An Architect of Conscience: Mukul Sinha (1951-2014)

Mukul Sinha’s death remained largely beyond the limelight amid the din over Narendra Modi’s anointment as the next Prime Minister. His steadfastly resolve and meticulous eye for detail, strengths he demonstrated while dealing with hostile administration in several cases, will remain a guiding light for many activists.

Modi, Media and Terror Threats

The reporting in the media following the arrest of four youths in Rajasthan, alleged to be Indian Mujahideen operatives, by the Delhi Police Special Cell fell even below the low standards the media has set for itself on terror reporting.

Pulping Intellectual Freedom: Academics Will Not Bow Down to Vigilantism

It is an abject shame that Penguin will pulp Prof. Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History. That this decision was reached in a deal with the petitioners, with no consultation with the author compounds the folly.

JTSA Extends Support to the LGBT Community, Calls for Committed Judicial Activism

On 11 December, 2013 a two judge bench of the Supreme Court of India (SC) ruled that section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which considers homosexuality a criminal offence, does not ‘suffer from the vice of unconstitutionality’ and hence, legally valid. By this highly regrettable ruling the apex court astounded and disappointed not only the LGBT community but the wider public at large.

Rahul Gandhi’s Pak—Muzaffarnagar Remark Highly Condemnable

The remark by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at a political rally that Pakistani agencies have established contact with riot-hit Muslims in Muzaffarnagar reinforces the stereotypes being peddled by Indian intelligence and security agencies to justify their communal witch hunts.

Teachers Condemn the Police Raid on DU Professor’s House

On 12 September, 2013 in a joint operation led by the National Investigative Agency (NIA), Special Cell, Delhi Police, Aheri Police Station, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra and Maurice Nagar Police Station, Delhi the house of G. N. Saibaba, a noted civil rights activist and professor of English at Ramlal Anand College, University of Delhi, was raided.

No Special Laws, No Special Courts for Terrorism: Punish those Guilty of Malicious Prosecution

There have been news reports citing sources that the Ministry of Home Affairs is mulling providing legal aid to those facing ‘doubtful’ terror charges. First, one doubts the seriousness of even this limited claim, given that in March this year the Minorities Affairs Minister had presented a letter from the Home Minister which purportedly supported the Minorities Ministry’s proposal for special courts for Muslim terror accused, only for the Home Minister to distance himself from the letter later.