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AMU Attack by Hindu Yuva Vahini, UoH Students Extend Solidarity

In the wake of unforeseen attack against the students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) by the Hindu right wing goons, a group of students from University of Hyderabad (UoH) under the banner of three organisations- ASA (Ambedkar Students Association), MSF (Muslim Students Federation), and SIO (Students Islamic Organisation) called for a protest march extending solidarity to the attacked students

BJP IT Cell Targeting Journalists in Their Fake News Campaigns and Online Lynching

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Information and Technology (IT) wing is engaged in a vilification project of Rana Ayyub and Ravish Kumar, two prominent journalists in Indian media, for their anti right wing stance. Organized attack on these journalists range from slander to sexual harassment. Death threats have been issued against the journalists and there has been no action from the cyber cell or the police to put an end to it

Muslim Man Killed by Hindu Woman’s Family Using Their Love Relationship As Pretext

Saif Ali, a Muslim youth was killed by a Hindu family in Bikaner, Rajasthan on Tuesday, May 2, 2018. The pretext to the murder is slated to be the romantic relationship Saif Ali and the woman of the Hindu family were involved in. The family had tried to to make the woman cut her relationship with Ali and had fixed her marriage with a man from the Hindu community for reaching this goal

RSS Enters AMU Campus With Guns, Attacks Students With the Support of Police

Members of Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), a right wing Hindu group entered Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus with guns and other weapons and attacked students on Wednesday (May 2, 2018). The attack was against the visit of former Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the right wing Hindu parent party of the ruling BJP and other Hindutva outfits had earlier sought permission from AMU Vice Chancellor (VC) to hold what they call shakhas inside campus. RSS shakhas are Hindutva training camps

Stone Pelting on School Bus in Kashmir’s Shopian District, Children Hospitalised

Some miscreants pelted stones at a school bus and injured two students yesterday in Shopian district of Kashmir. The attack on the bus happened around 9:30 am at Zavoora village. The bus was taking students of Rainbow International School located at Deegam, Batpora. The miscreants were sitting on a hilltop and stoned at the bus which caused injuries to two students. Both of the students got head injuries and were admitted in district hospital, Shopian

This Dalit Doctor got his Hall Ticket two Hours Before the Exam Through a...

In a fight against gruesome caste based discrimination in educational institutes, Dr. Mariraj, a Dalit student, procured a court order to get his hall ticket two hours before his University examination. Dr. Mariraj was denied hall ticket to appear for his final year university exam scheduled for May 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. by his professors and other authorities. For Mariraj, this is but just one among the many forms of caste discrimination and harassment that he has been facing in BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Disturbing Details of Hindu Right Wing Links Emerge About Aswathy Jwala

After she held a press conference accusing the Kerala Government of attacking her and charging a false case against her, new details have emerged about Aswathy Jwala that reveal her links to right wing Hindu outfits

Pakistani Journalists Protest Growing Censorship

Pakistani journalists and media persons are protesting against the violation of freedom of expression in the country. The country's biggest media house, Geo, was recently banned and was allowed back on TV channel on condition that it did not do stories on the Supreme Court's intervention in politics, innocence of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, against the establishment (military) and about the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement

MLA who Took Part in Rally Supporting Kathua Rape Accused is now Minister in...

In a shocking move, Bharatiya Janata Party appointed Kathua MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) Rajiv Jasrotia as a minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday, April 30, 2018. Jasrotia was one of the BJP MLAs who took part in the procession that the right wing outfit Hindu Ekta Manch had taken out in support of those who raped and murdered eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua, Jammu

In India, May Day Celebrations Remember Dr. B. R. Ambedkar for his Working Class...

India celebrated May 1, International Labour Day by remembering Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution and also one of the pioneers in bringing working class reforms in the country. A champion of Dalit rights, Ambedkar put into effect a lot of labour rules when he Ambedkar served on the Defence Advisory Committee and the Viceroy's Executive Council as minister for labour. It was he who brought in the eight hours of work rule in the 7th session of Indian Labour Conference in 1942

Red Fort is With an Accused in Babri Masjid Case who Will now be...

