STATEMENT BY KAFILA COLLECTIVE Reports in the media indicate that Lawrence Liang, a member of the Kafila collective, has been found guilty of sexual harassment by an internal committee set up by Ambedkar University, Delhi, through due process. He will no longer be writing on Kafila.
When a system is forced to run at four to six times its capacity for years on end, it doesn’t break – it was always broken. Elphinstone Road is the story of almost all urban infrastructure in our cities. It’s a template. It’s a warning. It’s our history, our everyday, and our future. It’s horrifying. … More To Elphinstone Road
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES, RAJASTHAN PUCL demands an end to the Harassment of Dr. Nivedita Menon(JNU), Dr Rajshree Ranawat and Dr Vinu George (of JNVU, Jodhpur) and the Criminalizing and throttling of Academic Freedom in Rajasthan The PUCL is shocked at the harassment of Dr Rajshree Ranawat and Dr Vinu George of the English … More Stop criminalizing academic freedom in Rajasthan: People’s Union for Civil Liberties
To be truly radical, said Raymond Williams, is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing. Today, his words are both a diagnosis of all that ails the contemporary Indian city as well as the clearest articulation of what we must strive to be in the years to come. Amidst the smart, the inclusive, the … More City as a Site of Trade-Offs
I want to make one thing clear. There is a difference in between “short-term inconvenience” or pain or difficulty, however you want to call it, and a welfare shock. Take a very simple empiric: 80% of families in India that are above the poverty line in one year but fall below it in another, do … More Welfare Shocks are not “Inconveniences”
“Universal” is a tricky word. It has an enormous appeal, an unquestioned romance of taking every one along. Universal human rights, universal access to basic services, housing for all. It is the barometer of inclusion done right. The dark side of the romance is that it’s one of the hardest things to actually achieve. … More Reaching for the Universe
In an online documentary archive called Delhi Digest, Saleem Shakeel, founder of an e-waste recycling company in the city, speaks to the camera about e-waste. The setting is familiar. Mr Shakeel sits on the single chair in what looks like a small, partially built room of exposed red brick. There are piles of objects which, … More Outsmarting the Informal City