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When will we give women farmers their due? CJI's recent comments call for a closer look at women’s contribution to Indian agriculture

“Women farmers do most of the work in the fields. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the men everyday and so while protesting against the three farm Acts passed by the central government, we will not back down,” said farmer Nikita Kakra from Shahapur city in Maharashtra on January 13, 2021, when asked about the Chief Justice…

Adivasi women forest workers allegedly assaulted by UP Police Police arrested the women for protesting an unauthorised construction on forest land

In yet another display of impunity, Uttar Pradesh Police have allegedly physically assaulted women forest workers in Lilasi village of Sonbhadra district. The police whisked the women away from the protest site on Thursday, January 7, and then allegedly beat them up in custody. Speaking to CJP, Shiv Prasad, a villager said, “For two days (January 5…

Why is a private member Bill of 2018 relevant to the farmers today? It seeks guaranteed remunerative MSP, regulated costs, grievance mechanism and compensation

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief and former Member of Parliament Raju Shetti has said that the farmers and the Union can reach a consensus only if the Prime Minister guarantees a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers to cushion them from unexpected calamities and volatile market changes. SSS is one of the prominent unions under…

NRC for Assam: A flawed design A process with an inherent potential to exclude millions of genuine citizens

The exercise for preparation and updating of NRC for the state of Assam was directed and also monitored by Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman (in the ongoing matter, the judgement dated December 17, 2014 in the case of Assam Public Works Vs. Union of India & Ors (Writ…

A 2020 Report on how Indians took to the streets in protest In defence of Article 19, CJP brings you the panorama of protests that shaped this year

Article 19 (1) (a) and (b) give all Indians the right of free expression and peaceful protest. Clearly, however, these fundamental freedoms are irksome to governments increasingly impatient with the people’s sovereign voice. This has however not stopped Indians, even in the midst of a crippling lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year we saw…

The best of Indian courts in 2020 CJP takes a look at various court orders that positively shaped human rights’ jurisprudence

As the year 2020 draws to a close, here is an annual round up of orders and judgements of India’s constitutional courts — High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. In a month by month look, CJP brings you a calendar of the year gone by: through judgements and orders that paved new paths…

They call us Jamatis, no longer buy milk from us: Van Gujjars Nomadic community faces discrimination and economic boycott

Here Mohammed Meer Hamza interviews Baniyabeen, a Van Gujjar who hails from Gauhri Range Kunou, Chaurd Pauri, Garhwal, and is currently camping at Gari Shyampur, near Rishikesh, Dehradun. They discuss the long-lasting impact that the Covid-19 pandemic on the community, and how despite facing discrimination, Van Gujjar’s hold no resentment. All they want is the safety of their…

CJP petitions the National Commission for Minorities against RSS leader Kamalendu Sarkar’s Islamophobic speech in Assam promotes disharmony: CJP to NCM

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) with a complaint against Kamalendu Sarkar, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader in Assam for his hate filled and offensive speech against Islam in Sonitpur District, Tezpur on December 13. The CJP complaint dated December 21, 2020 brings to the NCM’s notice the…

From bonded labour to farmers waiting for ownership rights The struggle continues for this Warli tribal family

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by Mamta Pared who hails from the Warli tribe and lives with her family in Nimbavali village in Palghar district. The daughter of brick kiln workers, Mamta wants to be a journalist, and is working on earning a master’s degree in journalism…

Will the 125-year old Bolpur Poush Mela be held this year? Visva Bharati University first cancelled the fair, then retracted the cancellation

CJP fellowship 2020 researcher Ripon Sheikh, tracks and documents the confusion, around the massive cultural celebration, and the anger that is simmering over its possible cancellation.  Poush Mela is regarded as a living heritage of West Bengal, one that has put the culture and vivacity of Shantiniketan in Bolpur on the world map. It celebrates…

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