All stories by JYOTI PUNWANI
Someone like Shiv Kumar had to be tamedRediff.com3 days ago
'At 23, he has experienced what very few of his age have: Poverty at home, a stint in jail for his student activism.' 'His experience told him that if you want your rights, you have to fight for them.'
'Sending him back to jail will endanger his life'Rediff.com23 Feb 2021
'At this age we all know that death is inevitable, but everyone wants to die with dignity.' 'The judges have given the answer.'
90% disabled Saibaba, covid positive, still in jailRediff.com19 Feb 2021
In the Nagpur Central Jail, a COVID-19 patient who has been complaining since the last 10 days of high fever, breathlessness, joint pain, cold and sore throat, is being treated in jail quarantine. The prisoner is Professor G N Saibaba, 90% handicapped, wheelchair-bound, with a damaged heart and pancreas; dependent on others even for his essential bodily functions.
'Covid will be a death sentence for Saibaba'Rediff.com13 Feb 2021
'Saibaba has 19 ailments, including severe heart and kidney problems.' 'Even healthy persons find their systems failing after Covid.' 'What will happen to someone like Saibaba?', Professor G N Saibaba's wife asks Jyoti Punwani.
Bhima Koregaon: Hope and despair for accusedRediff.com12 Feb 2021
Will the latest development see a marked break from the way the case has been going?
What you must know about Munawar FaruquiRediff.com8 Feb 2021
He may have been in the news for all the wrong reasons but the greater irony is that Muslim stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui's best jokes ridicule Muslims, and are wolfed down by Muslims, who form the majority of his 177,000 Instagram followers, notes Jyoti Punwani.
Cry, the Beloved RepublicRediff.com30 Jan 2021
We celebrate January 26 as Republic Day because that's the day on which we adopted the Constitution in 1950. Yet, in the days preceding and following Republic Day 2021, three different courts violated the Constitutional rights of citizens, observes Jyoti Punwani.
Why the dove has become a hawkRediff.com18 Jan 2021
Strident Hindutva has not been the Shivraj Singh Chouhan's hallmark in his long tenure as chief minister. What has changed?
Muslim village targeted in Madhya PradeshRediff.com11 Jan 2021
'These villages have never seen a communal dispute, let alone communal violence.' 'Are attempts to create a communal divide acceptable to the MP administration?'
'Nothing was off-limits for Dr Watsa'Rediff.com29 Dec 2020
'He would never make fun of the person asking the question, however way-out the question may have been,' says Meenal Baghel, former editor, Mumbai Mirror.
The strange case of Professor SaibabaRediff.com25 Dec 2020
Fed up with the treatment at the Nagpur central jail, his advocate has decided he will no longer deliver anything for Professor Saibaba, leaving it to the jail authorities to fulfill their legal responsibility to look after the professor.
This is for Meenal and the MirrorRediff.com18 Dec 2020
Saturday will be the last time the Mumbai Mirror will hit newsstands as a daily. Two Saturdays ago, its owners, the Times of India group, shocked the city by deciding to convert the Mirror into a weekly newspaper. Jyoti Punwani salutes the Mirror and its editor, Meenal Baghel, for its pathbreaking journalism.
UP's Love Jihad law is not unique; the CM isRediff.com8 Dec 2020
Ultimately, whether the UP ordinance is struck down by the courts or not, it will be the courage of young Hindu and Muslim women and men that will act as a foil to the UP police-cum-mobs who will be out to get them.
What Owaisi tells MuslimsRediff.com20 Nov 2020
Such is the force of his oratory that many Muslims, even those who don't vote for him, have come to believe that Asaduddin Owaisi is the first and only politician who speaks up for Muslims since Independence, observes Jyoti Punwani
Who cares for Bhima Koregaon Commission?Rediff.com7 Oct 2020
'We want the Commission to finish its work; the issue it is investigating is too crucial for its work to be left incomplete.'
Why is Right to Health denied to political dissidents?Rediff.com1 Sep 2020
The callousness with which these political dissidents are being treated goes against the Supreme Court's directive, given right at the beginning of the lockdown. The apex court had directed states to release prisoners to decongest jails, which had become hotspots of the coronavirus.
Why is Varavara Rao being denied Right to Health?Rediff.com31 Aug 2020
On August 31, a fresh report was supposed to be submitted, and his plea for bail on health grounds was to be decided. Before that could happen, the 81-year-old poet was stealthily discharged and taken back to the Taloja jail hospital on August 25. Not even his lawyer on record, Advocate Satyanarayanan, was informed.
When riots tear your life apart, and you rebuild itRediff.com6 Aug 2020
Anyone with such experiences could have been expected to turn fundamentalist. But Shaheen Kadri is anything but that.
'Bakri Eid is a day away and there is such confusion'Rediff.com30 Jul 2020
'Why the restrictions for Bakri Eid?'
The Mystery of Varavara Rao's InjuryRediff.com23 Jul 2020
'In what must go down as one of the most nonchalant remarks by the head of any hospital, J J Hospital Dean Dr Ranjit Mankeshwar said: 'We do not know where the staff was, but he did not suffer serious wounds'.'