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The demand for Gorkhaland

Cherrila Bhutia Wangchuk | Research Scholar, Sikkim Central university The events occurring in the hills barely see a nationwide coverage in the mainstream media, be it print or television. The national news channels have done their least bit to educate or inform the public at large about the current ongoing crisis that has hit theContinue Reading “The demand for Gorkhaland”

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Fighting the Stigma among Young girls on menstruation in Rural Rajasthan

Almost started in 2014, working closely with young girls of Udaipur district in northern Indian state of Rajasthan. As part of Women and Child Development Program of Seva Mandir, Non for Profit Organization in Udaipur started working to address myths about menstruation and the hygiene related issues of young girls. This young girls whom workedContinue Reading “Fighting the Stigma among Young girls on menstruation in Rural Rajasthan”

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Love, Academia and Prisons: Reality at the Gates

Jan 2017 Print Issue जिंदगी ख्वाब है, ख्वाब में, झूट है क्या, और भला सच है क्या सब सच है .. दिल ने हमसे जो कहा, हमने वैसा ही किया फिर कभी फुर्सत से सोचेंगे बुरा था या भला .. Life is dream, In dream, What is Lie? And even what is truth? Everything isContinue Reading “Love, Academia and Prisons: Reality at the Gates”

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The rotten heart of Judiciary : No One Killed Dalits

Our memories of the Gujrat genocide in 2002 is still fresh. We cannot forget the bodies of small children which is lined up and arranged next to each other and I think there is a long history of the killing of children. If you look at the massacre in Kilvenmani that happened on christmas day 1968, 23 small children were killed. All of them were burnt to death.

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East European Pickers on the road

It was supposed to be the end of summer but it turned out to be the hottest autumn to be remembered. The last days of August I join my friends in Geneva to go to France, a bunch of other Eastern-Europeans, Polish, Checks, Hungarians, all of them seasonal farm-workers and restless vagabonds. Some of them had just managed to save-up their picking wages to buy mature and experienced second-hand camping vans: The Hotel Transporter and the Transit Paradise. With more folks on board they run the merrier. But they don’t run fast. No highways, no haste, only small distances on little roads and many halts. The Swiss turn back and stare: they never see such rickety things driving through their towns.

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Dnyaneshwar Bandgar, a social worker: field experience with katkari tribe

Dnyaneshwar Bandgar Social worker, TISS, Mumbai About Nav Chetna Field Action Project: This is the story of 2009 when I (author) was working with Nav Chetna field action project as senior social worker. Nav Chetna is field action project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai. The faculty of the School of Social Work, TataContinue Reading “Dnyaneshwar Bandgar, a social worker: field experience with katkari tribe”

Circus India Law & Justice Video Videos

Murali Karnam: layers of power in law and society

Murali Karnam, Layers of Power in law & society 1: What is Mass? Are people and citizen same? Murali Karnam, layers of power in Law & Society 2: beyond Law there are rules.. Murali Karnam, layers of power in Law & Society 3: recognising privilege to reinforce or to overcome Murali Karnam, layers of powerContinue Reading “Murali Karnam: layers of power in law and society”

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The plight of anganwadi workers in Odisha

Since the independence of India poverty, high mortality rates, overpopulation, malnourishment etc have been some of the major factors towards India’s underdevelopment. And mainly the rural population of India which constitutes about majority of the population are the worst sufferers. So to have an overall check from the grass root level and to provide basicContinue Reading “The plight of anganwadi workers in Odisha”

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The reality of Harishchandra Yojana: A Political Gimmick?

“The government schemes are solely meant for the destitute and the needy people; from birth to death.” This is the first and foremost catchphrase of the Odisha government. But this motto has only been in words and in reality the scenario is quite different. One of the burning example of this is the ‘Harishchandra SahayataContinue Reading “The reality of Harishchandra Yojana: A Political Gimmick?”

