Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens

By Gopal Krishna* The planned Joint Citizens Protest against world biggest Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of 12 –digit biometric Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar numbers happened at the Parliament Street from 3 pm onwards on 12th of January, 2018.  More such protests are planned across the districts and cities in the country.  Several speakers at the … More Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens

Dinkarbhai fought adversaries with jest, worked in unpleasant circumstances with jovial disposition

By Nandini Oza* Dinkerbhai Dave, one of the strongest pillars of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in Gujarat, passed away on the morning of the 9th of January 2018. I remember Dinkerbhai in so many different ways – a friend, a colleague, more like a member of family. I remember him even more as one who … More Dinkarbhai fought adversaries with jest, worked in unpleasant circumstances with jovial disposition

For four decades no rules, standard procedures exist for ordering preventive detentions under J&K law

By Venkatesh Nayak* While replying to an RTI application filed by members of the J&K RTI Movement (led by Dr. Shaikh Ghulam Rasool), the J&K Home Department, has admitted that the State Government has not made any Rules or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (J&KPSA) during the four decades of its … More For four decades no rules, standard procedures exist for ordering preventive detentions under J&K law

India’s outdated colonial law should be changed to stop inhuman treatment of prison inmates

By Sajad Farooq Rather* Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru , the first Prime Minister of India, expressed a view that criminals are largely a creation of social conditions and, therefore, they are required to be treated rather than being punished. The Tihar Jail has the capacity of mere 6,500 inmates. But it’s number of prisoners currently exceeds … More India’s outdated colonial law should be changed to stop inhuman treatment of prison inmates

Urgently act, effectively prevent, punish those involved in atrocities against SCs, STs in Tamil Nadu

Letter by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd) — former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Welfare; Member, National Monitoring Committee for Education of SCs, STs and Persons with Disabilities, Government of India — to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on the need for urgent action to effectively prevent and severely punish those involved in … More Urgently act, effectively prevent, punish those involved in atrocities against SCs, STs in Tamil Nadu

Assam citizenship rights: Unfair to discard validity of Panchayat certificates as a link document

A Delhi Action Committee for Assam note on the current political impasse in Assam on updating the National Register of Citizens and the Question of Citizenship: The Assam Accord signed on 14 August 1985 established an important foundation to settle the complicated and sensitive issue of the presence of “foreigners” in the state, especially by … More Assam citizenship rights: Unfair to discard validity of Panchayat certificates as a link document