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Identity as citizenship or citizenship as Identity

June 11, 2019 - 12:01 pm in Rights

Bangladeshi film star Anju Ghosh has recently joined BJP in Kolkata. Nobody raised any objection to her being part of the BJP family. When Anju Ghosh was being greeted for membership of the BJP, an army veteran who fought at the Kargil war was arrested on…

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,…

Independence of judiciary indispensable for peoples rights & liberty

March 26, 2017 - 7:17 pm in Reforms, Rights

From 1950 to 1993*, the power to appoint judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts and also the power to transfer the judges of the High Courts were…

Is Chhattisgarh a ‘Police State’ of Democratic India?

March 29, 2016 - 5:34 pm in Governance

A ‘police state’ is said to be one where citizens experience living, freedom of movement and expression of opinion subject to police monitoring and control. The mineral rich state of Chhattisgarh in India aptly qualifies for this notorious title as the…

Indira Gandhi’s and Narendra Modi’s common pursuit: A pliant judiciary

August 11, 2015 - 12:35 pm in Governance

Indira Gandhi considered an Independent judiciary a thorn in her flesh, and its independence as its fang. She wanted to defame it so that she could rule like an absolute Monarch free from any constraint. She even found the Constitution as an undesirable impediment…

Mob justice—a symptom of degenerating rule of law

July 20, 2015 - 7:23 pm in Society

The mob justice meted out to 13-year-old Samiul Alam Rajon, who was beaten to death in Bangladesh by an angry mob resolute on teaching the youngster a lesson for stealing a bicycle, is a classic case of mob madness witnessed on our streets every day. Throughout…

Should marital rape be punishable?

April 30, 2015 - 1:07 pm in Opinion Poll

Marital rape (also known as spousal rape and rape in marriage) is non-consensual sex (i.e., rape) in which the perpetrator is the victim's spouse. It is a form of partner rape, of domestic violence and of sexual abuse. The Indian govt. has said that marital…

People’s Manifesto on Rebuilding Chhattisgarh

January 27, 2015 - 2:28 pm in Governance

We, the participants at the Chhattisgarh Unity Convention of Secular-Democratic- Progressive Forces held on 22nd & 23rd of January, 2015 at the Gondwana Bhawan, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) representing people’s organisations, political parties, social movements,…