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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Seema Chishti


The Urdu Press: CAB concerns
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

The Etemaad of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslameen says, “We need to oppose this kind of hathdharmi — meaningless stubbornness.”

Due process vs instant verdict: Applause for Telangana police and a few questions
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Hyderabad rape-murder case: From Parliament to social media, from chief ministers to actors and sports stars, several invoked the “delay” in the judicial system to justify the killings.

Citizenship lost and regained: the importance of being Milan Kundera
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

In 1979, Kundera was stripped of his citizenship of undivided Czechoslovakia. He had published a book in France called The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, whose best known line is: “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”.

Ayodhya verdict: To review or not, Muslim Personal Law Board will discuss on Nov 17
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

On Saturday, AIMPLB advocate Zafaryab Jilani stopped short of saying they would go for a review, despite several members of the Board making it clear that they were “not satisfied” with the Supreme Court’s verdict.

A to Z of Ayodhya verdict
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Ayodhya verdict: The 1,045-page order — its context and contents — broken down.

‘Deeply disturbing’: Hit by Pegasus spyware, activists and lawyers seek answers from govt
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

Surveillance via WhatsApp: Appealing to the government to reveal information on the attack, at least 19 activists said it was a matter of public concern whether Indian taxpayer money had been spent on the cyber surveillance.

The Urdu Press: Whatsapp, privacy 
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

Inquilab writes “that instead of taking refuge behind these statements, the government should have appointed a committee of experts and should have started enquiries about what had happened, why and at whose behest?”

Justice Srikrishna warns: We may slide into Orwellian State, Big Brother snooping
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

Asked what the system should do to ensure that such surveillance does not happen illegally, Justice Srikrishna told The Indian Express: “Generate strong public opinion against what you see as a clear onslaught on democratic and Constitutional rights of citizens.”

Madhav Godbole: ‘National Integration Council meeting must be called to build consensus’
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

The demolition of Babri Masjid signified a total breakdown of not just the rule of law, but of the Constitution itself, says Madhav Godbole.

End Pegasus maker’s export licence: Plea in Israel court
Sat, Nov 02, 2019

On November 7, a district court in the Israeli capital will hear arguments on why the country’s Ministry of Defence needs to cancel Pegasus-developer NSO Group’s export licence.

Surveillance via WhatsApp: On snoop target list—Rights lawyers to activists, DU prof to Defence journalist
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

On Thursday, The Indian Express reported that Facebook-owned WhatsApp confirmed it was aware that journalists and human rights activists in India were targeted for surveillance and it had contacted each one of them.

Next CJI Bobde: ‘Privileged to be hearing (Ayodhya case)… opportunity of a lifetime’
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, the most senior judge in the Supreme Court after CJI Ranjan Gogoi who retires on November 17, spoke to The Indian Express on his priorities, ideas and the road ahead.

WhatsApp confirms: Israeli spyware was used to snoop on Indian journalists, activists
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

It is learnt that at least two dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India were contacted and alerted by WhatsApp that their phones had been under state-of-the-art surveillance for a two-week period until May 2019.

Long ago, by the Sarayu
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

The tussle to stake ownership over Ayodhya, and define it by the Hindu-Muslim question, has concealed the myriad other factors that have gone into making the city and, by implication, India.

The Urdu press: Waiting for verdict
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

The editorial goes onto say that, “instead, in Court, the Hindu side focussed on the question of the birthplace of Lord Ram and puja rights. The Court had asked for a mediation panel, which has now given its report.”

Ayodhya verdict: Generations will feel impact, go by values laid in Constitution, Mosque sides tells Supreme Court
Mon, Oct 21, 2019

AYODHYA CASE: In its submission, the Nirmohi Akhara, which is one of the main parties to the dispute, has projected six possible scenarios and outlined its opinion on each. It argues that it is the lead claimant for building the temple, if allowed, as it holds the ‘shebait’ rights there since the 18th Century.

Ayodhya case: 6 of 7 Muslim appellants reject process and content of mediation deal
Sat, Oct 19, 2019

On the last day of hearing in the Ayodhya matter, the mediation committee submitted the contours of a "deal" to the Supreme Court premised on the chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board offering "no objections" to the government taking over the disputed portion of the land

SC’s Ayodhya judgment will determine whether it responds to mood of the moment or leaves room for next generation
Fri, Oct 18, 2019

As the 40 days of hearings are over, and just before the Lordships are set to rule on the matter, it is good to recall that it will be 27 years since the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya this December.

Ayodhya hearing — Let Govt acquire land, allow prayers in ASI mosques: Deal on table
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The parties which are part of this proposed “settlement” are the Hindu Mahasabha, Akhil Bhartiya Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Punaruddhar Samiti, and Shri Mahant Rajendradas of the Nirmohi Ani Akhara.

Panel set to review cases against 23,000 tribals in Chhattisgarh Naxal belt
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Sources told The Indian Express that the committee will start work and refer to the state government, as per its terms of reference, cases that merit a relook or withdrawal of proceedings.