Umar Khalid’s arrest in connection with February 2020 Delhi riots can be seen as cognitive incarceration of Muslim youth
The recent arrest of Umar Khalid is being seen as one of the most outrageous steps in a series of sustained attacks on the flag bearers of a certain cause.
Speaking on the contempt of court issue related to lawyer Prashant Bhushan, the former apex court judge said his statements were misread
Protesting in a pandemic: National lockdown over coronavirus outbreak changes how Bilal Bagh's women carry on anti-CAA fight
On the morning of 24 March, hours after the protest site at Shaheen Bagh had been cleared by the Delhi Police, five women in Bengaluru’s Bilal Bagh sat waiting for the inevitable. It had been 46 days since they had begun their sit-in protest against the CAA, NRC and NPR, and they knew the police would come knocking any minute.
BBMP resolution on protests outside Bengaluru's Town Hall aimed to delegitimise people's right to be seen, heard in public
The BBMP resolution seeking to ban protests outside the iconic Puttanna Chetty Town Hall in Bengaluru shows that blocking traffic has somehow become an enough threat to 'public order' the state’s understanding to qualify as a reasonable restriction to the fundamental right to free speech and expression
Undergrad Bangladeshi student at Visva Bharati University asked to leave India in 15 days for engaging in 'anti-govt' activities
A Bangladeshi student of Visva Bharati University has been asked by the home ministry to leave the country for reportedly engaging in 'anti-government activities'
Justice DY Chandrachud says blanket labelling of dissent as anti-national strikes at heart of commitment to democracy
Justice Chandrachud was speaking on the topic,'The Hues That Make India: From Plurality to Pluralism,' as part of the 15th Justice PD Desai Memorial Lecture organised in Ahmedabad.
In Jamia students' anti-CAA protests are echoes of the university's challenge to British occupation of India
A century ago, Jamia Millia Islamia was founded as an act of resistance against the British occupation of India. As part of his Non-Cooperation Movement, Mahatma Gandhi had called for the boycott of all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime.
Understanding the Preamble: IIT-B professor Amit Singh deconstructs the phrase 'We, the people of India'
IIT-B professor Amit Singh analyses how the phrase "We, the People of India" entered the Preamble in part 6 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Paulomi Chakraborty, associate professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences — IIT-B, presents a nuanced exploration of equality in part 5 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
IIT-B students Pramod Mandade and Samarth Bhagwat discuss secularism in part 4 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Understanding the Preamble: Tuli Bakshi, Sharib Ali on the idea of justice as enshrined in the Constitution
Tuli Bakshi (postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences — IIT Bombay) and Sharib A Ali (director — Human Rights Programme, Quill Foundation) discuss the idea of justice in part 3 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Anupam Guha, assistant professor, Centre for Policy Studies — IIT-B, explains socialism, in part 2 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
Anush Kapadia, assistant professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences — IIT Bombay, speaks on the concept of 'sovereignty', in part 1 of IIT Bombay for Justice's #PreambleLectures series. Watch it here:
History has two stewards: record-keepers who guard the veracity of detail, and storytellers, who breathe moral life into factual record, writes Rega Jha
At a time of nationwide protests, India's classical artists are missing a culture of dissent, and this needs fixing
An absent culture of dissent is not a new feature in classical dance, given that the relationship of classical dancers with the society is heavily mediated by the state’s cultural machinery. As societies from across the world are leaning on their youth for leading the fight for a better tomorrow, there might be no better moment than now for the classical dances to reflect on what an education in classical dance is truly meant to serve.
Protest art and music have been at the forefront of the nationwide agitations against the CAA and NRC. Comics, illustrations and posters created over the past few weeks have helped raise awareness about the flaws in the NRC and CAA, while also refuting the government narrative surrounding these policies.
Domestic silence amid nationwide protests an act of extreme privilege: Idea of the Indian family needs rewriting
Resistance is to be the proverbial thorn in your family’s back, the rebellious black sheep, the unsubmissive voice of reason and confrontation. It’s in actively disparaging age-old traditions to create newer, more equitable ones.
CAA protests: Aligarh DM sounds red alert day after violent stir in UP, heavy security deployed in view of Friday prayers
A red alert was sounded and the city put under a heavy security cover in view of the first Friday prayers since the police crackdown on the students of Aligarh Muslim University protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act earlier this week
CAA protests: Ram Guha detention, Section 144 in Karnataka and UP suggest police overreach in handling demonstrations
India is in a precarious position today. It is caught in a pincer movement. From one side, efforts to blot out the secular and embracing character of the republic is being sought to be erased. The CAA is not a step, but a lunge in that direction.
Crackdown on Ramachandra Guha, other CAA protesters, exposes govt's inability to deal with democratic protests
The image of historian and writer Ramachandra Guha being dragged away by the police, during what appeared to be a non-violent protest in Bengaluru, seems to typify the state reaction in the wake of the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Every action has a reaction, but this time round, even simply shouting slogans or protesting at public places is not kosher.