COVER STORY

09-04-2021

The Terror of Laws (April 9, 2021)

Briefing

BOGEY OF TERROR

From victims of injustice to campaigners for justice

Mahtab Alam Cover Story
Some of those acquitted in terror-related cases have been working as social activists or legal counsellors, travelling across the country to spread awareness about wrongful incarceration.
UAPA

Crushing free spirit in the name of terrorism

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has always remained a powerful tool in the hands of successive regimes to suppress opposition. The approach of the current government on the UAPA, in the name of fighting terrorism, is consistent with its efforts to destabilise democratic institutions.
Cover story: Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, long battles ongoing for accused in terror cases

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Several individuals, especially Muslims, have been fighting tedious legal battles in terrorism-related cases in Maharashtra.
Muslims' suffering in Tamil Nadu

Muslim prisoners languish in Tamil Nadu sans legal remedies

Even as many Muslims languish in prisons since 1991, the State government has been overenthusiastic in locking up civil rights activists by using the UAPA, IPC and other Acts against them.
Interview: S.Y. Quraishi,

S.Y. Quraishi: ‘Islam is not against family planning’

Interview with S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, on his newest book.
Afghanistan

U.S. troops withdrawal in Afghanistan: A long drawn-out endgame

John Cherian World Affairs
The U.S. is supposed to withdraw its troops in Afghanistan by May 1, but the Biden administration is keen to involve neighbouring countries in a diplomatic push to find a peaceful solution in the country.
ANTI-CHINA AXIS

U.S. policy on Asia focussed on its attempt to weaken China

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
Discussions in the Quad on vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies shroud the actual impetus of the grouping, which is to weaken China and make India a useful subordinate ally for the U.S.’ objective to maintain primacy in the Indo-Pacific region.
Controversy

New rules for Overseas Citizens of India targeting certain communities and categories of employment

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
A recent notification by the Home Ministry relating to rights of Overseas Citizens of India comes with a baggage of conditions, some of which are directed at certain communities and certain categories of employment.
West Asia

Biden bombs Syria, says it was in ‘self-defence’

John Cherian World Affairs
Even as U.S. forces routinely targeted militants in Yemen, Somalia and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, President Biden ordered a military strike in eastern Syria in clear violation of international law, signalling a continuation of his predecessor Donald Trump’s militaristic policies in the region.
The Judiciary

Activists denounce 'patriarchal and regressive' statements by judicial institutions

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Activists denounce casual observations made by judicial institutions in cases of violence against women as patriarchal and regressive.
Jammu and Kashmir

DDC administration in J&K is a sham, say members, who even three months after winning have no clarity on their role

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Some three months after they were elected, District Development Council members are still unclear about their role in the administrative structure, leading them to believe they are just pawns in New Delhi’s attempt to showcase grassroots democracy in the Union Territory.
COVID-19 Update

Virus mutations of COVID-19 pose a challenge as latest wave of coronavirus infection in India highlights need to ramp up genome sequencing efforts

R. Ramachandran The Nation
The rising wave of coronavirus infection, which began in Maharashtra, and is spreading to hitherto unaffected areas, underscores the importance of greatly stepping up the genome sequencing efforts and looking specifically for mutations of concern.
UTTARAKHAND

BJP replaces Uttarakhand Chief Minister

The BJP, which takes pride in its “double engine” government in Uttarakhand, once again replaces its Chief Minister a year before the Assembly election, much to the chagrin of State party leaders.
BOGEY OF TERROR

From victims of injustice to campaigners for justice

Mahtab Alam Cover Story
Some of those acquitted in terror-related cases have been working as social activists or legal counsellors, travelling across the country to spread awareness about wrongful incarceration.
UAPA

Crushing free spirit in the name of terrorism

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has always remained a powerful tool in the hands of successive regimes to suppress opposition. The approach of the current government on the UAPA, in the name of fighting terrorism, is consistent with its efforts to destabilise democratic institutions.
ASSAM ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2021

