Jyoti Punwani

Jyoti Punwani writes on human rights issues. You can e-mail the author at jyoti.punwani@gmail.com

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Why is this man scared of Uddhav's government?

Why is this man scared of Uddhav's government?

Rediff.com11 Jan 2020

'Was he afraid that his answers during cross-examination would land him in trouble under the new ruling dispensation?'

What was Sanjay Raut doing at a Jamaat rally?

What was Sanjay Raut doing at a Jamaat rally?

Rediff.com5 Jan 2020

'It was a reaffirmation of his party's unrelenting defiance of its erstwhile ally, the BJP; an attempt to forge a new relationship with the community the Shiv Sena had always targeted; and a pointer towards the political imperative of taking everyone along if the fight against the ruling party had to succeed,' notes Jyoti Punwani.

Police and the phenomenon of Muslim hatred

Police and the phenomenon of Muslim hatred

Rediff.com30 Dec 2019

'In UP, the CM actually announced that his administration would 'take revenge' against rioters.' 'That must have been music to his police force's ears for it substantiated what the police always do: Take revenge on an entire community for the violence of a few,' points out Jyoti Punwani.

'I was afraid'

'I was afraid'

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

'Both sides were so embittered by what had happened last year that I didn't know what to expect.'

History on test at Bhima Koregaon hearing

History on test at Bhima Koregaon hearing

Rediff.com26 Nov 2019

At this point commission member Sumit Mullick asked the government counsel: 'Your job is to protect the State. How are these questions on Peshwas relevant?'

BHU's double standards

BHU's double standards

Rediff.com22 Nov 2019

When a university allows a small group of students to prevent classes being held; when the professor selected to hold those classes gives up and goes back to his hometown; what conclusion can be drawn, asks Jyoti Punwani.

Ayodhya verdict: We have all lost

Ayodhya verdict: We have all lost

Rediff.com11 Nov 2019

'The Babri Masjid wasn't just a mosque, it was a test of our secularism,' says Jyoti Punwani.

'Why hasn't Ambedkar filed an affidavit?'

'Why hasn't Ambedkar filed an affidavit?'

Rediff.com7 Nov 2019

'Whenever Dalits have agitated on the streets, the government has blamed Naxalites.'

Does Owaisi hold sway over Muslim voters?

Does Owaisi hold sway over Muslim voters?

Rediff.com30 Oct 2019

In 2014, young Muslims became Owaisi fans. But five years of BJP rule and a weakening Opposition have drawn older Muslims too towards the AIMIM chief. Not enough, though.

Will the Election Commission censure BJP leader?

Will the Election Commission censure BJP leader?

Rediff.com18 Oct 2019

The Election Commission sent a notice to Mangal Prabhat Lodha, the BJP's Mumbai chief. This is probably because a leading newspaper highlighted his utterances on its front page.

Ambedkar-Owaisi split: Who gains?

Ambedkar-Owaisi split: Who gains?

Rediff.com17 Sep 2019

So who stands to benefit the most by a weak Opposition? What's behind the sudden public spat between the two parties?

The Man Who Changed Lives

The Man Who Changed Lives

Rediff.com10 Sep 2019

This Teacher's Day, students remember Syed Feroze Ashraf, 'Uncle' who changed the lives of many children forever.

'Kashmiris have lost the sense of fear'

'Kashmiris have lost the sense of fear'

Rediff.com30 Aug 2019

'It's not only what's been done politically. It's also the way it's been done. It's the suffocating atmosphere.'

Why is Press Council of India toeing govt line on J&K media curbs?

Why is Press Council of India toeing govt line on J&K media curbs?

Rediff.com26 Aug 2019

'Is the application the Press Council's voice or the government's? 'It has been reported that other members of the PCI were taken aback at the Press Council's application. 'These members need to publicly question the chairman to redeem their own positions,' says Jyoti Punwani.

29 dead: A government-made disaster

29 dead: A government-made disaster

Rediff.com12 Jul 2019

The injured -- 130 -- cannot go back to work nor do they have homes to return to. Many of them refuse to leave the hospital while some of their relatives sleep in the hospital corridors. Apart from their physical injuries, the trauma of seeing their family members swept away haunts them as does the loss of all their possessions. But the BJP-Sena government remains indifferent to this human crisis.

IIT Indore PhD student takes guide to court

IIT Indore PhD student takes guide to court

Rediff.com8 Jul 2019

According to the petition, Shyam Singh, who joined IIT Indore in 2015 as a PhD student, has been repeatedly asked to resign by his guide.

Bhima Koregaon hearing: Why was he quizzed for 14 days?

Bhima Koregaon hearing: Why was he quizzed for 14 days?

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

He is neither a victim of the violence that broke out at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018 nor an eye-witness to it. Yet, Bhimrao Bansod testified for a full 14 days before the judicial commission of inquiry set up to inquire into the violence.

Bhima Koregaon hearing: Why was he quizzed for 14 days?

Bhima Koregaon hearing: Why was he quizzed for 14 days?

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

He is neither a victim of the violence that broke out at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018 nor an eye-witness to it. Yet, Bhimrao Bansod testified for a full 14 days before the judicial commission of inquiry set up to inquire into the violence.

How many more Indians will be lynched, Modiji?

How many more Indians will be lynched, Modiji?

Rediff.com26 Jun 2019

'Isn't it obvious that the BJP government in Jharkand and its police force care two hoots about the Supreme Court's orders?', asks Jyoti Punwani.

