Post Tagged with: "Citizenship Amendment Act"

Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

Condemn The Arrest of Umar Khalid; Release Him Immediately

As citizens deeply committed to Constitutional values, we condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid who has been subjected to a malicious investigation targeting peaceful anti-CAA protestors. He has been booked under several charges including UAPA, sedition and conspiracy for murder. With deep anguish we have no doubt in saying that this investigation is not about the violence in February 2020[Read More…]

by September 14, 2020 India
Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

Yechury, Yadav, Apoorvanand, Ghosh et al. named in Delhi riots: Media toes police line  

  The mainstream media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has reproduced the police version while covering the news related to the naming of opposition leaders, activists, scholars in a supplementary chargesheet in the February 2020 Delhi riots. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader and scholar Yogendra Yadav, JNU economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and social activist Apoorvanand[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 India
HBKL condemns the targeting of peaceful anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters by Mumbai Police

HBKL condemns the targeting of peaceful anti-CAA/NRC/NPR protesters by Mumbai Police

Ever since the passage of the draconian & unconstitutional laws, namely, the CAA, NRC & the NPR, peaceful protests spontaneously arose across the country. These protests were organised in the best traditions of the Gandhian principles of non-violence and dissent. The movement that arose committed themselves to defend the Constitution of India and the fundamental values espoused in our preamble,[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 India
Delhi Riots: Is this an investigation into a “conspiracy” or is the investigation itself a conspiracy?

Delhi Riots: Is this an investigation into a “conspiracy” or is the investigation itself a conspiracy?

Statement released by Activists  of Anti-CAA-NRC-NPR movement, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander, Yogendra Yadav, Kawalpreet and Umar Khalid questioning the malicious investigation of the Delhi riots by Delhi police This press conference has been called in the backdrop of a continuing attempt by the Delhi Police to falsely implicate activists of the anti-CAA/NRC/NPR movements as the masterminds of the brutal communal violence[Read More…]

by September 4, 2020 India
The police I served and the police I faced

The police I served and the police I faced

(I am a 1972 batch IPS officer of U.P.Cadre. After retirement as IG (Police) in 2003, I have been active on issues of Human Rights, Dalit Rights, RTI, Forest Rights Act, Right to Food and Education etc. I am the Vice-President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Uttar Pradesh. I am also ex- Advisor to National Commission for Scheduled Castes.[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 India
Release Sharjeel Usmani

Release Sharjeel Usmani

It has been more than one month since Sharjeel Usmani, National secretary of Fraternity Movement and Anti-CAA Activist imprisoned in Aligarh Jail. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police from his house in Azamgarh on 8th July 2020. On that day, 5 people claimed to be from the Crime Branch detained him without an arrest warrant or memo and[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Human Rights
Was Shaheen Bagh Movement Scripted by BJP?

Was Shaheen Bagh Movement Scripted by BJP?

Aam Admi Party, rather Arvind Kejriwal’s party on 17th August accused the BJP of sponsoring the anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh, “The BJP won some seats from the North-East in Assembly polls because of Shaheen Bagh, creating a gap between Hindus and Muslims. In Delhi, the BJP rose from 18% to 38% due to Shaheen Bagh.” As a proof they[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 India
DU Professor Apoorvanand Questioned By Delhi Police, Phone Seized

DU Professor Apoorvanand Questioned By Delhi Police, Phone Seized

Delhi University professor Apoorvanand was questioned on Monday by Delhi police in connection with Delhi riots. Apoorvanand said his phone was seized for investigation and he spent five hours with the police. Apoorvanand, who teaches Hindi at Delhi University, urged the police to conduct a thorough, just and fair investigation into the violence. This is the full text of Apoorvanand’s[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 Human Rights
 San Francisco becomes sixth US city to denounce Indian Citizen Amendment Act

 San Francisco becomes sixth US city to denounce Indian Citizen Amendment Act

San Francisco Wednesday became the sixth US city to pass a resolution against India’s anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The resolution, reaffirming San Francisco as a “welcoming city,” comes in the wake of five other cities (Seattle WA, Albany NY, St. Paul MN, Hamtramck MI, Cambridge MA) having passed similar resolutions denouncing the[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 India
 Gulfisha Fatima: 100+ Days of Wrongful Imprisonment

 Gulfisha Fatima: 100+ Days of Wrongful Imprisonment

19 July 2020 marked 100 days of the wrongful incarceration of Gulfisha Fatima, a young student and community educator from Seelampur, in North-East Delhi who has been falsely charged under the draconian UAPA law for defending constitutional values and peacefully resisting the anti-people CAA-NRC-NPR project. Thousands took to Twitter to condemn #100DaysofInjustice and demand #FreeGulfisha – sharing pictures, posters, solidarity messages and memories of the exuberant Gulfisha,[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 Human Rights
Chuck Puchmayr honoured for bringing a motion against CAA

Chuck Puchmayr honoured for bringing a motion against CAA

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India honoured New Westminster City Councillor Chuck Puchmayr with a medal of courage on Sunday, July 19, for bringing a motion against India’s highly discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The medal was presented to Puchmayr by the IAPI President Parshottam Dosanjh and another member of the group, and prominent poet Amrit Diwana, at an event held[Read More…]

by July 20, 2020 Human Rights
New Westminster passes motion against CAA, becomes first Canadian municipality to denounce India’s Islamophobic law

New Westminster passes motion against CAA, becomes first Canadian municipality to denounce India’s Islamophobic law

Brutish Colombian city passed a motion on Monday, July 13 against the highly discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) adopted by the Indian government. Moved on March 9 by City Councillor Chuck Puchmyar, a well known human rights defender, the motion was finally passed with 5-1 votes in favour, with one city councillor absent. The Mayor Jonathan Cote voted in favour[Read More…]

by July 15, 2020 India
UAPA- Sword against dissent

UAPA- Sword against dissent

Co-Written by Saumya and Harsh Kumar Peasant leader and RTI Activist Akhil Gogoi from Assam booked under the amended UAPA act 2019 tested positive for COVID-19 in jail. He has been allegedly booked for his role in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act last year under the sections 120B(punishment of criminal conspiracy), 153A(unlawful association) and 153B(imputations, assertion prejudicial to national-integration),[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 Human Rights
The curious case of Sharjeel Usmani and Psychological Cognitive Distortion Disorder of islamophobic crowd

The curious case of Sharjeel Usmani and Psychological Cognitive Distortion Disorder of islamophobic crowd

Human right activist Sharjeel Usmani was picked by Uttar Pradesh police from his Azamgarh home on Wednesday evening. His brother says that around 5 p.m, five unknown people dressed in plain clothes came to their house and claimed to be from the Crime Branch. When they were asked who they are! “you don’t need to know why we are here,[Read More…]

by July 13, 2020 Human Rights
Sharjeel Usmani, another Muslim student leader, falls victim to Hindutva State

Sharjeel Usmani, another Muslim student leader, falls victim to Hindutva State

  Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) student leader Sharjeel Usmani has been victimized because of his Muslim identity. A bright youth leader, emerging scholar, and asset of the country as well as the community has been picked up from his house in Azamgarh by the U.P. Police and sent to judicial custody. The media reports suggest that he has been accused[Read More…]

by July 10, 2020 Human Rights
Akhil Gogoi: A peasant leader jailed for supporting the poor and oppressed

