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Modi focused on addressing Lankan issue

India’s ruling BJP party says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focused on addressing the issues faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka. Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP, said that during the past one year since coming to power, the BJP government under Modi had also looked at resolving the fishermen issue involving Sri Lanka and India, the New Indian Express reported....

India Asks Maldives to Safeguard Space for Political Dissent

NEW DELHI: In a rather strong statement, India has called upon Maldives to safeguard space for legitimate political dissent and adhere to due process, even as it stopped short of demanding the release of Mohamed Nasheed, the archpalego’s jailed former President. India’s statement was read out during the universal period review of Maldives at the UNHRC in Geneva on Wednesday. “Maintaining...

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Pakistan, India should sign ‘no-arrest policy’ for fishermen: PFF

Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 15 :: Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) has demanded an amicable resolution of fishermen’s detention on both Pakistan and Indian sides and urged authorities concerned to release them on humanitarian grounds. Chairman PFF Muhammad Ali Shah talking to a group of women journalists who visited coastal area of Deh Aatharki, Shah Bander district Sujawal...

INDIA: [Sign Petition] Citizens in Solidarity with Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand

Published in India Resists on Feb. 12 :: Must Read: goo.gl/UGSARd We are shocked to learn of the rejection of the Anticipatory bail applications of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand by the Gujarat High Court. Media stories suggest that the bail applications have been turned down because Setalavad and Anand were “not cooperating with the investigations” and that prima facie “funds...

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INDIA: The Case against Teesta Setalvad or the Gujarat Model of Vindictive Action

Published in India Resists on Feb. 12 :: As the hearing in the anticipatory bail applications of Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand and three survivors of the Gulberg society massacre, Tanvir Jafri, Salim Sandhi and Firoz Gulzar Pathan comes up on July 9, 2014, IndiaResists.com recapitulates the case against the activists. A study of the affidavits and counter-affidavits shows a vindictive state...

INDIA-PAKISTAN: Fishermen as cannon fodder

Published in The Dhaka Tribune on Feb. 08 by Garga Chatterjee :: When gung-ho posturing happens, the pit-poor daily wage earners like fishermen ultimately pay for it  In this world of breaking news and constant updates, we sometimes need some distance in time to digest the full implications of an event. A good example is the recent “terror-boat” incident off...

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INDIA: Are Indians ready for capitalism without democracy?

Published in The Live Mint on Feb. 05 :: Slavoj Zizek contends that it is authoritarian capitalism that will ‘shape the next century much as democracy shaped the last’ An essay by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek that appeared earlier this week in the Financial Times should give pause to all those who unthinkingly conflate capitalism and democracy—that classical liberal...

INDIA: Enforce Ruling Protecting Transgender People

Published in www.hrw.org on Feb. 05 :: Authorities in India should fully enforce a Supreme Court ruling to protect the rights of transgender people and help end discrimination, social exclusion, and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also credibly investigate several recent incidents in which police allegedly abused transgender people. In April 2014, in a landmark judgment in...

INDIA: Fact-finding Report on alleged murder of RTI Activist in Niali Block of Cuttak district, Odisha

Published in http://humanrightsfrontindia.blogspot.com/ on Feb. 01 :: Introduction   Right to Information Act (RTI) activists are vulnerable Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in India. Unlike other HRDs, a majority of the RTI activists are not part of an organisation; they often act alone, moved by anger at corruption and other illegal activities. The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides inadequate protection to whistleblowers. Many RTI Activists,...