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Archive of entries posted on August 2008

The Right to a Fair Trial Compromised in the Name of Security: The Case of Dr. Binayak Sen

Right to a fair trial by Mukul Sharma (Published in: Daily News and Analysis, August 27, 2008) India’s  criminal justice system has several discrepancies that need to be ironed out The right to a fair trial is a cornerstone of democratic societies. How a person is treated, when accused of a crime, provides a concrete [...]

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‘Salwa Judam victims’ narrate tales of torture

Times of India, 29 Aug 2008 ‘Salwa Judam victims’ narrate tales of zulm HYDERABAD: For the last three years, Jagan (name changed) says he has tried hard to shrug off the memory of that one afternoon when many villagers were kicked from one end of a bridge to another “like a football.” “Their clothes were [...]

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Dr Binayak Sen, My Brother, Our Hero

Twenty two Noble Laureates pleaded for him in an appeal to the PM. He was given the highest American medical award, honours by medical colleges and doctors in recognition of his protracted work for the poor in remote interiors. And yet, he is condemned in jail on fabricated charges by the BJP government in Chhattisgarh. [...]

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The State as Strangler.Targetting peaceful dissenters

Outlook Magazine, 15 August 2008 The State as Strangler.Targetting peaceful dissenters. Special Issue: Independence Day Special Was Bhagat Singh a terrorist, patriot, a bomber or a revolutionary? Ever since her arrest on October 16, 2006, Sunita Narayan, a book publisher working from the national capital region of Delhi, has been grappling with that question. Sunita [...]

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Prison diaries of a suspected Naxal

Sreelatha Menon EAR TO THE GROUND Business Standard, August 10, 2008 Ajay TG, arrested on suspicion of being a Naxalite, plans a film on those who are jailed for no reason at all. What does a film-maker do in jail? When it is Ajay TG, the jail becomes his muse, prompting to him stories about [...]

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