Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

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By Fateh Veer Singh Guram|12th August|Delhi The Delhi Police on Wednesday detained seven students of the Delhi University who were protesting against the arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT. The protest march was taken out by a group of 30 students, with the protests beginning at the Patel Chest traffic light, and ending at the […]

Elgar Parishad Case: DU Professor Hany Babu Gets Judicial Custody till August 21

Death Threats: The deep ends of Bihar’s sanitation crisis

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Death threats, penalty, physical violence, abuse, safai karmacharis in India face it all. The power structure of social groups makes the sanitation crisis a caste-designated forced labour, which prevents them from leaving this work. The depth of this crisis cannot be understood without analysing the interaction of one social group with the other through the […]

A natural disaster or one in the making for several decades?

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Labour leader G Gomati, who has been fighting for the rights for the landless Dalits and tribals, who form a chunk of the workforce on the Kerala tea plantations, says the Pettumudi landslide should not be viewed in isolation but one that highlights the decades-long struggle of bondage for the plantation workers Written By Mrudula […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Elgar Parishad Case: DU Professor Hany Babu Gets Judicial Custody till August 21

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Via PTI & News18 India| 7th August Aspecial court here on Friday remanded Delhi University (DU) associate professor Hany Babu, arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad case, in judicial custody till August 21. Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, 54, associate professor at the Department of English of the university, was arrested by the National Investigation […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Little Traditions and the Giant Lockdown

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Arunachal Pradesh’s Adi community has revived the Pator tradition, which has parallels with the lockdown and social distancing practices introduced to battle coronavirus. But painting these two systems with the same brush would undermine the traditional aspects of Pator that are deeply meaningful for the community  Written by Christina Lego|7th August|Arunachal Pradesh The invincibility of mankind […]

Why eating animal food is a natural act of love and respect

Hany Babu Is Guilty — of Helping Students Develop an Interest in Language, Region and Culture

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When I was an MA student, the Delhi University professor taught me how linguistic purism operates and is intrinsically connected to the construction and maintenance of a national identity. Via The Wire/By Jyotirmoy Talukdar|29th July I was eight when my grandmother died. For the next 15 days, the extended family reunited and huddled together in […]

A sure way to produce Dalit drop-outs

CIVIL RIGHTS Vs STATE: NIA ARRESTS DU PROF.HANY BABU

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Via India Today|30th July A special court here on Wednesday remanded associate professor Hany Babu of Delhi University (DU), who was arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case, in NIA custody till August 4. Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, 54, associate professor in the Department of English, was arrested by the National Investigation […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

A Press Release by Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangatan (GASS, Odisha) and Human Rights Forum (HRF, AP&Telangana) deplore arrest of Prof. Hany Babu

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By Deba Ranjan (General Secretary, GASS, Odisha)/VS Krishna (HRF AP&TS Coordination Committee member)|30th July| Visakhapatnam          The Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangatan (GASS, Odisha) and Human Rights Forum (HRF, AP&Telangan) strongly deplore the arrest in Mumbai of Prof. Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Prof. Babu, who teaches at the Department of […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Unequal rights: Freedom, equality, life, and Liberty of citizens and “others”

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This piece is an attempt to decipher the sudden public outrage caused by events like the derecognition of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle as opposed to caste atrocities or discrimination. The claim made is that the public outrage is generated only when a certain kind of rights get violated. At one level, we could think […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

The convergence of unequals: Struggle for rights in the university space

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Among the various struggles that the universities and higher edu- cation scene in India witnessed in the past few years was a move- ment called ‘Occupy UGC’ echoing the ‘occupy movements’ initiated with the ‘Occupy Wall Street programme’ – fundamentally, a protest against social and economic inequalities. ‘Occupy UGC’ was a move- ment launched against […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Genericity, Quantification, and Modality: The Many Faces of -Um and -Unnu in Malayalam

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The imperfective aspect marker –unnu licenses a situation argument, which is the characteristic property of an episodic predicate. The generic reading of the –unnu construction is derived when the situation argument is bound by an extensional quantifying operator. The imperfective reading is derived when the situation argument is bound by an existential operator signalled by […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

