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Tamil Nadu Government Faces Harsh Criticism and Inquiry Regarding Civilian Killings by Police in Thoothukudi

 Thursday, May 24, 2018  |  No Comments

Calling the attack by Tamil Nadu a ‘state-sponsored massacre,’ the message said that the Vedanta group was owned by a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the name Anil Agarwal. The message also said that the police specifically targeted the organizers of the protest against Sterlite plant and killed six of them. Of the total 13 state-sponsored murders, one is that of a 17-year-old girl, it said.

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Nipah Virus Death Toll Hits Ten, Kerala Claims That The Situation Is Under Control

 Wednesday, May 23, 2018  |  No Comments

It was on Sunday (May 20, 2018) that Kerala’s Health Director RL Saritha announced that the first eight deaths were caused by Nipah virus. She said that the National Virology Institute in Pune had confirmed it. The fact that there is no vaccine or cure for the disease has caused panic among Malayalees.

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Dalit Man Beaten To Death, Wife Assaulted, in Rajkot, Gujarat

 Wednesday, May 23, 2018  |  No Comments

Gujarat’s independent MLA Jignesh Mevani condemned the act saying, ‘Mr. Mukesh Vaniya belonging to a Scheduled Caste was miserably thrashed and murdered by factory owners in Rajkot, and his wife was brutally beaten up.’ Comparing the incident to the earlier flogging of Dalit youths that had happened in Una, he said, ‘the government of Gujarat has still not learned from its past mistakes.’

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Soni Sori Wins The 2018 Award for Human Rights Defenders At Risk

 Wednesday, May 23, 2018  |  No Comments

In 2016, unidentified men attacked her with acid and threatened to do the same to her daughter if she did not cease her advocacy on behalf of tribeswomen raped by security forces. She has refused to stop her work and continues to travel into the dangerous conflict zones to speak with survivors despite ongoing threats, intimidation, and
smear campaigns.

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Book By Reporter Brings Out Sunny Balwani’s Role In The Theranos Company Fraud

 Wednesday, May 23, 2018  |  No Comments

Now, a new investigative book by Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou says that there was a little known Indian presence behind Theranos that never made news. An identity that always stayed in the background, it was that of the company’s president and chief operating officer, Ramesh Sunny Balwani who was also Elizabeth Holmes’ romantic partner for a while.

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New Evidence Brings Hope After 31 Years of Hashimpura Massacre of Muslims by Indian Armed Forces,

 Tuesday, May 22, 2018  |  No Comments

There has been an unusual development in this case from years ago in which all accused were acquitted. Now, a missing general diary that recorded the names of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel who were involved in the killing has been filed as evidence.

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Chaudhary Lal Singh Takes out Another Support Rally Demanding CBI Investigation in the Case of Rape and Murder of Asifa

 Tuesday, May 22, 2018  |  No Comments

In the latest rally held on Sunday, the former minister said, ‘we cannot tolerate it if anybody calls Dogras rapist and criminals, we have a history. People of Jammu have a history, their history is being written in black ink. They (Kashmiri Muslims) kill pilgrims and then shed crocodile tears.’ Dogras are the upper caste Hindus of the region to which the perpetrators belong. It was stated in the charge sheet that the plan of raping and murdering Asifa was hatched with the intention to drive away the nomadic tribe of Bakerwal Muslims who use the Dogra land for grazing horses and cattle as they don’t have permanent residences or land.

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Protest Against Narendra Modi Visit in Jammu and Kashmir

 Tuesday, May 22, 2018  |  No Comments

At Historic Lal Chowk where first Indian PM Jawahar Lal Nehru made the commitment to the people of J&K that we will be granted RSD! Waiting’s for India to honour it

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Account Tweeting Anti-Hindu Messages Found to be Fake

 Monday, May 21, 2018  |  No Comments

A Twitter account with a Muslim name that was cited by many as a security threat is fake, it has been found. In yet another incident of hate speech propaganda through fake accounts, the account named Muhammad Zeeshan was widely discussed and the tweets from the account were even called ‘an open threat to run riot if Modi loses 2019 election’ by seasoned fake news propagators.

