In what was clearly a political decision, Afzal Guru was hanged on 9th Feb at the infamous Tihar jail in Delhi for his alleged role in the 13th December, 2001 attack on the parliament. Not only was this merely an issue about the merits or de-merits of death penalty, but was a clear case of the Indian State trying to set an example out of Afzal Guru’s execution as a warning to the people of Kashmir.
The 8th edition of VIBGYOR International Film Festival was held at Kerala’s cultural capital, Thrissur, from the 07th to 12th of February 2013. Known to be the largest alternative film festival in South Asia, VIBGYOR engrossed a sizable audience, including youth and renowned film makers.
New Socialist Alternative (CWI -India) intervened at the festival, by setting up a stall and selling our publications. Comrade Siritunga Jayasuriya of United Socialist Party (CWI -Sri Lanka) inaugurated the event with several other guests.