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Amir Rizvi

Criminalisation of Dissent A timeline showcasing the state's clampdown on criticism and dissenting voices in 2017

Voices of dissent are being muzzled in India as the state continues its clampdown, on people and publications criticizing them, with impunity. Sometimes it is political stooges who file private complaints, other times it is the police that intervenes and demands that people take down social media posts. In many other cases, people are threatened…

AIIMS

Tale of Despair: Patients Living on Pavements Outside AIIMS

With a large number of patients and a shortage of night shelters, thousands of patients are spending days in the subway of AIIMS metro station or on the pavement outside AIIMS, as they wait for treatment, writes Rajat Mishra, a student pursuing Master in Journalism at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Milia Islamia University. Not…

Plugging the Loopholes: Pesticide Deaths in Vidarbha Part 3 of our investigation reveals deaths caused by failure to train farmers in proper methods of spraying

In our previous stories concerning deaths of farmers due to toxic spray of pesticides like Monocil containing harmful phosphoric components like Monocrotophos, we investigated how the deaths occurred due to the availability of highly toxic and hazardous pesticides in the market and a flourishing pesticide industry combined with a largely unregulated market. We also discussed…

‘Lower’ Castes Original Producers of Knowledge, ‘Upper’ Castes Simply Accumulated Wealth: Kancha Ilaiah

Author, political theorist and Dalit rights activist Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd was recently placed under house arrest in Hyderabad and prevented from attending a rally in Vijaywada. The scholar who is also Director for the Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University was receiving death threats…

Amir Rizvi

You can Help Save Scientist Sentenced to Death in Iran

Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian born Swedish resident and expert in disaster medicine has been sentenced to death by Iranian authorities on charges of espionage. Dr. Djalai is a medical doctor and university lecturer. He has studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. He was arrested in April last year when he was visiting…

Another World is Possible A Timeline of the government's crackdown on the student movement in India

“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” Audre Lorde While the Indian government continues its cynical assault on institutes of learning and higher education, the Indian student movement shows us that another world is possible. [TIMELINE-21288] In the past three years and ten months since the Modi government came to power one notices…

Amir Rizvi

Genesis of the Zakia Jafri Case Part 1 of a Four Part Exclusive Interview with Senior Advocate Mihir Desai

Zakia Jafri lost her husband, Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, in the Gulberg Society carnage that took place during the post-Godhra genocide in Gujarat in 2002. Zakia and Ehsan were sheltering their neighbours from a violent mob during the attack. Ehsan stepped out to plead with the mob for mercy for the people he was sheltering.…

Zaki Jafri, Teesta Setalvad

How the Supreme Court Dealt with the Zakia Jafri Case Part 2 of a Four Part Exclusive Interview with Senior Advocate Mihir Desai

In the second part of the a four part interview, senior counsel , Mihir Desai explains how the Supreme Court deals with the complicated issues in the Zakia Jafri case, given the enormity of evidence. After the Supreme Court remands the case back to the Magistrate (September 12, 2011), Zakia Jafri is given the right…

Mihir Desai, Senior Lawyer

Evidence Unearthed in the Zakia Jafri Case Part 3 of a Four Part Interview with Senior Advocate Mihir Desai

In the third of the four part interview, senior counsel, Mihir Desai traces the wealth of evidence that indicates the chain of command responsibility and criminal conspiracy behind the genocidal carnage in Gujarat 2002. He also explains how the evidence of Sanjiv Bhatt was never a pillar of either the criminal complaint files by Zakia…

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