Category Archives: Dissent

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Protests Continue at TISS Over Cancellation of Aid for SC, ST, OBC Students

Protests Continue at TISS Over Cancellation of Aid for SC, ST, OBC StudentsWhile the issues around student aid have been raised for more than a year now, the last four days have seen large-scale protests at all TISS campuses. A board announcing the students’ decision to boycott classes and field work at TISS Mumbai. Credit:… Read More »

Rough Edges: Long Arm of the Law Falls Short When It Comes to the Rich and Famous

Rough Edges: Long Arm of the Law Falls Short When It Comes to the Rich and FamousNever before has the establishment been so publicly audacious in preaching one thing and practicing another. Even as all the big scammers run amok, the BJP has been increasingly vigilant in monitoring dissenters. If Manmohan Singh was accused of… Read More »

Past Continuous: How Bardoli Satyagraha Became a Turning Point in the Indian Nationalist Struggle

Past Continuous: How Bardoli Satyagraha Became a Turning Point in the Indian Nationalist StruggleA fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today. Gandhi and Sardar Patel during the Bardoli Satyagraha in 1928. Credit: Wikimedia Commons And littleness unitedIs become inevitable. ∼ Mathew Arnold Universally, in history, small or ginger steps taken in… Read More »

Civil Society Members Sign Letter Calling for Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s Release

Civil Society Members Sign Letter Calling for Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s Release‘The violent crackdown on the legitimate work of the Bhim Army bodes ill for our democracy,’ reads the statement in support of the Dalit leader. Credit: File photo Several civil society members and organisations in Mumbai on Sunday signed a statement calling for… Read More »

In JNU, an Attempt to Enforce Surveillance Over Students and Teachers Alike

In JNU, an Attempt to Enforce Surveillance Over Students and Teachers AlikeThe imposition of compulsory attendance is just one more in the slew of measures which have been taken since 2016 to enforce conformity and regimentation in an institution known for its aversion to both. Outdoor classes in JNU as part of the compulsory attendance… Read More »

Rough Edges: Bhagwat is Not Insulting the Army, He is Boosting the Cult of Militarisation

Rough Edges: Bhagwat is Not Insulting the Army, He is Boosting the Cult of MilitarisationThe public has largely missed the most sinister thing that Bhagwat’s comments alluded to – the increasing militarisation of society where conformists drive dissenters into the shadows. The Sangh parivar has always been a militarised organisation, ready at the heels to… Read More »

Chandrashekhar Azad’s Release Is Becoming a Rallying Point for Dalit-Muslim Unity

Chandrashekhar Azad’s Release Is Becoming a Rallying Point for Dalit-Muslim UnityDalit and Muslim organisations gathered this week in Meerut to demand the release of the Bhim Army leader, who has been languishing in jail after the Adityanath government slapped charges against him under the National Security Act.  The protest meeting in Chaudhary Charan Singh park… Read More »

Uncovering People’s Movements in Pakistan

Uncovering People’s Movements in PakistanAslam Khwaja’s People’s Movements in Pakistan covers instances that rarely find mention in news in India, leading us to see common threats between resistance movements on both sides of the divide. Credit: Reuters Challenging colonial rule, in 1936, Allama Iqbal wrote a Masnavi ‘Pas che bayed kard ai aqwam e Sharq’ (What shall… Read More »

Senegal’s Rappers Continue to ‘Cry from the Heart’ for a More Just Society

Senegal’s Rappers Continue to ‘Cry from the Heart’ for a More Just SocietyMusicians in many African countries are in the vanguard of popular struggles, not only providing a symbolic soundtrack but marching on the frontline and leading social movements. Keur Gui – Thiat (left) and Kilifeu (right). Credit: FacebookAmerican musicians were once integral to political… Read More »

Was Former Swiss Diplomat Kurt Vogele Blacklisted and Deported for His Links to an NGO?

Was Former Swiss Diplomat Kurt Vogele Blacklisted and Deported for His Links to an NGO?Vogele’s unceremonious deportation comes just days after India denied visas to a team of Australian journalists for having written a story on Gautam Adani. Credit: Navsarjan Trust/Facebook New Delhi: Ignoring his nearly five-decade-long association with India, both as a diplomat and… Read More »