India Law & Justice Press Release

Mera Baap Chor nahi hai | My father is not a thief

“A friend and I had gone shopping and were returning with many bags. Police stopped us and accused us of having stolen the things we had bought. We told them that we were students and that I was studying to become a doctor. They refused to listen to us only because we are from theContinue Reading “Mera Baap Chor nahi hai | My father is not a thief”

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Daily wage labourer to University: Monika from Ghanaur, Punjabi university, Patiala

Dr. Teginder Head of the Department of Political Science, Ghanaur College, Punjabi University, Patiala Caste conflict is peculiar to the Indian society since ages. Even after social, cultural, scientific and technological advancements, it remains to be as dominant as in the times before. Rohith Vemula, a dalit student, whose journey from poverty and hardships toContinue Reading “Daily wage labourer to University: Monika from Ghanaur, Punjabi university, Patiala”

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Delhi government plan to remove vilayati kikar trees: Threat to ecological imbalance

Nabeela Paniyath Delhi government’s order to remove Vilayati Kikar trees, a Mexican native tree species found predominantly in Delhi Ridge Area, has drawn mixed reactions from environmentalists who think that the move can cause ecological imbalance..  According to the data from the Delhi government, the species is said to inhibit the growth of other indigenous plants.Continue Reading “Delhi government plan to remove vilayati kikar trees: Threat to ecological imbalance”

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The Widow’s Home in Chharanagar

Mayank and Arpita Introduction Chhara tribe was notified under the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871 as “born criminals”. In 1952, the tribe was denotified, but they still carry the stigma of criminality. Chhara tribe is also known as Kanjarbhat (Maharashtra) and Kanjar (Rajasthan). In Gujarat, the members of tribe reside in an area known as ChharanagarContinue Reading “The Widow’s Home in Chharanagar”

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Ambedkar Bhagat Singh National Media Fellowship for university students

Journalism in India has freedom movement embedded in it. It was the tool used by many revolutionaries to express their dissent during the freedom struggle. We often forget the role of Bhagat Singh and Dr. B.R Ambedkar in their important intervention in print media, when they started writing not only for few but masses. ToContinue Reading “Ambedkar Bhagat Singh National Media Fellowship for university students”

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Nepal: The festival of sacrifices

Cherrila Bhutia Research Scholar at Sikkim Central University Located amidst the lap of the Himalayas, Nepal is filled with vibrant culture and tradition which has stayed rooted within the place and its people since time immemorial. So enigmatic is the place that it attracts tourists from all across the globe to witness its mystic charm.Continue Reading “Nepal: The festival of sacrifices”

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Tamilnadu farmers: Ematraath Emaatrath madyaarase Ematarathe( Central government please don’t cheat us)

Nabeela Paniyath Ematraath Emaatrath madyaarase Ematarathe( Central government please don’t cheat us), slogans comes along with the intense grief inside the mind. Here the heart melting protest of Tamil Farmers in janatar mantar are yet to hear the government. The false promise of Modi government has constantly questioned by the common people, where the government’sContinue Reading “Tamilnadu farmers: Ematraath Emaatrath madyaarase Ematarathe( Central government please don’t cheat us)”

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Northeast India simmers over Bangladeshi Hindus’ citizenship in India

Meghdoot TISS Alumnus Alarm bells are ringing all over northeast India over Bharatiya Janata Party-led Indian government’s decision to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus fleeing religious persecution from the Bengali nation. The Narendra Modi-led government’s proposal to amend the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 1955 by legalising Bangladeshi Hindu refugees as Indian citizens is not going downContinue Reading “Northeast India simmers over Bangladeshi Hindus’ citizenship in India”

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Gopal Guru: Getting bored is the negative condition to think

Jan 14 2017, TISS, Mumbai: In the annual event of School of Media and Culture Studies, Frames of Reference, Gopla Guru as a keynote speaker talked on Compression of Time and Space in the condition of Globalization. The theme of this year of the event was Neoliberalising Cultures: Media. Markets. Meanings. What is liberal andContinue Reading “Gopal Guru: Getting bored is the negative condition to think”

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Rae Bareli: Farmer’s Debt and Hope

The number of marginal farmers is very high in the Baiswara region. Baiswara consists of districts like Rae Bareli, Unnao and Fatehpur. Marginal farmers are those who have lesser land than 2.5 acres or 1 hectare. The pattern of farming varies from families to families. Some of them live in villages to work as full-time farmers. OthersContinue Reading “Rae Bareli: Farmer’s Debt and Hope”

Media Analysis

What’s The Fuss About Sukant Khurana’s Art?

Recently at an art exhibition in New Delhi, I met Dr. Sukant Khurana. Sukant is a scientist, artist, writer, and entrepreneur.He was born in Delhi and has spent most of his professional career in United States. His science focusses on ameliorating human suffering and coming up with innovative data science solutions, while his art focusses on exploring theContinue Reading “What’s The Fuss About Sukant Khurana’s Art?”