Akhil Gogoi: A peasant leader jailed for supporting the poor and oppressed

Co-Written by Atul and Sandeep Pandey Akhil Gogoi-a peasant leader and Right to Information activist from Assam has been in jail since December 2019. His crime is that he exercised his fundamental right of speech and expression by protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The police took him in custody on December 12, 2019, and since then he has been[Read More…]

by July 6, 2020 Human Rights
The NHRC’s Report on Jamia Violence has ignored the Perspective of Victims

The NHRC’s Report on Jamia Violence has ignored the Perspective of Victims

  Just a few days ago the NHRC (National Human Right Commission) has released its report on ‘Jamia Violence’ which took place on 15th December 2019 night.  The Commission in its report has largely blamed students and said that they indulged in violent protests without permission from concerned authority.  The report while giving some ‘soft criticism’ to the Delhi police,[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 India
UN experts urge India to release protest leaders

UN experts urge India to release protest leaders

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – UN experts* today called on India to immediately release human rights defenders who have been arrested for protesting against changes to the nation’s citizenship laws. “These defenders, many of them students, appear to have been arrested simply because they exercised their right to denounce and protest against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), and their arrest[Read More…]

by June 27, 2020 Human Rights
Arrest of Safoora Zargar : A Case of Executive Vindictiveness

Arrest of Safoora Zargar : A Case of Executive Vindictiveness

While the Covid 19 situation in India continues to get grim with each passing day, the country is also witnessing the rise of unchecked executive power of the Center that has resulted in the incarceration of a student activist named Safoora Zargar who is five weeks pregnant. The memories of the Delhi riots that took place in the last week[Read More…]

by June 23, 2020 Human Rights
Dear Leaders, You Can’t Silence India, Can You?

Dear Leaders, You Can’t Silence India, Can You?

Harsh Mander, distinguished former civil servant and a human rights activist, and founder of Karawan-e Mohabbat, of which I too am a member, has been mentioned in the charge sheet that the police have filed in their case against those protesting at Shaheen Bagh and other places against the Citizenships Act amendments. I find this mention of Harsh Mander in[Read More…]

by June 21, 2020 India
Stand in Solidarity with Harsh Mander:  A Tireless Defender of Human Rights

Stand in Solidarity with Harsh Mander:  A Tireless Defender of Human Rights

  Just a few days back, the chargesheet was filed by the Delhi police against a well-known Human Right activist and committed Gandhian   Harsh Mander along with other activists.  The Delhi police alleged that Mander had incited violence (mainly to those people who were protesting against anti-constitutional Act like CAA). As a result, Delhi riots took place in the month of February 2020,[Read More…]

by June 19, 2020 Communal Harmony
`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

`Rights To Have Rights’ In Context Of Citizenship Matrix In India

Much has been said about the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 while protestors all over India demanded to withdraw the law claiming that it is discriminatory. The matter is pending before the Supreme Court but in this piece, it is added that the amendments made over the years, in the citizenship law, have changed the very notion and discourse of[Read More…]

by April 2, 2020 India
CAA: Should United Nations Norms be respected in Domestic Policies?

CAA: Should United Nations Norms be respected in Domestic Policies?

In the wake of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) UN High Commissioner, Michele Bachelet, has filed an intervention in the Supreme Court petition challenging the constitutionality of the Citizenship Amendment Act, as she is critical of CAA. Responding to her, India’s Foreign Minister S. Jai Shanker strongly rebutted her criticism, saying that the body (UNHCR) has been wrong and is blind[Read More…]

by March 15, 2020 India
Motion against India’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act moved in New Westminster

Motion against India’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act moved in New Westminster

Following in the footsteps of Seattle City council, which unanimously passed a motion against the discriminatory citizenship law adopted by India, a councillor in New Westminster made a similar move on Monday, March 9. Chuck Puchmayr, who is vocal on social justice and human rights, tabled a motion calling for the scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) amidst a[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 India
 An Open Letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla (Indian’s Foreign External Affairs Secretary)

 An Open Letter to Harsh Vardhan Shringla (Indian’s Foreign External Affairs Secretary)

Dear Mr. Shringla: I write this open letter to question you most respectfully why you told a seminar in Dhaka on 2nd March that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by Indian parliament last year was misunderstood by many, also in Bangladesh. Although I can’t disagree with you more that: “This is a proactive legislation that has been undertaken on[Read More…]

by March 5, 2020 India
India’s citizenship laws resemble South Africa’s Asiatic Registration Act

India’s citizenship laws resemble South Africa’s Asiatic Registration Act

At a time when Delhi was burning in the fire of communal riots sparked by the provocative speeches of leaders of his own party as evident from video reports, it was ironical that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have invited President Trump to visit, of all places, Sabarmati, the ashram where Gandhi prayed for peace and non-violence – the very[Read More…]

by March 3, 2020 India
 Trolleyology And India’s Citizenship Conundrum

 Trolleyology And India’s Citizenship Conundrum

A runaway trolley is hurtling down a track and it will kill five unsuspecting workers unless you pull a switch to divert the trolley on to another track in which case only one person, who works there, will die. Would you pull the switch? You’re a bystander standing on a footbridge over the track, and luckily for you, you see[Read More…]

by February 24, 2020 India
Not Just Communalist: Unpacking India’s New Citizenship Law and its Impact on the Indigenous Northeast

Not Just Communalist: Unpacking India’s New Citizenship Law and its Impact on the Indigenous Northeast

Globally, indigenous peoples’ land and cultural identity has been subjected to increasingly violent pressure in the last fifteen years, either for resources or due to demographic tensions over land.Indigenous land defenders attempting to protect fragile homelands from dispossession for mining, food, and logging projects are being subjected totargeted killings at twice the rate of previous decades. Between 2002 and 2017,[Read More…]

by February 21, 2020 India
Mumbai Bagh In Times of Islamophobia

Mumbai Bagh In Times of Islamophobia

The blatantly communal remarks of a taxi driver at Byculla was an acrid reminder of just how far the politics of hate have gone, with the nation’s top leaders making it perfectly legitimate for others to say the most obnoxious things. Choosing to stop and get out of the taxi, I opted for a bus that crawled along Nagpada until[Read More…]

by February 19, 2020 India
Perceived Roles Of Hinduism And Islam Reversed

Perceived Roles Of Hinduism And Islam Reversed

On January 26, Republic Day, 2020, while protests simmered against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Regiser of citizens throughout India, a dozen North American cities also witnessed historic protests. Indian Embassies have been witness to protests in the past. But this time it was different. In Washington D.C., 800 Indian Americans, many of whom had driven hours from neighbouring states,[Read More…]

by February 15, 2020 India
A take on Pro-CAA gang

A take on Pro-CAA gang

Those supporting the CAA have the following questions against anti-CAA protestors? · We do not understand why they are protesting? CAA only talks of giving citizenship and not taking away citizenship. Then why the protests? The issue is not whether it takes away citizenship through CAA alone. True it does not talk of the same. But the potential that it[Read More…]

by February 15, 2020 India
Muslim Minorities – Seeking Protection From Wolves…

Muslim Minorities – Seeking Protection From Wolves…

In December of 2019, India’s ruling party in the state of Assam, the BJP, passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), easing citizenship requirements for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Sikhs from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Notably excluded from this list are Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. And this is where the CAA comes in; non-Muslim residents of Assam who are not[Read More…]

by February 12, 2020 India
Police Brutally Beat Up Jamia Millia Islamia Students Again

