21 June, 2021

Lathicharge Diary

RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary re-lives the day the police rained blows on him on his way to Hathras

Lathicharge Diary
The Lathi Legacy

From our colonial past to present-day India, people of all hues—freedom fighters, politicians, activists, the common folk, writers and commentators—have occasionally come face to face with the all-powerful ‘lathi’. The lathi is a symbol of power as epitomised by the refrain jiski lathi uski bhains and also signals support to the needy in the form of a cane.

I was at the receiving end of the versatile cane just recently when I visited Bhoolgadhi village in Hathras and was about to meet the family of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped by four upper-caste men and died of her wounds a fortnight later.

Fear Is The Key

For a government riding a brute majority and one that typically spends much of its time dismissing political rivals as inconsequential, the elaborate bandobast put in place to prevent us from performing our basic duty as citizen activists, that...

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