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  • Nikhila-Henry

    Most students remanded belong to ‘disadvantaged strata’

    Utharakalam Admin

    Students mostly hailing from deprived socio-economic backgrounds have been sent to 14-day judicial custody after they staged protests at UoH following the return of Vice-Chancellor, P. Appa Rao to campus. Among the 25 protesters who were arrested on March 22, at least 15 are first generation literates who came to study in this institution of higher learning even as they hail from disadvantaged communities including Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and Bahujans. More, put together they represent five States- Andhra Pradesh Telangana, Kerala, West Bengal and Orissa. Even the political backgrounds of the student leaders in custody are diverse as it ranges from Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and Students Federation of India (SFI) to

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  • HSU-mark

    FEDERATION OF CENTRAL UNIVERSITY TEACHERS ASSOCIATIONS

    Utharakalam Admin

    FEDCUTA Press Statement on Hyderabad Central University Crisis 24.3.2016 The FEDCUTA strongly condemns the police crackdown on students and teachers of Hyderabad Central University, a constituent of FEDCUTA, and demands the immediate removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile. The VC and his team of administrators are yet again responsible for unleashing a series of extremely unfortunate events that have led to a full-blown crisis for the students and teachers in the campus. On 22nd March 2016, the VC, against whom the enquiry on charges of inciting and abetting Rohith Vemula's suicide are still pending, returned to work and through an apparently pre-planned course of events, allowed the CRPF and RAF to enter the campus and

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  • EFLU(4)

    Revoke the rustication of Mohan Dharavath, Satheesh Nainala and Subhash Kumar at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

    Utharakalam Admin

    Revoke the rustication of Mohan Dharavath, Satheesh Nainala and Subhash Kumar at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad ________________________________________ Three Dalit Bahujan research scholars were rusticated on May 6th at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad for participating in a meeting organized by the students’ union to protest against the illegal closure of the library reading room. Surprisingly, these students were active members of various student organizations which constantly strived to expose several corruption charges against the university administration. According to recent media reports, CAG had unearthed financial irregularities in the university to the tune of several

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  • V.V.Vinus-works

    FROM A CRADLE OF THORNS

    Utharakalam Admin

    Vinu’s works refuse to accept the basic assumptions inherent in such posturing and attempts to begin its real work in the fuzzy areas in  the  aporias of ‘culture ‘.  The closing off of entire cultures towards what falls outside of the hegemonic , the demonization  of ‘other’ peoples and cultures, is a constant theme in Vinu’s paintings. While  difference is marked by contempt and suspicion in the  common sense of socially dominant groups, attempting to paralyze dissent, this artist refuses to partake in the diatribes of the ‘cultured’ and makes out a case to the contrary, aided by the subversive potentials of Ambedkar vis a vis Indian

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  • Holy-Hell;-A-Memoir-of-Fait

    The Holy Predicament

    Utharakalam Admin

    Absurdly, in the case of ‘Mata Amritanandamayi’, it is the ‘Devi’ herself who is propagating patriarchal ideas. And the idea of purity as a non-menstruating woman does not seem to have been a myth created around her by a man, but she has just internalized it, because Gail accounts shows ‘Amma’ propagating such stories from the very beginning, even before an ashram was set up in her name. Now, the question is, from when on did we have this bizarre idea of woman being impure, unclean and shameful because she menstruates? Rose Merin __________ After having finished reading the book Holy Hell; A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness by Gail Tredwell, I couldn’t help but write this. The book is totally

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  • Prof Satyanarayana

    Social Implications of Academic Transformations

    Utharakalam Admin

    This is an interview with K Satyanarayana, the senior lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, about the academic discourse and social structures. He has been teaching for fourteen years and has been involved in the field of Dalit Studies for many years.  He has designed and taught a series of courses under the rubric of “Cultural Studies” as part of M.A (Literary and Cultural studies) Programme.  Some of the courses include “Dalit Studies: Literature, Caste and Culture in India,” “Classics and Dalit Literature,” “Caste and Culture in India,” “Dalit Autobiography: Form and Politics”, “Subaltern Studies” and “Reading Ambedkar.”  Satyanarayana

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  • EMSum-penkuttyum

    National order and the subaltern subject in Benyamin’s EMS and the Girl

    Utharakalam Admin

    Georgy Roy If the universalism of Brahmanism is achieved through the assimilation of this subaltern culture, this assimilation makes the subaltern as the agents of this dominant culture and is sent packing to Laos.  This happens through a process of humanism whereby western modernity is made the villain for the subaltern and women. Jose regains his lost acquaintance of the Mongs through the media reporting about a Mong mother killing her four children and committing suicide. This evokes in Jose a “longing and curiosity”  which ends in a visit to Pakavu’s home which is described as “abounding with the smell of poverty”, he meets YaVang’s father who is represented as filled with despair and living alone after fighting for the

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  • nalukettu-21

    More on the Good-Bad-Ugly Muslim in Malayalam Literature: Within and Without NAALUKETTU

    Utharakalam Admin

    M.T Ansari This article engages with the 1996 Jnanpith awardee M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s first published novel Naalukettu (1958), which won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award in 1959, in order to understand how the Malabar-Mapilla, as region-religion, pre-figures as the other of the emerging regional/national modern. In 1889 (Indulekha) we saw a nameless and nation-less villain becoming a Muslim, in 1990 ('Higuita') we saw a Muslim becoming a cut-out villain, and in-between, in 1922 (Duravastha), in 1956-65 (Chemmeen, novel-film) and in 1957 (Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum), we saw how caste-conversion dimensions further nuanced the representation of the Muslim within Malayalam literature. In Naalukettu, we find the good, the bad and the ugly

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  • Afzal-1

    The Martyrdom ofAfzal Guru and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

    Utharakalam Admin

    Sudeesh K _________________________________ “There are times when the terror which the symbolic order has safely defused, sublimating it into the majesty of law and sovereignty, comes bursting through the fault lines of that order in the shape of the ineffable Real.” Terry Eagleton, Holy Terror _________________________________ What follows is a few thoughts on the ethical crisis within the imaginary communities of nation-state in the aftermath of Afzal Guru-event. The secret execution of AfsalGuru invites our attention to two fundamental ethical problems-the problem of the rights of the prisoners who are accused of being involved in anti-national activities and the problem of the traumatized Kashmiries who are

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  • 3d

    Cast(e)ing Music

    Utharakalam Admin

    Sruthi Herbert ______________________________________________________________ 3D Stereo Caste is a short documentary on caste thoroughly rooted in reality. Short. Precise.Sharp. Hard-hitting. This documentary shows how caste operates in the field of music – a field that has not seen a lot of debates and discussions in Kerala. And for that reason, it can be expected to ruffle a few feathers. Explicitly political, it seamlesslessly interweaves several facets of caste discrimination into one coherent narrative. ______________________________________________________________ Many years ago, when we were tiny tots who were taken for dance classes on Sundays, mom would whether she could join the violin classes. The old brahmin

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