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
A CALL FOR PROTEST on 29th October 2015 outside Toyota Shinrai, Cotton Green, Mumbai. On 29th September at 2:30 pm, a day after Dadri lynching in Uttar Pradesh, Yakub Shaikh, a worker at the Toyota Shinrai workshop cum showroom at Cotton Green, Mumbai, was brutally murdered at his workplace. The murder took place as a … More Protest the communally motivated murder of Yakub Shaikh in Mumbai!
Endorsed by academics, activists and educationists across India. Dear Father, In these troubling times, when the mightiest are being bought over, lured, seduced, or silenced, we salute you for your courage and moral clarity in asking your students to choose wisely. By drawing the attention of your students (who would have voted for the first time) to the seamy … More A letter to Father Frazer Mascarenhas SJ
This is a guest post by Hussain Indorewala and Shweta Wagh Since the past six months in Mumbai, there has been an unusual convergence between urban activists, community groups, rights groups, unions, Non-Governmental Organizations and academics, who have come together to provide a theoretical critique of the city’s neoliberal development model, to formulate a more … More People’s Participation in Planning Mumbai?: Hussain Indorewala and Shweta Wagh
We have reasons to be grateful that Bal K. Thackeray has died, a normal, natural death. Several of those whom he admired, didn’t. Adolf Hitler, the fellow ‘artist’ he often invoked, killed himself, his mistress and his dog. Indira Gandhi, and her son Sanjay, the mother and son firm of despots that Bal Thackeray endorsed, … More Ek Tha Tiger: Death and Bal K. Thackeray
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Guest post by PRANESH PRAKASH This morning, there was a short report in the Mumbai Mirror about two girls having been arrested for comments one of them made, and the other ‘liked’, on Facebook about Bal Thackeray: Police on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old girl for questioning the total shutdown in the city for Bal Thackeray’s … More Social Media Regulation vs. Suppression of Freedom of Speech: Pranesh Prakash