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Republic of revenge rapes and the Narcotics Act

September 3, 2015 - 1:07 am in Reforms

A khap panchayat (sub-caste council) in Baghpat District of Uttar Pradesh has allegedly ordered that two dalit sisters be raped and paraded naked as retribution for their brother having eloped with a married woman from another, so called, higher caste.…

Kalburgi Murder – Blow to rational thinking and secularism

September 1, 2015 - 6:53 pm in Reforms

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY OF THE COUNTRY – RELIGIOUS OUTFITS SHUNTING THE DOORS OF SECULARISM IN INDIA National Alliance…

Invitation: CONFERENCE ON “ENDING TORTURE: COLLECTIVE CONCERN”

August 28, 2015 - 5:26 pm in Reforms

Torture, practiced by states, non -state actors and sometimes together, continues to be a global problem. Despite global resolve for its prevention, it…

Sardar Sarovar Dam affected oustees on Indefinite Rajghat Satyagraha

August 12, 2015 - 1:18 am in Reforms

Waking and moving from village to village, through lush green fields and thickly populated bastis, hundreds of Sardar Sarovar Dam affected oustees concluded their 6-day long Jeevan Aadhikar Yatra today in the Badwani District, meeting and mobilizing thousands…

Invitation: P.D. Devanandan & M.M. Thomas Memorial Lecture

August 10, 2015 - 4:32 pm in Reforms

Invitation   The 6th P.D. Devanandan & M.M. Thomas Memorial Lecture ‘Yoga, Mann Ki Baat and the Emergency of Our Times' Make in India, Yoga, Mann Ki Baat, Beti Bachao, Swachh Bharat, Selfie with Daughter – governance seems to be taking new and…

INVITATION Prof D. Prempati First Memorial Lecture

August 6, 2015 - 10:58 pm in Reforms

INVITATION First Memorial Lecture In the memory of Prof D. Prempati On 8th August, 2015 at 5 pm, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi Date: August 5, 2015 Dear Friends, As many of you attended last year’s condolence meeting of Prof. D. Prempati where you desired…

Death by hanging vs Death by shooting

August 4, 2015 - 3:30 pm in Reforms

The campaign against death penalty is just and humane and needs to be appreciated and fully supported, but the silence on death by shooting of unarmed demonstrators is deafening and intriguing. We rightly oppose capital punishment even though it is awarded…

Capital punishment brings out the worst basal instincts of a society

July 29, 2015 - 7:10 pm in Reforms

The march of history has been from more brutal and violent societies to more humane, inclusive and less violent societies; and from authoritarian to democratic states. The objective of punishment awarded by the society to the delinquents and non-conformists…

Modi, Terrorism and Indian Muslims

July 21, 2015 - 7:15 pm in Reforms

In an interview to CNN’s Freed Zakaria ahead of his US visit, Prime Minister Modi said that Indian Muslims would live and die for India and would not want to do anything bad for India. (Express News Service, 2014). PM Modi while addressing a gathering at…

Democratic India and draconian laws

July 14, 2015 - 1:22 pm in Reforms

Democratic India has far more draconian laws than the India under the British imperial rule. In fact, the Rowlatt Act whose opposition led to the massacre of more than a thousand men, women and children at the Jallianwala Bag is very mild and liberal compared…