Police Brutally Beat Up Jamia Millia Islamia Students Again

Police brutally beat up Jamia Millia Islamia students today. The police resorted to a lathi-charge on the protesters near Holy Family hospital which is within walking distance of Jamia Millia Islamia university. The students were holding an anti-CAA march from Jamia Millia Islamia to Parliament. The police had earlier denied permission to the protesters for the march. Height of brutality[Read More…]

by February 10, 2020 India
Beyond Federalism: the protests against CAA-NRC should be broadened

Beyond Federalism: the protests against CAA-NRC should be broadened

 Before engaging with Professor Partha Chatterjee’s essay published in the Wire, 18th January on the anti-CAA protests going on at nation-wide, let me briefly give his academic background and kind of works produced by him. He is one of India’s leading scholars who have produced large volume of the literature on themes like Nationalism as derivative discourse, Secularism, debates around[Read More…]

by February 10, 2020 India
How doubtful citizens can be ‘foreigners’

How doubtful citizens can be ‘foreigners’

The link between the NRC and the CAA is through amendment to Rules under Foreigners’ Order. The Rule 3A (6) added by Amendment to Foreigners Order 1964 in 2019 says: The district magistrate may also refer to the Tribunal for its opinion the question as to whether the appellant is a foreigner or not within the meaning of the Foreigners[Read More…]

by February 8, 2020 India
From The Roots To Statelessness : Are “We, the People of India”?

From The Roots To Statelessness : Are “We, the People of India”?

In the 70-year Republic, the public of India are burdened to prove their citizenship under NRC rules, prove place and birth of their parents under NPR, or face the CAA 2019. With CAA, the citizens might end up in Detention Centres. The 2015 and 2016 notifications under the Foreigners Act and Passport (Entry into India) Rules 1950 regularised the stay[Read More…]

by February 7, 2020 India
When Two Elderly Women Met At Shaheen Bagh

When Two Elderly Women Met At Shaheen Bagh

Co-Written by AurobindoGhose and Gurjeet Kaur Picture of two Elderly Women at ShaheenBagh, is worth thousand words: Divided by Class and privilege but United by Compassion and Patriotism The moment we saw on Facebook on 25 January, 2020 the happy photograph of two elederly women together at the iconic site of women protest against the new Citizenship law, Shaheen Bagh,in[Read More…]

by February 6, 2020 India
 The Mottled Logic of Power:  Reactions to Seattle’s Anti-CAA Resolution

 The Mottled Logic of Power:  Reactions to Seattle’s Anti-CAA Resolution

A few days ago, the Seattle City Council approved a resolution condemning the CAA and NRC, both creations of the ruling BJP government in India.  People involved in the creation and support of the resolution speak clearly of the splenetic reaction of many Indian-Americans to the resolution and of their searing rhetoric offered in defense of the CAA and NRC. [Read More…]

by February 6, 2020 India
Cycling Against #CAA_NRC_NPR

Cycling Against #CAA_NRC_NPR

Yesterday for nearly four hours I was cycling in various working class localities of Bangalore, covered around 30 kms . I noticed that after nearly 7 weeks since the draconian law of CAA was enacted, people in general are aware of things that are happening. Undoubtedly the “walls” between various communities have come down. As Karl Marx once said “conditions[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 India
Why BJP’s Subjugation of Gandhi’s Legacy Hit a Roadblock at Shaheen Bagh

Why BJP’s Subjugation of Gandhi’s Legacy Hit a Roadblock at Shaheen Bagh

‘Death ends all enmity’ (Marnanti Vairani) goes a maxim in Hinduism. The story also goes that when Ravana was on death bed, Ram had even asked Laxman to go to him and learn something which no other person except a great scholar like him could teach him, declaring that though he has been forced to punish him for his terrible crime, ‘you are[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 India
Under CAA, India rejects its own to welcome a few outsiders

Under CAA, India rejects its own to welcome a few outsiders

A large number of Indians – most of them Dalits, Adivasis and the poor – will lose their citizenship under CAA only for a few thousand refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to be accommodated, writes Vivek Sakpal Many of the long-serving and soon-to-retire government employees have their birthdays in June. Most of these, in Maharashtra, have a common date of[Read More…]

by February 4, 2020 India
CAA-NPR-NRC’s Impact on Urban Poor

CAA-NPR-NRC’s Impact on Urban Poor

Statement by National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation (NCU) The National Coalition for Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanisation (NCU) unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional and anti-constitutional CAA-NPR-NRC being unilaterally imposed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The NCU is a network of activists, researchers, urban practitioners, lawyers, informal sector workers, collectives and individuals who, for the past two years have[Read More…]

by February 4, 2020 India
State assembly resolutions against Constitutional (Amendment) Act 2019:  Debating legalities for or against?

State assembly resolutions against Constitutional (Amendment) Act 2019:  Debating legalities for or against?

The outbreak of dissent voices against the newly enacted Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 which grants citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, appeared as several forms of condemnation for the last two months in India insisting for repeal of the act. For the first time, the post independent India happened to be an eyewitness for the religious[Read More…]

by February 4, 2020 India
Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC

Seattle City Council Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC

The Seattle City Council, one of the most powerful city councils in the U.S., on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning India’s recently-enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Reaffirming Seattle as a welcoming city and expressing solidarity with the city’s South Asian community regardless of religion and caste, the resolution “resolves that the Seattle[Read More…]

by February 4, 2020 World
Understand the Chronology

Understand the Chronology

Opinions are divided over the constitutionality and morality of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The extent of this dyad is difficult to comprehend, however, the ambit of anti-CAA stir steadily swelled across India. Soon after President Kovind gave his nod, protests against the contentious law gripped different cities and smaller towns. A sit-in protest was organized in Shaheen Bagh – a[Read More…]

by February 3, 2020 India
Why I Stand with Sharjeel Imam

Why I Stand with Sharjeel Imam

My friends advised me to avoid the issue of Sharjeel Imam. They said that it was not the ‘right time’ to show solidarity with him. I know they were concerned about my safety. But how could I ignore the safety of my friend for the sake of mine? My conscience compels me to stand with Sharjeel Imam. Those who have[Read More…]

by January 31, 2020 India
Unprecedented March against Anti-People CAA, NPR & NRC at Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Unprecedented March against Anti-People CAA, NPR & NRC at Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Bhubaneswar, 30.01.20:The State Capital of Odisha witnessed today an unprecedented March against CAA, NPR and NRC in response to a unitedcall given by progressive political organizations, social groups, academics, media persons, artists and students in the State under the banner of ‘We The People Of India’. A peaceful gathering of about 30 thousand people solemnly reaffirmed their faith in the[Read More…]

by January 31, 2020 India
The Anti-CAA/NRC/NPR Movement: Hope and Prospects

The Anti-CAA/NRC/NPR Movement: Hope and Prospects

1. The government’s decisions on the Kashmir-problem, the temple-mosque dispute, the Assam-problem (National Register of Citizens) and the Citizenship Amendment Act highlight four things: (1) That the decisions are motivated with an intention of communal polarization. (2) That the role of democratic institutions and processes has been merely perfunctory in these decisions. (3) These decisions are not characteristic of a[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 India
Citizenship, Hindutva Hypocrisy and the CAA-NRC

