The Impossible Gandhian Project and its Limits – Remembering the Mahatma Today

Majboori ka naam Mahatma Gandhi (Roughly: Compulsion thy name is Mahatma Gandhi) I have grown up hearing this expression and have often wondered about its meaning and at the almost proverbial status acquired by it. Whose majboori or compulsion was Gandhi really? Well, at one level, everybody’s, for practically every current within the anti-colonial struggle was … More The Impossible Gandhian Project and its Limits – Remembering the Mahatma Today

Statement on Atrocities on Dalits : New Socialist Initiative

Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative New Socialist Initiative Condemns Hindutva Engineered and Inspired Atrocities on Dalits Hardly a day passes without headline news of some or another atrocity on Dalits. On 24 May, a Dalit man in the Ahmedabad district was beaten and his house attacked by a gang of socalled ‘upper’ caste men … More Statement on Atrocities on Dalits : New Socialist Initiative

Defend Constitutional Values, Save Hinduism from Hindtuva: For Civil Servants and Armed Forces Veterans

On 30 January 2018, retired civil servants and veterans of the armed forces jointly organised a conclave on ‘Hinduism and Hindutva’ at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. The conclave attended by over hundred participants, emphasized the need to rescue both Hinduism and the Indian Constitution from the clutches of the political project that calls … More Defend Constitutional Values, Save Hinduism from Hindtuva: For Civil Servants and Armed Forces Veterans

When the Vishwa Hindu Parishad went time travelling: Ilija Trojanow and Ranjit Hoskote

This is an excerpt from Confluences: Forgotten Histories of East and West by ILIJA TROJANOW and RANJIT HOSKOTE (Yoda Press, 2012). In defiance of the current tide of national and cultural neo-tribalism, the authors argue that the lifeblood of culture is confluence. No culture has ever been pure, no tradition self-enclosed, no identity monolithic. Employing … More When the Vishwa Hindu Parishad went time travelling: Ilija Trojanow and Ranjit Hoskote

On the Karnataka Police’s charges against KK Shahina: IFJ

This release was put out by the INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS on 15 January 2012 The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is extremely concerned to learn of the criminal charges filed against investigative reporter K.K. Shahina by police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Shahina, who currently works with the weekly magazine Open, faces … More On the Karnataka Police’s charges against KK Shahina: IFJ