It is BJP’s failures vs Congress’ guarantees in Assam

As the gap between the BJP’s electoral promises and the ground realities is stark, the ruling party falls back on its familiar tactic of communal polarisation.
Cover story: Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, long battles ongoing for accused in terror cases

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Several individuals, especially Muslims, have been fighting tedious legal battles in terrorism-related cases in Maharashtra.
Muslims' suffering in Tamil Nadu

Muslim prisoners languish in Tamil Nadu sans legal remedies

Even as many Muslims languish in prisons since 1991, the State government has been overenthusiastic in locking up civil rights activists by using the UAPA, IPC and other Acts against them.
Cover story: Kerala

Encounters and the arrest of two students under the UAPA have rocked Kerala in 2019

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
“Encounter” killings of four Maoists and the arrest of two youths under UAPA for allegedly possessing Maoist literature rocked the State in 2019 with even leaders of the ruling LDF opposing the police action.
Assembly Election: Kerala

The election-eve political climate in Kerala has changed little from when the LDF won the local body elections last year

R. Krishnakumar Politics
The ruling LDF, with its governance and development record, is confident of getting another term in office in Kerala even as the Congress-led UDF is racked by widespread dissension over candidate selection. In between, the BJP is trying to dent the dominance of the two fronts in the State’s politics.
Cover story: Kerala

Encounters and the arrest of two students under the UAPA have rocked Kerala in 2019

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
“Encounter” killings of four Maoists and the arrest of two youths under UAPA for allegedly possessing Maoist literature rocked the State in 2019 with even leaders of the ruling LDF opposing the police action.
Interview: Rebecca Mammen John

How the UAPA and the NIA are used to crush dissent

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Senior advocate Rebecca Mammen John on how the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the National Investigation Agency are being “weaponised” against Indians who hold a different viewpoint from the government.
UAPA in Kashmir

The UAPA and PSA are being used as tools of coercion in Kashmir

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
In recent times in Jammu and Kashmir, the UAPA and other anti-terror laws have been used against journalists, university students, mainstream politicians and others, all in the name of maintaining law and order.
Interview: S.M. Mushrif

S.M. Mushrif: ‘Secularists should challenge UAPA in Supreme Court’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with S.M. Mushrif, former Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra.
Malegaon blast accused

How Salman Farsi copes with the stigma after his acquittal in the 2006 Malegaon blast case

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Salman Farsi, who was acquitted in the 2006 Malegaon blast case, speaks of his ordeals and the pain of social exclusion.
Cover Story: Karnataka

Karnataka: False accusations, ruined lives

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
Several Muslim men spent decades in jail on charges of terrorism before being acquitted, while many continue to languish in prison, awaiting justice.
Jammu and Kashmir

DDC administration in J&K is a sham, say members, who even three months after winning have no clarity on their role

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Some three months after they were elected, District Development Council members are still unclear about their role in the administrative structure, leading them to believe they are just pawns in New Delhi’s attempt to showcase grassroots democracy in the Union Territory.
COVID-19 Update

Virus mutations of COVID-19 pose a challenge as latest wave of coronavirus infection in India highlights need to ramp up genome sequencing efforts

R. Ramachandran The Nation
The rising wave of coronavirus infection, which began in Maharashtra, and is spreading to hitherto unaffected areas, underscores the importance of greatly stepping up the genome sequencing efforts and looking specifically for mutations of concern.
ANTI-CHINA AXIS

U.S. policy on Asia focussed on its attempt to weaken China

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
Discussions in the Quad on vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies shroud the actual impetus of the grouping, which is to weaken China and make India a useful subordinate ally for the U.S.’ objective to maintain primacy in the Indo-Pacific region.
Controversy

New rules for Overseas Citizens of India targeting certain communities and categories of employment

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
A recent notification by the Home Ministry relating to rights of Overseas Citizens of India comes with a baggage of conditions, some of which are directed at certain communities and certain categories of employment.
West Asia

Biden bombs Syria, says it was in ‘self-defence’

