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ON NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY, WE REMEMBER MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD

 “Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” - Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He will be remembered as a pioneer of unity and harmony among citizens. His legacy thrives bright in the country, both as a leader of the Indian National movement and as a front runner of education rights for all.... Read more

‘TRY HARDER”, BARBADOS PM MIA MOTTLEY URGES WORLD LEADERS AT COP26

One of the key takeaways from the COP26 summit undergoing in Glasgow is not the solid actions and promises being made by world leaders but the discussions being enabled through such a massive international conference. Not many countries responsible for the growing temperatures in the world today have made any serious commitments other than vague promises, which is exactly what Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, the lone Caribbean island, said in her address at the summit. ... Read more

SILENCE IS THE RESPONSE FROM PM MODI AND SHAH ON LAKHIMPUR KHERI: DISTURBING

It probably may never have happened before in independent India in this fashion; a group of cars, part of a convoy of a Union Minister drives over an innocent group of citizens. On Sunday, 3 October, in Lakhimpur Kheri, an SUV owned by the Union Minister of State Home Affairs Ajay Mishra mowed down farmers who were protesting in the area. Soon after the incident happened non-BJP leaders took on to the streets and social media protesting and condemning the attack.  Yet, there has been no word from the central leadership of the country.... Read more

CRITICAL THINKING IN A CLIMATE OF HINDUTVA

Kannur University in Kerala has decided to retain the works of M S Golwalker (A Bunch of Thoughts) and V D Savarkar (Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?) for their post-graduation course being offered, titled Governance and Politics. A controversy had erupted after the syllabus for the course was revealed - critics expressed their concern that teaching right-wing, Hindutva ideologues in today’s day and age can result in backfiring. ... Read more

IN KERALA, MUSLIM LEAGUE DISSOLVES WOMAN’S YOUTH WING HARITHA

The Haritha state committee has been dissolved by the IUML leadership on Wednesday. The Muslim league’s high-level meeting took the decision because the Haritha committee did not comply with the ‘party’s demands’.... Read more

CRISES AND HEALING: NEW LESSONS IN THE WAKE OF A POST CAPITALIST WORLD

"When we bring our fights to the watering hole of grief, our political systems, natural environment, economic frameworks, civil society and culture all become living, breathing memorials to what we have lost. What we have lost becomes found, witnessed, honored. In this way, all social justice and human rights work is a collective act of gloried mourning. To have a movement that breathes, you must build a movement with the capacity to grieve."... Read more

READING DOWN OF RESTITUTION OF CONJUGAL RIGHTS ESSENTIAL FOR A SAFER INDIA

As we are in the 21st century, its high time to rethink and restructure the divorce laws in the country. The Restitution of Conjugal Rights, a legal provision within the Hindu Marriage Act (1955)/Special Marriage Act (1954), is observed and critiqued by... Read more

NAME CHANGES TO EDITS IN NOTES: REWRITING HISTORY

On being simply notified by a twitter user and an RSS ideologue, Ratan Sharda, the Ministry of Culture has removed a certain paragraph about the Mughal Empire from the KnowIndia website. Though being an uncertain, barely noticeable incident... Read more

100 YEARS SINCE THE MAPPILA REVOLT, NOW BEING ERASED FROM HISTORY

On 24 August, a committee of 3 members from the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) reviewed the names of ‘freedom fighters’ from 1857 to the independence in 1947, and has decided to remove 387 names of martyrs who died in the Malabar Rebellion of 1921. ... Read more

“EXPECTING JUSTICE”, HARITHA TO IUML

Haritha, the woman wing of IUML’s students’ faction MSF has been frozen by the party following the complaints filed by ten of its members against the state and district MSF leaders. The women had filed a complaint to the State Women’s Commission after not getting any response from IUML, regarding derogatory, sexual remarks allegedly made by MSF State President P. K Navas and Malappuram district General Secretary V. Abdul Wahab during a MSF meeting on June 22nd.... Read more

DEVARAJ URS, A VISIONARY FOR KARNATAKA

20 August 2021 marked the 106th birth anniversary of D Devaraj Urs, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and a significant figure in Indian politics. Urs was elected Chief Minister twice consecutively in the state, from 1972-’77, and from 1978-’80. His political career was dedicated to the upliftment of the marginalised castes in Karnataka, making him one of the first few Chief ministers in the country to appoint a commission to identify the backward classes.... Read more