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Have you seen my son: Rupa Behn Mody A mother recalls the day when her son went missing during the Gujarat carnage

Azhar Mody went missing in 2002 during the Gulberg Society massacre. Today 15 years later, in an exclusive interview to Citizens for Justice and Peace, Rupa Behn Mody, Azhar’s mother, shares how she still hopes he will return to her on his birthday on October 25.   “It’s my Azhu’s birthday on the 25th. He…

The Girl who scared the Government Shehla Rashid on hate, misogyny and threats

Shehla Rashid was dragged into a raging maelstrom of hate and misogyny nearly two years ago when she emerged at the forefront of India’s burgeoning student movement. She earned the wrath of right wing groups and was anointed with a variety of undignified labels like ‘anti-national’ and ‘traitor’. However, none of this deterred the firebrand…

Baby Steps with Paras Tomar #DesiMillennial Interview

Film makers have often chosen to make short independent films to tell sensitive human interest stories. An excellent example of this is Baby Steps, a short film about a mother discovering that her son is homosexual. What made this short film popular and immensely watchable was its non-preachy tone and actor Paras Tomar’s Merry Poppins…

I will not rest until Rohith gets justice: Radhika Vemula An emerging leader and inspirational human rights defender

((This piece was first published on January 17, 2018 on the second death anniversary of Rohith Vemula. It is being republished today on his birth anniversary.)) It has been two years since Radhika Vemula’s son Rohith, a PhD student of Hyderabad University, committed suicide… an act that has been called an ‘institutional murder’ because of…

No One Killed Our Farmers Farm labourers die after inhaling highly toxic fumes while spraying crops

The curious case of pesticide related farmer deaths in Eastern Maharashtra just got murkier. While 18 farmers have died and 800 others have been admitted to hospitals across Akola, Yavatmal, Buldhana, Amravati, Nagpur and Bhandara districts, it has now come to light that most of these deaths were preventable. The farmers died from poisoning due…

आज का युवा सिर्फ इंटरनेट क्रांति तक ही सीमित नहीं है : ऋचा सिंह देसी मिलेनिअल से बात चीत

युवा नेता ऋचा सिंह ने राजनीति में अपना पहला कदम एक छात्र के रूप में रखा। इलाहाबाद विश्वविद्यालय के आज़ाद भारत के इतिहास में पहली महिला अध्यक्ष के रूप में निर्वाचित होने का कीर्तिमान भी इन्ही का है। ऋचा पीएचडी की छात्रा हैं और 2016 में उन्होंने समाजवादी पार्टी से जुड़ कर राष्ट्रीय राजनीति की मुख्य…

Workers Protest in New Delhi

Mahapadav: Workers Protest begins in New Delhi

Today nearly 1,00,000 workers from across India are beginning to arrive in the nation’s capital as a part of Mahapadav, a protest against the perceived anti-labour and anti-people policies of the government. In an exclusive video interview to Citizens for Justice and Peace, Vivek Monteiro, Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, shares the various demands…

People won’t demand identification of bodies if they knew where their loved ones were buried : Khurram Parvez

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP ) in a statement issued on  November 2, 2017, has welcomed the State Human Rights Commission’s (SHRC) order asking the state government to investigate 2080 mass graves. On October 24, 2017, in response to a petition filed by APDP regarding the presence of 3844 (Poonch with 2717 Graves…

भूमि अधिग्रहण कानून, २०१३ में बदलाव – एक समीक्षा

मुंबई-नागपूर समृद्धी महामार्ग निर्माण के लिये जरुरी जमीन अधिग्रहण में किसानों के उग्र विरोध के चलते पूरी प्रक्रिया में रुकावट पैदा हो गई है. इससे फिर एक बार जमीन अधिग्रहण का मुद्दा सार्वजनिक चर्चा का केंद्र बन रहा है. स्वतंत्रता के पश्चात, सरकार ने विकास हेतु नियोजन के रास्ते को चुना. इसके तहत कृषी क्षेत्र…

‘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…

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