You Have Doubted The Patriotism of ‘True Patriots’

Dear Shri. Shrivastava, Your gesture of personally phoning to justify and explain your stand and two days later personally putting…

Julio Ribeiro       Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Education Policy-2020: What’s in the Plate for Marginalised Students?

The much-awaited and ambitious ‘New Education Policy-2020’ rolled out by the NDA government under the chairmanship of former ISRO Chief…

Kalu Naik and Ajit Kumar Lenka       Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Majoritarian Attitude in the Police Leadership Leads to a Travesty of Justice

Dear Shri Shrivastava, We, the undersigned, are retired officers of the Indian Police Service and belong to a larger group…

Constitutional Conduct Group       Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Why Lalu Prasad Yadav Remains the Focal Point of Bihar Politics

Undoubtedly, it was a phenomenal rise for Lalu Prasad Yadav to become the Chief Minister of Bihar on the 10th…

Dr. Nawal Kishore       Monday, September 14, 2020

“Miscarriage of Justice in North East Delhi”

Dear Shri. Shrivastava, I write to you with a heavy heart. As a true patriot and a former proud member…

Julio Ribeiro       Saturday, September 12, 2020

“We Will Not Be Silenced”

The Forum for Constitutional Rights and Democratic Freedoms (FCRDF) was constituted in August, 2020, after discussion among its Principal Members,…

The Forum for Constitutional Rights and Democratic Freedoms       Saturday, September 12, 2020

Constitutional Conduct Group’s Letter Requesting Action On Sudarshan TV’s Malicious Campaign

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Constitutional Conduct Group       Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Why Not To Apologise To Uphold The Constitution

It is with deep regret that I read the order of this Hon’ble Court dated 20th of August. At the…

Prashant Bhushan       Saturday, August 29, 2020

Imagining India: Where are we headed?

I will confine my brief comments to India, subdivided in two sections: The nature of politics itself and Indian policies…

Deb Mukharji       Saturday, August 29, 2020

Bringing ‘Normal’ Politics Back: Forget Radical Transformation, Strive For The Democratic Minimum

Lockdown posed a challenge to all forms of collective mobilization bringing politics to a standstill. But even before the pandemic,…

Suhas Palshikar       Saturday, August 29, 2020

Fallacies About Indian Democracy: Majoritarianism & Tradition

Dear Readers, It gives me great pleasure to introduce a section titled: Reimagining Politics. This section published by newsplatform will…

Prof. Rahul Mukherji       Saturday, August 29, 2020

Bodies and Electoral Politics

Assembly elections in Assam are due and slowly nearing and as new candidates are discussed in village street chowks or…

Bhargabi Das       Thursday, August 27, 2020

Mr. Zuckerberg: Commercial Interests At The Cost of Human Lives?

Dear Mr Zuckerberg, We are a group of former civil servants of India belonging to the All India and Central…

Constitutional Conduct Group       Thursday, August 27, 2020

Let’s Talk Periods: Why India Needs a Menstrual Leave Policy

Food delivery company Zomato recently announced its decision to introduce period leave of up to 10 day per year for…

Shreya Mohapatra       Saturday, August 22, 2020

Is Sustainability Sustainable? The Approach To Urban Development

Dear readers, Hi, This is our first article to a column titled “City speaks”, which will run through this website…

Kanishka Prasad       Friday, August 21, 2020

The Death of Executive Accountability

The budget session of the Indian Parliament began this year on 31 January 2020. Coincidentally, it was also one day…

Justice A. P. Shah       Monday, August 17, 2020

The Precarity Needs To Be Addressed With Utmost Priority

The Covid pandemic has been a disaster to the people especially to the marginalized sections in the society. The informal…

Tikender Singh Panwar       Monday, August 17, 2020

In Search of ‘Religious’ Secularism

With laying of the foundation stone for Ram Mandir a new age has begun, as much in the life of…

Iqbal Ahmad       Tuesday, August 11, 2020

J & K A Year After 370, Belie The Euphoric Pronouncements

The euphoric reverberations sounded by the BJP and its cohorts immediately after the shredding of Article 370 of the Constitution…

Tikender Singh Panwar       Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Ignored By The Centre, Assam Battles Floods And The Pandemic

Every year July 28th is celebrated internationally as World Nature Conservation day to protect and conserve natural resources and habitats.…

Kalu Naik       Friday, July 31, 2020

आज़ाद पर इल्ज़ाम

आज का दिन ऐसा रहा जैसा कोई और नहीं। लेकिन मुझे कल से शुरू करना चाहिए। कल मैंने 15 अगस्त…

डॉ. सैयदा हमीद और रेयाज़ अहमद       Thursday, July 30, 2020

Draft Environmental Impact Assessment, 2020 – What’s in the Store?