The most troubling part now seems to be the nature of the company itself. Dalmia Bharat Group is headed by Vishnu Hari Dalmia, a senior member of the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and an accused in the infamous Babri Masjid demolition

Is the Indian State Hunting Maoists or Tribals? Gadchiroli Killings and Unanswered Questions

The Indian State's celebrations over the 'most successful' operation to kill Maoism in India has not died down yet. Bodies are uncovered every other day and the death toll in Gadchiroli keeps rising which has reached 40 as of today (April 30, 2018). Except for isolated bouts of social media voices, the media don't seem interested in this phenomenon in which the Indian State killed 40 people calling them Maosists

Police Recruits Stamped ‘SC’ ‘ST’ ‘OBC’ on Chest During Medical Examination

In Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, reports and photographs have emerged showing police recruits who were stamped 'SC' 'ST' and 'OBC' on their chests during a mandatory medical examination

False Case Against NGO Activist After Statement Against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

The case of Liga Skromane, the Latvian woman from Ireland who went missing and was later found murdered in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram, has taken a new turn. Police have charged a false case against Aswathy, a Malayali woman from a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) called Jwala who was helping Liga's sister Ilze, in the search for Liga.

ABVP Violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Protest March Tonight

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the right-wing Hindu party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) unleashed violence on students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) yesterday (April 27, 2018). They attached a group of student activists who were protesting against the screening of a film which was conducted by 'Vivekanand Vichar Manch, another platform of ABVP.

India Killed 39 People in ‘Encounters’ Last Week and the Police Celebrated it With...

At least 39 Maoists were killed in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, India in what the security forces called 'encounters' in the past week. The state and media celebrated the 'achievement' and described it as the most successful operation in helping kill Maoism so far. The number in news that started with the announcement of murder of 16 Maoists has now reached 39. Meanwhile, the special forces held a celebratory dance party for their own success in having killed more than 39 people

Nadiya Shafi, Video Reporter From Srinagar Wins the Martha Farrell Award

Video reporter Nadiya Shafi has won this year's Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment. The journalist from Srinagar won the award that carries a cash prize of Rs. 1.50 lakh for her commitment towards gender equality while constantly challenging the patriarchal norms of her hometown

13 More Children Dead in Uttar Pradesh, CM Adityanath Asks Protestors To ‘Stop Drama’

In another incident of serious lapse from the part of government and railways, 13 more school children died in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning. Subsequent social media reports said that Chief Minister Adityanath asked the protesting crowd not to stage 'drama' when he was questioned regarding the incident.

How Do You Sleep At Night, Omar Abdulla?

One person among the audience took the microphone to ask 'How do you sleep at night?' during the question hour. He was shaming Abdulla for his close ties with ruling right wing Hindu party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India

Reporter Calls Out Shiv Viswanathan on Copying and Erasure of Content Related to Adivasis

Shiv Viswanathan, a professor at Jindal Law School has come under criticism for copying reportage by a young journalist and appropriating it. Writer and reporter Sushmita Verma has, in a social media post questioned the author about his copying her report, publishing it in national daily, the Hindu without accreditation and leaving out important details from it so as to suit his subject

Ten Get Life Term For Lynching Muslim Youth To Death In Jharkhand

Ten Hindu men have been sentenced to life for lynching a Muslim man to death in Jharkhand on April 4, 2017. Shamsuddin Ansari was dragged from his in-laws' place he was visiting and beaten up by the violent mob. 35-year-old Ansari succumbed to injuries 5 days later.

Rehti Begum of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons is No More

Rehti Begum (70), one of the trustees of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), passed away on Thursday morning (April 26, 2018). She died of a heart attack

Writer – Photographer Sanjukta Basu is Suing TV Channel Times Now

Writer and photographer Sanjukta Basu is suing Indian TV channel Times Now for running a hate campaign spreading false news about her. In what she calls a 'David Vs. Goliath' fight, taking into consideration the power and clout the Times Network has, she has sent a legal notice to the Editor-in-Chief Rahul Shivshankar and anchors Vineet Jain and Navika Kumar who carried a malicious story about her, using her photographs, misquotes and other digital material calling her a Hindu hater and thus putting her life in danger in India which is ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is a Hindu nationalist party

Indian Council for Cultural Relations is Letting us Starve, say African Students Deprived of...

African students in India under Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have not received their monthly stipend for over a month now, say students. They say that they have not received any explanation from the regional office or the headquarters in Delhi

Indira Jaising is the First Lawyer to Appear on Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest...