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Muslim Man Lynched by Cow Vigilantes in Satna, Madhya Pradesh

 Monday, May 21, 2018  |  No Comments

Riaz’s murder is one among the many killings that have happened in the name of cow. States like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have a high number of such murders. These attacks became frequent and intensified after Hindu fundamentalist party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) came to power in India in 2014.

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Sabika Sheik, Muslim Exchange Student From Pakistan Among Those Shot Dead in the Texas School Shooting

 Monday, May 21, 2018  |  No Comments

Sabika Sheik’s was the first funeral to be held after the mass shooting on May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School, Texas, USA. Sabika, 17, was a Muslim exchange student from Karachi, Pakistan. She had come to the United States through a State Department-funded study programme. While Pakistan is widely considered to be a dangerous place for women to get an education, Sabika, who managed to earn a scholarship education in the US, became a victim of USA’s loose gun laws.

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‘Lihaaf’ Poster Unveiled in Cannes, Ismat Chugtai’s Story is now a Film

 Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  No Comments

The Urdu story which was published in 1942 had stirred controversy and a case was filed against Ismat Chugtai for obscene content. Lihaaf spoke of two women, Begum Jan and her masseuse, Rabbo. Chugtai portrayed the two woman as having a relationship with homosexual undertones and this upset the ‘morality’ of the people of the time. It openly talked about sex and of the loneliness of a housewife. Ismat won the court case and Lihaaf became her most famous work.

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Madhya Pradesh Students Will Now Have To Answer Roll Call With ‘Jai Hind’

 Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  No Comments

Regarding the ‘Jai Hind’ roll call, the circular said, ‘Different words are used to mark the attendance. To instil patriotism among students it has been decided by the government that ‘Jai Hind’ should be used while marking attendance in school.’ It was the School Education Minister Vijay Shah who pronounced the verdict which said that saying ‘yes sir/madam’ to roll call was not patriotic enough in November 2017. It was tested in schools of Satna district from October 1, 2017. Shah had said that based on the success of this experiment, he would introduce it in all schools.

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Congress Releases Call Recordings of BJP Luring Congress MLAs with Ministerial Posts and Meetings With Amit Shah

 Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  No Comments

Amid the Congress’ and JDS’ attempt to form a democratically elected government in Karnataka, the Congress on Friday night (May 18, 2018) released audio tapes of conversations between BJP leaders and Congress MLAs in which the former are heard asking the latter to join BJP. This luring was done in the last minute attempts to hold on to power in Karnataka as the Supreme Court has ordered a floor test to be held today (May 19, 2018).

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9 Years of Beemapally, Remembering the Brutal Murder of Muslims by Kerala Police

 Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  No Comments

May 17 marked the 9th anniversary of the Beemapally firing that killed six Muslims who were residents of the area. It was on the same day, in 2009 that the CPI(M) police opened indiscriminate fire on the Muslims of Beemapally who were mostly fisherfolk, killing 6 people. 27 people were wounded in the firing. Most of them were wounded by gunshots.

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Protest Ban at IIT Kharagpur, Dean Calls Students ‘Anti-National’ Protesters Physically Handled

 Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  No Comments

Students have demanded that Prof. Somesh Kumar must withdraw his “anti-national” statement and refrain from making such comments in the future. Mr Sushil Kumar Choubey, the assistant security officer should publicly apologize for arrogant behaviour and physically handling the students and that the administration should re-establish the fundamental rights granted to all citizens of the country by the Constitution in the campus premises, they said.

