ICWI – Newswire 10

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  1. 1. This Month in History, by Ratik
    Asokan
  2. 2. Spotlight: Boston South Asian
    Coalition, Rana Khan
  3. 3. Harsh Mander: in conversation with Rana Khan
  4. 4. Bhima Koregaon Case: Cartoon & Petition
  5. 5. Land, caste, class and gender – Gail Omvedt’s writings were united in their vision of utopia, by V. Geetha
  6. 6. “Blackout (September 1965)”: A Poem (by Faiz) On A War Outside and A War Within, by Salman
    Kureishy

 

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Live Law News Network. 7 September 2021. NIA Court Grants Rona Wilson Temporary Bail

The Special NIA Court has granted temporary bail for two weeks to researcher Rona Wilson, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon- Elgar Parishad Case, his father’s demise on August 18, 2021. Special Judge DE Kothalikar directed him to be released on bail between September 13 – 27 on furnishing a PR Bond of Rs 50,000 with 2 sureties. Read more

Scroll: Neither Ram Rajya nor golden Vedic age: Gail Omvedt (1941-2021) on the history of a casteless future

The bhakti radical Ravidas (c 1450-1520), calling himself a ‘tanner now set free’, was the first to envision an Indian utopia in his song “Begumpura” – a modern casteless, classless, tax-free city without sorrow. This was in contrast to the dystopia of the brahmanic Kaliyuga. Rejecting Orientalist, nationalist and hindutva impulses to “reinvent” India, Gail Omvedt threads together the worldviews of subaltern visionaries spanning five centuries – Chokhamela, Janabai, Kabir, Ravidas, Tukaram, the Kartabhajas, Phule, Iyothee Thass, Pandita Ramabai, Periyar, and Ambedkar. These are contrasted with Gandhi’s village utopia of Ram Rajya, Nehru’s hindutva-laced brahmanic socialism and Savarkar’s territorialist Hindu Rashtra. Reason and ecstasy – dnyan and bhakti – pave the road that leads to the promised land. Read more