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Op-eds by CJP core team in other publications.

When the court is merely a silent spectator The Telegraph

On test is how insulated our institutions of justice are from the pervasive mob psyche. n the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, a strange verdict blotted India’s jurisprudential landscape. Rejecting the weak links in the process of collection of evidence during investigations — which included a video that was not forensically tested by the…

How a government and bureaucracy betrayed its people The Telegraph

No section of Assam’s population has been left unaffected by the overpowering, State-created tragedy of the NRC. So far, at least in ‘mainland’ India, we have been relatively insulated from the tortures and traumas caused by public authorities demanding proof of whether or not we are Indian. In the far corners of Assam, however, turmoil…

Citizens Condemn Pulwama Terror Attack, Appeal for Unity The Siasat Daily

We, as citizens of Mumbai, a city that has been target of brute acts of terror from across the border several times, and all of India, strongly condemn the latest such attack at Pulwama when the country has lost 44 selfless, jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Kashmir on February 14.…

Hate Hatao, a Revolutionary New App Designed to Fight Hate Speech The Wire

Hate Hatao is part of Citizens for Justice and Peace’s ‘Hate Watch campaign’, which spreads awareness and understanding about speech that incites hate and violence against marginalised groups. Democratic societies are not free of either prejudice, stereotype or ‘other-ing’. Arguably, democracies in the making, or unfinished democracies, augment the cleavages already existent within structures of society…

Gujarat riots: The journey of the Zakia Jafri case The Telegraph

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up on November 19 (Monday) a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, the widow of slain former MP Ahsan Jafri, challenging the clean chit given to Narendra Modi, the then chief minister, and others by a special investigation team (SIT) in a massacre during the riots of 2002 in…

Zakia Jafri’s Case is a Reminder of How the Guilty of Gujarat Subverted the Law The Wire

On Monday, the Supreme Court will consider her appeal against the closure report of the SIT – which ignored all evidence to the contrary and decided the large-scale violence in the state was not the product of a criminal conspiracy. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the…

When The Dissenting Voice Speaks For Democracy News Central 24x7

Today, we have to accept that the wise words in Justice Chandruchud’s dissenting judgement were a minority verdict. The battle is still on. An interesting study into the way the political wind blows, especially with relation to fundamental freedoms in a democracy where we speak of elections for the people, by the people and of the…

Does India’s Far-Right Government Officially Approve of Lynching As a Political Tool? Alternet

Most of the victims are Muslim. Most Americans, one hopes, would today feel deeply ashamed and embarrassed by a dark chapter in their history. Perhaps even a white supremacist might today flinch at the mention of the word lynch. It’s what the White Man frequently did to the Black Man in “the land of the…

Shekhar Gupta omits role of Hindutva forces in Bombay violence while criticising Sanju The Print

His hypocrisy has not just crept into the Indian political marketplace, but has been legitimised by policy makers and journalists. Many things went seriously wrong with India’s polity and governance during that dark winter of December 1992-January 1993, and the March 12 serial blasts, which killed close to 250 people, were the final diabolical culmination. Evil, sinister…

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