Articles by: Shobha Aggarwal

Panaji: BJP President Amit Shah address BJP supporters in Panaji, Goa on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_20_2016_000228A)

Rest Assured, HM’s Recovery Is Assured

HM has been reportedly readmitted to the hospital for post-COVID care (and continues to work from there).  Even as the whole country is praying for his speedy recovery, Sarkari facts and statements issued ad infinitum should give him a reason to cheer viz: The recovery rate for COVID-19 has improved and reached 73.64 % because of ‘active intervention treatment strategies’.[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 India
Why Justice S. K. Kaul Must Recuse from Hearing Kashmir Petitions

Why Justice S. K. Kaul Must Recuse from Hearing Kashmir Petitions

One year has passed since the right wing Hindutva forces in power at the centre – which thrives on ruling by shock and awe – betrayed the people of Kashmir. In the aftermath of the events on 5 August, 2019 and with the entire valley locked up and all the leaders arrested (many are still under detention) the only hope[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 India
Has The Last Bastion – Judiciary – Finally Fallen?

Has The Last Bastion – Judiciary – Finally Fallen?

The mainstream print media never tires of speaking up in favour of Public Interest Litigation (PIL). However in a recent article ‘The Rise and Fall of The PIL’ by Mr. Harish Salve (The Times of India, 05.06.2020) the author has been critical of PILs but in a selective way. As certain points raised by him cannot be left uncontested and[Read More…]

by June 11, 2020 India
Adieu, My Adenium

Adieu, My Adenium

Last Bloom, April 2017 Early 1998, I visited Bhopal for some work. Bhopal has a lot of plant nurseries and supplies them to many places in India. I also decided to buy some plants. I knew little about exotic plants then. A friend of mine helped me select some nice plants and one of them was a small sapling of[Read More…]

by May 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Universalize Hijab; Make It Gender Neutral; Save Humanity From Anti-Muslim Campaign, n-Coronavirus, Patriarchy

Universalize Hijab; Make It Gender Neutral; Save Humanity From Anti-Muslim Campaign, n-Coronavirus, Patriarchy

Late last year I started wearing a hijab to protest against the communal virus spread against Muslims by the Indian government by promulgating Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Now the entire world is facing a secular n-coronavirus which makes no distinction between various religions/ regions/ communities/ class. In India religion wise statistics of infected people is not available and that is[Read More…]

by May 10, 2020 India
Supreme Follies By The Supreme Court Of India – Judiciary In  A Morass

Supreme Follies By The Supreme Court Of India – Judiciary In  A Morass

Death of an infant at the Shaheen Bagh protest site, Delhi has been taken ‘note’ of by the Supreme Court of India. The Court has taken up the matter with the cause title of the case (initiated suo motu) being: “In re To Stop Involvement Of Children And Infants In Demonstrations And Agitations In View Of Death Of An Infant[Read More…]

by February 17, 2020 India
(Photo | Parveen Negi| The New Indian Express)

A Raised Fisted Red Salute, To My Alma Mater, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University For Protesting Against Fascism In India

Kudos to students of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Delhi for protesting in the campus against fascism on 8 January, 2020. Almost the entire college walked out in protest and marched towards other colleges where more students joined. It was the collective decision of students of this college. This was an unprecedented political outrage by the students. They raised the[Read More…]

by January 9, 2020 India
The Presidential Orders That Felled A State; Writ Petitions Challenging This Fraud On The Indian Constitution; Praying Justice For Kashmiris

The Presidential Orders That Felled A State; Writ Petitions Challenging This Fraud On The Indian Constitution; Praying Justice For Kashmiris

As we wait with bated breath for real news from Jammu and Kashmir since the total clampdown of 5 August, 2019, a large number of Writ Petitions finally got filed and the Supreme Court belatedly heard these on 28.08.2019. I read those of the petitions uploaded on the web and prepared this brief piece; and added a note on what[Read More…]

by September 2, 2019 India
Press Council of India Censures The Hindu; Terms Its (Then) Editor Neither Honest Nor Wise On Complaint by AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan

Press Council of India Censures The Hindu; Terms Its (Then) Editor Neither Honest Nor Wise On Complaint by AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan

Decades of our work at ABVA, AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (AIDS Anti-Discrimination Movement of India) was sought to be subverted and our reputation tarnished through an article published in The Hindu. We decided to fight back and filed a complaint at the Press Council of India (PCI). The decision on our complaint was passed on 29.05.2019 by the PCI whose[Read More…]

by June 5, 2019 India
The word Kashmir stands censored out at all three places on the entry gate!

How Do We Face Kashmiri Muslims Now?

‘Kashmir Handicrafts Exhibition’is put up on Baba Kharak Singh Marg (BKS Marg)at a venue sandwiched between a Masjid and Pracheen Shiv Mandir every year in winter. BKS marg has all the state emporiums and is a street in Delhi with places of worship of all the major religions. It has few Hindu temples (Hanuman mandir, Shiv mandir and Ganesh mandir),[Read More…]

by February 23, 2019 India
Reminiscing ABVA’s Struggle for Gay Rights in the Twentieth Century – A Brief History of That Time

Reminiscing ABVA’s Struggle for Gay Rights in the Twentieth Century – A Brief History of That Time

ABVA organizes the first ever gay rights protest in India at Police Head Quarters, New Delhi; 11 August, 1992 As the Supreme Court of India is on the verge of decriminalizing adult consensual homosexual sex in India an attempt to capture ABVA’s struggle for gay rights in India in the twentieth century is in order. The struggle was unique as[Read More…]

by September 1, 2018 Human Rights