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8 March 2017- International Women’s Day
Identifying the Foundations of Women’s Oppression, Charting the Course of Struggles for Liberation
8 March – International Women’s Day – was born in the struggles that women factory workers in their thousands waged against bondage a century ago.
Women workers in garment and other factories in the USA in 1909 first observed ‘Women’s Day’ with huge demonstrations to demand labour laws (including the 8-hour working day) and the right to vote for women. In 1910, the Second International Conference of Working Women at Copenhagen accepted German socialist …
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22-year old young Muslim man is lying in hospital, brutally beaten up by a bloodthirsty mob. His 52-year old father is dead. Killed, bashed to death with bricks, by the same mob. Their ‘crime’? The ‘mob’ claimed they had killed a cow and eaten beef. Rumors flew, an announcement was made a local temple, and the mob indulged in a bloodthirsty mayhem! At whose instructions did the ‘mob’ get organised?
A few days back, Prime Minister Modi informed us that the “most fundamental debate” for youth in India was the choice …
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Much hype and hyperbole has surrounded US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to India, with the Modi government trying it best to project this visit as a sign of India’s ‘emergence’ as a global power. Much is also being made of the Modi government’s pet ‘Make in India’ project.
Under all the hype, however, lies the plain fact that the Modi government has been busy ever since it came to power in know-towing to American strategic and corporate interests including US nuclear lobbies as well as US based multinational pharmaceutical …
The massacre of the journalists and cartoonists at the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo is heinous and condemnable. Terrorist actions like the Paris massacre can only become fodder for the global campaign of Islamophobia that is being used to justify wars, occupations, and torture.
Along with the Paris massacre, the Norway massacre by the Islamophobic Anders Breivik; threats against Salman Rushdie; the persecution of Taslima Nasreen in Bangladesh and in India; the Peshawar massacre; the harassment of MF Hussain, forcing him to leave India; the pulping of Wendy Doniger’s book under threats …
There is more to celebrate than a parade.
There are voices to be heard
That will keep up the murmur
Even after the songs are sung,
How many threads will you pull apart?
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people passing by
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,
Oh why, oh why can’t I?
Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? ~Ernest Gaines
Homophobia is a term that provides some kind …
Who is Afraid of Love?
On 15 November 2015, the AISA unit of Lucknow University (LU), held a convention on the campus premises on ‘Prem Se Darr Kisko?”(Who is afraid of love? Love Azaad vs. the lie of Love Jihad) The convention was organized in the light of the increasing communalisation of love in Uttar Pradesh by the RSS/BJP machinery. The urgent need to dispel the myth of love- jihad was further necessitated by the spate of provocative statements and threats being issued by BJP leaders like Yogi Adityanath on a …
A Significant Advance of Students’ Agenda Against the Politics of Muscle Power, Dominant Power-Lobbies and Communalism!
In the AUSU elections this year, 2 out of five central panel posts have been won by the Left forces, while much hyped ‘saffron wave’ got reduced to 1 post!
The verdict of the Allahabad University Students’ Union Election held on 21st November has manifested the aspiration of common students for a fundamental change inside the University for democracy, equality and struggle for students’ rights amidst an overall atmosphere of violence and lumpensim created by dominant …
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“We were gheraoed from all sides. When the rioters came in, we asked for police help but they said that they did not have any instructions to intervene. For four hours, the stone pelting continued. Some of the children got hurt, yet the police was a silent spectator”, Testimony of a woman in Trilokpuri
In the last week of October, Delhi witnessed another well-orchestrated campaign of hate and communal rumor mongering, leading to large-scale violence. Vested interests, led by former BJP MLA Sunil Vaidya, used the situation to spread all sorts …
“The black haired Jewish youth lies for hours in ambush, a satanic joy in his face, for the unsuspecting girl whom he pollutes with his blood and steals from her own race.By every means, he seeks to wreck the racial bases of the nation he intends to subdue. Just as individually he deliberately befouls women and girls, so he never shrinks from breaking the barriers race has erected against foreign elements. It was, and is, the Jew who brought Negroes to the Rhine, brought them with the same aim and …
After the RSS-BJP-VHP’s attempts to stoke communal tensions across Uttar Pradesh through vicious campaigns against the so-called ‘Love Jihad’ and cow slaughter, this orchestrated campaign of communal hate mongering is now being replicated in Delhi too. Over the past few days, as Id approaches, a campaign against cow slaughter by a group calling itself the ‘Hindu Krantikari Sena’ is being used to threaten and intimidate Muslims. In the backdrop of this ongoing campaign of communal hate and riot-mongering in Narela and Bawana in Delhi, a team consisting of AISA’s Delhi …