‘Nafrat Se Azadi’: When Hundreds of Artists in Delhi United Against Hate

By Tanya Jha On an unusually cold March morning, dozens of people scurried about the Red Fort grounds, fixing microphones, checking the stages, ensuring that all the art exhibits dotting the sprawling lawn were all good to go. They were preparing for the Delhi edition of ‘Artists Unite’ – a two-day event organised by an artists collective featuring singers, poets, …

Pulwama attack: India government must protect Kashmiris – top court

There have been several reports of Kashmiri students and businessmen being harassed or beaten up in recent days. The Supreme Court has also sought a response from the states where these alleged incidents happened. The attack has sparked anger and anti-Pakistan protests across India. …But in some cases the anger has been directed against Kashmiri people living in other parts …

When we were counting bodies of jawans, PM Modi was shooting film like a Bollywood star: Congress on Pulwama attack

Questioning the “priorities” of Narendra Modi, the Congress on Thursday alleged that the Prime Minister continued shooting for a film in the Jim Corbett National Park for his “propaganda and publicity” even as 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. While referring to reports in a section of the media …

Human Rights Watch: Cow Mobs Enjoy Political and Administrative Patronage

Almost all cow vigilante groups in India that has been instrumental in lynching people on pretext of cow protection are somehow connected to the Hindutva organisations in India. Lynchers enjoy political and administrative patronage. In almost all of the cases, the police initially stalled investigations, ignored procedures, or even played a complicit role in the killings and cover-up of crimes. …

NDA government pressured me to go ahead with ‘secret killings’: Former Assam CM

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi claimed Wednesday he was under pressure from the previous NDA government at the Centre to continue with the “secret killings”, a practice “rampant” during his predecessor Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s tenure. The BJP rubbished the allegation as “baseless” and accused the veteran Congress leader of doing “divisive politics”, while Mahanta hit back, insisting it was …

Civil Servants See “Serious Shortcomings” in Election Commissions Audit Plan for EVMs

A group of former civil servants have written to the Election Commission of India with several suggestions for making EVMs more secure, and less vulnerable to manipulation and tampering.… With our collective experience of conducting and supervising elections from the local body to the parliamentary level, we wish to suggest what needs to be done to make the actual process …

Supreme Court Holds Anil Ambani Guilty of Contempt, 3-Month Jail to Follow if Ericsson Not Paid in 4 Weeks

The Supreme Court on Wednesday held industrialist Anil Ambani and Reliance Communication guilty of contempt for breaching undertakings to clear outstanding dues to Ericsson India. Ambani and directors of the group companies, however, escaped the jail term since the court said that the contempt can be purged by making clear the dues within four weeks, along with an interest. A …