Raiot Posts

November 26, 2015 /

In a recent Order of the High Court of Meghalaya dated 2.11.2015 has made a suo motu suggestion to the Central Government for the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, in the Garo Hills area of Meghalaya. It is shocking and deeply disturbing that a draconian law like the AFSPA is being sought to be imposed through a judicial order.

Read the PostImplications of Meghalaya High Court’s suggestion to impose AFSPA in Garo Hills

November 25, 2015 /

In these days of endless hatred and violence based on religion, it is a frequent refrain that the secular character of our society is under threat. However ‘secularism’ has become a word that has been so abused that it is now seen with cynicism, if not utter disgust.

Read the PostSecularism does not mean “Let us worship each other’s gods”

November 25, 2015 /

Phi iohi mynta ki briew pat ki kylli balei phi leit tem hangne hangtai. L*@#, da nga leit tem hangno hangno makna ruh, nga rwai beit ia ka jingshisha kaba jia ha pyrthei. Lada phi siew ia nga watla nga rwai ia kata ka jingshisha, B**, ngan thut leh aiu?

Read the PostWe’re not burom class : TARIK

November 24, 2015 /

With all the world at stake, it’s not good enough for us to paste the word sustainable in front of the deceptive word development when what we really mean is “continue this exploitative and destructive way of life a little bit longer.” That destroys the words sustainable and development and, of course, contributes to the ongoing destruction of the world.

Read the PostSustainable Development is a Lie

November 21, 2015 /

As filmmakers from India who have gathered to share our work at the Film South Asia in Kathmandu this week, we would like to place on record our solidarity with the people of Nepal who are presently reeling from a grave humanitarian crisis, arising from what is tantamount to an economic blockade.

Read the PostIndian Filmmakers oppose India’s illegal economic blockade of Nepal

November 21, 2015 /

‘In Defence of our Present – On giving up the National Awards’ is a booklet released by Solidarity with FTII, a group of filmmakers who came together to protest against the blatant disregard by this government for plurality, tolerance and secularism in the country as well as their attempts to destroy the excellence of institutions like Film and Television Institute of India. The booklet brings together statements by filmmakers on returning their National Awards as well as essays on the struggle of FTII students. You can download the booklet

Read the PostDOWNLOAD : In Defence of Our Present – Solidarity with #FTII students

November 19, 2015 /

On 16th November 2015, I went to take part in the protest march called by the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR), CSWO along with a few other activists from Meghalaya. I went not because I was instructed to by ‘party high-command’, not because I was threatened or coerced by anyone…

Read the PostWhy I loved the Anti-AFSPA protest in Shillong

November 18, 2015 /

On October 25 2015, the Editors of five Nagaland-based media houses were issued a notification by a Colonel of the General Staff for Assam Rifles. Given the gravity of the matters raised in the notification we, the Editors of various English and Indigenous language newspapers of Nagaland have taken the communication as an opportunity to reflect, consult and critically examine what our role is in these circumstances.

Read the PostNagaland Editors’ protest Assam Rifles’ attempts at Censorship

November 17, 2015 /

As India celebrates the National Press Day and the very freedom of press that has liberated us, we the Journalists, Newspapers and media houses in Nagaland faces a difficult challenge of delivering transparent and free communication and expression to our own people.

Read the Post#NagalandMediaGoesBlank

November 16, 2015 /

Although the buzz around TED has died down but its bastard lowbrow child called TEDx stalks the provincial countries and towns like a persistent salesman.
Shillong with its vanity number plates of ‘educational capital’, ‘rock capital’, ‘cliche capital’ has had many of these TEDx full of 18minutes of wannabe celebrities, failed politicians, music evangelists, development messiah, crumbling royalty with useless insights and bad powerpoint slides. It is high time to cap this crap.

Read the PostWhat is wrong with TED Talks?

November 12, 2015 /

“Where is all that foreign food?” asked the middle aged gentleman. “Wasn’t there supposed to besome cuisines from across the world? I had Thai food when I visited my son in Bangalore and that Austrian stall has run out of sausages. I guess I will go make a run for the Bhoi stall.”

Read the PostDid you notice the world coming? Tales of classes and masses

November 10, 2015 /

For the urban middle-class of Shillong, Indigenous Terre Madre (ITM) was a chance to enjoy themselves, flirt with foreigners, a day to relax and unwind, all-in-all an event to savour (literally). For the rural poor, it meant some money coming their way, some photos taken of them and for the rural elites it meant that they could show up their ”traditional” knowledge and open up ‘their’ villages to outsiders.

