The Fish Milk of Kindness

 

Umar Nizar

umarIn the mess bill that is religiously brought out every month by JNU's Jhelum hostel, there is an outstanding amount of Rs.5200 against the name of J.Muthukrishanan. This is the sum that he owes the 'nation.' It is a bad education loan, given in kind, and extracted pitilessly. The research scholar's relationship to the university is one of debt.

Every day at noon this mess hall is the site of a display of abundance. Lines of vessels bearing mounds of rice and dal decorate the dining tables like some dietary solar system. This is shock and awe, of the pettiest kind. Food is regimented. Food is something to be hoarded in 'bhandars.' Famine lurks around the corner. There is thunder in the distance. Everything, from food to its end-product must be harnessed in the service of a rigid social hierarchy. Arguments about food have to be subtle, and nuanced. Blunt force might cause trauma. Of course, rules are meant to be broken. But there are strict rules regarding that too, on who can eat and by how much.

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Unite to stop self-punishment

 

Hemangi Kadlak

It is said that those who come from poor socio-economic backgrounds have a stronger fighting spirit because of the need for survival. Then why are some students from these sections committing suicide when they enter the big universities of India? Do their expectations of themselves or the university or society go much higher when they come into the university? Or they create an illusion within themselves that after getting into the universities, the social system, the mindset of the people has probably changed?

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 How would their entry into the education system just change the social system? For that, we need to constantly work on it. It is a mismatch between their expectations and the social reality. Why they fail to understand the more you grow, the stronger, more invisible, and deeper is the caste system. And we have to fight with unity, patience, persistence to act against the social system. Why are we so overwhelmed by the system? We have to act against the system, the mindset. The way Buddha to Jyotiba-Savitrimai Phule and Babasaheb worked against the system. Many more social revolutionaries worked against the system. I would request our young generation to check this self-punishing attitude and act against the system.

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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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