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A Curious Silence and an Un-Crossed Line: In the Wake of A Disbanded Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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18 nov 2011
by Shuddhabrata Sengupta

A news item from some weeks ago, which has gone curiously unremarked and un-commented upon has made me think about the limits that the freedom of expression debate and the discourse on secularism in India unwittingly or knowingly does not seem to be able to cross, despite repeated provocation.

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Why the Communal and Targeted Violence Bill must be codified into law PDF Print E-mail
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Teesta Setalvad

nov 18 2011

In 1998, five years after we launched Communalism Combat, we had pointed out, in possibly one of the first researched compilations on judicial pronouncements on communal violence, that from the first ever bout of communal violence in free India (Jabalpur, 1961) to the full-blown pogroms that followed some decades later, two characteristics typified the violent frenzies that frequently cost us lives and property (‘Who is to blame?’, Communalism Combat, March 1998).
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Mystery over shooting of Catholic nun PDF Print E-mail
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Tribal rights campaigner shot dead during alleged encounter near her home

18 Nov. 2011

A 53-year-old nun from Kerala who led campaigns to defend tribal rights was shot dead yesterday in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Sister Valsa John, who belonged to the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, was killed during an alleged encounter near her home in the early hours of yesterday morning in Pakur district, near the city of Dumka. Bishop Julius Marandi of Dumka said today the circumstances surrounding her death are not yet clear.

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Gujarat: Court Verdict in Sardarpura case - Editorials PDF Print E-mail
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[See Editorials from The Times of India and The Hindu ]

The Times of India

Editorial

A Good Judgment

Nov 12, 2011

Given the impunity generally enjoyed by perpetrators of communal violence, the imposition of life sentence on 31 rioters for burning alive 33 Muslim victims in Sardarpura in the 2002 Gujarat riots is a milestone in India's history. If the signal goes out that those responsible for heinous communal massacres do not enjoy immunity from prosecution, that in itself will have a salutary effect in curbing their incidence. It's safe to say that with a few verdicts like this the country will have made a dent in controlling communal riots, and therefore dramatically improved its record of upholding human rights.

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The nuclear energy debate in India: Response to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam from Dr Surendra Gadekar PDF Print E-mail
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11 nov. 2011
by Nivedita Menon

 

Dr. SURENDRA GADEKAR is a well-published physicist of international renown, and a Gandhian. After an MSc and PhD (in theoretical physics) in 1979 from IIT Kanpur, he worked for two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University, US and then two years as a research associate at IISc in Bangalore. He resigned in 1986 (a little before Chernobyl) to do antinuclear work when the Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant was started. In 1987, he started Anumukti A Journal Devoted to Non-Nuclear India, and has carried out and published studies of the impact of nuclear energy around the plants at Kakrapar, Rawatbata and Jadugoda.  He has also carried out a study at Pokharan, which is as yet unpublished. Dr Gadekar’s response follows:

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