Our media is not officially muzzled. But the spirit of dissent is being hollowed out bit by bit.
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.
“We’re not being anti-establishment. We’re just reporting what’s happening, what has to be reported.”
Compelling citizens to listen to the national anthem with the objective of inculcating patriotism and nationalism violates the very autonomy that the nine-judge bench of the apex court recently upheld.
‘Freedom First! is a protest movement in Kerala that is made up of collective, continuous, simultaneous acts of freedom that anyone, anywhere can commit.’
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 […]
His sustained emphasis on the methods of science and his trenchant and sustained criticism of Satya Sai Baba, among others, won him many admirers but few co-travellers.
Despite sweeping reforms to Vietnam’s economy and growing openness to social change, the ruling party does not tolerate criticism.
This is not the first time Mexico’s government has been accused of spying on and harassing citizens whose activities it finds inconvenient.
The police said Le Dinh Luong was arrested because of his “regular activities with the aim to overthrow the authority and complicate local security,” but did not elaborate.
The tight media censorship and backlash against dissent in the country has resulted in 36 such incidents since 2015.
Plays written during the freedom movement highlight how the theatre community evolved creative stratagems to overcome political intolerance – something we could learn from today.
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur has withdrawn from a protest march against campus violence and has decided to leave Delhi.
“Am I being suspended for exposing my students to intellectually stimulating professors and teachers from around the country?”, asks Rajshree Ranawat.
Plurality and the scientific method have a civilisational context, and they must define a new civilisational morality. Scientists must help engender this.
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A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality
Irom Sharmila spoke to The Wire about her struggle, what keeps her going and recent developments in the country.
Sections of the media as well as wings of the ruling BJP have labelled senior JNU professor Nivedita Menon as ‘anti-national’, causing people to speak out once again against the crackdown on dissent.
“My novel is dark because I wrote it in a state of bechaini [anxiety]. In truth, I would like to think of myself as in a state of neither extreme pessimism nor optimism.”
So said writer-academic Purushottam Agrawal, responding to filmmaker Govind Nihalani, during the spirited conversation that took place between them at the India International Centre on March 9, about writing, freedom, and technology.
For a government that understands the power of social marketing, India’s Kanhaiya moment carries some useful lessons on how not to deal with dissent
Tarabai Shinde took far more liberty with Hinduism in her 1882 book than the students the Union HRD minister considers ‘seditious’.
JNU students and supporters spoke to The Wire about what it means to have Kanhaiya Kumar back on campus.
After his release, Kumar maintained that he’d never raised any anti-India slogans, asserting the truth would prevail.
Even before the full extent of the mischief with the videos was known, it was fairly clear that nothing that Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid were alleged to have done amounted to sedition in any way. Then why were they chosen?
At JNU we love a good argument. We can spend incalculable hours arguing over anything. Tutorial and seminar discussions go on for hours, often we have to plead with the audience in conferences to make it that one last question and meetings drag on endlessly with everyone wanting to have a say. It is precisely this environment that makes JNU a good place to think, reflect and discuss.
Very little that the US has done with respect to debates on its army and borders can be used as justification by supporters of the current crackdown on dissent in India.
From leading scholars in Japan, Australia and the US to universities and groups across India, there has been an outpouring of support for the JNU students charged with sedition.
The first time that Kanhaiya Kumar’s ‘azadi’ speech was remixed, and played on national news TV, the aim was to distort his words and justify the sedition charges against him. A new remix, however, just dropped by producer Dub Sharma, lays the crucial portion of Kumar’s speech over […]
The crackdown on institutes of higher learning on ideological grounds may quickly lead to anger among the middle class.
‘As traditional, mainstream parties decline in Europe, at the edges you are getting increased activism and participation, both Left and Right. Something similar is happening in the US’
SelfCompileApp isn’t artificially intelligent but it is remarkably deadly because it could push already-nervous civil-servants over the edge.
If Left and Nehruvian ideas have no relevance, as is being said, then why are writers accused of left-liberal ideas being attacked so viciously?