Jayaraj and Bennicks: Police Brutality in India

The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is reeling as the alleged torture of a father and son in police custody has caused an uproar in the state with thousands on social media comparing the incident to the death of George Floyd in the United States. The deaths of P Jayaraj and son, J Bennicks,Continue reading “Jayaraj and Bennicks: Police Brutality in India”

The Longest Lockdown: Kashmir & Coronavirus

Once notorious for its beauty, extensive crystal lakes and snow-capped mountains, the Kashmir region is now a heavily militarised zone at the heart of bloody conflict and human rights violations.  Before COVID-19 swept across the world, India’s Hindu nationalist BJP government enforced repressive measures in Kashmir in an effort to crackdown on political unrest andContinue reading “The Longest Lockdown: Kashmir & Coronavirus”

Challenging Anti-Blackness in South Asia

Across the USA on Saturday, police responded to protests over George Floyd’s murder with excessive force. We witnessed police SUVs ramming into peaceful protesters, rubber bullets aimed at tv news stations on the scene, brute force of tear gas and pepper spray used.  The protests began in Minnesota, last week, to end police brutality againstContinue reading “Challenging Anti-Blackness in South Asia”

Operation Blue Star: The Indian Army’s blood-stained operation which led to the death of thousands of Sikhs

In June 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army storm the Golden Temple – one of the holiest Sikh shrines, which led to her assassination and the killing of thousands of Sikhs. ‘Operation Blue Star’ which lasted from 1st to 8th June was an attempt to flush out Sikh separatists led by JarnailContinue reading “Operation Blue Star: The Indian Army’s blood-stained operation which led to the death of thousands of Sikhs”

The burning and rebuilding of Jaffna Public Library

At midnight on 31st May 1981, the prestigious Jaffna Public Library was set ablaze by Sri Lankan security forces and state-sponsored Sinhala mobs. The library housed over 97,000 rare books and manuscripts, positioning it as one of the largest in Asia and the foremost repository of Tamil literature and culture. Library’s Origins The library wasContinue reading “The burning and rebuilding of Jaffna Public Library”

India’s Migrant Workers Begin Heading Home as Coronavirus Lockdown Eases

Indian migrant workers begin heading home as the government eases restrictions on travel form the nationwide lockdown. Migrant workers who’ve sought out work outside their home states have been stranded since March 24th as the closure of transport links, shops and businesses has left them without money or food and no way of returning home. Continue reading “India’s Migrant Workers Begin Heading Home as Coronavirus Lockdown Eases”

Anti-India protests and clashes erupt in Kashmir

Anti-India protests and clashes erupt in Kashmir as Indian soldiers shoot a young man dead. Indian Forces claim they shot the victim “when the car didn’t stop despite warning shots”. They feared an attack as a military convoy was passing at the time. The victim’s father denies this account stating that his son did notContinue reading “Anti-India protests and clashes erupt in Kashmir”

Life in a bunker during the Sri Lankan conflict

In so called ‘No-Fire Zones’ Tamil civilians built makeshift bunkers to seek shelter. Conditions were appalling in the scorching heat, with food and medicine scarce. The area was very densely packed with families sheltering in flimsy tents, digging bunkers where possible in the sandy terrain or constructing them with improvised sand bags stitched out ofContinue reading “Life in a bunker during the Sri Lankan conflict”

Kashmir brings home the Pulitzer Prize

Three Jammu and Kashmir-based photojournalists— Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand—working with news agency Associated Press (AP) have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Kashmir’s lockdown after the abrogation of Article 370 last year. Despite India’s crackdown on Kashmir since last August, which included a sweeping curfew and internet shutdowns, theseContinue reading “Kashmir brings home the Pulitzer Prize”

Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh

Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world seems like a ghost town. Usually bustling with over 10 million rickshaw drivers, labourers and roadside vendors, Dhaka’s streets are now eerily quiet. Rickshaw drivers rely on their daily wages to get by and they may be hit hardest by the enforced lockdown. ThisContinue reading “Low income citizens hit hardest by coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh”