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KPSS hunger strike still going strong Organisation says J&K administration still ignoring non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits

The fast-unto-death started by Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) president Sanjay Tickoo on September 20, 2020, enters its tenth day on September 29. He was also joined by Sandeep Koul on September 24. The medical condition of both men is deteriorating. According to a press release by KPSS on Monday, Tickoo is experiencing “acute physical…

Does the Constitution stand with our farmers and their rights? A closer look at safeguards available to the agricultural community

The country is presently engulfed in peaceful protests by farmers, a community that has largely known to be organised yet silent; a community that toils hard to drive the farming sector and to ensure food security for the countrymen. According to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural…

CJP moves NBSA against India Today’s sting operation on Madrasas The NBSA while taking cognisance has asked the channel to respond within 7 days

CJP has moved the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) seeking action against India Today for running a sting operation on madrasas when the Covid-19 pandemic had started to make headway in India. The show titled Madrasa Hotpots: India Today Investigation hosted by Rahul Kanwal, was aired on India Today TV news channel on April 10, 2020. After this…

वनाधिकार कानून की बात करनी है तो गोली खाने को रहे तैयार! वे डरते हैं कि इक दिन निहत्थे और ग़रीब लोग उनसे डरना बंद कर देगें

बिहार के इस चुनावी माहौल में जिला कैमूर के अधौरा प्रखंड़ में अपने जल, जंगल और ज़मीन के हक़ों के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे आदिवासीयों पर पुलिस द्वारा बरबर गोलियां बरसाई गई। 11 सितंबर 2020 को पुलिस और वन विभाग ने निहत्थे आदिवासीयों पर गोली चालन किया जिसमें 3 लोग घायल हो गए और काफी…

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…

NCRB’s Prison Statistics Report 2019 paints a bleak picture More under-trials than actual convicts behind bars!

The 25th edition of the Prison Statistics in India report released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) reveals some shocking results; most notably that the number of under-trial prisoners still considerably overshadows the number of convicts in Indian jails! According to the report, 69.05 percent of those behind bars were under-trials, while 30.11 percent…

Varanasi Church Attack Case

Kandhamal in 2020: Living with national shame of impunity in perpetuity Remembering the 2008 massacre and realising how minorities remain at peril even today

There was national shame for many of us three days before Republic Day, January 23, 1999 when pastor Graham Staines along with his two young boys were burnt alive in the eastern state of Orissa.[1] Charred beyond recognition and reduced to ashes, the three bodies lay clinging to each other in what must have been a vain…

Lilasi Adivasis get death threats for opposing land grab attempt Write letter to various authorities alleging complicity of local police

In yet another act of impunity, Adivasis protesting illegal construction on forest land were chased away by hired thugs who allegedly threatened to burn them alive if the Adivasis ever returned to the site. The incident took place in Lilasi village that falls under the jurisdiction of the Muirpur police station in Sonebhadra district of Uttar…

Family migrates from WB, son declared foreigner in Assam! Gauhati HC upholds Tinsukia FT’s order, does not accept land documents as proof

Even as the poor, the unlettered and the dispossessed worry about proving their citizenship in the absence of having proper documents, it turns out even when one has them there is no guarantee that they will be able to prove their case. Munindra Biswas learnt this the hard way. Now that the final NRC has…

India’s poorest citizens will bear the brunt of NPR-NRC (English) How & Why NPR-NRC is anti-poor, anti-SC/ST/OBC as well as anti-Muslim

Imagine how difficult and costly the process of proving ones citizenship will be in a country where 90% of the workforce is in the unorganised sector and millions migrate every year in search for better livelihoods. Imagine how disproportionate the burden of document searching and lining up to be enlisted will be for daily wagers.…

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