We have used the term for Dr Binayak Sen, Soni Sori and Irom Sharmila. It fits you well because you are in jail only because you were the only one who did not compromise with the ruling dispensation and whom the Sangh Parivar fears.
Regardless of the 40 plus year history of Left/Progressive culture, intimidating Bahujan’s is the saga of Progressive “Debate and Dissent” JNU!! For the Bahujan activists who exist in JNU as students, the question or the existential crisis is “Can the Bahujan walk freely in the Progressive Island called JNU?”
Let’s talk about rape. Again.
Why was every bit in the movie so accurate, I wondered while strikingly loving the cinema.
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.