Freedom of Press

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The Last of the Mombattiwalas

A beacon of free and fair press, anti-Emergency warrior who had served jail time during Indira Gandhi’s regime, a pacifist and advocate of India-Pakistan peace process, and a fierce critic of Hindutva, Nayar was a ‘gentle colossus’ fondly remembered by almost every senior journalist in Delhi today.

August 23,2018

Law and Religion

Why India’s ‘blasphemy law’ should go

Paired with the fact that a suit can be filed at any of the 600 district courts across the nation, Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code prima facie seems facilitative of abuse and harassment. This misuse was pre-empted by the Section’s drafting committee which feared that it might be used to target not just the ‘scurrilous scribbler’, but also any form criticism or mere comment upon religious matters.

August 21,2018

Independence of judiciary

[FULL TEXT] Third RNG Lecture by Justice Gogoi

‘Justice is not something that is a standalone precept but an amalgam of other ideals like “socialism”; “democracy”; “liberty”; “equality”; “fraternity”, to name a few. They are not isolated silos because their undying endeavour is to establish one discipline - of overall justice, of an inclusive society.’

July 13,2018

Freedom of Press

A loud silencing

Those who advocate dialogue in Kashmir have become the prime targets of not just the terror groups but also government agencies, for working tirelessly and documenting the complex reality of Kashmir.

June 22,2018

Freedom of Press

‘Bukhari was character assassinated’

At the memorial meeting held at the Press Club of India in New Delhi, senior journalists paid tribute to the Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief, noting the courage and heart in his work.

June 20,2018

Freedom of Press

Black day for fourth estate

Unflinching in his fact-bound reportage and committed to peace and dialogue till he breathed last, Shujaat Bukhari’s murder, on the very day the UNHC report on Kashmir is published, is a tearful signpost of the times.

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