Archive for February, 2015

NDA’s growth claims are an object of ridicule by its own devotees, says FARAZ AHMAD

Feb 27, 2015 No Comments

The Budget Session of Parliament commenced today with President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the joint session of Parliament claiming India’s growth rate trajectory at 7.4 per cent, highest in the world, a claim made earlier by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, relying on the manipulation of figures by his master spin doctor, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. [...]

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Media must beware the use of OSA in the Santanu Saikia “corporate espionage” case, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Feb 24, 2015 No Comments

Media ignorance and incompetence is evident from its hysterical reporting of the “corporate espionage” in the Petroleum Ministry. Now, ministry officials who have been stealing the documents (two serving and two former employees) have been duly arrested by the Delhi Police, should a journalist who runs a petroleum website be arrested too? For starters, every [...]

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Questions we should be asking frequently about the Land Acquisition Act, says Dr USHA RAMNATHAN

Feb 24, 2015 No Comments

It was in 2003 that the Supreme Court reintroduced the idea of citizens as ‘subjects’. It said: “So long as the public purpose subsists the exercise of the power by the State to acquire the land of its subjects without regard to the wishes or willingness of the owner or person interested in the land cannot be [...]

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The activist tells her version in an all revealing video posted here

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

Teesta Setalvad speaks on not getting her anticipatory bail, on why legal advocacy is different and more difficult from all other other kinds of advocacies and Zakia Jaffery case

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Media & police blamed for disseminating false information in an already communalised situation – A pictorial study

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

Once Upon A Mass Grave In Bhagalpur In October and November of 2014, the 25 year anniversary of the communal violence in Bhagalpur went by like a whisper. Testimonies from Parbatti | Parbatti – Part II | Timoni Logain | Chanderi | Nayabazaar Dariyapur | Alamnagar This piece appears as a photo essay in Al [...]

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HOW NOT TO REPORT

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

KAVITA KRISHNAN on a TIMES NOW report on Adivasis protesting in Bastar Am waching with concern, coverage of a protest of adivasis at a police station in Bastar. On Times Now. Classic case of how reporting should not be done. It says 400 villagers armed with bows and arrows are protesting at a police station [...]

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Noted advocate DUSHYANT DAVE writes to CJI against appointment of Justice MOHIT SHAH in Supreme Court

Feb 13, 2015 No Comments

In two strongly worded and impactful letters addressed to the Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu, as reported by Bar and Bench, Senior Advocate and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Dushyant Dave has opposed the proposed elevation of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Justice Mohit Shah to the Supreme Court. The [...]

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In a funny riposte, MAKEPEACE SITHLOU on how Hindutva plans to take on dating sites

Feb 13, 2015 No Comments

Looking to get some on Tinder? Just your luck that Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha will be up all night trying to make sure you don’t get lucky. The Hindutva outfit has just declared a ‘jihad’ on the dating app that has seen increasing popularity in metro cities in the last 2 years, and is now [...]

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Why are Jaitley & Sitharaman not investigating bogus companies they accuse AAP of fund fraud. asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Feb 13, 2015 No Comments

It’s time the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ministers Arun Jaitley and Nirmala Sitharaman realise they are not the Opposition anymore. Their outrage over the Aam Aadmi Party’s alleged misdemeanours is beginning to sound frivolous and is laughable. For over two days running, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Jaitley and Commerce and Trade Minister Sitharaman have been [...]

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