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VIRAL FILM: FIR Attack

A Film by Debalina Mow On 22nd December, Feminists in Resistance (an autonomous feminist collective in Kolkata) held a mobile campaign from Ganguly Bagan to Baghajatin (refugee colony areas in South Kolkata). At 10pm as they reached Baghajatin I block, and were packing up, a group of 7-8 men, their faces masked with handkerchiefs and saffron tilaks on their foreheads, attacked the protesters with huge … Continue reading VIRAL FILM: FIR Attack

No, West Bengal government did not declare 5-day holiday for Eid

A notification attributed to West Bengal government is doing rounds on social media, claiming that the state has announced a five-day holiday for Eid. Among the first to share it was the Twitter handle @SUNDARmyth on June 9 and also @vpalanisamy2010 on June 10 at 1:47 am. SV Palanisamy describes himself as a former office holder in BJP, Tamil Nadu. He accused the Mamata Banerjee-led … Continue reading No, West Bengal government did not declare 5-day holiday for Eid

डरावने थे ये दिन, न जाने कब पुलिस उन्हें फिर से गिरफ्तार कर लेती

डरावने थे ये दिन, न जाने कब पुलिस उन्हें फिर से गिरफ्तार कर लेती बेगुनाहों के खिलाफ होकर अखिलेश ने फिर फंसा दिया न्यायिक प्रक्रिया में (शेख मुख्तार, अजीजुर्रहमान, मोहम्मद अली अकबर हुसैन जनवरी 2016 में आतंकवाद के आरोपों से बरी युवक) लखनऊ 10 फरवरी 2017। रिहाई मंच ने आतंकवाद के झूठे आरोप में 8 साल सात महीने बाद रिहा हुए पश्चिम बंगाल के तीन … Continue reading डरावने थे ये दिन, न जाने कब पुलिस उन्हें फिर से गिरफ्तार कर लेती

Kobad Ghandy acquitted of charges registered by the Patiala Police

Kobad Ghandy, Maoist political prisoner, was acquitted today by the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Gulzar in Patiala Punjab of all charges in the case registered against him by the Patiala police in 2010 for allegedly delivering anti-national speeches on the Punjabi University campus. Ghandy had been booked under the Sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act … Continue reading Kobad Ghandy acquitted of charges registered by the Patiala Police

Muzzling Expression – Garga Chatterjee

The indefinite ‘postponing’ of a TV serial scripted by Taslima Nasreen in Calcutta, and the refusal of the intelligentsia to speak out for her, yet again underlines the culture of intolerance Calcutta, the so-called ‘cultural capital’, has demonstrated the increasing emptiness of the epithet, yet again. Taslima Nasreen, one of the most famous Bengali authors alive, had scripted a TV serial named ‘Doohshahobash’ (Difficult Cohabitations) … Continue reading Muzzling Expression – Garga Chatterjee

Rape and murder unite a village in anger and grief

Over the past week, Kolkata and its neighbourhood have been seeing a series of protests following the brutal gangrape and murder in June 7 of a 20-year-old student at Kamdoni, a village on the outskirts of the city. Villagers have been demanding the death sentence to the rapists. There have been eight arrests so far; the CID has taken over the investigation. The protests started … Continue reading Rape and murder unite a village in anger and grief

A long way from home : Garga Chatterjee

I have crossed the border between the two Bengals multiple times. In February 2013, I took back my maternal uncle Bacchu mama to his ancestral home in East Bengal (now part of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh). He had fled after his matriculation exams, a little before the 1965 war. Then we reached his modest, 2-storey, tin-shed erstwhile home in the Kawnia neighbourhood of Barishal … Continue reading A long way from home : Garga Chatterjee

Kabir Suman Serenades CHIT FUND SCAM

http://www.kabirsumanonline.com/home/2013/04/23/ja-gechhe/ I’ve used a Salil Chowdhury song because of its refrain (or chorus) and its ballad nature to make a song which should be appropriate for this moment. My apologies to Salil Chowdhury. The words are mine but I’ve followed Salil Chowdhury’s song structure. Written, recorded and mixed on 23rd April, 2013. By – Kabir Suman Continue reading Kabir Suman Serenades CHIT FUND SCAM