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How Clean Is the “Clean Chit” to Modi PDF Print E-mail
Fascism

13 February 2014

HARSH MANDIR

To pave the way for BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani’s national prime ministerial ambitions, the trail of blood which followed his Rath Yatra in 1989 and his signal contribution to the movement to violently pull down the Babri Masjid in 1992 were sought to be substantially erased from public memory by a systematic campaign of his re-invention as a moderate statesman. A similar exercise is feverishly under way to whitewash the hawkish and violent past of the BJP’s new prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi. Except for his core Hindu nationalist constituency, he is being reinvented as the messiah of market growth.

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You have humiliated yourself: Arundhati Roy to Penguin India on withdrawal of Wendy Donniger's book PDF Print E-mail
Fascism

 

13 February 2014

In a letter to the publishing giant, the prolific writer and activist questions the decision to withdraw the controversial book on Hinduism

The much criticised move by publishing house Penguin India to drop Wendy Doniger's controversial book on Hinduism has brought to the centerstage issues of freedom of speech. And it is not just the media and the readers who have come  out strongly against the decision, but also writers' community who have come together in solidarity and condemnation of the action.

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Reopen the Pathribal case PDF Print E-mail
ThisIndia

28 January 2014

The Indian Army has not covered itself with glory by closing the cases against the officers involved in the infamous Pathribal fake encounter in Jammu and Kashmir in which five civilians were killed. Taking over the investigation of the case after an uproar over the 2000 incident, the Central Bureau of Investigation concluded that a Brigadier, a Lieutenant Colonel, two Majors, and a Subedar of 7 Rashtriya Rifles had staged the encounter, picking up civilians from the Anantnag area and killing them in cold blood.

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Different Human Rights Groups welcomes SC commutation of 15 death sentences PDF Print E-mail
Judiciary

27 January 2014

A historic decision by India’s Supreme Court commuting the death sentences of 15 prisoners and setting out guidelines to safeguard the rights of prisoners on death row and their families is a positive step for human rights in the country, Amnesty International India said today.

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Delay in Executing Death Penalty Against Right to Life: SC PDF Print E-mail
Judiciary
27 January 2014

Inordinate and unreasonable delay in execution of death sentence is violative of Right to Life, which is the most fundamental of all rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and entails as a ground for commutation of capital punishment to life term, the Supreme Court today held.
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SC commutes death penalty of 15 convicts due to delay, mental illness PDF Print E-mail
Judiciary

27 January 2014

In a landmark and significant judgement, the Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted death penalty of 15 convicts on the grounds of inordinate delay and mental illness. The apex court said the death penalty can be commuted when there is an inordinate and inexplicable delay in deciding the mercy plea of the convicts.
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