Retrieving the Erased Histories of The Champaran Satyagrahaa

-- Mohammad Sajjad (The author is a professor of history at Aligarh Muslim University.) The centenary celebration of the Champaran Satyagrahaa coincides with half a century of the Naxalite movement. If the Champaran Satyagrahaa nationalised the peasant discontent of Bihar and integrated it with the ongoing anti-colonial struggle, it was the Naxalite

Anti-Romeo Squads Attack Women’s Freedom

-- Kanika Singh One of the first steps taken by Yogi Adityanath on becoming the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was to set up what the government called ‘anti-Romeo’ squads. These were teams of men especially deployed near colleges, their stated mandate being ‘protection’ of women from harassers. Members of the

BJP Engineers Communal Incidents All Over India

(In March-April, incidents of communal violence or attempts to foment such violence have taken place at several places – in Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, W Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Here are brief reports on these incidents. Ed/-) Communal Violence in Vadavali, Gujarat With Assembly elections due in Gujarat, the BJP has begun

A Citizen Stands With Victim Of Communal Bullying

Last week, Comrade Santosh Roy, National Secretary of AICCTU and a long-standing leader of the DTC Workers’ Unity Centre, was traveling on the violet line of the Delhi metro. Opposite him, two young men were seated on the senior citizens’ seats. A senior citizen (who appeared to be Muslim because

Letters to Namdeo Dhasal

(Kavita Krishnan reviews the second volume of poems by Chandramohan S, a Kerala-based Indian English Dalit poet.) Chandramohan’s poetry has the contemporary sharpness of a news bulletin, the headline of the morning’s paper. What’s different is that it shines am unsparing light on areas that are rarely the subject of the

Agrarian Crisis and Farmers’ Distress

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a waiver of crop loans up to Rs. 1 lakh. Although this move falls short of the BJP’s election promise of waiver of all crop loans, it brings welcome relief to one third of UP's farmers indebted to banks. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s