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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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'Bakri Eid is a day away and there is such confusion'

'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 Injury

The Mystery of Varavara Rao's Injury

Rediff.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'

'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 Jail

A Professor Left to Rot in Jail

Rediff.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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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 says

Bhima-Koregaon: What Pawar's affidavit says

Rediff.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?

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 CJI

No Sena leaders were arrested in Mumbai in '93, Mr CJI

Rediff.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'

'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 Kejriwal

Shaheen Bagh has no complaints about Kejriwal

Rediff.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 inquiry

Shocking! How a govt treats a commission of inquiry

Rediff.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'

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?

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.'

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