How social media is being used as a medium to spew hatred with impunity, violate human rights

By Sheshu Babu* Advancement of technology, more than benefiting masses, is becoming dangerous in the hands of miscreants. Increase of smart  phones and computers have spread the use of social media platforms. Instead of using the platforms for messaging information or decent discussion, it is becoming a medium to spew hatred, upload incidents of human … More How social media is being used as a medium to spew hatred with impunity, violate human rights

Communal incidents in 2018 may have gone down, but mob lynchings, hate crimes are up

By Neha Dabhade, Irfan Engineer, Suraj Nair, Siddhi Pendke* As per newspaper reports, the number of communal incidents all over India in 2018 has been the lowest in the past four years. The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) monitors reports of communal incidents in five newspapers every year. In 2018 the number … More Communal incidents in 2018 may have gone down, but mob lynchings, hate crimes are up

When Mrinal Sen said: Unlike Shyam Benegal, I can’t move about with a harem, like a Mughal Emperor

By Kanika Katyal “I don’t agree with Godard when he says that the cinema is a gun. That is too romantic an expression. You can’t topple a government or a system by making one ‘Potemkin’. You can’t do that with ten ‘Potemkins’. All you can do is create an environment in which you can discuss … More When Mrinal Sen said: Unlike Shyam Benegal, I can’t move about with a harem, like a Mughal Emperor

Climate change: Rising sea level forces villagers to abandon rice farming as land turns more saline

By Nidhi Jamwal * The northeast monsoon is here and farmers across the southern state of Tamil Nadu are busy planting their crops. But, there is a lull in Elandarmade, a coastal village at one edge of the Cauvery delta in Cuddalore district. Sea level rise and salinity ingress have turned large tracts of agricultural … More Climate change: Rising sea level forces villagers to abandon rice farming as land turns more saline

Forest dwellers’ consent must before proposing any developmental activity on their land

On the 3rd of December 2018, while replying to the Government of Maharashtra’s query on whether the processes under FRA need to be completed before a proposal is sent for prior approval (Stage I clearance) for diversion of forest land, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), in a reply, has suggested the … More Forest dwellers’ consent must before proposing any developmental activity on their land

Hashimpura: Judgment must be delivered in such sensitive cases in shortest possible time

By Advocate Sanjeev Sirohi*  It has to be stated right at the outset that in a much awaited judgment, the Delhi High Court finally ending the years of nail biting suspense has finally delivered its historic verdict in Zulfikar Nasir & Ors v State of Uttar Pradesh & Ors in CRL.A. 574/2015 & Crl.M.A. No. … More Hashimpura: Judgment must be delivered in such sensitive cases in shortest possible time

Draft Forest Policy doesn’t recognise challenges of climate change, excludes local communities

Climate Scorecard, an international team of organizations and individuals working together to stabilize our global climate, with focus on pressing the top 20+ greenhouse-gas emitting countries to meet the pledges they made in the Paris Agreement, has sought “improvements” in India’s Draft Forest Policy 2018. In a comment, written by Ranjan Kishor Panda, expert-cum-activist on … More Draft Forest Policy doesn’t recognise challenges of climate change, excludes local communities