Rani Rohini Raman, a JNU researcher working on honour killings, writes on the significance of a recent verdict of a Haryana district court, awarding death sentence to those guilty of killing a young couple - Manoj and Babli.
Would the skeletons tumbling out of the Indian Premium League (IPL) cupboard over the past few days, shaking the conscience of the cricket loving public, lead to a clean up of the cricket establishment which is reeking of malfeasance and licentiousness? Or is it going to be a flash in the pan – merely another chapter in India’s voluminous record book of sleaze and graft involving the rich, powerful and famous? It depends. Cover-up after cover-up has forced many to cynically accept such sordid affairs as our way of life. Will it be any different this time?
Ever since the Women's Reservation Bill has been introduced in the Parliament, there has been opposition to it on the pretext of sub-quota for OBC and Muslim women. In this context, certain organizations working within Muslim women protest in Delhi demanding immediate enactment of 33% reservation for women.
A blog post on minister Shashi Tharoor's involvement in the IPL and more.
A district and sessions court in Patna has finally pronounced a verdict in the infamous Laxmanpur- Bathe carnage almost thirteen years after 58 Dalits (including 27 women and 10 children) were brutally killed by the Ranvir Sena (the now-almost-defunct caste army belonging to Bhumihar landlords) on December 1, 1997. While giving death sentence for 16 convicts and life imprisonment and Rs. 50,000 fine for 10 others, the court also noted that the massacre was a ‘stigma on civil society and rarest of rare cases of brutality’.
91 years ago on this day, hundreds of peacefully gathered Indians were shot dead or drowned after the British ordered firing on them in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. The firing lasted 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired or 33 rounds per soldier. Though the official figures of deaths from the British records state 379 fatalities , however the actual figure was more than 1000 with over 2000 wounded. According to Dr Smith a civil surgeon there were 1526 casualties.
The following is the SFI's position on the recent incidents of violence in JNU
A blog on neglect of maternal health in India on the occasion of National Safe Motherhood Day
Joseph Thomas,the President of recently formed Free Software Movement of India(FSMI) writes about the formation of the movement and the tasks ahead.