Six points on the Afzal Guru hanging

This was written in response to a friend’s comment on a FB thread. 1) Taking words like ‘national sovereignty’ and ‘attack on the nation’ out for a minute (why should the parliament–given not its place in the national ideology but actual everyday work–be considered more of a symbol of our nation than a temple, mosque,…

Politics and Precariousness after Mumbai

This was written a few days after the attack on Mumbai in November 2008. Trust the United States to be unfailingly hypocritical. Every time there is an attack on its Empire—ranging two occupied countries and over 700 military bases—it is those damn terrorists, nay, it is Al Qaeda. But in the aftermath of the horrendous…

Caste, Hierarchy and Violence against Women

*This post was part of  ‘Men Say No’ Blogathon at www.mustbol.in/team-blog* 30 November, 2011 Gender-based violence is a reality across the world, though the precise forms it may take are varied. What is striking about India–and more specifically, Delhi– is the perceived impunity with which men engage in acts of violence outside of homes (where one would…