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Monday, September 16, 2019

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 4

Anita Dhole, one of the residents of Mahul MHADA colony speaks about how the government has sent the slum dwellers to a place like Mahul to die and perish over there. Promises made by BJP's Prakash Mehta have not been kept and the rehabilitation is slowly killing the slum dwellers.

Hindu Fundamentalists Continue to Target Shehla Rashid, Fake Photographs Circulated

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

Manipuri Journalist in Detention for FB Post

Journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been in detention since November 27, 2018, in Manipur under the draconian National Safety Act (NSA) for posting anti-BJP posts on Facebook. His FB posts had questioned the Manipur state government’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi.

Dog Whistle Politics — Tarun Bhartiya on Citizenship Amendment Bill

New Delhi:The citizenship amendment bill of 2016 seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have been residing...

We are not carrying any weapons with us, says Donta Prasanth...

Hyderabad:On Saturday 5th of January, a notice signed by Vice Chancellor Podile Appa Rao was pasted outside of the hostel doors of three students active...

Rapid increase in censoring content in India, states ‘Google Transparency Report’

Mumbai: In 2015, Shiv Sena cadres protested at the Google office in Mumbai. 'Obscene' photos of their leader, Balasaheb Thackrey had appeared in Google search....

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 2

Mumbai:In 2009, the Bombay High Court ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to remove slums along the main water pipelines in the city and...

Kewal Kumar Sharma is the New Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir...

The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik appointed Kewal Kumar Sharma, a former bureaucrat, as his fourth advisor.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 3

Jeetu Mopde, one of the residents of MHADA colony in Mahul speaks about how the government is slowly poisoning the rehabilitated slum dwellers.

India’s Crude Oil Import the Highest in Over 7 Years

Data coming out from PPAC suggest that the domestic production of crude oil has hit an all-time low, at 20,954 thousand tonnes, dipping by 5 percent in a single month.

The soft-hindutva politics of the Congress

This is not the first time that Congress has resorted to soft Hindutva politics. Rajiv Gandhi won the elections in 1984 elections, owing to the anti-sikh riots and the polarisation of the electorate along communal lines.

Six Militants killed in a Joint Operation in Anantnag Gunfight

The slained militants were associated with both the Hizbul and the Lashkar-i-Toiba.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 5

Residents of Mahul MHADA colony speaks about how the government has shoved the slum dwellers into four walls of pollution in Mahul. Promises made by BJP’s Prakash Mehta have not been kept and the rehabilitation is slowly killing the slum dwellers.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 1

Anjana Goswami, a slum dweller, who was rehabilitated to Mahul talks about the illness gripping her family

Imran Khan Unveils Four Point Plan to Uplift Country in Malaysia

During his two day official visit to Malaysia, the prime minister that the incumbent government wanted to uplift the living standards of the poor and the downtrodden segments of the society by revamping governance and weeding out corruption.

Bhim Army Chief to gift Constitution to Ayodhya DM

Azad told NDTV that he made the decision to go to Ayodhya after he heard that many Muslim residents were leaving Ayodhya in fear.

Azam Khan’s testimony and Haren Pandya’s Murder

Khan also claimed that he had informed the CBI investigator in 2010, about Sohrabuddin’s role in the Pandya case.

What is in a name?, the BJP politics of name changing

As per media reports, the Union Home Ministry has given consent to the proposals of name change in 25 villages and towns across different parts of the country in a year.

Dissolved Assembly for the interest of People: Governor Satya Pal Malik

The governor had dissolved the assembly within few minutes citing that there were possibilities of a derailment of the ongoing panchayat elections.

NRC: A state sponsored tool for long-standing communal tension

Of the 3.3 crores of people who applied to be included, almost 40 lakh people were left out of the final NRC draft published on July 30.

Kerala Child Welfare Board Announces Literary Awards

9-year-old Aila's next book is set to publish next year. It will contain her poems and stories. Alia said, her teachers encouraged her to write more. One of her poems is addressed to Rohit Vemula, whose institutional murder shook Indian political sphere. She named it "koodappirappu" (sibling).

9 Years of Beemapally, Remembering the Brutal Murder of Muslims by...

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.

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

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

Rajasekharan Parameswaran Sets Guinness World Record Again

It is Guinness time again for Rajasekharan and this time around, for the love of puzzles, Parameswaran has created the world’s largest Devil’s knot or Edakoodam.

In India, demonetisation choked every sector, hitting small business the worst

The largest impact of the move was the hit on micro, small and medium enterprises.

