A year since the #Delhipogrom sharing a thread of all the important essays, and reports published by @project_polis
Deadly violence in India’s capital.. hasn’t ended with the anti-Muslim pogrom that it was. It continues in the politics of being termed a riot, an old tactic of flattening the gigantic power inequality between the country’s Hindus & Muslims @IrfanHindustan
The Intricate Design of Mediated Mob Violence by Ram Bhatt
An Account of Fear & Impunity – A Preliminary Fact-Finding Report on Communally-Targeted Violence in NE Delhi, February 2020
Report by the Youth for Human Rights Documentation
Disproportionate and illegitimate state violence: A report on the police violence in Uttar Pradesh against anti-CAA protestors thepolisproject.com/disproportiona…
What does it mean to live under the constant fear of being declared a foreigner in your own country? Personal Notes on Citizenship and Belonging
by @AmbarienAlqadar thepolisproject.com/what-does-it-m…
Mobilizing against Islamophobia and defending students’ rights is a way to protect Indian democracy: A profile of Asif Iqbal Tanha
Manufacturing Evidence: How the Police is framing and arresting constitutional rights defenders in India
“Everyone Has Been Silenced,” Uttar Pradesh violence and its aftermath: A conversation with Dr. Sajjad Hassan
Is it my fault that I say India is mine as much as it is yours?” – A profile of Umar Khalid

At The Polis Project, we observed this day with a live poetry event featuring @DanHusain , @NabiyaKhan11 and @hussainhaidry
Here @kiccovich talks about ‘AMU and Jamia – one year on’ with @SharjeelUsmani, student leader and independent researcher; @ladeedafarzana, student activist from Jamia Milia; and @AyshaRenna , a Muslim student activist.

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2 Jan
When the state regulates humor: a look back at history, we realize that dystopias are not imagined futures on the verge of realization. But the record of what has been, what needs to be excavated and remembered.

Below a thread on how the Third Reich “regulated” humor.
In 1934, the Nazi state passed a “Law Against Treacherous Attacks on the State and Party and for the Protection of the Party Uniform,” — “which made laughing and telling jokes about the regime a capital offense.”
It remade the Gleichschaltung (Synchronization) regulations, “which, among other things, brought popular forms of entertainment and humor under the control of the Ministry of Propaganda and People’s Enlightenment.”
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2 Jan
Thread: Munawar Faruqi (@munawar0018) a stand-up comedian who was performing in Indore has been arrested, denied bail, and remanded to judicial custody for the crime of committed comedy.
BJP MLA @GaurMalini 's son Eklavya Singh Gaur, who was at the show, "roughed up" Munawar, stopped the show and filled the complaint that got Munawar and four other arrested others -- Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, and Nalin Yadav arrested.
Gaur, who is also the convener of local outfit Hind Rakshak Sangathan. There is very little information about Gaur or the organization online.
Read 12 tweets
22 Dec 20
The Office of Communications (Ofcom), government regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications, and postal industries has imposed a £20,000 financial penalty on Worldview Media Network Limited, which operates @republic Bharat in the UK
The @republic aired an offensive episode of ‘Poochta Hai Bharat’ lives= on 6th September 2019 at 14:26. Ofcom ruled that the show contained un-contextualized and highly offensive hate speech .
Link to ofcom ruling: ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/…
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20 Dec 20
Starting a thread on the work @project_polis has accomplished, commissioned, and published this year. A quick thanks to all the writers, contributors, and guests.
Thread bellow 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾
Jamel - Where Right-wing Extremism and Resistance Meet by @kaqibb thepolisproject.com/jamel-where-ri… via @project_polis
Young, bold and queer: India's LGBTQIA+ young generation fighting for their rights
by Maria Tavernini
Photos by: Andrea de Franciscis

thepolisproject.com/young-bold-and… via @project_polis
Read 23 tweets
25 Oct 20
Manusmriti, no matter which translation you chose to rely on, is an insidious weapon of oppression that violently robs people of their dignity. You don’t have to read it or debate its relevance. It lives & breathes in our homes. This is what Ambedkar choose to symbolically burn.
I spent the past few days reading everything I could, and the conclusion I am left with is this -Manu’s text is an act of political exclusion that strengthen and supports the edifice is social exclusion. Social inequality is not only cultivated. It is violently upheld.
But Mhd has to be read in confrontation with Ambedkar’s Constitution today. A book that states that we are all equal — that we need a social and political revolution to achieve that equality is being quietly and quickly being remade.
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24 Oct 20
This is where we are:
Law school asks Shilpa Singh, an assistant professor to explain her method/material of teaching, after members of ABVP,complained that she “promotes socially hateful thoughts about a particular religion, community and group of people” indianexpress.com/article/cities…
The topics ABVP found four topics offensive. 1. ”teachings of Manusmriti”. 2. Rohith Vemula)3. M M Kalburgi and Dabholkar (rationalists and activists who were murdered) 4: ”issues with a response to a particular query on beef” the prof had shared.
”Since Monday, Singh has begun to record her online classes — as they now form “evidence of her style of teaching”

The surveillance logic will now govern everything.
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