University panel opposes Modi’s honour to VC Apparao

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice of the University of Hyderabad on Tuesday vehemently opposed the honour bestowed on university vice chancellor Podile Apparao by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian National Science Congress held in Tirupati. Professor Podile is one of the suspects in the suicide case of research scholar Rohith Vemula, booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act. Rohith was reportedly … Continue reading University panel opposes Modi’s honour to VC Apparao

Kobad Ghandy acquitted of charges registered by the Patiala Police

Kobad Ghandy, Maoist political prisoner, was acquitted today by the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Gulzar in Patiala Punjab of all charges in the case registered against him by the Patiala police in 2010 for allegedly delivering anti-national speeches on the Punjabi University campus. Ghandy had been booked under the Sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act … Continue reading Kobad Ghandy acquitted of charges registered by the Patiala Police

Must read: Human scavengers die in manhole

Jagan and Goundar contracted to perform manual scavenging work – despite it being banned – died of asphyxiation in a clogged 15-foot deep manhole on Khasbagh Road. Two garment factory workers Madhu, 21, and Muniraju, 23 who tried to save Jagan  and Goundar  also died.   Jagan, a native of Andhra Pradesh, and Goundar from Tamil Nadu were hired by  a Hyderabad-based contractor named Rao Constructions. They had been working … Continue reading Must read: Human scavengers die in manhole

Jan Myrdal’s Red Star Over India – Suruchi Mazumdar

  Excerpts from an interview with Swedish writer Jan Myrdal at the opening of his book Red Star over India at Kolkata Book Fair in January 2012 1. Maoist groups now extend support to people’s movements in defence of right to land and forest in tribal areas and have reoriented their politics. Does that make the movement stronger than before? 32 years ago, I visited … Continue reading Jan Myrdal’s Red Star Over India – Suruchi Mazumdar