Democracies must be confident enough in their powers to withstand criticism. Clinging to an all encompassing vaguely worded sedition law will do more harm than good to our democracy.
But the governing council has so far offered no explanation for its decision to appoint Pachauri as vice chairman with full executive powers barely a week ago despite this “matter” being “sub judice”.
New Delhi: On the eve of the Delhi high court’s hearing on a case of sexual harassment filed by a former TERI researcher of against former UN climate panel chief RK Pachauri, claims made by a second woman alleging sexual harassment by him is all set to give a […]
Though seen as a major victory for net neutrality and an open Internet, the new set of regulations remains unsupported by empirical data, especially with regard to the adverse effects of zero-rating.
There is a lot of intimidation of independent minded activists in Gujarat but they should not give up, says the priest.
With the UN panel’s ruling, the US must drop charges against the WikiLeaks founder and suspend any threat of extradition, while the UK and Sweden must ensure an immediate end to his arbitrary detention.
It’s been nearly three weeks since 64 campaigners faced a riot led by Kanwar Lal Meena, Rajasthan MLA from Manohar Thana in Aklera, Jhalawar. Muscle tears, bruises, slaps and cuts have slowly started to heal. The mental trauma we faced has been pushed to the back of our […]
Turkish academics who have spoken out about the regime’s increasingly dictatorial policies have faced punishment and even imprisonment.
A complaint by cow protection vigilantes led to swift – and some say brutal – police action. And after testing the meat seized and concluding it was beef, the police handed it over to the vigilantes who then disposed of it.
In the forested adivasi areas of Chhattisgarh, the Constitution of India and the orders of the Supreme Court hold no sway over the government.
The apex court today referred the various curative pleas seeking re-examination of its 2013 verdict re-criminalising homosexuality under section 377 IPC, to a 5-judge constitution bench.
As it considers curative petitions seeking the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the Supreme Court must realise that acts of prejudice which provoke hate crimes and push people towards death need to be redeemed by the law.
Shocking instances of negligence and insensitivity towards differently-abled female air passengers in India’s two largest cities have brought to light the need for both social and regulatory changes .
In exonerating Rahul Sharma and criticising the government for wrongfully targeting the former police officer, the CAT has shone a spotlight on the state’s lack of interest in punishing the perpetrators of the 2002 riots.
This sensational but sorry episode is replete with many more ironies. Not the least is Herojit’s appeal to his colleagues in the police to not follow “illegal” orders.
Manzoor Ahmed Dar disappeared after being picked up by the army in Srinagar in 2002. On Tuesday, his family performed his last rites, vowing to continue their struggle for justice.
Scholars abroad make an urgent appeal that justice be done in the most recent case of caste discrimination in Indian higher education.
On 17 January 2016, 27-year-old PhD. scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide at the University of Hyderabad campus. He was one of the five Dalit students who had been suspended from the hostel facility by the executive council (EC) of the university. The events culminating in this tragic incident […]
If the correct test is one of incitement to lawless action, then Section 295A are far too broad. Under no interpretation can it be said that intentional insult to religion, or to religious feelings, is necessarily equivalent to ‘incitement’.
In the current Indian political scenario, Pandits are a forgotten entity.
New Delhi: The Centre has reportedly asked Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) chairman Maj General (retd.) R.M. Kharb and vice chairman Chinny Krishna to resign from the statutory body for challenging its January 8 notification lifting a four-year-old executive order prohibiting jallikattu. The AWBI filed a petition […]
Even as reports are pouring in from Chhattisgarh of the police staging the surrenders of hundreds of alleged Maoists – who in actuality are innocent villagers either lured by the paltry reward of Rs 10,000 or intimidated by the police – in neighbouring Odisha, the ‘surrender’ pattern may […]
When militancy was at its peak in Kashmir, thousands of men disappeared only to get reduced to statistics in government records. Aware of this grim reality, their families want only one assurance from the government.
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has cancelled the bail application of Delhi University lecturer G.N. Saibaba and issued a contempt of court notice to the author, Arundhati Roy for writing an article in Outlook magazine criticising the charges against him. In my view, the court is wrong […]
Five men and a 17-year old boy were arrested after the December 16 bus rape in 2012. Of the five adults convicted of the crime one is dead, and four have had the death sentence passed against them. The 17-year-old, called Accused #6, was also convicted and punished. […]
The continuing criminalisation of homosexuality is not about a minority or about valorising a lifestyle, but about the values that India stands for as a nation.
We’ve focused largely on the refugees undertaking perilous journeys across the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, but we in the Indian subcontinent are much closer to the crisis than we realise.
The ongoing government vs. governor face-off aside, another conflict is threatening to erupt in Arunachal Pradesh – one triggered by a recent SC order on citizenship for Chakmas
The organisers of the event said her name had “not been cleared” by the Madhya Pradesh government to attend the event
What the experiences of Manto and Josh Malihabadi tell us about the dividing line between trust and belonging, intolerance and exile.
Nearly 156,000 children engaged in vegetable seed production in India; most women engaged in trade are not even paid minimum wages: Report
The promise of acchhe din cannot be just for the well-off. A poor person too has the fundamental right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Constitution.
By this one judgement of setting qualifying standards to contest elections, the Supreme Court has ensured that power at the grassroots level will remain in the hands of the entrenched elite.
Haryana’s rural masses, especially women and dalits, burdened as they are by indebtedness and inadequate government investment in education and sanitation, will henceforth run the risk of being disqualified from standing for local body elections.
The stand taken by Cardinal Gracias, the inter faith declaration on the acceptance of homosexuality and the release of a Christian book on the church and homophobia show religion in India is opening up to the LGBT community.
A new Home Ministry advisory has introduced difficult and ridiculous preconditions for anyone wanting to write on or research prisons
Anti-liquor activist Kovan, who was slapped with sedition charges for criticising the government’s liquor policy, speaks to The Wire hours after the apex court vindicated his stand
The right to love, the right to dissent and right to question seem now more at risk within the Indian subcontinent than ever before.
In any society, especially one that proclaims its democracy from the rooftop on every occasion, the right to dissent is paramount. Yet those who do usually end up facing the full might of the state.
The government is unable to deport them to Myanmar and unwilling to allow them to stay, thus condemning Rohingya refugees to endless and arbitrary detention. An investigation.