Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Africa is not a country: How the Indian government and media have mishandled the racist attacks

In Scroll.in

May 31, 2016

Colour matters. In India, it matters a lot. We knew that much before the recent attacks on people who are being described as African nationals.

We knew that just on the basis of the persistence of fairness cream commercials, including those for men.

But black lives don't matter. For we must admit that not all people from Africa are insulted, jeered at, called all kinds of horrid names and every now and then beaten up and even killed. It is only those of a certain colour that we Indians seem to hate.

Read the rest here: http://scroll.in/article/809054/africa-is-not-a-country-how-the-indian-government-and-media-have-mishandled-the-racist-attacks

Saturday, May 21, 2016

'Important for intellectuals to take sides': Academic Hiren Gohain on why the BJP is bad for Assam

This interview was done before the Assam election results were out.

May 7, 2016

The Sahitya Akademi award winner feels the party has been exposed as fascist and would wreck the communal harmony in the state should it come to power.


RK Pachauri’s civil suit against a women’s rights lawyer could set a very dangerous precedent

Here's a catch up of various articles I've written for Scroll that I haven't posted on this blog.

April 12, 2016

The move by the climate scientist, who is facing sexual harassment charges, is likely to have a chilling effect on other women.