerala, was murdered. After the dissension between Thulasi and ex-service man Yatheendra Das, his companion Mohanan, they came in a group to Thulasi's house and attacked him. Yatheendra Das and Mohan are in Police Custody currently. After being brutally assaulted on Sunday, Thulasi was admitted to hospital only on Monday morning and his neck was broken and rib severely injured in the assault. Thulasi was the only income source of the family with his wife Vilasini, widowed daughter who is mentally ill, her two kids.

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Vilasini, victim's wife claims that both the accused have come home just before the incidentand they started threatening for Rs. 30. They followed Thulasi to home while he was returning home after work, and then started demanding the money and tried to beat with the stick they carried with them. Vilasini intervened and asked to solve these problems outside the home and not to create violence coming to home. Yatheesh Das had threatenedthat with the help of army he will persecute them.and went away. Then Vilasini went to neighbour's house when only Thulasi and grandchildren were there at the home. When she returned after 20 minutes, she found Thulasi unconscious in a 20 feet deep pit. She assumed that he had fallen due to liquor consumption and took him to house, she didn't realize the gravity of the situation then.

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Spinning Wheel: From Gandhi to Modi

 

Naveen (Nijam) Gara

naveen pic 2012Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture replacing that of M K Gandhi at the charkha in an official annual calendar has kicked up a storm. Modi baiters have pounced upon this egregious 'offence' that the eternal propagandist has committed. It was one thing to appear on Reliance jio advertisements but to supersede the 'father of the nation' itself was untenable to many self-proclaimed centrists. But in some ways the evolution of Modi perhaps has its roots in the rise of Gandhi himself. This may appear to be a provocative proposition but nevertheless deserves consideration.

M K Gandhi is given credit for a lot of things but his most important contribution was to ensure status quo in the social sphere as power transferred hands between the British and the Indian elite in 1947. His magnanimous presence and carefully crafted and advertised larger-than-life image of a renunciant played a key role in bringing about an aura of unity among the inherently diverse conglomerate of castes and regions fancifully named India. His docile image of a half-naked elderly male with a walking stick in hand helped immensely in the idiomatic beating into submission of the vast majority of downtrodden people that had no stakes in the transfer of power.

As the post-1947 years and decades unfolded, it became clear that a change of guard at the helm did not change much in the lives of the lower strata, rather the stranglehold of the privileged classes became constitutionalized. A man acclaimed as a reformer vehemently opposed structural changes in the world around him. His ardent espousal of the old social order came alive when Dr Ambedkar exposed the dubiousness of Hindu religion in his 'Annihilation of Caste'. As Ambedkar suggested that 'Hindu society is a myth', Gandhi struck back in a condescendingly paternalistic tone writing '(Ambedkar) proposes to leave ...the very religion that is his and their common heritage.' 

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