Citizenship, Hindutva Hypocrisy and the CAA-NRC

While celebrating the Republic Day, a public lecture on the topic of ‘Citizenship’ (which now has become a contentious issue after the passing of the CAA, and which has also triggered massive protests at the nation-wide,) was organized by a group of students and activists, teachers (mainly associated with JNU, DU and Jamia) under the aegis of Shaheen Ki Taleem[Read More…]

by January 28, 2020 India
West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal becomes Fourth state to pass anti-CAA resolution

West Bengal became the fourth opposition-ruled state to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in its assembly, after Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan. The resolution, moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee was passed unanimously by the House, with Congress and Left members, along with those of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), supporting it. The BJP opposed it.[Read More…]

by January 28, 2020 India
7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

7 Million Form A Human Chain Across Kerala To Protest Against CAA

A 620 km long human chain from the northern part of Kerala to the south was formed on Republic Day by the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front, to register the protest against the ‘unconstitutional: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). People from all walks of life including newly weds participated in the human chain. The organizers claimed that around 60 to 70[Read More…]

by January 26, 2020 India
154 European Union lawmakers draft stunning anti-CAA resolution

154 European Union lawmakers draft stunning anti-CAA resolution

In a scathing denouncement of CAA, the lawmakers have drafted a formal five-page resolution to be tabled during the plenary session of the European Parliament starting in Brussels next week India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) could trigger the “largest statelessness crisis in the world and cause widespread human suffering”, a powerful group of 154 European Parliament members have warned. In[Read More…]

by January 26, 2020 India
Patriarchy Take Heed, Even As All Of Us Together Fight Fascism In India

Patriarchy Take Heed, Even As All Of Us Together Fight Fascism In India

Co-Written by Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal   The time for patriarchy to gracefully let women be is ripe in India right now. Last few months have seen hundreds and thousands of girls and women on the streets protesting for their political rights. Even the corporate press has been forced to report – whatever is apparent to any[Read More…]

by January 25, 2020 India
 The Muslim Women’s   ‘Political Agency’ and their Resistance against the CAA-NPR-NRC 

 The Muslim Women’s   ‘Political Agency’ and their Resistance against the CAA-NPR-NRC 

Co-Written by Badre  Alam Khan & Sanjay Kumar   “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”  (BR Ambedkar)   Since the BJP government has passed the anti-constitutional CAA in Parliament on 12th December 2019; massive protests triggered and as a result currently, India is witnessing unprecedented protests in the history of Independent[Read More…]

by January 25, 2020 India
Myths & truths of CAA’s link with NRC-NPR

Myths & truths of CAA’s link with NRC-NPR

 There are ten great claims, which can easily be proved baseless. There are ten great claims, which can easily be proved baseless. By the time the reader verifies the claim, the untruth travels long and their IT or social media managers, print and electronic media agents and PR teams will make it viral. Some claims made by Constitutional office holders[Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 India
Where do one lakh Sri Lankan Hindus go?

Where do one lakh Sri Lankan Hindus go?

The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 of India is discriminatory on several grounds. It does not promote equality but violates it. It destroys the secular character and Article 14, as ‘religion’ is made basis of discrimination. India did not include all neighbouring countries to fast track citizenship grant to immigrants. Sri Lanka is a significant exclusion, because of which Hindus and[Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 India
CAA: 30 Reasons To Reject

CAA: 30 Reasons To Reject

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has become the most controversial legislation since the promulgation of Constitution of India on 26 January 1950. Different arguments for and against CAA have been discussed in the Parliament, in media and even on streets, yet common people are highly confused regarding its short term and long term impact on them. The only big[Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 India
What Is CAA, NPR, NRC? What Is Its Impact On Indian Citizens?

What Is CAA, NPR, NRC? What Is Its Impact On Indian Citizens?

Introduction : The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the BJP government has been challenged by uprisings nationwide. The questions raised by the masses are met with denial, deflection and deceptive statements. The government defends the Act, citing there are no plans to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) nationwide and that the National Population Register (NPR) and CAA[Read More…]

by January 23, 2020 India
Hindutva: Get Egg on Your Face and Say ‘I am Loving it’

Hindutva: Get Egg on Your Face and Say ‘I am Loving it’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to further his deeply-sectarian and divisive agenda at Belur Math, global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda, has backfired. His controversial defence of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 at the historic math in which he invoked Vivekananda himself has enraged a broad spectrum of people and formations. The CAA is, of[Read More…]

by January 20, 2020 India
Why I see Anti-CAA protests as Common People’s Affair and not only a Muslim affair

Why I see Anti-CAA protests as Common People’s Affair and not only a Muslim affair

Amid ongoing protests against CAA-NRC-NPR across the country, some protesters are also claiming this nation-wide resistance to be one community’s affair. Their arguments come from their pungent criticism to one politician’s statement saying the battle is for India’s soul. Although, not just one but a number of them from different political outfits are impelling the same idea to cover their[Read More…]

by January 18, 2020 World
Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

Punjab Becomes The Second State To Pass Resolution Against CAA

The Punjab Assembly on Friday passed a resolution by voice vote against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, the second state in the country to do so.  The resolution moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra was passed after over three hours of discussion. While the ruling Congress and main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supported the resolution, the BJP opposed[Read More…]

by January 17, 2020 India
CAA is first big step towards Savarkar’s Akhand Hindu-Rashtra

CAA is first big step towards Savarkar’s Akhand Hindu-Rashtra

The Citizenship (Amendment)Act, 2019 (CAA) is being vaguely labelled as Anti-Muslims. Though it is certainly designed to exclude and disparage Muslims to become lesser rights holder in India, the Act’s design reflects to a larger nefarious social agenda. In 2014, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists from Pakistan were given Long Term Visas (LTVs)for stay in India. In 2015, the notification[Read More…]

by January 14, 2020 India
Shaheen Bagh provides hope for a new democracy and collective struggle for common good

Shaheen Bagh provides hope for a new democracy and collective struggle for common good

The sale of national flag is gone manifold. The reading on Constitution is growing and perhaps for the first time in history of independent India, the faith in our constitution has grown tremendously. It was never so much. In fact, those who are supposed to uphold the constitutional values are actually protecting Manusmirit and people have realized now that it[Read More…]

by January 14, 2020 India
Constitutional Doubts, Doubtful Assurances

Constitutional Doubts, Doubtful Assurances

The National Register for Citizens (NRC), that created havoc among the lives of 19 lakh people in Assam, if extended to entire India, what will happen to 130 crore people? How many of them could prove their citizenship? In the 70th year of Indian Republic, the people are burdened to prove that they are citizens of India. Top constitutional authorities[Read More…]

by January 14, 2020 India
Another Nail In The Coffin Of Democracy

Another Nail In The Coffin Of Democracy

         On 10th January 2020, the Citizenship Amendment Act  came into effect all over India. Debating about the CAA is a pointless exercise, since it is only a problem if there is a register to tie it to, and until the NPR starts, we really have nothing to go on regarding the legality, or morality of the[Read More…]

by January 13, 2020 India
Citizenship Amendment Act and Religious Minorities in South Asia