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Pembilai Orumai Leader Gomathi Augustine Faces Threat of Eviction From CPI(M) Police

 Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  No Comments

Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the police are harassing and threatening Pembilai Orumai leader Gomathi Augustine’s house owner asking them to evict her from her house. CPI(M) workers also make sure that Gomathi is ostracised within the community. When she goes to a house, they create problems for the people living there so that they will stop her from visiting. Of all the people who took part in the strike, Gomathi asks why she alone is facing these problems. Lisy, another leader of the strike who later joined CPI(M) is not facing any problem, she added. In fact, she is part of the group that circulates her photographs on WhatsApp calling her a sex worker.

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If You Think Democracy Is Dead In Karnataka, You Need To Look At BJP In Manipur

 Friday, May 18, 2018  |  No Comments

While Karnataka assembly election has opened up a debate on democracy in India, not much has been said about the blatant violation of the constitution and mockery of the Indian voter that has been continuing in Manipur. Horse trading, defecting, poaching of MLAs – all that Karnataka has been witnessing after the Congress and JD(S) formed an alliance to beat BJP who emerged as the single largest party, have been tested in Manipur for efficiency. BJP seems to have concluded that the practice is, in fact, efficient and is only implementing the ‘tested OK’ version in Karnataka.

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‘Caste is the Reality, Quota Ain’t no Charity,’ Sumeet Samos is Rapping About Reservation and Odisha

 Friday, May 18, 2018  |  No Comments

Hey Dalits and Adivasis / When we gonna be free, he asks and offers a solution when he says ‘You need to resurrect through Jai Bhim.’

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Ramadan Healing Touch, Centre Accepts Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir

 Friday, May 18, 2018  |  No Comments

In a statement, the Chief Minister said the decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the states who have been suffering the tragedies and pain of violence and uncertainty for the past three decades. ‘What better a time to go for this significant decision than the onset of holy month of Ramadan which promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance’, she said in her statement adding that it would also provide the necessary breather from the violence in the valley to the people.

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Photo Journalist From Kashmir Valley Faces Online Harassment

 Friday, May 18, 2018  |  No Comments

“While coming back, I got to know that militants were trapped in Shopian. I left for the spot from the Press Enclave, Srinagar. At the gunfight site, locals gathered around me. I was told that we go to the gunfight sites to earn money. They asked me to go home,” she said, adding that they were stuck between the army and the protestors. That was when she had started clicking pictures and a fellow photojournalist captured the moment.

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In India, Muslims Need Police Protection to Pray, Hindu Committee Determined to ‘Awaken Hindu Society’

 Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  No Comments

Muslim prayers (namaz) are being attacked in Gurgaon (also called Gurugram), India. A number of attacks by Hindu fundamentalist groups were reported in the first weeks of May. All of them were on Muslims who were offering prayers in public as is custom on Fridays. Hindu fundamentalist group, Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, who was found to have been behind the attacks, has put forward a list of demands in relation to Muslims offering their Namaz in public

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Street Painter Jaleel Passes Away in Fort Kochi

 Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  No Comments

Artist Jaleel, renowned street painter from Mattancheri died in the early morning of May 16, 2018. He was 53. Jaleel who was from Kochangady, Mattancheri in Kochi started drawing at the age of eight. The walls of the Bastian Bungalow was Jaleel’s canvas for several years until his works were wiped off last year during a renovation of the Bungalow. The funeral was held at Mattancherry

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Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal Refuses to Meet Chief Minister Kejriwal and AAP MLAs Over CCTV Issue

 Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  No Comments

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal refused to meet the entire Delhi government who marched to his residence on May 14, 2018 under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal. The CM and the AAP MLAs were there to discuss the issue of installation of CCTVs across the city in an attempt to make the city safer for women and others. Kejriwal said that LG Baijal had insulted the people of Delhi by refusing to meet their elected representatives

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‘Your Lawyer Friend,’ A Legal Aid for Students from Students

 Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  No Comments

‘Your Lawyer Friend’ (YLF), an initiative taken up by Legal Collective for Students Rights (LCSR) intended for legally aiding and protecting the right causes of students is continuing on its path of assisting students with legalities. The group assists students sued by authorities, who seek legal protection and those facing similar issues that have become common in educational institutions

