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

Nobel laureates, others seek release of Dr Shahidul Alam, internationally decorated photographer

Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Tawakkol Karman, Máiread Maguire, Betty Williams, Oscar Arias, Sir Richard J Roberts, José Ramos-Horta, Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi, actor-activist Shabana Azmi, business leader and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson. former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, film director and SDG advocate Richard Curtis, author and SDG advocate Arianna Huffington, … More Nobel laureates, others seek release of Dr Shahidul Alam, internationally decorated photographer

Systematic targeting, repression of tribal activists, forest dwellers in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh

The statement by India’s civil society network, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), condemning filing of “false cases” against All-India Union of Forest Working People (AIUWFP) leaders and “continued incarceration” of Adivasi activists since June 8: NAPM condemns the systematic targeting and repression unleashed by the state of Uttar Pradesh on the Adivasis and other … More Systematic targeting, repression of tribal activists, forest dwellers in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh

India’s tryst? Top 1% income share rose 7% to 22% since 1980s, of bottom 50% declined 23% to 15%

By Moin Qazi* 15th August is the most cherished date in the Indian calendar .it was on this momentous day, more than seven decades back, that we were born an independent and free country. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. It is certainly an occasion for celebration. More than … More India’s tryst? Top 1% income share rose 7% to 22% since 1980s, of bottom 50% declined 23% to 15%

Need for comprehensive international investigation into allegations of rights violations in Kashmir

UN Human Rights Office statement on its new report on the situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’s both sides of Line of Control: There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that … More Need for comprehensive international investigation into allegations of rights violations in Kashmir