Human rights Activists, Jesuit Priest, branded Urban Naxalites

Human rights Activists, Jesuit Priest, branded Urban Naxalites

Mumbai: Pune police launched raids in five states at dawn on Tuesday, picking up mostly Left-leaning activists and lawyers and igniting outrage in civil society that described the crackdown as “absolutely chilling”. The five persons arrested are poet and Left-wing activist Varavara Rao; rights activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira; lawyer, trade unionist and tribal […]

Kandhamal riots: After 10 years, Innocents still imprisoned

Kandhamal riots: After 10 years, Innocents still imprisoned

In line with our editorial policy to support initiatives for justice everywhere, Newsnet carries this piece written by Anto Akkara, first publshed in UCA News It was pure journalistic instinct that made me travel to the remote Kandhamal jungles in India’s Odisha state after an arson attack destroyed over 100 churches and Christian institutions in […]

Hot and bothered in Sikkim, Darjeeling!

Hot and bothered in Sikkim, Darjeeling!

Global warming certainly isn’t a myth. Soulful Sikkim is getting hot under the collar with heat that it has never experienced before. Tourism industry wallahs are scared that potential visitors will shun the Darjeeling hills and Sikkim because of the uncanny heat waves! Remember, the hills are where we run to get away from the […]

Nagaland4Kerala … We care!

Nagaland4Kerala … We care!

Kohima: Nagaland cares. The people care. In collaboration with the Government of Kerala, the Nagaland 4 Kerala concert takes place Friday 24 to raise money for the flood affected people. As Kerala continues to grapple with the worst floods ever, Nagaland is doing its bit to reach out to the victims, thousands of kilometres away. […]

Centre diktat behind Siliguri bridge collapse?

Siliguri: A portion of an under-construction flyover in the East West Corridor on NH-31D collapsed at Kantibhita in Phansidewa, located around 25 km from Siliguri recently. Some observers in Siliguri are actually pointing a finger at the Union Surface Transport Ministry for causing the crash! Perhaps this didn’t feature prominently on the news, because  no […]

Swami Agnivesh Flags State Sponsored Violence

Swami Agnivesh Flags State Sponsored Violence

All violence in recent times has got State patronage, Swami Agnivesh has said. He was in Thiruvanthapuram , Kerala, delivering the 17th N. Narendran memorial lecture on ‘Tolerance, plurality, and respect for dissent’ ecenly. Swami Agnivesh spoke about what appeaed to be consistent attacks on freedom of speech and right to dissent under the arera […]

Petition against compulsory sacramental confession, dismissed by HC

Petition against compulsory sacramental confession, dismissed by HC

The sacrament of confession also called the sacrament of reconciliation is one of the fundamental practices and sacraments of the Catholic Faith, and no government that abides by the Constitution of India can interfere with this. In the midst of increasing interference and a sustained campaign by certain mischievous and vocal elements, this latest ‘petition’ […]

Female Genital Mutilation is not constitutional: Supreme Court

Female Genital Mutilation is not constitutional: Supreme Court

What a big chunk of the mainstream media missed, or chose to ignore, was that India may soon join the many countries to ban the Dawoodi Bohra’s tradition of mutilating their women before marriage. The Supreme Court of India on Monday, 30 July, said the age-old practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) violated the right […]

Unimpressed with Cabinet sop, Dalits will protest August 9

Unimpressed with Cabinet sop, Dalits will protest August 9

New Delhi: A cabinet decision to restore some dilutions of the SC ST Prevention of Atrocities Act cuts no ice with the All India Ambedkar Magasabha, which will go on the August 9 strike as planned. In what is seen as a hasty attempt to avert Dalit anger across India, the Union cabinet on Wednesday […]

Mamata: Indian politics has never been so dirty!

Mamata: Indian politics has never been so dirty!

New Delhi: The National Register of Citizens, applicable to Assam, which,  in its first draft, has left out over 40 lakh people, has become a major challenge, echoing across the country. Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday (Augist 1) called the BJP the biggest infiltrator in the country for dictating what people should eat, […]

At a loss for Identity in Assam …

At a loss for Identity in Assam …

Guwahati: The National Register of Citizens is being used to frame people and settle scores. Right now, all over Assam, an exercise is on to identify ‘aliens’ (illegal immigrants from Bangladesh) who may have entered the country over the past few decades. If your name does not feature in the national register of citizens, well, […]