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PhD Scholar From University of Hyderabad Attempts Suicide in Hostel

 Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  No Comments

A 25-year-old Ph.D. scholar from Odisha attempted suicide by immolating herself in University of Hyderabad (UoH). The incident happened at around 1 am yesterday (May 16, 2018) in Ladies Hostel 7. The reason, though not officially confirmed, is said to be depression, as per the statement given by the police to different media houses. The student was immediately taken to a corporate hospital and was later shifted to Osmania General Hospital. She suffered 50 per cent burn injuries in the incident

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BSP President Wins From Kollegal Assembly Constituency, Opens Account in Karnataka

 Wednesday, May 16, 2018  |  No Comments

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Karnataka President N Mahesh won from Kollegal assembly constituency in Karnataka Assembly elections. In a historic win, Mahesh defeated Congress’s AR Krishnamurthy with a margin of nearly 19,500 votes and pushed BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) to the third spot. BSP had entered into an alliance with JD(S) Janata Dal (Secular) before the polls

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TISS Mumbai Initiates Disciplinary Action Against 20 Students who Went on Strike for Scholarships for Backward Communities

 Wednesday, May 16, 2018  |  No Comments

Most students belong to SC/ST/OBC/Minority/NT-DNT categories and had protested against the TISS administration’s decision to withdraw a fee waiver offered to SC, ST and OBC students, who are eligible for the Government of India Post-Matric Scholarship (GoI-PMS)

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‘Kelkkaatha Shabdangal,’ A Book on ‘Unheard Voices’ in Song, Body and Caste by A S Ajith Kumar

 Wednesday, May 16, 2018  |  No Comments

I see the act of controlling the body coming from the tradition of classical music. There’s is the question of caste as well as gender, a fear of female bodies in action. It’s how music and body are related. Usually, we can see a deep relation between music and body in subaltern music. There’s no separation. In this high elite art, there is separation and control of the body

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Israel Massacres Palestinians in Gaza While Ivanca Trump Opens US Embassy in Jerusalem

 Tuesday, May 15, 2018  |  No Comments

As Ivanca Trump, Unites States (US) President Donald Trump’s daughter, celebrated the US embassy’s location shift to Jerusalem, Israeli armed forces massacred Palestinians in Gaza. At least 52 people were murdered and over 2500, including women, children and journalists were injured in the ghastly attack. In December 2017, US President Donald Trump had recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move that outraged Palestinians and was criticised heavily by other nations of the world

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Narendra Modi Government Spent Rs. 4,343 Crore on Publicity

 Tuesday, May 15, 2018  |  No Comments

A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that the Narendra Modi government spent a gargantuan Rs. 4,343 crore (43,430 million) on advertisements and publicity so far. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali procured the information from Bureau of Outreach and Communication

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Moneeza Hashmi Denied Permission to Speak at Media Summit in New Delhi

 Tuesday, May 15, 2018  |  No Comments

Moneeza Hashmi, media person, activist and daughter of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz was denied permission to speak at the 15th Asia Media Summit in New Delhi, India by the Government of India. The event that was organized by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development was hosted by the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and was held on 10-12 May 2018. Moneeza Hashmi is one of the leading advocates of peace between Pakistan and India. She was officially invited to the event but was later denied permission due to the intervention of the Ministry of I&B, according to reports

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No Compensation for More Than a Year, Sterlite Copper Victim Attempts Suicide Outside Factory

 Monday, May 14, 2018  |  No Comments

Even after huge public outcry and protest, Vedanta Sterlite company is moving ahead endangering the lives of its workers. An injured worker, who was denied compensation by Sterlite Copper attempted suicide in front of the factory on May 13, 2018. Kartheepan, the 31-year-old employee was injured in a workplace accident more than a year ago. The accident had made him permanently disabled and the company was called out for ignoring safety rules deliberately and not paying sufficient amount as compensation