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Industrialisation over Indigenisation: Better or Bitter?

At a time, when the world is undergoing a rapid and unprecedented sphere of change for the attainment of pre-fixed developmental goals by the new ways and means like industrialisation and urbanisation. Each and every society irrespective of their nomenclature and societal structure, are running after to find the right spirit and momentum to bringContinue Reading “Industrialisation over Indigenisation: Better or Bitter?”

Media Analysis Movie Reviews

The War Show: From Revolution to War in Seven Steps

Shot from 2011 to 2013, “The War Show” is a Syrian documentary weaved out of bits from a video diary: the personal narrative of a fierce radio jockey, Obaidah Zytoon and her friends comes to represent the inconceivable pain of Syria. The documentary begins with the hopeful days of the Arab Spring and ends asContinue Reading “The War Show: From Revolution to War in Seven Steps”

India University

Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) ranking in NIRF

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has declared the university ranking for the year 2017, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore comes first and Jawaharlal Nehru University comes second on the list of its ranking. From Gujarat model, only two universities are able to make their room under the ranking of 100, namely Anand Agricultural University andContinue Reading “Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) ranking in NIRF”

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Dana Majhi Row: The Disruptive Image of Governance in Odisha.

Aniruddha Jena Mphil Student at Koraput Central University, AB Fellow Odisha as a state is always in limelight for some reason or the other. As a state it is one of the most preferred region for establishing new business ventures and industries. And the state government is putting much effort in bringing more and moreContinue Reading “Dana Majhi Row: The Disruptive Image of Governance in Odisha.”

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Farmer Suicide: A New Epidemic in Western Odisha

Padmaja Priyadarshinee Mphil. Student at Koraput Central university, AB Fellow Odisha is mainly known as an agricultural state. Majority of the population in Odisha are engaged in farming as their prime occupation. The earnings of rural parts of Odisha mainly come from their agricultural land. As per the reports of economic survey of Odisha 2016-17,Continue Reading “Farmer Suicide: A New Epidemic in Western Odisha”

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Misbehaviour of Social welfare department of Delhi towards Janta Aadharsh Andh Vidyalaya’s Students (Person with Disabilities)

Prashant Kumar M.A final year, Delhi School of Social work Four visually challenged students resident of Janta Aadharsh Andh Vidyalaya, Shadik Nagar, New Delhi, had applied for disability pension six months ago. In order to inquire about status (reason for non-sanction of pension) they met senior authorities (Finance Assistance Department) of Department of Social Welfare.Continue Reading “Misbehaviour of Social welfare department of Delhi towards Janta Aadharsh Andh Vidyalaya’s Students (Person with Disabilities)”

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Odisha Panchayat Polls, 2017: BJD on top but BJP emerged victorious

So far, the year 2017 has been a year of acid test for the political parties in various clusters and corners in the country. As this year there are state assembly elections to be held in more than five Indian states and when it comes to elections, no matter the kind whether it is PanchayatContinue Reading “Odisha Panchayat Polls, 2017: BJD on top but BJP emerged victorious”

India Law & Justice Press Release

Profile of under-trials killed in Bhopal encounter

From Fact Finding team report (Data Collected during 4th-6th Nov 2016)- Ansar Indori (National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation), Ashok(Research Scholar – Delhi University), Hisham (Solidarity Youth Movement, Kerala), M H Banna (Senior Journalist, Madhyamam Daily), Salman (TISS Criminal Justice fellow-  Working on Rehabilitation of wrongly prosecuted/Innocents), Surya Ghildyal (Research Associate, Quill Foundation), Swati Gupta (BastarContinue Reading “Profile of under-trials killed in Bhopal encounter”

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Uttar Pradesh: Youth, Job and Politics

Youth is considered an important juncture in human life. This phase is a bridge between childhood and maturity.  After completing formal education, young people spend their time swinging between employment and unemployment. This phase gives them ample time to understand the society around them according to their own thinking, background and surroundings and thus, plan forContinue Reading “Uttar Pradesh: Youth, Job and Politics”

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Reflections on Angela Davis’s Talk in Mumbai

