Rights and Freedoms

September 19, 2019
After the publication of the final national Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31, 2019, the NRC authority has now issued standard operating procedures for Speaking Order writing as per the Final NRC Report Card (FNRC), scanning the Speaking Order, preparation of DO template, additional documents and statements. The FNRC will contain details of only those members whose application was...
September 19, 2019
On several grounds, it looks like government’s stubbornness to remove the last remaining green cover of Mumbai may be very dangerous Image Courtesy: PTI The battle to preserve the last green cover, popularly known as the "lungs" of Mumbai city has become uglier with the targeting of Save Aarey activists on social media. Several suspicious looking handles published residential addresses of...
September 19, 2019
Guwahati, 2019: "NRC may have certain minor errors, but it is not manipulated, so it can't be rejected. If necessary we can have some remedial measure to sort out the errors," said Prasanta Rajguru, the Editor of Amar Asom, an esteemed Assamese Daily. He was speaking at a meeting  on "Assam after NRC: In search of knowledge" of civil society members at Assam Sahitya Sabha Bhawan at...
September 19, 2019
Floods are now an annual nightmare in many parts of southern and western India. Valleys in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala that weren’t considered flood-prone until recently are at risk. Mountains above Munnar, a hill town in Kerala, India. Santhosh Varghese / shutterstock During floods and landslides in August 2019, two villages were completely destroyed killing several...
September 19, 2019
Thr Supreme Court has issued notice to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments following a Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA)-backed petition seeking the explanation as to whether large areas of Narmada Valley have gone into submergence by filling up the Sardar Sarovar dam up to the full reservoir level (FRL) without rehabilitating the project affected families (PAFs). Filed on...
September 19, 2019
Mumbai/New York: On September 23, 2019, world leaders will convene at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to attend an emergency climate summit called to address the increasingly evident effects of global climate change--from a rapidly melting Arctic to super storms, whether in the Caribbean or Mumbai. Parts of India have seen a rise in temperature ranging from 1-2 deg C when...
September 19, 2019
The savage effects of the ongoing economic crisis will destroy not just the present but the future of Indian families. Representational image. | Image Courtesy: Rediff.com   The ongoing economic crisis, marked by a steady decline in economic growth, widespread job losses (coming on top of an already grim unemployment situation) and stagnating incomes of working people has a hidden...
September 19, 2019
Sedition against Tribals for FB post The Supreme Court has today issued notice on a petition challenging the judgment of Jharkhand High Court which declined to quash an FIR for sedition registered against four Adivasi activists for allegedly inciting violence by making Facebook posts supporting 'Pathalgadi' movement of Munda tribal community. A two-judge bench comprising Justices...
September 19, 2019
In today's talk, Teesta Setalvad talks about the row over Hindi as the official language, demolition of the 500-year old Sant Ravidas Temple and the Dalit agitation over it and the subsequent arrests of 50+ people including Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. The question is 'Do we want a thriving multi-partied parliamentary democracy'?  
September 18, 2019
Kashmiri Author-Journalist Gowhar Geelani was to travel to Germany for a programme HRD Alert, a Forum of Human Rights Defenders, has written to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressing its grave concern about an incident in which the Kashmiri journalist-author Gowhar Geelani was stopped by the immigration officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on August...