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Hindu Fundamentalists Continue to Target Shehla Rashid, Fake Photographs Circulated

 Monday, May 14, 2018  |  No Comments

Hindu Fundamentalists continue to target former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union Vice-President and activist Shehla Rashid. Shehla, who has been a vocal critic of the ruling Hindu fundamentalist party BJP, has, in the past been attacked through fake news, pictures and rape threats

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Jamati-e-Islami District President Ganderbal Booked under PSA

 Monday, May 14, 2018  |  No Comments

Srinagar The district president of Jammat-e-Islami (Ganderbal Unit) Bashir Ahmad Lone was booked Public Safety Act.  According to police, Lone, a resident of Saidapora Harwan, was booked for delivering hate speech during the funeral prayer of an Assistant professor turned combatant Dr. Mohammad Rafi Bhat in district Ganderbal. Dr. Rafi was killed in a gunfight […]

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Facebook Blocks Post Against Judiciary in Pakistan

 Saturday, May 12, 2018  |  No Comments

A Facebook post from 2017, that shared an article from Dawn.com that spoke about former PML-N leader Javed Hashmi’s opinion on Pakistan’s military and judiciary has been blocked in Pakistan, the website said. Facebook displayed the automated message ‘Due to legal restrictions in your country, we’ve limited access to your post on Facebook,’ when people tried to access the post. It is still accessible via VPN in the country

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Aadhaar Like Unique Identification for Addresses

 Friday, May 11, 2018  |  No Comments

The eLoc pilot project has already been approved for two postal pin codes in Delhi and one in Noida. It is a private company called MapmyIndia that will be executing the project for the Postal Department that comes under the Ministry of Communications. MapmyIndia is also going to partner with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and its National Satellite Imagery Service called Bhuvan to access mapping coordinates.

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Facebook is Slyly Withdrawing Free ‘Internet’ From Developing Countries

 Friday, May 11, 2018  |  No Comments

Facebook has slyly stopped providing free of cost ‘internet’ to people of developing countries that were earlier provided with it under their Internet.org scheme. This is after the social media platform was called out from various quarters for helping spread hateful and ethnic cleansing related content like during the time of Rohingya Muslims’ genocide in Myanmar.

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General Bipin Rawat’s Statement on Kashmir’s Azadi Draws Flak

 Friday, May 11, 2018  |  No Comments

“The British forces like the Indian forces had all the means and methods to keep India occupied. But yet they had to abdicate because the will and desire of the people to be free to choose their destiny and be masters of their fate is stronger than every military power”.

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Kashmiris Condemn The Unfortunate Death of a Tourist

 Friday, May 11, 2018  |  No Comments

“Deeply saddened by the news of the death of a tourist due to stone pelting. Condemn such hooliganism and rowdiness. It is totally against our ethos of treating tourists as respected guests and brings a bad name to the people’s movement,”

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Sadanand Menon Sexual Harassment Charges Resurface, Asian College of Journalism Students Bring Out Statement Against ICC

 Thursday, May 10, 2018  |  No Comments

Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) Students have published a statement condemning the College’s statement and attitude in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that have resurfaced against Sadanand Menon, a teacher there. The students’ statement was published on May 9, 2018 and is the third such note to speak about allegations of sexual harassment against Menon

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Poet and Dalit Activist Sati Angamali Assaulted by Kerala State Youth Welfare Board

 Wednesday, May 9, 2018  |  No Comments

On May 7, poet Sati Angamali was invited to participate in the programme titled ” public’s signature for freedom of speech and expression in Trikkakara. Youth welfare board officials didn’t invite her to the stage and made her wait.  She questioned this and she demanded an apology for the insult from them. This resulted in her assault by Youth Welfare Board programme coordinator Ajith. She was taken to a hospital and the police have registered a case.

