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Jyoti Punwani

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

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When Was Ram Mandir Project Not Political?

When Was Ram Mandir Project Not Political?

Rediff.com22 Jan 2024

The Opposition's stand on the Ayodhya consecration is puzzling. Their only objection seems to be that the BJP has hijacked a religious event for political benefit. In saying this, the Opposition is either being naive or hypocritical, argues Jyoti Punwani.

'Azaadi ka amrit kaal was used to grant remission to rapists'

'Azaadi ka amrit kaal was used to grant remission to rapists'

Rediff.com9 Jan 2024

'I see this judgment as a chance to say 'Boo' to the dark. But we shouldn't lose sight of the larger darkness that we have to keep fighting in everyday ways.'

'Gujarat govt must give Bilkis Bano security'

'Gujarat govt must give Bilkis Bano security'

Rediff.com9 Jan 2024

'I learnt today that Bilkis Bano had to change her house after these people were released as some of them lived in her vicinity.' 'This was an injustice to her, she had to do this under duress.'

'Why did the government go out on a limb for these 11 men?'

'Why did the government go out on a limb for these 11 men?'

Rediff.com9 Jan 2024

'What did these men mean to the government? What does its support for these men say about this government?'

'Today Is Worse Than British Times'

'Today Is Worse Than British Times'

Rediff.com30 Dec 2023

'Today, the BJP is using power in such a manner that they not only crush the Opposition, but even their own supporters can't rebel.'

'Unity in diversity has helped us survive'

'Unity in diversity has helped us survive'

Rediff.com30 Dec 2023

'The BJP is trying to change this mantra.'

'Those days, 'jail-returned' was like 'foreign-returned', something to aspire for'

'Those days, 'jail-returned' was like 'foreign-returned', something to aspire for'

Rediff.com25 Dec 2023

'Gandhi had given the call 'Do or Die'. And with all the leaders arrested, you had to be your own leader.'

'Had he been insane, he would have shot everyone'

'Had he been insane, he would have shot everyone'

Rediff.com17 Dec 2023

'How was it possible for Singh to have got a government job, and that too one involving the handling of guns, had he been insane?'

'It was not just an operation against NewsClick'

'It was not just an operation against NewsClick'

Rediff.com10 Oct 2023

The entire operation was meant to have a chilling effect on independent journalists, those not completely subservient to the regime, the small section still doing what the Fourth Estate should do -- raising questions to those in power.

'This Is The Action Of A Scared Government'

'This Is The Action Of A Scared Government'

Rediff.com4 Oct 2023

'How can a journalist be accused of terrorism when there is no overt act of terror committed?'

'No One Can Escape If They Are Critical Of The Government'

'No One Can Escape If They Are Critical Of The Government'

Rediff.com4 Oct 2023

'This action sends out a very nasty message in a very strong way -- that nobody is exempt.' 'It is also an attempt to extend the definition of who is an anti-national, who's a terrorist, a definition that's becoming looser under this regime.' 'The sad part is that by the time the courts acquit those arrested, they would've spent years in jail and been taught a lesson.'

Bhima Koregaon Commission Term Expires

Bhima Koregaon Commission Term Expires

Rediff.com22 Sep 2023

If an extension is granted, the Commission's next hearing will be a long one: From October 16-28, so as to complete the cross-examination of all remaining witnesses.

'We Are In A Calamity'

'We Are In A Calamity'

Rediff.com12 Sep 2023

'Now they're talking about changing the Constitution; they feel they have no reason now to hide their intentions.'

'BJP Thinks The Poor Don't Understand Democracy'

'BJP Thinks The Poor Don't Understand Democracy'

Rediff.com12 Sep 2023

'People understand Hitlershahi, tanashahi and now Modishahi.'

Pyaar Aur Mohabbat At INDIA Meet

Pyaar Aur Mohabbat At INDIA Meet

Rediff.com2 Sep 2023

Arvind Kejriwal warned the media that "very big forces" would try and break the INDIA alliance by showing that there was a lot of acrimony among them.

'Hum Bharatiya INDIA ke saath'

'Hum Bharatiya INDIA ke saath'

Rediff.com31 Aug 2023

The contrast between the two meetings couldn't have been more stark, yet, both were organically linked, the latter a show of support for the former.

'Supreme Court judgment has far reaching consequences'

'Supreme Court judgment has far reaching consequences'

Rediff.com18 Aug 2023

'Notwithstanding the seriousness of the allegations made, every accused had a right to a speedy trial and the court had to take into account long periods of incarceration without trial as an additional consideration for grant of bail.'

'How can lynching defined as murder be punishable by seven years?'

'How can lynching defined as murder be punishable by seven years?'

Rediff.com18 Aug 2023

'Obviously, this has been done to give an exit route to some accused.'

Prakash Ambedkar Files Affidavit After 5 Years

Prakash Ambedkar Files Affidavit After 5 Years

Rediff.com26 Jul 2023

Either this affidavit was prepared a long time back, or, Ambedkar has not been following the Commission's hearings.

Let's Not Forget Father Stan Swamy!

Let's Not Forget Father Stan Swamy!

Rediff.com8 Jul 2023

The tributes to Fr Stan by his associates and his co-accused (which were read out) provided a clue to why his death continues to touch so many.

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