Strictest punishment for mob lynching needed now more than ever before

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It has to be said right at the outset that mob lynching cannot be justified on any pretext and under any circumstances come what may! There has to be zero tolerance for it but right now we see that the perpetrators of the crime are either escaping with just no punishment or … Continue reading Strictest punishment for mob lynching needed now more than ever before

The visible apathy of invisible commissions: Whither lockdown performance?

By Rini Kothari* “The measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” -- Mahatma Gandhi Ever since the World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus, a global pandemic,1 the apathy of various Commissions seems to be the “new normal”. It was in the phase of Unlock 3.0 (1st … Continue reading The visible apathy of invisible commissions: Whither lockdown performance?

London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

Gary McLelleand By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* #Humanistprism is a new series of conversations started by Humanist International, London and it was an honour to be the first guest at it interviewed by Gary McLelland, the Executive Director of Humanist International. The conversation was informal and there was no fixed format. Being the first one, perhaps … Continue reading London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale is an experienced South African land activist who has played leading roles in several campaigns and initiatives. She led a grassroots movement called the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), A federation of communities claiming land through Restitution, an organisation that challenged the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2015. She … Continue reading Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Policy-makers should focus on migrants’ vulnerability and violation of their rights

By Prof R.B. Bhagat* All of us know what has happened during the last week of April to the first week of June 2020 in response to the nationwide lockdown to stave off COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly millions of migrant workers started moving out of the city and marched towards their respective rural destinations. It shook … Continue reading Policy-makers should focus on migrants’ vulnerability and violation of their rights

Tragic case of crushed civil liberties in Hong Kong, China’s growing authoritarianism

By Archita Srivastava* For the longest time, Hong Kong to me was synonymous to a towering metropolis, steeped in ancient Chinese traditions and British urbanity. School textbooks relay their history as a positive engagement between the East and the West, a mere clinical engagement carefully evading its turbulent past. It was only in my law … Continue reading Tragic case of crushed civil liberties in Hong Kong, China’s growing authoritarianism

Responding to humanitarian crisis: Glimpses of lives from Northeastern Delhi

Responding to the Covid-19 lockdown crisis of job loss, displacement and hunger, a group of citizens started a relief initiative, for emergency cash assistance to working class families, including those affected by the violence, in Northeast Delhi. The relief was via direct donor transfers of Rs. 3000 or Rs. 5000 (for especially vulnerable families) into … Continue reading Responding to humanitarian crisis: Glimpses of lives from Northeastern Delhi