Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Madness & Fury of Communalism and Free Market; And the 'why and how' of our Cultural Revolt against it: Part II

Jayant Pawar

 13th Vidrohi Sahitya Sammelan, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Whom to revolt against? And, how-

After elaborating so much on the present situation, the next question is: whom to revolt against? Well, of course, against the cultural nationalism. Because, in the end, this kind of nationalism gives birth and nourishes fundamentalism. We have already witnessed how Islamic nationalism eventually led to forces like Taliban and their gruesome acts of terror. At the same time, it is amply clear how United States supported Taliban’s activities militarily, financially and otherwise. This simply proves our hypothesis that US sponsored capitalist nationalism and religious- cultural revivalism, fundamentalism are not against each other. Further, alliance of these two can very well take place over here as well. Hence we desperately need to go beyond all symbolic protests; all tokenism and call spade a spade- we need to revolt against this particular unholy ‘alliance’ as such.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Madness & Fury of Communalism and Free Market; And the 'why and how' of our Cultural Revolt against it: Part I

Jayant Pawar

Jayant Pawar is a renowned story writer and dramatist in Marathi. His well known play 'Adhantar' is a tale about lives of textile workers in Mumbai in the backdrop of the failed textile strike of 1980s. He has been awarded with Sahitya Academy award in 2013 for his collection of stories 'Phoenixchya Rakhetun uthala Mor' (there arose a peacock from the ashes of Phoenix).Jayant Pawar, a journalist, currently works with Maharashtra Times. The speech was a Presidential address by him at Vidrohi Sahitya Sammelan at Buldhana, Maharashtra in January 2015. The original speech in Marathi is being translated by Rahul Vaidya and we are thankful that the speaker has kindly agreed to publish it in Vikalp.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sumangalilabour: A Tale of Caste, Class and Gender

Rahul N.

The phenomenon of female factory labourers in the textile industries in Tamil Nadu have received sacnt attention academically. This is startling as much attention had been focused on the dynamics of caste, class and labour in the north-western industrial zone of Tamil Nadu symbolized by Tiruppur and Coimbatore but comprising Erode, Dindigul, Karur districts.  This is more so startling not only because between 2,50,000 and 4,00,000 girls are estimated to be employed in this industry but also as this form of labour to a considerable extent overlap with labour recruitment in garment sector which had received much of academic interest. Rather a growing literature on the topic could be found within the corporate social responsibility literature emanating from Europe.The reasons for this lack of attention could be varied and could only be speculated; a) the inaccessibility to workers at the factory/hostel site; b) the wide dispersion of recruitment of workers spread across the state.