Who released these posters & why? Why echo the Sanghi "Hijab OR Kitab" narrative? Why "pehle hijab fir kitab', why not 'hijab bhi, kitab bhi'? 🤮 "Precious things shd b kept covered"?! NO, women are not "things", rape isn't theft of "precious things". #thread
Some (not all) of these posters & statements are old but show how "Precious things shd be covered", like "stay in your veil & the world will stay in line" "Don’t cross Lakshman rekha, you won't be raped' is rape culture, victim blaming. #HijabisOurRight struggle says the opposite
Feb 4 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
@ghazalawahab Ghazala, I’m sorry, I’m rather shocked at your position. You’re missing the Islamophobic wood for the patriarchal trees. Who has the power in this situation? It’s the principal & the Sangh not the Muslim parents. See my thread addressing various arguments & scenarios.
@ghazalawahab The argument that hijab isn’t mandated by Islam is one to be had with anyone shaming Muslim women for NOT wearing it - not with Sanghis who are denying Muslim women education for wearing it. +
Feb 4 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
On the one hand, auction Muslim women online & threaten to sexually enslave them. On the other, deny them the right to education. That’s BJP policy. #thread on how the ban on hijab is not only unconstitutional but absurd.
Kerala HC has clearly held that it was unconstitutional for CBSE to prevent girls in hijab from taking exams. The same applies here in Karnataka. indiankanoon.org/doc/185172001/
Feb 2 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
To all those spreading communal spins, here is something I’ve learned today through members of the Bhedkut and Sansi communities: Bhedkuts are nominally Hindu but follow many Sikh practices and customs. I was directed to this website #threadbhedkut.blogspot.com/p/bhedkut-pron…
As the person from the Bhedkut community who runs this website explains “Bhedkut call themseleves Hindu but their traditions are same as Sikh Dharam . Marriages and other ceromonies are based on Sikhism” bhedkut.blogspot.com/p/bhedkut-pron…
Dec 17, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
The age of marriage for all adults should be 18. If you’re old enough to choose a government, decide the country’s future you’re old enough to decide your own future; to marry or not. Support women’s autonomy, don’t force women to marry, don’t criminalise consensual relationships
Early pregnancies can be injurious to women’s health - the answer to that issue isn’t to criminalise adults who decide to marry. The answer is to ensure that women have the autonomy to decide if or when to marry, if or when to bear children.
Dec 16, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
What Ms Ranade calls “freebies” are in fact the opposite of “free = unearned”: they represent a “minimum” fraction of the wealth workers and farmers actually produce by their labour. My response to the anti Left tirade by @sonaliranadekavitakrishnan.substack.com/p/why-would-a-…
If we agree with Ms Ranade the Hindu majority was magnanimous enough to include Muslims & Christians in the idea of India, we imply it’s ok for Hindus to feel that in return for such magnanimity, the least Muslims & Christians can do is to avoid eating beef & converting Hindus.
Dec 7, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
@sonaliranade Here’s a point by point take down to all that’s wrong with your tweets: 1) Since 1920s some Hindus have demanded a Hindu SUPREMACIST nation in which others will be treated like Jews in Nazi Germany. No one has a RIGHT to such a nation.
@sonaliranade 2) Yet your question is pointless since Hindu supremacists have freely exercised the political freedom to demand a Hindu supremacist nation without any hurdles (barring the brief RSS ban). They have used parliamentary space to promote that agenda through hate speech with impunity
Sep 23, 2021 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
First they came with the NRC, and I thought, what’s the harm with just identifying the “infiltrators”?
Then they called the “infiltrators” termites - and I said, that’s not nice, they’re just illegal immigrants.
Next they began evicting the illegals and demolishing their homes, and I said, well the indigenous do need the land, but can’t you clear the settlements after the rains?
Sep 23, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
पहले वे आए NRC के बहाने और मुझे लगा घुसपैठी पहचानने में हर्ज क्या?
फिर उन्होंने कहा ये घुसपैठी तो “दीमक” हैं और मैंने सोचा, दीमक नहीं …पर घुसपैठी तो हैं न?
फिर मेरे ही भाई ने मरते हुए इंसान को “घुसपैठी दीमक” कहकर उसके छाती पर छलांग मार कर नाचा
- और मैंने पूछा - अरे ये सब कब और कैसे हुआ? मेरा सुंदर देश और मेरे ही भाई बहन कब हिटलरशाही नशा करने लगे? कब से इंसानों को दीमक मानने लगे?
… जवाब मेरे ही दिल ने मुझे दिया: ये सब तुम्हारे ही तो आँखों के सामने होता रहा.
Sep 5, 2021 • 14 tweets • 8 min read
On the 4th anniv of the assassination of #GauriLankesh: a thread to remind us of the Hindu-supremacist terrorists who trained, armed & instigated her killers - and the fact that the same terrorists are targeting many of us today. Read where the case stands thenewsminute.com/article/gauri-…
Hindu-supremacist outfit @SanatanSanstha is named by SIT as responsible for the assassination of not only Gauri but activists and writers Dabholkar and Pansare, & academic Prof Kalburgi. All were targeted for writing against “Hindutva” - Hindu-supremacist ideology & politics.
