Rise of Donald Trump

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The demand made by Republican Party presidential candidate Mr. Donald Trump to ban entry of Muslims United State created a massive uproar all across the world. Some dismiss Mr. Trump as a xenophobic while many others recommend not to consider him seriously and dismiss him as a clown or as an attention seeker. While both these opinions are true but the rise of Mr. Trump as a phenomena in American politics requires closer scrutiny. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fighter for Democratic Issues – Rohith Vemula

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On the 17th of January 2016, Rohith Vemula, PhD scholar in Humanities at Hyderabad Central University, committed suicide in one of the hostel room. In his suicide note, he wondered at a society where a person’s value is reducible to his ‘immediate identity and nearest possibility’, while holding no one responsible for his death. Taken with his letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University and written a few weeks earlier, it is clear he felt forced to take his life because he was a Dalit. He had faced caste discrimination all his life and the caste discrimination he faced in the University too became unbearable for him.

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Between Freedom and Fascism: Speech is really free only when it hurts

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Amidst Hindutva’s escalating hysterical-nationalism, raising the question of Kashmir’s right to self-determination was at the same time the most radical and the most blasphemous thing to do

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“We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of the majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country”. Quoting Jefferson in his speech on the eve of adoption of the Indian Constitution, Ambedkar went on to say that Jefferson’s observation was not “merely true, but is absolutely true”.
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Lecture on Nationalism at JNU: Nivedita Menon

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Nivedita Menon is a noted feminist writer and professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Umar Khalid, My Student

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umar khalid, jawaharlal nehru university, jnu, jnu row, umar khalid arrest, kanhaniya kumar, kanhaiya kumar arrest, jnu agitation, jnu sedition case, jnusu president sedition case, jnu news, india news, latest newsOn February 9, till 1.20 pm, Umar was in my office. Anirban was presenting his chapter before a group of students undertaking PhD or MPhil research under my supervision. Umar was one of them. With rapt attention, he heard the presentation, contributed to the discussions, and we fixed a date for his presentation that was to follow. Little did I know as I hurried Umar out that day that things would change so dramatically for him, for me, and for all of us at JNU.
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Umar Khalid, my son

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Apoorvanand, The writer teaches Hindi at Delhi University.

 

Because to rebel is to affirm and renew one’s humanity.

“Umar is my son,” I want to say. I have never met him. I do not know him. And yet, I want to claim him as my son. I do not have a son.

All I have is a daughter. A daughter fast approaching the age when young minds come into their own. Umar Khalid is past that age. He is already an independent, autonomous mind. And a heart bleeding for the oppressed of the earth, burning with rage for injustices against them, crying for justice for them.
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OF AMBEDKARITES AND COMMUNISTS; THOUGHTS ON SOME TENSIONS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR ANNIHILATION OF CASTE

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One of my recent weekends has been one of the most joyous as also one of the most disturbing ones in ages. Joy was of meeting long lost friends (husband and wife) after a gap of almost 20 years. The disturbing and most disconcerting experience was of a discussion that I happened to get involved in with another friend who was accompanying me to the place.

The long lost friends are ex-comrades in arms from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at New Delhi, who as members of the then Delhi Medicos and Scientists Forum (DMSF) had fought with us struggles against commercialization of health care, against WTO and changes in intellectual property rights, struggles for restoring campus democracy and those opposing discrimination against reserved category students. The couple knows me and my senior comrades as dedicated revolutionaries and respect and admire us for same. I will simply refer to them as ‘B’ (the wife) and ‘A’ (the husband). The friend who was accompanying me is an Ambedkarite and a fellow traveler in the discipline of public health. I’ll refer to him as ‘C’ Read the rest of this entry »