The Curious Case of OBC Reservations

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A close look at how university administrations are misinterpreting the laws and rules regarding obc reservation in central educational institutes to deny admission to eligible candidates. Such “surplus” seats are then quickly converted to general category seats. From the available evidence, it appears that there is an element of deliberate mischief in the series of […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Converging Struggles and Diverging Interests: A look at the recent unrest in universities

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If the adoption of the Mandal Commission Report by the VP Singh Government (often referred to as Mandal I) brought the spectre of caste into upper-caste discourses, as upper- caste locations suddenly became locations of disentitlement in terms of public employment, the 93rd Constitutional Amendment that allowed the government to make special provisions for the […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Law of Sedition or Sedition towards the Constitution

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The law of sedition – the notorious section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) – has been the center of attraction these days, with opinions ranging from that of the abolitionists reiterating their stand for its repeal; and the non-abolitions’ camp being divided into a liberal judicial interpretation that reads down the provisions of […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Elgar Parishad case: Delhi academics say Hany Babu targeted for his reservation quota work in DU

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Via The Free Press Journal, by Bhavna Uchil|Picture Credits: Siddhesh Gautam|1st August Delhi academics say that Hany Babu, recently arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for Maoist links in the Elgar Parishad – Bhima Koregaon case has been targeted for his work to get reservations implemented in Delhi University. Delhi University would earlier not […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

IN SOLIDARITY WITH PROF.HANY BABU SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC TEACHERS’ FRONT

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By Dr.S.K.Sagar, Chairman, Social Democratic Teachers’ Front|6th August Social Democratic Teachers’ Front (SDTF) condemns in strongest terms the illegal arrest of Dr.Hany Babu, an Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Delhi.Dr. Hany Babu is a reputed scholar in the field of language and literature and has been associated with democratic struggles both […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Citizenship and Rights: A look at the ongoing struggles for Equality and Freedom

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I would like to address the issue of citizenship and rights in the light of the struggles and debates that have been going on in our midst. Citizenship in a modern democratic state is based on the principle of equality, which is to exist, albeit notionally, not just horizontally between the subjects of the state, […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Breaking the Chaturvarna System of Languages: The Need to Overhaul the Language Policy

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The Indian language policy is informed by a pull towards unilingual identity, inspired by the European model of nation state that is predicated on the homogeneity of its people. Language hegemony works at two tiers in India—at the state and the centre. The Constitution fails to pay more than lip service to the linguistic plurality […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

“Two glass system” in a Central University: The unseen ways of caste discrimination

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Via Round Table India|Written by Hany Babu M.T|July 17, 2012 The University of Delhi, which is the biggest central university of our country, ranked above all the other central universities, and situated in the urban space of the national capital, would, as per typical (read upper-caste, middle-class, urban) responses, not be the kind of place […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Balancing Interests: Two reasons to oppose the current modalities of reservation adopted by Delhi University

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The supporters of reservation in Delhi University, thus, find themselves in a quandary as they have a double burden on their shoulders. They need to justify their action of moving the Court to a general public, who by and large have been indifferent (if not antipathetic) to reservation. Via Round Table India|Written by Hany Babu […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Bihar’s central university defies UGC order, carries on with recruitment

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On 19 July 2018, UGC had issued a notice to all universities receiving government aid to defer recruitments till further notice. However, Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Bihar has recently completed recruitments to positions it had advertised in March. Shashi Bhushan reports Via Forward Press|Written by Shashi Bhushan|November 4, 2018 Dr Rajendra Prasad Central […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Delhi University admissions: No one to listen to OBC applicants’ woes!