Fortune magazine has named Advocate Indira Jaising in their 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders of 2018' list. Ms. Jaising is at number 20 in the list and became the first Indian lawyer to appear in it

Great Return March Movement has Palestinian Women in the Forefront

In the gruesome war of military occupation that Israel is waging against Palestinians, a group of people from Gaza, four weeks ago embarked upon what is called the Great Return March. Gaza's refugees are clear about the goal. It is the right to return to their land that is now in Israel

Dalit Teenager and Witness in Bhima Koregaon Caste Violence Found Dead Under Mysterious Circumstances

Pooja Sakat, a nineteen-year-old Dalit girl, who was a key witness in one of the incidents of caste violence that happened during the Bhima Koregaon caste violence On January 1, 2018 has been found dead in a well near her house

Government Wants to Hang Rapists but Delhi High Court Raises Some Pertinent Questions

his move did not happen as a result of long deliberations or after considering learned opinion but as a sort of knee-jerk reaction after the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa, a Bakerwal Muslim from Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. It is this amendment that the Delhi High Court has questioned today

AFSPA Removed From Meghalaya

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been removed completely from North Eastern state of Meghalaya. The Union Home Ministry said that the decision was made after consultations with the state government. In addition to this, the Act has been diluted in some regions of Arunachal Pradesh

Nine Months After the Police Brutality and Suicide of Dalit Youth Vinayakan, Justice Still...

The arrest and subsequent torture of the boy had exposed the casteist nature of Kerala police and ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)). Now, Vinayakan's family has said that they would have to resort to suicide as there is no justice in sight for them even after nine months.

Dr. Kafeel Khan’s Letter From Jail Exposes Adityanath’s Threats and the Real Culprits of...

As many as 30 children had died over a period of 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (B.R.D.) Medical College, due to lack of oxygen in August, 2017. This number later rose to 72. Now, one of the accused in the case, Dr. Kafeel Khan has written from jail revealing how Chief Minister Adityanath had threatened him before he was sacked and arrested

Sitaram Yechury Re-Elected as CPI(M) General Secretary, Green Signal for Congress Alliance

Senior leader Sitaram Yechury has been re-elected as general secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in Hyderabad

BJP Supporters Hijack Protest Against Rapes in Mumbai, Say ‘Don’t Take BJP Ministers’ Names’

Starting with the posters that were circulated before the protests, the organizers were demanding that no political parties be named while participating because it was meant to be an 'apolitical' protest. But during the protest it became evident that the rule was that BJP should not be mentioned

Omar Abdulla Shamed in US by Kashmiri Americans

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdulla was shamed by Kashmiri Americans in University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States (US) on Thursday, April 19, 2018. A protester called him a war criminal and said that they would take him to International Criminal Court for War Crimes

After Right Wing Hindu Threats on Social Media, Artist’s House Attacked in Kerala

Artist Durga Malathi's house was attacked in the intervening night of 19 and 20 April, 2018 after a series of threats by right wing Hindus on social media. The attackers targeted Durga for the pictures she drew protesting against the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir

Two Sisters Found Dead With Gunshot Wounds in Uttar Pradesh

Two sisters from Shakya (OBC) community were found dead in village Kailamau of Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. The girls were 12 and 15 years old. Both the girls were shot to death

ATMs Face Massive Cash Shortage, Government Mum

At a time when crucial elections are approaching, another instance of currency shortage has hit the nation. This time, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across the country have run out of cash. Government officials are...

Feminist Writer and Academic J Devika Boycotts Hindu Temples in The Light of Asifa...

Feminist writer and academic J Devika has, on a debate on a news channel vowed to boycott Hindu temples and not enter them in the light of the Asifa rape and murder case in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir

Sangh Parivar Attacks Continue, Complaint Against Ram-Sita Cartoon

A Hindu right wing political outfit by the name 'Hindu Sanghatan' has made a complaint against Tamil Nadu Times Now Bureau Chief of Shabbir Ahmad and Journalist Swathi Vadlamudi

Shwetambri Sharma, Speaks About Deliberate Attempts to Derail Asifa Investigation

Ms. Sharma revealed how the right wing Hindu forces along with the police, tried to topple the investigation.

