In Memory of Martyrs – Charu Mazumdar At midnight of 4th and 5th August the police captured Comrade Saroj Dutta and on that very night shot him dead secretly. Chairman has said: “It is not hard for one to do a bit of good. What is hard is to do good all one’s
(Documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, on receiving the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014, reflects on the achievements and failures of his films and the causes and people they speak about.) Acceptance speech I must confess to mixed feelings this evening as I accept this Lifetime Achievement
Main akela hi chala tha jaanib-e-manzil magar Log saath aate gaye aur kaarvaan banta gaya -Majrooh Sultanpuri (Alone I was going towards my destination, but/ People came along and the caravan grew) Had the modest initiative that took off from a mid-sized town in Uttar Pradesh eight years back not taken wing beyond Gorakhpur, perhaps
Fact-finding team into Birbhum Gangrape At Labhpur in Birbhum in West Bengal, on 21 January night, a 20-year old adivasi woman was gang-raped by 13man reportedly after a village ‘salishi sabha’ (akin to khap panchayat), decided to punish her for her relationship with a man from different community (a Muslim.) A fact-finding team
Azaadi – freedom – was the slogan raised last year in the anti-rape movement. How should that azaadi translate into an anti-patriarchy manifesto for the 2014 election? One fact stares us in the face: that ruling political formations across the board seem to wilfully refuse to accept women’s demand for freedom.
The series of Jandavedari rallies being organized in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar began on 8 February in Samastipur with the biggest people’s mobilization ever seen at Patel Maidan. Huge rallies also took place on 9 February at Muzaffarpur, 10 February at Narkatiyaganj (Valmikinagar LS constituency), 11 February at
(The writer is an independent journalist, educator and documentary film-maker. This article is based on columns he has written for Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle.) Indian society was always unequal. In recent years, although the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown faster and more consistently than ever before, there is little evidence