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Friday, January 24, 2020

Seema Chishti

Consulting Editor

The Urdu Press: JNU violence
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The Urdu Times on the same day refers to “messages of hatred on Whatsapp”, which the JNU attackers allegedly received. These messages had the provocative exhortation: “If not now then when will you hit?”

When actors stood up, spoke up in the past
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

The most relevant instance of Bombay cinema’s history of connect with politics is in Balraj Sahni’s convocation address to JNU in 1972. Those who speak today, in some measure, shed that “burden” that Bollywood has borne for some decades now.

55 yrs after death, selected works of India’s first PM completed: ‘Nehru was genuinely global, his nationalism inclusive’
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

It is hoped that the hundred books will be online soon, as there is immense interest in international Libraries. More so, as these are almost the Collected works as very little material has been kept out.

Muslim presence in India is as old as Islam — it’s an insider’s tale
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

It is the ability to find a vocabulary — political, unapologetic and involving large numbers of women — that makes the current moment unique.

Elgar Parishad case: In letters to kin from jail, a slice of life of detainees
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

The letters written by the activists reveal a slice of their lives behind bars

Letters from jail: Elgaar Parishad detainees pen thoughts and experiences
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

The letters, which The Indian Express has access to, reveal a slice of their lives behind bars. Some talk about when they can possibly see the gallows, some are abstract ruminations on life and freedom, while some dwell on the circumstances of their arrest and merits of the case.

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.