India’s aspiration to attract investments and to pace with its global competitors has driven its legislators to fine-tune its existing…

Preethikaa Ravichandrabaabu & R.D.Ashok Kumar       Wednesday, July 29, 2020

बिहार: जंगलराज की रट पर भरोसा के पंद्रह साल।

विगत पंद्रह साल से जंगलराज की रट ने बिहार के हर एक चुनाव अभियान में रोचक भूमिका निभाई है। इससे…

डॉ. नवल किशोर       Monday, July 27, 2020

छत्तीसगढ़ का आर्थिक मॉडल गांधी-नेहरू के सपनों के बहुत करीब है

आज हरेली के अवसर पर बघेल सरकार ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था संबधी कुछ नयी योजनाओं की घोषणा करने जा रही है. हरेली…

सौरभ बाजपेयी       Monday, July 20, 2020

The Unprepared Lockdown Aggravated Domestic Violence Against Women?

The Corona pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have wreaked havoc on particular sections of the society like women and minorities.…

Dr. Kalu Naik       Saturday, July 18, 2020

Politics Of Environmental Conservation In Assam: The Case of Dehing Patkai

Amidst the fight against the pandemic, the Central Government’s policies have triggered an environmental crisis in the Northeast. The draft…

Pradyut Bordoloi       Friday, July 17, 2020

Darjeeling In The Midst Of Corona Pandemic

Darjeeling, the northernmost part of West Bengal, has always been known for her natural beauty and tea plantations, which attracts…

Anamika Subba       Thursday, July 16, 2020

Elections In The Time Of Corona & The Five Electoral ‘Jinns’ Of Bihar

Amidst the Corona outbreak and re-imposition of lockdown, political corridors in Patna seem to be quite busy in their respective…

Saurabh Raj       Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Street Vendors During The Lockdown

The nationwide lockdown was accompanied by brutal evictions carried out by the police of poor street vendors all across the…

Adrian Dcruz       Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Statement by PEN Delhi In Solidarity With Assamese Poet Nilim Kumar

PEN Delhi stands in solidarity with Assamese poet Nilim Kumar who is being targeted by a youth organization in Assam,…

PEN Delhi       Monday, July 13, 2020

Addressing The Concerns of Informal Waste Pickers: A Call For Intervention

Rahees Khan, a waste picker in Delhi says that “Currently, the major necessity is not just food but also the…

Shalaka       Monday, July 13, 2020

Statement by PEN Delhi in Solidarity With Journalist Patrica Mukhim

PEN Delhi expresses its deep concern at the intimidation that Patricia Mukhim, editor of The Shillong Times, is being subjected…

PEN Delhi       Saturday, July 11, 2020

IBC Amendment Ordinance, 2020 – Opening A Pandora’s Box?

The COVID pandemic has impacted not only the medical frontier but also businesses, financial markets and the economy, both nationally…

R. Vishnu Kumar       Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Assault on the Rule of Law and Article 19 of the Constitution of India

This statement by our group of former civil servants arises from our deep concern at the assault on the Rule…

Constitutional Conduct Group       Monday, July 6, 2020

जातिवाद वहाँ, सांप्रदायिकता यहाँ, लेकिन हमारा भी दिन आएगा

सर्दियों की एक साफ़ सुबह। मैं अपने काम पर जा रही थी. बहुत सावधानी से गाड़ी चला रही थी. क्योंकि…

डॉ. सैयदा हमीद और रेयाज़ अहमद       Saturday, July 4, 2020

Mobility In Urban India; Innovative Solutions Required

What will be the future of urban mobility, now, during the pandemic and post Covid-19? There are no definitive answers…

Tikender Singh Panwar       Friday, July 3, 2020

The Unending Dehumanisation of Kashmiris

In an episode of the popular British sci-fi TV series Black Mirror, the military equips each of its soldiers with…

Parsa Mufti       Thursday, July 2, 2020

Crisis of Accountability and Transparency Under the NDA

At the time of the framing of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, while stating his preference for a parliamentary form…

Aadrita Das       Thursday, July 2, 2020

Debunking False Information About PM CARES Fund

The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund, a public charitable trust, has of late…

Pranjal Agarwal       Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Is India Ready For A Demographic Transition?