Sep 3, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Dear @PreetiChoudhry the guy who just spoke on your show as a "riot victim" has himself admitted that men in a video with guns in their hands were "his boys"
. @SreenivasanJain had investigated riot videos from Brahmpuri and Pandit Shankar Lal Gautam had admitted it was "his boys" in this video, with the laughable claim that they were carrying "water pistols" to protect Hindus from Muslims!
One of the justifications for CAA was 'Muslims cannot face persecution in Islamic countries', an always-specious argument now more exposed by the horrific images of refugees (mostly Muslim) fleeing Afghanistan, clinging to & falling from wings of planes in the process. #thread
Ashamed that the Govt of India response now is to look at desperate Afghan refugees not as humans fleeing persecution & sure death, but from the view of whether or not they’re Muslim. That’s the Modi regime for you.
Jun 14, 2021 • 8 tweets • 5 min read
On #Che93, here's a short note I wrote as a foreword for a book with Che's writings, drawing on Eduardo Galeano to understand why he & the Cuban revolution continues to be admired nearly a century later. To this, in the following tweets, I'll add more from Galeano on #CheGuevara
Of Che's remarkable decision to leave Cuba to join Bolivia's revolutionary movement where he was killed, Galeano wrote: "this is the unique case of a man abandoning a revolution already made by him and a handful of comrades, to throw himself into the launching of another." #Che93
Mar 29, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
I've had the most wonderful Holi celebrations on JNU campus & homes of friends in Allahabad, Patna. Likewise, I've faced sexual harassment on Holi, on streets everywhere. Lesson: Holi itself can be fun, beautiful. But to make sure Holi is fun for women, there's work for us
We need to acknowledge that Holi is widely used as a licence for sexual harassment. Only if we acknowledge it can we resist it. It's the sexual harassers who give Holi a bad name. Not the women who speak of their experiences of harassment. +
Mar 17, 2021 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
Recently heard the podcast by @sikhyaent on Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal, who stalked the young daughter of an employee & had her husband killed. Observations: the podcast's title ('Dosa King') glorifies PR, the script trivialises his crime, calling it a mere "scandal"
It refers to the whole stalking and murder episode as something that led to Rajagopal's "fall" - i.e a story of crime against a woman is turned into a story about the impact of the said crime on its perpetrator, not its victim.
Mar 1, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
How can I have anything but contempt for a CJI who asks a man who violently, repeatedly raped a minor girl, pushed her to attempt suicide, if he will marry his victim. How can any girl or woman in India be safe with CJIs like Gogoi & Bobde? #threadbit.ly/3b3yRI5
The accused stalked a Std 9th girl, entered the house in her family's absence, tied up, gagged & raped her. Then raped her repeatedly with threats of acid attacks, burning alive, killing her brother. The victim attempted suicide, then the mother got to know of the rape
Feb 20, 2021 • 11 tweets • 5 min read
Please read the thread by @AudreyTruschke, and this one by me. The verdict that convicted Mahmood Farooqui of rape was a landmark one like the #PriyaRamani one of yesterday. The Feeble No verdict that overturned it is an affront to our legal system.
I had in mind the Farooqui case when I wrote yesterday about "campaigns (across political aisles) claiming that the amendments to India’s sexual violence laws in 2013 are “draconian” when applied to privileged men." indianexpress.com/article/opinio…
Feb 19, 2021 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
Golwalkar in his own words - from Bunch of Thoughts, the RSS manifesto. @MinOfCultureGoI these are the ideas you're celebrating. @AmbLindnerIndia these are what you bowed to in Nagpur. These are the views which underpin Modi Govt policy.
For Golwalkar, Hindu = national, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Dalit, OBC, feminist, Tamil, Kannada, Manipuri etc = communal, separatist.
Feb 19, 2021 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
Which thoughts are those, @MinOfCultureGoI? The one where he said the Nazi purge of Jews was something India "should learn and profit from"? Or - there's more, see thread.
Golwalkar: Muslims, Christians "must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race, or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu Nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges —not even citizen’s rights." These his profound thoughts @MinOfCultureGoI?
Feb 18, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
FIR says a 9 Yr old girl in Bandipora, Kashmir, abducted and molested by 3 Army men. Military then "raids" her home to pressurise her parents to withdraw FIR. Shameful. But unsurprising. Why? See thread below m.thewire.in/article/rights…
Read this for some context of systemic sexual violence in conflict areas where there's virtually military rule theleaflet.in/major-gogoi-an…
Feb 4, 2021 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
#Thread The FIR against @GretaThunberg isn't a joke. @DelhiPolice claims the toolkit is proof of a "conspiracy". In the protests against the Islamophobic citizenship law CAA, the same police used a WhatsApp group as pretext to arrest scores of activists for "conspiracy" to riot!
Likewise, members of the Elgar Parishad, who formed an anti fascist front and held a peaceful event which was attacked by far-right mobs, have been in jail for 3 years + now, accused of vague "conspiracies". In India under Modi, any plans to protest = conspiracy.