India, Left Politics, Movements, Organisational QUestion, Politics, South Asia

Kerala Elections and Debates Around the Left Ministry

The exclusion of the former Kerala Health Minister K Shailaja despite her victory in elections has been criticised from Left politicians as well as sympathisers. Should one really worry so much about the exclusion?

capitalism, Education, India, informal labour, Politics, South Asia

Pandemic, Migration and the Education Crisis: How Capitalism Aggravated it

The painful pictures of migrants heading home must be haunting many people. The reality is that there is no correct estimation of how many workers migrate internally in India, given the precarity and the unavailability of jobs. According to a World Bank estimate, there are nearly 40 million internal migrants. The figure was echoed in… Continue reading Pandemic, Migration and the Education Crisis: How Capitalism Aggravated it

India, informal labour, Poetry, Politics, South Asia

मैं फिर आऊँगा

मैं फिर आऊँगाजब तुम्हें मेरी ज़रूरत होगी दर्द का एहसासमुझे भी होता हैमेरे सीने से भी चीख निकलती हैआँखो के पर्दे फाड़ देइतनी तेजलेकिन तुम तो बहरोके नगर के राजा होतुम्हें कैसे सुनाई देती तुम्हें महसूस होता हैजब वार होतुम्हारी दौलत परइकट्ठा किया है जिसकोतुमने ग़रीबी के खून बहा करजिससे बू आती हैउन लाशों कीजो… Continue reading मैं फिर आऊँगा

BJP, capitalism, Caste Politics, Corona Virus, India, Jamia, Politics, religion, South Asia

Corona Narratives III:Enmity, Hatred and Livelihood in times of Communal Virus

Ahmad (name changed) has been our regular kabadiwallah (junk dealer). He would come whenever we called him to collect newspapers, empty bottles, old junk of any kind. Around two years back he took a lot of time to come and, in fact, told us that he could come only on Sunday. I was perplexed at… Continue reading Corona Narratives III:Enmity, Hatred and Livelihood in times of Communal Virus

Education, India, Jamia, Movements, Politics, South Asia, Student Politics

Don’t Doubt Us, We have been your students

Ravi Kumar I remember those faceswhich wanted proofof me getting killed,of 16 fractures in my bodyafter they took me out of the hostel room,tied me to a treeand broke my bones I remember those faceswhich wanted oil radiator in their officesforgetting that I was being dragged out in the cold winter nightand beaten upwhen I… Continue reading Don’t Doubt Us, We have been your students

India, Left Politics, Politics, South Asia

Ifs and buts of Elections 2019

I am not a psephologist, neither do I owe the ability to perfectly predict what goes on inside mind of Indians. Social scientists of variety have been at it to tell us who will win, whose winnability is it this time in Indian Parliamentary elections. Facebook's, WhatsApp and so on, they are all over it.… Continue reading Ifs and buts of Elections 2019

India, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Left Politics, Movements, Politics, South Asia

The Battle at Begusarai: More than loss and win it is about what kind of politics we want

There are a lot of anti-BJP intellectuals who have not been writing why people should vote for Kanhaiya Kumar. And I understand the predicament. For them, dilemma emanates from the fact that either of the anti-BJP candidates – RJD or CPI – would work. I also understand why both are put at the same plane… Continue reading The Battle at Begusarai: More than loss and win it is about what kind of politics we want

Geopolitics, Politics, SAARC, South Asia, Uncategorized

Afghanistan: Can it emerge out of its Darkness with External Assistance?

Wars have been fought historically to control territories in physical sense as well as in non-physical economic sense. In contemporary times these wars are not doing anything different. They have only acquired different weapons – from military stockpiles to the power of media, which presents to the world what the powers that be want to… Continue reading Afghanistan: Can it emerge out of its Darkness with External Assistance?

BJP, Caste Politics, Dera Sacha Sauda, Politics, Ram Rahim, religion

When Haryana Burnt: Religion, Politics and Lumpenism

The Failure of the Haryana Government Why the Haryana government failed to ensure that the violence that Panchkula and Sirsa witnessed is more than merely a law and order question because law and order is as much a political as social question. As pointed out by courts despite section 144 thousands of supported marched into… Continue reading When Haryana Burnt: Religion, Politics and Lumpenism