John Cherian World Affairs
Even as U.S. forces routinely targeted militants in Yemen, Somalia and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, President Biden ordered a military strike in eastern Syria in clear violation of international law, signalling a continuation of his predecessor Donald Trump’s militaristic policies in the region.
The Judiciary

Activists denounce 'patriarchal and regressive' statements by judicial institutions

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Activists denounce casual observations made by judicial institutions in cases of violence against women as patriarchal and regressive.
Jammu and Kashmir

DDC administration in J&K is a sham, say members, who even three months after winning have no clarity on their role

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Some three months after they were elected, District Development Council members are still unclear about their role in the administrative structure, leading them to believe they are just pawns in New Delhi’s attempt to showcase grassroots democracy in the Union Territory.
COVID-19 Update

Virus mutations of COVID-19 pose a challenge as latest wave of coronavirus infection in India highlights need to ramp up genome sequencing efforts

R. Ramachandran The Nation
The rising wave of coronavirus infection, which began in Maharashtra, and is spreading to hitherto unaffected areas, underscores the importance of greatly stepping up the genome sequencing efforts and looking specifically for mutations of concern.
UTTARAKHAND

BJP replaces Uttarakhand Chief Minister

The BJP, which takes pride in its “double engine” government in Uttarakhand, once again replaces its Chief Minister a year before the Assembly election, much to the chagrin of State party leaders.
BOGEY OF TERROR

From victims of injustice to campaigners for justice

Mahtab Alam Cover Story
Some of those acquitted in terror-related cases have been working as social activists or legal counsellors, travelling across the country to spread awareness about wrongful incarceration.
UAPA

Crushing free spirit in the name of terrorism

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has always remained a powerful tool in the hands of successive regimes to suppress opposition. The approach of the current government on the UAPA, in the name of fighting terrorism, is consistent with its efforts to destabilise democratic institutions.
ASSAM ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2021

It is BJP’s failures vs Congress’ guarantees in Assam

As the gap between the BJP’s electoral promises and the ground realities is stark, the ruling party falls back on its familiar tactic of communal polarisation.
Cover story: Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, long battles ongoing for accused in terror cases

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Several individuals, especially Muslims, have been fighting tedious legal battles in terrorism-related cases in Maharashtra.
Muslims' suffering in Tamil Nadu

Muslim prisoners languish in Tamil Nadu sans legal remedies

Even as many Muslims languish in prisons since 1991, the State government has been overenthusiastic in locking up civil rights activists by using the UAPA, IPC and other Acts against them.
Cover story: Kerala

Encounters and the arrest of two students under the UAPA have rocked Kerala in 2019

R. Krishnakumar Cover Story
“Encounter” killings of four Maoists and the arrest of two youths under UAPA for allegedly possessing Maoist literature rocked the State in 2019 with even leaders of the ruling LDF opposing the police action.
Assembly Election: Kerala

The election-eve political climate in Kerala has changed little from when the LDF won the local body elections last year

R. Krishnakumar Politics
The ruling LDF, with its governance and development record, is confident of getting another term in office in Kerala even as the Congress-led UDF is racked by widespread dissension over candidate selection. In between, the BJP is trying to dent the dominance of the two fronts in the State’s politics.
Interview: Rebecca Mammen John

How the UAPA and the NIA are used to crush dissent

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Senior advocate Rebecca Mammen John on how the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the National Investigation Agency are being “weaponised” against Indians who hold a different viewpoint from the government.
Puducherry Assembly election 2021

BJP aims for back-door entry in Puducherry

While the major alliances get ready to battle it out in Puducherry, the mood on the street is that the BJP will use every trick in the book to lure the victorious MLAs to form a government.
Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2021

In Tamil Nadu it's a two-horse race, still

The State is all set to witness an intense fight between the two fronts led by the AIADMK and the DMK with smaller players seeking to break the Dravidian ‘duopoly’.
Assembly Election: West Bengal

All eyes on Nandigram

Interesting contests are on the cards in the tribal belts of West Bengal in the first and second phases of the election, and the fight for Nandigram assumes huge importance for Mamata Banerjee who is engaged in a straight showdown with the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the constituency.