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INDIA: Tribal Rights Activist Among 67 Slapped With UAPA Over 'Maoist Link' Suspicion

Driven to a frenzy over purported statements given by Maoist sympathisers, Andhra police have arrested several human rights activists from Andhra Pradesh and Haryana. 6 hours ago | Gali Nagaraja         Hyderabad:  Athram Suguna, a 38-year old school teacher of the Gond tribe from Telangana’s Fakrigutta in Adilabad district, has been caught in a cat-and-mouse game with no end in sight. Suguna works as a school assistant in a zilla parishad high school at Utnoor. After a group of suspected Maoist sympathisers supposedly spilled the beans on a network of Maoists to the police, the latter have framed her in a case under the draconian and stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Tadvai police had nabbed four suspected Maoist sympathisers on November 2 when they were allegedly on their way to Chhattisgarh to meet top Maoist leaders. The four are Haribushan, Damodar, Kankanala Raji Reddy and Mylarapu Adellu. They were held following a complaint received by A. Srinivas, Circle Inspecto

THE QUESTION OF BALOCHISTAN

Published   29 Nov, 2020   06:55a   MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI Over the decades, the situation in Balochistan has transformed a lot for all the wrong reasons. The policymakers of the country have not done much for the region and, in a similar vein, neither have researchers nor writers done any remarkable work for the purpose of initiating a constructive and healthy debate surrounding Balochistan’s issues. As a journalist from the province, having read several books on Balochistan, I have started to believe in the fact that most works are, one way or another, a rhetorical rehashing of the same old discussions. As a result, no new knowledge is disseminated despite ‘new’ books being churned out fairly frequently. They all repeat the same reservations about the region’s resources, exploitation, deprivation and other economic and political woes. And, unlike foreign authors and researchers, the problem with most local authors is that their writings lack substantial research — which is why, inste

Ananta Center: East Asia Diges by Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre  Former Ambassador to Bhutan, China and  High Commissioner to Pakistan  NOVEMBER 2020 | VOL 02 ISSUE 10 | MONTHLY  H I G H L I G H T S   • Overview  • Developments in China • Developments in Japan • Developments in South Korea • Developments in Hong Kong • US -China Trade and Technology War   I Overview China: ​ • 5th Plenary Session of Central Committee of CPC held • China’s Reaction to Malabar Naval Exercises • India – China Border Imbroglio Continues • G-20, SCO and BRICS Summits held virtually – PM Modi and Xi both attend Japan: ​ • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Tokyo • Japanese start-up Ispace Inc. to design lunar landers for NASA • Japan’s Consumer Prices fall at fastest rate in October 2020 • Australia and Japan conclude Reciprocal Access Agreement South Korea: • Chinese FM Wang Yi visits Seoul Hong Kong:   • Chief Executive Carrie Lam presents Annual Policy Address • HK Economy expected to shrink in 2020

For those who have no access to technology, courts simply don’t exist during COVID-19: CJI SA Bobde

For those who have no access to technology, courts simply don’t exist during COVID-19: CJI SA Bobde By Bar & Bench 26th Nov, 2020 at 8:49 PM The shutdown of physical functioning of courts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a different breed of inequality, wherein people without access to technology effectively lost access to justice, Chief Justice of India  SA Bobde  said on Thursday. In various districts in India, courts practically don't exist for a large section of litigants and lawyers who do not have access to technology, he added. Speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) through Zoom, CJI Bobde said, “The virus spurred an inequality. It made access to justice dependent on access to technology. Those who did not have access to technology did not have access to justice. It was very unfortunate to have visited districts in India to be told that for a large section which do not have access to technology, cour

India falls into recession as pandemic weighs on output

Contraction of 7.5% in three months to September follows record fall the previous quarter People shop at an open air vegetable market in Mumbai. Agriculture has outperformed the wider economy thanks to good crop seasons and government stimulus. © AFP via Getty Images       November 27, 2020 2:27 pm   by  Benjamin Parkin  in Mumbai India’s economy contracted 7.5 per cent year-on-year in the quarter ending September, taking it into a technical recession as strict lockdown measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic continued to weigh on output. The performance was better than many analysts had forecast but still reflected the heavy blow the pandemic has delivered to what was recently the world’s fastest-growing large economy. India’s output contracted by a record  24 per cent  year-on-year in the April to June quarter, when much of the economy was shuttered by a strict lockdown, but activity has since picked up somewhat after businesses and industry were allowed to reopen. A recession

India’s diminishing democracy – Narendra Modi threatens to turn India into a one-party state | Briefing

on:  November 27, 2020 I N EARLY NOVEMBER  justices at India’s Supreme Court turned their attention to an urgent plea. Arnab Goswami, a prominent journalist, had been dragged from his home and hurled into jail. Government ministers decried the arrest as an assault on free speech, demanding that Mr Goswami be granted bail. The hearing was brief. “If we as a constitutional court do not lay down law and protect liberty, then who will?” proclaimed one judge. That evening Mr Goswami swept out of Mumbai’s Taloja prison into a rapturous crowd. “This is a victory for the people of India!” he crowed. But was it? To much of India’s commentariat, Mr Goswami’s case represented not a test of freedom so much as a test of power. On its current trajectory, by all evidence (as the chart on the next page illustrates), the world’s largest democracy is headed to a future that is less, not more free. Mr Goswami is a controversial figure. He has pioneered a style of attack journalism that makes his nightly

Despite Modi, India Has Not Yet Become a Hindu Authoritarian State

November 24, 2020 Policy Analysis  By  Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar Introduction Historical Background The Ideological Evolution of the BJP Modi: Promise and Performance in Power Hindu Nationalism Rises under Modi Hindu Communalism Rises under Modi Modi Has Misused Laws and Eroded Independent Institutions India Is Fighting Back against Hindu Authoritarianism The Global Indices Suggest India Is a Flawed Democracy Conclusion Citation Downloads Endnotes Related Content India’s constitution guarantees democracy, civil liberties, and secularism. But fears of India becoming a Hindu authoritarian state have been voiced after Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in New Delhi in 2014. The party’s  Hindutva  philosophy—the creation of a great Hindu state—envisages a Hindu state where citizens with other religious beliefs are tolerated but have second‐​class status. It lauds military toughness. Earlier governments were reluctant to retaliate militarily against Pakist