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The university has been blatantly unjust to OBC students seeking admission. It is asking these students to submit up-to-date documents at short notice. Several student organizations, including the Delhi University Students’ Union, have opposed this move. Via Forward Press|Written by Nawal Kishore Kumar|May 21, 2018 The admissions process for undergraduate colleges in Delhi University has begun. […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Reservations in higher education: One step forward, three steps backwards

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The UGC order of “keeping the department/subject as a unit for all levels of teachers” while advertising for teaching positions in central universities, the use of high cut-off marks in university entrance exams, and the move to grant autonomy to select institutions are all retrograde measures, writes Hany Babu M.T. Via Forward Press|Written by Hany […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

“Loot” of OBC Seats at DU

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Information obtained through RTI applications reveals that more than 55% of the seats reserved for OBCs have not been filled by OBCs in 31 constituent colleges of Delhi University Via Forward Press|Written FP Desk|August 26, 2016 The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act, 2006 provides for 27% of reservation for students belonging to the […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Bhima Koregaon: Arundhati Roy criticises Centre for arresting DU professor Hany Babu

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Via Scroll.in|29th July,2020| The writer said that the Centre’s action was fuelled due to the ‘alternative narrative to Hindu fascism’ that these people represent. Author Arundhati Roy on Wednesday criticised the government’s “relentless and ongoing incarceration of activists, academics and lawyers” in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad cases. Roy’s remarks came a day after the National […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Human rights defender Hany Babu arrested

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Via Frontline Defenders|5th August|New Delhi On 28 July 2020, human rights defender Hany Babu was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Mumbai. He is now the twelfth accused arrested for his alleged involvement in the violence that broke-out at Bhima Koregan on 1 January 2018. On the day following his arrest, Hany Babu […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Varavara Rao’s release: Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham (Pu.Ka.Sa.) tomorrow in Kerela

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Via Maadhyamam/Pic Credit: Siddhesh Gautam| 5th August|Kerela, Thrissur1000 cultural activists would fast under the banner of the Thrissur District Committee of the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham (Pu.Ka.Sa. – Progressive Association of Art and Literature) on Thursday demanding that the life of revolutionary poet Varavara Rao be saved, and that he be released from jail immediately. […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

University of Hyderabad Teachers Association issues statement in support of Hany Babu

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UHTA’s note for release of Prof. Hany Babu|5th August In line with FEDCUTA’s campaign to secure the release of Prof. Hany Babu, UHTA condemns the arbitrary arrest of Prof. Hany Babu at Mumbai by National Investigation Agency in connection with the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case. Prof. Hany Babu has been a very popular teacher and […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Hany Babu’s custody extended by NIA court

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Via The Hindu| 4th august| A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday extended the NIA custody for Professor Hany Babu till August 7 as an accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Prakash Shetty representing the NIA said, “During the investigation of the case, it is revealed that Mr. Babu […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

DU Professor Hany Babu’s arrest: Media takes a blinkered view to the issue

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Replication of article in Countercurrents.org|Written by Dr. Abhay Kumar|2nd Aug, 2020 The media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has taken a blinkered view to the arrest of Delhi University Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil by National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Tuesday, July 28. The 54-year old English Professor is the 12th person to have been arrested […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Statement by students in solidarity with Prof Hany Babu

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Replication of article by Countercurrents.org|1st Aug: We, the undersigned former and current students of Prof Hany Babu M.T., condemn his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday and stand in firm solidarity with him. Prof. Babu is a noted academic, a well known anti-caste activist, and a member of the committee formed for the […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

The Wire reports, ‘More Than 2,000 Activists and Scholars Extend Support to Hany Babu’

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Replication of The Wire’s article|1st Aug The Delhi University professor has been arrested by the NIA in the Bhima Koregaon case. New Delhi: More than 2,000 scholars and activists have extended support to Delhi University professor Hany Babu, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Bhima Koregaon case on July 28. The signatories described […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

India: Freedom for anti-caste activist Dr Hany Babu

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International Labour Network of Solidarity & Struggle|August 3, 2020 The member organizations of the International Labor Network of Solidarity and Struggle support the call of Indian academics and anti-caste activists for the release of Dr. Hany Babu. On 28 July 2020, after 5 days of interrogation, the Indian security agency NIA arrested Dr. Hany Babu, […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Elgar Parishad case: This is the time to resist not fear, says Hany Babu’s wife Jenny Rowena

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The NIA had arrested Hany Babu for allegedly propagating ‘Naxal activities and Maoist ideology’ and being a ‘co-conspirator’ in the Elgar Parishad case. Written by Alisha Rahaman Sarkar| July 03, 2020 A day after a 10-member National Investigative Agency (NIA) team conducted raids at Delhi University professor Hany Babu’s residence, his wife Dr Jenny Rowena said that […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Jignesh Mevani tweets in solidarity to free Prof. Hany Babu

