22
Jan

Scroll: At Hyderabad University 20 years ago …

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Friends, upon learning of Rohith Vemula’s death on the University of Hyderabad campus, I looked back at my own time in the same university twenty years back.

‘… I relate to his (Vemula’s) emptiness.

While mental illness in my family had scarred me, and separatist violence in my state had scared me, seeing a united movement for equality break down into such factionalism in an institute of higher learning broke me. After university, for a long time I lost my voice… I will always remember Rohith Vemula’s final letter. To me, he is a writer who has ignited the country. His words will live on.’

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Friends, while we feel concerned about Punjab – recent Pathankot, drugs, caste issues, agrarian and industrial crises – I feel we also need to understand the state as it warms up to elections next year.

For a while now the Sikhs have been calling for reform within their highest religious institution. They are being thwarted by those in power and control the institutions. Over last year the common people have showed their displeasure to the political leaders but at the recent Jor Mela they boycotted their religious leaders too. After that the SGPC demonstrated its betrayal of the Sikh community. This is unprecedented.

This genuine unrest of the common people in their political and religious representatives is in turn exploited by radical forces – Khalistan etc. A story on one of the grave fault lines of Punjab.

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5
Jan

A Facebook Post on IBNLive: Pathankot

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Dear friends, greeting for the new year. I know, there has been a one and a half month drought on thee site. I was not writing publicly. Today there is a minor flood: two articles. This one is on how we as a nation of audiences deal with threats to our country. I feel we become angsty because we do not trust systems. For that, I feel the blame lies with those who are supposed to run the systems. Please see the next one too.

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22
Nov

Daljit Ami: Sedition laws in times of trust deficit

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Friends, In Daljit Ami’s and my opinion, the response of the Punjab Government towards the organizers of the November 10 Sarbat Khalsa is wrong and should be condemned.

‘If raising a voice against nepotism, corruption and political interference in religious matters is treason then it is a proud treason. Every conscientious, curious person who is a believer in justice must raise his/her voice against such repression. Count us (the writer and translator) among them.’

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18
Nov

Dated Piece: On Punjab being on Edge in October

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

I missed the fact that this piece was actually published. I notice how it is a fluid piece because the realities of protest were unraveling very quickly in those days. Yet, I notice, this is the only piece which will have the names of the two who died or suffered grievously the violent aspects of the protests against the sacrilege of the Sikh holy book.

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Friends, if you heard about the Sarbat Khalsa near Amritsar November 10 you may want to read my report on the proeedings and critical remarks. If you have not heard of it because regular media managed to blank it out, you must now get acquainted with how Punjab is inching towards risky times. It needs your attention. Also read for the resolutions passed at the plenary meet. In spite of one and a half days now, I have not found them anywhere on the web in English.

‘I do not know what to derive from the resolutions as they put me squarely back into the dilemma: am I first a Sikh, and then an Indian, or vice versa, or only one of the two?’

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Friends, the Sarbat Khalsa has been convened near Amritsar on November 10. It is being variously sanctioned by Sikh organisations and opposed by others, including political forces which have a say in matters of the community including the SGPC, Akal Takht, and so on.

In this scenario Daljit Ami writes about a core issue that impacts the community’s response. Translated by me.

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Here is Daljit Ami’s recent column on the Sikh protest in Punjab and how it is shaped, where it is headed. Translated by me.

We need more and more voices to articulate the two independent protests in Punjab: farmer-worker Unions and the intra-community Sikh struggle against the hegemony of the SGPC.  Both are against the same Akali government.

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25
Oct

Caravan: We have stormed the citadels of Badals

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

It means a lot in this country that the non-violent character of a protest stays intact as the Punjab farmer-worker ‘rail roko’ enters Day 7 when talks with the government failed last evening. Overall the protest is more than a month long. This is a ground up movement and all political parties stand discredited. How far will the government push the protestors?

My ground report from Day 4 detailing the issues.

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Here is the translation of Daljit Ami’s column on the Dera Sachha Sauda Head being given general pardon by the high priests of the Sikh faith. It talks about the current reality of Punjab and traces how vote-bank politics has dictated the decision.

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