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RTI law: paradigm shift in realizing Constitutional rights that cannot be taken back -Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

endments, it is also necessary to understand the nature of the people’s right to information not just as a law, but as an inseparable part of basic human and democratic rights. As a part of the Freedom of Expression, the RTI is an irrepressible part of free speech; as a part of the right to life, it is as demanding as hunger, and as integral a part of the right to equality, as basic as human dignity. The RTI is a movement far beyond a legisla

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IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan resigns over 'lack of Freedom of Expression' -SR Praveen

Haveli sent his resignation to the Union Home Secretary on August 21. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr.Gopinathan who joined the service in 2012, said that he has taken the decision because he wants his Freedom of Expression back. “Over the past few days, I have been really perturbed by what is happening in the country, wherein a large section of our population have had their fundamental rights suspended. There has been a lack of response to it.

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Focus turns to domicile laws, land, jobs in proposed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh -Peerzada Ashiq

uo;This time, Pandits will come on a permanent basis. We would not like transit camps here. It should not be that people will leave in winters and return in summers. For that, Pandits should be given Freedom of Expression within the Valley and a sense of security by locals. Their political empowerment and social cohesion should follow it. They should not beg for any security,” Mr. Chrungoo said. Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Ladakh MP, has filed a

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Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI's edge -Suhrith Parthasarathy

sovereignty founded in universal adult franchise? Or are we suggesting something more — perhaps an assurance, grounded in the Constitution, of a set of rights, of the rights, among others, to a Freedom of Expression, life and personal liberty, and equal opportunity and status? These are questions, as Astra Taylor argues in her remarkable new book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, that we must perpetually

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By Amending RTI Act, Govt Is Attempting To Subvert People's Power -Aruna Roy & Rakshita Swamy

justify their ends.  RTI remains the only credible means left in our polity today to access facts of government functioning and therefore come closer to the truth. RTI also defines our right to Freedom of Expression in a simple clear and fundamental manner, from the individual to the collective. Governments may control and direct news, manipulate statistics, conceal sensitive information in the interest of “national security”. But it

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

these efforts. Universities are not just coaching centres, they are also meant to contribute to intellectual creativity, cultural life, the flourishing of ideas and the defence of democratic values. Freedom of Expression and association are essential for this purpose. Few vice-chancellors or principals, however, seem to consider it important to defend these liberties. Instead, the tendency seems to be to play safe and toe the government line. Simi

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (Frontline.in)

al equality and liberty. It’s an important call to the people to protect their interests and to elect wisely and with maturity. In effect, the Indian citizen already reeling under the attack on Freedom of Expression in arts, cultural expression, ideas and in accepting varied ideologies will see it cemented by law. The rule of law will be vitiated by unconstitutional legislation, and opposing an unjust law in practice will be termed “unlawf

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'Dismantling India': A grim account of 4 years of Modi government -Bhasha Singh

rformance of the Narendra Modi government in its first four years was released on Saturday. In last four years of Modi government, there have been 214 reported cases of attack on civil society and Freedom of Expression, 228 cases of attack on education and reported news around and more than 400 cases of Hate and Targeted Violence against Muslims. Titled Dismantling India and put together by a team of distinguished experts, the study complains ab

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UN Experts Criticise 'Excessive' Use of Force by Police at Anti-Sterlite Protest

n independent and transparent investigation, without delay, and to ensure that perpetrators of human rights violations be held accountable.” “The government should uphold the rights to Freedom of Expression and assembly, as they are the cornerstone of democratic societies and a critical tool to identify and protect against business-related human rights abuses,” the experts said. The Wire had earlier reported how many believed t

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India: Unchecked Attacks on Religious Minorities

-Human Rights Watch Reform Laws Choking Freedom of Expression, Association New York: The Indian government failed to stop or credibly investigate vigilante attacks against minority religious communities during 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its World Report 2018. Many senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism at the expense of fundamental rights for all In

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