Nihalsing B Rathod | @Nihalsingrathod

Nihalsing B Rathod

Nihal is an Ambedkarite activist belonging to an ex criminal tribe, and focuses on issues of nomadic and denotified tribes. He secured law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai, against all odds and poverty. He has been practicing criminal and Constitutional law with socio political agenda, in Nagpur Maharashtra. He is associated with many civil rights organisations and is the co founder of Sangharsh Wahini Bhatke Vimukt Sangharsh Parishad, an organisation working for socio-political rights of nomadic and de notified tribes.

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History and law

BHIMA KOREGAON PART IV

A year on, the arrestees continue to languish in jail, denied basic necessities

June 26,2019

विश्लेषण

खरे गुन्हेगार शोधा - सोळा वर्षा नंतर सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाचे आदेश

हजार गुन्हेगार सुटले तरी चालेल, परंतु एकाही निर्दोष व्यक्तीला शिक्षा होऊ नये या तत्वाचे काय? राजाने मारले व न्यायालयाने झोडले तर दाद कोणाला मागावी?

May 12,2019

विश्लेषण

भीमा कोरेगाव प्रकरण : केवळ तारीख पे तारीख

‘न्याय देण्यास उशीर म्हणजे न्याय देण्यास नकार’ हे वास्तव भीमा कोरेगाव प्रकरणात ठळकपणे दिसून येते.

May 12,2019

Women's Day

People’s Lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj honoured

Ranks 5th among 21 prominent women

March 8,2019

Social Justice

You think I will not call myself ‘Dalit’ because the State doesn’t want me to?

The term Dalit cannot die with one circular. It is an evolution of identity out of years of sufferance. No matter how hard the government tries to snap the associations of all suppressed classes, it will only emerge out louder, stronger and clearer.

February 19,2019

Bhima Koregaon

Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on Bhima Koregaon activists’ statutory bail tomorrow

Judgment is to be pronounced tomorrow, February 13, 2019, by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Supreme Court, which will pronounce judgment on the appeal file by Maharashtra government against the Bombay High Court decision refusing the cops a 90-day extension to file a chargesheet against the Bhima Koregaon arrestees, including Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, Professor Shoma Sen and Sudhir Dhawale.

February 12,2019

Bhima Koregaon

After 12 days of solitary confinement, Gadling and Rao sent to judicial custody

Upon completion of the remand time, on February 11, after hearing both the sides, and noting that there was no progress shown in investigation after huge time giving in police remand with respect to the crime in question, the court directed to transport both Gadling and Rao forthwith to Yerwada jail. However, the court did not take any action on the issue of keeping the two in solitary confinement, even though it was completely unnecessary.

February 12,2019

Bhima Koregaon

The forgotten of Bhima-Koregaon arrests: Ordeals of Gadling and Rao

While there are many lapses, the malafide intentions of the police machinery at the behest of their political masters are writ large. Justice D Y Chandrachud was not at all mistaken to call Maharashtra police "untrustworthy" in this landmark dissenting judgment in the Bhima-Koregaon case.

February 7,2019

Republic Day 2019

Thoughts on Republic Day: Unending battle for the ‘ex-Criminal Tribes’

The thumping majority with which the 124th Amendment was passed is a sign of the times. The issue of reservation has always remained a sore one with battle lines drawn out for years. However, the elephant in the room so to speak is that those who have suffered for centuries, by being in the margins, have no other way to become part of the mainstream. Reservation ought to emancipate, it ought to build bridges but even today — it is simply widening the gap. Join me as I take a deep and long look at the recently passed 124th Amendment to the Constitution of India and its impact on the Criminal Tribes.

January 26,2019

History and law

One year of BhimaKoregaon case: Part III

All the activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case are left-leaning lawyers, academics and organic intellectuals who are extremely popular among the Dalit-Bahujan communities in Maharashtra and also in other states, because of the stellar work they have been doing over the years. The two sets of arrests — on June 6, 2018 and on August 28, 2018 — were based on one FIR filed on January 8, 2018. Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson as well as Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Vara Vara Rao, were arrested, while attempts to arrest Anand Teltumbde didn't succeed, and Gautam Navlakha was granted relief by Delhi High Court. While a 5000-page chargesheet has been filed, the glaring inconsistencies in the document will go down as a huge a blot on Indian democracy.

January 9,2019

History and law

One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part II

Early on the morning on January 1, 2018, innocent Dalits who had gathered at Bhima Koregaon, a small village about 30 kilometres from Pune, to offer their salutation to the victory pillar, were attacked by people holding saffron flags. The saffron-flagbearers  attacked one and all, pelted stones, torched shops and vehicles. Many innocent Dalits got injured and one person succumbed to the injuries suffered due to stone-pelting. The news spread like wildfire and so did its videos and messages. Agitated Dalit and Bahujan activists took to streets, holding up traffic all across the State.

January 6,2019

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