Activism

My experience being the codependent of a covert cerebral narcissist - the story 1

My experience being the codependent of a covert cerebral narcissist – the story

Note: The “covert cerebral narcissist” is not a clinical diagnosis, but the best descriptor I found over the years for the behavior I was subjected to. A follow up post will explain recurring patterns and parts marked as * in this post. This post has now been edited to remove relatively irrelevant details and for …

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India Unites Convention on Non Violence and Harmony 2

India Unites Convention on Non Violence and Harmony

Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day India Unites for Non – Violence and Harmony is a non-political, citizen led campaign being organized from January 23- 30, 2019 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Gandhiji’s martyrdom.  Various civil society organizations, academics and activists are coming together on the anniversary of Gandhiji’s martyrdom to appeal to the nation to …

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dissent is patriotic

Dissenting Voices being crushed Again as people protesting activists’ arrests detained in Hyderabad

A group of people protesting the nationwide crackdown on human rights activists were picked up and arrested at Liberty chowrasta near the Ambedkar statue in Hyderabad around 11am on August 29. The protesters were not even allowed to stand near the Ambedkar statue and were arrested and detained by Hyderabad police. Some bystanders were also …

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Joint Statement condemning arrest of activists and public intellectuals 4

Joint Statement condemning arrest of activists and public intellectuals

We, the undersigned, are shocked by the serial raids across the country on the homes of activists and public intellectuals who are critical of the government and the ruling party at the Centre. The arrests of prominent activists and intellectuals Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Kranthi Tekula and others, are …

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The end of infatuation with Modi and regrets – aka – rats fleeing sinking ship

We’ve been seeing this phenomenon all through since the 2014 Lok Sabha election that swept the BJP to power in India. Assorted supporters of Modi and BJP backing off warily as individuals or in groups as they realize that the trailer and the film have little in common. And of course there are those like …

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Massive crowd at Deeksha Bhoomi on Dhammachakra Pravartan Din

Indian media un-noticed lakhs celebrating Dhammachakra Pravartan Din

Dhammachakra Pravartan Din at Deekshabhoomi “I have no Motherland’ Ambedkar once said to Gandhi, in frustration following the treatment dalits received in 20th Century. However, even if today an educated chunk belonging to Scheduled caste group get similar feeling of whether this is really “My Motherland”, then the status quo of the Indian society and the treatment its people receive …

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Inciting contempt for identities as human rights activism

There is an article in a blog dedicated to Dalit rights activism titled “How should a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?” I took exception to it on Twitter and ended up breaking India’s “laws” on how Dalits should be spoken to. This apparently means I am a Brahmin supremacist. Some things upfront. I have …

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Prashant Bhushan

Prashant Bhushan’s open letter to Arvind Kejriwal and media

Prashant Bhushan wrote a devastating open letter to Arvind Kejriwal. For some reason, the media, while publishing “full text” managed to miss some. Parts in blue are missing in several news outlets like Times of India, Economic Times and NDTV – all of whom seem to have made similar omissions – more likely copied from the NDTV …

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