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A word of thanks

by Ritwik on February 23, 2014

Thank you all for making our public meeting on ‘Justice, Human Rights and Media Trials’ organized under the banner of the Campaign for Khurshid Anwar a big success with your enthusiastic and active participation in large numbers. The large Press (…)

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Nandy Controversy – Not isolated but part of a worrying pattern

by Ritwik on January 27, 2013

Here is a former national president of the main opposition party, publicly threatening IT officials. There seems to be no imminent threat to Mr Gadkari’s liberty. In contrast, an academic’s loose comments have attracted non-bailable provisions of the law!

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Delhi gangrape case – protest at India gate!

by Ritwik on December 19, 2012

Please join protest against lack of safety, particularly for women, in Delhi. India Gate, 5pm, 19 December 2012. ——— On demands of castration and death sentences: Its a reflection of the helplessness felt by even our “upper classes” (on fb) (…)

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How the Parliamentary Committee has “managed” Lokpal

by Ritwik on December 9, 2011

“If a case is made out, it would be referred to CBI in stage 3 which will investigate independently of the Lokpal or ministries.” There goes any chance of the Lokpal actually doing any good whatsoever. In true Indian way, it has been “managed” …

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The best way to spend your money this diwali – donate to Wikileaks

by Ritwik on October 26, 2011

I for one can’t think of a better way of spending my money this Diwali, than by helping Wikileaks in whatever small way I can.

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Facebook’s data practices – did the delete button work?

by Ritwik on October 22, 2011

Watch this brilliant and informative video about facebook’s frightening data practices. “1200 pages? No KGB or CIA ever had that much information on a normal citizen”

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A Padma for courage?

by Ritwik on March 26, 2011

I can think of no reason why Mrs. Neelam Katara, Ms. Sabrina Lall and and Mr. Chaman Lall Mattoo should not be awarded for distinguished public service. Each of these individuals managed to overcome personal tragedy to fight against the most rotten substructure of the Indian state. Their courage helped restore, albielt to a limited degree, a measure of faith in the criminal justice system of India.

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A Few Questions On Roy, Geelani, Kashmir etc.

by Ritwik on November 2, 2010

“India is a fake democracy”. Repeat after me. “India is a hindu upper caste state”. Oh good, come and join the left-liberal bandwagon. Now that you are an admitted member of the club, child, go on and say whatever the fuck that comes to your mind – but remember, the more caustic you make it, the higher you will rise in the ranks. And don’t you forget to collect all state-funded scholarships on the way. My question is, why is the (still numerous) genuine left-liberal opinion in this country, of which I consider myself a tiny and insignificant part, allowing this scam to take place in its name?

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(UN)VEILED

by Ritwik on August 13, 2010

The debate surrounding “The Veil Affair” can be surmised as such. Those who are for the ban, support it on chiefly two grounds- The Laicite argument and the Feminist argument. According to the Laicite argument, the wearing of the veil in the public sphere, distinguishes Muslim women from the rest and thus hampers the spirit of unity and secularism that the French Nation upholds. The feminist arguments points out the loss of identity of a woman who dons the veil as well as symbolizing the submission of women to men. Those against the ban point out that it yet another instance of rising Islamophobia in the west, that the woman has a right to choose whether she wears the burqa or not, and that this enforced secularism is a prime example of western patriarchy.

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Yet Another Non-implementable Law

by Ritwik on July 17, 2010

It is obvious that the proposed bill to prevent child abuse in India is yet another act of over-zealousness which seeks to achieve social objectives by force of law, rather than investing in necessary social and cultural reform. It will be non-implementable, because of its sheer impracticality. That does not bother me as much as the fact that unlike the equally stupid anti-smoking law, the proposed bill has inherently greater scope for misuse and harassment.

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Barbaric Attack on Kerala Professor: A Few Questions

by Ritwik on July 9, 2010

I don’t understand why the police needed to assure church leaders that the perpetrators of this attack will be brought to justice? Surely these “chruch leaders” should have been incensed regardless of the religious affiliation of the victim? this episode would not have even become a news story had the attackers not committed the tactical error of chopping off Joseph’s hand. As it is, they had him on the run.

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Heroic Venezuelan President seeks to muzzle the press

by Ritwik on August 5, 2009

Criticism of attempts made by Hugo Chavez to control and tame the press in Venezuela through the new special law against media offences. I call upon all left/liberal/communist/socialist intellectuals to condemn this in the severest possible terms.

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