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Knives Down

For Kannur bloodshed to end CPM needs to put the knife down first The murder of 28-year-old youth Congress leader SV Shuhaib in Kerala’s Kannur district with 37 cuts to the lower portion of his body is not the first such barbaric murder in the district.…

The Lede Exclusive: Modi’s Oman Visit Enabled Our Freedom, Say 62 Released Indians

The papers of 62 Indians jailed in Oman are under process to enable them to come back home Sixty two Indians, many who were serving jail terms for over two decades, have been released by the Oman government. According to released inmates and social workers who were following up their cases for the last few years, the release has happened following the ‘request’ made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s to the Omani ruler during his recent visit to Oman. Among the 62, five Keralites who were jailed on murder charges, were also released.…

Is Casteism On The Rise In Kerala? 

Recent incidents of open casteism have left Kerala’s thinkers wondering what is causing so many instances of caste-related tensions  For the past 10 months, 180 Dalit families in Vadayampady village of Kerala’s Ernakulam district have been protesting in an effort to reclaim their right of way through a 95 cent piece of land, adjacent to a Bhajanamadam Devi Temple ground run by dominant caste Nairs. The protesters insist that the disputed plot claimed by the Nair Service Society (NSS), a community organisation that runs the temple is actually public land. Ayyappan Kutty, convener of the Bhoo Avakasha Samara Munnani, which is leading the protests, said that their claim is genuine and the ‘upper’ caste is deliberately trying to sideline the Dalits.…

Death Threats To Woman Cleric For Leading Prayers

Teacher Jamitha’s dare to lead the prayer is a body blow to the Muslim clergy’s patriarchal supremacy in Kerala Jamitha, who made headlines by leading men in prayer at a mosque in Malappuram in Kerala is not the first Muslim woman in the world to do so. In March 2005, Amina Wadud, a professor of Islamic Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University, in the United States led a mixed gender prayer, the first ever in recorded history. More recently in August 2016, a mosque in Copenhagen saw a Danish born woman by the name Saliha Marie Fetteh take the role of an Imam. But what sets Jamitha apart from these two women is the punch that her act has landed on the face of a staunchly patriarchal clergy in one of the most conservative areas of the Muslim community in India. Though the attacks on her house last week, twice over three days, does not provide enough evidence that it was masterminded by a section of the clergy, the growing discomfort among them is evident. Mohiyudeen Nadukkandiyil Karassery, better known in the literary world as MN Karassery, is one of Kerala’s well known Muslim writers and activists based out of Calicut. Karassery thinks that the attack on Jamitha shows that the path-breaking reform she has dared to attempt in a highly conservative and male centric community, has hit the bull’s eye. “No doubt what Jamitha did is a protest against the discrimination faced by women in the Muslim community for years.…

Dancing For The Gods

Kalamandalam Geethanandan lived and died his art – Ottanthulal – an ancient dance form originating in Kerala Kalamandalam Geethanandan always wanted Ottanthulal – a centuries-old dance and poetic performance in Kerala – to be considered next to divine. “We have worked closely for the last two decades.…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Rocks Kerala’s Coast

Two months after Cyclone Ockhi, fishermen fear the sea and bereaved families are unable to get back on track Alexander S has three-decades of experience of braving the rough seas alone, many a time on a catamaran and sometimes with friends on small boats. But after Cyclone Ockhi hit the coast of Kerala in December 2017, the 49-year-old in the Pozhiyoor coastal village – some 45 km from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram coast – is reluctant to go to sea. “Even after 59 days, I am very frightened.…

The Lede Exclusive – Migrants Are Not Second Class Citizens: Shashi Tharoor to The Lede

In an exclusive interview with The Lede, MP Shashi Tharoor says the government’s move to introduce orange passports for Indian migrants is an “offensive” move A decision to change the colour of passport for Indian migrants depending on their educational and economic status is like treating them as a second-class citizen, which reflects a discriminatory mind-set of the present government, Dr Shashi Tharoor, parliamentarian and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, said. “Frankly speaking, I think this is an unacceptable and offensive decision.…

Transport Strike Part 2 in South India

 After Tamil Nadu, pensioners of the Kerala transport Corporation are demanding their unpaid pensions and other dues which have been pending for months now Muraleedharan K, a retired mechanic from the Kerala State Transport Corporation, now has faith only in Lord Muruga, a Hindu deity. “Whenever pain worsens, I take a little Vibuthi (ash) collected from nearby Lord Muruga’s temple and apply it on my stomach.…

India, Kuwait Should Be Ashamed: International Trade Union Chief

In an exclusive interview to The Lede, the chief of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow slammed both governments Responding exclusively to The Lede’s story on over 5000 Indian migrant workers stranded in Kuwait for the last 18 months without any pay, proper food and shelter, Sharan Burrow, chief of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITCU) said that both the governments of India and Kuwait should be ashamed. “The government of India and Kuwait should be both ashamed for allowing human beings to be stranded without hope,” she said. “The Kuwaiti government should pay the wages and expedite flights home.…