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The Nowhere Women

The Wadar community, that has traditionally engaged in digging and excavation related work, was originally a nomadic tribe till they began to settle on the peripheries of large cities like Mumbai. Of late, the Nomadic and De notified tribe (NT-DNT) has been marginalised and faces multiple challenges. When viewed from the intersectional lens, the woes…


From POSCO to JSW: The Struggle Continues

Protesting villagers and betel cultivators from the Paradip region of Odisha formed themselves into the POSCO Pratirodh Sangharsh Samiti (PPSS), in June 2005- after an MoU was signed between POSCO and Odisha state government.  After winning a hard fought battle against POSCO, the PPSS is now strongly resisting the handing over of 27, 000 acres of…


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…


India’s Housing Crisis: How the Poor Always Get a Raw Deal

For activists and human rights defenders, engaging with issues of settlements, housing and eviction, has always posed a challenge. While there may be an understandable revulsion to the increasing brutality and violence with which most local authorities have been carrying out demolitions or evacuations, the sense of entitlement in the middle and professional classes fails…


One year since Demonetisation

It’s been a year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced that Rs 1000/- and Rs 500/- currency notes had been demonetised and were no longer valid currency. While new notes of different denominations were subsequently introduced, one cannot deny the chaos that ensued as people scrambled to exchange currency and long…


Victims of Gautankwad: Alimuddin Ansari

In our last story on Victims of Gautankwad, we told you all about the Pehlu Khan lynching that appeared to be a case of premeditated murder. Today we bring you the case of Alimuddin Ansari who was lynched by a mob of nearly 100 people in Ramgarh in Jharkhand on suspicion of transporting beef in…


Ratify Convention Against Torture, Enact Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017: Law Commission

In a major victory for the human rights movement in the country, the Law Commission of India (headed by justice BS Chauhan) has recommended that the Indian government ratify the Convention Against Torture for ratification enact a Prevention of Torture Law. In its 273rd report submitted to the Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad…


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…


Criminalisation of Dissent

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. Here are some of the latest cases…


Destruction in the Name of Development

On October 28, 2017 in a spectacular, display of force and violence, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) started a brutal and questionably legal, demolition drive destroying buildings standing for 40 years now. Activists and students defending them were brutally hurt. We spoke to Annie Raja, leading political activist and general secretary of the NFIW (National Federation…


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

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…


The Privacy Song

In India, often when one speaks of privacy, people presume that the person has something to hide. In fact, the words ‘privacy’ and ‘secrecy’ are often interchangeable in our society. This may be because traditionally we have been a collectivist society as opposed to the more individualist culture of western nations. This is why often,…


‘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…


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

“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…


Implementation of ‘United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment’ through Legislation

LAW COMMISSION OF INDIA Report No.273 Implementation of ‘United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment’ through Legislation October, 2017


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