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Replication of his tweet: Hany Babu is a prisoner of conscience in Modi’s new India! Please sign this statement in support of his release: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckxGxqrnsbYPtBSujnf6YQmaoifgaZKe_5XqnCg-6TvLVa4Q/viewform… #ReleaseHanyBabu #FreeHanyBabuTwitter link here: https://twitter.com/jigneshmevani80/status/1290201301909790720

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Condemn the arbitrary arrest of Prof. Hany Babu! Stop the witch-hunt of human rights defenders by the NIA! Immediately release all political prisoners!

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July 28th 2020 The Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) condemns the arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT at Mumbai by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case. Despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in both Delhi and Mumbai, Prof. Babu of the Department of English in Delhi University was […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Statement of Solidarity & Plea to Free Prof. Hany Babu

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The statement has been brought out by anti-caste scholars and activists, it reads as following: On 28 July 2020, The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Dr. Hany Babu, Associate Professor at the Department of English in the University of Delhi, in connection with the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon Case. On 24 July, Prof. Babu (54) was […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

NIA conducts raid at Professor Jenny Rowena’s house for evidence related to Hany Babu MT’s investigation

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Written by Fateh Veer Singh Guram|2nd August| New Delhi The National Investigation Agency and the Delhi Police in the early hours of Sunday morning conducted a raid at Professor Jenny Rowena’s house, a teacher of English at Delhi University’s Miranda House. Agents of the NIA told Prof. Rowena they were searching for evidence related to […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

The Perils of Privatization and Expropriation of Public Property under the Guise of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

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Written By Mohammed Kamran|New Delhi|30th July On July 18, India recorded its highest foreign exchange reserve rates, due to the benevolent and also quite malevolent courtesy of US-India Business council, to which Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, quite like an opportunist, sang his clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat, opening up foreign investments to dizzying […]

Why eating animal food is a natural act of love and respect

The life of tribal women during lockdown

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She is 20 years old and has been married for the last 7 years. She is a mother to a two year old baby as well. During her stay at her in laws’ place, she was often stigmatised as a witch by them. Citing the same reason, her husband, a labourer drove her out of his house during the lockdown, compelling her to return to her father’s home. Her […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

The burgeoning presence of Hindutva identity amongst the tribal and dalit communities of North Bengal

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One of the most astounding examples of RSS helping create an ideological shift through its educational policies in a region, is its work done in Bengal’s famous Naxal cradle , the Naxalbari. Schools like Sarada Vidyamandir, in Naxalbari are examples of RSS’s ideological expansion in places historically known for radical leftist movements . Written by Arko Dev Sinha| Bagdogra|July 20, 2020 RSS, arguably the most powerful […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Bengal’s Mukbang Culture: Caste and Table Manners

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Written by Anwesha Sarkar|Kolkata|July 16, 2020 How often we watch cooking shows, food travel shows, food videos and follow culinary culture related hashtags? Or put up photos of our meals, food we cook ourselves, images of eating alone or dining together? Reactions to images related to food may or may not be incumbent on our […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

“Corporates see victims, not the perpetrators, as nuisance”

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Last month, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued the prominent American tech multinational, Cisco Systems, for caste discrimination against an employee of Dalit Indian origin. In the light of what is being viewed as a landmark move, we interviewed Sujatha Gidla, the author of the acclaimed non-fiction book, Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable […]

‘My bars are like Dasrath Manjhi; they break caste mountains’

Locating the Social: Revisiting Caste and Conversion in Meenakshipuram

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The existing literature in India on Dalit conversion is mainly located around the discourses of social mobility in which the notion of social mobility is kept as the reference point of most of the conversion studies. This study is based on our field work in a small village of Tamilnadu- Meenakshipuram, where a large number of villagers converted into Islam in February 1981. This paper tries to view conversion as a method of complete separation from the ‘Social’ in Hindu social order through considering oneself as a ‘liberated body’. Here, we intend to locate the communitarian existence of converted bodies and its socio-political dynamics through the direct narrations of the converted people. Theology itself is understood through the narrations of the converted people and their interpretations of the sacred texts.

