A cynical but relevant question: Will India become like present-day Turkey a decade from now?

By Pushkar Raj* Intellectuals and activists are the conscience of a society but they face a crisis of survival in the country today as Gauri Lankesh’s killing last month demonstrates. Gauri is the fourth intellectual activist who was silenced through a murder. Earlier, Narendra Dabholkar, a rationalist activist, was killed in August 2013 for his … More A cynical but relevant question: Will India become like present-day Turkey a decade from now?

Need for zero tolerance to mineral waste, eco-destruction, exploitation of women and children

Representation to Dr K Rajeswara Rao, additional secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India,  Dr Bhanumathi Kalluri, Director, Dhaatri Trust, Secunderabad, Telengana, and Dr Bhagyalakshmi, Director, Sakhi Trust, Hospet, Karnataka: At the outset we are happy to know that the National Mineral Policy (NMP) of 2008 is being called for a review in this present … More Need for zero tolerance to mineral waste, eco-destruction, exploitation of women and children

Rohingiya refugees: Govt of India must follow the sacred tenet of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

By Cedric Prakash sj* ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning ‘the whole world is one family’, is an ancient Sanskrit phrase found in the Maha Upanishad, one of the Sacred Texts of Hinduism. This important phrase underlines a basic tenet of Hindu philosophy, which includes welcoming, hospitality, tolerance, harmony, unity and adaptability. For several centuries, India as a country … More Rohingiya refugees: Govt of India must follow the sacred tenet of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Gauri was widely known for her relentless writings, talks, campaigns in solidarity with the oppressed

The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) statement on the “targeted political assassination” of senior journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh:   The National Alliance of People’s Movements is deeply shocked and shattered at the cowardly and cold-blooded murder of well-known journalist, editor and fearless firebrand activist, Gauri Lankesh who, time and again, locked horns … More Gauri was widely known for her relentless writings, talks, campaigns in solidarity with the oppressed

Hyper-nationalism will affect defence forces’ professional performance, national security

Text of the letter by Admiral L Ramdas, winner of Ramon Magsaysay award for peace in 2004, to President Ramnath Kovind: Let me at the outset congratulate you on assuming office as the 14th President of the Republic of India. The Armed Forces of India, of whom you are the Supreme Commander, have a different and special … More Hyper-nationalism will affect defence forces’ professional performance, national security

Home Ministry refuses to “disclose” procedure on using human shields in militancy affected areas

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected my information request for details of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) intended for use, by security forces, in areas where militant groups are active and use civilians as ‘human shields’. While the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) did not bother to send any … More Home Ministry refuses to “disclose” procedure on using human shields in militancy affected areas