Category Archives: Rights

Essay on “Not Rape”

*trigger – Warning – if you’re not in the right frame of mind to read about sexual assault, don’t read further* Moving essay. But more than moving, it is shockingly articulate. The idea of a “Not Rape” … What we … Continue reading

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All this joy about 49-O and Elections

Elections are expensive. If you have friends, you would by now have received some ten thousand forwards on this elusive little section in the People’s Representation Act – a fabled 49-O. Here’s what it says. 49-O. Elector deciding not to … Continue reading

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Journalist “picked up” in Bangladesh

Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, the military backed interim government isn’t exactly fond of judicial processes or the free press. Bangladeshi journalist and blogger Tasneem Khalil was arrested yesterday. Since the state of emergency curtails rights of the citizens, it doesn’t look … Continue reading

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In which the Indian Cops trace your IP

In some supremely air-conditioned room, cops will sit on their computers, logging into Orkut. They will then meticulously wade through all the offers of “fraandship”, “oye, sexy pic you got” and what not to track down the very bored people … Continue reading

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Women, veils, religion and the bravest 13 year old in the world

Vidya sent me a link to a fabulous video at YouTube. It’s a part of a documentary called “A stranger in her city” by Khadija Al-Salami. al-Salami’s documentary follows a fabulous, spunky 13 year old girl – Najmia in Yemen. … Continue reading

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Of animals, fear and the mob

If something makes me sad today, it’s the news of two leopards being killed. One in J&K and the other in Nashik. The leopard being hounded in Nashik was broadcast on TV and the poor creature was attempting to just … Continue reading

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24 hour online demo against Internet Censorship at RSF

From RSF: Reporters without borders organises 24-hour online demo against Internet censorship How to take part in the 24-hour online demo against censorship: The Reporters Without Borders website will be given over to this protest from 11 a.m. on 7 … Continue reading

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India at 105 in the Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

According to the Reporters sans frontières – Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index – 2006, India is at 105 out of 168 countries listed. Yemen (149th) slipped four places, mainly because of the arrest of several journalists and closure of newspapers … Continue reading

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Tag: 5 things Feminism has done to me

Megha (the Punky one) has tagged me. While I will reserve my feminist right to hang her upside down for this, let me begin by saying I have no idea what feminism has done for me that it hasn’t done … Continue reading

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Someone’s reading your mail

An interesting article by Ajit Balakrishnan at Business Standard. Rediff is rather popular in India, and a large number of people use rediffmail accounts. Balakrishnan comments on how the government tries to pry into people’s mail boxes and the dilemma … Continue reading

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What Lebanon? Watch the cartoons instead.

Why exactly Israel is more of an ally than the rest of Middle-East is a whole other (non)question? What really bites is the sarcasm though. In a country widely referred to as the world’s largest democracy, the Indian government has … Continue reading

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If this is not censorship…

DoT (Department of Telecommunications) has a press release out. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has instructed all the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block only the specified website/webpages on the parent website. … As such the DoT … Continue reading

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