“What’s the guarantee that more people will not be targeted for their beliefs and principles in the future?”
Four of them even have Interpol red-corner notices against their names for their alleged involvement in the 2009 Margao bomb blast.
Starting out as just a fringe irritant, the shadowy organisation has been emboldened by the Goa government’s support
‘Desperate attempt’ to divert attention from Gauri Lankesh’s killing and tarnish murdered communist leader’s name, says daughter Megha Pansare.
“Gauri Lankesh has been a symbol of the struggle to practice journalism fearlessly and raise a voice for the underprivileged. Her loss to journalism and to society is irreparable.”
An official said that the information goes beyond the make of the weapon used for the murders.
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.
Gauri Lankesh’s lawyer B.T. Venkatesh is clear that the killing was a sinister and pre-planned act by Hindu terror units and had nothing to do with all the defamation cases filed against her.
In the past, violent groups were aberrations and perpetrators of riots were brought to justice. That is no longer the case – the present regime draws support from these very groups.
The fearful symmetry of conspiracy cannot intimidate spirited voices like hers..
A firebrand in the tradition of her father, she was vocal on secularism, the rights of Dalits, the downtrodden and women.
In a year full of protests and mass mobilisation, a list ten acts of defiance that were particularly important.
Eminent poets, politicians and students groups had criticised the charges of sedition against the author and had implored the state government to intervene.
“What RSS promotes is fantasy not history….There is nothing common between history and such mythology.”
Whatever the official state of the language, recent events at two literary institutions do not augur well for the future of writers.
On the first anniversary of the scholar’s murder, a silent walk and public meeting is being held in Dharwad to remember him and demand justice.
Indian Cultural Forum speaks to Rahman Abbas, whose Urdu novel was cleared of obscenity charges after a decade, about the freedom of expression in the country and more.
The relative marginalisation of Pansare’s work is likely a consequence of the larger unquestioned practices that have become normal fare in communist parties today.
Gokhale being too rational and far-sighted did not arouse those deep, compelling, and divisive passions essential to mobilise people and to keep narrow versions of nationalism alive.
In his quiet, poised manner (quite unlike his passionate public speeches), he talked about his inspirations, the future of left and democratic politics, and the movement in JNU.
Let me begin by wishing us all a happier New Year than the past year has been. Last year, we had to watch a series of events that attacked our democratic right of freedom of expression and our culture of secularism. It was a dangerous trend that we […]
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?
In the wake of the ongoing protest by writers and artists over the government’s response to incidents of violence and intolerance, sociologists have expressed their disquiet at the PM’s ‘late response’ and his failure to assert the rule of law will be defended
“I can’t fight the growing communal forces physically so I have decided to lodge a silent protest by returning the award,” the 75-year-old author of more than 30 books said.
Poet hopes Akademi will stir from its “soporific stance and act. We need to fear no one in this matter.’
New Delhi: After eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal, former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Ashok Vajpeyi has returned his Sahitya Akademi Award to protest the “assault on right to freedom of both life and expression”. Voicing displeasure over the Dadri lynching incident and and a string of killings of rationalists, he also […]
I am doing this in memory of the Indians who have been murdered, in support of all Indians who uphold the right to dissent, and of all dissenters who now live in fear and uncertainty.
New Delhi: A collective assault on reason – that is how a gathering of academics and activists this weekend described the ongoing attack on individuals, institutions, history, ideas and education that has been gathering pace across the country “ever since the RSS-dominated BJP government” came to power at the Centre. Organised here by […]
To speak against the Hindu religion is now an affront to the larger nationalist cause. Even if the ‘bad’ Hindu’s criticism has ethical intentions – such as the fight against superstition – he is an unwanted threat to the cause of religious nationalism.
3 dead due to violence in Manipur Three people died and many others sustained injuries in Manipur following mob violence that erupted over the passing of three bills in the state assembly, officials said on Tuesday. The violence took place on Monday night in Churchandpur, where an indefinite […]
The context of Kalburgi’s life’s work – and the likely context of his death – is the fraught cultural politics of the Lingayat community in Karnataka.
Dharwad: Former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University M M Kalburgi, the well-known scholar and epigraphist who courted controversy for his forthright views on religious, social and other issues, was shot dead at his Kalyanagar residence here this morning by unidentified gunmen. He was 77 years old. “Dr Kalburgi was shot […]