ABVP goes frantic post-polls, Arson Violence Erupts at Allahabad University

According to reports, hostel rooms were set ablaze, bombs were hurled and clashes between student parties had broken out.

TISS Mumbai Initiates Disciplinary Action Against 20 Students who Went on...

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)

RSS Goons Attack Three People in the Name of cow Vigilantism...

Three meat traders got attacked by cow vigilantes in Kottarakkara, Kollam for cow trade. The attackers alleged them of smuggling cows in unsafe conditions.The police have arrested two RSS workers in relation to the incident. Vishnu and Gopakumar, both from Puthoor got arrested and charges of attempt to manslaughter have been slapped on them

SFI activist stabbed to death at Maharajas College, 3 held by...

In his opinion, the fact that CFI are not even ready to condemn the issue shows their true self. “Even if a verbal fight happened, is this how you respond? What historical context can they lay down to justify this act? Both his parents are plantation workers from Idukki. He comes from an economically and socially underprivileged section. He is one of the first person to pursue higher studies from his village. It is all those struggles which went vain yesterday”, he added.

Symbiosis Law School Suspends Students Over #Metoo Posts Against Professor

The students are fourth-year B.A LLB students at the campus who were asked to take down the post, apologise and were threatened with rustication by the University officials.

How Sangh Parivar is infiltrating Kerala’s Central University

The latest incident to be added to the series is the dismissal of Akhil on the Facebook post and the removal of Professor Prasad Pannian from the position of HoD of English and Comparative Literature Department. Prasad had put up a post extending solidarity to Nagaraju, which university found was against its interests.

Militants Attack BSF Vehicle at Srinagar: Three Troops Injured

This is the third major attack in a week. Earlier, militants had attacked the army camp at Tral, in which two troops were killed and the CISF camp in Nowgam Srinagar, in which one officer was killed.

Women activists hounded, attacked and transferred for trying to visit...

Various Sangh Parivar affiliated organisations are behind these attacks on women activists.

Bharat Bandh Leader Gopi Parya Shot Dead in UP

Gopi Parya a dalit youth of Shobhapur village in Meerut was shot dead by caste hindus after being labelled as the chief conspirator of violence during the Bharat bandh

#HNLUKiAzaadi : How HNLU Students Managed to Overthrow their Corrupted VC

Students of HNLU were protesting since 27th August night demanding the resignation of the VC. It was on the same day that the High Court of Chhattisgarh passed a judgement citing that Mr. Pal singh, who was the vice chancellor had illegally extended his tenure by 5 years.

Who owns Sabarimala temple?

The head priest at Sabarimala temple had recently declared that he would shut down the shrine if any woman of the age group 10-50 were allowed to enter the temple and that he would hand-over the keys to the Pandhalam palace. This has sparked a debate on the ownership of the temple.

Violence has been tested long, we have to bring it to...

She was addressing the students of the University of Hyderabad during Rohith Shahadath Din, in memory of Rohith Vemula.

Eight year old Mohammad Azeem killed in a fight in Delhi

According to CCTV footage, the children broke out into a fight and Azeem’s head hit a motorbike parked there where he died of internal bleeding.

Sangh Parivar Violence, Fake News on Student Artist From Kerala Varma...

While most students of the college have been told that Visakh took his life following a fight he had at home with his father and brother, one of Visakh's friends who is in touch with the family said that they are still investigating the circumstances that led to the suicide. The family does not believe that a fight at home could have led Visakh to commit suicide and are determined to find out what the real cause is, he said.

In Gujarat’s remote village, a pregnant wife fights a lone battle...

Ashiyana Theba (22) came to Delhi from a remote village of Kutch, Gujarat. She is planning to fight until she finds her husband. She says, "PM Modi's Gujarat model is made up of blood and tears of poor people."

Tigress Avni Killed By Infamous Hunter

The tigress is believed to have killed 13 people of which 5 were reported dead within 24 hours in August of this year.

Delhi High Court Rules in Favour of Students: MPhil/PhD seats cannot...

The verdict came after a case was filed by the Students Federation of India against the Indian Union.

Talking Point: A conversation with Artist Remesh MR

‘Thoda’ (2012) is a book written by Remesh MR and published by Olive Publications. An artist hailing from the Mullukkuruma community depicts his region and its culture and customs through words and art. As someone who belongs to, and grew up in the community, his voice gives a fresh take on all the aspects covered in the book. Interview with the author.

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

Kerala Saleswomen Win Protracted Battle For Their Right To Sit, Fight...

