Reflex Action

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

i. However, the State refused to give sanction for prosecuting Adityanath in May this year. This refusal was challenged in the High Court by the petitioners.During the hearing, the Court reiterated its warning against publishing misleading content and after going through various media reports, the Court agreed with the AAG and ordered a media gag on proceedings pertaining to the case. [Parvez Parwaz v State of Uttar Pradesh, Criminal Miscellaneos Writ Petition No. 21733 of 2008, dated 07.11.2017

Author: 
Pradeep Kapoor

The UP local body election results present a picture of total paradoxes that run counter to whatever may be visible on the surface. These include a serious setback to BJP, gains by the BSP and SP to some extent, a surprise increase in the Congress voting percentage, the only party to record such achievement, and a potentially dangerous portend for these parties from the influence of Hyderabad MP Asadullah Owaisi’ in UP politics.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

Close on the heels of the unequivocal assertion of the fundamental right to privacy by a nine judges bench of the Supreme Court in August, 2017, a Committee of Experts set up by the Government of India under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Shri B.N. Krishna, has published a White Paper on the Data Protection Law. The Committee was tasked to make specific suggestions on principles to be considered for data protection in India and suggest a draft Data Protection Bill.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The election manifesto released by the Congress Party on Monday for the assembly elections in Gujarat is full of pro-people agenda, keeping a big distance from the neo liberal policy approach which was the hallmark of the Congress leadership during its rule in centre from 2004 to 2014. In manifesto for the state assembly elections, the national policies on economy are not emphasized but the state level approach also indicates the trend which the Congress under the president-elect Rahul Gandhi is expected to follow in the coming years.

Author: 
K. Raveendran

The new guidelines issued by telecom regulator TRAI will give India a ‘democratic Internet’, creating a new model for other countries to follow in approaching the issue of Net Neutrality. This has been made possible by the bold stand adopted by the regulator, ignoring a concerted move by American giants to use the US Federal Communications Commission route to reopen the debate so as to restrict Net services in the interest of pushing their agenda of increased commercialisation.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The resignation of Robert Mugabe last month from the Presidentship of Zimbabwe after ruling the country uninterrupted for 37 years since the liberation from the Britishers, has many lessons for the ruling national liberation movements in other parts of Africa. Mugabe was one of the tallest leaders of the African liberation movements against apartheid and colonialism and he played an important role in voicing the aspirations of the newly liberated African nations in the initial stages after coming to power.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have been carrying on a Marathon campaign for December 9 and 14 Gujarat assembly elections. Their no-holds-bar attack on the Congress and the UPA government is bitter. One wonders if this will get them votes? This is for the first time in over two decades that the BJP faces such a tough poll and PM, Amit Shah and other BJP leaders appear jittery about the poll outcome.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

On November 25, three mahadalit members of a family were brutally assassinated by upper caste goons in Jandaha. They were the father, mother and ten year old brother of a dalit girl. The goons owing allegiance to the upper caste people of the area nursed a lecherous desire to rape the girl. They forcibly entered into her house. When her parents fiercely resisted, the goons killed the three and also brutally thrashed the girl. She is fighting for life at the Patna Medical College and Hospital.

Wars happen when intolerance reaches epic proportions. But before a war begins outside, it starts inside. Wars are being fought because peace is not being found within, because we are all searching for something outside. We may call it success, peace, love, or tranquility, it is the same. Have we considered looking for it within?

Author: 
Arun Mitra

India produces nearly 50,000 MBBS doctors every year in its 479 medical colleges. There are about 9.3 lakh doctors registered with the Medical Council of India. Out of this, doctors engaged in active professional work are presumed to be numbering about 8 lakh only. With this number we are not able to meet the challenge of doctor patient ratio, which is much less than what is required as per WHO guidelines. WHO recommends one doctor per 1,000 persons whereas we have one doctor for 1,650 persons.

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