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

It’s not all that bad: Review of “A Burning”

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Written by Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil|Manipal|July 3, 2020 When people do evil in Megha Majumdar’s A Burning (Penguin, 2020), it is not a banal act. It is rather a decision weighed against the cons; it costs the characters their sleeps and invades their reveries, it opens them the emotional well to drain in their times of need, whether fordeliberation, display, […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Caste in Christianity

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In the first conversion which happened in Kerala, a sizable proportion of the mass belonged to the Brahmin caste. Along with the Brahmins, the mass also included people from communities that were deemed to be the lower communities such as the Pulaya community. Despite the conversion to Christianity, caste-based identity politics continued to govern religious discourse. Upper Caste Christians had difficulty in accepting that their newly converted Christians counterparts were equal to them.

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Debri under Babri: Alternative claims to Ethical Indigeneity

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the petition by Maurya is not a territorial claim to the disputed property. It is a needed intervention that introduces nuance to the construct of a ‘civilisational conflict’ between Hindus (imagined as the inheritors of Bharat, with Ram as divine and sovereign king) and Muslims (the outsiders) Noel Mariam George| Hyderabad | 02 July 2020 […]

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Debri under Babri: Alternative claims to Ethical Indigeneity

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Maurya follows a method of unconcealment of historical truth similar to the one developed by the Tamil Buddhist thinker Iyothee Thass. Thass was one of the earliest scholars who introduced a hermeneutic of suspicion, of meta-historical, Hindu civilisational reading of the subcontinent constructed by Orientalists. He insisted that a closer examination of many traditions (not all) codified as Hindu would reveal a Buddhist past.

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Raiding the dissent: Thunderbolt atrocities in Aralam farm

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“They asked us where did we hide the Maoists. They took out the excess rice and curry, cooked for the morning, from the kitchen, and threw it outside. I swear upon my one-and-half-year-old granddaughter that nobody visited the place. But they didn’t believe,” Leela said. Written by Ashfaque EJ|Kerala|June 28,2020 Midnight raid Around midnight on […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Public health is more than fancy corporate hospitals

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Dr. Sylvia Karpagam Public health is an art and a science -a fine thread that links social determinants of health with long term health outcomes, prevents disease before it occurs, anticipates epidemics and protects not just the rich and famous, but the poorest and most vulnerable. It draws threads between individuals, communities, states and countries. It anticipates, plans and budgets. Importantly, it doesn’t discriminate and, most […]

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Contemporary Practices of Pollution and Space Part 3-3

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It is not accidental that the outcastes habitat is always located next to the garbage dumping area or the sewer, especially if the outcastes in question are associated with sanitary labour. The municipalities recruit members of the outcastes from specific neighbourhoodsto remove the filth and dirt from the urban space. These outcastes enter the urban space only as a cleaner of the streets, colleges, schools etc.

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“Hindu” bloodbath for once; scores of journos sacked at week’s notice

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According to sources, the entire Mumbai team of The Hindu has been laid off at less than a week’s notice. Eminent journalists including Aditya Anand, Ashish Rukhaiyar, Piyush Pandey, Tanvi Deshpande, Gautam Mengle, Ajit Mahale and Prashant Nakwe have been asked to resign by 25th June. According to speculation, with the entire desk of the […]

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10th standard student succumbs to digital divide in Bengal

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A 10th standard student, Shibani Kumari committed suicide at Bali in West Bengal Thursday evening. She had not been able to attend online classes and was afraid of failing her exams. According to news reports, her parents had not been able to return from Bihar because of the lockdown and in the meantime Shibani’s mobile […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Urgent Medical Attention to 81-year-old Poet Varavara Rao

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15 MPs have written to the Maharashtra Chief Minister demanding urgent medical attention for 81-year-old revolutionary writer and poet Varavara Rao, currently a UAPA Under trial at the Taloja Jail. 19 JUNE 2020 TO HON’BLE UDDHAV THACKERAY JI CHIEF MINISTER OF MAHARASHTRA Respected Sir,  SUBJECT: Urgent Medical Attention to 81-year-old Poet Varavara Rao  We, the […]

India: Freedom for anti-caste activist Dr Hany Babu

Space and Caste: What has changed and what has not? Part 2: Self -Respect

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Because this is what I call a “Caste Class” society, for the very reason that one's caste status decides whether one can become an upper class/untouchable class or not. The right of the upper class/caste Hindus is to get unfree labour for their production and to keep their body and space away from ritual purity, while the untouchable class should provide only unfree labour and their only duty is to live for the Caste Hindu class and keep them away anything that would make them ritually impure.

