Friday December 15, 2017

Decoding Indian graffiti scene: How the artform has evolved to convey social messages



By Harshmeet  Singh

Kerala’s Kochi seems like a changed city nowadays. While some choose to call it vandalism and illegal, others are in awe of it. The walls in the Fort Kochi region have been filled with splendid graffiti artwork by an unknown artist (or a group of artists) that goes by the name of ‘Guess Who’.  Experts can’t help but see the popular UK graffiti artist Banksy as an inspiration for the artists carrying out these works.

Long seen as an art form used to protest against the set world order, graffiti has slowly come of age in terms of the designs and creativity the artists have to offer. A number of European nations have dedicated specific walls to the graffiti artists to carry out their art, hoping that they would adhere to the boundaries. But considering the free spirit attitude of graffiti artists, it isn’t a surprise that many of them dare to choose the elite neighbourhoods and leave a colourful impression. ‘Anonymity’ of the artists is perhaps the only rule of graffiti art which adds to its intrigue.

India’s Daku

One of the first graffiti artists in India, Daku’s works majorly comprise of writing his symbolic name in different fonts. He is in fact the first such artist to use Devnagari script in his work. According to him, more than protesting against any establishment, his works are a protest against the established lettering and typography used by the usual painters. He calls himself a part of the International graffiti artists’ collective known as 156. He has often teamed up with another graffiti artist who goes by the name ‘Bond’. Their graffiti works can be seen at a number of walls in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, Ansal Plaza and Hauz Khas.

One of their ‘official assignments’ included an invitation to the TechFest 2011, organized by IIT Mumbai. “People are quite bewildered by the fact that we are doing this for ourselves and don’t get paid for it. I do it because there is nothing in the city when it comes to street art. If my artwork can make someone stop and think what is it, why is it here, my job is done”, he chuckles.


JNU – the hub of India’s graffiti art

A walk around the campus would convince you that JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) is certainly one of the most vibrant educational institutes in the country. With the hostel and departmental walls filled with different graffiti, creativity reaches its pinnacle in the JNU campus. Unlike some other graffiti arts in the country, the wall works at JNU speak the language of protests. These graffiti works raise trivial issues ranging from the Israel – Palestine conflict and gender inequality to Naxalism and price rise. Coming from one of the most politically active student campuses in the country, such strong expressions don’t surprise many people. The University has earmarked certain spaces in the campus where the students can put up their handmade posters and engage in a dialogue.


Delhi street art festival 2015

The St+art Foundation India is bringing together 12 national and International artists in the ongoing Delhi street art festival 2015. Scheduled to run till March 31st, the festival would see the artists working together for murals, exhibitions and taking workshops and talks about their art. The list of participating artists includes India’s Daku, Anpu, P.C.O and Yantr.

The international artists that would be in the scene include Spain’s Okuda, Japan’s Lady Aiko, USA’s Axel Void, Paulo Ito from Brazil, Germnay’s Clemens Behr, Portugal’s Samina and Rukkit from Bangkok. Hanif Kureshi, St+art India Foundation’s Creative Director said that “There will be eight special projects in collaboration with different government bodies such as MCD, NDMC, PWD, Department of Women and Child Development and DUSIB with focus on themes like the Swacch Bharat Campaign, Women Empowerment, Traditions & Transitions, Recycling, Pollution and Urbanisation. From permanent murals to temporary installations, flyover pillars, underpasses, night shelters, gardens and government buildings will undergo amazing transformations. We are looking forward to engaging local communities and general audiences in these special projects“.


Delhi – India’s graffiti capital too?

Over the past 5 to 6 years, Delhi’s walls have started speaking a different language. Getting rid of the disgusting paan stains, many walls now carry impressive and colourful art forms. A big city and huge population is an ideal set up for the graffiti artists and street painters and love to work in the night hours and transform a boring wall into a speaking masterpiece with a few hours of the dark night. ‘Art should be out in the open for everyone to see’ is the driving principle behind most of these artists, majority of who start when they are into their teens.

Viewed as vandalism and a menace in the European countries, graffiti is illegal in a number of countries. But fortunately, acceptance of this art form is on the rise in the Indian metros. This growing acceptance is also a sign of the coming of age of Indian street art form from ‘gadhe ke poot, itthe naa moot’ to more sophisticated versions which are pleasing to the eye and mind.


