At the Supreme Court’s asking, a rights group in Manipur is sorting through files pertaining to over 1,528 victims of alleged extra-judicial killings to place before the judges.
In conversation with Anirudh Krishna, whose research has focused on poor communities and individuals in developing countries.
For those who’ve suffered without justice being meted out, azaadi could well mean having access to justice, even if restorative.
As the next hearing in the matter of Swaraj Abhiyan vs Union of India approaches, activists are trying to raise awareness on the deep-rooted problems in MGNREGA implementation.
In conversation with Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy on Islam, the hijab, human rights and sex.
To protect free speech we have to tolerate what we do not like, sometimes even what we abhor.
The latest campaign against the Rohingya has been triggered by false rumours that government documents – Aadhaar cards, state subject certificates, ration cards and voter I-cards – had been recovered from them.
Several civil society groups came together to demand justice for Pehlu Khan and called for the arrest of those responsible for killing him and injuring four others.
Dolezal’s problem is this: to choose one’s racial identity irrespective of inheritance is tantamount to an admission that race does not exist.
Beneficiaries of government pension schemes are burdened with issues like irregular pension payments, high collection costs and discontinuation of pensions due to Aadhaar-related issues.
The life of every woman unilaterally separated from her spouse is pathetic. They face challenges and constraints both in their marital and natal families.
The Narendra Modi government claims “the Indian army has a record of maintaining the highest level of humanity,” but cases from Manipur and Kashmir indicate otherwise.
The clerics under hate speech investigation attempted to disrupt the funeral of Mashal Khan, the student who was beaten to death on his university campus.
The RTI Act has faced resistance from the courts in recent years, especially when information is sought about their functioning as public authorities, a new report says.
The state’s monopoly of violence is accepted only if it follows the rule of law; if it doesn’t, it justifies the breaking of its monopoly by individuals, mobs and insurgents.
Farooq Ahmad Dar says he was beaten with gun butts and wooden sticks, and paraded through many villages while tied to the jeep.
Reached for a response, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, the Srinagar-based spokesman of the Ministry of Defence told The Wire, “The contents of the video are being verified and investigated.”
If cow protection entails the joining of forces between the moral and the state police, the law will simply allow lawlessness in its name.
Despite the POSCO Pratirodha Sangram Samiti’s successful agitation, the Odisha government has fenced off the land, with many villagers still displaced.
Although many doubt the sincerity of the BJP’s new-found respect for Ambedkar, as long as there is space for women like Chhaya Wankhede on stage, his revolutionary thoughts will continue to spread.
The government said the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations.
The proposed amendments not only make approaching the information commission more cumbersome and legalistic but also defy the diktat of the Supreme Court.
Since coming into effect 21 years ago, PESA has been grossly misused and underutilised, disenfranchising Adivasi communities all over the country.
The recommendation of compulsory prenatal sex determination is aimed at preventing foeticide, but doing so will target every woman bearing a female foetus and impact their already poor access to safe abortion.
As anti-Muslim rhetoric festers, the Hindu majority continues to fail to raise its voice against the BJP’s toxic politics of hate.
Facebook has agreed to remove 85% of content to respect Pakistan crusade against ‘blasphemy’, leading the way to a whole new era of censorship on freedom of thought.
Rather than taking steps to protect information seekers, the change in RTI rules, as presented by the government, will make RTI activists more vulnerable to attacks.
The International Labour Organisation’s chief, Guy Ryder has urged governments and social partners to work together to build a world of work that leaves no one behind.
Journalist Rana Ayyub posted screenshots of abusive private messages with sexual overtones sent to her by Bincylal Balachandran.
The Supreme Court’s ban on liquor sale on highways is a flagrant breach of the basic constitutional principle of separation of powers.
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
Bondita Acharya was allegedly threatened on social media by Bajrang Dal activists with death, rape and acid attacks for condemning the Jorhat arrests.
The army was called out to help security forces control a mob which pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs to set a polling booth ablaze.
We need to put free ‘speech’ as such to one side, and replace it with a series of more narrowly targeted expressive liberties.
New Delhi: Though the Indian government on Friday rejected a resolution passed by the legislative assembly of Canada’s Ontario province describing the 1984 massacre of Sikhs as ‘genocide,’ the motion’s supporters liberally used quotes of Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh to justify the resolution’s use of the sensitive term. On April 6, a […]
In the thirtieth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the Panama Papers and amendments proposed to the Right to Information Act.
Activists have demanded removal of clauses in the draft rules that permit the withdrawal of an application and say appeals proceedings end with the applicant’s death.
Slaughter bans and the bans on transportation across states, violently enforced by bands of gau rakshaks, deprive the farmer of any resale value for their cattle.
In March, the BMC demolished the huts of 30 families, mostly Dalits, and destroyed or seized all their belongings.
As the cow-protection issue spirals, noted Hindi satirist Harishankar Parsai’s stinging piece on cow worship in the time of elections comes to mind. Written years ago, ‘An encounter with a cow worshipper’ is as relevant today, if not more so.