Some more thinking regarding #Mastodon:
1. This is not, and should not be allowed to become a news site.
2. Birdsite was all dominated by journalists and power brokers who had no interest in interacting with people, but just to get more reads and views.
3. Most of the verified accounts maintained elitism, and used birdsite as a PR medium.
4. After a while it became difficult for ordinary non-famous people to have a say in the whole discourse.
How can we make this platform diffrent? Suggest?
It is better to say "unschooled" than "uneducated" - if schooling had been about "education", we wouldn't be in the place we are now. In fact schooling & education are more often than not inverselfy correlated. Also not sure what "immature" means, usually people on the ground, farmers and workers, are the most serious & mature people as they have suffered real life experience. They may lack the urban sophistication of the former, that's perhaps why the perception.
@jnukiladki The LGBT rights movement in the US was very strategic about creating a separate category of "allies" where they put the well-meaning straight people, took their funding and their support, but leadership was always firmly placed in queer hands.
It's interesting to see the kind of creatures the modern consumerism produces and the mass media encourages. Environmentalists who can't live without air conditioning. Farmers leaders who've never spent a day in the farm. Trade unionists who've never gone to factory. This is the why I find radical dalit politics so interesting. They might be uneducated, or immature but they know that the leadership has to come from the shared experience. A Brahmin how can never understand what they go through.
Pollution control has become another deathbed for poor people. Thousands of daily wage labourers across NCR have been unemployed for 14 days now. Imagine 14 days of no earning for those who live hand to mouth. But who cares?
Rich people only create demand for pollution, they don't actually increase pollution, and even if they do, they are entitled to it. It's funny how rich find a way out of any responsibility at all on any issue.
I was just thinking about what a university means and then I remembered Stoner. This book by John Williams is an account of what it means to be an academic and spending your life at the university. An incredibly painful and sad story of a poor farmer's son who finds literary studies and lives his difficult life just trying to do what he enjoys. #jnu
I once read a story about crabs. If put in a deep container, instead of climbing up they'd pull each other down. This is response of India's whataboutery population after hearing about JNU. Instead of talking about more universities affordable, they want to make JNU unaffordable. They are angry about how could they get a degree for thousands when our children spent lakhs. Not angry with the system that they had to spend lakhs when they could've got it for thousands. Typical crab behavior. #jnu
छात्रों के आंदोलन को तोड़ने के लिए खाना बंद करने की धमकी। हिटलर भी यह देखकर बोलता ये तो मुझसे भी ज़्यादा गिरे हुए लोग हैं।
At the current moment, I feel compelled to write why JNU stands, why I love the space despite having criticized it on multiple account. I have now been part of JNU for 7 years, starting from my masters. I grew up in the way I looked at the world, it really helped me breathe the air of freedom. After my master's, I received the news that I had Cancer, as scary as it was I didn't want life to stop. I sat for the MPhil exam in the middle of my chemotherapy, and cleared.
Some of the pieces that I revisit are:
Quitting the Paint Factory by Mark Slouka
That Place Called Transit by Chinki Sinha
Dear Sugar #48: WRITE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER by Cheryl Strayed
That Film of Memory by Rahul Pandita
A Toast to The Stray Dog by Shiv Visvanathan
@pseudoinsudo though I have never been able to read it, this has been in my list for long.
On an completely unrelated note, what are the 5 essays/longreads/articles that you like reading again and again. Can be related to anything: personal experience, politics, culture, reading, writing, travel, profiles, interviews etc. Asking because it's impossible to follow book suggestions now, the list has become too long.
You should know what it means when you see people in civil dress carrying guns to stop a protest against fee hike in a university. #JNU
A university can still teach the young of this country how to stand up for their rights. At a time when the whole education system has been sold and privatised, we still dream about what it means to have education for all. This is our tribute to the generations that made this university. Fee hike cannot and will not be accepted. #JNU
postcolonial feminist, chain-smoker, rock-n-roll junkie, anarchist. Long live Mullah Nasiruddin and the profile pic is not mine.
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