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Modi .2 going ahead with its programme of crippling dissenting voices

Modi .2 going ahead with its programme of crippling dissenting voices

The Leaflet / By Nitya Chakraborty

Govt move against NDTV and Lawyers Collective are strong indicators

While the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second avatar is projecting himself as a new mascot of tolerance and reconciliation, his government agencies have been taking up one by one the institutions which represent dissenting voices in both media and the legal profession. In the three week period since Modi took the oath as the PM for the second time on May 30, two prominent  independent voices of the country, NDTV Ltd among the television media and Lawyers Collective, have been targeted by the government agencies for actions which are old and which have already been dealt with by the concerned institutions.
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PUCL Statement Against lodging of FIR against Lawyers Collective & Sr. Advocate Anand Grover

PUCL Statement Against lodging of FIR against Lawyers Collective & Sr. Advocate Anand Grover

Sabrangindia / by Sabrangindia

People’s Union for Civil Liberties is shocked at the lodging of an FIR against the Lawyers Collective, its President and senior lawyer, Anand Grover and other office bearers by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). …
He is currently an acting member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and is a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights while Ms. Jaising was part of the team of lawyers for the accused in the ongoing Bhima Koregaon case as well as the case against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, where she successfully fought the plea of the CBI to seek his custodial interrogation.
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The new ‘Emergency’: A grip that throttles the essence of Indian democracy

The new ‘Emergency’: A grip that throttles the essence of Indian democracy

Conterview / by By Fr Cedric Prakash sj.

The country will never forget that infamous night of June 25/26, 1975, when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had a state of emergency declared all over the country. During that dark chapter of the country’s history which lasted for a 21-month period till March 21, 1977, civil liberties were suspended, freedom of speech and expression was totally muzzled, political opponents of the Government and those who protested the emergency were imprisoned and human rights violations by those in power were the order of the day! 
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Is Torture part of police investigation?

Is Torture part of police investigation?

Counter Currents / by Stan Swamy

… Several intellectuals, artists, writers, journalists, legal professionals, poets, dalit & adivasi rights activists, human rights activists have now become suspects in the eyes of the ruling class. They are now invariably called ‘maoists’, ‘naxals’, ‘urban naxals’ etc. Cases, including serious cases such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act [UAPA], Sedition have been foisted on them. Several of them have already been jailed, others are being harassed with raids on their work places and residences.
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The Incarceration of Mahesh Raut

The Incarceration of Mahesh Raut

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NewsClick / By Saurabh Sinha

His crime- raising his voice against illegal mining in Gadhchiroli, reading, understanding and deliberating for the rights of tribals and other communities- in the state of Maharashtra.
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What Has Happened A Year After Bhima Koregaon Arrests?

What Has Happened A Year After Bhima Koregaon Arrests?

Live Law / By Manu Sebastian

While the investigation in the FIR against Dalit activists witnessed high action, with country wide hound for academic-activists and dramatic press conferences, similar zeal is palpably missing in the other FIR against right-wing outfits. It was exactly a year ago that the Pune police arrested five activists for alleged Maoist links in the Bhima-Koregaon case.
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Dismantling Rights Through Systematic Policy Dilutions: Tracking Legislative Changes in India 2014-2019

Dismantling Rights Through Systematic Policy Dilutions: Tracking Legislative Changes in India 2014-2019

By PUCL

Human rights are sought to be guaranteed in India through a combination of the safeguards enshrined in the Constitution of India and several laws, protected by a complex machinery of Courts, Tribunals and Commissions and aided by an alert and vibrant civil society committed to working on human rights issues. It is this combination that empowers human rights organizations to use the law to prevent and protect against human rights abuses.
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