Sewer Workers Deaths – The Meaning of Dalit for Bhartiya Janta Party

Guest post by PRAVEEN VERMA If Prime Minister Narendra Modi were to write about the recent deaths of sewer workers in India, the headline would be: Some people attained moksha (nirvana) while experiencing spirituality, In his casteist book Karmayog, he wrote that manual scavenging is a spiritual experience, hence if some people die during cleaning … More Sewer Workers Deaths – The Meaning of Dalit for Bhartiya Janta Party

International Mother Language Day: Ayesha Kidwai

Guest post by AYESHA KIDWAI Happy International Mother Language Day. This day, declared by UNESCO, is straight up South Asia’s alley as it celebrates linguistic diversity and multilingualism. In other words, it celebrates each Indian. Here’s what you can do from now on to celebrate it: 1. Resist Hindi imposition. An official language is not … More International Mother Language Day: Ayesha Kidwai

Statement about the attacks on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon & the Subsequent developments in Maharashtra : Umar Khalid

Guest Post by Umar Khalid I went to Maharashtra as I along with other activists and intellectuals were invited to come there. I along with others was a guest there. And I would remember fondly the love and support that I received in Pune and Mumbai. I would remember the resilience and enthusiasm of the … More Statement about the attacks on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon & the Subsequent developments in Maharashtra : Umar Khalid

Jignesh Mevani, The Meltdown of Modi-Men and Dadhichi’s Bones

[ This post is based on updates posted by me on my Facebook wall ] A great kerfuffle has ensued ever since the recently elected independent MLA from Vadgam, Gujarat and Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch activist Jignesh Mevani gave an interview in which he had some choice things to say about the Prime Minister and … More Jignesh Mevani, The Meltdown of Modi-Men and Dadhichi’s Bones

An open letter to Brinda Karat: why do female supporters of the Kerala CPIM spew such venom at Hadiya?

Dear Comrade I can hardly describe the joy and relief I felt reading your piece on the Hadiya case in the Hindu yesterday. By now I am nearly deaf from the cacophony of misogyny, islamophobia, and sheer short-sighted rage that CPM supporters on Facebook are unleashing against this young woman. Your voice of sanity, Comrade, … More An open letter to Brinda Karat: why do female supporters of the Kerala CPIM spew such venom at Hadiya?

Thoughts on the Continuing Assault on Women’s Rights and Progressivist Gaslighting in Kerala

After the atrocious indifference and trivialisation of domestic violence displayed by the sneering alpha-male brigade of the CPM during the discussion of the Hadiya Case, nothing surprises me. However, it appears important to point out how such callousness is indeed becoming normalised here alarmingly. It seems that the gains of women’s movement which made violence … More Thoughts on the Continuing Assault on Women’s Rights and Progressivist Gaslighting in Kerala