The Samruddha Bharat Foundation recently released the third volume of its Rethinking India series titled ‘Reviving Jobs: An Agenda for…

Sai Anurag       Monday, June 29, 2020

Planned Investment In India – Story of Inclusivity Nipped In The Bud

Many elections in India have been fought on the issue of eradicating inequality. We have had slogans emphasising the same,…

Arun Khobragade       Saturday, June 27, 2020

Unrest Brewing in Lock(ed)down India

For most humans the most important motivations in life are related to their physiological needs (food, shelter, clothing), their future…

Avi Kathpalia       Friday, June 26, 2020

The Hollowness of “Reach Out To A Mental Health Professional” Advice In India

The tragic death of young actor Sushant Singh Rajput has once again brought into public attention — even if it…

Ajay Gulzar       Friday, June 26, 2020

Analysing The Politics of Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar is a member of the legislative council for third consecutive term since he took oath of Chief Minister…

Dr. Nawal Kishore       Friday, June 26, 2020

Risk of NCDs And Concern For Aged Population In The Pandemic

Nearly 213 countries and territories around the world affected by the Coronavirus are struggling to overcome the pandemic, which is…

Dr. Rajesh Raushan       Friday, June 26, 2020

PSBs Merging Amidst The Pandemic: Will It Help?

On 30th August 2019, the Finance Minister announced the merger of several Public-Sector Banks (PSB). The amalgamation of 10 public…

Nibu Pullamvilavil       Friday, June 26, 2020

Whither The Congress?

There is a particularly virulent wild shrub in Maharashtra, which magically crops up everywhere. No matter how many times it’s…

Pushparaj Deshpande       Friday, June 26, 2020

An Indecent Proposal

The Indian army smells an opportunity in using the ‘rise of nationalist and patriotic sentiments’ to cut costs and also…

Apoorvanand       Friday, June 26, 2020

Online Teaching: A Stark Pedagogical Issue For Margins

The unprecedented crisis of the Corona pandemic not only affected the health and economy but it also severely affected the…

Dr. Kalu Naik       Thursday, June 25, 2020

Technology For All: How Data Commons Can Make It Happen

Most debates about data in India are about privacy. This is understandable, as surveillance is a major risk for anyone…

Jaai Vipra       Thursday, June 25, 2020

Is this ‘Bangaru’ (Golden) Telangana?

On 02nd June Telangana State celebrated statehood day and the people of the state also celebrated 06th anniversary of the…

Dr. Chiguru Prashanth Kumar       Thursday, June 25, 2020

Migrant Workers Stuck In A Quagmire

The Supreme Court has finally passed the desired judgement, though too late, on the travel of migrant workers back to…

Tikender Singh Panwar       Thursday, June 25, 2020

Why Not The Kerala Model?

In India’s own literal backwaters, a small state has been quietly endeavouring, with an astonishing degree of success, to restore…

Giri       Thursday, June 25, 2020

Congress-Left-Civil Society Unity Need of the Hour

Just before lock-down a group of veteran activists singly and in twos and threes met general secretaries of the three…

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The Costs of A Pandemic

In 1897 in Maharashtra the colonial government introduced the Epidemic Diseases Act to deal with bubonic plague that swept the…

Neera Chandhoke       Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Corona Pandemic and Atrophy of India’s Federalism

In this unprecedented crisis of the Corona pandemic, the last two and the half months have been quite tough for…

Dr. Amrita Mondal       Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Indigenous Collective – International

“We are an informal international collective of Indigenous persons, friends of the indigenous, activists and scholars deeply engaged in the…

The Indigenous Collective – International       Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Structural Failures of The NDA’s Governance

India has finally overtaken China, not in its economic prowess but in the number of COVID cases which exceeded over…

Dr. Sirivella Prasad       Wednesday, June 24, 2020

‘Breathe, Can One?’

157 years ago, a short speech made at Gettysburg, brought a war-torn country back to its senses. Abraham Lincoln, assassinated…

G. N. Devy       Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ode to Corona: The Queen

It is a jungle of loneliness that one leaves behind, Moving to a hollow forest of thought where sunlight never…

Robin Gupta
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