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Articles by: Pushkar Raj

Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

Why Propaganda Passes As News In (Indian) Media

  It is a common refrain in the country that news has declined in content and quality. Social media is full of debate on the issue since innovations like the paid news and scandals like Radia tape. A common thread of concern is that the media is scandalizing, preaching and serving the masses a low comedy in the  name of[Read More…]

Protest Against Violence

Protest Against Violence

    More than hundred military veterans wrote to the prime minister last week dissenting growing violence against people in the country.  Earlier, last month, thousands of people in several cities protested against the widespread incidence of mob violence against Muslims and Dalits. According to IndiaSpend, a data journalism website, 38 people have been killed in 61 attacks since Narendra Modi[Read More…]

Dangers of Vigilante Politics

Dangers of Vigilante Politics

  The country is experiencing a spate of violence with cases of lynching in different parts of India. The citizen is hapless and government is unresponsive betraying its authoritarian tendencies rooted in its ideology. Over a couple of decades , BJP has grown on vigilante politics rooted in ideology of RSS and Hindutva, a distorted interpretation of Hinduism which is[Read More…]

Decline Of Human Rights Protection Regime

Decline Of Human Rights Protection Regime

The recent summoning of Chhattisgarh officials by the National Human Rights Commissions (NHRC) for abuse of power is significant due to the expectations from human rights protection institutions in the country to deliver on their mandate. However, concerned officials may never appear before the commission to explain their conduct indicating a steep decline in human rights protection regime in the[Read More…]

Pink, Akira And Ten Years Of Police Reform In India 

Pink, Akira And Ten Years Of Police Reform In India 

Pink and Akira, two recent Bollywood hit films, depict an ugly reality of the police in India. It seems much has not changed in country for the last ten years since the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh case ordered in September 2006 that the police must be made functionally autonomous and accountable by enacting new police laws. After 1947, Indian[Read More…]

Freedom From AFSPA In J&K And Manipur

Freedom From AFSPA In J&K And Manipur

  As India celebrates its anniversary of independence from the British rule it, is worthwhile to ask when the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur will get freedom from the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act 1958 (AFSPA) which is no less than being living under the colonial rule. The law that the British conceived in the wake of quit[Read More…]

In Defence Of The Writer

In Defence Of The Writer

The recent Chennai High court judgment concerning the writer Perumal Murugan is a requisite addition to the Indian jurisprudence as it underlines the relationship between the writer and society, which has lately suffered from grave confusion. Permual Murugan was hauled up in the court of law for describing a cultural practice of Tamil Nadu through a novel Madhurobhagan, published in[Read More…]

Negotiating With Undeclared Emergency

Negotiating With Undeclared Emergency

Last month, Hyderabad police registered a case against Prof. Kancha Ilaiah for writing an article in a Telugu daily, entitled ‘Is God not a democrat’? The article questioned inequality in society and discussed concept of god. For doing so the professor was reproached for insulting sentiments of a community and charged for promoting enmity between different religious groups under section[Read More…]