maoistroad: Stop Operation Green Hunt! MalkaNGIRI & Bhopal

Why are some lives cheaper than others?

Looking at the brutal extra-judicial killings in Malkangiri and Bhopal

In the last few weeks, two brutal killings sent shockwaves through the country – the massacre of 40 Maoist cadre and supporters in a remote jungle in Malkangiri region on the Andhra-Odisha border and the cold-blooded murder of 8 undertrials accused of being members of SIMI in Bhopal. 

The two killings are not unrelated, but are part of a pattern. In both cases, it is the police and the security forces who are the proud perpetrators, the very people who are supposed to safeguard the rule of law in the country. In both cases, the victims are poor, from the margins of Indian society, associated with political movements proscribed and vilified by the state. And in both cases, the killings, brutal and blatantly extra-legal, have been lauded by the government of the day.

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John Hutnyk is the author of books including The Rumour of Calcutta, Critique of Exotica, Bad Marxism and Pantomime Terror.


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John Hutnyk, RMIT University, Global Urban and Social Studies Department, Adjunct. Studies Social Sciences, Geography, and Culture. Studied and taught in …

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links for the vids

On Cultural Revolution: An Interview with John Hutnyk |

20 Apr 2009 – John Hutnyk: Insofar as my work is that of an academic commentator within cultural studies, in a Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths which …

John Hutnyk: Translating Capital in context, politics, struggles – YouTube

28 Sep 2014 – Uploaded by SkriptaTV

14/5/2014, 15h, Cinema Europa, Zagreb, Croatia John Hutnyk: Translating Capital in context, politics …

John Hutnyk: Quid pro quo: the East as a career – YouTube

26 Oct 2014 – Uploaded by SkriptaTV

15/5/2014, 21h, Cinema Europa, Zagreb, Croatia John Hutnyk: Quid pro quo: the East as a career 7th …

John Hutnyk | Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX

10 Mar 2016 – John Hutnyk writes on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. He studied and taught in Australia at …

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Click these links or more below for videotaped lectures or talks:


Marx Memorial Library On General Strike 12 June 2016

Mapping Exercises: Contexts for the Higher Education Workplace Istanbul Feb 2015

Culture Now in conversation with Antony Gormley at ICA feb 2013

On 26 Jan 2013, a talk at Tate Modern on the Sharjah Art Foundation Biennale proposed theme of New Cultural Cartographies.

Translating Capital – Subversive Festival, Zagreb (1st vid)

Quid pro Quo – Subversive Festival, Zagreb (2nd vid)

Pantomime Terror – inaugural Professorial Lecture 30.9.2008 Goldsmiths

Pantomime Terror MIA as Provocateur (Geissen Lecture): 21 Nov 2013


Translating Capital in context, politics, struggles

From Subversive Festival Zagreb, May 2014. 

John Hutnyk: Translating Capital in context, politics, struggles
The School of Contemporary Humanities
moderator: Dunja Matić

the dedication, the prefaces, the first sentence, the tenth/eight chapter, the teaching factory, malignant and parasitic, etc…

[errata: New York Daily Tribune, not herald. Need to clarify that Commodities as title for chapter one in English is not as good as The Commodity. And I fudged the Horace and Dante quotes, was not rude enough about Zombie’s… but otherwise…]

There are lectures on Capital, but they need an edit (wealthy benefactor-fat-cat types are welcome to chip in so we can hire Tarek to cut them – c’mon, be your own aufhebung).


Pantomime Terror Lecture 30.9.2008

This, here, for the gnawing criticism of the mice, is my inaugural Professorial lecture at Goldsmiths September 30 2008. Details: presented by Professor John Hutnyk of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths. Title: ‘Pantomime Terror: the paranoid commuter and the danger of music’. Introduced by Professor Geoffrey Crossick. Please note there is a missing part at 48;38 where there was a tape changeover. At this point its important to know I discussed the Fun^da^mental video DIY Cookbook, available here: and there is a bit of the discussion is missing, but covered in this blog post: – sorry its complicated, but if you like the first 48 mins, then why not watch the short 3 min FDM vid, read the short blog, then return for the eccentric finale! Thanks heaps to Adela for filming this.


Marx Memorial Library On General Strike 12 June 2016



Mapping Exercises: Contexts for the Higher Education Workplace Istanbul Feb 2015

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Pantomime Terror MIA as Provocateur (Geissen Lecture): 21 Nov 2013

21 Nov 2013 Die Veranstaltung war in der Universitätsbibliothek, in der “grenzlinien” Ausstellung statt.

A ‘cultural project’ runs alongside the war on terror and impacts upon a diverse range of practices, from the militarisation of public policy, through to entertainment, cinema and the music industry (Bhattacharyya 1998:293, 299; 2008, 92). Thus, there might be reason to revisit Walter Benjamin’s essay on the now near impossible role of the storyteller as the site of critique and an alternative to ‘Total War’. The storytelling I have in mind involves a mainstream pop music video that uses humour, gimmicky effects and provocations that stress or otherwise reveal our anxieties. The performer-curator and musician Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, also known as M.I.A, features as main focus: herself conceived as a prankster character, aiming to undo the unexamined comforts of power, in ways which need to be analysed.

I will examine M.I.A.’s collaboration with Romain Gavras on Born Free (2010) to investigate the way stereotypes that are knocked down seem to threaten to just get right back up again. I take the controversy over M.I.A.’s work as exemplary for a survey of the absurd and often worrying scrapes British South Asian musicians have gotten themselves into under the new civil (un)liberties environment in the contemporary multicultural city and argue that if we can agree that the co-constitution of the war ‘over here’ and ‘over there’ should be recognised differently, then our responses may also need to be different.From the book:



Towards a new Cultural Cartography: Tate Modern 26.1.2013

26 January 2013 Tate Modern Towards a new Cultural Cartography: For this year’s Biennial, which will run from March and to May 2013, Hasegawa proposes ‘a selection of artworks that reassess the Western centrism of knowledge in modern times’. Starting from the metaphor of the courtyard in Islamic architecture, her project focuses on exploring the complexity and diversity of cultures, societies and politics. She calls for a gathering of architects, designers, creators and artists, who will bring together different perspectives and challenge viewers to seek new knowledge by sharing ideas.

In holding a preview debate in London, Tate and The Sharjah Art Foundation open the floor to important questions about international contemporary art that are often simplified, subsumed or ignored. Wael Shawky, one of the participating artists, will talk about his work in relation to transregional politics, religion and history. Sarat Maharaj will explore the notion of ‘new cartographies’, which Hasegawa considers crucial to our understanding of the complexities of global developments in art. Speakers include: Hoor Al-Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation; Yuko Hasegawa, Curator, Sharjah Biennial 11; Wael Shawky, participating artist; academics and writers Sarat Maharaj and John Hutnyk in conversation; and a question and answer session chaired by Marko Daniel, Tate. Part 6: Part 7: Discussion The entire event: here.



Culture Now in conversation with Antony Gormley at ICA feb 2013


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Antony Gormley in conversation with Professor John Hutnyk and Hugh Brody on the subject of Gormley’s Fourth Plinth commission – ‘One & Other’ in 2009.

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Culture Now: Antony Gormley

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