Faculty Concerned Over State Intervention and Repression in Pakistan Universities

Serious concerns have been raised regarding academic freedom and state repression in universities in Pakistan in a letter that is being circulated on social media, signed by faculty members and academicians close to 150 in number

Protests Erupt in India Against Rape and Murder of Asifa Banu

Protest gatherings, marches and programmes erupted across the country against the rape and murder of Asifa Banu in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir

Manusmriti Burnt at Protest Against Asifa Rape in Kolkata

At Nandan, in front of the Ambedkar statue, protestors burnt Manusmriti, one of the Hindu texts used to propagate hatred against women

Non-Bailable Case Against RSS Youth who Posted Hateful Comments Against Asifa Banu

Nandakumar is closely associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is the brother of BJP State General Secretary A. N. Radhakrishnan and son of E. N. Nandakumar, a BJP leader. He was also active as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mandal Karyavahak.

Justice for Asifa Protest in Tirur, Kerala

A social media collective held a protest march against the rape and murder of Asifa Banu in Tirur, Malappuram district, Kerala

United Against Hate Protest Against Asifa and Unnao Rapes

United Against Hate, an independent organization, held protests in Faizabad, Bhilai, Kanpur, Allahabad, Rudauli, Bhadohi, Amroha, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Patna demanding justice for Asifa Banu and Unnao survivor

Campus Front of India Protest Against Asifa Rape and Murder

Campus Front of India, held a protest against the rape and murder of Asifa Banu in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir

Remembering Rajni Tilak who Dared to Look into Dalits in Feminism and Feminism in...

It is we who have really faced the problems and oppression in Indian society. We know what are the basic necessities and demands of women. I am very optimistic regarding the Dalit feminist movement and I hope a day will come, when every single girl of this nation will realize her potential

India’s Rape Problem Scales New Heights

India does not have rape laws that are capable of keeping political parties and powers at bay when women and in more and more cases, children, are subjected to sexual assault.

Bihar Ram Navami Communal Violence was Premeditated by BJP, Says Fact Finding Report

BiharRam Navmi festivities in India this year culminated in communal violence in Bihar and West Bengal. The Hindu festival marks the birth of god Rama. This year, the final year of right wing Bharatiya...

The Most Recent Victim of RTI Murders is a Social and RTI Activist From...

Poipynhun Majaw, a 38 year old social and RTI activist in Meghalaya was found murdered on March 20 in Khliehriat, a little over 90 km southeast of the state capital Shillong.

Goodbye to Race, Study Proves all Humans Have African Ancestors

After many theories of racial superiority and much debate and research on whether humankind has race based differences, a study has provided the much sought after answer. All human beings originate from African ancestors. In other words, race does not exist

Former Brazilian President Silva Surrenders in Operation Car Wash Scam

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been found guilty of corruption, surrendered before the police on Sunday

China Refutes US Allegations of Forceful Technology Transfer

China has refuted the allegations of the United States regarding the forceful technology transfer with respect to Made in China 2025 plan

Impeachment Cannot be Answer to Every Problem, Says Justice Chelameswar

Supreme Court judge Justice J Chelameswar said on Saturday that impeachment cannot be an answer to every question or problem and there is a need to correct the system

Dharmendra Pradhan Launches PMUY Scheme in Delhi

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme in Delhi and distributed new LPG connections and cylinders to beneficiaries here

Court Directs Mumbai Based Investor to Deposit Passport in Sexual Harassment Case

The Bandra Court passed the anticipatory bail order in Mumbai-based angel investor Mahesh Murthy's second sexual harassment case, directing the accused to deposit its passport with the Investigating Officer (IO) till further order

Delhi Police Nabs Three From Himachal Pradesh in CBSE Question Paper Leak Case

Three people from Una district of Himachal Pradesh have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 economics paper leak

34 Students of Orissa University in Hospital After Hunger Strike, VC ‘Agrees’ to Talk

34 students of Central University of Orissa (CUO) are in hospital after their health deteriorated due to participation in hunger strike

National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Summons TISS Administration for Sitting

More than a month after the students of all four campuses of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) went on strike against the administration's decision to cut financial aid to students from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Castes (OBC), the Bombay institute's administration has been summoned by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes for a sitting as part of the investigation they have initiated on the matter

Allegations of Financial Irregularities Against Mr. Mohanty, VC of Central University of Orissa

Central University of Orissa shut down all academic activities indefinitely and ordered the students to leave hostels on March 15, 2018.

