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An Interview with Anjum Zamarud Habib, a Writer and Political Activist from Kashmir

“There is a saying, men wage war and women suffer. There cannot be any valour in violence against or rape of a woman,” said Anjum Zamarud Habib, a writer and a political activist from Kashmir. GroundXero talked to her on 16th February at the People’s Literary Festival, Kolkata. She discussed about her writings, prisoners’ rights, […]


Interview with Hafiz Ahmed, who sparked the Miya Poetry Movement in Assam

Hafiz Ahmed is a social activist and a poet who penned “Write Down I Am A Miya,” after Mahmoud Darwish’s “Identity Card.” The poem went viral on Facebook and sparked the Miya poetry movement, which is, as Hafiz Ahmed says, about asserting the demand for rights and dignity of Bengali Muslims in Assam. Sutanaya sits […]


Remembering Dalit Panthers on the Death Anniversary of their First Martyr

10th January marks the martyrdom of Bhagwat Jhadhav, the first martyr of the Dalit Panthers Movement, a militant anti-caste  struggle that shook Maharashtra during the 70s. Like every year, several anti-caste, cultural organisations and political parties including the Kabir Kala Manch, Samta Kala Manch, Republican Panthers and the Republican Party of India organised meetings in […]


Women Lead Mumbai Anti-Eviction Struggle: Four Interviews

The fight of  Mumbai’s slums against forceful eviction and deadly “rehabilitation” continues. As the Maharashtra Government and the Bombay Municipal Corporation continue to violate a High Court order mandating proper and just rehabilitation for the slum residents evicted last year from all along the Tansa water pipeline, the protests have now spilled onto the streets.  […]



জনস্বার্থে সমঝোতা, অনৈতিক আপোষ নয় : অলিক চক্রবর্তী, সরকারের সাথে ভাঙড় চুক্তি প্রসঙ্গে

ভাঙড় আন্দোলনকারী জমি, জীবিকা, বাস্তুতন্ত্র ও পরিবেশ কমিটি ও তৃণমূল সরকারের মধ্যেকার চুক্তি ও তাকে কেন্দ্র করে ওঠা বিতর্ক নিয়ে গ্রাউন্ডজিরোর সাথে কথা বললেন ভাঙড় আন্দোলনের অন্যতম প্রধান নেতা অলিক চক্রবর্তী। গ্রাউন্ডজিরো: ভাঙড়ের যে চুক্তিটা হল, এটাকে আন্দোলনের জয় হিসেবে দেখানো হচ্ছে। কেন? এই চুক্তির মাধ্যমে কি পাওয়া গেল? অলিক: চুক্তিতে পরিষ্কার লেখা আছে, যে পাওয়ার […]


Online Harassment of Women Activists : in Conversation with POW Convenor V. Sandhya

V Sandhya, National Convenor of the Progressive Organisation of Women (POW), has been facing a recent spate of death and rape threats from Hindutva forces. A member of the GroundXero team met her at her apartment in Hyderabad on 16th July. In conversation with GroundXero V. Sandhya speaks about the controversy surrounding Kathi Mahesh’ comments […]


“We have attacked the breeding ground of Sangh’s politics”: Bhim Army National Convener Vinay Ratan Singh

The Allahabad High Court recently extended the incarceration of Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Ravan under NSA, by 3 months. Ravan will be held in jail now for at least till 2nd November. Chandrasekhar was arrested by the Yogi Government on charges of ‘rioting’ in the context of the violence that broke out in Saharanpur in UP […]