Ananya (Public lecture at TISS and KC college, Mumbai) Solidarity represents promise. There is a possibility to unite different peoples, communities across imperceptible borders in their struggles. This unity enables communities to point towards seemingly unrelated forms of oppression and subjugation, to “see” and understand the overarching structures that have rendered their existence invisible andContinue Reading “Reflections on Angela Davis’s Talk in Mumbai”

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Latur: Among 28 Denotified tribe, Migration, Dams and Sugar mills

Abhishek  Suresh Jadhav working as TISS Criminal Justice fellow Suresh Jadhav, is from a Kaikadi Denotified Tribe community, who makes tokri for peasants to collect yield. He did his post graduation from TISS, Mumbai. Currently he is working in Latur as TISS Criminal Justice Fellow. His aim is to educate children and youths through communityContinue Reading “Latur: Among 28 Denotified tribe, Migration, Dams and Sugar mills”

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On Demonetisation: Views of University students

Aniruddha Jena Mphil student, Central university Koraput, Odisha The sole purpose behind demonetisation was to curve the menace of black money and corruption and to check the counterfeiting of currency notes. But I am bit sceptical about this logic that while only 4-5% black money and corruption takes place in hard cash. Most of theContinue Reading “On Demonetisation: Views of University students”

Essays World

NAM : Aligning ourselves in the direction of progress

Globalization is often described as a process whereby the world becomes a smaller place. The notion of space expands tremendously while time can no longer be thought in the singular. There emerges the exciting possibility to exchange both ideas and goods and services across greater distances. These exchanges supposedly foster the creation of a globalContinue Reading “NAM : Aligning ourselves in the direction of progress”

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Clash (Eshtebak)

The camera can look at the world like the human eye. Moving images resemble reality and can stake a unique claim to representing the experience of the real. Yet, how do you point the camera at savagery? How do we see images that attempt to represent a most harrowing, unspeakable truth? In Mohammed Diab’s “Clash”,Continue Reading “Clash (Eshtebak)”

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Interview: People’s watch Mathew Jacob

Rishita Sankrit Student at Kirori Mal college, Delhi Rishita Sankrit (RS)- What is People’s watch (PW) to you on a personal level? Matthew Jacob (MJ) -See, People’s Watch is 20 years’ old organization, it was started in 1995; an organization which basically looks at various aspects of human rights. In its more initial days itContinue Reading “Interview: People’s watch Mathew Jacob”

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Indian Cricket vs Tribal Odisha : Casting Gold Medal

Odisha is famous for it’s art, craft and sculpture and notorious for its communal riots, cyclone and tribal land encroachment by Multi National Corporations. But it’s also a state with lots of sports enthusiastic people living there. It is one of the states where we can find large number of tribes and they constitute 22.1Continue Reading “Indian Cricket vs Tribal Odisha : Casting Gold Medal”

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Bhagat Singh: Manifesto of Naujawan Bharat Sabha

Bhagat Singh & Bhagawati Charan Vohra 06.04.1928 YOUNG COMRADES, Our country is passing through a chaos. There is mutual distrust and despair prevailing everywhere. The great leaders have lost faith in the cause and most of them no more enjoy the confidence of the masses. There is no programme and no enthusiasm among the ‘champions’Continue Reading “Bhagat Singh: Manifesto of Naujawan Bharat Sabha”

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Linga Kodopi in Bastar: Army person to hounded Journalist

Sep Print Issue He had two options: to die in encounter or become Special Police Officer. He became a journalist. Hounded by state. Linga Kodopi is a tribal born in Bastar region in Chattisgarh state. His father was uneducated, but he made sure that his children studied. Three brothers and a sister. They grew brinjalContinue Reading “Linga Kodopi in Bastar: Army person to hounded Journalist”

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Matang leader Baba Saheb Gopale’s death: Neem ka patta kadwa hai, Media wala badhwa hai

Santosh Thorat On 22 Aug 2016, fifteen to twenty thousand people walked on the road in Mumbai to express grief on their leader’s death: Babasaheb Gopale. They walked from Mankhurd to Dadar Chaitya Bhoomi. Baba Saheb Gopale was from Latur district of Maharashtra. He was the leader of Matang samaj, a sub caste in DalitContinue Reading “Matang leader Baba Saheb Gopale’s death: Neem ka patta kadwa hai, Media wala badhwa hai”

Editorial

Ministry of Love – Individual, Institution, Society & State

“ तुम्हें दिल्लगी भूल जानी पड़ेगी ,
मोहब्बत की राहों में आके तो देखो |
Your seeming likingness of heart will be forgotten,
Come and look at the ways of love “
– Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Editorial World

