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Actor expresses solidarity with kin of mob lynching victims The Free Press Journal

Their demand was backed by actor Naseeruddin Shah and noted activists like Subhashini Ali, Teesta Setalvad, etc. Mumbai: The family members of several ‘ill-fated’ persons from Haryana’s Junaid Khan to Maharashtra’s Mohsin Sheikh and several other victims of hate crimes, on Sunday, came together seeking a stringent law to criminalise lynching and other such crimes.…

Need for stringent law against mob violence, lynching: Experts Indian Express

On Sunday, she took centre stage at a conclave to discuss hate-based crime. The woman, now 50, said, “Those accused have not been punished. Poor women are looted and raped. Police do not help us. After so many years, the government has not helped us.” Naseeruddin Shah at the conclave. (Express photo) In 2015, she…

‘Battling for India – A Citizen’s Reader’ review: Saving the idea of India The Hindu

A bevy of fighters is pitting themselves dauntlessly against a coercive and polarising Hindu right Once in a while a book comes along that makes one rethink the boundaries defining the world of publishing. Battling for India is a book of that genre-bending kind. It is not the usual research-led monograph; nor is it a mass market…

UP’s Sonbhadra killing of 10 tribals highlights ‘failure’ to implement Forest Rights Act Counterview

On July 17, as many as 10 people, including three women, were killed and 28 injured when a village head and his supporters opened fire on a group of tribal farmers in Ubha village of Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. While the firing took place following a clash between over a land ownership dispute, it reportedly highlights failure of…

Warning bells Frontline

The criminal charges filed against the leading human rights organisation Lawyers Collective smack of political intimidation of those who speak truth to power. During the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, individuals and organisations that called out the Sangh Parivar’s divisive agenda of communal polarisation or opposed the government’s high-handedness on policy matters were targeted…

HEROIC VOICES FILLING THE DARKNESS OF SILENCE AND CONSENT Kashmir Times

Bol, ke lab azaad hai tere: Bol, zabaan ab tak teri hai, Tera sutwan jism hai tera – Bol, ke jaan ab tak teri hai. Truth-tellers might find themselves caught in the shackles laid by tyrannical forces that want to gag their voices but their lips remain free. As the fascist arms of the government…

An unstated Emergency in India: the country now resembles the Saudi Kingdom National Herald

We are clearly moving towards One country, One party, One leader, One voice and One agenda with no opposition, civil society or media to resist or raise their voice. Heil Modi! It was always on the cards but few, if any, anticipated the Narendra government in its second avatar would be even more brazen and…

Constitutional validity of FRA: Protest in states on July 22, rally likely in Delhi in Nov The Indian Express

On February 13, the SC had ordered the eviction of lakhs of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, had been rejected following a three-tier process. Besides the demonstrations scheduled for July 22, plans are also afoot for a…

People from marginalised, low income families left out of Assam NRC list: CJP team Counterview

Teesta Setelvad, Vrinda Grover, Mihir Desai Counterview Desk  Following the National Register of Citizens (NRC) authority declaring on June 26 that an additional over one lakh names of people had been excluded from the NRC draft list, the Mumbai-based human rights organization, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), which is currently working in Assam, took a delegation…

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