The context of Kalburgi’s life’s work – and the likely context of his death – is the fraught cultural politics of the Lingayat community in Karnataka.
Dharwad: Former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University M M Kalburgi, the well-known scholar and epigraphist who courted controversy for his forthright views on religious, social and other issues, was shot dead at his Kalyanagar residence here this morning by unidentified gunmen. He was 77 years old. “Dr Kalburgi was shot […]
UN court asks India and Italy to suspend all proceedings concerning Italian marines case The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has put a “status quo” in the Italian marines case and asked both countries to suspend all court proceedings and refrain from initiating new […]
‘India’s Coal Rush’, a short documentary, travels from Jharia’s vast, burning coalfields to the smoky plains of Chhattisgarh, tracing the impact of India’s growing appetite for coal.
Indians living in US and UK work mostly in the financial and technology sectors, whereas Indians in the GCC often work in riskier jobs, such as construction.
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A sting operation by Cobrapost has caught six hardened Ranveer Sena killers admitting to their crimes and naming former PM Chandra Shekhar and the BJP’s Yashwant Sinha, Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushil Singh Modi as leaders who helped the Sena
As it moves towards democracy, the country is facing questions over who belongs to the national community, and which groups it is willing to include.
India-Pakistan talks on August 23 Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor will meet India’s Ajit Doval on the 23rd of August to begin talks about a series of militant attacks and border clashes. A militant strike in Gurdaspur had been the cause for the delay in the scheduling of […]
Despite having been cleared for release by a multi-agency review board in 2009, Tariq Ba-Odah remains behind bars with his release still a subject of legal wrangling by the Obama administration.
New Delhi: In the wake of the proposed Amendment to the Whistle Blowers Protection Act, the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information has written a letter to members of the Rajya Sabha demanding that a special committee be set up to adequately review the bill. The Whistle […]
It’s a short, powerful film and it hits you right in the solar plexus. Devashish Makhija’s Agli Baar (‘The Next Time’) marries the tools of modern communication—Skype, Smart Phones, the Internet—with the violent, sectarian corrupted, lawless ways of modern India to come up with a frightening parable of […]
In the nationalist movement, Gandhi alone posed the idea of justice on the Hindu-Muslim question, outside the language of law.
The court made it clear that there was no threat “national security and public interest” if Setalvad and her husband remain free and also questioned the need for their custodial interrogation.
The government remains evasive on the question of whether it will implement a privacy law safeguarding the information it collects from its citizens.
The Standing Committee looking at a Bill on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has failed to address important issues
New Delhi: People will no longer need an Aadhaar card to benefit from government welfare schemes, the Supreme Court decided today, even as it referred the wider issue of the Unique Identification (UID) programme’s impact on privacy to a Constitution Bench. The court was responding to a batch of petitions that challenged both […]
India threatens to boycott Pak Commonwealth meeting India has threatened to boycott a Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting scheduled in Islamabad next month to protest Pakistan’s decision not to invite the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that the decision was taken […]
The MHA’s heavy-handed guidelines on media and NGO access to jails – said to be provoked by the India’s Daughter controversy – is widely seen as an attack on democratic freedoms and a violation of the Constitutional rights of prisoners
While many may associate the tactic of the hunger strike with the “nonviolent” resistance of Gandhi, most hunger strikers considered their fasting to be just as violent as guerrilla attacks and suicide bombings
New Delhi: The Centre today urged the Supreme Court that the pleas for scrapping of government’s ambitious project to grant Aadhaar cards to all citizens be referred to a constitutional bench as they relate to issues which require authoritative pronouncement. Rohatgi also reiterated the Centre’s stand that privacy is […]
Citizenship on the cards for people displaced by religious persecution The Union Home Ministry is set to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant citizenship to undocumented migrants who fled religious persecution in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is a move that will have far-reaching implications in Assam and […]
The stand of Hollywood actors and carceral feminists against the decriminalisation of sex work is precisely the kind of stand that makes the lives of all sex workers harder and gives no space for their voices
Trafficking has risen sharply after the earthquake in Nepal with girls and women being lured into the sex trade by gangs on the false promise of providing jobs or through the enticement of marriage
BJP’s change in stance could help clear house hurdle The Congress claimed a small victory on Monday when the Narendra Modi government, after months of standing firm, virtually agreed to return almost entirely to the text of the Land Acquisition Act passed during the UPA’s tenure in 2013. […]
Himanshu Trivedi says he preferred to resign rather than follow instructions to act against the state’s Muslims
Death penalty files eaten by termites? Records of death penalty convicts who have been executed since independence have gone missing from many prisons. The National Law University in Delhi is conducting a first of its kind survey to evaluate the fairness of capital punishment jurisprudence especially in post […]
The apex court had called section 66A of the IT Act “unconstitutional”, saying it has a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech and expression.
We are not even prepared to recognise the gravity of the crime of communal violence and treat it on par with terrorism, let alone adopt legal remedies to deal with it.
A tale from the Mahabharat reminds us that the battles Teesta Setalvad is fighting are not about the Gujarat riots but about Rajdharma
Ninety per cent of India’s trafficking problem is internal, informal and often much too close to home
The right to privacy flows from a structural reading of the Fundamental Rights chapter, and has been established as an integral part of constitutional jurisprudence over the last 30 years.
New Delhi: Uncertainty continued on Monday over whether Yakub Memon, the sole 1993 Mumbai blasts convict on death row, will be hanged on July 30, with the Supreme Court asking Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to clarify today the rules relating to curative petitions, the last judicial remedy in law.A […]
For the last 39 years, a government-aided school in Old Delhi has been running from makeshift sheds after its premises were razed during the Emergency and never rebuilt
There is a need to fine tune processes to ensure that those most affected get back to a normal life of dignity
There is something timeless in a well. You peer down into the darkness and see, flickering on the sheen of the wet sludge, your own face, and what remains of your hope.
Discrimination in housing is a fact of life for many urban Indians, particularly middle-class Muslims, who are increasingly finding it difficult to rent or buy accommodation outside particular localities that have evolved, for one reason or another, into “Muslim areas”. But the fact that discrimination has become commonplace […]
Singrauli is the energy capital of India, a place critical to the Modi government’s plans for power for all, yet its own people are powerless
Governments tend to perceive NGO exposures of violations as harmful to the image of the country instead of taking action to protect victims against such violations.
There is evidence that the tribunals which are meant to adjudicate bans under the UAPA end up giving far-reaching powers to the government under the Act