The protests against these conditions started even before 2010. In Kozhikode, a small movement started when women employees working at Kozhikode's famous S. M. Street got together under the name 'Penkoottu' under the leadership of Viji, who worked at a tailor shop in S. M. Street. The women who got together included cleaners, sweepers and saleswomen who demanded toilets in S. M. Street, one of the busiest centres of business in Kozhikode.

Kashmiri Pandits arrived in Kashmir to attend Mata Kheer Bahawani Mela

Despite speculation that a lesser number of Kashmiri Pandits would come to attend the Kheer Bhawani Mela in Tullamulla town this year, they kept their tryst with Mata Ragnya.

National Conference Boycotts Upcoming Municipal and Panchayat Elections in Kashmir

National Conference will not participate in these elections (panchayat), unless & until the Government of India and the state government clarify its position in the matter of Article 35 A and takes effective steps for the protection of this Article",

Relatives Of Talib Hussain Allege ‘Fake Rape Case’ By State

Earlier,his estranged wife Nusrat Bibi had accused him of domestic violence and dowry demands and a case was filed against him in June. The present complaint of attempt to rape was made by his estranged wife's sister in law

Basant Rath Transferred from IGP Traffic Jammu and Kashmir after an...

In a tweet, Rath called had Mattu “cabbage” on the issue of Srinagar’s wetlands.

Dismissed for Fictional Facebook Post, CUK Student Attempts Suicide

Akhil Thazhath, a second-year student of MA International Relations at Central University of Kerala who was expelled for his Facebook post, attempted suicide on Tuesday (9th Oct) morning.

Chennai-Salem Green Corridor Protests: All You Need to Know

Responding to TWJ correspondent Students Uprising Movement for Social Welfare (SUMS) representative Dinesh said, “Operation Samadhaan which is launched to tackle the Naxal problem is used to suppress people’s movement in the state. A group of students who were distributing notices were also arrested. There is no space for political opposition. We will fight back.”

Palestinians Observe 14th Death Anniversary of Yasser Arafat

The Israeli government had attempted to assassinate Arafat many a time. Though all of them were unsuccessful, it has been alleged that Arafat was killed using poison.

‘In Kerala, Scheduled Castes Are Not Considered To Be Human Beings,’...

An action committee was formed after they burnt my vehicle. When they felt that people were going to be informed about these incidents, they started arranging daily meetings of Kudumbashree units. They started giving classes saying that Chithralekha should be ostracised and that she was speaking against them. The Kudumbashree unit even picketed me. It is in that meeting that MLA Sreemathi teacher said, 'Chitralekha is my sister. She will get full protection.' The very next day, party workers came with swords to kill us.

Political Violence in Tripura Continues, Nilanjana Roy attacked by BJP

Talking to TWJ correspondent All India president of SFI VP Sanu said, ”This incident cannot be seen in isolation. Many such attacks are being unleashed on party members by BJP, since its inception as ruling party in the state. The entire family of Nilanjana was attacked. The message RSS is trying to disseminate is that any dissenting voice would be brutally suppressed.”

TISS Student Body Election: Victory of Democracy say Leaders

Earlier, in February, the students of TISS, Mumbai began striking, protesting against the 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). The election held on Friday saw many leaders of this strike win and take positions in the Students' Union.

Monsanto v/s Dewayne Johnson: Court Orders Monsanto to Pay $298 Million

Monsanto, the multinational corporation based in St Louis, the USA now holds the patent for more than 90% GM crops. This is to be seen seriously because; the company now has the potential to control the agriculture sector around the globe.

Bhima Koregaon: Sudha Bharadwaj Arrested by Maharashtra Police

Sudha Bharadwaj, lawyer and activist, was arrested by the Maharashtra police on Saturday (27th October) in connection with the investigation of Elgar Parishad organised on December 31st prior to the 200th anniversary observation of Bhima Koregaon.

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

BiharRam Navmi festivities in India this year culminated in communal violence in Bihar and West Bengal. The Hindu festival marks the birth of god...

TISS Is Now Denying Fellowship To Students Who Participated in Protests

Tata Institute of Social Sciences is now refusing to sign Junior Research Scholarship forms of those students who protested against the institute's move to cut scholarships to underprivileged students.

88 Years After The First Malayalam Film, A Group Of Women...

Speaking about the formation of an Internal Complaints Committee for cinema, actor Padmapriya said, ‘the power of an ICC is equal to the power of a lower court, so the point is, whom do we entrust this responsibility?’ One thing is certain, a group of women are trying to make members of the film community understand that it is not a private land owned by a few males, but a workplace where, whether they like it or not, women have rights.

