6 PM|11 December|Thurs|Talk by Manisha Sethi at ALF

Alternative Law Forum cordially invites you to a discussion with Manisha Sethi about her book Kafkaland on 11th December, 2014 (today) at 6 pm.
ALF is at 122/4, Next to Balaji Art Gallery, Infantry Road, Bangalore. (Nearest Bus Stop: Shivaji Nagar bus depot).

We apologize for the short notice.

About the Book: Kafkaland explores the grisly underbelly of counterterrorism, where prejudice and lawlessness are the standard operating codes. From Mumbai to Bangalore, to Delhi to Madhya Pradesh, it examines some of the most prominent terror cases to show that the hallmark of terror investigations is not simply a casual subversion of norms but cynical prejudice and brutal violence inflicted in the knowledge of absolute impunity. It also examines the disquieting trend of judicial abdication, wherein the courts indulgently ignore signs of torture, lack of evidence and absence of procedural norms, while trying terror cases.

Kafkaland challenges the dominant narratives of counterterrorism and the emerging security-industrial complex. Kafkaland is where impunity, bias, suspicion are sustained by laws, where erosion of constitutional guarantees is advertised as internal security, where corporate greed masquerades as national interest.

About the Author: Manisha Sethi is currently Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. She teaches at the Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is the author of Escaping the World: Women Renouncers among the Jains and Associate Editor of Biblio: A Review of Books. Sethi writes on the themes of communalism, identity, gender as well as counter terrorism. She has been involved with the work of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, a civil rights group of university teachers, which works on issues of democratic rights but especially the state’s counter terrorism policy (www.teacherssolidarity.org).

Kafkaland

Some Reviews and Interview:

Indian Express:

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/guilty-until-proven-innocent-2/99/

FirstPost.com

http://www.firstpost.com/living/the-pathology-of-prejudice-true-lies-of-counterrorism-in-india-1828281.html

Tehelka:
http://www.tehelka.com/when-the-state-terrorises-its-citizens/

The Asian Age:
http://www.asianage.com/books/questions-state-wrongdoer-313