Digital Spectacles: Tampon of Dams & Wars

“ek samay tha jab jahan highway banta tha wahan sehar banne lage, aur ab wo smay aa gaya hai, jahan optical fibre rahega wahan shehar banenge” | There was a time when city were built where roads passed, now today the time has come where, it will come up where the optical fibre passes through. – PMContinue Reading “Digital Spectacles: Tampon of Dams & Wars”

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Remembering Occupy Hong Kong – reflections of a student protest organizer in Umbrella Movement

Tommy Cheung (On the first anniversary of the start of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, student organizer Tommy Cheung, a 21 year-old studying at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, reflects on the remarkable events of last year, the role young people played and what the future holds for Hong Kong.) One year on from OccupyContinue Reading “Remembering Occupy Hong Kong – reflections of a student protest organizer in Umbrella Movement”

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Islam and Saudi Arab: Two parallels, which refuse to intersect

Mohadassa Syed Student at Mumbai University. Saudi Arabia. The word brings to mind images of deserts, burqa clad women and dishdasha wearing young men. The land of Arabia, lies rich in cultural heritage, ancient architecture, history and religion. Hejaz, is the heart of the Islamic world, being the Prophet’s birthplace, as well as hosting theContinue Reading “Islam and Saudi Arab: Two parallels, which refuse to intersect”

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Sudha Bharadwaj : Sexual Violence in the name of national security

23.06.2016: P.A Sebastian Memorial Lecture at Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work On 16th July, Bastar was completely shut. This event was not “news” in Delhi or Mumbai but was an important affair for the adivasis and a strong portrayal of the common sentiment that they are experiencing at this point. The central reason forContinue Reading “Sudha Bharadwaj : Sexual Violence in the name of national security”

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A Denotified tribe in Bhatimines: Pakistani migrants at Delhi ridge

August Print Issue Jigyasa Gulati Student at IP college , Delhi On the way from Delhi to Bhatimines the best way to save time is to take a metro to Chattarpur and then a local bus. Initially, you will encounter a number of beautiful temples like Lakshmana temple, Kardariya Mahadeva temple, etc. As you moveContinue Reading “A Denotified tribe in Bhatimines: Pakistani migrants at Delhi ridge”

Media Analysis

Conflict in Circulation

Rishita Sankrit A student at Kirori Mal college, Delhi What is the one thing that’s common between the Bastar district of Chattisgarh, the Kashmir valley and Manipur? They might have a revered human rights’ activist, a UPSC topper or a world renowned boxer, the only time we turn our attentions to them is when peopleContinue Reading “Conflict in Circulation”

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Pokemon Go : The organized desire

Alfie Bown Co-editor of Hong Kong review of Books, Published first on Roarmag.org In 2010, Google started up a subsidiary, Niantic Inc. Google starts up a lot of companies each year and acquires many more. Google’s acquisition of every start-up and endless development of subsidiary companies with different names is an attempt to completely monopolizeContinue Reading “Pokemon Go : The organized desire”

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Times of Inception (ToI)

August Print Issue Inception here is the art of implanting another person’s idea into a reader’s subconscious. The coverage of Times of India on “Bastar Speak Up” event at Dadar, Mumbai, the rally against demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan and protest by data entry reporters intersect an imagination. This imagination labels a tribal fighting for theirContinue Reading “Times of Inception (ToI)”

Editorial University

TISShhh : Modi ji will get angry – The Das of Capital

 August Print Issue The stage was set to re-invent pedagogy. To control thought crime, to turn student into prisoners. Prisoners of authority. The intoxicated one. Intoxicated by fear of government’s surveillance of IB (Intelligence Bureau) in campus. For the first time in the history of TISS orientation, a session for new students was introduced forContinue Reading “TISShhh : Modi ji will get angry – The Das of Capital”

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Kamal Shukla: Tata and Essar greed funded war like situation in Chhattisgarh

  I have been a journalist in Bastar for 28 years. For the first time, I am observing that people belonging from or connected to the adivasis, progressive people, people from communist parties, and people from various organizations (jan sanghaton) have come together for Bastar Bandh. Currently, we find ourselves in a condition that anyContinue Reading “Kamal Shukla: Tata and Essar greed funded war like situation in Chhattisgarh”