Citizenship Amendment Act and Religious Minorities in South Asia

In the beginning of January 2020 two very disturbing events were reported from Pakistan. One was the attack on Nankana Sahib, the holy shrine where Sant Guru Nanak was born. While one report said that the place has been desecrated, the other stated that it was a fight between two Muslim groups. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan condemned the[Read More…]

by January 13, 2020 India
Not Just Citizenships, Our Conscience and Ethics Too Are Put To Test

Not Just Citizenships, Our Conscience and Ethics Too Are Put To Test

Co-Written by Debmalya Nandy and NIlakshi Bhattacharyya The doldrums of the current political scenario is also witnessing a changing face of the society. Not just our citizenships, our sense of reasoning and rational thinking are under threat as well.. Amidst the NRC( National Register for citizens) and CAA( Citizenship Amendment Act) row and the turbulence brought about by the introduction[Read More…]

by January 12, 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
In Spite Of Severe Repression People Are United In Protests

In Spite Of Severe Repression People Are United In Protests

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Anandi Pandey At New Delhi’s Jamia Millia University if one visits the library it may appear as if a pitched battle was fought here. Almost all glasses have been broken by tear gas shells or stun grenades and furniture has been vandalised. And this was in response to some peaceful protests outside the library. Although[Read More…]

by January 6, 2020 India
Muslims pray at Marthoma Cheriapally Church in Kothamangalam Kerala during anti-CAA protest

Between Allah, Hindutva and Atheist in Kerala

Remember Faiz Ahmed Faiz writing about Allah? He was a communist. But many communists in Kerala believe that when the Muslims in this country are hit from head to toe for their culture, identity and faith, they should not even utter the word Allah’ in their protests on streets. In the ballroom dance of electoral politics, these communists forgot to[Read More…]

by January 5, 2020 India
Become a rock in the foundation

Become a rock in the foundation

The first thing to understand is that this CAA+NRC is the best thing that could have happened to India at this stage. We had become a rapidly polarized, fascist, extremist society with the voices of the ‘silent’ majority conspicuous by their silence while the strident and raucous screech of hate speech was echoing off the walls of our collective conscience.[Read More…]

by January 4, 2020 India
The CAA question will test the ‘Reasonable Classification Test’

The CAA question will test the ‘Reasonable Classification Test’

With the enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (‘CAA’) and the initiation of processes for creation of a National Register of Indian Citizens ( ‘NRIC’), a citizenship vesting apparatus based on religion, has now been operationalized. In a pre-NRIC exercise, the ‘residents’ of India will be identified by updating the National Population Register (‘NPR’), which will then be worked[Read More…]

by January 2, 2020 India
State Sponsored Statelessness in India in the Age of ‘Sophia’

State Sponsored Statelessness in India in the Age of ‘Sophia’

Introduction “I want to live and work with humans, so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people,” said ‘Sophia’[i], the World’s First Robot citizen, in an exchange with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin nearly two years ago. When countries started thinking of granting citizenship to robots and robot citizen(s) can speak of building trust[Read More…]

by January 1, 2020 India
The Guru that never was

The Guru that never was

  The ongoing and widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India, has rightly inspired the hopes of decent and freedom loving peoples in India. In this context, the ruling Modi regime’s spin machine has sprung into action, to try and “contain” the fallout and seek control of the narrative around the[Read More…]

by January 1, 2020 India
Every Police Bullet Is aimed At The Constitution – Chandrashekhar Azad Writes From Jail

Every Police Bullet Is aimed At The Constitution – Chandrashekhar Azad Writes From Jail

Dear Indians Jai Bhim, Jai Constitution from Tihar Jail. The way a government responds to our struggle is the best indicator of how strong, constitutional, and in Bahujans’ interest it is. When the Narendra Modi government wanted to make the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act irrelevant under the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)’s pressure, it was forced to backtrack because of[Read More…]

by December 31, 2019 India
Islamophobia of Indian Nazis

Islamophobia of Indian Nazis

Since 1947, never had post-independent India experienced such a public anti-government outrage and dissent voices. Peaceful protests and brutal state crackdown is happening across India after Parliament passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The law has been contemplated even by United Nations and International Media as blatantly Islamophobic in nature. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) along with CAA raises a[Read More…]

by December 31, 2019 India
No Nazis this New Year

No Nazis this New Year

If the record of December 2019 is anything to go by 2020 promises to be one of great hope for all Indians interested in preserving their country’s traditions of secularism, democracy and tolerance of diversity. The New Year may well be a turning point in the dismal record of hate and hubris that has prevailed over the last several years[Read More…]

by December 30, 2019 India
Divide And Rule: The Indian Story of 2019

Divide And Rule: The Indian Story of 2019

The Citizenship amendment act of 2019 is another vicious attempt to change the demographics of India. The Act, along with upcoming National Register of citizens will successfully polarize the electorate and It is aimed to further consolidate the “Us” versus “Them” narrative. The 2014 General Election was contested on the pro-development, Anti-Congress plank. Narendra Modi (then CM of Gujarat) was[Read More…]

by December 29, 2019 India
Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians Hold Protest Against CAA & NRC

Indian-Australians in Sydney held a huge protest against the unconstitutional, bigoted and divisive Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens. Speakers called for the repeal of the CAA and NRC; for an end to police violence; and for the Morrison government to speak out about the human rights abuses occurring under the Modi government. A number of speakers[Read More…]

by December 29, 2019 India
CAA: Tit for Tat

CAA: Tit for Tat

The niggardly standard of Indian diplomacy with respect to three of its neighbouring countries : Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is getting exposed. First, the CAB wrongly accused these countries of having persecuted its non-Muslim minorities and assumed that they were thus forced to illegally migrate to India. Second, the NRC imperfectly identified the ‘foreigner’ mainly on account of lack of[Read More…]

by December 29, 2019 India
 In Solidarity with Shaheen Bagh – From another winter, from another protest 

 In Solidarity with Shaheen Bagh – From another winter, from another protest 

When Winter Came, the Power of the People Blazed On The brave protesters at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi have been on protest since Dec 15 after the brutal attack on Jamia students. They have been sitting in solidarity with the protest of the students and against the various steps that the central government threatens against citizenship criteria, like the Citizenship[Read More…]

by December 29, 2019 India
The Poetry of Protest – Anti CAA-NRC-NPR Stir in Azad Maidan

