Mander is a human rights worker and writer
It is adversaries as powerful as these that Swamy and the young Adivasis, who he stands in unflinching solidarity with, are fighting. Is it a surprise then that he is seen as a dangerous enemy of this government?
As threats of arrest and incarceration on charges of secession and armed rebellion shroud young dissenting voices, who will ask: “Who lit these embers? Who stoked the wind?”
Harsh Mandar writes: It is apparent the policies of the Union government to battle the pandemic have failed. I believe that the people of India will gravely suffer the consequences of these failures for at least a generation.
In these dire circumstances, it is essential for the state to directly provide the basic means of survival to anyone who needs it. This must be in both cash and kind.
Harsh Mander writes on COVID-19: Public health experts differ about whether such a harsh and comprehensive a lockdown was advisable in India. But assuming it was, it was designed and implemented entirely bereft of empathy and compassion.
Harsh Mander writes: The Indian government found it fit to charter planes with medical staff to fly in migrants from other countries. But it felt no responsibility at all to the millions of migrants stranded without work and food in every corner of the country.
The other part of the movement, therefore, must be to deepen our unity and solidarity. It must address not just the state but each of us. In the end, the kind of country we become will be determined not by law or court judgments, but by whether love or hate colonises our hearts.
History will long remember this moment for how citizens pulled India back from the edge of fascism, through both, the resolve of collective civil disobedience and the public affirmation of their solidarity.
India’s young have picked up mantle of an older battle — for a country that is equal, just and kind
The CAB-NRC poses the gravest threat to India’s secular democratic constitution since India became a republic, and must be fought with a nation-wide civil disobedience movement. The contours of this struggle need to be worked out by We the People.
Justice Gogoi chose a moment, a few days before he remitted office, in a public function in Delhi, to vigorously defend the NRC in Assam. It is unusual for an incumbent Chief Justice to publicly declare his views on highly politically fraught matters.
We need to ask why India lags behind its neighbours in combating hunger, malnutrition
Among all the countries included in the report, India has the highest rate of child wasting (which rose from the 2008-2012 level of 16.5 per cent to 20.8 per cent). Its child stunting rate (at 37.9 per cent) also remains shockingly high.
Despite some omissions, an eclectic volume of writings by one of India’s longest-serving politicians.
This is the fearful tempest that threatens to engulf India in the coming months, one which will destroy in its wake this country as it was imagined and promised.
India’s criminal justice system has always been biased against disadvantaged castes, women and Muslims. Few people who organised and participated in caste and communal massacres and rapes have ever been punished.
Pehlu Khan verdict underlines subversion of justice by police and bureaucracy.
Extending the concept of foreigners tribunals from Assam to rest of India will result in an upheaval that will stir memories of Partition.
The 2014 general elections were crafted by the BJP to render India’s Muslims politically irrelevant by welding disadvantaged Hindu castes with privileged castes— and in India’s Northeast even with Christians — against the constructed common enemy, India’s Muslims.
An urban employment guarantee programme is an idea whose time has come.
Rahul Gandhi’s proposed scheme will do more harm than good if it comes at the cost of existing subsidies for the poor.
Assam is sitting on a volcano of suffering and conflict. On test is the mettle of India’s democracy.
Strategic silences won’t help Congress lead the idea of India towards safer shores.
In Jharkhand, over the past year, the police rarely reached out to protect or support victims of the lynch mobs.
A law for lynching isn’t enough. It recurs due to climate of impunity, political encouragement.