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Why the State Fears My Friend, Sudha Bharadwaj

They cannot fight her in court, so they are calling her a Maoist. They don’t have any real evidence against her, so they are converting the process itself into punishment. Exactly two years ago, Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested in the infamous…

National Women’s Organisations Call for Protests on August 28

An online meeting of the following women’s organisations — All India Democratic Women’s Association(AIDWA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Pragatisheel Mahila Sanghatan (PMS), All India Agragami Mahila Samiti (AIAMS) and All India Mahila…

Ayodhya dispute: The complex legal history of India’s holy site

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are lining up for the bhoomi pujan on 5 August . Actually, a lot of people can claim credit for bringing India to this penultimate step of bhoomi…

Crony Capitalism on Modi’s Watch Means Invisible Hands Ensure You Never Go Bankrupt

The Bharatiya Janata Party finally faces its own coal scam. Two new books, the first by former RBI governor Urjit Patel and the second by RBI deputy governor Viral Acharya, have finally focused attention on the Narendra Modi government’s attempts to dilute India’s…

Analysis on recent case of Gujarat ATS arrests of alleged “Naxalites”. Co-ordinated effort of Central and State Government to stifle dissent of Human Rights Activists across India.

Babita Kachyap and 2 others have been arrested by Gujarat ATS from the Mahisagar District of Gujarat under alleged pretext of being “Naxalite”. Who is Babita Kachyap? Babita Kachyap is tribal rights activist who have worked immensely in the Jharkhand…

The anti-farmer farm sector reforms to ruin India’s agriculture for corporates

Reading Time: 4 minutes The farmers of North India are agitating after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced three ordinances on June 5th 2020 to open India’s farm sector to global corporate houses and their Indian crony-comprador lackeys. The farmers’…

Political Vendetta Sole Explanation for Varavara Rao’s Incarceration

The renowned Telugu poet and political activist Varavara Rao has been in police custody since 18 November 2018. The charges against him are waging war against the state, conspiring to overthrow the government and plotting the assassination of Prime Minister…

‘Your Ideas Have Spread Like Wildfire’: A Letter to Dr Anand Teltumbde on His Birthday

Dear Anand, The din of darkness sprawls, the night sky devours and us – those who love you yearn for the patient past to be with us and skip the present. There is a silence in the lover’s island while…

The extra-judicial punishment of jailing ailing activists during COVID-19

The Supreme Court of India has repeatedly held that imprisonment does not deprive a prisoner of other fundamental rights that can be exercised consistently with detention. This logic should apply with more force to undertrials and doubly during a pandemic….

Jailed poet Varavara Rao isn’t a mercenary; he should receive justice, not just sympathy, writes Padmaja Shaw

The last week saw frantic efforts to somehow reach medical assistance to the Telugu revolutionary poet Varavara Rao who is currently being held in Taloja jail in Maharashtra. Innumerable organisations of poets, academics, and intellectuals have been appealing for immediate…

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