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CJP has pursued the ideals of justice, liberty and equality, enshrined in the Indian Constitution, in our courts, in communities, with the political class and the media. CJP believes in a citizenry that is action oriented and willing to become the agent of change, to breathe life and spirit into the Constitutional dream.

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Assam police firing: State responds to victim family’s plea, says acted in self defence CJP assisted in filing the petition before Gauhati High Court

Sheikh Farid, a resident of Kirakara village of the Dhalpur region, would not have lost his life at the tender age of 12 had the police handled the situation professionally and with due diligence and care. In October, CJP helped Farid’s family file a petition before the Gauhati High Court seeking compensation from the state for the unlawful…

All this material raises suspicion of offence: Petitioners in Zakia Jafri SLP SIT used sting op tapes in other trials but disregarded in closure report

The Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar heard the final submissions of both the petitioners as well the respondents in the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by Zakia Jafri and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), where petitioners submitted evidence of how the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the…

Zakia Jafri

They want all this material to be effaced from the nation’s memory: Petitioners in Zakia Jafri SLP Point out all material that required further investigation

On December 8, the petitioners made their final submissions in the Zakia Jafri SLP hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar and are likely to conclude today. Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal, representing the petitioners, Zakia Jafri and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), made several submissions countering…

Zakia Jafri SLP: Petitioners argue there was evidence for Magistrate to issue process Petitioners presented counter-arguments after SIT concluded their arguments

On December 7, the Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar heard the concluding arguments of the State of Gujarat as well as the counter submissions of the petitioners. The hearing will continue on December 8. The petitioners made some significant counter-submissions before the court highlighting how the Special Investigation…

Zakia Jafri SLP: SIT argues if investigation is ordered, some acquitted person will be prejudiced SIT concluded its arguments urging the court to not exercise jurisdiction

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) concluded its submissions in the Zakia Jafri – CJP Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar on December 2, 2021. The SIT, represented by senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, submitted that the Magistrate had applied its mind in considering the closure report…

Zakia Jafri SLP: SIT again fails to defend its shoddy investigation Deflects by accusing petitioners of "building castles in the air"

The Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar continued to hear the submissions being made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) represented by Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi in the matter of the Special Leave petition (SLP) filed by Zakia Jafri and CJP concerned with the allegation of larger conspiracy behind…

The complaint was supposed to be additional material only: SIT in Zakia Jafri SLP SIT claims inaction of officers not criminal, dereliction of duty at best

On November 25, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) represented by Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi continued to make their submissions in the Special Leave Petition (SLP) of Zakia Jafri and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) before the Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar. The respondents are relying upon the…

Zakia Jafri

Zakia Jafri SLP: SIT begins submissions, says extensive investigation was done Interprets SC order as direction to conduct preliminary enquiry

On November 24, Day 8 of the Zakia Jafri-CJP Special Leave Petition (SLP) hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar, the respondent, Special Investigation Team (SIT) started with the submissions, represented by Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi. At the outset he stated that he will demonstrate that the…

Hate speech was allowed to spread with impunity: Zakia Jafri SLP High ranking officers urged action, none taken

On November 23, petitioners in the Special Leave Petition (SLP) concerning the conspiracy behind 2002 Gujarat genocide, pointed out the role played by the media in keeping up the communal tension, and the active role played by Hate Speech and Fake News in inciting violence. The Supreme Court Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari…

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CJP urges DGP for arrests of accused in ‘Dharam Sansad’ case Videos showing hate speech are viral yet no arrests made

The rising concern over a repeat of the deplorable and pernicious ‘Dharam Sansad’ of Haridwar, Uttarakhand has prompted CJP to write to the Director General of Police, Uttarakhand urging him to direct that all the accused in the Dharam Sansad case be arrested. The case saw very slow progress with only two sections of the…

Hate Offender Tejasvi Surya: Minority Commission sends CJP’s complaint to Bengaluru DGP In May 2021, he had made communal remarks about an alleged "bed blocking scam"

