Review of ‘Truth in Fetters : Broken Promises and Shattered Unity’ “Change is in the air”! A retired academic who had his last assignment as Vice Chancellor of a leading university said to me the other day, while we were discussing the contemporary political scenario. Frankly admitting that he had supported Modi’s candidature then and … More Bharatiya Janata Party or Bharatiya Jumla Party !
( Photo courtesy : The hoot) (To be published in the special issue of ‘Janata’) The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always … More Nehru, Ambedkar and Challenge of Majoritarianism
This is an English translation by SOUMASHREE SARKAR of a column by Buddhadeb Dasgupta which appeared in the Sunday special supplement, Rabibashoriyo, of the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika on March 20, 2016 and can be found in the original Bengali here. It was probably the month of November. Winter had set in firmly in a … More “I used to feed fish to my widowed grandmother” by Buddhadeb Dasgupta: Soumashree Sarkar
Guest Post by Sanjay Kumar Violent thoughts and deeds are increasingly getting justified in the name of Indian nation. A mob of lawyers has attacked students, teachers and journalists, right in the middle of a court complex in the national capital. Leaders of these patriotic lawyers were later caught bragging on camera about how they … More Nation and its Violences: Sanjay Kumar
(First published in http://www.catchnews.com) Mujadpur, a village in Haryana’s Hisar district, which has been in the news recently for what the government lexicon calls ‘dalit atrocities’, involving murders and ‘suicides’. Recently, it was hit by another such incident, albeit of a less fatal nature: Members of the Jat community thrashed a dalit man called Ramdhari … More Happy Constitution Day. Yet, India is where some are forced to eat cow dung
Guest Post by Ravi Sinha There is yet another head on the political platter of the world’s largest democracy. This head is not metaphorical. It does not signify a disgraced leader or a government that has fallen. It is a literal head dripping with literal blood – battered with bricks that supported a leg-less bed. … More The Indian Unconscious : Ravi Sinha
Part 2 of a 3 part series by SIDDHARTH NARRAIN. First published on The Hoot While in their Draft Constitution, the Constitutional Framers included ‘sedition’ and the term ‘public order’ as a basis on which laws could be framed limiting the fundamental right to speech (Article 13), in the final draft of the Constitution though, both … More How Sedition crept into the constitution: Siddharth Narrain