Climate change may have led to deluge, but Bihar capital remains waterlogged due to corruption

By Alok Gupta* They found him stranded inside his waterlogged home. Dressed in shorts and slippers and with a few bags by his side, he was rescued along with his family members. The deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, looked embarrassed. The incessant rainfall in the Indian state over the weekend of September … More Climate change may have led to deluge, but Bihar capital remains waterlogged due to corruption

MHA confirms it has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet a fundamental right

By Venkatesh Nayak* It has been more than three months since several parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are without access to mobile telephony and Internet. The shutdown was imposed around the time the Central Government with Parliament’s approval made fundamental changes to J&K’s status under the Constitution of India. A few weeks ago, … More MHA confirms it has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet a fundamental right

Keenly observing biased cops and an indifferent administration in a Saurashtra taluka

By Rajiv Shah His name is Dhaval Chopada. A smiling young face, whom I used to meet at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Ahmedabad. I believe it was several months ago, after he got married, and he “disappeared”. Never bothered to find out whether he had gone to some other NGO, or got an … More Keenly observing biased cops and an indifferent administration in a Saurashtra taluka

Cutting the Gordian knot of Jammu and Kashmir: The legal conundrum that is Article 370

By Anmol Rathore* Article 370 has been the Gordian knot when it comes to the politico-legal history of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and the recent Constitution Order (CO) 272, if anything, has further entangled this knot. CO 272, by abrogating in effect Article 370, has in fact stirred a storm that doesn’t … More Cutting the Gordian knot of Jammu and Kashmir: The legal conundrum that is Article 370

Why is BEL refusing to disclose EVM and VVPAT information under RTI after demanding fees?

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember the bold declaration that the Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions made about the NDA-III Government’s commitment to transparency while replying to the debate on the Bill to amend The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) in the Lok Sabha. On 22/07/2019 the Minister said: “Now, coming straight to … More Why is BEL refusing to disclose EVM and VVPAT information under RTI after demanding fees?

Indian police does not create enabling environment for women personnel, nor is it gender-friendly

Excerpts from the chapter “Gender and Police” in the recently released report, “Status of Policing in India Report 2019”, Published by Common Cause & Lokniti – Centre for the Study Developing Societies (CSDS), which is based on a countrywide sample of 2416 (20%) women out of the total of 11836 police personnel interviewed: The representation … More Indian police does not create enabling environment for women personnel, nor is it gender-friendly

RTI Amendment Bill would result in forceful adoption of SICs by Central government

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Bill to amend The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) which the Lok Sabha approved (218 voting in favour and 79 opposing it) this Monday (22 July, 2019) is slated for introduction and passing in the Rajya Sabha today (Click here and  select 24/07/2019 for accessing the List of Business of the House). Despite the very vocal demand … More RTI Amendment Bill would result in forceful adoption of SICs by Central government