Articles Archive for February 2013
Ongoing Struggles, Report, Special »
An activist’s account of the working class anger and outrage in the NCR region during the two-day strike. It contradicts the media construction of the workers as a destructive mob. The basis for the anger of the workers lies in the blatant strangulation of industrial democracy, denial of rights to organise and unionise, and the open violation of labour laws, including minimum wage and contract work laws.
Kavita Krishnan (Kavitakrish73@gmail.com) is secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association.
The dominant media narrative about the two-day All India Strike called by …
AISA expresses deep condolences at the sudden demise of Prof. Lotika Sarkar on 23 Feb. 2013 at 8.30pm in the evening at her residence in Delhi.
Professor Lotika Sarkar is a widely-known pioneer in the fields of law, women’s studies and human rights. She taught criminal law and conflict of laws at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. A Cambridge-educated lawyer by training, she was the first woman teacher of law at the University of Delhi. She has been an active member of the Indian Law Institute.
She was a …
Demand Proper Investigation, Resist Attempts To Scapegoat and Witch-hunt !!
AISA strongly condemns the twin terror blasts that took place on 21 Feb in Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad. Two blasts took place, at least 13 people have been killed, and more than 100 have been injured. We express deep condolences to the families of those killed in the blasts and demand smooth disbursal of compensation to all those who have suffered.
Such terror blasts have to be condemned in no uncertain terms, and it is of utmost importance that a proper investigation be …
Do Not Forget! Do Not Forgive!
22 years ago, on 23 February 1991, a battalion of the 4th Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army entered the village of Kunan Poshpora in Kupwara district of Kashmir late at night for a ‘search’ and ‘interrogation’ operation. The men of the village were rounded up and kept in custody just outside the villages. At least 53 women – aged 13 to 80 years – were gang raped by the army for several hours together. According to the villagers the number is much higher. What …
More powers in special zones: J&K police Bill has AFSPA ring
Muzamil Jaleel, Indian Express, Posted online: Sun Feb 24 2013, 02:24 hrs
Srinagar : While Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah frequently speaks out against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in force in the state, as per a Bill drafted by his own government, the state police could get powers quite similar to the controversial legislation.
The 76-page ‘Jammu and Kashmir Police Bill, 2013’, made public recently, allows the state to declare any area disturbed, proposing setting up “Special Security …
Event, Headline, Ongoing Struggles »
Demand that Parliament Enact a Law Against Sexual Violence Based on Justice Verma recommendations! No to Eyewash Ordinance!
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
12 Noon – 5 PM
Shabana Azmi, Vrinda Grover, Madhu Mehra, Nilanjana Roy, Gautam Bhan, Rebecca John, Binalakshmi Nepram, Kamal Chenoy, Maitreyee Pushpa, Anand Pradhan, Bimol Akoijam, JNUSU leaders, and many other scholars, activists of the women’s and students’ movement
Cultural performance including
Street play ‘Bekhauf Azaadi’ by Hirawal from Patna
Performance by Maya Krishna Rao
Solo Theatrical Performance by Rojio Usham, based on the Poetry of Irom Sharmila
Music and …
Hanging of Afzal Guru: Travesty of Justice and Democracy
The hanging of Afzal Guru at the crack of dawn on 9 February, done in an extremely secretive manner without even informing his family, will be recognised by every justice-loving person as a case of justice being compromised to appease the communal fascist forces with an eye on the elections.
It is well known that Afzal was a surrendered Kashmiri militant who had given himself up to the BSF in 1993 and had since been working in the shadow of the Special …
A week back, Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail, in complete secrecy, without even informing his family and close relatives. Saffron brigade distributed sweets, and danced on the streets. We are now being told that finally the ‘national conscience’ has been ‘assuaged’ by this execution. We are being told by several voices – ranging from the Sangh Brigade and the Congress to Sitaram Yechury – that the “law has finally taken its course”, justice has been delivered, and the case should now be buried. Entire Kashmir has been shut …