In July this year, the state government had issued orders mandating the use of a Deendayal Upadhyaya logo on all government advertisements.
The blank editorial, published on National Press Day, highlights the grave threat posed by state government’s ‘black law’ to journalism.
Rajasthan government tied up with a Hindu organisation to organise the event.
“Such attempts are part of a larger design of the BJP government to glorify some Hindu rulers and promote its Hindutva ideology.”
A recent circular asks state colleges to install statues of ‘Swami Vivekananda Ji’ to inculcate nationalistic values among students.
The Bill seeks to protect serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the state from being investigated for on-duty action.
The plea under the Right to Information Act also questioned the delay in the release of information about the ordinance.
Faced with dogged opposition, Rajasthan assembly Speaker said the government would consider the suggestions put forward by the members.
To counter the civil rights movement, Alabama had passed a law protecting the reputation of public officials, and the justification given for it was eerily similar to that given by the Rajasthan government.
The bill amends CrPC, 1973, and restricts the media from naming a public servant until the Rajasthan government allows the case to be investigated.
An ordinance last month makes government permission mandatory before the police can even investigate – and the media can report – allegations against a public servant.
BJP MLAs Sanjeev Raja and Anil Parashar refused to allow Rajasthan officials to even seize the ultrasound machine at the facility.
The new uniform will have shorts, skirts or salwars that will be the same colour as the new RSS uniform.
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan is initiating jan sunvahis or people’s hearings in the villages of Rajasthan in an attempt to deliver basic rights like pension and ration to the suppressed.