Citizenship Amendment Bill passes, but what does this mean?

Source: The Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 9 and passed at midnight after a twelve-hour debate. Our team went through the text of the bill... Read more »

Poverty forces Kerala children to eat mud to survive

Source: Talking about dire poverty in the country and living in dire poverty are two completely different things. An example of this came to light when Kerala woke up to reports... Read more »

CIVICUS Monitor: “There has been a systematic crackdown on critics in India”

Source: CIVICUS Monitor, a global research collaboration which rates and tracks respect for fundamental freedoms in 196 countries, has downgraded India’s international rating to ‘repressed’, a significant step down from last... Read more »

Assam Foreigners Tribunals: How procedures, laws failed to consider gender discrimination

Source: Even as criticising India’s courts, especially the Supreme Court and the Guwahati High Court, for complicitity towards exclusion and abuse perpetuated through the Foreigners Tribunals set up across Assam to... Read more »

Amnesty International’s report a damning indictment of FTs in Assam

Source: In a report titled Designed to Exclude: How India’s courts are allowing foreigners tribunals to render people stateless in Assam, Amnesty finds that “Foreigners Tribunals are vested with extraordinary powers.... Read more »

RTI activist Raja Bhat “They told me three days, but I was released after three months”

Source: RTI activists from Mahiti Adhikar Manch have strongly condemned the detention of Raja Muzaffar Bhat, Right to Information (RTI) Activist from Jammu & Kashmir, known personally to many core national... Read more »

Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Source: The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers in June 2019, took place in six states: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. In each state, the... Read more »

Church in India ‘seems to have lost’ moral compass of unequivocal support to the poor

Source: By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ In 2017, Pope Francis dedicated a special day, to be observed by the Universal Church, every year, as the ‘World Day of the Poor’. This... Read more »

Crisis in Kashmir Enters 100th Day

Source: Hundred days have passed since the central government’s unilateral decision to abrogate Article 370—granting special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir—suspended normal life in Kashmir. Even as... Read more »

Does it end with Babri Mosque?

Source: By Abdus Sattar Ghazali India’s Supreme Court on Saturday granted Hindus permission to build a temple at the centuries-old site of Babri Mosque demolished in 1992 by Bharatiya Janata party... Read more »

India Justice Report 2019 shows country’s failing criminal justice system

Source: By Sanchita Kadam India has only 1 police personnel for every 663 individuals. Most states and Union Territories (UTs) spend less than Rs. 100 per prisoner per day. The report... Read more »

Are lawyers hooligans? How can the lawyers be fired upon as if they are criminals and terrorists?

Source: By Sanjeev Sirohi In the aftermath of the most unfortunate ugly violence that broke loose at Tis Hazari court on November 2 between lawyers and police which left many injured,... Read more »

Ayodhya Storm Will Pass, The Dignity And Honor Of Supreme Court Can Not Be Compromised Because Of It

Source: By Haider Abbas When Babri Masjid had lay demolished on December 6, 1992, at the hands of Hindu fanatics, the world sympathised with Muslims of India. Muslims were outraged, betrayed... Read more »

Modi govt in a bind with respect to ‘core’ Naga demands

Source: By Sandeep Pandey, Babloo Loitongbam, Meera Sanghamitra Thuingaleng Muivah, the supreme leader of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN (IM)] says that Nagaland may be weaker in material... Read more »

Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

Source: Excerpts from Oxfam report “Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea: An agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”: Assam’s women tea workers... Read more »

J&K ‘atrocities’ on children: Juvenile Justice Committee relied just on DGP arguments

Source: Well-known human rights organization Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), which actively campaigned for justice for 2002 Gujarat riot victims, and is currently involved in helping out vulnerable sections declared... Read more »

Reduced motor vehicle fines: Is Gujarat violating Article 254 under public pressure?

Source: By RK Misra “If you are gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty”, said Marilyn Monroe. Sure Madamoiselle!, would go an imaginary conversation for there is no... Read more »

India slips 10 points in global competitive rank, performs poor in social sector

Source: The powerful international body, World Economic Forum (WEF), has ranked India 68th among 141 countries, down 10 places in a year. WEF’s new report, “The Global Competitiveness Report 2019” said,... Read more »

The Economist: ‘Disgrace’, Supreme Court not hearing Govt of India ‘abuses’ in Kashmir

Source: Top British weekly “The Economist” has said that Supreme Court judges are ignoring the Government of India’s “abuses” in Kashmir, stating, “If they put off the decisions long enough, they... Read more »

Pakistan slack in implementing FATF measures, grey to stay?

Islamabad, Oct 7 (IANS) Pakistan, while agreeing to comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism measures, has been rather lackadaisical in implementing them, according... Read more »