A Delhi-based group of ‘concerned citizens’ calls for a peaceful Ramzan and a non-violent, dialogic solution to the prolonged Kashmir conflict.
The protest aimed to voice their objections to policies advocated by Pence as part of the Trump administration and as governor, as well Trump’s travel ban.
An event named “Tear Down This Wall” has been organised by Germany’s Dresden Symphonic Orchestra to protest against Donald Trump’s wall.
In a freewheeling conversation with Siddharth Varadarajan, the celebrated historian discusses the place of nationalism in contemporary Indian politics, the role of the media and of the public intellectual
The discipline of humanities is facing threats from state-controlled powers across the world. But a bigger danger may be the refusal of academics to allow dissidence within the discipline.
As Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn saw it, simple truths are always a threat to totalitarianism.
The Hoot’s annual report on freedom of speech takes a comprehensive look at the sad state of affairs in India when it comes to press freedoms or societal freedom.
The Mongolian government denies seeking to muzzle the press, saying the country is a democracy that values the freedom of the media.
The restrictions on the right to association, representation and non-violent agitation must be removed.
Plays written during the freedom movement highlight how the theatre community evolved creative stratagems to overcome political intolerance – something we could learn from today.
“Mutual co-existence, mutual understanding is our strength,” said Mukherjee at the Namami Brahmaputra festival.
In tyrannical times, poetry needs to speak less, tell more.
The formal closure of POSCO’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory for the agrarian economy and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur, but those who lost their land face new challenges.
Amid the blame-games that will likely begin in the wake of Rajini’s death, his writing should remind us of what we are most at danger of forgetting.
His comments come in the backdrop of the ongoing tussle between RSS-affiliate ABVP and left-backed AISA supporters in the Delhi University and a raging debate over free speech and nationalism.
The Sangh brigade is trying every tactic to silence any view that opposes its agenda.
Students and faculty members have said that the administration is not holding the required consultative processes and making decisions in a secretive manner.
More than a thousand students marched in north campus to protest against the recent violence by members and supporters of ABVP, the student wing of the BJP.
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur has withdrawn from a protest march against campus violence and has decided to leave Delhi.
Traditionally, institutions of higher education have served as fertile ground for discourses critical of the state. Yet, more and more institutions in the country are coming under fire for fostering an ethos of free expression and dissent. As the consequences of being deemed “anti-national” loom large, fear, violence and parochialism do not just endanger our universities– they threaten the cornerstone of our democracy.
Amid debates about higher education, The Wire republishes a letter written in solidarity for JNU with over 400 signatories from across India and the world.
“Am I being suspended for exposing my students to intellectually stimulating professors and teachers from around the country?”, asks Rajshree Ranawat.
In the light of Jodhpur University’s February 16 decision to suspend Prof Rajshree Ranawat for inviting Prof Nivedita Menon to deliver a lecture on nationalism earlier this month, The Wire is republishing an article Menon wrote about the ‘controversy’.
Nothing much has changed from the time I was attacked by goons 17 years ago, says director Hansal Mehta
“The aim of acts of intimidation and hostility appears to be to clear the area of any dissenting voices [in Bastar] so that the police and security forces have a free hand.”
Public anger in the state against economic dislocation had been building up and needed a trigger to explode.
On Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary, a look at what 2016 was like for Dalit women activists who have been struggling against caste discrimination for years.
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya’s Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji is a detailed description of a movement and a leader that have much to teach us, despite their faults.
The campaign against Shaan Taseer shows that the intolerant atmosphere that led to his father’s untimely death has not ebbed.
In a year full of protests and mass mobilisation, a list ten acts of defiance that were particularly important.
The recent upsurge in protests across universities has led to claims that pedagogy and activism cannot overlap, but that is rarely the case.
Eminent poets, politicians and students groups had criticised the charges of sedition against the author and had implored the state government to intervene.
Self-censorship by Amazon comes at a time when the company is worrying about regulatory and legal obstacles on the e-commerce front in India and when our political atmosphere is going through a particularly prickly phase.
For some judges, substance is inversely proportional to verbosity. If this trend is not stopped, Indian jurisprudence will permanently suffer.
If nationalism, the way its sternest adherents argue, is a deep and overwhelming sentiment, then why do we need a disciplining machine to enforce that sentiment in us?
The order as it stands now will last until mid January 2017 and the penalties for violating the order comes with a prison term of up to one month and/or a fine of up to Rs. 200.
Vrinda Grover, Binayak Sen and Other Civil Society Activists Call For End of ‘Repression’ in Kashmir
A statement signed by close to 200 activists, academics, lawyers and other members of civil society has “unequivocally condemned the siege of Kashmir”.
Prabhatbhai Parmar died after consuming poison when the government paid no heed to Dalit villagers demanding that agricultural land be allocated to them.
People in the Valley are using graffiti to show their dissent, and as an arena where disagreements with the state play out.
Twenty-five years after his assassination, the need to fight for Niyogi’s goals and learn from his dedication is stronger than ever.