Urmilesh discusses the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh and the politics around it. Joining him in this episode are senior journalist Akshaya Mukul and investigative reporter Neha Dixit.
The Karwan today reached Delhi to meet thousands of people, including widows of the 1984 Sikh massacre, before proceeding to Gandhi’s samadhi.
Shepherd has recently found himself in a controversy over his book, Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu, which Arya Vysya associations say is derogatory and demeaning.
“Today, women account for 56% of the MGNREGA workers. Unlike minimum wages, under MGNREGA, equal wages are paid to both men and women.”
While both Jindal and Coal India abdicated responsibility around the Gare Pelma coal mines, local Adivasis have tried their hardest to make sure they don’t get away with it.
The mandate for the criminal justice system and the civil society to monitor prisons is quite clear, but it’s the will that’s missing.
Adopting the language of 12th century vachanas, S. Anand has a dialogue with Gauri Lankesh. He tells her how wolves whistle over the stilled lioness.
“I want to salute all those who expose fake news. I wish there were more of them.”
“We’re not being anti-establishment. We’re just reporting what’s happening, what has to be reported.”
Gauri Lankesh, and others like her, will not be left alone to keep on articulating their dissent. After all, it is the untamed individual voice that is found to be particularly irritating.
Recent amendments to the rape laws have made it mandatory for all hospitals to provide immediate treatment to survivors of rape. An abortion is an essential element of such care.
Human Rights Watch interviewed over 50 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh, who recounted harrowing tales of fleeing violence.
“I want those who lynched my husband to be punished, not for revenge, but to ensure that no one has to go through what my children and I have undergone.”
On and off social media, sections of the Right not only applauded her murder, but used various false and questionable claims to say it was “justified”.
Gauri Lankesh was the victim of the same ideology that claimed the lives of other rationalists. Handing over her case to a ‘caged parrot’ like the CBI would be dangerous.
“Will our brother return? We won’t complain even if they have tortured him”, ask family members of 20-year-old Manzoor Ahmad, who has been ‘missing’ in army custody since August 31.
Despite widespread accusations against the Myanmar government of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, India has planned to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees.
Lankesh’s views have been relentlessly against what she considered a fascist project taking over Indian democracy. Her silenced voice has spoken so much and so many times, it is impossible for even walls not to hear her.
Gauri Lankesh’s lawyer B.T. Venkatesh is clear that the killing was a sinister and pre-planned act by Hindu terror units and had nothing to do with all the defamation cases filed against her.
The South Asia Media Defenders Network has urged the Indian media and civil society groups to pursue a robust campaign to ensure that there is no let-up in the investigation.
The forces behind her assassins have a list – and want us to know they will pursue it.
Though the conditions in the camp they live in are terrible, they say it is still far, far better than the alternative.
No injuries were reported in the third such derailment incident in a month.
“I had built a toilet but it had no water and I ran out of money to build a door. So I was out in fields when they came and took (arrested) us.”
The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.
An audit of tweets, handles and hashtags the government wants Twitter to block makes it clear that official censorship is being deployed not just against terrorism but legitimate political speech as well.
How can India, a country which has hosted refugees ever since its foundation as a nation, deport thousands of people based on their ethnicity and faith?
There is a backstory to the heinous murder of a fearless journalist but the future script is in all our hands.
Suu Kyi has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.
A firebrand in the tradition of her father, she was vocal on secularism, the rights of Dalits, the downtrodden and women.
Legislators have no business to sit in judgement on journalists and it is high time they are stripped of their special privileges.
Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was recently found guilty of defaming two BJP members and believes that her publication was targeted because of her politics.
They should – if they have any iota of self-respect – resign from the trust and make way for new members who have more guts than them to resist the aggression of corporate billionaires on EPW.
The NGO said the accused was someone they trusted as he had been visiting the school for 10 months, donating books and helping the children with their studies.
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
“I am not making any such statements,” additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta said in the apex court.
Kashmiri users and activists have received official legal complaints from Twitter, warning that their online content could be acted upon in the future as well.
If the intensity of state propaganda over the last few years is anything to go by, Erdogan and AKP have moved well beyond considerations of “soft power”.
Compelling citizens to listen to the national anthem with the objective of inculcating patriotism and nationalism violates the very autonomy that the nine-judge bench of the apex court recently upheld.