Bhima-Koregaon Case: Jignesh Mevani likely to be summoned

Talking to a TWJ correspondent Jignesh said that calling Ambedarites as Maoists and arresting them is a pre-planned conspiracy. He also said,” The kind of stories that some of the media houses are running are absolutely baseless. It smells of a large, massive conspiracy for the Modi government in particular and RSS in general.” He also added that the way they have maligned the name of Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Ambedkar is quite cheap.

Brahmin Student Beats up Dalit Professor in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University...

The problem lay in the fact that if Dr. Mallaiah was promoted to the post of 'Professor' from the current post of 'Associate Professor', according to seniority rules, Dr. Mallaiah would become the Dean - a position that is now held by N M P Verma. "They don't want to work under my Dean-ship. They cannot tolerate me as an associate professor, then how can they tolerate me as a professor?" Dr. Mallaiah asked.

Chintamani Slapped with False Accusation, Adani Suspected

Chintamani who had been forging a battle with Adani power plant at Godda was slapped with false accusation by the Godda Police Station officials.

ABVP wins all seats at Hyderabad University Student Polls

After eight long years, ABVP (Akhil Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad) at University of Hyderabad swept the polls at the University of Hyderabad (UOH). Aarti Nagpal, who won the presidential seat, is the second woman to be elected to the post in the university’s history.

With Love from Jakarta; The Swapna Barman Story

She is no more the 12 toed athlete but the first Indian heptathlete to win a gold medal in Asian games. In an interview given to Reuters after the feat, Swapna said "After all, nobody from India won a heptathlon gold at the Asian Games before. I hope people will now remember me more for winning the gold than for my toes. It's like a new identity for me."

RSS Enters AMU Campus With Guns, Attacks Students With the Support...

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

Modi’s Amnesia Strikes Again On The ‘No Country For Women’ ...

Rekha Sharma's claim points at another trend from the BJP government itself - that of disparaging war torn countries and countries so far away from a democracy to establish the superiority of India. The survey data and US' presence in the top ten countries is more than enough to figure out that the measurement has been done taking into consideration the progress a nation has achieved as a whole while ignoring women's rights and safety.

Dissolve State Assembly to end Horse trading: Omar Abdullah to Governor...

Srinagar: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday demanded the dissolution of Legislative Assembly to put an end to rumour mongering over government formation and...

India Post Provides Option to ‘De-Link’ Aadhaar From Accounts

India Post is now providing an option for its bank account holders to de-link their accounts from their Aadhaar number. It has also made clear that new accounts can be opened without an Aadhaar card. The move comes after the Supreme Court of India made it clear to the Centre that Aadhaar linking could not be made mandatory for public services.

Is It The Beginning Of The End to the “Modi-Wave” ?

The news from Kairana was a shocker for NDA. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), candidate Tabassum Hasan, backed by SP-BSP-Congress combine won with a whopping margin of 44,600 votes. While responding to media, Tabassum said, “Kairana me hi BJP ko dafan karna” (We had to bury BJP in Kairana)

Shopian Attack: Four Policemen Killed In Broad Daylight

During the Incident, all the four cops died on the spot, while one cop survived the attack as he was inside the vehicle.

Transcendence/Kochi, an Array of Mattancherry Sights

'Transcendence/Kochi', the self-taught art photographer Biju Ibrahim's photo exhibition reflects the lives of 38 communities settled in Mattancherry. These communities who live in the total area of five kilometres are of diverse religious, linguistic and ethnocultural identities.

CSPEs Partially funded the Statue of Unity

The CAG report goes on to add that the contribution towards this project did not qualify as CSR activity as per schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 as it was not a heritage asset.

Security Cover Downsized for Jammu Legislators

The new move came after the change of ministerial status of 25 legislators after the breakdown of alliance between PDP/BJP

Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Transfer Kathua Gang rape and Murder...

The bench rejected the plea stating that the matter did not require fresh investigation.

National Film Award Recipients Boycott Function as President Gives Awards to...

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

ABVP Paints Over Ambedkar and Rohith Portraits from Sukoon stage

After being elected as student union in University of Hyderabad, Akhila Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) painted over the portraits of Dr B R Ambedkar and Rohith Vemula, where the annual University carnival Sukoon is held.


On February 21 of 2018, students at the four campuses of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, a publicly funded research University in India,...

MP Tabassum Hasan Files Complaint Against Communal Post Being Spread in...

MP Tabassum Hasan has written to SP, Shamli, to investigate Whatsapp posts attributing a communal post to her, after she won the Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll. According to the complaint, the post that is being falsely attributed to Hassan says, 'Yeh Allah ki jeet hai aur Ram ki haar' (This is Allah's victory and Ram's defeat.)

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