Legal framework for privacy and data protection should complement RTI Act, not undermine it

Joint statement by RTI and privacy activists on the amendments to Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act proposed by the Committee of Experts under the Chairpersonship of Justice BN Srikrishna: The Right to Information (RTI) and the Right to Privacy (RTP) are fundamental rights flowing from the Indian Constitution. The State has an obligation to … More Legal framework for privacy and data protection should complement RTI Act, not undermine it

A constitutional expert, Jaipal Singh Munda was a champion of adivasi politics and empowerment

By 
Sheshu Babu*  “I rise to speak on behalf of unknown hordes – yet very important – of unrecognised warriors of freedom, the original people of India who have variously been known as backward tribes, primitive tribes, criminal tribes and everything else, Sir, I am proud to be a ‘Jangli’ that is the name by which … More A constitutional expert, Jaipal Singh Munda was a champion of adivasi politics and empowerment

Caught in cultural, political, group identity, meat eating behaviour in India is under-reported

By Sheshu Babu* Debates on vegetarian diet have increased in recent years and many  analysts are coming forward to defend it as healthy diet over non vegetarian food. While everyone has a right to choose food s/he likes, some brahminical fanatics are forcing people to stop eating the food containing non-vegetarian diet. It may be … More Caught in cultural, political, group identity, meat eating behaviour in India is under-reported

Mindset that doesn’t understand river, sees it as water channel has resulted in new threats to Ganga

By Himanshu Thakkar* Ganga river basin’s importance is well acknowledged. The World Bank, that is funding a currently ongoing USD 1 Billion project for Ganga clean up says in its Project Appraisal Document[i]: It’s the most populous basin in the World. 50% of India’s poor are in the five states along the main stem of … More Mindset that doesn’t understand river, sees it as water channel has resulted in new threats to Ganga

Reported from some states, charging GST on fees payable under India’s RTI Act is blatantly illegal

By Venkatesh Nayak* Ever since the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (GST Act) was brought into force in India, some public authorities have been creating pointless controversies by demanding GST on fees payable under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). RTI applicants in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have reported such illegal demands from public authorities. According to media reports, GST demands … More Reported from some states, charging GST on fees payable under India’s RTI Act is blatantly illegal

‘Caste’ agitations rooted in failed system: 65% small, 50% marginal farmers wish to quit farming

By Dr Ghanshyam Shah* Dominant peasant castes occupying significant space in the economy and polity in their respective States are not giving up the battle for quotas. The Marathas are once again up-in-arms against the State demanding reservation in educational institutions and government jobs, an agitation that has often turned violent. In Gujarat, the Patidar … More ‘Caste’ agitations rooted in failed system: 65% small, 50% marginal farmers wish to quit farming

How Pune police violated the law on seizure and raid on activists across India: CJP explainer-Part 2

  Analysis of procedural lapses during nationwide raids on activists on August 28, 2018 by Citizens for Justice and Peace: In law, the search warrant, and raid, is an extreme step warranted only and if only when non-cooperation is seen or observed and the correct and proper course of action would have been for the … More How Pune police violated the law on seizure and raid on activists across India: CJP explainer-Part 2