CIC directs disclosure of Indian Defence Forces’ Joint Operational Doctrines in a 7-year old RTI case

By Venkatesh Nayak* Earlier this week, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the HQ, Integrated Defence Staff (HQ-IDS), Union Ministry of Defence to disclose the following Joint Operational Doctrines under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act): 1) Joint Doctrine for Perception Management and Psychological Operations; and 2) Joint Doctrine for Land and Air Operations. Readers may remember that in June 2010, the … More CIC directs disclosure of Indian Defence Forces’ Joint Operational Doctrines in a 7-year old RTI case

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

Centre should take into account Kerala’s climate sensitive sectors affecting livelihood, biodiversity

The National Alliance of People’s Movements’ (NAPM’s) open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on catastrophic floods across Kerala and parts of southern states: We the undersigned, on behalf of National Alliance of People’s movements and numerous others alliances, networks, organizations and concerned citizens, academics, activists are writing to you with utmost anguish regarding the … More Centre should take into account Kerala’s climate sensitive sectors affecting livelihood, biodiversity

NRC debate: Who came first on this earth, humans or nations? It’s not a chicken-and-egg question

A controversy has broken out following well-known Assamese intellectual Hiren Gohain, in an open letter to Indian, seeking to explain the rationale behind the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Human rights activist Nilanjan Dutta has sharply contested Gohain’s view. We reproduce both Gohain’s open letter and open reply by Dutta. Open letter to Hiren Gohain … More NRC debate: Who came first on this earth, humans or nations? It’s not a chicken-and-egg question

NRC debate: People in Assam, who are indigenes, have serious problem with Indian ruling classes

A controversy has broken out following well-known Assamese intellectual Hiren Gohain, in an open letter to Indian, seeking to explain the rationale behind the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Another senior scholar Nilanjan Dutta has sharply contested Gohain’s view. Published in “Sabrang India”, we reproduce both Gohain’s open letter and the reply by Dutta. Hiren … More NRC debate: People in Assam, who are indigenes, have serious problem with Indian ruling classes

SBI admits CPIO goofed up with Electoral Bond sale data; refuses to divulge details of political parties

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may recollect my despatch from June 2018 about the refusal of the State Bank of India (SBI) to disclose under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) information about the buyers of Electoral Bonds (EBs) and political parties which received them. The Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) denied information about buyers and the denominations of EBs they … More SBI admits CPIO goofed up with Electoral Bond sale data; refuses to divulge details of political parties

DDA shouldn’t act as landlord but democratise urban land regulation to improve life in Delhi

By Manju Menon, Ashutosh Dixit, Rajeev Suri, Kanchi Kohli* The new “redevelopment” projects for Delhi sanctioned by the central government threaten to test the ecological limits of the city. The projects propose to increase the houses, cars and commercial offices in the greenest parts of the city. In this context, urban designers rightly point out that the … More DDA shouldn’t act as landlord but democratise urban land regulation to improve life in Delhi