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Another Woman Victim of Sangh Parivar Violence in Kerala Comes Out, Left Government’s Inaction Continues

 Wednesday, May 9, 2018  |  No Comments

Another victim of Sangh Parivar’s conversion/torture camps has come out in the media exposing the brutal practices at different RSS centres in Kerala. Members of Sangh Parivar (the broad family of Hindu fundamentalist parties) including VHP and the Centre ruling BJP actively support these centres. In Kerala, however, a strange situation has arisen where the State ruling Left government under Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI(M)) is shielding the RSS activists engaging in this crime.

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Police Arrest Dalit Protesters Including Women and Children During Survey for National Highway Through Their Land

 Wednesday, May 9, 2018  |  No Comments

20 Dalits have been arrested and denied bail in Valapattanam, Kannur, for protesting against the New National Highway Alignment which goes through the households of 20 Pulaya families in Thuruthi colony

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#StandWithAMU: ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 Tuesday, May 8, 2018  |  No Comments

Aligarh Muslim University has turned out to be the centre of media attention within the past two to three days.  All of it began with the forced entry of Hindu Yuva Vahini Members into the central university with the help of police. The clash that happened resulted in 65 students being injured. Here is all that you need to know about how the row unfolded in the university.

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Convicts of Jyoti Singh Rape Case are Awaiting Verdict in Their Appeal Against Death Sentence

 Monday, May 7, 2018  |  No Comments

Convicts of the 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh are awaiting the Supreme Court of India’s verdict on their appeal against their death sentence. The court had pronounced death penalty for the four convicts in May 2017

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Man in BJP’s ‘Martyr’ List Alive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Continues to Cite Flawed List

 Monday, May 7, 2018  |  No Comments

A list of ‘martyrs’ prepared by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker and MP (Member of Parliament) from Udupi, Shobha Karandlaje that is being used as a major charge against Congress during Karnataka assembly elections has a ‘martyr’ who is alive, it has now been found.

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Dalit Farmer Disappears After Being Forced to Drink Urine by Thakurs in Uttar Pradesh

 Monday, May 7, 2018  |  No Comments

On April 23 Sitaram Valmiki, the 43-year-old son of, Gulam’s was thrashed and forced to drink urine by four upper caste Thakurs of Badaun’s Azampur Bisauriya in Uttar Pradesh. A week later, on may 1, his family found out that Sitaram is missing since morning

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Civilian Deaths Continue in Srinagar

 Monday, May 7, 2018  |  No Comments

In the aftermath, a civilian was mowed down by a military Police Vehicle, near Safa Kadal area of Srinagar. The injured civilian was shifted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SHMS) hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to death later. The deceased was identified as Adil Ahmad Yadoo of Gasi Mohalla Safa Kadal.

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Internet Shutdown in Aligarh After Hindu Fundamentalists’ Attack on AMU Students

 Saturday, May 5, 2018  |  No Comments

While Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students are still staging protests against the attack on them by Hindu fundamentalists under the banner called Hindu Yuva Vahini, an internet shutdown has been put in effect in Aligarh. Yuva Vahini supporters had entered the campus with guns and other weapons with the support of the police on Tuesday

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Journalist Kamal Shukla Booked Under Sedition Charges Over Facebook Post

 Saturday, May 5, 2018  |  No Comments

Bastar based journalist- activist Kamal Shukla has been booked under sedition charges for sharing a cartoon on facebook which allegedly ridicules the government and judiciary. The cartoon pertained to the controversy over the death of CBI Judge B H Loya, who was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case.Judge Loya had died under allegedly mysterious circumstances at Nagpur in December 2014. The accused in the case included BJP president Amit Shah.

