he biggest refugee crisis in recorded history has engulfed continents, swung elections and fueled the rise of nativism. It has also made a lot of people very, very rich.
There's an interesting piece by Julio Riberio, former IPS officer, in the Indian Express today. He calls it the response of a retired public servant "in the twilight of my life", to the recent steps taken by the central and right-wing state governments, as well as to their inaction in recent instances of horrifying incitement... Continue Reading →
The #hokkolorob ('Let there be clamour', 'let there be a confluence of voices') movement based in Jadavpur University saw a great deal of support from the public, and some opposition from the state and the authoritarian Hindu Nationalist party BJP. Nonetheless, after a four-month struggle, the vice-chancellor of the university was finally forced to vacate... Continue Reading →
Sourced from social media, for in many ways, this movement has been defined by its presence on social media. For that, as my friend Parichay pointed out, #hokkolorob probably owes a debt to journalist and veteran of the Shahbag Andolon Arif Jabtik, who advised protesting students not to depend on media houses for unbiased reportage.... Continue Reading →