My Name Is Khan and I stand for secular India – Faridoon Shahryar

“We will never be a superpower if we are not going to believe that all religions are equal,” said Shah Rukh Khan in a television interview a day before his 50th birthday. This pertinent sentiment has been quoted by an editorial in ‘The New York Times’ on November 3 to elaborate on the point that why intolerance in India ought to be checked at the … Continue reading My Name Is Khan and I stand for secular India – Faridoon Shahryar

Why I returned my National Film Award: An open letter to the President of India – Rakesh Sharma

Mananiya Rashtrapatiji, Some weeks ago, many of us – national film award winners – had written to you on behalf of the film-making community, urging your direct intervention. We never had the courtesy of even an acknowledgement, let alone a considered response either from your office, or from the Government of India, to whom you presumably forwarded our letter. Since then, the climate of fear … Continue reading Why I returned my National Film Award: An open letter to the President of India – Rakesh Sharma

Pictures and Videos: #OccupyUGC protest by students continues in police station

Akhil Kumar from Bhalsawa Police Station 1.30pm, 23rd October: We have decided to boycott the food being offered to us in detention at Bhalswa Dairy police station in protest against the brutal lathicharge on the students who went to reoccupy UGC. 7am, 23rd October: Massive crackdown on protesting students! In a cowardly move the Delhi police brought in the CRPF and around 400-500 of them … Continue reading Pictures and Videos: #OccupyUGC protest by students continues in police station

Statement of outrage against police crackdown on students at #Occupy UGC: Faculty Feminist Collective, JNU

The Faculty Feminist Collective of JNU stands in solidarity with the students protesting the revocation/review of the UGC non-NET fellowship. We are outraged at the brutal police action against students gathered in a protest demonstration since yesterday, without a single convincing response from the UGC or the MHRD that could allay the anxieties of thousands of students across India that the non-NET fellowship will not … Continue reading Statement of outrage against police crackdown on students at #Occupy UGC: Faculty Feminist Collective, JNU

दादरी का अख़लाक़ – राजेश जोशी की कविता

“दादरी का अख़लाक़” हर हत्या के बाद ख़ामोश हो जाते हैं हत्यारे और उनके मित्रगण. उनके दाँतों के बीच फँसे रहते हैं ताज़ा माँस के गुलाबी रेशे, रक्त की कुछ बूँदें भी चिपकी होती हैं होंठों के आसपास, पर आँखें भावशून्य हो जाती हैं जैसे चकित सी होती हों धरती पर निश्चल पड़ी कुचली-नुची मृत मानव देह को देखकर हत्या के बाद हत्यारे भूल जाते … Continue reading दादरी का अख़लाक़ – राजेश जोशी की कविता

Fact Finding Report – Dadri Beef Rumour Lynching #BeefKilling

New Delhi, 05/10/2015 Team members: Bonojit Hussain (New Socialist Initiative), Deepti Sharma (Saheli), Kiran Shaheen (writer and activist), Naveen Chander (New Socialist Initiative), Sanjay Kumar (People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism and New Socialist Initiative) and Sanjeev Kumar (Delhi Solidarity Group) On the night of 28 September, in a heinous instance of hate crime Mdohammad Akhlaq a resident of Bisara village of Dadri in western … Continue reading Fact Finding Report – Dadri Beef Rumour Lynching #BeefKilling

मेरे सवाल आप से हैं, आप चुप क्यों हैं? – आपके नाम रवीश की चिट्ठी

फासीवाद की खासियत है कि हर विरोध करने वाले को ही नहीं, हर तर्क करने वाले को ख़तरा समझा जाता है। उसका दमन होता है और इसकी शुरुआत धमकी, गाली-गलौज और फिर मिथ्या प्रचार या छवि खराब करने से होती है। फासीवादी शासक जानते हैं कि छवि खराब करना, हत्या करने से ज़्यादा प्रभावी और आसान तरीका है। लम्बे समय से टीवी पत्रकार रवीश कुमार … Continue reading मेरे सवाल आप से हैं, आप चुप क्यों हैं? – आपके नाम रवीश की चिट्ठी

Sanatan Sanstha threatens filmmaker Patwardhan

In a press conference organised to defend their member Samir Gaikwad who has been arrested in connection with the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare, Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu extremist outfit, issued a thinly-veiled threat to filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar, representing the Sanstha, had a heated exchange with Mr Patwardhan. The filmmaker was unable to make himself heard. All the journalists who asked questions … Continue reading Sanatan Sanstha threatens filmmaker Patwardhan

I’m a proud Hindu: Rishi Kapoor hits back at trolls

Mumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor minces no words when it comes to expressing his views on sensitive matters — be it blind religious beliefs as well as the meat and beef bans. That, he says, does not make him “anti-Hindu”. Rishi got in a Twitter spat with a user, who wrote: “@chintskap Fools like Rishi kapoor eat beef; have a mini church at home and … Continue reading I’m a proud Hindu: Rishi Kapoor hits back at trolls