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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...

Terror in Latehar

In the past few years, villages of Manika Block in Latehar District have been terrorised by Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP), a police-sponsored outfit allegedly aimed at countering Maoist influence. JJMP gangs roam in the area and harass innocent villagers, extorting money, interfering with...

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,...

The Voice of Jharkhand

Activist-journalist Dayamani Barla has won many awards, the latest being the Ellen L Lutz Indigenous Rights Award from Cultural Survival. The first journalist from the Munda tribe in Jharkhand Dayamani wields her pen and leads the struggles of fellow tribals equally powerfully against the machinations of the state and big business.

Noor Mohammed Bhatt

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses its concern at the arrest of Noor Mohammed Bhatt, lecturer of English at Gandhi Memorial College, by the J&K police on 9 December 2010 under S 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and S 153 of RPC for setting an examination question paper...

Statement on Ayodhya Verdict -II

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is deeply disturbed by the underlying basis for the majority view of the three-judge bench in the Ayodhya case. One of the three judges held that the part of the disputed area is the “place of birth of Lord Ram as per faith and belief of the Hindus” (...

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