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has forwarded the complaint filed by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) against BJP MP Tejasvi Surya to the Bengaluru Director General of Police (DGP). Surya and three others had visited a Covid-19 war room for inspection in Bengaluru and made communal remarks against the Muslim community, accusing them…

CJP urges Assam Police to install CCTVs in police stations Memorandum backed by organisations of lawyers, farmers and labourers highlights SC directives from a year ago

In a bid to ensure greater transparency in how the police conduct their operations, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has joined hands with different organisations of lawyers, farmers and workers, and submitted a memorandum to the Assam Police urging for the installation of CCTV cameras in all police stations. CJP joins illustrious organisations such…

Tripura violence: NCM takes swift action, seeks expedited report from gov’t CJP had filed the complaint against the alleged vandalism of mosques and Muslim properties

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has sought an expedited action taken report (ATR) from the Chief Secretary of Tripura, in its letter dated November 18, 2021. This is in connection with a complaint filed by CJP against the alleged vandalisation of mosques, houses, shops in Tripura by right-wing groups. Vide a complaint dated October…

Zee News dodges inquiry into “Zameen Jihad” show citing technicality CJP had moved NBDSA over the Islamophobic, inflammatory and hateful content of the show

Zee News dodged a bullet on November 13, when the National Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) ruled that it needed to uphold the statute of limitations as it applied to a complaint file by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) regarding the highly communal and inflammatory content of its show on the subject of…

Times Now’s show on Teesta Setalvad devoid of objectivity: NBDSA Channel warned and asked to remove video of the debate

The News Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) has ruled that a debate on Times Now, where the channel had assigned dubious motives to CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad’s visit to Shaheen Bagh, was “devoid of objectivity”. It issued a warning to the channel, and also ordered it to take down the video from its website,…

CJP moves NCM against Yati Narsinghanand’s followers for hate speech This is the second such complaint and also seeks expedited action against Narsinghanand

CJP has once again approached the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) against followers of Yati Narsinghanand, the head priest of Dasna Devi temple. Narsinghanand is notorious for making hateful speeches against women and members of minority communities. A few days ago, two of his followers, Suresh Rajput and Rahul Sharma, had during a live session on Facebook made…

Anti-Muslim violence flares in Tripura, CJP writes to Minorities Commission CJP has urged NCM to take cognisance of the attacks on mosques

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has written to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) over the targeted attacks experienced by members of the Muslim minority in Tripura. Over the last few days, mosques have been allegedly vandalised by right-wing groups. Further, shops and houses owned by Muslims have also not been spared by these…

CJP writes to Minorities Commission over repeated attacks on Muslims Several hate crimes have come to light in Madhya Pradesh

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), has written to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), drawing its attention to the repeated attacks on Muslims in Madhya Pradesh that have been taking place since August 2021. CJP’s prayer to the apex minority rights body is to conduct a full-fledged investigation into such incidents and also seek…

Christian nuns, congregation attacked in UP: CJP approaches NCM Right-wing mob falsely accuses them of religious conversion

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has written to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) over widespread reports of right-wing vigilante mobs that have been out on the streets in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly disturbing peaceful prayers and mistreating nuns by handing them over to the police, after falsely accusing them of carrying out religious…

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Gauri lankesh

Gauri Lankesh: A martyr to the cause of fearless journalism Webinar organised in her honour to examine role of news media in a Surveillance State

Since August 15, Gauri Memorial Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) have been hosting a a series of webinars in memory of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh. These online lectures and discussions examine several pertinent elements of the times we live in, and the role of the news media. On August 22, we hosted…

Gov’t doesn’t really care about us: Forcibly evicted Khandwa Adivasis 40 families left shelter-less amidst monsoon and Covid

After watching a rampaging mob destroy their homes and loot their property on July 10, even as Forest Department and Police officials deployed at the spot stood by, Adivasi villagers of Madhya Pradesh’s Negaon-Jamniya village are now demanding justice. They shared their heart-rending stories at an online press conference co-organised by Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan…

Equality postulates not merely legal equality but also real equality: Justice PB Sawant Celebrating Justice PB Sawant’s life, legacy and remembering his prophetic words on his 91st birth anniversary

