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Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University, interviewed by Varghese K George

-The Hindu There are many parallels but also important differences between the current protests and the JP movement of the 70s, says this eminent historian A historian of modern India, Gyan Prakash is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University and author of the 2018 book Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point. He compares the current situation in the country to the turmoil of the 70s. Excerpts: * How would...

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Reducing custodial deaths -MP Nathanael

-The Hindu The Indian police continue to torture suspects in custody as they are rarely punished On October 13, 2019, Pradeep Tomar, a security guard, rushed with his 10-year-old son to Pilkhua police station in Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh. He had been summoned for interrogation in connection with a murder case. The son later said that his father was brutally tortured by the policemen in front of him for hours. When...

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Can Assam look beyond ethnic and regional politics? -Suraj Gogoi and Rintu Borah

-Newsclick.in Today, the crisis of global migration is unsettling the logic of territorial sovereignty and citizenship that underpins the modern nation-state. On 12 December 2019, while presenting the ground reports on Kashmir and the National Register of Citizens in Washington DC, Gregory Stanton, founder of Genocide Watch, warned that “preparation for a genocide is definitely underway in India,” as the persecution of Muslims in Assam and in Kashmir clearly hints of an...

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Pia Oberoi, senior advisor on migration, UN Human Rights Office, interviewed by DVL Padma Priya (Suno India podcast)

-Suno India podcast/ TheWire.in   In conversation with Pia Oberoi, senior advisor on migration, UN Human Rights Office. A few days ago, the United Nations Human Rights Office issued a statement condemning the “fundamentally discriminatory” Citizenship (Amendment) Act. While welcoming the goal of protecting persecuted groups, the UN Body called out against the exclusion of Muslims including minority sects. The statement pointed out that the new law “undermines” the commitment to equality enshrined in...

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Over 600 infants died in Rajasthan, Gujarat hospitals last month: 10 points -Harsha Kumari Singh/ Jimmy Jacob

-NDTV The BJP, which initially targeted the Congress over the infant deaths in Rajasthan, was faced with a similar situation in Gujarat. Jaipur: Over 600 babies died at six major hospitals across Rajasthan and Gujarat in December last year, agencies reported amid outrage over the alleged lack of life-saving equipment in government medical institutions. The first reports of the kind emerged from the JK Lon Hospital in Rajasthan's Kota, where 100...

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