2013 Muzaffarnagar riots: Court orders attachment proceedings against six people in murder case

A court here has initiated attachment proceedings against six people for not appearing before it in connection with a murder case during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Gautem on Tuesday issued notices to Ravinder, Prehlad, Bishan Singh, Tendu, Devender and Jitender to surrender in the court on April 16. Earlier, the court had issued arrest warrants …

Congress and other opp parties release video of ‘BJP leader’ exchanging money after note ban

The Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday released a video purportedly showing a “BJP leader” exchanging old notes after demonetisation on a commission of 40 per cent… Congress leader Kapil Sibal – accompanied by senior leaders from his party as well those from the RJD, Loktantrik Janata Dal, National Conference and TDP – alleged the video was filmed by …

55% English-Speaking Indians Scared Of Posting Political Views Online Fearing Trouble With Govt

The political atmosphere in the country has remained edgy in the last few years. Numerous people have been arrested in the past for posting comments critical of the ruling government. News reports of arrests for insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi have popped up with an alarming regularity. The arrests include students, teachers, businessmen, auto-rickshaw drivers, activists and members of police …

Shadow of fascism – By Prabhat Patnaik

In its attack on civil liberties, its restructuring of the state to effect an acute centralisation of power, and its pervasive purveyance of fear, the Narendra Modi years resemble Indira Gandhi’s Emergency. But the resemblance stops there. In fact, the two differ fundamentally in several ways. First, there were no lynch mobs or street thugs terrorising people and giving them …

With a Chest-Thumping Speech on ASAT Test, Narendra Modi Has Shown He Is Nervous – By Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

… After Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted at 11:23 am that he would address the nation “with an important message”, imaginations ran amok during the almost hour-long window of time before he appeared on TV screens wearing a green jacket.… But within moments of Modi’s broadcast, it was evident that this was a damp squib or, as several said sarcastically, …