While action was earlier taken at the behest of top leaders, activists allege that the bureaucracy and police are now acting on their own whims.
The hitherto accepted norms of Indian culture are being re-packaged and distorted out of shape, and all citizens, particularly those who mould public perceptions through their work, need to respond to this challenge.
It seems Facebook is increasingly becoming a platform for people who wish to divide people, and not for those who ridicule these divisive tactics.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy referred to the Gujarat “genocide” and called the BJP “anti-Muslim” in his comments on Al Jazeera.
The lanes of the Jantar Mantar have now fallen silent. Has the gulf between the authorities and the people widened?
Ordinary and extraordinary Indians, from the villagers of Tamil Nadu to the Anand Margis to Deepika Padukone, are defending their right to free speech and expression.
The special investigation team got a grab of the suspect enhanced to the maximum possible level with help from a US lab.
Periyar and his legacy can always be problematised. But a necessary pre-condition for this is that he must not be decontextualised.
Hindutva is a political invention that has re-defined Hinduism for its political purpose, which is to declare India a Hindu rashtra.
Two students write about what they experienced at a protest in Delhi after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
The Karwan will continue its work through four initiatives, including providing support to families affected by hate violence and establishing an India Hate Crime Citizen Watch.
Scores of journalists gathered to condemn the recent spate of killing, threats and violence directed at the press.
The tragedy with Banaras Hindu University is the decades-long ideological stagnation of the socio-political atmosphere outside it.
From Trump and Brexit to Black Lives Matter, people are recording protests around the world to create a new soundtrack of dissent.
The students said the police lathi-charged without provocation and that they even tried to enter the women’s hostel.
Can journalism and activism – usually seen in contradiction to each other – overlap without undermining the objectivity of the journalist?
The reason is simple. The national intellectual landscape is verdant. The Dravidian landscape, on the other hand, is an arid desert, and Periyar was the only cactus plant to have bloomed in it.
Resistance should be free of uniformity, as much as our polity must be reflective and respectful of our diversity.
The Karwan, a peaceful yatra promoting love and communal harmony can only travel with police protection, whereas vigilante mobs kill and lynch with impunity.
Akhil Gogoi has been a bitter opponent of various policy decisions announced by the ruling BJP dispensation.
Each killing — whether of an RSS man or of someone of an opposite ideology — is condemnable and the condemnation should be unqualified.
On February 9, 2016, an event was organised in JNU in which anti-India slogans were said to have been raised for which the students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was charged with sedition.
“I want to salute all those who expose fake news. I wish there were more of them.”
Meet the son who is a sore trial to all father figures and patriarchs – the biological father, guru, rulers or politicians. Harishankar Parsai (1924-1995) is once again at his satirical best.
Gauri Lankesh, and others like her, will not be left alone to keep on articulating their dissent. After all, it is the untamed individual voice that is found to be particularly irritating.
Gauri Lankesh was the victim of the same ideology that claimed the lives of other rationalists. Handing over her case to a ‘caged parrot’ like the CBI would be dangerous.
Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.
Denying people a voice is violence, and it was this violence that the noted journalist stood against. And in return, she was given a violent death.
The fearful symmetry of conspiracy cannot intimidate spirited voices like hers..
Under the premiership of Narendra Modi, India’s culture of one-party dominance is violating both standard operating procedures and dharma to get the better of its political rivals.
The media school’s faculty members have protested saying that the rules would affect their academic freedom. New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is considering whether to adopt Central Civil Services (CCS) Conduct Rules for its faculty members, who termed it as a bid to “gag them” and an […]
What does it mean to spend days, months, years – an entire lifetime even – in forced exile?
By consistently deterring students from dissenting against illegitimate and regressive practices, the current administration seems determined to crush JNU’s commitment to social justice.
Despite sweeping reforms to Vietnam’s economy and growing openness to social change, the ruling party does not tolerate criticism.
The protest at the airport was led by Imtiyaz Jaleel, an AIMIM legislator, who said Taslima Nasreen had “hurt religious sentiments” of Muslims globally.
‘India Dissents’, edited by Ashok Vajpeyi, leaves you with thoughts that make you understand the value of Indian citizenship.
114 former officers stand with #NotInMyName, ‘dismayed’ at vigilantism and free speech crackdown
EPW’s trustees are fully aware of the current attack on free speech and institutions, including the media and universities. It is bewildering, therefore, to see these concerns completely missing in their statement.
In the eighty-sixth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses Karnataka flag issue and growing instances of silencing dissenting public servants.
Trustees say he acted unilaterally in replying to Adani legal notice; Guha Thakurta says they are not giving the ‘full picture’.