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Kitne aadmi the? We are all seditious now

KAFILA - 10 years of a common journey

Here is a very short, utterly incomplete, hastily compiled list of people charged under Section 124 A in the last two years alone.

Our very own Shuddhabrata Sengupta figures  in this roll of honour.

(Incidentally, KK Shahina, who has guest posted with us, faces charges from the Karnataka Police under IPC 506 for intimidating witnesses. Her expose in Tehelka showed how the police case against Abdul Nasar Madani, head of the People’s Democratic Front (PDP), accused in 2008 Bengaluru blasts, was fragile and based on non-existent and false testimonies.)

There would be hundreds more, not named here, charged with sedition for “criticizing” the government, for exposing corruption and police nexus with mafias, or for expressing views that run counter to official wisdom on the “integrity” of India.

As if “integrity” is something pre-existing and eternal rather than something that has to be produced at every point. The existence of a…

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TV and yonder.

I started work at an Urdu Channel called ‘Women’s TV’ while I was in Hyderebad.It was fresh and untilled territory and exciting for a while but the channel didn’t take off because of problems in broadcasting in the old city.

I would love to work on TV again.Is anyone out there listening!

IIACD

The International Institute of Art, Culture and Democracy is a Bangalore based organisation focused on cultural democracy and begun in May 2008 by an inter-disciplinary group with expertise in design anthropology, new media art, technology and art history. The group shares the common vision and agenda of programmatic advocacy for cultural democracy.

I have been lucky for the grace that brought me to it; I’m working on some ideas for their website.Take a look at

mental health

Watching the ‘Satyamev Jayate’ episode on health care makes my life seem uncanny as well.Mental health is one of the most tricky of all areas of human activity.Anyone can be proclaimed as ‘mentally ill’ and its’ one of most fuzzy of areas, you can find yourself ridden of all control over your life; and at the mercy of family without having warranted ‘family’