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11May/17
Paranjape

Professor Makarand Paranjape audio extract

Paranjape reveals his true colours

Professor Makarand Paranjape of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) reveals his true colours at a public talk hosted by Prakash Shah at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.

The talk was co-sponsored by the Indic Academy

In this talk, Paranjape repeats the propaganda of the right-wing Hindu nationalists currently in power in India and their lies about Dalits and minorities. He openly declares himself to be a ‘Hindu activist’.  He calls his own institution, JNU,  a ‘den of parasites’, calls JNU students ‘incompetent’ and ‘nincompoops’ because of quotas (positive discrimination for oppressed groups), says their degrees are ‘worthless’ and complains about the number of women students.

He praises the Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath, notorious for his hate speech and incitement to violence against minorities, repeating the Hindu supremacist line that ‘cow slaughter is a big problem’ and that Modi ‘can’t be bullied’ into condemning the extreme violence associated with Yogi Adityanath.

At a time of unprecedented violence against Dalits, OBCs, Muslims, Christians and women he focuses mainly on attacking self assertion and organisation by these groups.

He extols ‘Hindu consolidation’ and hails the BJP victory in UP and the appointment of Adityanath as a counter to ‘identity politics’. He says this ‘Hindu consolidation’ is creating unity and benefitting all groups.

Paranjape acts as an apologist for the deeply unequal and oppressive caste system and in discussing Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, says caste is an important aspect of identity and citizenship and ‘this is not good to annihilate’.

Listen to the extract of the talk here:

Please click on the articles below for further information:

 

Read in relation to audio extract from 8:00 relating to the rise of violence since the BJP came to power.

Attacks against Muslims, Dalits grew sharply in India under Modi: US report

UN human rights review: India must end its doublespeak and practise what it preaches

India: Violence Against Dalits on the Rise

Read in relation to audio extract from 13:50 relating to caste and identity:

Caste systems violate human rights and dignity of millions worldwide – New UN expert report

Read in relation to audio extract from 14:20 relating to Yogi Adityanath

What Yogi Adityanath Thinks About Muslims, Women, And Gay People

15Aug/16
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[ PRESS RELEASE ] “Whose Democracy?” Asks a Seminar in London on the Eve of India’s Independence Day

LONDON, 14 August 2016: Kashmiris are facing an existential crisis under Indian army occupation, said Kashmiri academic, novelist and activist Nitasha Kaul at a seminar at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) organised by South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG).

“It is as though there is a hierarchy of lives – for some, many more have to be lost, before people listen.” Ms Kaul said. Continue reading

15Aug/16
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Statement in solidarity with the ‘Azaadi Kooch’ or Freedom March in India

As representatives of Dalit and South Asian organisations in the UK we send warmest solidarity greetings to our Dalit brothers and sisters in struggle in India as they march from Ahmedabad to Una in the ‘Azaadi Kooch’ (Freedom March), reaching on Independence Day to hoist the Indian flag at the place of the Una atrocity.

As India enters its 70th year of independence, the country is in turmoil as never before. The Hindu supremacist BJP government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has been in power since May 2014, together with the numerous Hindutva killer gangs who stand behind it, has unleashed an increasingly violent reign of terror and repression on Dalits, Muslims and other minorities. Continue reading