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The thought of a Dalit has no value, so self-respect precedes #dalitlivesmatter Part 1-3

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This is a story of how the idea that I built brick by brick to this day has been standing alone all this while. It started somewhere in A10, Basheer Hostel of EFLU, but it had come out in an intervention in Bilaspur House toilet while shiting on the beautiful western commode revamping my memories of anti-caste movement and scavenging and found that I have reached a dead end. This was the first thing that changed my research and life completely. We have a situation in India that scavenging continues and we continue to write about the negligence of the state and civil society.

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Delhi Police says ‘police brutality’ never happened in Jamia. How did I lose my eyesight then? the injured student responds

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“It is highly unacceptable that no coercive action was used against the innocent students studying in the university as they beat the students without any interrogation as evident in the CCTV footage and I personally witnessed it in which I lost my left eye permanently. I want justice” Minhajuddin added.

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Have Naxals infiltrated the BJP in Dantewada?

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Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI that police have arrested Vice President of BJP’s Dantewada district unit, Jagat Puri and Ramesh Usendi (32) for attempting to supply a tractor to Naxals. According to news reports, police had received information that senior Naxal cadres had made a money transaction to Ajay Alam’s, the militia […]

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Yogi invokes NSA against Muslim accused of Azamgarh violence

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister invoked the National Security Act against 16 Muslim youth who are accused of attacking Dalits residents of Sikandarpur Aika village in Azamgarh district. The accused would gather at the village tube well and pass lewd comment on the young Dalit women passing by. This set off an altercation with members of […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Media Policy-2020 further locks down media freedom in Jammu and Kashmir

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A new media policy has been formulated for Jammu and Kashmir, which places dangerous curbs on media freedoms in the Union Territory. The UT government reserves unfettered powers for itself to define “fake”, “unethical” and “anti-national” news. The Depart of Public Relations will henceforth have the powers to surveil and flag news content as fake […]

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MODI AND A BEER: THE MICRO POLITICS OF DOMINATIONS Critical analysis of the Tamil short film

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Power conflicts reach its peak and manifests fully, as the dialogue revolves around marriage. Sruthi says, “I never imagined that ‘my family’ would say yes to an intercaste marriage”. This statement spites Arun, who feels she had insulted both his family and community. He understands it as an expression of ‘caste pride’ alive inside her.

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

To Haati Chai & to Everyone Else: Pass the Goddamn Mic!

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Kamna Singh PASS THE GODDAMN MIC!   I ended my last post with this statement and I am here to reassert this. The narratives of people from marginalized communities are consistently erased.   People from Dalit castes have been deliberately silenced for generations and now when they are speaking about their experiences, silencing our narratives and locking […]

Little Traditions and the Giant Lockdown

Four upper castes murder 17-year old Dalit boy in UP for temple entry

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Four upper caste villagers have allegedly murdered 17 year old Dalit boy, Vikas Jatav at Domkhera village in Uttar Pradesh‘s Amroha district on the night of June 6. Vikas’ family have filed an FIR that Horam Chauhan and three others attacked Vikas Jatav following an altercation that took place at the local temple where the […]

Protest against arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT: Delhi Police detains seven

Oil India Limited well blow out causes massive ecological destruction and displacement in Assam

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The National Alliance of Peoples Movement has reported hundreds of people fleeing from their villages around the Baghjan area, rendered homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic. A massive fire broke out at the Oil India Limited oil well at Baghjan in Tinsukhia district of Assam on June 8, where natural gas had been leaking out since […]

Tech Giant Cisco sued over Caste discrimination