The preventive detention law by its very nature has always posed a challenge before the courts in a democratic society such as ours to reconcile the liberty of the individual with the allegedly threatened interests of the society and the security of the State particularly during times of peace. It is as much a deprivation…

Right to health: Obligations of the State How the government is expected to protect your health

The Covid-19 crisis has given fresh momentum to conversations surrounding our Right to Health. From the right to basic medication to a demand for vaccine camps for all, organisations like CJP have been at the forefront of defending this right. However, when it comes to the obligations of the State to serve its people, what…

CJP approaches Twitter over sexually violent content against Muslim women Obscene and abusive content exists on Twitter despite its policy against it

Citizens for Justice and Peace has sent a complaint to Twitter bringing its attention to certain abusive accounts on Twitter that indulge in a sexualised campaign against Muslim women. The complaint has listed down some unchecked accounts that promote material that is not only pornographic but also glorifies sexual violence against Muslim women. It states…

Hany Babu

Hany Babu tests Covid positive, eye infection gets worse Sign CJP's petition to free Hany Babu NOW!

Bhima Koregaon-accused Hany Babu, in custody sans-trial since July 2020, was diagnosed as Covid-19 positive on May 13, 2021. The news came shortly after reports of the professor suffering a dire eye infection in Taloja jail. His wife Dr Jenny Rowena learnt about Hany Babu’s illness at around 7:30 PM at J. J. Hospital in…

Sign CJP’s petition to release political prisoners now! The raging pandemic inside overcrowded jails has put their lives in danger

The soaring rate of coronavirus infections in India has put a lot of pressure on the existing healthcare infrastructure, especially prisons across the nation that already lacks basic amenities. CJP, through this online petition, has humbly urged and requested the Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, to release all political prisoners, most of them who…

Forest Land Claims filed in Chitrakoot: AIUFWP and CJP make history! Claims filed for eight villages, 10 more in the pipeline

Rights of Adivasis and forest-dwelling communities have always been a key focus area for both, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). We have been supporting these communities, especially their women grassroots leaders, navigate the complex labyrinth of bureaucracy and stake legal claim to…

Chorus grows to defend voting rights of Migrant Workers Association for Democratic Rights holds webinar; CJP had launched campaign in July 2020

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) held a webinar on Thursday bringing together activists and Human Rights groups to draw attention to migrant labourers’ right to vote and how it is often violated under the present system. Speakers included three former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. SY Quraishi, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and OP Rawat, as well…

Why did Bihar police open fire on Kaimur Adivasis? Findings of report co-published by AIUFWP, CJP and DSG

On October 23, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) and Vice President of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, released a fact-finding report on the firing on Adivasis by Bihar Police in Kaimur. The firing had taken place on September 11, when the Adivasis were holding a peaceful sit-in protest in Adhaura. The report co-published…

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The year that was: Detention camps, healthcare crisis, violation of Constitution! CJP looks back at campaign progress in UP's Purvanchal region and Assam

Working as a single unit, organisations like Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), and the Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG) have closely observed the state of Covid-19 crisis in India and the government’s attitude towards it. Over the last four to five weeks, the groups examined the…

CJP’s online training programme on CAA-NPR-NRC CJP addressed activists and educationists in Mumbai about India’s citizenship laws

Amidst the Covid-19 chaos, many pressing social issues were side-lined at the beginning of 2020. Among them were some of the most pivotal movements against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). While the physical presence of this dissent had to be withdrawn, organisations like Citizenship…

Repeal UAPA: End targeting of minorities and dissenters Day one of a three-day consultation on inhuman provisions of anti-terror laws

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) along with a hundred organisations including the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) organised a three-day consultation on the implementation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The session began on January 20, 2021, and here’s what transpired on day one. Repeal of the UAPA and the National…

farm bills and FRA conversation

फार्म बिल का विरोध और वन अधिकार: एक वार्तालाप कृषि कानून, उसका विरोध और वन अधिकार

