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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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'Modiji, Can We Survive Only On Rations?'

'Modiji, Can We Survive Only On Rations?'

Rediff.com20 hours ago

'Modi must see how we live, what we have to do to educate our children.'

'Tell Modi We Waited'

'Tell Modi We Waited'

Rediff.com1 days ago

The MNS chief started his speech with the name of Nehru, then paused. After a few tense seconds, he resumed: "After Nehru, here is the only politician who will be PM for the third term."

'How Will Piyush Goyal Help Us?'

'How Will Piyush Goyal Help Us?'

Rediff.com2 days ago

'We need a candidate who will do our work and fight with the authorities; someone we can hold accountable.' 'Piyush Goyal is not that candidate.'

'Shoma Sen Was Entitled To Bail'

'Shoma Sen Was Entitled To Bail'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'She had been in jail for nearly 6 years; the charges had not been framed and the trial had not begun.' 'Even if it began, it would take years to complete.'

'This Isn't Like Any Other Election'

'This Isn't Like Any Other Election'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'We can't sit back clutching our memories of the riots. The country, the future of our children are more important.' Jyoti Punwani reports on an unusual election meeting in Mumbai.

'First Congress Candidate To Get Vote From A Thackeray'

'First Congress Candidate To Get Vote From A Thackeray'

Rediff.com9 May 2024

While the responses of the candidates were predictable, depending on which side they belonged to, an interesting point slipped through when Rahul Shewale cited the Dharavi Redevelopment Project as a scheme that would add to Mumbai's importance. No big infrastructural project in Mumbai, he said, could be successful without the Centre's nod.

'Why Are We Being Made To Suffer?'

'Why Are We Being Made To Suffer?'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2024

'The last six years have been full of uncertainty. We've been constantly worrying about what will happen next.'

'Shoma Sen should have been released in October 2018'

'Shoma Sen should have been released in October 2018'

Rediff.com9 Apr 2024

'Shoma didn't have the luxury of time. She was already suffering from so many ailments.'

'Unbelievable after six years my mother got bail'

'Unbelievable after six years my mother got bail'

Rediff.com6 Apr 2024

'I was laughing and crying at the same time. Right now, just extremely happy that she will be out and amongst us soon.'

'They wanted to create an image of me as a devil'

'They wanted to create an image of me as a devil'

Rediff.com20 Mar 2024

'Those giving voice to the voiceless should be welcomed, not punished.' 'Yes, I paid a price -- 10 years in jail -- but it wasn't only me who did so. There are many paying the price.'

'I was scared to death for Baba's life'

'I was scared to death for Baba's life'

Rediff.com19 Mar 2024

'I don't know if he put up a front but he never let me feel his morale was down. He told me how he was tackling the problems he was facing, or if there was some way the lawyers could help, but he would always tell me not to worry with a big broad smile.'

'My 7 years in Anda cell were the most inhuman form of solitary confinement'

'My 7 years in Anda cell were the most inhuman form of solitary confinement'

Rediff.com18 Mar 2024

'When there was no crime committed, everything had to be fabricated. They see it as a war, and everything is fair in love and war.'

How These Lawyers Worked Tirelessly To Free Saibaba

How These Lawyers Worked Tirelessly To Free Saibaba

Rediff.com8 Mar 2024

'We were sure our appeal would succeed. We knew we could break down the evidence and show it was hollow.'

'There was no evidence, no crime committed by him'

'There was no evidence, no crime committed by him'

Rediff.com5 Mar 2024

Despite being 90% handicapped, suffering from multiple ailments and dependent on a wheelchair, the former Delhi University professor has not been able to step out of the anda cell of the Nagpur Jail at all since his conviction.

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.'

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