The Poetry of Protest – Anti CAA-NRC-NPR Stir in Azad Maidan

As 25,000 to 50,000 people descended on Azad Maidan over a 5 hour period to protest against the CAA-NRC-NPR [Citizenship (Amendment) Act – National Register of Citizens – National Population Register] on December 27, 2019, the portion allowed for protest swelled over and the outside gates were opened by the police. This despite the authorities refusing to allow the originally[Read More…]

by December 29, 2019 India
Your Government Wants Revenge From You

Your Government Wants Revenge From You

Uttar Pradesh is dealing with CAA as it dealt with crime: encounters. Seventy-six year old advocate Mohammad Shoaib fought to have innocents branded as terrorists under repressive laws released, and risked multiple assaults by right-wing lawyers as he took these cases through various courts in Uttar Pradesh. His contemporary, former police officer SR Darapuri became a human rights activist and writer after he retired.[Read More…]

by December 29, 2019 India
CAA, NRC challenge Indian citizenship

CAA, NRC challenge Indian citizenship

If one considers the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) alone, it appears that the Centre is providing some concessions to ‘immigrants’ coming from three neighbouring Islamic nations into India, classifying them as religious minorities persecuted in those nations, to secure citizenship in India. The concession offered is that if they reside six years in India, it will be enough to get[Read More…]

by December 28, 2019 India
ID Card – A Poem by Anvar Ali

ID Card – A Poem by Anvar Ali

A powerful poem on CAA/NRC by the renowned Malayalm poet Anvar Ali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GnkBpVgkDc

by December 28, 2019 Arts/Literature
Ham Bharat ke Log: National Action Against Citizenship Amendment

Ham Bharat ke Log: National Action Against Citizenship Amendment

Stop reign of terror in Uttar Pradesh: ‘Ham Bharat ke Log’ asks for immediate end to brutal suppression of dissent and independent probe into police atrocities For the last one week, Uttar Pradesh is under a reign of terror. Uttar Pradesh government is employing unlawful and lethal tactics to harass and intimidate the citizens that are protesting against Citizenship Amendment[Read More…]

by December 27, 2019 India
Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

Reign Of Terror In U.P Says Fact Finding Report

A fact-finding report, published by a team comprising activist Yogendra Yadav, CPI (ML)’s Kavita Krishnan, and Riad Azam, says that Uttar Pradesh is under a “reign of terror” following the state government’s “unlawful and lethal tactics” to harass citizens protesting peacefully against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). The report, which cites district-wise statistics and[Read More…]

by December 27, 2019 India
Statement in solidarity with IITK students who peacefully marched on 17th December

Statement in solidarity with IITK students who peacefully marched on 17th December

We stand in complete solidarity with the students of IIT Kanpur who marched on 17th December against the police violence inflicted upon protesting students of AMU, JMI and other universities against CAA and NRC. According to the student organisers, they took admin permission for the march on the previous day itself but when they reached the assembly point, they were[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
Some Clarifications on Some ‘Clarifications’ on the CAA

Some Clarifications on Some ‘Clarifications’ on the CAA

Co-Written by Karen Gabriel and Prem Kumar Vijayan The following is a message that has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp and other social media forums. It is apparently a summary of the arguments made by ‘Harish Salve, well known Lawyer, who successfully argued India’s case, in International Court of Justice’, in defence of the CAB (now CAA), in the[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
CAA Protest: Secular leadership must rise up to save the nation from the fall

CAA Protest: Secular leadership must rise up to save the nation from the fall

The unrest triggered by the passing of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is broiling across the country. Thousands of people, including students and intellectuals, are on the streets fighting to save the Constitution of India. It is time that an iron-willed leadership rise and sustain this movement. CAA is regressive and discriminatory, undoubtedly. It violates the fundamental rights guaranteed[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
India needs a National Register For Unemployment (NRU) Not the CAA and NRC

India needs a National Register For Unemployment (NRU) Not the CAA and NRC

Co- written by, Wakeel Ahmed, Badre Alam Khan and Wasim Ahsan   After the passing the unconstitutional CAA by the Indian Parliament on 12th December, 2019;  it has created a massive unrest at the nation-wide and as a result, students, Left and secular forces have started opposing the said Act on the grounds of violating the basic tenants of our[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
You Are Strangled By The Central Government

You Are Strangled By The Central Government

Fear of losing the job; fear of statelessness; fear of ending the agronomy; fear of being selling off the country. There is a very uncertain future ahead of the millions of working-class in India. Did you ever think about increasing of working shift in factories from 8 hours to 9 hours? Did you ever think that contractual labour has to[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

To the attention of Prof. Fernand de Varennes Special Rapporteur on minority issues Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland CC: Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief   Re: India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims Dear Prof.Fernand de Varennes:  I am William Nicholas Gomes, a British Human Rights Activist and[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 India
Government Fails To Establish The Legality of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

Government Fails To Establish The Legality of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

On December 20, 2019, the Press Information Bureau (the “PIB”), the nodal agency of the Indian government that disseminates information about the government policies, published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (the “CAA”), via Twitter. Although the government, through these FAQs, has made an obvious attempt to justify and establish the legitimacy of[Read More…]

by December 23, 2019 India
IAPI holds rally against CAA in Surrey

IAPI holds rally against CAA in Surrey

Scores of people came together to denounce the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the right wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), at a rally organized in Surrey on Sunday, December 22. CAA is a divisive law that welcomes only non-Muslim refugees from the Muslim-dominated countries neighbouring India. Aimed at polarizing the Hindu majority against Muslims by excluding[Read More…]

by December 23, 2019 India
The poor aren’t effigies for your protest

The poor aren’t effigies for your protest

The voices rising from all the corners of Assam against the Citizenship Amendment Act (Bill) has divided Assam into two sects- one, which is pro-bill or honors the stand of the government in implementing it, and the other, those who are with the populist voice fighting the establishment. But, is it so? I tend to disagree. For me, both the[Read More…]

by December 23, 2019 India
The Goddess Of Big Things

The Goddess Of Big Things

On December 19th, I left Batla House, Jamia Nagar to Lal Quila to see my city swell up in anger. The BJP-led government had passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and turned it into the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). When the students of Jamia Milia Islamia had protested against it, fearing for their own existence, the Police Force did the[Read More…]

by December 23, 2019 India
Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Modi Lies To The Nation On NRC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied to the nation claiming that there never was a pan India National Register of Citizens (NRC). Launching BJP’s election campaign in Delhi he said, “Has anything happened with the NRC yet? Lies are being spread. After my government came to power, from 2014 to now, let me tell the 130 crore citizens of this country,[Read More…]

by December 22, 2019 India
Let’s talk NPR !!!

Let’s talk NPR !!!

The mediadarbar.com published a story[1] to explain CAA and NRIC. the story goes like this: A pilot reaches a village with a big aircraft and offers a free ride to its villagers. The villagers had never seen a plane like this, in such a proximity. So many fall prey to the pilot’s ploy and took the seat. The full plane,[Read More…]

by December 22, 2019 India
The Bravehearts Protesting in India

The Bravehearts Protesting in India

Yesterday, the 20th of December, marked the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s release from prison after a failed attempt to seize power. While he was behind bars, he wrote his manifesto. After he was released, Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1925. In the same year, the RSS — a fascist paramilitary — was founded in India with the goal of establishing[Read More…]

by December 22, 2019 India
Resisting the footfalls of a Genocide

Resisting the footfalls of a Genocide

As the country offers stiff resistance to the government’s agenda of polarizing the society, the factors at play are not confined to persecution of religious minorities alone. It is a multipronged attack aimed at dividing the country and its people at several levels, each one more destructive than the other. With more than ten protesters dead in the process, the[Read More…]

by December 22, 2019 India
Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown

Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown

The waters of fascism have risen in the country where I was born and the country where I have citizenship. Both countries need sustained, non-violent, mass protest to demand the removal of fascist regimes. As morose as it sounds, I sometimes think about where I would be sent if I were deported. I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen, with no guarantee[Read More…]

by December 22, 2019 India
I Will Give My Blood:Chandrasekhar Azad

I Will Give My Blood:Chandrasekhar Azad

Historic speech given by Chandrasekhar Azad on the steps of Delhi Jama Masjid “Jai Bhim! This is a bigger fight. CAA and NRC will break this country and we are standing with this nation. This fight is not just of the Muslims, this is a fight for everyone, and we will not let it weaken. I’m surrendering to the government,[Read More…]

by December 21, 2019 Editor's Picks, India
Modi’s veiled attack on dress as identity reveals his stark bigotry

Modi’s veiled attack on dress as identity reveals his stark bigotry

Jo aag laga rahe hain, TV pe unke jo drishya aa rahe hain, yeh aag lagaane vaale kaun hain, woh unke kapdon se hi pata chal jaata hai (From the visuals on TV, those setting the fire can be identified by their clothes) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally recently. By alluding to the clothes/dresses of certain protesters,[Read More…]

by December 21, 2019 India
Protest Against CAA Held In The Hague

Protest Against CAA Held In The Hague

In solidarity with the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 “India cannot cease to be one nation, because people belonging to different religions live in it. … In no part of the world are one nationality and one religion synonymous terms; nor has it ever been so in India.” Mahatma Gandhi in Hind Swaraj (1908); Quoted in S.R. Bommai[Read More…]

by December 21, 2019 India
Statement from Indian recipients of the Magsaysay Award Against CAA

Statement from Indian recipients of the Magsaysay Award Against CAA

We, the Indian recipients of the Magsaysay Award, would like to express our deep sense of concern and anguish at the passing into Law, of the Citizenship Amendment Bill – and the linkage of the same with the National Register of Citizens. Both of these are clearly discriminatory and violative of all the guarantees of right to equality before law[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 India
Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) andresistance to the Majoritarian discourse at the ‘Northeast Frontier’ and Beyond

Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) andresistance to the Majoritarian discourse at the ‘Northeast Frontier’ and Beyond

Co-Written by Bikash Sarma and Shofiul A. Pathan Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy recently tweeted,“A democracy is necessarily divisive. If you do not want it, go to North Korea”, even before the protestors against Citizenship Amendment Bill (Now an Act), 2019 in Shillong reached his official residence. His tweet is a small but significant statement that constitutes the supposedly majoritarian discourse[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 India
CAB Debate: Falsehoods to the Fore

CAB Debate: Falsehoods to the Fore

Citizenship Amendment Bill, while passed in both houses of Parliament has elicited diverse and negative responses all over India. On one hand we see massive protests in North East leading to death of four people. On the other there is a sever discomfort among those upholding Indian Constitution and among the Muslim community all over the country. This Bill in[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 India
I’m A Pigeon

I’m A Pigeon

I’m a pigeon with legs tied up, Everyday they feed me with donations grains.. They assured me to be in safe, and I suffocate every moment, dying of my freedom. They assure me every time, That I’ll get a blissfull life, Secured from the struggle and insecurity, But I know its a doom to me in the mouth of the[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 Arts/Literature
Listen Seriously : India’s youth has spoken against divisive politics

Listen Seriously : India’s youth has spoken against divisive politics

The nation wide protests against #CAA and #NRC has reflected the mood of the nation and categorically rejected the attempt to divide this country and create a brahmanical theocratic state even when the rulers will pretend everything and bow to the constitution, we know they had in mind, was to polarise the nation and enjoy the fruits of ‘division’. If[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 India
Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act Widens In India, Hundreds of Protestors Detained

Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Act Widens In India, Hundreds of Protestors Detained

Hundreds of protestors were detained across India on Thursday as authorities clamped down on protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, social activist Harsh Mander, scholar Yogendra Yadav, and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja were among those detained in Delhi, where 20 metro stations were closed through the day. Historian Ramachandra Guha and others detained[Read More…]

by December 19, 2019 Uncategorized
ASSAM SHAN’T BLEED AGAIN- The Current Citizenship Amendment Bill Row

ASSAM SHAN’T BLEED AGAIN- The Current Citizenship Amendment Bill Row

  As we stand in the third decade of astructural economic reform, we must question every side of the coin about their intentions before taking any particular side. The same should be done to the populist leaders of Assam who have sparked protests across the state on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill. It’s interesting how history is on the[Read More…]

by December 18, 2019 India
People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Denounces Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism Denounces Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens

People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism strongly condemns the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) passed by the Parliament on Dec 11,2019. Modi government used its brute majority to force it through the Parliament, without addressing any of the concerns raised against it. The law violates principle of secularism, which is part of the basic structure of the constitution. Parliament has no legal[Read More…]

by December 18, 2019 India
Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum Codemns Attack On Students

Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum Codemns Attack On Students

Solidarity statement by Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum against the police action on students of Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi became the centre of students protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act which was passed in the parliament last week. Even Aligarh Muslim University students were protesting against this Act. On 15th December[Read More…]

by December 18, 2019 India
Why I’m Protesting: BJP’s Citizenship Bill Mirrors Nuremberg Laws

Why I’m Protesting: BJP’s Citizenship Bill Mirrors Nuremberg Laws

When Nazi Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, they made it illegal for non-Germans to be citizens. Germans to prove that they had Aryan ancestry. India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill mirrors those Nazi laws. Instead of segregating people by genetics, it segregates them by religion. It makes religion the basis for citizenship. CAB is only the latest in a line[Read More…]

by December 18, 2019 India
The Spectre of Jamia: Violation of a safe space

The Spectre of Jamia: Violation of a safe space

Co-Written by Ushosee Pal & Sanchari Basu Chaudhuri  Time and again, students have shown the way to dissent peacefully and demand change. And, Friday, the 13th was no different. Three to four teachers were giving a speech about NRC and CAB inside the campus while a number of students (around fifty) listened. It was peaceful inside the campus on that[Read More…]

by December 17, 2019 India
Thanks Jamia students for putting your lives on the line, for speaking truth to power – for all of us!

Thanks Jamia students for putting your lives on the line, for speaking truth to power – for all of us!

The end, hopefully, of Jantar-Mantarisation of people’s resistance   It took the lesser-in-the-news, supposedly less-flashy Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) to change the complexion of resistance in the country. While we had earlier seen some protests regarding hike in hostel fees, whose narrative was broadened to “affordable public education,” we did not see much mobilization for various egregious national issues like[Read More…]

by December 17, 2019 India
Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019: A step Towards Hindu Rashtra?

Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019: A step Towards Hindu Rashtra?

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was brought as a Citizenship Amendment Bill for the purpose of amending the Citizenship Act of 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before 31 December 2014, eligible for Indian citizenship. It also seeks to relax the requirement of residence in India for citizenship by naturalisation from 11 years to 5 years for these migrants.[Read More…]

by December 17, 2019 India
Renegades vs the true children of Mother India

Renegades vs the true children of Mother India

There’s a well-known story, often included in children’s story anthologies, about the legendary wisdom of King Solomon. Once a dispute between two women was brought to him to resolve. Both of them were mother’s of two small babies, and they lived in the same house. One morning one of the babies was found dead, smothered in bed. Then each of[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and the threats upon the Assamese Community

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and the threats upon the Assamese Community

Co-Written by Bishaldeep Kakati and Pranjit Das There was a time when the tales of the Assam Agitation were simply a part of history, for all those who were born in the post Assam Agitation era. But as the common quote itself says, “History repeats itself”, hence it seems that even something similar to Assam Agitation is currently lingering in[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 India
Anti CAB Protests: Hope for protecting India

Anti CAB Protests: Hope for protecting India

India is witnessing a set of massive protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). These protests do offer a ray of hope of preserving and protecting the idea of ‘secular’ India. What the parliament sought to undo to the constitution through the majoritarian numbers is sought to be redone by the mass protests. A regime which is bent on bringing[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 India
STOP! The Police violence against students and those protesting the CAA!