Essays Law & Justice

Care Takers: The Invisible Population

Sehrish Altaf She was a criminal justice fellow at Centre for Criminology and Justice, TISS, Mumbai  “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglass ‘Family is the safe haven for children’, is a commonplace saying. Even our national law for safeguarding the rights of the children, Juvenile Justice (Care andContinue Reading “Care Takers: The Invisible Population”

Media Analysis

Men in Dark Times

Ananya Student at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts A coal miner enters the death pit, the camera standing on his cart. We enter the death pit. The darkness increasing as the cart crawls deeper into the horrifically narrow confines of the rat hole. The only source of natural light, the opening above grows smaller. Soon,Continue Reading “Men in Dark Times”

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DUTA protest in Delhi against the API system

CAN THE CANDLE FLAME LIT UP THE ADMINISTRATION? With bandage in ankle and occasionally moving between wheel chair and walking on stick, the spirit of neither Delhi University teachers association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain, nor that of DUTA seemed fazed as DUTA protest entered its 26th day starting from 24th May, 2016 against the guidelinesContinue Reading “DUTA protest in Delhi against the API system”

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Andhra Pradesh Girijana Community protest at Jantar Mantar

Mohd Momin Mohd. Momin is a student of Delhi School of Social work Jantar Mantar, Delhi : Though the Jantar Mantar area is a deserted place these days with no Anna movement and political party banner but one can still find the voice from that India which is still searching an ear to be heard.Continue Reading “Andhra Pradesh Girijana Community protest at Jantar Mantar”

Essays India

Ramadan: A Walk in Bhindi Bazaar, Mumbai

Ananya & Mohadassa Syed (Ananya is a student of Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts and Mohadassa a student of Mumbai University) A walk on the frenzied streets of Bhindi Bazaar raised a strange, tickling realization within me. I was an outsider, a detached observer who unintentionally found herself at a curious distance from her immediateContinue Reading “Ramadan: A Walk in Bhindi Bazaar, Mumbai”

India

Violence of Gandhi : Rajneesh Osho on Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and Mohandas Karmchand Gandhi

(Book – From Personality to Individuality : Chapter 5 The Odyssey of Aloneness.) Mahatma Gandhi was the uncrowned king of India for the simple reason that he was able to torture himself more than anybody else could for any small reason he would go on fast unto death. Every fast was unto death but withinContinue Reading “Violence of Gandhi : Rajneesh Osho on Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and Mohandas Karmchand Gandhi”

India Law & Justice Social Movement

Noor Saba : Delayed Justice, petition from Uttar Pradesh to United Nation

Mohd Momin Student at Delhi School of Social Work Jantar Mantar, Delhi : With more than 3.5 crore cases pending at Indian courts, delayed Justice in India has become a common norm. Even cases delayed for 36 years also do not attract our eyes nowadays but if the wounds are deeper, the revelations will bring moreContinue Reading “Noor Saba : Delayed Justice, petition from Uttar Pradesh to United Nation”

Law & Justice

Suo Moto PIL on Children of Women Prisoners (107/2004) at Bombay High Court: A Ray of Hope

Surekha Sale Senior Social Worker at Prayas Background Prayas is a field action project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, working in the field of criminal justice over the last 26 years. Prayas has been exploring the needs of rehabilitation of various groups which comes into contact with the criminal justice system such asContinue Reading “Suo Moto PIL on Children of Women Prisoners (107/2004) at Bombay High Court: A Ray of Hope”

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Dileep Ranjekar at TISS convocation : We need radical reform not Lipapoti

6 May 2016, Mumbai : Dileep Ranjekar (Co-CEO) has been an integral part of the Azim Premji Foundation, right from its inception in 2001. He addressed TISS M.A students in the 76th convocation. He stressed that issues are systematic and structural issues should be radically reformed. System does not need Lipapoti. We need developing professionals toContinue Reading “Dileep Ranjekar at TISS convocation : We need radical reform not Lipapoti”

Essays World

You can win : New Age Buddhism

Akshat Jain There is a rise of a certain kind of philosophy that has been called New Age Buddhism. From the perspective of political economy, it is the commercialization of Buddhism. Buddhism is being sold in self-help books, in products (that increase our well-being) produced in conditions that aren’t bad for the workers and theContinue Reading “You can win : New Age Buddhism”

