The Root Of Protest At Shaheen Bagh Is Rural Distress
19.02.20 - CHARU SONI

"You can’t enter from here.”


"You can’t. This entrance is meant only for residents of Sharam Nagar.”

"Sharam Nagar?”

A new informal police code — Sharam Nagar or Shame City — has been invented for Shaheen Bagh (lit. Garden of Falcons) the site of anti-CAA, NPR, NRC protest ...

How to beat the censorship?
16.02.20 - Markandey Katju

In his YouTube interview ‘There is so much censorship’ the well known Pakistani journalist and fashion designer Mohsin Sayeed has lamented that today censorship in Pakistan is worse than in Genreal Parvez Musharraf’s time.

I have personal experience of this. Hardly any Indian newspaper publishes my ...

Bilal Bagh: An Appeal to Bengaluru
Bengaluru’s one week old Shaheen Bagh

01.30 Hours
I have just returned from Bilal Bagh on Tannery Road in north Bengaluru. For a week now, it is here that women, supported by men, are in a sit-in protest against the NPR/NRC/CAA.

However, unlike many other protests I have gone to over the past ...

Landless in Panjab: An Appeal

Randeep’s film shows us a major issue and unless Panjab acknowledges it, understands it, empathises with it, we can’t even begin to solve it.
LAST EVENING I had the satisfaction of seeing my friend Randeep Maddoke's documentary Landless. A few years back, when I was travelling ...

Can Kashmiri Pandits forget the past and move on?
20.01.20 - Markandey Katju

KASHMIRI PANDITS (KPs) were a small peaceful community living for centuries in Kashmir. They constituted of only about 400,000 people out of the 8 million people living in Kashmir i.e. about 5% of the total population.

In the 1990s they were selectively targeted during the militancy ...

Is Faiz’s Poem 'Hum Dekhenge' Anti-Hindu?
10.01.20 - Markandey Katju

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur has set up a panel to consider whether the poem ‘Hum Dekhenge’ by the famous Urdu poet Faiz is anti Hindu. This followed the recitation of the poem by students of IIT Kanpur on December 17th, 2019 on their ...

Footsteps on a Journey gone Astray
A successful attempt to depict Panjab’s crises
04.01.20 - Yadwinder Singh

We Panjabis
Are a history lost through centuries
We are the scattered pages of 
a sacred book  
the aware, twinkling alphabet 
on pages flying in the wind
- Afzal Aihsan Randhawa, Panjab di War
Amandeep Sandhu’s book Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines is an attempt to collect these scattered pages of the ...

Anti-CAA protesters must think over this
02.01.20 - Markandey Katju

The Citizens Amendment Act (CAA) permits non Muslim immigrants into India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizens if they have lived in India for at least 5 years, but it does not grant the same right to Muslim immigrants.

The justification for this ...

Ray of hope in dark times
31.12.19 - Jawed Naqvi

SYMBOLISM sometimes becomes more real than the reality it shadows. Observing the dark times Indians are fighting against with a blend of grit and determination, I am reminded of the nattily dressed Omid, the blind man from Bamiyan in Afghanistan whose name spells hope.

Bamiyan is, ...

A Tearful Ode to 'Punjabiyat'
19.12.19 - Prannv Dhawan

THE RECENT translation of the journal Chhata Darya in English (as the Sixth River) by Prof Maaz Bin Bilal brings to life the oft-forgotten but ever pervasive lived experiences of one of the most tragic episode of history that the people of the subcontinent went ...

Students protest against CAA: A beginning of a revolution?
17.12.19 - Markandey Katju

The students agitation in India against the blatantly discriminatory Citizens Amendment Bill (now an Act) marks the beginning of the coming historical Revolution in India, which will sweep away the filth of the centuries old feudal reactionary practices, customs and mindsets, abolish poverty, unemployment, malnourishment, ...

My Lords, Conduct Yourselves With Dignity In Court
05.12.19 - Markandey Katju

A SENIOR Supreme Court Judge of India recently lost his temper in Court at a senior Supreme Court lawyer, allegedly because the latter was repeating an argument which had already been made by another lawyer in the same case, and at his retort.
The Judge ...

The Priyanka Reddy rape and murder: A Note of Caution
30.11.19 - Markandey Katju & Dhruti Kapadia

The rape and murder of veterinary doctor Dr Priyanka Reddy, and the subsequent burning of her body in Hyderabad, has rightly enraged many people in India, and has indicated the dangers which working women in India face, particularly if they have to travel at night ...

AYODHYA VERDICT: Why the Sikhs are angry and the reasons for their confusion
28.11.19 - Charu Soni

THE BABRI MASJID case is not just a title dispute. It’s a dispute between the idea of the nation state and the idea of India that ordinary people carry in their hearts and minds.

Babri Masjid 1863-1887. Credit: Getty’s images
On one hand you have the demand for ...

TN Seshan — The Man Who 'Ate Politicians For Breakfast'
14.11.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

IT IS RARE to find such an outpouring of grief on the passing away of a government officer who retired about 25 years. But then former chief election commissioner T N Seshan was no ordinary officer. He was an institution in himself.

He not only made ...

Thudding sound from the roof
09.11.19 - ANIRUDH KALA

Last night, I woke up because there was this thudding sound from the roof and people babbling animatedly. Ran up to find a gaggle of men and women in strange dresses with pick axes and hammers discussing how to raze the house down.

"Why?" I asked ...

Uniting under the Chinar tree
03.11.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

Many years ago, in 2014, I tried to create an organisation called the Chinar Foundation for uniting all Kashmiris - Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, and for promoting the Kashmiri Sufi culture (see my article Chinar Foundation on my blog Satyam Bruyat of December 2014). My ...

Achha, naam kya tha us ka? Aaj Shardhanjali Samagam hai!
02.11.19 -

Achha, naam kya tha us ka? 
Chorro, ab mar gaya. Aaj Shardhanjali Samagam hai! Ab jaan kar kya karoge?

Angrezi mein vaise bhee nahi chhapta. 

ONE CAN WRITE WITH considerable flourish about a man like him, but is that really necessary? Bare facts should be able to make ...

Are you ready to count the corpses of Panjab?
Exclusive Excerpt - 'Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines'

‘If you want to understand Panjab, be ready to count its corpses,’ said the photographer as he reached for the drawer in his desk. On that spring afternoon, Satpal Danish and I had met at his shop in the Brahm Buta Akhara, near the Guru ...

Bonhomie between a Muslim Nawab and Kashmiri Pandit diwan
19.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

Pt Tribhuwan Nath Katju was my great grandfather (father of my grandfather Dr KN Katju, former Union Home and Law Minister, Governor of West Bengal and Odisha, and CM of MP). The story of the relation between him and the then Nawab of the Indian ...

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