Must Watch: Sidharth Bhatia in conversation with Teesta Setalvad

Teesta Setalvad has been fighting a brave battle for citizens’ rights and justice for people who have been abandoned by the system. Her memoir, Foot Soldier Of The Constitution, was released on Friday, February 24 at G5A, the wonderful new space at Mahalaxmi as part of the Literature Live! Evening curated by Anil Dharker. She is seen here in conversation with Sidharth Bhatia. Produced by: … Continue reading Must Watch: Sidharth Bhatia in conversation with Teesta Setalvad

हम छीन के लेंगे आज़ादी…मनुवाद से आज़ादी, फ़ासीवाद से आज़ादी, कारपोरेट लूट से आज़ादी..!

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Revenge – Anand Patwardhan

The brilliant Dalit response to the Hindutva atrocity in Gujarat has cheered all those who want to annihilate caste. If the inspiration spreads across the country, it can turn the entire caste system on its head. As “designated castes” refuse to do other people’s dirty work anymore, it could force the “market” to find a solution. Working conditions and pay scales would then improve to … Continue reading Revenge – Anand Patwardhan

Mutton, Beef and a man called Akhlaq – Anand Patwardhan

For all those who say, so what if the Dadri meat was beef, please get a reality check. We live in an india maddened by manufactured Hindutva hatred against Muslims. This is election season. The political gains from claiming it was beef are enormous.   In ancient India’s laboratories, an elephant head could be transplanted onto a human body. In Modi’s modern India laboratory certified … Continue reading Mutton, Beef and a man called Akhlaq – Anand Patwardhan

Anand Patwardhan: Biology of Caste Less Important Than Ideology of Caste

Published on Apr 24, 2016 The meeting titled “Student-Youth Assembly Against Discrimination” was organised by SFI AISF AISA PSF CHHATRABHARATI AIDSO RYA AIYF DYFI and saw overwhelming response from Mumbaikars despite attempts to scuttle it. Venue: Adarsh Vidyalay Hall, near TIlak Nagar Station (E), Mumbai Camera: Satyen K. Bordoloi Produced by: Vivek Sundara Continue reading Anand Patwardhan: Biology of Caste Less Important Than Ideology of Caste

Sheetal Sathe & Troupe at Lamakaan for #JusticeForRohith – 1

Published on Feb 15, 2016 http://www.lamakaan.com/events/2820 “It may be recalled that the KKM, a working class and mostly Dalit cultural troupe, was forced to go into hiding in 2011 after the police arrested and tortured one of them on suspicion of associating with Naxalites. In 2012 a documentary film “Jai Bhim Comrade” featuring the KKM won a National Award and a Maharashtra State award. The … Continue reading Sheetal Sathe & Troupe at Lamakaan for #JusticeForRohith – 1

With a heavy heart I am returning my very first National award – Anand Patwardhan

National awards have always meant a lot to me. They were more precious than International awards and awards from private institutions precisely they represented those rare moments when the Government of India became willing to uphold the spirit of our secular, socialist and democratic Constitution. Today this spirit is evaporating. Our nation is at a crossroads. On one side is the secular path that our … Continue reading With a heavy heart I am returning my very first National award – Anand Patwardhan

10 Filmmakers Returned Their National Award In Protest & Wrote To President And PM (Full Text)

After writers and scientists, filmmakers have joined the protest in raising their voice against the murders of rationalist author MM Kalburgi, activist Govind Pansare, and in support of FTII students. The 10 filmmakers include Anand Patwardhan, Dibakar Banerjee, Nishtha Jain, Paresh Kamdar, Kriti Nakhwa, Harshvardhan Kulkarni, Hari Nair, Rakesh Sharma, Indraneel Lahiri and Lipika Singh Darai. And here’s the full text of their letter to … Continue reading 10 Filmmakers Returned Their National Award In Protest & Wrote To President And PM (Full Text)

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