Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1,500 anti-Narmada dam protesters, leader Medha Patkar detained in Bhopal, released following all-India "pressure"

Women protest while being taken to Bhopal Central Jail
By Our Representative
In a major swoop, the Madhya Pradesh police on Wednesday morning detained approximately 1,500 on protesting Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists and supporters at the Bhopal railway station soon they got down. The NBA activists were first taken to Habibgunj Railway Station and then to Central Jail, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal.

Vibrant Gujarat? Employment generation drops to 1 job per crore investment from 5 jobs per crore investment

By Our Representative
A recent analysis in a top business site has suggested that the Gujarat government has messed up data on the “successes” it claims to have achieved in the high-profile Vibrant Gujarat world business meets, with the state’s own data revealing that the summits have failed to generate jobs, which has been one of the proclaimed aims.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New York Times: Under Modi, growth has slowed, jobs haven't materialized, virulent intolerance takes over

By Our Representation
In yet another scathing editorial, the powerful US daily, “The New York Times” (NYT), has said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India’s “growth has slowed, jobs have not materialized, and what has actually been unleashed is virulent intolerance that threatens the foundation of the secular nation envisioned by its founders.”

Slack in private sector investment: 74% India's manufacturers say they have no plans for capacity addition

By Our Representative
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in its latest quarterly survey on expectations of manufacturers for the period April-June 2017, has said that “future investment outlook remains less optimistic”, with “74% respondents reporting that they don’t have any plans for capacity additions for the next six months.” Observers consider this as lingering impact of demonetization, effected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2016.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Now, Uttar Pradesh Dalits to send one lakh soap tablets to Adityanath to help clean up his "untouchability mindset"

Dalit meet near Ahmedabad
By Our Representative
Taking a cue from the controversial decision of Gujarat’s largest Dalit rights civil group, Navsarjan Trust, to hand over 125-kg soap to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, senior Uttar Pradesh Dalit activists are all set to send across one lakh soap tablets to Adityanath to “clean up” his mind up which is allegedly rooted in untouchability.

Friday, July 14, 2017

AFSPA "abuse": J&K accounted for 50% of human rights complaints, its share in monetary relief was 3%

By Our Representative
Amidst media reports that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) might be withdrawn from certain parts of Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining parts of Assam, reply to a Right to Information (RTI) plea has suggested that it is not North-East, but Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) which has suffered most because of human rights (HR) violations through using AFSPA.

Three times rise in killing of India's land, eco-defenders: Modi blamed for "stifling opposition" by any means

Deaths of land, environment defenders in 2016 
By Our Representative
A just-released UK report has revealed that the number of people killed while fighting for land rights and environmental protection in India has trebled in India, from just 6 in 2015 to 16 in 2016, blaming it on “a disturbing trend" of increasing police brutality in India, wherein the Modi administration shows its determination “to stifle opposition to ‘development’ policies by any means necessary.”