Two judgements within a day of each other have caught national attention. The first is the Supreme Court judgement in the Nirbhaya case. The second is the Mumbai High Court judgement in the Bilkis Bano case. Two cases, two women, two standards of justice.
What remains unchanged and in fact similar to both sides, is that their positions for or against instant triple talaq are determined not out of concern for women's rights to equality, but by their own sectarian agendas.
"I was stripped. I told them (female jail staff) to at least let me keep my underwear on as I had my period. They abused me, forced me to crouch, and removed my sanitary pad and underwear." This is the statement of a leading SFI activist of Bengal. The National Human Rights Commission under retired Chief Justice Dattu has instituted an inquiry into...
But along with the aspect of government and police accountability, every adult citizen who was there that night and who did nothing to help the women being targeted have failed basic responsibility and humanity. In case after case, it is the indifference of society, of those present, which provides the ultimate strength to the perpetrators of viole...
A sustained attempt has been on to discredit the Vemula family and in particular, Rohith's mother, Radhika. The machinery of the State has been utilized to "prove" that Rohith was not a Dalit, that his mother had lied, and that a case on grounds of fraud could be made out against her.
Post the currency ban the Prime Minister has chosen to use emotion as a substitute for logic in his justification for a policy decision which has resulted in an unprecedented meltdown of the economy, described by some as a financial emergency affecting all sections of the working people.
Fake encounters such as those in Gujarat and now in Madhya Pradesh cannot take place without the sanction of the political leadership. The NIA investigation into the Bhopal killings, including that of Ramashankar Yadav, will not bring out the truth.
If French women's groups had a sense of their own history, they would be buying burkinis and wearing them on every beach in France to defy the irrational ban. Here in India, the Embassy of France should be made aware that women in India have a sense of strong solidarity with that burkini-clad woman in Nice.
She is no terrorist, she is the price Kashmir is paying for broken promises, for opportunist alliances, for the nature of the Indian State which believes that the force of a bullet or a lathi or a security camp can answer the political questions raised by history.
The criminal exclusion of tribal communities in decision-making processes is true not only in connection with the CAF Bill. Tribal voices were ignored when the amendments to the Mines and Minerals Act was pushed through, depriving them of their basic right to consent or withhold consent on takeover of their land.