The main schism in today’s free speech debates pits liberals, advocating unbridled speech as a tool of freedom, against radicals, who unmask unbridled speech as a tool of class privilege. But that rift tells only one story.
Herojit claims the orders to eliminate people came from the top.
The explosion of monetary incentives and subsidies triggered a gold rush. With that coming to an end, are Uber and Ola simply reproducing old exploited and informal labour markets?
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
In the light of Jodhpur University’s February 16 decision to suspend Prof Rajshree Ranawat for inviting Prof Nivedita Menon to deliver a lecture on nationalism earlier this month, The Wire is republishing an article Menon wrote about the ‘controversy’.
As per a recent Supreme Court ruling, appeals to identity politics are fine, as long as they are incidental and not the core of the election campaigns.
The documentary, Killing for Conservation, shows the consequences of Kaziranga’s conservation success and the impunity enjoyed by the forest guards.
In Madhya Pradesh, a farmer committed suicide when he could not repay loans after his crop failed and he did not receive the insurance that he was entitled to.
The pride that Jallikattu evokes is clearly associated with people from a particular dominant caste, often at the forefront of violence against Dalits.
The attacks on creative expression and freedom of speech concern us all. Today it is films and books; tomorrow it could be journalism and much more.
Eleven patients have died in the last two months at the overcrowded, unhygienic and understaffed government-run home.
Singrauli, a district in Madhya Pradesh, has seen widespread displacement of tribals since the 1950s, who’s rights rights are compromised in favour of mining.
With no hope from political parties, Dalits in Punjab are organising to challenge the status quo.
Nagas rage violently against chief minister T.R. Zeliang’s refusal to meet their demand on local body polls after two people were killed in a police firing.
Given the scale of rights violations in Bastar, the government’s decision to send Kalluri on leave looks more like a way of avoiding effective action against lawlessness there.
A large amount of the already inadequate budgeted expenditure is on non-targeted schemes, which are barely useful for the development of SC/ST communities.
Despite having passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in 2016, the Budget allocated only about 0.0039% of the GDP for the differently abled.
This Budget will benefit only a selected few children in higher education, depriving millions of children from their universal rights to education.
Activists says solutions should be holistic, piecemeal announcements like making 500 railway stations disabled-friendly will not help much.
Two supplementary MNREGA allocations were made by the government last year. This means, there’s only a 1%, not 25%, actual increase in this year’s Budget.
Anirban Nandy, who suffers from hypertension, was subjected to verbal abuse and harassment involving the police.
Taking exception to the widespread protests across the state in support of Jallikattu, the Supreme Court observed that such things cannot be permitted in a country governed by the rule of law.
“The aim of acts of intimidation and hostility appears to be to clear the area of any dissenting voices [in Bastar] so that the police and security forces have a free hand.”
The Centre needs to make up for the losses it has caused to those who already live in precarious, marginalised conditions.
India is also making discrimination against Muslims a key ingredient of its refugee and immigration policy.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
UN special rapporteur Tauli-Corpuz stressed the need for countries to incorporate the UN Declaration into national plans and legislation in order to ensure indigenous rights.
Dalits have been subjected to vicious caste violence for years in Gujarat.
The Modi government’s clampdown on foreign funding has forced several NGOs to lay-off its employee, and has impacted education and social welfare initiatives.
In an incident similar to the Manesar Maruti factory one, eight workers at the Pricol factory in Coimbatore were given life sentences in a case riddled with loopholes.
This week’s column rounds up some of the rights issues that have recently come into focus.
With no helpline or information centre to go to, parents from economically weaker sections wanting to admit their child in a private school through the Right to Education Act struggle to gather basic information about the policy.
With our freedoms coming under attack, we have arrived at a time when it is crucial for scholars and academics to prove their relevance to the people and show them they are on the same side.
In Marriage and its Discontents: Women, Islam and the Law in India, Sylvia Vatuk argues how ‘paternalistic attitudes’ affect women suffering in abusive and troubled marriages.
A 2006 study found that women’s rights groups felt the gag rule violated their rights to freedom of speech and association.
An organised movement of Dalits against unequal land distribution echoes through the Malwa region of Punjab.
The voices of the republic include dreamers, dissenters and rebels. One poem of resistance, from a different Indian language, each day this week.
Navsarjan Trust said its activities were a “threat to the BJP” and hence its FCRA licence was cancelled.
A report from several civil society actors has found that the Right to Information Act is not functioning as it should be.
What the home ministry’s new guidelines on how the disabled must show their respect for the national anthem tell us about the politics of pure nationalism.