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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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The Strange Deposition Of Shivaji Pawar

The Strange Deposition Of Shivaji Pawar

Rediff.com24 Jan 2023

Shivaji Pawar made a startling revelation: Though the subject matter of his investigation was the January 1 violence, he had not examined any of the witnesses to that violence.

'It was my first encounter with evil'

'It was my first encounter with evil'

Rediff.com10 Jan 2023

'I was living in a fools' paradise, thinking I could win over anyone with my good intentions.'

'Today It Is Absolute Dictatorship'

'Today It Is Absolute Dictatorship'

Rediff.com10 Jan 2023

'If you persist in opposing the government, they set the ED or the NIA on you. And the courts have not given us much hope.'

'I have grown some steel in my psyche'

'I have grown some steel in my psyche'

Rediff.com4 Jan 2023

'I'm 79 + now, and I've been doing all this since my late 20s.' 'Sometimes the ideological war extends to the home as well.' 'Many nights I couldn't sleep when someone close to me uttered the smallest insult.' 'It would cause me a lot of pain. But one has to be honest to oneself.'

No Link Between Elgar Parishad, Violence: Cop

No Link Between Elgar Parishad, Violence: Cop

Rediff.com22 Dec 2022

The foundation of the Bhima Koregaon case was blown to bits by a senior policeman, reports Jyoti Punwani.

'We want Muslim Personal Law to be completely reformed'

'We want Muslim Personal Law to be completely reformed'

Rediff.com21 Dec 2022

'The BJP may no longer be in power after 2024, that doesn't mean we'll stop this campaign against polygamy.'

'We are the protectors of Hindus'

'We are the protectors of Hindus'

Rediff.com12 Dec 2022

Police escorted the rally all the way, at one point standing in a row to prevent the rallyists from entering a side road where stood a huge mosque. Across the road, an old Muslim woman asked her Hindu neighbour what the rally was all about. The latter shrugged her ignorance, looking on in bewilderment at the young men with their saffron flags, all of them wearing Bajrang Dal T-shirts.

Was CIC Mahurkar Right In His Views?

Was CIC Mahurkar Right In His Views?

Rediff.com2 Dec 2022

'As CIC, you have the power to comment on policy matters. 'If you have very strong beliefs and you know your rulings will be reported, you will express your beliefs.'

'Saibaba Hovers Between Life And Death'

'Saibaba Hovers Between Life And Death'

Rediff.com17 Oct 2022

His spine, his heart, his pancreas -- one by one, all his organs have weakened, given the lack of medical treatment in jail, where he is kept in the notorious Anda cell. Continuous pain, frequent fainting spells, urinary problems, have all become part of his life.

'A civil democratic society can ill afford sacrificing the procedural safeguards legislatively provided'

'A civil democratic society can ill afford sacrificing the procedural safeguards legislatively provided'

Rediff.com14 Oct 2022

'Sanction serves the salutary object of providing safeguard to the accused from unwarranted prosecution and the agony and trauma of trial, and in the context of the stringent provisions of the UAPA, is an integral facet of due process of law.' If the report to the sanctioning officer for the first five accused in the case lacked the qualities required under the law, then for Professor Saibaba, the sanction came much after his trial had started!

Will Suleman Usman Bakery Victims Get Justice?

Will Suleman Usman Bakery Victims Get Justice?

Rediff.com1 Oct 2022

The Sessions Court judge presiding over the trial was appointed to this court just a few months ago. Annoyed at its slow pace, he is cracking the whip on the prosecution.

'When were obstacles ever placed in the way of Hindu festivals?'

'When were obstacles ever placed in the way of Hindu festivals?'

Rediff.com12 Sep 2022

The ad is one more illustration of the way Maharashtra's new Shinde-Fadnavis government has been milking the Ganpati festival, with CM Eknath Shinde visiting Ganpati Mandals all day these last 10 days.

Why Did Pandu Narote, 35, Have To Die?

Why Did Pandu Narote, 35, Have To Die?

Rediff.com26 Aug 2022

This is not the first time the Nagpur Jail authorities are being accused of negligence towards their inmates.

'I had fought for undivided India'

'I had fought for undivided India'

Rediff.com20 Aug 2022

For his participation in Netaji's INA, Major Ghulam Ahmed Qureshi was put into solitary confinement in the Red Fort, charged with rebellion against the Crown. Despite Nehru, Asaf Ali and a host of top lawyers defending them, Qureshi and his fellow officers were sentenced to death.

'Any litigation is like a war'

'Any litigation is like a war'

Rediff.com16 Aug 2022

'You know the factors against you and those in favour, and you use the weapons you have in accordance with the strategy you've developed.'

Bhima Koregaon Hearings: IO Asked To File Affidavit

Bhima Koregaon Hearings: IO Asked To File Affidavit

Rediff.com15 Jul 2022

ACP Shivaji Pawar has been asked to file his affidavit by August 15.

Bhima Koregaon: If Collector Had Acted On Time...

Bhima Koregaon: If Collector Had Acted On Time...

Rediff.com9 Jun 2022

'This shows how casually these officials approached a dispute simmering for years which finally erupted into violence.'

Why Is Prof Saibaba Denied A Water Bottle in Jail?

Why Is Prof Saibaba Denied A Water Bottle in Jail?

Rediff.com26 May 2022

It took a five-day hunger strike by the former Delhi University professor, in jail without a break for five years after being convicted of links with Maoists, for the jail administration to agree to his request for a water bottle.

Why Sharad Pawar Is Against The Bhima Koregaon 16's Arrests

Why Sharad Pawar Is Against The Bhima Koregaon 16's Arrests

Rediff.com6 May 2022

Despite Sharad Pawar's categorical stand, the Maharashtra government has done nothing to ease the suffering of the Bhima Koregaon 16, who have been denied their basic rights to health and to communication with their families while in jail.

'We've been pushed against the wall and no one seems to care'

'We've been pushed against the wall and no one seems to care'

Rediff.com25 Apr 2022

The silence is specially deafening from three parties that symbolised hope for Muslims: The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party. 'What fear prevents these leaders from at least talking about the way our community is being targeted?' 'Will they really lose Hindu votes if they do so?'

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