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JNU Ideologues are Spewing hate in the name of Dissent and nurturing Anti-India ideologies

JNU has become den for left politics. VOA
  • By Amit Srivastava

Sep 16, 2017: With the help of media propaganda and public opinion manufacturers, JNU has become an epitome of left politics – Viciously nurturing the anti-India ideologies and placing them into state establishment through their sympathizers.

They hate a lot of things that are Indian or having Indian identities. Their perpetual anathema is cleverly placed with covert name of ‘dissent’. It would be interesting to know, how they instill a failed and violent ideology like Marxism through inroads of hate.

Before 93rd amendment for OBC quota in higher education, JNU had very progressive admission policy with weightage number for backward districts, castes and also for women. Though these deprivation points still exist, but since half of admission is done on caste lines, these points are less relevant now. Owing to its admission policy and standard entrance exam, JNU has been providing excellent higher education opportunity for the students from remote rural areas at par with metro educated students.

Ironically, left parties with help of communist faculty members also exploit this opportunity as they get fresh cadres who could easily get disconnected caused by the language difficulties, cultural shock and administrative difficulties. A person with deeply rooted Indian value system won’t accept valueless violent ideology of Marx. Brainwashing such person is not easy. Hence the process of indoctrination begins with very first day of admission at JNU.

Earlier, admission process in JNU was cumbersome and lengthy. Comrades used to catch new comers in the name of admission assistance. Now, this opportunity is lost as there is single window admission process is adopted by JNU administration. Another step to trap the new comers is artificial scarcity of hostel. You are on their mercy of ‘these seniors’ who offer you to stay with them. And sometimes 6-7 students stay in 10-by-15 hostel rooms. More freshers in one comrade’s room means more problem, hence more opportunity to brainwash them.

First stage of abomination start with inciting new-comers to hate individuals including hating own self. This hate is designed to suit the social conflict theory of communism. If you are a general category student, you must hate yourself for being born in ‘upper caste’ and must accept it wholeheartedly than only you would be ‘ready’ to abuse political opponents on caste line.

If you are from OBC-SC-ST and Minority, you must hate those ‘upper caste’ guys living with you in the same campus, no matter they’re even poorer or more deprived than you. Irrespective of rationality and humanity, you must hate them; because they’re born in bourgeoisie castes, and you should assume yourself as proletariat, even if you are richer and dominate than most of them. This hate is mandatory. Selective crimes are extrapolated to justify it. Incidents like Khailanji, where Dalits were burned alive, are used to consolidate this hate. But details of culprits are purposefully hidden and ignored as they don’t belong to ‘general caste’ and this may derail the hate direction.

Minority students have to hate Hindu co-students as per the conditioning of the leftist mentors. Hindus are blamed for their all problems. OBC-SC-STs are encouraged to hate Hinduism too. If there are complacent with it, they’re encouraged to shun Hinduism and accept more exploitative Islam, Christianity or atheism. At same time, Muslims and Christians students are encouraged to be more religious and fanatic for their respective faith. This is why JNU communists encourage Islamic or Christian festivals but gets reprimanded if students celebrate Hindu festivals in the campus.

This abhorrence has another intense level of inculcation. Female students from remotely rural areas are too attached with their families. Girls won’t be a good ‘recruiting’, ‘facilitating’ and a devoted comrade, until they respect family system and existing social ethics of the society. Hence, they’re taught that they’re the master of their own body. Their vagina belongs to them and their father has no right to say with whom they shall sleep. This typical teaching is very crucial and preached through woman comrades in very delicate ways by living with them, fanaticizing with them with instilling a false sense of empowerment and freedom among them… only to sexually exploit them for own leaders or an allurement for the new recruits.

JNU’s left ideologues are not limited to a close campus. Congress governments have been giving them important posts in order to devise new divide-and-rule policies. After debacle of 2014, these master-less Maoists of JNU are left with no one to support. Their political existence was long gone.  Post General Elections 2014, they engineered several caste-riots, devouring state-funding and abusing the same state. Unfortunately, they failed into it too.

Within JNU, they opened another sister concern named ‘BAPSA’ – an organization that not only abuse Hinduism on daily basis, but also abuse the students who belong to Brahmin or ‘Savarn’ castes. The right to live with dignity for these ‘savarn caste’ students is violated by BAPSA and left-relict in name of Social Justice. Ironically, JNU administration allows such caste abuses in name of sociological studies. Much grave violation of thousands of students’ fundamental right to live with dignity is violated every day.