CJP सचिव तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ ने AIUFWP के महासचिव अशोक चौधरी, उप सचिव रोमा मलिक, AIUFWP नेताओं और फार्म बिल पर वन निवासियों के साथ एक लंबी एवं विस्तृत बातचीत की, जिसमे विरोध प्रदर्शन और वन अधिकारों और उनकी ऐतिहासिक प्रासंगिकता के सम्बन्ध में चर्चा हुई. Related: AIUFWP और वन आश्रित समुदाय ने किसान विरोधी कानून…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण सामुदायिक दावे और इन्हें दायर करने के अलग अलग चरण

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह वीडियो, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA दो हज़ार छे को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। इस…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण भाग ३ सामुदायिक दावे और इन्हें दायर करने के अलग अलग चरण

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह पॉडकास्ट, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA दो हज़ार छे को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। भाग…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण भाग २ पॉडकास्ट में समझें संविधान और वन अधिकार

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह पॉडकास्ट, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA 2006 को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। भाग दो में जानी…

वनाधिकार क़ानून २००६ प्रशिक्षण भाग १ पॉडकास्ट में सुनिए FRA क़ानून बनाने की पृष्ठभूमि

CJP और AIUFWP द्वारा प्रस्तुत, यह पॉडकास्ट, वन अधिकार अधिनियम प्रशिक्षण के लिए है। इसका उद्देश्य वन श्रमिकों को और जमीनी स्तर पर वनाधिकार के लिए काम करने वालों को, सामुदायिक दावों के बारे में जानकारी देना है, ताकि FRA 2006 को प्रभावी ढंग से पूरे देश में लागू किया जा सके। भाग एक में सुनिए…

Legal muscle to defend Forest Rights Day 2 of CJP webinar sheds light on laws and their implementation

Day 2 of the CJP webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19 saw a more in-depth discussion on the law and how its lax implementation had left millions of forest dwellers vulnerable. The webinar started with a beautiful song by the Adivasi women from Tharu tribe of Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh about the struggle of the villagers of Kajaria.…

CJP webinar on Forest Rights: Testimonies from Grassroot Activists In Part 3 of our report on the CJP webinar, activists strike a hopeful chord

In the concluding part of Day 1 of CJP’s webinar, grassroot activists, many of whom work closely with our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) shared stories of small victories that helped end the day on an upbeat note. Nivada Rana: We have been facing oppression since the days of my…

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Muslim women’s auction: CJP, rights groups and activists write to Mumbai Police Commissioner Joint petition urges police to conduct thorough investigation and take action against actual perpetrators

In wake of two apps – Su**i Deals and Bu**i Bai – putting up names, images, Twitter handles and other details of outspoken Muslim women, offering them up for “auction”, CJP and several human rights organisations have come together to write a joint letter to the Mumbai Police Commissioner, urging him to conduct a deeper…

Majority must demand justice for minorities: Sign CJP’s petition NOW! A call to the comfortable majority of the country

What should have served as a wake up call to all, just faded into the background like nothing had happened. In the past few weeks, the barrage of hateful attacks on the minority communities in this country is something that we have never seen before. Yet the majority, largely chose to remain silent. When only…

Justice for Faisal: Sign CJP’s petition NOW! The young vegetable seller was allegedly beaten to death by UP cops

Mohammad Faisal Husain, a young vegetable vendor and the sole breadwinner for his family of six, was allegedly beaten to death by the Unnao Police on May 20. Some media reports state that his post mortem report revealed that he succumbed to a head injury. The post mortem examination also found a severe injury behind his…

Hany Babu

CJP’s petition to release Hany Babu for eye treatment: Sign Now! The professor is suffering from a severe eye infection, and could lose vision in one eye

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has launched an online petition to free Hany Babu, the 55-year-old Professor, who is an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, has been in custody since July 2020 without trial. Unfortunately, since May 3, he has developed an acute eye infection in Taloja Jail, with little or no vision…

CJP demands justice for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits Sign our petition to support campaign by KPSS for inclusion of the community in government schemes

