In an age of increased scrutiny, violent and repressive states are turning to subtler methods of removing dissidents and opponents.
Twice before, the Gujarat high court has rejected his petitions to have the FIR against him quashed.
Rejecting allegations that she has links to the Islamic State and is not mentally sound, Hadiya said she wishes to “live and die as an Indian citizen”.
Yet another Delhi-Centre face-off builds up as civil servants stop work in protest. Chief secretary Anshu Prakash meets Lt governor and home minister; AAP accuses him of using ‘casteist’ slur.
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The petition also says that the original song has been part of local culture in Kerala since the 1970s and questions why sentiments have been ‘suddenly offended’.
‘The violent crackdown on the legitimate work of the Bhim Army bodes ill for our democracy,’ reads the statement in support of the Dalit leader.
“Why would we be against the country that gave us asylum?”
Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar immolated himself on February 15, following which Congress MLA Naushad Solanki, independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and other protestors were detained.
Land redistribution measures in the state need to move beyond merely parceling out land.
Rohingya refugees in India are trying to make a better life for themselves while fighting the threat of deportation.
The two IB officers have said that they can’t be prosecuted without the Centre’s explicit permission.
The imposition of compulsory attendance is just one more in the slew of measures which have been taken since 2016 to enforce conformity and regimentation in an institution known for its aversion to both.
The absence of any effort by the CBI to protect and reassure their witnesses is leading to the mass retraction of earlier statements made before a magistrate that had incriminated the accused.
The government has declared Chhattisgarh open defecation free even though many gram panchayats in the state remain “inaccessible”.
Dalit and Muslim organisations gathered this week in Meerut to demand the release of the Bhim Army leader, who has been languishing in jail after the Adityanath government slapped charges against him under the National Security Act.
PM Modi announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana in December 2016, narrowing down the financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to the first birth only.
Opponents of Aadhaar have said it could be used as an instrument of state surveillance while data security and privacy regulations are still to be framed.
“We will fast for as long as we have to,” say protesting farmers who face displacement, even as the Kaleshwaram irrigation project has already received environmental clearance.
Encounter sites which are not cleared and scanned properly post the incidents are proving to be death traps for locals, especially children.
The spate of withdrawal of pending criminal cases against politicians in UP, Rajasthan, MP and Kerala in recent months points at the overpowering stranglehold of the political establishment on all the organs of governance.
The news channel has been asked to apologise for a programme they aired in 2016 wherein they referred to Raza and other poets as members of the ‘Afzal Premi Gang’.
Earning less than a living wage, migrant workers resort to living in the open, in shared and cramped rented rooms, or within the workplace.
Eight years after Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi was shot dead, many Muslim youth are following in his footsteps and fighting for justice for the terror accused.
Detained for decades, those who have been declared foreigners in Assam are denied a wage and parole.
Our constitution requires better from our executive, and our democracy is surely capable of generating more compassion than the current meanness of spirit we display towards Kashmir and Kashmiris.
Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of the studio Miramax, was one of the most influential men in Hollywood before more than 70 women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape.
The events of the last four years have hugely damaged our democratic institutions. Left parties need to grab every opportunity to ensure that the BJP is kept off the seat of power.
Implementing the recommendations could likely lead to a system that disregards basic criminal justice principles merely to enable easier convictions.
Since the beginning of 2018, over 7,000 students of JNU have collectively boycotted compulsory attendance. Teachers too are refusing to mark attendance.
It is high time disability is seen as a mainstream issue in politics. The media too has a responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities are not merely seen as ‘objects of charity’.
All stakeholders must ensure that the public debate on healthcare, spurred by this year’s Union Budget, stays alive and the government’s feet are continuously held to fire.
The Budget has been a far too secretive and hidden exercise. Social sector expenditure and allocations related to policy announcements should be matters of open ongoing debate.
The deaths have led to differences between the state police and the army, as well as between coalition partners BJP and PDP.
The attack may have larger communal undertones as the six were rounded up in three separate incidents by mobs in different areas of Mahendragarh.
Millennial Indian women have been leading a new kind of feminism since the early 2000s, long before the present day feminist resurgence in the US.
While the state government has blamed her death on illness, the family claims the 30-year-old was not suffering from any major ailment.
The Dalit and Adivasi community’s analysis of the budget shows gross under allocation – only 50.7% has been allocated towards targeted schemes for SCs and 51.24% for STs.
The protests come on the heels of a similar move by Vida Movahed, who was arrested in December 2017 after a photo of her waving her hijab above her unveiled head in Tehran went viral.
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