STOP! The Police violence against students and those protesting the CAA!

PUCL strongly condemns the motivated, targeted and brutal attack by the CRPF and Delhi Police on students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi yesterday, Sunday 15th December, 2019 causing serious injuries to over 150 students including girls, and also arrest of scores of students and youngsters. By all media reports and eye witness accounts, the[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 India
Students Across India Rise Up In Anger After Jamia Milia Crack Down Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Students Across India Rise Up In Anger After Jamia Milia Crack Down Against Citizenship Amendment Act

Students  rose up across India against the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act after their compatriots in Jamia Milia Islamia were violently beaten up in their campus yesterday. Police in both Delhi and Aligarh used excessive force against student protest. The crack down left a total of nearly 50 students injured and the 100 Jamia students – who had been detained after[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Delhi Police Forcefully Enter Jamia Milia Islamia University; Many Students Injured

Delhi Police Forcefully Enter Jamia Milia Islamia University; Many Students Injured

Co- written by Badre Alam Khan, Wakeel Ahmed and Wasim Ahsan The Delhi Police have forcefully entered Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) university campus without the any permission of university administration (as the Chief Proctor of Jamia has officially tweeted) and started fired tear gas inside campus and even students studying in the library of JMI. Some students were severely injured.[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 India
No time to hide for India’s Muslims

No time to hide for India’s Muslims

“Where do we go from here?” asked a US-based Indian Muslim friend the morning after India lurched further to the right with the smooth passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Yet another ostensibly wild and crazy idea on the Parivar’s agenda has been ticked off and with such ease. Who would have thought that it would take less than 72[Read More…]

by December 15, 2019 India
 Time For A Unified Protest

 Time For A Unified Protest

Martin Neimoller’s confessional poem of how he, a Protestant pastor, did not care or ignored the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany , and how they arrested or persecuted the Communists, the Socialists, the trade unionists, the Jews and so on, one group after another till “Then they came for me – and there was no one left to[Read More…]

by December 15, 2019 India
New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office

New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office

A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.” The amendment to the Citizenship Act gives priority to Hindus, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims, including minority sects. “Although India’s broader naturalization laws[Read More…]

by December 14, 2019 Human Rights
Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019: A Hate Driven Move

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019: A Hate Driven Move

PUCL Call to Citizens to launch Non-Cooperation Movement against CAA & NRC PUCL deplores the promulgation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 on 12th December, as a law which renders asunder the basic structure of India’s constitutional scheme founded on the stated goals of secularism, respect for diversity and peaceful coexistence of all communities, without distinction of community, caste, creed[Read More…]

by December 14, 2019 India
Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

Kerala Will Not Implement Citizenship Amendment Bill; Joins Bengal And Punjab In Opposing It

The Kerala government has decided not to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill enacted by the Centre, calling it unconstitutional. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday that his government had taken the decision based on the “unconstitutional” nature of the bill. Another opposition-ruled state, Punjab, too, decided to not implement the law. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder[Read More…]

by December 13, 2019 India
Left Parties To Organise Joint Protest On December 19 Against CAB-NRC

Left Parties To Organise Joint Protest On December 19 Against CAB-NRC

The Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party – have issued the following statement: Both the Houses of Parliament have passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). The Left parties consider this Bill as being completely violative of the Indian Constitution and aimed[Read More…]

by December 12, 2019 India
An India that wasn’t

An India that wasn’t

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). With this India moves one more step further towards ‘Hindu Rashtra’ an anti-thesis to the idea of India. For citizenship by naturalization, a stay of 11 years was sufficient to acquire citizenship. This did not have a religious dimension to it. The current bill allows non-muslims from[Read More…]

by December 12, 2019 India
Funeral of Democracy

Funeral of Democracy

Funeral of your democracy warned foresighted ages ago. In spite of fellow beings, you burn your abode willfully. Many nations have been here, reckoning to be invincible Little did they know, they perish notorious in the process. Men of infamy, high on false pride Feeding gullible, treacherous fantasies Selling hate for old brotherhood, you saw it coming in willful silence?[Read More…]

by December 12, 2019 Arts/Literature
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is an attack on the secular and democratic character of India

The Citizenship Amendment Bill is an attack on the secular and democratic character of India

The Constitution of India guarantees the right to citizenship for all Indians; irrespective of their religion, caste, language, culture, gender or profession. This very right is being made void by the Citizenship Amendment Bill. A move to decide citizenship on the basis of religion amounts to a rejection of the Constitution. The is an exercise to divide people on communal[Read More…]

by December 11, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: Proposal & Reactions

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: Proposal & Reactions

Bringing unity in diversity by harmonizing the opposing forces of centripetal and centrifugal trends in the country for the achievement of common national goals is the purpose of federalism in India. As in all federations, there is a formal division of legislative, administrative and financial powers between the Centre and the constituent units. As provided in the 7th Schedule of[Read More…]

by December 11, 2019 India
Why Citizenship Amendment Bill be rejected?

Why Citizenship Amendment Bill be rejected?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the centre is all set to introduce the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Parliament on December 9. The existing Citizenship Act was enacted in 1955 which along with articles 5 to 11 of the Constitution of India determines Indian citizenship. The original Citizenship Act of 1955 has been amended several[Read More…]

by December 8, 2019 Uncategorized
Citizenship Amendment Bill Is Unconstitutional

Citizenship Amendment Bill Is Unconstitutional

The proposed Citizenship amendment bill is an assault on the Constitution of India which never based our citizenship on our religious or caste identities. On the one side, the government says that it want to welcome people living in Islamic countries but immediately suggest that Muslims are not wanted. It makes a clear assumption as if all the Muslims living[Read More…]

by December 5, 2019 India
Citizenship Amendment Bill – Wrong Medicine to the Right Diagnosis

Citizenship Amendment Bill – Wrong Medicine to the Right Diagnosis

Can you relate to the feeling of being trapped in a world where your identity is in your enemy? Can you relate to anger the accompanies when the language you speak and choice of god you pray to determine whether you’ll be able to put food on the table? Can you relate to the feeling alienation when babus and netas[Read More…]

by March 13, 2019 India
Guwahati: Activists of All Assam Students Union take part in 'Gana Satyagraha' protest rally against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, in Guwahati on Friday, June 29, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI6_29_2018_000090B)

Burning Assam in the name of foreigners

It was a spectacular rally in the pre-historic city of Guwahati on 23 January last that strongly opposed the Indian Union government’s latest initiative to amend the country’s citizenship act in favour of religious asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Organized by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along with 30 indigenous groups at the historic Latashil play ground of[Read More…]

by January 29, 2019 India