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Supreme Court commutes Bhullar’s death sentence

The Supreme Court on 27 June 2014, commuted the death sentence awarded to Mr. Devendra Pal Singh Bhullar into life imprisonment. A four judge Bench of Chief Justice and Justices R.M. Lodha, H.L. Dattu and S.J. Mukhopadhaya said that  inordinate and unexplained delay in disposal of mercy petition by the President of India and mental […]

Human Rights Defender assaulted, falsely arraigned and arrested

Sri Krishna Kumar Chatterjee, human rights defender, associated with Human Rights Law Network in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, was attacked by miscreants who wanted to avenge Sri Chatterjee for helping a person in defending his rights from these miscreants. Krishna Kumar Chatterjee was brutally assaulted and needed to be rescued by the officers of […]

IB report: PMANE chief Udayakumar slaps legal notice on MHA

Anti-nuke activist and convener of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, SP Udayakumar today sent a legal notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the Intelligence Bureau report that alleged foreign-funded NGOs are having a 'negative impact' on India’s economy. According to a Times Now report, Udayakumar has denied receiving any foreign funds in […]

The IB Report Generously Promotes Foreign Interests By Vandana Shiva

Intelligence agencies are supposed to protect the safety and security of a nation and its citizens from external threats. Tragically, we now have a report from the Intelligence Bureau that promotes the very foreign interests that are threatening our seed and food sovereignty, the livelihood of our farmers and the health of our citizens. The […]

Online posts against Narendra Modi spell trouble

NEW DELHI: Social media in India has suddenly become a decidedly dangerous place for dissent or irreverence, especially if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the centre of your dissidence. State administrations, be it in Goa, Karnataka or Kerala, have shown great alacrity in arresting, browbeating and often simply terrorizing anyone who is even slightly […]

IB’s report on NGOs farcical, say rights activists

Five civil rights activists involved in anti-nuclear movements across the country and named in the Intelligence Bureau report on “Concerted Efforts by Select Foreign Funded NGOs to ‘take down’ Indian development projects” on Friday described the report as “farcical” and aimed at “scare-mongering” to “de-legitimise” genuine people’s struggles. While three of them — Achin Vinayak, […]

Foreign funding of NGOs: Intelligence Bureau report bid to stifle dissent, activists say

NEW DELHI: Civil society activists named in the leaked intelligence report have described the charges against them as a "figment of the IB's imagination", while alleging that the document was deliberately leaked to discredit opposition and set the stage for the government to fast-track environmental clearances without following due process. Addressing the media on Friday, […]

Cops are harassing my family, says RTI activist

GREATER NOIDA: An RTI activist who was abducted and tortured for four days by armed assailants last year has alleged that police are mounting pressure on him to withdraw the case. While the city police had lodged an FIR, the activist said cops are treating it as just another case and alleged that instead of […]

A campaign for jailed activists


Activist Himanshu Kumar says tribals are still a pawn on the chessboard of provincial politics. Saying there’s no better time to talk about tribal rights than now, he is on an indefinite fast to highlight their exploitation by states and multi-nationals, reports Shone Satheesh Babu Amidst a rising chorus asking to send more forces into […]