On October 29, the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) carried out a protest against the introduction of new hostel policies, which included curfew restrictions and fee hike among other things, by the administration.
Jahnavi Jayanth from the team writes an open letter to the urban liberal audience, about the voices we aren’t hearing as we chug along with the frenzy this country is in. One such voice belongs to Basit Jamal, a Muslim social entrepreneur from Kashmir as he shares an unexpected take on the political times we are living in.
What is said differently when you ask a senior foreign policy journalist who's voted for Modi twice and a millennial fashion-brand owner who's a self-proclaimed liberal about divisive rhetoric and what bystanders ought to do? Bolti Bandh's curator Jahnavi Jayanth speaks to Mayuri Mukherjee and Susmita Choudhury.
In part 4, we come back - way back - to the Jerusalem of many millennia ago - the holy times and place that gave birth to peoples and beliefs that arguably changed the face of humanity in ways no other political or social movement ever has. Each of us seems to have a role in preventing conflict and if not speaking up, what is it?
In part 3, we move through a Palestinian cluster of villages in the South Hebron Hills that are being demolished and scattered over and over again by the Israeli occupation and then land in the twinkling, locked city of Ramallah whose residents can't leave. How are these people, in the very epicentre of horrific conflict, different from us? Does it matter that they are or aren’t?
In part 2, we go through Jerusalem reckoning with a different kind of horror inflicted upon a different faction of people in the 21st century and then enter a farming village, Bilin in the West Bank that is non-violently resisting the occupation closing in on them. You realise when you hear different stories from sides fighting each other - stories not necessarily related to each other - that everyone is acting out because they were wronged before. Everyone is reacting. How do you pick a side then? Who’s justified, really?