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A letter, fair or foul, is the question

A letter, fair or foul, is the question

DNA/ by DNA

DNA Samwad this week tried to understand if there’s indeed an environment of fear & intolerance as claimed by some well-known personalities in a letter to the PM. The panelists comprising political leaders & social media experts from both sides of the ideological spectrum debated on the subject
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RSS circulates booklet targeting ‘Urban Naxals’

RSS circulates booklet targeting ‘Urban Naxals’

Sabrangindia.in / by Deborah Grey

A common characteristic of right wing supremacists in India appears to be their extremely limited and rather vapid imagination. This is best illustrated in a booklet published by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The booklet is an out and out smear campaign against some of India’s most respected intellectuals and human rights activists. However this sinister agenda is driven by a rather banal set of stories.
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Video: NIA (Amendment) Bill Sets a Dangerous Precedent

Video: NIA (Amendment) Bill Sets a Dangerous Precedent


en | 16 min | 2019

Newsclick / By Newsclick

On 18th of July the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the NIA Bill. The bill proposes three major amendments to the NIA Bill of 2008, giving the agency enormous powers. Gautam Navlakha discusses with Newsclick the BJP’s national security push and the implications of the amendment.
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Theatre director S Raghunandana turns down Sangeet Natak Akademi award citing ‘growing intolerance’

Theatre director S Raghunandana turns down Sangeet Natak Akademi award citing ‘growing intolerance’


Pic: Muraleedhara Upadhya/YouTube

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

Eminent theatre director from Karnataka S Raghunandana on Wednesday declined the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for 2018, a day after it was announced, in protest against incidents of “mob lynching in the name of God and religion” and the frequent attempts to stifle dissenting views of public intellectuals and activists.
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Video: Citizens for Justice and Peace condemns the raids on Indira Jaising and Anand Grover

Video: Citizens for Justice and Peace condemns the raids on Indira Jaising and Anand Grover


en | 10 min | 2019

By Citizens for Justice and Peace / Teesta Setalvad

Teesta Setalvad expresses solidarity with Indira Jaising and Anand Grover and contextualizes the CBI raids in Mumbai and New Delhi within the larger context of a systematic drive against human rights defenders and activists.
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Sleepless in New Bharat: A Guide to Combatting Insomnia

Sleepless in New Bharat: A Guide to Combatting Insomnia

The Wire / by Rohit Kumar

What, indeed, does one do in these dark times which threaten democracy?
I have never had a problem with insomnia, but over the last month or so, sleep – “sore labour’s bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, and chief nourisher in life’s feast” – seems to have forsaken me. I find myself anxious and awake till the wee hours of the morning, thinking about the violence that is spreading across India.
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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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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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