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We are violent! A blog on 150 years of Gandhi

“My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him” said Mahatma Gandhi. Thanks to him, perhaps the greatest gifts which modern India has given to the world are his doctrines of ‘Ahimsa’(Non-violence) and ‘Satyagraha’ (the force of Truth). Appropriately enough, from 2007 (due to the…

Disasters, Displacement and Political Dis-enfranchisement in a warming world Exclusive Blog: How flood displacement leads to uneducated and destitute women becoming D Voters in Assam

Hannah Ardent in her work on The Origins of Totalitarianism, interrogated the contradiction in the modern conception of rights. Based on her experience of statelessness, she pointed that despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it was membership of a nation-state that gave humans the right to have rights. This ‘right to have a right’ is…

Dissent Note: Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 How and why opposition MPs denounced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016

Former Member of Parliament from the Raiganj parliamentary constituency, CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim and CPI(M) polit bureau member lost the elections this time. But in January this year, he submitted a crucial dissenting note to the now lapsed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to the Joint Parliamentary Committee appointed. Given the key issues raised, and…

Diversity and Inclusion in a post 377 India Are we there yet?

We were once deemed outlandish and the outcast… dubbed irregular and shunned into the shadows. But not anymore. Exactly a year ago, the Indian Supreme Court stood by India’s thriving rainbow community restoring our dignity as equal citizens. But while the judgment was historic indeed, we are still a long way from the inclusive utopia…

असम NRC : खत्म हो दर्द, त्रासदी और शिकार बनाए जाने का दुश्चक्र सचिव की मेज़ से

असम में NRC  की प्रक्रिया 2009 से ही शुरू हो गई थी. कोर्ट की निगरानी में यह प्रोसेस जारी था. यानी 10 साल की लंबी प्रक्रिया के बाद आखिरकार 31 अगस्त, 2019 को NRC की फाइनल लिस्ट प्रकाशित कर दी गई. लिस्ट से 19,06,657 लोग बाहर हैं. अब वे क्या करेंगे? उनके लिए क्या रास्ता…

What next for those left out of the NRC? From the Secretary's Desk

The NRC, is a process that is complex and not so easy to understand. So far, it has been unique to Assam. It was a consensual process arrived at after the tumultuous years that preceded the Assam Accord, when aggression, strife and violence marred a politics that was driven by real or imagined fears of…

When the court is merely a silent spectator The Telegraph

On test is how insulated our institutions of justice are from the pervasive mob psyche. n the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, a strange verdict blotted India’s jurisprudential landscape. Rejecting the weak links in the process of collection of evidence during investigations — which included a video that was not forensically tested by the…

Will sacrifice life, but not give up land: Adivasis of Sonbhadra Blog by Special Invitation

“Jaan de denge lekin zamin nahi denge” (We will sacrifice our lives, but not give up our land) continues to be the echo from the Adivasis of Sonbhadra, 24 days after the brute firing at Village Umbha, Ghorawal Block by sections of the upper castes of the region. These were the words on the lips of…

Celebration of Violence by Ideological Stormtroopers of the Regime is Sickening From the Secretary's Desk

Its been a challenging five years. Between 2017-2019 (between when the book was first published) until now, the lines have been even more sharply drawn. Between the vast majority of Indians committed to the fundamentals of constitutional and republican governance and a vocal section determined to violently alter the course of history, determinedly destroy the…

पुलवामा आतंकी हमला: बदले से नहीं, न्याय से भरेंगे ज़ख्म सचिव की मेज़ से

14 फरवरी को कश्मीर में केंद्रीय रिजर्व पुलिस बल (CRPF) के काफ़िले पर आतंकवादियों द्वारा हमले में भारत ने अपने 44 बहादुर बेटे खो दिए. असहनीय दुःख वाली इस भयावह घटना से पूरे देश में शोक की लहर फैल गई है. बहुत से लोग इस दुःख को व्यक्त करने के लिए कुछ अप्रिय रास्ता भी अपना रहे हैं……

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