Sexual Harassment in FTII, Professor Dismissed?

Students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) say that Nilanjan Dutta, visiting professor at the institute has been dismissed following sexual harassment complaints against him. The officials, however, are not willing to comment on the decision that is said to have been made two weeks ago

Remembering Noida’s History of Violence Towards African American Students

On 24 March, 2017, more than fifty people invaded a house where five African students stayed in Greater Noida, India. People were told that they were suspects in a case of kidnapping and murder. The accusation turned out to be false after the repeated searches and jailing of the African students. The incident turned a year old today

JNU Violates Reservation Policies, Students Demand Action

The Indian Constitution provides reservation for Dalits, Other Backward Castes (OBC) and Adivasis in education and employment. Statistics now show that JNU has been violating these rules.

China issues three-day smog alert

China has issued its third major "orange alert" this year, as pollution levels rose up after capital Beijing was named as the country's top city for reducing air pollution last week

BJP Karnataka Leader Yediyurappa’s Lingayat Stance Remains Murky

BJP state President, B. S. Yeddyurappa's stance on the demand for a separate Lingayat religion is under the lens. A document from 2013 that has been leaked in which he supports a separate Lingayat religion. This is contrary to his current public political stance that Lingayat are Hindus and that there is no need for a separate religion status for them

Saudi Arabia Moving Towards Another Change in Rules Regarding Women?

A statement from Prince Mohammad bin Salman regarding women's dressing in Saudi Arabia might just have ushered in another big change in the country. The Prince, in a TV interview said that women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya as long as their attire is "decent and respectful."

Mysterious Death of Tea Workers in Assam

Just this year, in 2018, twenty-one people have died, in Doyang Tea Estate, Assam, from 03rd Feb to 06th of March. The estate management and the health department are refusing to conduct autopsies even when the cause of deaths have not been confirmed. Activists have approached the district collector demanding sanction for autopsy but the matter has been passed on to the magistrate. A verdict might take some time and more lives, as a consequence

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Undeterred in Fight Against Sexual Harassment by Faculty

Students at India's premiere institute of learning, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are now engaged in a battle against sexual harassment by faculty. The situation in the esteemed place of learning has become tense over the past few days with the administration refusing to remove the accused professor from the power positions he is holding

Aung San Suu Kyi Seeks Help from ASEAN Leaders With Rohingya Crisis

Burmese politician and diplomat, Aung San Suu Kyi, has reportedly sought help with the ongoing Rohingya crisis, from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations and Australia, in a closed-door meeting

RTI Shows Left Leader’s Murderer Received Parole Every Month for 3 Years

Right To Information (RTI) reply has revealed that CPI(M) leader and murder convict P.K. Kunhanandan was given 15 days parole every month since 2015

Everyday Chemical Exposure may Affect Male Fertility in Future Generations

Moms-to-be exposed to plasticizer may find that their sons' fertility and that of future generations has been harmed, according to a recent study

Here’s why Moms-to-be Should Avoid Drinking From Plastic Bottles

Pregnant women who drink from plastic bottles may be harming their children's brain development, according to a recent study

This Telehealth Programme Offers Hope for Diabetics

Turns out, improving blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes patients is as easy as using a telehealth program

Deported Mumbai Resident’s Wife Struggling to Bring him Back

Sajida Khan, wife of Siraj Khan who was deported to Pakistan from Mumbai after 23 years following court orders, has sought Indian government's help

Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats

Citing disparity in the number of consulates of the two countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that 23 British diplomats have been declared personae non-gratae and will be expelled within a week

Karan Johar Wishes ‘big love’ of his Life on 75th Birthday

Ace filmmaker and doting son Karan Johar has marked his mother, Hiroo Johar's 75th birthday by posting an adorable collage on social media

Russian Presidential Elections Result to be out Tomorrow

The results of the presidential elections in Russia conducted today will be announced tomorrow

Chennaiyin Edge out Bengaluru to Lift Indian Super League Trophy

Chennaiyin FC were crowned champions for the second time in the Indian Super League (ISL) history after a valiant 3-2 comeback win against debutant Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium

YSR Congress to Move no-Confidence Motion on Special Status to Andhra Pradesh

The YSR Congress on Sunday gave a notice to the Lok Sabha General-Secretary seeking to move a no-confidence motion in the Lower House on March 19 against the Centre for its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh