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Shekhar Gupta omits role of Hindutva forces in Bombay violence while criticising Sanju The Print

His hypocrisy has not just crept into the Indian political marketplace, but has been legitimised by policy makers and journalists. Many things went seriously wrong with India’s polity and governance during that dark winter of December 1992-January 1993, and the March 12 serial blasts, which killed close to 250 people, were the final diabolical culmination. Evil, sinister…

Fear Grips Assam as names of lakhs of Indians could be dropped from NRC Exclusive blog by Advocate Aman Wadud

Update from CJP Desk on June 21, 2018: This is apropos the story “Fear Grips Assam as Names of Lakhs of Indians could be Dropped from NRC”, a story authored by High Court Lawyer from Guwahati, Aman Wadud and published as part of our campaign on the imminent humanitarian crisis brewing in the state of…

US school children bite the bullet as government dithers on Gun Control Students take to the streets in the March for Our Lives

Students across the United States are participating in the March for Our Lives demanding Common Sense Gun Control Laws. However, given the financial might and political influence of the gun lobby, it remains to be seen if the government would actually enact any laws that would reduce people’s access to firearms.   Occurring a little over…

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…

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