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Sedition Law: Crushing Dissent in India since 1833 Colonial era law to keep freedom fighters in check, now used in free India to silence dissenters

There is no doubt that the founding philosophy of administration in India is based upon the pre-independence British rule, and our Indian Constitution does hold true many laws that then existed. However, the British Law in India and the Indian Constitution are widely divergent in letter and in spirit. The Government of India Act, and subsequent acts…

Gauri Lankesh remembered on First Death Anniversary Activists demand action against Sanatan Sanstha, Right-wing groups launch counter protest

Hundreds of activists, journalists, civil society members as well as ordinary citizens gathered in Bangalore to pay homage to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh on her first death anniversary. They also demanded that the Sanatan Sanstha, a right wing supremacist group whose members are allegedly involved in the conspiracy to murder Lankesh, be declared a terrorist…

EXCLUSIVE: I am a part of Society, I’m not a part of the State: Arundhati Roy Writer-Activist condemns recent arrests of activists, says crackdown on dissent is dangerous

Never known to mince words, firebrand writer and fearless dissenter Arundhati Roy lays threadbare the state’s repressive agenda and it’s underlying motivation… the obsessive-compulsive desire to hold on to political power at all costs. In an exclusive interview to Teesta Setalvad, Roy talks about a variety of contemporary issues ranging from caste, mob lynching, demonetisation, rationalist thought,…

State Crushing Dissent Again! Raids against Human Rights activists across India

A vindictive state is brazenly attacking dissent in India. What’s more disturbing, is that it is actually spinning this as their crackdown on persons who threaten national security and integrity! On August 28, police raided homes of several social activists across India, under the guise of investigating them for being involved in planning and instigating…

Teesta Setalvad and Vishal Dadlani urge you to Fight The Mob Press Release

Human Rights Defender Teesta Setalvad and rockstar Vishal Dadlani came together in Mumbai to discuss the growing instances of mob violence and institutional scuttling of dissenting voices. The initiative called ‘Fight The Mob’ is an extension of a nationwide campaign against hate speech by human rights organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) of which Setalvad is Secretary. “We…

Dastardly attempt to assassinate Umar Khalid Student leader shot at outside New Delhi's Constitution Club

Firebrand student leader Umar Khalid was shot at by an ‘unidentified gunman’ in New Delhi on August 13. The blatant attack, that many see as a scare tactic, ironically took place when JNU scholar was attending a program titled Khauf se Azaadi (Towards a Freedom Without Fear) at the Constitution Club. The program was organised by a group called United…

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