Filing FIRs of an "overseas conspiracy" and discrediting India in the eyes of the world by issuing threats will not take away the ground realities that this is a farmers' struggle, by farmers, of farmers - but not just for farmers. This is for all of India and its democracy.
The Economic Survey, which reads like a political defence of the Modi Government, has little hope to offer the crores of workers and marginal farmers reeling under the impact of the pandemic. Astonishingly, it actually describes as "humane" the government's handling of the pandemic.
One is driven to call out the judge of the Nagpur bench of the Mumbai High Court, who, in an extraordinarily retrograde judgement, has ruled that the offence of sexual assault under Section 7 of the POCSO Act does not apply when a child is molested, and cannot be considered a victim of attempt to rape unless there is "skin to skin" contact.
It is the farmers and they alone who will decide their next course of action. They deserve our full support and solidarity. But we as citizens should be clear about the orders of the Supreme Court and who they benefit.
The farmers are not fighting for themselves alone. Their fight is for India's food security, their fight is for the constitutional right to life, their fight is for democracy and the right to be heard, their fight is for you and me, for every citizen of India.
The UP Chief Minister has threatened violence against Muslim men married to Hindu women who had converted.
She was killed not just by her killers and their uniformed guardians, but by the fact that she lived in the centre of the unique Made in India social crossing, where the exploitations and oppressions of caste, class and patriarchy intersect. Valmiki. Dalit. Poor. Woman. 19 years old. Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh.
Modi-ji and his government may realize that the suspension of eight members of parliament and pushing through Bills in the way that was done may prove to be more costly than they had calculated.
There are many ways to demean and demonise protests, but the nature of the targeting of the Shaheen Bagh protests is particularly offensive. The latest round has come with the quite unexpected attack by chief spokesperson and MLA of the Aam Aadmi party, Saurabh Bharadwaj.
The level of central political intervention in Delhi to shape the judicial process in the communal violence cases is being stepped up. The Lieutenant Governor's swift cancellation of the Delhi government's order regarding the panel of prosecution lawyers on behalf of the Delhi Police is one such step.
Last week, Kausalya, 23, learnt with shock and bewilderment about the judgement of the Madras High Court on June 22, which so gravely undermined her courageous struggle for justice for her murdered husband Shankar. They were victims of what is incorrectly termed an "honour killing".
Sohan Lal died of a COVID infection yesterday. He was 60. I have known him since the '70s when I was working in the textile workers' trade union. His elder brother, Nathu Prasad, a close comrade, was a worker in the Delhi Cloth Mills who was dismissed by the management for his union activities and later started working full-time for the union. The youngest of four bro...
On a day when 26 migrants were killed and more than 30 injured in truck accidents on their painful journey home, India's Finance Minister was talking about opening up space exploration and travel to the private sector. This is not just bizarre, it shows the utter contempt of the ruling regime for the pain and suffering of crores of Indian citizens and workers, the cre...
India was among the first countries to rescue citizens stranded abroad when international travel was severely restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Special Air India planes were sent to bring Indians home. In answer to a question in the Lok Sabha on March 4, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said, "Air India has raised a bill of Rs 5...
On April 22, the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance was published in the Gazette of India in the name of the President of India. The main purpose of the amendment, as put out by the government, is to deal with cases of violence against medical personnel.