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

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    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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    The Holy Predicament

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    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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    Social Implications of Academic Transformations

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

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    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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    The Martyrdom ofAfzal Guru and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

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    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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    Cast(e)ing Music

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    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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    Spirit and Ustad Hotel: What the State Wants to Say?

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    M.H.Ilyas ____________________________________________________________ On deeper scrutiny,by supposedly giving out the 'message' about responsible drinking it can be seen that 'SPIRIT' is playing out  a covert state strategy. The film that is vocal about the increase in liquor consumption among ordinary workers, however keeps mum about the living conditions which pressurise them into such a situation.USTAD HOTEL by Anwar rasheed also belongs to this group of films. The film that doles out detailed instructions about family planning, it is not surprising that Ustad hotel scoffs at the pro-natal policy prevalent among Malabar Muslims.M.H. Ilias argues that the films ustad hotel and spirit put forth arguments acceptable for the governing

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    Ezhavas are not Hindus

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    E.Madhavan To use the Ezhavas as scapegoats/foot soildiers  of Hindutva is the main aim of the current SNDP General secretary Mr.Vellapallay Natesan. In an  effort towards the formation of Hindu parliament or Hindu Aikyavedi; to ensure the participation from Nayadis to Namboothiris; these  “Guru-worshipers” forget the sole of Sreenarayana Guru who was an anti-savarna caste  and anti-Hindutva  in his ideological leanings. This book written by former S.N.D.P secretary E.Madhavan reminds them of their own history. This is the detailed version of the speech he had delivered at the “Thiyya youth society” meeting at Pattanakkad in 1934. He contends that “Ezhavas are not Hindus; they were Budhists who were following their own

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    Sahodaran Ayyappan: Overcoming Narayana Guru

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    J. Reghu The Left movement in Kerala that took advantage of the progressive legacy of the Ezhava Movement, deliberately marginalized and silenced the radical trend represented by Ayyappan, despite the fact that he was one of the pioneers in disseminating the revolutionary message of the October Revolution in Kerala. What the Communist Party inherited and carried forward was the ‘religio-reformist Narayana Guru’, at the cost of rational and revolutionary trends within the Ezhava Movement. The epithet of ‘social revolutionary’ attributed to Narayana Guru by the Kerala Communists, in fact, inhibited not only a critical evaluation of his discourse, but also ‘homogenized’ the Ezhava Movement. This ‘homogenization’ or ‘Sree

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    Between “Surprise” and “Worry”: The Problematique of Intellectual Positions on the Arab Spring

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    M.H.Ilias "There is also a widely held Western liberal misconception that the genuine democratic sense in the Arab World is limited to narrow secular elites. For some, change comes only through military coup while for others the vast majority in the Arab world can only be mobilized through religious fundamentalism." When you learn a new language, the first few vocabularies that you may come to learn without much effort may be ‘filthy’ ones. Islam, in this sense, is a new language and quite unfortunately, jehad, fatwa or murtad appear to be the ‘filthy terms’ for many in the media and academics. The conversations about the Arab/Islamic world, thus, often don’t go beyond these terms. The region at present, however, is an arena of

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