World

Alan Badiou : How to change the world? – Happiness against Satisfaction

Alan Badioau (Nexus Conference ‘How to Change the World?’ Keynote lecture Alain Badiou, part 2, 2 December 2012, Amsterdam) How can you change the world? By becoming a subjective part of the consequences of a local event. At the different level. To fall in love can be change in the world. But it is precisely by becomingContinue Reading “Alan Badiou : How to change the world? – Happiness against Satisfaction”

India University

Raghuram Rajan : Word matters and so does intent

(Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor-Reserve Bank of India – April 20, 2016 – at the 12th NIBM Convocation, Pune) Congratulations to the graduating class, to their professors, and to their proud parents, siblings and friends. If you are typical, you are happy to be leaving university and embarking on a new journey, sad to be leavingContinue Reading “Raghuram Rajan : Word matters and so does intent”

Blog Law & Justice

‘India Legal’ TV channel : National Law University Delhi signs MoU with APN News

On 13th April 2016, National Law University Delhi  signed a collaboration with APN News Channel (481 Tata Sky) to create a platform through which important events having legal relevance would be aired. This includes the activities of the university, seminars, moot court and other students’ activities. An English news channel “India Legal” will be commenced whichContinue Reading “‘India Legal’ TV channel : National Law University Delhi signs MoU with APN News”

Law & Justice

Who we are? : “Freedom fighters” or “Born Criminals”

Santosh Pawar- You must have heard about the stories of many freedom fighters, you may probably inspired through their life journey and struggle, but have you heard about the community which had been punished for their act of freedom fighting against British? Have you heard about the community which had been recognised as “Born Criminal” andContinue Reading “Who we are? : “Freedom fighters” or “Born Criminals””

Law & Justice

The Illegal Arrest of Debaranjan Sarangi

The extent of dissent permitted is the best parameter to judge the democraticness of a country. But the government enslaved by neo-liberal ideology treats dissent as the devil. Extra-judicial execution, implication in false and fabricated cases, illegal arrest and detention has become an integral part of governance for silencing any kind of dissent.

Asia

MOSAIC TISS : Indo-Myanmar relations and Northeast India

SUBIR BHAUMIK Indo-Myanmar relations and Northeast India: Peace, Security and Development, Lecture of MOSAIC 2015- 2016, TISS, Mumbai,January 22, 2016 Long consigned to the periphery of Indian geo-political imagination and viewed as a security liability for the Indian republic, the country’s Northeast is now seen as the overland bridge to connect the Indian mainland with South-eastContinue Reading “MOSAIC TISS : Indo-Myanmar relations and Northeast India”

Blog Fiction

A Horror Story at Thane Mental Hospital

Sreepriya Menon At Thane Mental Hospital, time is still 1901. A haunted house of darkness. Melted candles stuck to weeping windows. People who roam outside in chains seem ghostly The ghosts inside wonder what the world is like outside. Humans outside hurry, do not look at each other for too long. When they do- theyContinue Reading “A Horror Story at Thane Mental Hospital”

Media Analysis

Dissecting the Communal: An informal talk with the filmmaker Nakul Singh Sawhney

Pradeep Pillai On the 4th of February, Cinema of Resistance (Mumbai Chapter) organized an informal talk with Nakul Singh Sawhney, director of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai on the challenges of making a documentary film on communal violence. The event saw a sizeable number of students attend and engage the director with a host of questions relatingContinue Reading “Dissecting the Communal: An informal talk with the filmmaker Nakul Singh Sawhney”

India

Garey Coal Satyagraha in Chattisgarh

5th January 2016, Chhattisgarh : The distressed villagers and the members of the Mehnatkash Mazdoor Unity Committee rallied in the Tamnar Block of the coal – rich Raigarh district (in Chhattisgarh). This being a part of their Coal Satyagraha – a protest for community rights over their resources. This day marks seven years of their protest on 05th January,Continue Reading “Garey Coal Satyagraha in Chattisgarh”

Essays Social Movement

A Revolution in Making – Kurdistan & its Women

While Indian media has not bothered to cover it, the western media is only busy in glamourising the news reports on young women fighters of Rojava, a region where Kurds reside in Syria. After the ISIS assault in Syria one and a half years back in the city of Kobani, the self-governed Kurds in northContinue Reading “A Revolution in Making – Kurdistan & its Women”

Essays Social Movement

#OccupyUGC: Jaari Hai, Jaari rahega!

