‘Wealth Disappears When Cows are Unhappy’: Gujarat Court Blames Cow Slaughter for Problems on Earth

January 22, 2023 4:52 pm

A district court in Gujarat has sentenced a 22-year-old man to life imprisonment for illegally transporting cattle. In a unique order, the Principal District Judge Samir Vinodchandra Vyas said that all the problems of the earth will be solved if cow slaughter is stopped. The legal news websites LiveLaw and Bar and Bench have reported on this November 2022 […]

Five Elections That Can Determine The State Of The World In 2023

January 1, 2023 3:12 pm

Predicting the outcome of national elections can be a mug’s game. Polls are often wrong, and second-guessing how people will vote months down the line can leave even the most savvy election specialist with egg on their face. In short, there are too many unknowns – the state of the economy, late political shocks and even […]

IIM Ahmedabad’s Mask Of Heritage Consciousness Has Slipped

December 28, 2022 7:02 pm

A few weeks ago, the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) sent out a communication to all alumni containing two significant announcements. The first announced a change in design to the institution’s logo and website (more on this later). The second announcement was a final decision on a topic that had […]

Shraddha Walkar and Beyond: How Media Coverage Is Shaping Perceptions

November 29, 2022 11:15 am

That the chilling murder of 25-year-old Shraddha Walkar by her live-in partner, Aaftab Poonawala, received widespread media coverage is no surprise. As if the details of the case are not horrifying enough, however, a large section of TV media also used the event to further anti-Muslim narratives, like that of ‘love jihad’, given the couple’s […]

Watch | Explainer: Meta And The Instagram ‘Takedown’ Controversy

October 17, 2022 7:11 pm

On October 10, The Wire published an exclusive report detailing how Instagram recently took down a video of Uttar Pradesh resident Prabhakar Maurya worshipping a statue of state chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The social media company’s justification for removing the post, provided to the owner of the anonymous satire page, ‘Superhumans of Cringetopia’, said it […]

Who, Indeed, Are The ‘Urban Naxals’ Who Delayed The Sardar Sarovar Project?

October 10, 2022 2:30 pm

While addressing a meeting of state environment ministers on September 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “urban Naxals” had stalled the work of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP). To know who the Prime Minister is calling “urban Naxals”, and why there has been a delay in the completion of SSP, it is important to revisit the history […]

World Bank Downgrades India’s Economic Growth Forecast To 6.5% For FY23

October 7, 2022 3:49 pm

Washington: The World Bank on Thursday projected a growth rate of 6.5% for the Indian economy for the fiscal year 2022-23, a drop of 1% from its previous June 2022 projections, citing deteriorating international environment. In its latest South Asia Economic Focus released ahead of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World […]

Is the Centre Quietly Trying To Do Away With the Post of Chief of Defence Staff?

September 16, 2022 7:49 am

Chandigarh: Over nine months after India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash, it’s a near-certainty in military circles presently that the government is highly unlikely to nominate his successor. Several senior retired and serving service officers, security officials and analysts reasoned that having not appointed a CDS to follow […]

Whistleblower Says Indian Government ‘Agent’ Was Placed in Twitter to Gauge Company’s Plans

September 14, 2022 9:06 am

New Delhi: In his testimony to the US Senate, whistleblower Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko on Tuesday disclosed that the person he believed with high confidence was a ‘foreign agent’ of India was placed in Twitter to see if the company was willing to concede to the BJP government’s demands for censorship and better understand its plans. In […]

RTI: Controversial Goa Cafe Food Licence Was Issued to Company Controlled By Smriti Irani’s Husband

September 9, 2022 7:50 am

New Delhi: A Right to Information request has revealed that Silly Souls, the controversial Goa restaurant and bar located at a private home in Assagao, Goa – now the subject of a libel suit by BJP leader Smriti Irani against Congress leaders – has a food license issued by the state Directorate of Food and Drugs […]

PMO Has No Record of Modi’s Claim of Going to Jail Over Satyagraha for Bangladesh’s Independence

