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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CAB/CAA 2019 Untangling the complexities of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

What is Citizenship Amendment Act? It is an Act that proposes that all Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered into India on or before the 31st day of December, 2014 without any valid travel documents such as passport, will be granted citizenship by naturalization on applying…

CJP at the Azam college campus in Pune Public meeting held on NRC, NPR and CAB

On 7th December, a public meeting organised by Haji Gulam Mohammed Azam Education Trust saw an attendance of over 500 hundred people. CJP’s secretary, Teesta Setalvad, a key speaker at this meeting emphasized on the fact that a nationwide NRC/NPR is only being used to divide the country. She questioned how such an exercise can…

The Lower Court – Higher Court paradox Is it always our higher courts that deliver substantial justice?

Recently we saw two judgments, one from a district court and one from a High Court, both dealing with gender justice (the rights of women and crimes against women) and both resulting in contrasting outcomes. While the lower court, in a civil case, upheld and recognised a woman’s maternity benefit to be an integral right, the…

Linking Aadhaar to Social Media From public welfare distribution to surveillance?

The State on numerous occasions has tried to impose the use of the Aadhaar card upon the citizens. While, the Supreme Court has upheld a few of such mandates of the State, the question of whether the imposition is valid on few other services keeps coming up before the Courts of the land vide myriad…

To Be or Not to Be The Identity Crisis of the Non-Savarna Indian

While for the Savarna Indian, to be without identity is an assertion of equality, for the vast numbers of Non-Savarnas, it is in the head-count that the quantum of caste privilege starkly stands out. The Good Since its inception, on paper at least, India’s Constitutional foundations declare its push to become a casteless society. The…

Police brutality against teaching candidates

How do you police the police? A User’s Guide provides some answers

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has released a recently prepared User Guide on the Maharashtra’s Police Complaints Authorities or PCAs. These authorities were established to inquire into complaints by the public against police personnel, including grievances as to serious misconduct, corruption, and abuse of authority.   The whole issue of a Police Complaints Authority…

Manual Scavenging: Why the gov’t’s conscience is not clean about the Swachh Bharat Mission PUDR Report exposes stark realities

On October 2, 2014, the Government of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission with the aim to achieve universal sanitation coverage within five years as a “fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi” on his 150th Birth Anniversary in 2019. While the Government lauds the success of the Mission covering 99.2 per cent of rural India in the last…

Dissent Note: Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 How and why opposition MPs denounced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016

Former Member of Parliament from the Raiganj parliamentary constituency, CPI (M) leader Mohammed Salim and CPI(M) polit bureau member lost the elections this time. But in January this year, he submitted a crucial dissenting note to the now lapsed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to the Joint Parliamentary Committee appointed. Given the key issues raised, and…

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