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#Gurugram, and the real lesson from the #Mahabharata – Appropriation is as old as the hills!

Ekalavya's Guru Dakshina

Following on from this series of tweets Ever since I heard of the renaming of Gurgaon to Gurugram, it was as if something exploded within me. Naming one metro station “Guru Dronacharya” did not bother me as much – especially since the next one is “Sikanderpur”. (I died mildly, thinking of the irony, when someone …

A Narration of Police Brutality at the University of Hyderabad

Police brutality at Hyderabad Central University

The following is a first person account by Md Hasanujjaman, M Phil in English, University of Hyderabad of the brutality unleashed by the police against the students and faculty of University of Hyderabad. I am one of the arrested students in connection with the protest against the VC of UoH. I belong to a minority community of West Bengal. My …

A History of, and Response to, Disproportionate Violence

Soni Sori poster

This post began life as an attempt to boost the response to the latest wave of targeted violence and/or State-sponsored suppression of civil liberties in Chhattisgarh. Even as I typed away, trying to summarize the ever-mounting brutality in that state, the news breaking from the University of Hyderabad took centre-stage. Every day this past week …

Does the argumentative Indian really exist?

Bus burned at Bhosari by Shiv Sena activists

The Indian socio-political space is polarized as never before. The religious and economic right wings came together in an unprecedented show of solidarity and gave India its first Prime Minister who refuses to answer any questioning. The writing was on the wall. Subramanian Swamy had detailed the RSS “plan” as far back as 1999 with remarkable …