September 3, 2022 7:19 am

The Prime Minister had made the assertion during a visit to Dhaka last year, triggering a debate over the claim. An RTI request was then filed seeking the details of his arrest, jail stay and release. During his visit to Dhaka on Bangladesh’s 50th Independence anniversary last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had claimed that […]

Release of Bilkis Bano Case Convicts: Conflicting Remission Policies Raise Difficult Questions

August 18, 2022 9:29 am

On Monday, August 15, the Gujarat government released 11 convicts who had been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Bilkis Bano gangrape and murder case during the 2002 Gujarat communal riots. The convicts walked out of the Godhra sub-jail after the Gujarat government approved their application for remission.  Following their conviction on January 21, 2008 by a […]

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala – Indian Stock Market’s Midas Man – Was a Paradox

August 14, 2022 8:24 pm

To say Rakesh Jhunjhunwala leaves a problematic legacy behind would be stating the obvious. One way to describe Rakesh may be the two parts that constitute him – persona and personality. A man who was defined by his ‘Midas’ like relationship with stock picking, but was also known for his crass comments tinged with sexism, disparaging commentary […]

‘We Students Are With You’: Xavier’s University Students Reach Out to Ex-Prof, Protest on Campus

August 13, 2022 6:38 pm

Kolkata: Students from various departments of the faculty of arts and social sciences at St. Xavier’s University (SXU), Kolkata, wore black clothes and assembled at the main quadrangle on the university campus in New Town on Friday, August 12, and held a silent protest in solidarity with a former assistant professor of English who was allegedly […]

‘Selling Nationalism’: Rahul Gandhi Alleges Ration Card Holders ‘Forced’ to Buy National Flag

August 11, 2022 6:51 pm

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, August 10, alleged that ration card holders were being forced to buy the national flag by shopkeepers and accused the BJP of selling “nationalism” and hurting the poor’s self-respect. The government, however, refuted the suggestion that the poor are being forced to buy the flag for ration on […]

Romila Thapar: I Don’t Like Modi’s India; History Won’t Be Kind to Him

August 11, 2022 6:39 pm

The Wire In an interview with Karan Thapar, the historian also said that India’s middle class is letting down the country. She says it’s not sufficiently loyal to the idea of India. In an interview about how she views the last 75 years of India’s independence and what sort of country India has become, prominent […]

SC Grants Mohammed Zubair Interim Bail in All UP FIRs; Orders Release Before 6 PM Today

July 20, 2022 4:52 pm

The Supreme Court has ordered the release of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair on interim bail in all FIRs against him registered by the Uttar Pradesh police, directing all the FIRs against him to be clubbed and the power of arrest to be used sparingly. Directing the transfer all Uttar Pradesh FIRs to the Delhi […]

Ten Men Hold Modi’s Pegasus Secrets, the Supreme Court Must Compel Them to Come Clean

July 20, 2022 4:10 pm

Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana’s decision to probe allegations that Narendra Modi authorised the use of Pegasus spyware against opposition leaders, journalists and others was widely welcomed last year. However, as the ‘technical committee’ he deputed to probe the scandal submits its report, the extent of the government’s cooperation with it is unknown. The […]

Sri Lankans Rose In Unison To Oust Gotabaya Rajapaksa As President

July 18, 2022 11:33 am

Despite his destruction of the economy, which led to Sri Lanka’s unprecedented collapse, Rajapaksa proved difficult to dislodge. He clung on to power thanks to the excessive concentration of power in the Executive Presidency. Nevertheless, the people’s movement brought together protestors from all walks of life to demand his resignation. Their collective mass proved overwhelming. […]

After ‘Boycott Muslims’ Call Comes VHP Threat of Killings, ‘Will Repeat Gujarat if Situation Demands’

July 15, 2022 9:09 am

Manesar (Haryana): Just a week before Eid, more than 300 Hindutva activists – including members of the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other organisations – attended a ‘mahapanchayat’ to protest the gruesome murder of a Hindu tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, in Rajasthan’s Udaipur by two Muslim assailants. At the event, there were calls to boycott […]