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On the Tehelka Case

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), from the very beginning, has supported the complaint of the woman journalist of Tehelka magazine who accused the editor of Tehelka , Tarun Tejpal, of rape and sexual assault. PUCL salutes her courage for breaking the silence on rape and sexual...

Afzal Guru - II

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) condemns the hanging of Afzal Guru in Tihar Jail on 9 February 2013. The tearing hurry with which Afzal Guru was hanged, accompanied by the flouting of all established norms by not giving his family their legal right to meet him before taking him to the...

Cash in Tamil Nadu Elections

PUCL-Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and the Forum for Electoral Integrity strongly deplore the reported statement of DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, in an election rally in Erode on 31 March 2011, as describing the curbs imposed on electioneering by the Election Commission of...

Re-promulgation of POTO

The re-promulgation of POTO by the government after it had failed to introduce it in parliament is a subversion of the Constitution and a usurpation of the powers of the legislature by the executive.

Medico s Strike against Privatisation

D Nagasaila V Suresh The agitation by Tamil Nadu medical students and residents in August brought to the forefront more than the issues of commercialisation of education and the ethics of being able to purchase seats for money. It has thrown open larger questions of policy-making with regard to medical education and health in the country THE issue of private medical colleges and the charging of capitation.fees had taken the three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka by storm in the recent past. Although the immediate provocation for the spontaneous agitations varies in each of these states, the underlying issues are one and the same. They question the commercialisation of medical education and the bartering away of merit for money. The attempt here is to trace the history and course of the agitation in Tamil Nadu (TN).

Can Right to Education be a Fundamental Right

Can Right to Education be a Fundamental Right? D Nagasaila V Suresh S P SATHE (August 29) has criticised the judgment of the Supreme Court (SC) in Mohinl Jain case as being faulty both on doctrinal and practical grounds, ft is however difficult to agree with the views of Sathe, because for one, declaring the right to education as a fundamental right is well within the constitutional framework and secondly the practicality or otherwise of a right can never be the basis for declaring or recognising a right.

The DMK Debacle-Causes and Portents

Causes and Portents V Suresh The complete rout of the DMK in the assembly elections in June 1991 has to be understood in terms of the numerous interacting processes: The AIADMK's political campaign which sought to project the DMK as corrupt, anti-woman, immoral and itself as the true successor of MGR; the ideological and political dissonance within the DMK due mainly to the emergence of the Pattali Makkal Katchi; the DMK's developmental and welfare policies which alienated or caused its disaffection among certain sections; and the impact of the AIADMK- Congress(I) alliance which consolidated the anti-DMK votes.

Backward Classes and Reservations

R Vidyasagar V Suresh The reservation policy has been evolved primarily to contain the rising aspirations and consequent unrest among the deprived classes. It only co-opts the propertied classes of the backward communities for legitimising the political system and preventing challenges to the existing economic structure.
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