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Chorus grows to defend voting rights of Migrant Workers Association for Democratic Rights holds webinar; CJP had launched campaign in July 2020

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) held a webinar on Thursday bringing together activists and Human Rights groups to draw attention to migrant labourers’ right to vote and how it is often violated under the present system. Speakers included three former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. SY Quraishi, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and OP Rawat, as well…

*Gopesh died leaving his wife Amla in a detention camp* Bartalipi (Shilchor, Assam)

It’s been a year since the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed, But the Bangladeshis who have been declared foreigners in Assam are dying day after day to get citizenship under it. Two days ago, 104-year-old Chandradhar Das of Barak Valley died, wearing a foreign badge. He was counting down the days to apply for citizenship…

Gopesh’s wife returned home for a while to finish Shakha-Sindoor’s part Samoik Prasanga

What a cruel episode of life! In the intricacy of the document she could not prove her connection with her father, that’s why the foreigner badge is sitting next to her name. Since then her place has been in detention camp. Husband Gopesh Das was disturbed to see the middle-aged woman living in the prison’s…

*Amla in D-camp, she didn’t even see her husband’s face for the last time.* Samoik Prasanga

With the pain of foreigners scandal, Chandradhar Das sank to the brink of death on Sunday. He had high hopes in his life, maybe he will get the recognition of ‘Indian’ before his death. But the law of the land could not cover the pain of Chandradhar who has passed hundreds of years. He was…

104-year-old ‘declared foreigner’ dies in Assam Arrested at 101, he spent 3 months in an Assam detention camp!

Chandrahar Das, a registered refugee from Bangladesh, was declared ‘foreigner’ as the Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease afflicted man, arrested at the age of 101, could not recall when he crossed into the country! Over half a century ago, when Chandrahar Das was a young man, he fled Bangladesh and made his way to Assam via…

Covid-19 and the egregious condition of the working class Dealing with starvation and the struggle for survival

The current unprecedented crisis of the Covid-19 epidemic is not only a medical emergency but also a crisis for economy and employment, where the worst hit are indubitably the vulnerable workers and laborers. The fortuitous are the ones that get the luxury to work from home, follow the norms of social distancing and are nonchalant…

Ailing septuagenarian being forced to appear before Assam FT! Seje Bala Ghosh is the daughter of a freedom fighter

In March this year, we had brought to you the story of Seje Bala Ghosh, the daughter of a freedom fighter, who was served a notice to appear before a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) in Assam despite her name appearing in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC). CJP had taken up her case, but now…

Jay Prakash Saav appeals for his right to vote Help CJP's campaign #LetMigrantsVote by signing our petition

Jay Prakash Saav, a migrant worker from Jharkhand, appeals to the government to facilitate measures for migrant workers to vote from their city of work. Sign the petition here. CJP reaches out to thousands of migrant workers trapped in a food crisis CJP against Hunger: Essentials supplied to needy families from the North East CJP…

Ram Gopal Yadav appeals for his right to vote A part of CJP's campaign #LetMigrantsVote for the voting rights of migrant workers

Ram Gopal Yadav, a migrant worker from Bihar, appeals to the government. To facilitate measures for migrant workers to vote from their city of work. Sign the petition here: https://cjp.org.in/let-migrant-vote/ CJP reaches out to thousands of migrant workers trapped in a food crisis CJP against Hunger: Essentials supplied to needy families from the North East…

Sagar Ali appeals for his right to vote CJP campaigns for migrant workers' right to vote #LetMigrantsVote

Sagar Ali, a migrant worker from West Bengal, appeals to the government to facilitate measures for migrant workers to vote from their city of work. CJP reaches out to thousands of migrant workers trapped in a food crisis CJP against Hunger: Essentials supplied to needy families from the North East CJP against Hunger: Rations and…

Rajib Alam appeals for his right to vote CJP's #LetMigrantsVote Campaign

Rajib Alam, a migrant worker from Bihar,  appeals to the government to facilitate measures for migrant workers to vote from their city of work. CJP reaches out to thousands of migrant workers trapped in a food crisis CJP against Hunger: Essentials supplied to needy families from the North East CJP against Hunger: Rations and essentials…

The migrant’s right to vote Indian Express

Election Commission must ensure optimal conditions for exercise of this freedom. While the US granted universal adult franchise incrementally, India moved from a restrictive 15 per cent of Indians having (limited) voting rights to universal adult franchise, driven by the transformative impetus of the national movement and the ideals of equality and non-discrimination that it…

मायग्रंट डायरीज: मुन्ना शेख लॉकडाउन के दौरान ट्रेन से 62 घंटे में मुंबई से कटिहार पहुंचे प्रवासी कामगार ने कहा, "उम्मीद है बिहार सरकार कुछ पैसा और राशन दे ताकि हम जिंदा रह सकें."

27 साल के मुन्ना शेख, बांद्रा में शास्त्री नगर इलाके में 15 लोगों के साथ रहते थे. बांद्रा का यह इलाका कम कमाई वाले लोगों की रिहाइश है. यहां देश के तमाम राज्यों के हजारों प्रवासी कामगार रहते हैं. मुन्ना शेख को रोजगार की तलाश में 15 साल पहले बिहार से मुंबई आना पड़ा था.…

Migrant Diaries: Atiur Rehman “Not a penny in my pocket for three months, not a grain in my belly for three days before CJP helped me,” recalls a migrant worker from West Bengal

The Covid-19 pandemic could have been an opportunity for all of us as a society to showcase our most compassionate and humane side. But many employers and middle-men took this opportunity to further exploit their labourers, especially impoverished and often unlettered migrants, and push them to the brink of starvation. This is the story of…

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