Read the Post(Not) The Future That I Want

November 10, 2015 /

Raiot is excited at publishing first of the extracts from Eat Dust : Mining and Greed in Goa by Hartman de Souza. For a zine published from Meghalaya, the other frontier of Mining in India, it is fitting that we learn from Goa – that raving beach infested greed fest.

Read the PostLineages of Mining in Goa

November 9, 2015 /

“Our land has a history of being ruled by tyrants and hypocritical regimes, but we Kashmiris have always voiced our opinion against that. I couldn’t stay silent on this issue. This is a protest song against a political gimmick set to undermine the kashmir issue and to influence our Kashmiri sensibilities through pseudo monetary packages. A shame full event done in the name of democracy.”
Ali Saffudin

Read the PostSong protesting Mr. Modi’s visit to Kashmir

November 5, 2015 /

It is fair to say that in any writing of the history of western music in India, Shillong would deserve a chapter. It is just that the writing of this chapter has become way too problematic – too many loose ends, too many grand unifying theories. The culture of western popular music in Shillong has no shortage of hagiographers. In fact most of the writing on this field has been gushy, uncritical and downright fallacious (there have been so many that it would be worthwhile to bring out a compendium of these).

Read the PostRed Bull (shit) presents Fraud History of Shillong Music Scene

November 3, 2015 /

Kylli na ki heh ka NESFAS kiba ieid eh ia ki nongrep ba haduh katno tylli ki jait jhur ki tip khnang ba ma ki ruh ki dei ban poi sha khlaw ban leit kheit hi ia ki? U Bah Phrang Roy ne kiwei pat kiba kam ba ki ieid ia ki nongrep ne ia ki bam tynrai (indigenous food) jong ki Trai Ri kim lah ban shu kren khlem da pynlong ialade ka bynta jong ka system kaba ki kam ba ki ieid palat.

Read the PostKi Nongrep-Nongbylla bad Ka Shrip Jingkyrmen Kaba Teh Junom

November 3, 2015 /

Ha ka 35 snem ka sngi iap u khlur ka RI, Ka RAIOT ka kynmaw sngewieid ia U Bah Shlur Nongbri, uwei na ki khlur kynjat bol (Football star) uba don nam jong ka Wahingdoh Sports Club bad ka Shillong, u la khlad noh na ka pyrthei ha ka 3 tarik November 1980. U long U Captain ba wanrah jingjop ym tang ha ka kynjat ball hynrei U la dei uwei na kiba la wanrah ka jingpawnam ka jaitbynriew hi baroh kawei.

Read the PostU Bah SHLUR

November 2, 2015 /

While state seems in no mood to repeal bloody AFSPA and continue oppression on people by killing dissident voices with impunity, people are bound to revolt. A continuous humiliation and torture of people living under AFSPA is just unbearable. This colonial rule and bloody thrust of power and resources must end.

Read the Post15 years of Hunger Strike and 57 years of AFSPA

November 2, 2015 /

Only aspect of this work that depicts matriliny and what it does to girls lies in the context behind the pictures. Without that background, this is, sad to say, a blatant exhibitionism of the girls of the village, culminating in a series that doesn’t quite capture the empowered status of these girls but antithetically subjugates them to the desired outcome of the viewer who in this case is Karolin Klüppel.

Read the PostSeductions of Khasi Matriliny – (Re)viewing Kingdom of Girls by Karolin Klüppel

October 29, 2015 /

The BJP’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 has ushered in an unprecedented attack on India’s democracy and injected new elements of intolerance and authoritarianism in the lives of people living in the country.

Read the PostWhither India?

October 23, 2015 /

Capitalism doesn’t assist us in destroying itself. Should we actually become effective in building an anti-capitalist mass movement, they won’t issue us a paycheck. Instead, they will do everything possible to discredit, neutralize, imprison and kill us.

Read the Post4 Reasons why NGOs suck?

October 22, 2015 /

One has to wonder what kept these literary “stars” from this praiseworthy gesture of returning their state-given awards when the Gujarat pogrom was going on in 2002, or against the pogroms that followed the demolition of Babri masjid in 1992/3, or against the genocide of Sikhs around 1984, or heck, against the ongoing genocide in Kashmir or that of Dalits

Read the PostSo you returned the awards?

October 15, 2015 /

Is Babri and Dadri really an anomaly in the “idea of India”? The Dadri lynching has given the recently dethroned faction of the “idea of India” establishment an opportunity to denounce the “idea of India” faction that is in power now. What is the politics of this 2-way mockfight and what other possibilities of politics does it want to suppress?

Read the PostWhy the Ideas of India must die?