Rajasthan Ordinance seeks to silence media, prevent judiciary from exercising its function

Statement issued by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Rajasthan, on the promulgation of the  Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017: The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated on 6th September, 2017, published on the 7th of September, 2017 in the Gazette is a sinister attempt of the Government of Rajasthan to abridge the fundamental … More Rajasthan Ordinance seeks to silence media, prevent judiciary from exercising its function

Worrisome? Indian democracy is eroding on multiple fronts… socially, culturally, economically

By Jitamanyu Sahoo* Indian democracy project is an endeavour fraught with difficulty. The reason is not because the thesis is enormous, complex and unravelling itself as it is growing older. It is rather the need to assess the complexities which arise from the project is a fragile task. The Indian democratic experiment can lead to … More Worrisome? Indian democracy is eroding on multiple fronts… socially, culturally, economically

Need for positive discrimination favouring handmade products by not taxing them

The Gram Seva Sangh statement following the decision of noted theatre actor and social activist Prasanna to break his indefinite hunger strike on assurance of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the state would support the satyagraha led by him for a from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council for 0% GST on handmade sector to … More Need for positive discrimination favouring handmade products by not taxing them

Of great concern: Concerted effort to create discord and divisions among religious groups, castes

By Anthoniraj Thumma* In a televised debate conducted by a Telugu Channel based in Hyderabad on September 22, 2017 Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi, Head of Sreepeetham at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, and Initiator and Advisor of Bhaarat Today TV Channel, levelled some false allegations and derogatory remarks particularly on Saint Teresa of Calcutta which are to … More Of great concern: Concerted effort to create discord and divisions among religious groups, castes

Why should rural Indian women need to compete more actively in the present political game

By Moin Qazi* Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession. ― Pearl S. Buck Structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women’s decision-making power and political participation in rural households and communities. Women and girls in rural areas lack equal access to productive resources and assets, public services, such as … More Why should rural Indian women need to compete more actively in the present political game

A cynical but relevant question: Will India become like present-day Turkey a decade from now?

By Pushkar Raj* Intellectuals and activists are the conscience of a society but they face a crisis of survival in the country today as Gauri Lankesh’s killing last month demonstrates. Gauri is the fourth intellectual activist who was silenced through a murder. Earlier, Narendra Dabholkar, a rationalist activist, was killed in August 2013 for his … More A cynical but relevant question: Will India become like present-day Turkey a decade from now?