Human Rights in South Asia

Freedom of Dissent

  0 comments   |     by A.G. Norrani

THE fundamental right to dissent from the state’s views or from conventional wisdom is now being systematically denied by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India. The signs were obvious no sooner had he assumed power in May 2014. The slogan ‘Congress mukt Bharat’, (an India freed totally from the Congress party) indicated a plan on

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Changing Social Landscape of Tribes in Kerala: Challenges in Tribal Studies

  0 comments   |     by K.M. Seethi & Elizabeth Abraham

Written by K.M. Seethi & Elizabeth Abraham The social landscape and livelihood options in the tribal habitats in Kerala have changed tremendously in the last several decades. This transformation has its impact on the tribal population and their life-world experiences. This is the theme of the ongoing workshop organised as pa

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Kashmir: Shining Example of Pluralism & Diversity

  0 comments   |     by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

“…It is really difficult for me to distinguish between a Hindu Kashmiri and a Muslim Kashmiri. You people speak one language and have one culture. While the rest of the country burns in communal fire, I see a ray of hope in Kashmir only…” Mahatma Gandhi, August 1947.  “The alternative to chaos in

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All criticism of Israel is ‘antisemitic’

  0 comments   |     by Jonathan Cook

Harsh penalties are needed to stop Israel annexing Palestinian territory. But western states are outlawing even peaceful boycotts  It is tempting to dismiss last week’s statements by Mik

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Faith and courage

  0 comments   |     by F.S. Aijazuddin

I HOPE I still have the courage to acknowledge the Judaic DNA strain in my faith, for my spiritual genes are the umbilical thread that links me today through Christianity, through Judaism, to that figure in indiscernible antiquity — the prophet Abraham. I can never become a Jew. As a human being, though, I ought to have the

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India towards a police-state?

  0 comments   |     by Dr. Prem Singh

“Members of the police shall exercise their functions, powers and duties as impartial servants of the general public and the Government of the day. … No member of the police may be ordered or forced to exercise his other functions or powers or deploy police resources to promote or undermine any political party or interest group, or any member o

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Such A Temple Would Not Have Been Acceptable To Ram and..

  10 comments   |     by Sandeep Pandey

Such A Temple Would Not Have Been Acceptable To Ram and Should Not Be Acceptable To A Common Hindu Co-Written by Arundhati Dhuru and Sandeep Pandey Ram has been described as Maryada Purushottam, the most virtuous among men. He left his kingdom merely because he didn

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Modi is a threat to India’s unity

  0 comments   |     by Hammad Sarfraz

Sweden-based expert on peace and conflict criticizes the BJP leader over his policies in Kashmir and towards Muslims   Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist agenda, the vilification of religious minorities, and his foreign misadventures will light a fuse of interna

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In India, the pandemic is a prize for some and punishment..

  0 comments   |     by Robert Gallimore

In India, the pandemic is a prize for some and punishment for others BBC news recently ran a piece on the Covid-19 pandemic in India. It was a seemingly equivocal survey of the obvious problems that would manifest themselves in a country with minimal welfare provisions and the sort of sanguinity regarding mortality r

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How safe are Dalit women in Uttar Pradesh?

  0 comments   |     by SR Darapuri

Recently Crime in India – 2019 report has been released by National Crime Records Bureau. In this report, in the year 2019, the statistics of crime of Dalit atrocities have been published for the whole country. It has emerged that Uttar Pradesh is far ahead in this. The Dalit population of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the largest population in the country, which is 2

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