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has launched a new campaign to demand justice for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit families in association with our partner organisation Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS). We have launched an online petition urging the people of India to come together to appeal to the Central Government and Jammu and Kashmir Lt…

CJP’s online petition to CJI: Hold Kapil Mishra accountable for instigating the Delhi violence Sign our petition urging CJI Bobde to prosecute the serial hate offender

In the wake of the gruesome Delhi violence, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has initiated an Online Petition appealing to the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, to hold Kapil Mishra – said to be the chief instigator – accountable for instigating violence using hate speech and prosecute him. BJP leader Kapil Mishra is…

Release Chandrasekhar Azad

चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद को रिहा करो अभी इस याचिका पर हस्ताक्षर करें

भीम सेना प्रमुख, चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद की रिहाई और उनके खिलाफ राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा कानून (रासुका या NSA) के आरोपों को खारिज करने के लिये CJP ने उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्य मंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ के नाम एक याचिका तैयार की है. हमने उनसे अनुरोध किया है कि वे जल्द से जल्द चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद को जेल से रिहा…

intervene and secure justice for TISS students

CJP Appeals to MHRD to intervene and secure justice for TISS students Sign our petition NOW!

TISS students from the campuses in Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati have been on strike since February 21, 2018. Their peaceful protest focuses on issues that have a universal and far reaching impact on the education system in India. The main concern behind the protests is against the withdrawal of fee exemption and waivers to…

Rath Yatra 2018: Political ploy or Communal Conspiracy? The last time a chariot passed through India, it triggered hate and violence

The RSS and its affiliates have started a Rath Yatra aimed at polarising voters in upcoming elections. This even as the Supreme Court hears the Ayodhya dispute case. CJP calls for peaceful protests at each stop of the Rath Yatra takes. We also urge people to hold programmes for Peace and Communal Harmony. After all, India…

प्रेम जन्म भूमि – एक कदम शांति की ओर सर्वोच्च न्यायलय में हमारी याचिका का समर्थन करें

देश के कोने कोने से अलग अलग व्यवसायों से जुड़े तीस से अधिक लोग, जो हज़ारों हिन्दुस्तानियों की तरह की अमन की इच्छा रखतें हैं, आज CJP के साथ मिल कर सुप्रीम कोर्ट में अयोध्या विवाद के केस में हस्तक्षेप कर रहे हैं| हमारी प्रार्थना है की संवैधानिक मूल्यों को ध्यान में रखते हुए फैसला…

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CJP Moves NHRC Against Police Excesses In Daryaganj

CJP in Action: CJP moves NHRC against police excesses in Daryaganj  The Commission has registered the complaint that retells the horrors of the night when 18 minors were detained

CJP took note of this abhorrent incident in Delhi in which 8 minors were detained by the Daryaganj Police station and were reportedly stripped below the waist and beaten with lathis and belts. An email was first sent in order to lodge a complaint at the earliest detailing how the detained minors were beaten and how…

NHRC Takes Note Of Complaints

CJP in Action: NHRC takes note of complaints, issues notice to UP police chief  After receiving multiple complaints about violence against anti-CAA protesters, NHRC seeks a report from UP police

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognizance of the many complaints received by it concerning the several human rights violations in police action undertaken during anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh. Teesta Setalvad’s complaint on behalf of Citizens for Justice and Peace was one of the complaints received and officially taken on record by…

AAJ Tak airs inflammatory debate, posts hateful content on Twitter Acts despite NBSA advisory, CJP sends written complaint to the broadcaster

While covering the Ayodhya dispute case, Aaj Tak resorted to certain practices which were violative of the guidelines issued by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). The channel not only aired a debate where participants were allowed to make hateful statements against the minority community, it also made a post on twitter about another show…

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Hate Watch: CJP writes to Zee News Seeks action against hate filled poetry show

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has written to the Zee Media Corporation after its channel, Zee News, saw fit to air a divisive programme on June 30, 2018, on its ‘Kya Kehta Hai India’ segment. The programme featured multiple poets who called for widespread violence against the population of Jammu and Kashmir, with no…

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