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Will the ‘March for Our Lives’ help us in saying ‘No’ to Guns Yet another school shootout and still no significant 'gun control' measures in the US

A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on the morning of Tuesday March 20. The school shooting was over in seconds. But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school resource officer. But given how this comes close at the…

What caused the Anti-Muslim Riots in Sri Lanka A Guest Blog by Irfan Engineer

The recent anti-Muslim riots in Kandy, Sri Lanka, once again demonstrate that religion is becoming more salient in public domain, including politics, in South Asia. My recent visit to Sri Lanka and talking to a cross section of people from different religions, including some people in the Government underscores this fact.   Anti-Muslim riots were…

Syria’s Bloody War completes 7 years Cities reduced to rubble, families torn apart, children killed and it's not over yet

“I am going to tell God everything,” were apparently the last words of a three-year old Syrian child before she died. These heart-rending words accompanied with a moving picture of a child has been doing the rounds of social media along with thousands of other messages, pictures, videos on the Syrian war. It is hardly…

Reporter first responder in the news chain, knows ground reality and story best: Uma Sudhir Why reporters need to be given freedom to pursue and report on real stories instead of mechanically collecting sound bites

Senior journalist Uma Sudhir, who received the 2017 Chameli Devi Jain award for journalism gave this impromptu acceptance speech dedicating her award to the reporter on the ground. I am very honoured to be chosen for the Chameli Devi Jain award for 2017. I have several people to thank. First the Media Foundation, the jury Lalitha Panicker, Ritu…

Adivasis and Forest Dwellers get a Raw Deal yet again with Modi regime’s Afforestation Rules The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act violates statutory rights of forest-dwelling communities

This is the full text of the note prepared for submission to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, by Pravin Mote and Devjeet Nandi of the All India Forum for Forest Movements (AIFFM), and Tushar Dash, Sanghamitra Dubey and Radhika of the Community Forest Rights -Learning & Advocacy (CFR-LA) on…

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Capital Punishment for the Rape of Minors Against Survivor’s Interests Rape culture should be addressed more holistically

The death penalty for perpetrators in case of rape of girls below the age of 12 years, is going to neither be a deterrent against such offences nor will it address the more urgent need of prevention of sexual abuse of children, including rape. The decisions by the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan…

Media under Modi Challenges before free press in the world’s so called largest democracy

I am here to make a case that India, which is known as the world’s so-called largest democracy is currently going through an era of self-imposed media censorship under a right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government. This has not only made the working environment of journalists in India extremely challenging, but the problem…

Leaving victims in the lurch

Leaving victims in the lurch How the state is failing those who need it most

The criminal justice system in India is under great pressure due to its failure to dispose off cases in a time-bound manner. In the current criminal justice system, it is the responsibility of the state to prosecute offenders and provide justice to the victims of crimes. Under various laws, governing the criminal justice system, the…

Secularism is at the core of Modernity How a cautiously designed system of checks and balances is being debilitated

‘Constitution is workable, flexible and strong enough to hold the country together both in peace time and in war time. If things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man is vile,’ observed Dr. Ambedkar in the…

‘Institutionalised Riot Systems’ stoked communal flames in Gujarat in 2002 This is how hate is manufactured and spread by right wing groups

The Gujarat genocide of 2002 had been preceded by continuing series of violence against Muslims in several states. Gujarat police had reported earlier that between 1987 and 1991, 106 major incidents of communal violence had taken place in the state. From 1996 to 2000, 88 major and 125 relatively minor incidents of communal violence had…

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