“Relearning Anarchism in India” by Jaimine Bezboznik

Source: http://www.readoo.in/2016/02/anarchy-in-india In India as elsewhere, anarchist thought is widely misunderstood. As Bhagat Singh (1907 – 1931), one of the few Indian revolutionaries who had explicit anarchist leanings, put it: “The people are scared of the word anarchism. The word anarchism has been abused so much that even in India revolutionaries have been called anarchist to … Continue reading

“Asexuality and hypersexuality” by By Richa Kaul Padte

The stigma of hypersexuality attached to mentally disabled women and the assumed asexuality of people with physical disabilities both serve to exclude disabled people from the realm of socially accepted sexual behaviours, practices, and rights.

Notes from Election Mongers: “India: The anarchy of simple living” (Saba Naqvi)

“India: The anarchy of simple living” by Saba Naqvi (Saba Naqvi is a New Delhi based journalist who follows politics and issues of identity. She writes for Outlook magazine and is the author of In Good Faith, published in 2012.) For the first time in decades political pundits in India’s capital New Delhi are being … Continue reading

Notes from Election Mongers: “A welcome bout of anarchy in Delhi” (Tathagata Satpathy)

“A welcome bout of anarchy in Delhi” by Tathagata Satpathy (a member of Parliament affiliated to the Biju Janata Dal) Source: mintlive.com Individual freedom of human beings is truly signified by a state of complete yet considerate anarchy. In the theory of Karl Marx, the culmination of development is perceptible when the state withers away. … Continue reading

“Keep cyberspace free” by SAMIR SARAN

It is a global commons that cannot be controlled by any government or corporation. History today stands on the cusp of a technological pivot much like it did 160 years ago. When US commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay in 1853, he found a Japan so fossilised in time by its technophobic bureaucracy and protectionist businesses … Continue reading

“In defence of anarchism” by Monobina Gupta

It is foolish to expect our parliamentarians to be acquainted with the radical philosophy of anarchism. Controversial yes, but anarchism — many would argue — is not a philosophy to be dismissed easily. Over the decades, anarchism has evolved into exhilarating, if sometimes reckless, political thought. Equally reviled by Marxists and Rightists, the philosophy has … Continue reading

Dogs (A poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz)

These stray dogs in the streets, Begging – an endowment their only treat. Curses from others, are their total effects, Abuses by the world, are their only assets. Neither rest at night, nor joy in the day, Filth is their abode, in gutters do they lay. If agitated, then turn them on one another, A … Continue reading

The Message of Gandhi by Edgar Snow

Like Marx, Gandhi hated the state and wished to eliminate it, and he told me he considered himself “a philosophical anarchist.”

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part II

In the last post, I discussed the differences in Gandhi’s and Ambedkar’s attitudes towards civil disobedience of law in a democracy, and thus distinction in their visions of democracy itself. In this post, I continue on those differences to illustrate how Ambedkar’s model of democracy has some disturbing implications on freedom and is liable to … Continue reading

the imitating monkey: India an uncomfortable democracy

Functioning anarchy in India By: Shashi Tharoor | Published: August 16, 2011   Every year, during India’s rainy season, there is, equally predictably, a ‘monsoon session’ of parliament. And, every year, there seems to be increasing debate about which is stormier — the weather or the legislature. Consider the current session, which began on August … Continue reading