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Prakash Raj Opens up About Bollywood Backlash Following his Criticism of Modi

 Saturday, May 5, 2018  |  No Comments

Actor Prakash Raj recently said that Bollywood hasn’t offered him a single role after he started speaking out against Narendra Modi and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). Following the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, he had criticised the Prime Minister for his ‘chilling’ silence on it and thereafter Bollywood has completely sidelined him, The Print reported him as saying

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Six Years Ago, On This Day, T P Chandrasekharan Was Killed By CPI(M) Thugs

 Friday, May 4, 2018  |  No Comments

It was on this day, six years ago (May 4, 2012) that T. P. Chandrasekharan was murdered in cold blood by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)). In what is perhaps the most chilling of political killings of Kerala, the founder of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) was stabbed 51 times by the assailants who were all later found to be linked to CPI(M). He was 51

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73 Days Have Passed but the TISS Students’ Strike is far From Over

 Friday, May 4, 2018  |  No Comments

For 73 days, students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) have been on strike. TISS administration seems to be blissfully ignorant of the fact considering the latest news from the campus. TISS administration has asked the new batch of students to pay upfront fee of Rs. 12,500 from SC/ ST and around Rs. 27,000 from OBC (NC)) GOI PMS students

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AMU Attack by Hindu Yuva Vahini, UoH Students Extend Solidarity

 Friday, May 4, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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National Film Award Recipients Boycott Function as President Gives Awards to a Select Few

 Friday, May 4, 2018  |  No Comments

The 65th National Film Award ceremony has sparked a unique portrayal of protest from the film community. Usually, it is the President who hands out National Film Awards every year and the Directorate of Film Festival states so in its official website. The invitations received by the award recipients also said that the president will give out awards sticking to the conventional practice being followed for 64 years

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

 Friday, May 4, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Friday, May 4, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Thursday, May 3, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Thursday, May 3, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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RSS Goons Attack Malappuram Press Club

 Thursday, May 3, 2018  |  No Comments

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) goons forcibly entered Malappuram Press club and attacked news photographer of Chandrika daily Fuad Saneen Morayur. They also snatched his phone away from him.

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This Dalit Doctor got his Hall Ticket two Hours Before the Exam Through a Court Order After Years of Caste Based Discrimination

 Thursday, May 3, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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Disturbing Details of Hindu Right Wing Links Emerge About Aswathy Jwala

 Wednesday, May 2, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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Popular Detective Novelist Kottayam Pushpanath Passes Away

 Wednesday, May 2, 2018  |  No Comments

Renowned detective novelist Kottayam Pushpanath passed away this morning at his residence in Kottayam at the age of 80. He was suffering from various age related ailments and was under treatment

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Pakistani Journalists Protest Growing Censorship

 Wednesday, May 2, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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Pre-poll Surveys Predict Hung Assembly in Karnataka Assembly Election 2018

 Wednesday, May 2, 2018  |  No Comments

The state of Karnataka goes to polls on may 12 and everyone is impatient to know the results. A number of pre-polls have been conducted by various agencies which project Indian National Congress to be the largest party emerging in the assembly elections

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National Resistance Day Observed by Dalits and Adivasis on May 1

 Wednesday, May 2, 2018  |  No Comments

A National Coalition for strengthening the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) (PoA) Act and its implementation, which is an umbrella platform of around 500 Dalit and tribal organisations across India, observed National Resistance Day on May 1. The coalition is also in touch with SC and ST associations in various government departments and organisations like the banking sector, insurance sector and Indian Railways.

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MLA who Took Part in Rally Supporting Kathua Rape Accused is now Minister in Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet

 Wednesday, May 2, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Tuesday, May 1, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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Red Fort is With an Accused in Babri Masjid Case who Will now be Called ‘Monument Mitra’

 Monday, April 30, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Monday, April 30, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Monday, April 30, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Sunday, April 29, 2018  |  No Comments

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.

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ABVP Violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Protest March Tonight

 Saturday, April 28, 2018  |  No Comments

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.

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

 Saturday, April 28, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Friday, April 27, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Friday, April 27, 2018  |  No Comments

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.

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How Do You Sleep At Night, Omar Abdulla?

 Friday, April 27, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Thursday, April 26, 2018  |  No Comments

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

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

 Thursday, April 26, 2018  |  No Comments

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.

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