All stories by 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'.'
'Had he been his old self, he'd have fought Covid'Rediff.com17 Jul 2020
His family found an old man on a bed soaked through with urine at the J J Hospital. The man whose name drew thousands to public meetings was requesting anyone who cared to listen to change his bedsheets. But there was no one to do so.
A Professor Left to Rot in JailRediff.com16 Jul 2020
'People accused of mass murder and worse are let out on medical grounds.' 'Saibaba is now 100% handicapped, and has committed no murder, yet he is not allowed to come out.'
Will Varavara Rao be freed from prison?Rediff.com13 Jul 2020
The poet and professor's 'life breath is now in the hands of those sworn to uphold his Constitutional right to life.' 'Will they be true to their oath?', asks Jyoti Punwani.
Maharashtra's COVID-19 crisis: Why is Pawar missing in action?Rediff.com12 Jun 2020
The most experienced administrator in the country seems to have sat back and allowed bureaucrats and policemen to manage the lockdown, observes Jyoti Punwani.
Does Modi even care about India's worst human crisis?Rediff.com19 May 2020
'Reports of hitherto 'atmanirbhar' breadwinners having to stand in line for a plastic bag of khichdi or, travelling thousands of kms with nothing but packets of biscuits, have not moved the prime minister,' observes Jyoti Punwani.
Do the poor feature in Modi ki Duniya?Rediff.com30 Mar 2020
'Wasn't it the PM's duty to reach out to the daily wagers of whom he claims to have been a part?' asks Jyoti Punwani.
Why do sections of the media demonise Muslims?Rediff.com24 Mar 2020
Today, hour-long, high-pitched 'debates' at prime time, replete with inflammatory visuals and captions, using half-truths, insinuations and lies, pour venom against Muslims and seek to divide Hindus and Muslims, notes Jyoti Punwani.
Bhima-Koregaon: What Pawar's affidavit saysRediff.com19 Mar 2020
Sharad Pawar claims he is not in a position to name the organisations behind the violence at Bhima Koregaon, 'though active role of right-wing forces behind the violence cannot be ruled out.'
In our history of communal riots, where does Delhi stand?Rediff.com11 Mar 2020
'The humanity displayed by ordinary, lower middle class residents of north east Delhi -- Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs -- will be remembered perhaps even more than the evil wrought in the riots,' notes Jyoti Punwani.
No Sena leaders were arrested in Mumbai in '93, Mr CJIRediff.com5 Mar 2020
'It wasn't as if the senior police inspectors in charge of the police stations were not aware of the communal tension that was being created in their areas before and during the riots.' 'Yet they chose not to act,' recalls Jyoti Punwani.
'It won't be good for social health of Maharashtra'Rediff.com13 Feb 2020
If the Bhima Koregaon commission is terminated before completing its work, the people affected by the violence 'would feel cheated'.
Shaheen Bagh has no complaints about KejriwalRediff.com12 Feb 2020
'Look at Kejriwal. With his work, he's made a place in our hearts. But the BJP leaders have only abuses for us," protesters at Shaheen Bagh tell Jyoti Punwani.
Shocking! How a govt treats a commission of inquiryRediff.com1 Feb 2020
'The circumstances indicate that the government is not serious about the commission...' '...We are not at the mercy of the government.'
Bhima-Koregaon probe: 'Summon Fadnavis as witness'Rediff.com30 Jan 2020
'There is a contradiction between what the then CM said in the assembly and the legislative council, and the direction taken by the police investigation.'
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?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 hatredRediff.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'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 hearingRediff.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 standardsRediff.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 lostRediff.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?'Rediff.com7 Nov 2019
'Whenever Dalits have agitated on the streets, the government has blamed Naxalites.'
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?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?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 LivesRediff.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'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?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 disasterRediff.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 courtRediff.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?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?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 agesRediff.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?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.