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19 September 2014
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BANGALORE BLASTS CASE
In conversation with an alleged terrorist

Abdul Nasser Madani, a key accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts, waits in vain for his trial to be speeded up after countless adjourned sessions of court. PN Venugopal recounts the circumstances of the case and talks to Madani himself to discover how rules become exceptions in such cases.

Law and Order Interviews Justice

NARMADA DAM PROJECT
When a tsunami is manufactured
In view of the alleged corruption in rehabilitation of dam-affected families, the Jabalpur HC has imposed a stay on the decision to raise the height of the Narmada dam further. Recalling the history of the project till date, Himanshu Upadhyaya asks why a higher dam should be considered at all.
Water Government Displacement GUJARAT

MANUAL SCAVENGING
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Despite the enactment of a law prohibiting the casteist and deplorable practice of manual scavenging, many continue to labour in the profession in the face of neglect, deprivation and indignity. Pushpa Achanta draws attention to the injustice meted out to manual scavengers and other sanitary workers.
Sanitation Laws Caste Society

NGOS UNDER FIRE
Why the IB report is undemocratic
The recent ‘secret’ report from the Intelligence Bureau accusing select NGOs of scuttling Indian development is not only an unjust indictment of these organisations, but also an insult to the intelligence and voice of the common man. Sakuntala Narasimhan elaborates.
Economy Government Opinions

HC VERDICT ON TSUNDUR
Killing the dead all over again
The recent verdict of the Andhra High Court acquitting all the accused in the horrific killing of eight Dalits in 1991 may be based on legal technicalities, but is an instance of justice denied, argues Venugopalrao Nellutla.
Justice Caste ANDHRA

AS INDIA VOTES
Could Modi be a development disaster?
If the cost of ecological damage and social deprivation are accounted for, Narendra Modi will only be half as tall as he is made out to be, says Ashish Kothari, issuing a grave warning.
Elections Environment Government GUJARAT

VIDEO: DAKSH ANNUAL LECTURE
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
What does state sovereignty really stand for? Does it downplay the role and status of the individual by making him a 'subject' of the state? Watch Usha Ramanathan, as she deconstructs the complex entity of the state in the Daksh Constitutional Day Lecture.
Government Laws

GENDER MINORITIES
Tales of the excluded
The recent judicial pronouncement criminalising homosexuality has created quite a furore, but in reality those with limited or no interaction with people of alternative sexual orientation have only a vague idea of their continuous struggle and challenges. Pushpa Achanta brings us two poignant narratives.
Gender Violence Culture Women

NON-NATIVE UNDERTRIALS
Left to languish in a foreign country
The deficiencies in the prison system, especially from a human rights perspective, are many and grave, but the plight of non-native inmates calls for special focus, writes Ruchika Nigam.
Justice Laws Women

DOMESTIC TRAFFICKING
Sons and daughters waiting to be rescued
As media reports on abuse of domestic help become increasingly frequent, Shoma A Chatterji draws attention to a documentary that reveals the shocking realities of children and young people trafficked for employment as servants in upper and middle class homes, primarily in Delhi.
Child Labour Films DELHI

SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS
Shunned by law, embraced by cinema
As outrage spreads over the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding criminalisation of same-sex relationships, Shoma A. Chatterji dwells on a documentary portraying the social and emotional ordeal of individuals belonging to the community, and talks to the makers of the film.

CHILD LABOUR
Small hands, hard labour in Surat's textile industry
The famed textile industry of Surat is one of the pillars of Gujarat's industrial success story. What is less known about it is the unfortunate reality of rampant child employment and exploitation that prevails there. Shirish Khare reports.
Child Labour GUJARAT

SECTION 377
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
Going beyond value judgments, T R Raghunandan presents an objective explanation of why the Supreme Court judgment upholding the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code lacks sound reasoning and could have been much better crafted.
Laws

 

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