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Press freedom in South Asia

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the International Federation of Journalists released the second annual IFJ Press Freedom Report for South Asia, 'The Story Behind the News: Journalists and Press Freedom in South Asia'

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"Justice taken for a ride...abused, misused, mutilated.."

Excerpts from the historic Supreme Court judgement on the Best Bakery Case, specifically, the case of Zahira Sheikh versus the Gujarat government. The judgement was passed by an apex court bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and Doraiswamy Raju, April 12, 2004

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The deliberate construction of the Enemy Other

By Rakesh Shukla

Two years after Godhra and the Gujarat riots that followed, a feminist report argues that the sexual violence in Gujarat was not random, impulsive or isolated, but a consciously-thought-out strategy to subjugate and humiliate a community painted as the Enemy Other

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How long are we going to complain that others are cornering dalits?'

By S Anand

RBI economist and Dalit writer Narendra Jadhav's memoir Outcaste (Aamcha Baap aan Amhi) has been picked up for publishing in the United States by Simon and Schuster, the world's second largest publisher for a record amount and is fast becoming essential reading for sociology studies in American universities. In an interview, the author talks about the sudden spurt in the publication of dalit literature

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Gender is at the heart of all discrimination

By Arshia Sattar

A review of Translating Caste and Translating Desire

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Janu and the nowhere people

By Sindhu Nair

The autobiography of C K Janu, a semi-literate tribal leader from Kerala, is a simple but powerful document of how Kerala's tribals lost their old order of life and were alienated both from their forests and from the mainstream

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Comics that celebrate our diverse cultures

By Arshia Sattar

At a time when there is increasing pressure towards homogeneity, the Vivalok series of comics brings alive the microcosms that communities create and nurture even as they exist within a larger pluralistic cultural domain

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Journalism in a time of war

By Ammu Joseph

Journalism After September 11 reflects the problems and perils of patriotic journalism, not just in the US but across the world

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Gujarat riots: The impact on women

This report by a six-member fact-finding team records the testimonies of Gujarat's women and assesses the impact of the ongoing riots in Gujarat on minority women

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Human Rights and Poverty Eradication : A Talisman for the Commonwealth

A report by the International Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

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Socialism after Gore and the old guard

There is no dearth of citizens’ movements for rights today. But do they have the ideological frame, the vision of society, economy and politics that Mrinal Gore and her generation of socialist leaders had, which could weave disparate struggles into a larger transformative force, asks Rajni Bakshi

Mrinal Gore socialist and women’s rights leader

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Queer beauty

By Abhijit Kondhalkar

Pahal, a beauty parlour for gay and trans people run by young transgender Simmy since 2009, is also a drop-in centre providing counselling, comfort and warmth to a community in desperate need of acceptance

Pahal Foundation Gay community

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In Vinoba's footsteps: Tribute to Eli Gadkar

Jyoti Punwani profiles Eli Gadkar, the quintessential Sarvodaya worker whose every action was informed by the values of non-violence and swarajya, and by the lives and thoughts of Tolstoy, Ruskin, Gandhi and most of all, Vinoba Bhave

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"Being Indian, you have no right to be cynical"

Mahasweta Devi, the formidable literary talent and relentless fighter of many causes, talks to Anosh Malekar about the inequity in our society and why it’s necessary for every Indian to raise a voice against injustice

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Interpreter of dreams

By Moushumi Basu

Ramnika Gupta of Jharkhand is a chronicler of marginal cultures. She has scoured the country to document the wonderful diversity of tribal literature that goes back 3,000 years, told in 90 known tribal languages in India

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Niti, nyaya and perfect justice

By Rashme Sehgal

The theory of justice must be more concerned with the elimination of removable injustices than with defining a hypothetical perfectly just society, says Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in an interview to Infochange

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Laxmi Orang's fight for justice

By Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Undeterred by the brutal attack on her during a public rally, Laxmi Orang wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Tezpur in Assam to ensure the voice of her Adivasi community is heard in the corridors of power

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'Women are the strongest critics of fundamentalist groups'

By Rajashri Dasgupta

Pakistani social activist Khawar Mumtaz talks about the importance of resolving conflict and the role that women can and have played in bringing about a more just and equitable society

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Vijay Tendulkar: An artist and an activist

By Amrita Shah

Renowned playwright, novelist and activist Vijay Tendulkar, who died on May 19, discusses, in this interview recorded last year, the role and responsibilities of the artist, the importance of freedom of expression, and the frightening dichotomies of our times

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Irom Sharmila: Eight years on, and still fighting

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

A profile of the unique rebel who is fighting for a repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur, by the author of a new book on Irom Sharmila

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