All stories by JYOTI PUNWANI
Helping the Poor through Aarthik QurbaniRediff.com6 days ago
Over the last decade, individual Muslims have started breaking from the tradition of sacrificing animals on Bakra Eid, motivated by the thought that the considerable amount spent on buying and sacrificing animals would be put to better use for the community's welfare, specially education.
Mason's son scores 600/600 in Karnataka PUCRediff.com27 Jul 2021
A teenager who doesn't need to be told to study, who makes no demands on his parents even while preparing for his board exams -- and then goes on to score a perfect 100%.
'A stain on govt's reputation which will last forever'Rediff.com6 Jul 2021
'Stan's death is the culmination of a series of acts of abominable cruelty on the part of the Indian State.'
Why are these prisoners being denied their rights?Rediff.com5 Jul 2021
The superintendent of Taloja jail has just been transferred. Does that signal a more human phase in prison for the Bhima Koregaon accused? asks Jyoti Punwani.
HELP Satish Achieve His DreamRediff.com29 Jun 2021
The one thing holding back the plucky youngster who has never hesitated to plunge into unknown territory, is funds
UNHEARD Voices from the LockdownRediff.com21 Jun 2021
While those who attended 'Livelihoods in Lockdown' learnt a lot, was anyone from the government listening?
'The hope left for justice for my father gets crushed'Rediff.com18 Jun 2021
Jyoti Punwani reports on the strange case of Prashant Rahi, MTech, journalist, activist, now in solitary confinement in a Maharashtra prison.
What was Kapil Mishra doing at IIT-Bombay?Rediff.com26 May 2021
Kapil Mishra had been invited because he was an "anti-corruption crusader", one 'IIT B for Bharat' organiser said. But in his half hour-long speech, Mishra didn't mention corruption. His entire focus was on the long "battle" Hindus had fought for their identity.
Should the Bhima Koregaon 16 be left to die?Rediff.com17 May 2021
Do Uddhav Thackeray, Aditya Thackeray, Sanjay Raut, and Sharad Pawar want the deaths of the Bhima Koregaon accused to be associated with their regime? asks Jyoti Punwani.
'An Indian film without songs is meaningless'Rediff.com10 May 2021
Vanraj Bhatia, the creator of unforgettable music, hated the fact that the 'New Wave' directors did not respect Hindi cinema's multi-song format.
Which Covid victims does Modi mourn for?Rediff.com2 May 2021
Modi did not consider these deaths important enough to express regrets. Will these lives continue to count for nothing? asks Jyoti Punwani.
Why does Modi ignore the dead and dying?Rediff.com19 Apr 2021
Rarely have we seen such intoxication over power, which ignores the cries of those dying, notes Jyoti Punwani.
We won't see the likes of Sagar Sarhadi againRediff.com24 Mar 2021
Though he went back to writing "beautiful scenes" for other Bollywood directors, his deep interest in the lives of ordinary citizens never slackened, evident from the way he made himself available to human rights groups whenever they called him.
Ansuya Dutt had rare courageRediff.com16 Mar 2021
Ansuya Dutt, who never stopped fighting for women's rights, can be an inspiration to us never to lose sight of our basic beliefs, never mind peer pressure.
Someone like Shiv Kumar had to be tamedRediff.com1 Mar 2021
'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.