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The Divine Sovereign and Our Predicament

The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India by Milinda Banerjee, Cambridge University Press: India, 2018; pp 422 + 12, 995.

'Contempt of People'

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses deep concern over the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015.

B D Sharma: A Salute

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) mourns the death of Brahm Dev Sharma, one among the rare breed of civil servants who, in service as well as after retirement, continued to stand by the marginalised and the oppressed.

Slide to Khakistocracy

On 16 November this year, the date observed as the National Press Day, three news dailies in Nagaland ran blank columns in place of editorials.

Stop Convicting People for Singing Protest Songs

In a bizarre move, the Tamil Nadu police arrested S Kovan, a well-known folk singer on charges of sedition (Section 124-A), for promoting enmity between communities (S 153-A) and criminal inti­midation (S 505/1) of the Indian Penal Code.

Wrongful Incarceration

Recently, a local court in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, acquitted 14 persons who had been arrested on 14 June 2011 on charges of being members of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and for holding a banned meeting in a residential house in Khandwa town.

Condemn Attacks on Lawyers and Journalists in Bastar

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is alarmed at the manner in which the Bastar Bar Association, in tandem with the police, is creating legal hurdles for the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group (JAGLAG) in providing representation to local Adivasis who are harassed as Naxal offenders.

Remembering P A Sebastian

P A Sebastian was not only a founding member and lifelong activist of the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) in Mumbai, but amongst the first few who laid the foundation of the civil and democratic rights movement in the country.

A Travesty of Justice

On 15 July 2015, the Maharashtra government announced that it has initiated the process for hanging Yakub Memon. On 30July 2015 “he is to be hung by the neck till dead.” The announcement seemed inevitable after the Supreme Court had rejected his review petition on 10 April this year.

Intolerance of Dissent

On 22 May 2015, in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) was “derecognised” by the Dean of Students following an advisory note received from the Ministry of Human Resource Development.


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