However, these avant-garde social terrorists still think that they can potentially harm the ruling BJP party by taking Bhimrao Ambedkar’s name. Now a days, Student wing of Naxalites, DSU used ‘Jai Bhim’ along with ‘Lal Salam’ in order to immunize itself from the responsibility of offending content it circulate within JNU campus. It is high time for Ministry of Human Resource Development and JNU administration to stop the violation of personal dignity of students. We must not allow the abuses and exploitations just for the sake of intellectual pleasure and useless showoff of tiny campus victory.

Amit can be reached at Twitter @amisri

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JNU was awarded ‘Best University’ for its good works, not for Hostage Drama, says HRD Minister

"Recently JNU was given best university award. This was not given for making the Vice Chancellor hostage but for the good works done by the university. These good works don't come into the limelight"


New Delhi, March 28, 2017: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) got the best university award for its good work and not for the controversy last year during which the Vice Chancellor was taken hostage’. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar remarked this statement while discussing a bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

“Recently JNU was given best university award. This was not given for making the Vice Chancellor hostage but for the good works done by the university. These good works don’t come into the limelight,” Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha while concluding the debate on the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016.

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Javadekar’s comments came after Congress pioneer Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the Minister’s reference of vacancies in JNU.

Pointing out to the vacancies of professors in JNU, Javadekar said: “There are over 100 vacancies for SCs/STs in JNU while around 25 posts of disabled professors are vacant since long ago.”

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Karge objected to it by stating that it’s not only in the JNU, but in many central universities, teaching posts are lying vacant for many years. It’s the duty of the minister to respond to such obligations.

“I know why you are raking up JNU only,” Kharge said.

Last year in October, Students of JNU had staged protests outside the administrative Block, forcing the Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and Rectors to remain confined inside the building, over the disappearance of student Najeeb Ahmed.

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Earlier, three of its students were arrested on sedition charges in connection with an event on the campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Responding to members’ queries, Javadekar said that vacancies in universities are a serious issue and there are many reasons for it.

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“There are vacancies in central universities, state universities and also in private universities. We are trying to constitute a dynamic platform where all vacancies will be exhibited on our website,” he said.

The Minister said that for filling up the vacancies the government needs to create an atmosphere where students prefer to be teachers and professors.

”We need to create interest among students so they could prefer this profession,” he said.

Javadekar said that whenever he visited any university, he always asked students: “Who wants to be a teacher? Who wants to be a professor?”

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“Recently I visited an IIT where I asked the same question to students. I was very happy when majority of students said they want to join the teaching line,” he said.

He also expressed concern over the cases of suicides on campuses.

“Even a single case of suicide in campuses is unfortunate,” the minister said.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard



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Police to conduct Lie Detector Tests of 9 JNU Students allegedly having Connection in a Missing Student Case: Delhi High Court

Najeeb Ahmed, 27, a first year M.Sc. student, went missing from his Jawaharlal Nehru University hostel on the night of October 14-15

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New Delhi, Dec 23, 2016: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed police to conduct lie detector tests of 9 JNU students allegedly having connection in the case relating to missing student Najeeb Ahmed.

A division bench of Justice G.S. Sistani and Justice Jayant Nath also asked Crime Branch of Delhi Police to also conduct searches at their residence of the ex-students.

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“Conduct the lie detector test of nine persons as soon as possible,” said the bench and posted the matter for January 23, 2017.

After the court was informed that two of the nine persons were ex-students and reside outside campus, the court asked police to keep a watch at their rooms and also search their rooms with two squad of sniffer dogs.

The court was hearing a habeas corpus plea filed by Fatima Nafees, Ahmed’s mother that her son be produced by police and the Delhi government before the court.

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Ahmed, 27, a first year M.Sc. student, went missing from his Jawaharlal Nehru University hostel on the night of October 14-15, allegedly after a row with members of RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The ABVP has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

Police told the court that Najeeb Ahmed’s roommate Qasim had agreed to undergo lie-detector test and he joined the process on Wednesday. However, he refused to participate on next two days i.e. December 22 and 23 for the test, saying he will consult his lawyer.

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Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves appearing for Ahmed’s mother said that the lie detector test of nine suspected students should be conducted first as there were apprehension that they would not participate in test. He added that Qasim can participate in lie detector test after those nine persons.

Filing the status report, Delhi Police told the court that in the presence of Ahmed’s mother and brother, 560 police officials along with the dog squad had conducted search operations at the JNU campus for two days. (IANS)