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War on Democracy in Kashmir

A fter bullets, pellets, and deaths, after curfew, clampdowns on mobile internet and on cable television, the Indian state has further exacerbated the war on people in Kashmir. On the night of 15 July 2016, the police raided, seized and shut down the printing presses of two leading dailies, Rising...

Manual Scavenging Must End

Manual scavenging is a caste-based occupation wherein certain sub-castes of Dalits are condemned to manually clean, carry, dispose or handle human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. Though it has been constitutionally banned for more than 20 years now, it is still widely prevalent in the country...

VC Must Go

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the brutal police action on students and teachers at the University of Hyderabad campus on 22 March 2016. Students were protesting the return of the vice chancellor (VC) Appa Rao Podile to the campus, and official duties. He had gone...

State 'Tolerance' of Mob Violence 

In the early hours of 18 March 2016, Mohammad Majloom Ansari (35) and Inayatullah Khan (12) were found hanging from a tree in the Balumath forest area in Latehar, Jharkhand. Residents of Balugoan and Nawada villages, Ansari and Khan were on their way to the weekly cattle fair with their eight...

How Democracy 'Uses' a Colonial Law

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has continually critiqued the existence of the colonial law of sedition and its unconstitutional application at the behest of those who hold state power. The arrest of S A R Geelani of University of Delhi on charges of sedition on 16 February 2016 is yet...

Admission Opens a Can of Worms

On 23 July 2009, the Manipur police claimed to have had an encounter with a “People’s Liberation Army Cadre” Sanjit, in which he died. While this version was widely contested by the local people who claimed that Sanjit was murdered in a cold-blooded manner, a set of sequential photographs depicting...

Hyderabad University's Casteist Actions

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the authorities of the Central University of Hyderabad for their caste-based victimisation of Dalit students, which, on 17 January 2016, resulted in Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar in science technology and society studies,...

FIR against Danish Books

Letters FIR against Danish Books T his is to draw your attention to the registering of an FIR under Section 18 (punishment for conspiracy and knowingly facilitating the commission of terrorist acts, etc) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act (UAPA), 2004 against Sunita of Danish...

Mohammed Afzal's Hanging

Letters Revival of Dabhol Power Project W e should be grateful to Madhav Godbole and E A S Sarma for having dared to criticise the government, including its politicians and senior bureaucrats, for the ineptitude in the Enron settlement saga (‘Aftershocks of Dabhol Power Project’, August 26, 2006)...
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