This is not a case of ‘India’s daughter as many would like to see it. It is not about a couple of men making sure that their lust is satisfied. The case of Asifa is one of many, where the bodies of women and children are used to send a message or teach an entire community a message.
For you, she may be another Nirbhaya, but for us, she’s a lot more than that. Her tragic murder reminds us of our sisters, who were selectively raped during the Gujarat genocide; and many known and unknown similar incidents that continue to happen in this nation and across!!
Culturally, Holi is the coming together of the Right and the Left symbolically burning the Dalit woman, with the blessings of Manu, with joy and pomp in the public sphere while Dalit,Adivasi, Bahujan women continue to cry silently. Holi will not only remain anti-bahujan, anti-dalit and anti-adivasi women in character but against womanhood itself.
Abdul Nasar Ma’dani is an icon for his supporters as well as for his adversaries (and also for the adherents of calculated apoliticism). Several media trials that he underwent potentially embedded him in the mainstream popular conscience as the face of ‘islamic terrorism’.
Now, it has been 15 years since this tragic incident occurred and still the Adivasi communities of Kerala are being denied of basic rights such as land, education, and health. The progressive society of Kerala has conveniently forgotten the struggle lead by the Adivasi communities to secure their basic rights and the progressive Government has turned a deaf ear to the existential issues faced by the Adivasis.
This film therefore while touching upon intricate contours of caste and patriarchy; while it shows how any violence is justified while chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jay;’it shies away from looking at violence against Muslims and Islamophobia in the eye.
So the next time you see Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurate yet another programme for the national media claiming another transgender friendly move, please dare to stop. Dare to not publish. Nothing of the sort is happening over here. The CM and the state are drenched in the blood of transgender people. It is all a big lie.
Overall, the language of mainstream politics is so exclusive that it can hardly afford any independent pronouncement or protestation from the margins of establishments. Its very grammar is formulated for the purpose of invisiblising the victim, silencing their voices, and demanding their inactivity in advance.
Why the BJP vote share is abnormally high? How is it that had Congress got 3,000 more votes in 16 seats where it lost by a margin less than 3000, it would have, while still at a vote share of 41.4% roughly, and 8% behind BJP, got 93 seats! And form the Govt!
We Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasis together form the most substantial numerical majority in India, of 68% of its population. The onus is on us to build the formidable political force which would defeat these fascist forces and reclaim the Republic. Whether elections alone can accomplish this, I will not state now.