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Against Arrest of Journalists

The following are extracts from a resolution adopted at a meeting organised by the Young Journalists League at the Press Club of India on February 11, 2008: We, the undersigned, condemn the arrest and persecution of journalists, in the name of cracking down on the “Left Wing Extremists” or for...

Detention of Dr Binayak Sen

A group of former bureaucrats, academicians, lawyers and social activists visited Chhattisgarh during January 18-22 in connection with the prolonged incarceration of Dr Binayak Sen. The team met the governor and director general of police and also met Dr Binayak Sen in the central prison at Raipur...

Deeply Flawed

Recent events in Nandigram have led to varied reactions. One, which has become more marked recently, is the at­ tribution of commonalities of these events with the Gujarat pogrom of 2002. The common features are said to be the use of politically organised cadres, and the absence or active...

Rape Culture

We are outraged and deeply upset at the grotesque sexualised assault on the adivasi woman who was stripped and viciously beaten at a protest demon­ stration by adivasi and tea tribe communi­ ties seeking scheduled tribe status and other political rights by “local” youths in Guwahati on November 24...

Reading Nandigram Wrongly

We read with growing dismay the statement signed by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and others advising those opposing the CPI(M)’s policies in West Bengal not to “split the Left” in the face of American imperialism. We believe that for some of the signatories, their distance from events in India has...

Shameful Events

We the undersigned have been dismayed and revolted by the recent events in and around Nandigram in West Bengal’s East Medinapur district. The manner in which the anti-socials of the dominant party in the ruling front attacked the residents to re-establish domination over the area exposes the party’...

Delaying the First Pregnancy: A Survey in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bangladesh

Childbearing in adolescence, a common practice in south Asia, can adversely affect the health of both mother and child. This qualitative study was conducted in three sites in India and Bangladesh where low birth weight is prevalent to explore the ability of newly-weds to negotiate the timing of their first pregnancy. The pattern in each site generally reflected prevailing social views on contraception, childbearing and couple communication.

Gujarat Carnage 2002

The recent Tehelka expose of the “Gujarat riots” of 2002 demonstrates very starkly that these were neither “spontaneous” nor “riots”, but were in fact mass murder, loot and mayhem orchestrated and organised by the top echelons of the Gujarat units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, and...

Pause on Indo-US Deal

We, the undersigned call upon the UPA government not to be in a hurry to implement the Indo-US Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. A majority in the Indian Parliament is opposed to this “deal”. Meanwhile, the US Congress itself has passed extensive legislation, the Hyde Act, which specifically...

Mudigonda Police Killings

Letters Social Viciousness M any of us have been scandalised by recent events in Hyderabad. The physical assault on Taslima Nasreen was entirely uncalled for. The increase in the number of violent incidents of this kind indicates that the rule of law is ceasing to exist in this country. Any group...

Release Binayak Sen, Repeal Chhattisgarh Act

We, the undersigned, are dismayed at the continued detention of Binayak Sen, general secretary of the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), since May 14. Binayak Sen is also national vice-president of PUCL, one of the oldest civil liberties organisations in India. Dr Sen...

Sanjay Sangvai

Sanjay Sangvai is no more. Two decades of his work with the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements, as well as his contributions through organisations like Abhivyakti and the National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) have shown that Sanjay was an activist with...

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