The students agitating against the scraping of Non net fellowships, fund cuts, increased privatization of higher education assembled at the gates of MHRD to question the government’s indecision regarding the non net fellowships today. Even after 85 days of protest the MHRD has not provided any answers to the questions raised by students till now.Continue Reading “#OccupyUGC: Jaari Hai, Jaari rahega!”

Asia Essays

Srilanka: The road to Truth, Justice and Reconciliation

History reveals that the state of SriLanka has a poor record in delivering justice to its minorities. With this being the status quo, in September 24, 2015, the UNHRC in Geneva passed a resolution with reference to war crimes to put in place a domestic mechanism to bring to truth, justice, and reconciliation. This resolutionContinue Reading “Srilanka: The road to Truth, Justice and Reconciliation”

India Movie Reviews Social Movement

Cinema of Resistance, Mumbai Chapter begins

Additti Munshi Subsequent to the advent of the New Economic Policy adopted in 1990s, the government of India has portrayed industrialisation as the only weapon to overcome poverty in the country. A similar stance has been used for the resource rich Odisha, where the state government has been involved in the process of land acquisition since the earlyContinue Reading “Cinema of Resistance, Mumbai Chapter begins”

Blog India

Matang’s agitation for 8% reservation within Schedule Caste

On 28th December, near Bandra Collector’s office, people of ‘Akhil Bharatiya Matang Sangh’ demonstrated with a peaceful protest rally. The Mang or Matang (Minimadig in Gujarat and Rajasthan) community is an Indian caste, historically oppressed by forced association to ‘low-status’ or ‘ritually’ impure professions such as village mu- sicians, cattle castrators, leather curers, midwives, hangmen,Continue Reading “Matang’s agitation for 8% reservation within Schedule Caste”

Movie Reviews University

Cut.in Student Film Festival (2015)

Cut.In, the annual student’s film festival (2015) of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, School of Media and Cultural Studies (SMCS) celebrated its 8th year, with exuberance and zest. Young and fresh in its outlook, this year the festival received close to 119 entries, from students of diploma, graduate and post graduate programs, from renownedContinue Reading “Cut.in Student Film Festival (2015)”

Social Movement

RAMASHANKAR YADAV ‘VIDROHI’

Amit Saurabh M.Phil Student in IIT Bombay Do you know of any person around you, who moves around in a torn shirt and a torn pant. Lugging about two polythene bags, containing the bare minimum of items required for survival, reciting his own ‘revolutionary’ poetry, actively participating in students’ movements, spreading knowledge and staying onContinue Reading “RAMASHANKAR YADAV ‘VIDROHI’”

Social Movement

Quotes from the documentary: ‘Mein Tumhara Kavi Hoon’

“When it’s a poem you want to record then we must begin with poetry. What is poetry? It’s the farmer’s field. It’s the poet’s child. It’s your father’s assets. Your mother’s cooking. I have a hard time giving my poems a name so most of my poems are nameless. Who takes my poems for theirContinue Reading “Quotes from the documentary: ‘Mein Tumhara Kavi Hoon’”

India

KASHMIR : Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)

A calendar in rememberance of disappeared persons was released by APDP, which contains couplets from the family I tremble with fear that I may die; And the angst of heart will not go away. My pleasant faced and comely beloved O my friend has he not come? (Rasul Mir) ____ “O my sorrow, my Yusuf!”Continue Reading “KASHMIR : Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)”

Poetry

Ramashankar Yadav ‘Vidrohi’- Mein Tumhara Kavi Hoon

Transcribed by Pradeep Pillai Poetry I am a farmer…..and…… I am seeding paddy in the heavens…… Few people are saying…. Idiot!! Can you seed paddy in the heavens? I reply…..Idiots!! If you can seed God on earth…. I can seed paddy in heavens…… Now, only one will happen….. Either God will be removed from theContinue Reading “Ramashankar Yadav ‘Vidrohi’- Mein Tumhara Kavi Hoon”

Editorial

Shared Silence : A need for Un-Confident Friends

January Print Issue On Ravish Kumar’s NDTV India in the prime time show after Bihar’s state election results were out, most senior reporters belonging to the upper castes were discussing the nukaad exit poll and how it could have gotten the results wrong. One of the hypothesis proposed was that most respondents in the field,Continue Reading “Shared Silence : A need for Un-Confident Friends”