An Extraordinary Indian passes into the ages

An Extraordinary Indian passes into the ages

Rediff.com10 Jun 2019

Jyoti Punwani pays tribute to Syed Feroze Ashraf, the eternal do-gooder who changed the lives of many children.

So is the Hindu Rashtra here?

So is the Hindu Rashtra here?

Rediff.com4 Jun 2019

This theory of 'Hindus vs the rest' sees the two communities as two separate blocs. Isn't that the two-nation theory? What of the deep bonds that the communities have on the ground? asks Jyoti Punwani.

Do you know all this about Modi's ministers?

Do you know all this about Modi's ministers?

Rediff.com1 Jun 2019

The PM's choice of ministers is interesting, to say the least, says Jyoti Punwani.

Why did Modi not visit Surat?

Why did Modi not visit Surat?

Rediff.com29 May 2019

Despite receiving so much love from Gujarat, Modi didn't bother to visit the bereaved parents of those 22 children who lost their lives in Surat, points out Jyoti Punwani.

Modi's Parliament speech decoded

Modi's Parliament speech decoded

Rediff.com27 May 2019

'Seems more than half of the 'desh' remained untouched by his 'samajik ekta ka andolan',' points out Jyoti Punwani.

'Don't we have any value as human beings?'

'Don't we have any value as human beings?'

Rediff.com20 May 2019

'Haven't you heard of the magical EVM machines? They can negate all our votes.' 'There is no hope. Modi is India's Putin.'

In parched Marathwada, farmers want to give Modi another chance

In parched Marathwada, farmers want to give Modi another chance

Rediff.com1 May 2019

Most farmers want to give Modi a second chance. They hope that the BJP loses at least 50 seats, so that it is dependent on its coalition partners who will then keep a check on Modi.

Hey Mr Owaisi, these are Muslims too!

Hey Mr Owaisi, these are Muslims too!

Rediff.com27 Apr 2019

One teenager died in police firing last May. Another teenager is paralysed waist down. Both families have been ignored by the political establishment, including the AIMIM.

Right man in the wrong (Owaisi's) party?

Right man in the wrong (Owaisi's) party?

Rediff.com23 Apr 2019

Has Owaisi's MIM become an albatross for Imtiaz Jaleel, former journalist and the party's candidate in Aurangabad?

A padyatra with Owaisi

A padyatra with Owaisi

Rediff.com22 Apr 2019

'Hindus have always been the most powerful vote bank'

'Hindus have always been the most powerful vote bank'

Rediff.com21 Apr 2019

'Had Muslims been a vote bank, they wouldn't be in the condition they are now,' Asaduddin Owaisi tells Jyoti Punwani.

A padyatra with Owaisi

A padyatra with Owaisi

Rediff.com19 Apr 2019

MIM workers tried to shoo the complaining woman and her silent husband away, but Owaisi insisted that she be heard. As he turned to leave, he told her: "Good that you spoke up. Keep doing that.

Tough battle for Ashok Chavan in Nanded

Tough battle for Ashok Chavan in Nanded

Rediff.com18 Apr 2019

While everyone says that in terms of actual contribution to Nanded or in moral authority, Ashok Chavan cannot compare with his father, in terms of contact with his voters, he beats S B Chavan hollow. 'Sab ko sambhaltey hain.'

'We preferred Rahul's speech to Modi's'

'We preferred Rahul's speech to Modi's'

Rediff.com16 Apr 2019

'Modi's speech was like one of our sour food preparations; Rahul's was sweet.'

'We laid foundation for alternative to Modi'

'We laid foundation for alternative to Modi'

Rediff.com2 Apr 2019

'The Congress should have accepted our demands.' 'Gone are the days when it could decide how many crumbs to throw at us.' 'Now, we make the demands.'

Why was Saibaba denied bail?

Why was Saibaba denied bail?

Rediff.com27 Mar 2019

'Rejection of bail means they want him to die.'

Complaint against police excesses? This could happen to you

Complaint against police excesses? This could happen to you

Rediff.com22 Feb 2019

Kailash Avhad told Rediff.com that when he appeared before DCP Sandeep Palve, the police officer expressed anger at his RTI applications, caught him by the collar, banged his head against the wall and rained blows behind his ear. He then forced Avhad to touch his feet in apology.

Mumbai's mohalla committees: Giving peace a chance

Mumbai's mohalla committees: Giving peace a chance

Rediff.com30 Jan 2019

The mohalla committee movement in Mumbai celebrated its 25th anniversary last weekend. The movement, which was born in the wake of the horrific Mumbai riots of 1992-1993, has played an important role in ensuring that Hindu-Muslim riots do not recur in the Maximum City.

Why India needs more mohalla committees

Why India needs more mohalla committees

Rediff.com30 Jan 2019

Mumbai's 45 mohalla committees and the many voluntary groups working to bring communities together in the city can be counted upon to do their utmost to stop riots.

Bhima Koregaon inquiry progresses at snail's pace

Bhima Koregaon inquiry progresses at snail's pace

Rediff.com22 Jan 2019

The reasons for the snail's pace at which the commission is proceeding are linked both to the government's indifference to it as well as the indifference of the parties appearing before it.

Bhima Koregaon hearing: Video reveals what happened

Bhima Koregaon hearing: Video reveals what happened

Rediff.com16 Jan 2019

=The video also confirms what initial investigations by the media into the Bhima Koregaon violence had found -- that it was a fallout of a Dalit-Maratha dispute in Vudu Budruk village.

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