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Indian Constitutional Courts and Secularism | Irfan Engineer

November 12, 2018 - 6:14 pm in Culture, Governance

Traditions and customs are being used to redefine and redraw the contours of secularism in India in last couple of years. The Constitutional parents, with near unanimity, if not unanimously, embraced the principle of secularism and the principle was followed…

State apparatus as perpetrator of crime against minorities

November 8, 2018 - 4:14 pm in Governance, Rights

Nearly 31 years after the ghastly massacre of 42 Muslims by the goons of the Provincial Arms Constabulary, notoriously known as PAC in the Hashimpura…

Combatting rape as a weapon of war | Rene Wadlow

October 29, 2018 - 3:51 am in Governance

The co-laureate of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Denis Mukwege, has become an eloquent spokesperson for the effort to outlaw the use of rape as a weapon…

Adityanath Yogi as Commissar From Allahabad to Prayagraj: What’s in the name?

October 27, 2018 - 6:28 pm in Governance, Politics

Adityanath Yogi, Chief Minister of UP seems to be on the name changing spree. In his latest move he has changed the name of famous city of UP, Allahabad to Prayagraj. Prayag is the meeting point of rivers and since this city is the meeting point of Ganga,…

Why Arrest of Dalit activists-‘Urban Naxals’?

September 24, 2018 - 6:54 pm in Governance

The violence in Bheema Koregon is still reverberating. We recall that on January 1st, thousands of dalits returning from Bheema Koregaon were beaten up. In that context the names of Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide cropped up as the instigators of violence.…

A mature response from Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

September 15, 2018 - 10:52 am in Governance

Chandra Shekhar Azad ' Ravan' has been released from the jail by the Uttar Pradesh government. The police says that the cases were not pursued because his mother has requested. Some says that the state government would have faced criticism in the Supreme Court…

Open letter to the Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi

September 13, 2018 - 7:31 pm in Governance

To: Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modiji, Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110011. Respected Prime Minister, We have been given to understand that your good self would be present during an event in Indore organized…

Democracy under assault

August 28, 2018 - 7:38 pm in Governance

The morning news of raids and arrest of five activists from different parts of the country by the Pune police is a chilling reminder that talks of political dissent and human rights are a crime and those who are lynching people in public, threatening people…

State of the Stateless: the Tale of NRC in Assam

August 17, 2018 - 5:36 pm in Governance

“The ache for home lives in all of us”, as was said by writer Maya Angelou. This ache is the prospect facing and lived by 40 lakh odd residents of Assam today. 40 lakhs of the residents in Assam do not find their names on the final draft of National Register…

India the new Lynchdom

August 7, 2018 - 11:45 am in Governance

Martin Luther King Jr. said that law may not be able to make a man love him but it can keep the man from lynching him. These words were said by Martin Luther King Jr. in the era where the racial segregation was at its peak and the African Americans targeted…