Inexplicable death of social worker Sneha Singh leaves unanswered questions

Sneha Singh was found dead in suspicious circumstances in a hotel in Munger, where she was staying. No one who knows her is willing to accept that she would commit suicide. On the 25th, the SP of Munger too said “We are investigating the incident as rape and murder. Things will only be clear after post-mortem reports”. On the 26th, this changed. Her death was ruled suicide. The SP declared that the post mortem showed…

"Inexplicable death of social worker Sneha Singh leaves unanswered questions"

Inviting Photo Submissions on performing arts: Association for India’s Development

Association for India’s Development produces a calendar each year and it reaches 5000 people with messages related to grassroots development and social issues. For 2014 our theme is performing arts. We are looking for photographs of performing arts including music, drama, storytelling, dance, theatre, puppetry and other arts of performance, on stage, in the street, common spaces, popular festivals and other venues. Art with social theme or connected to resistance movements is especially exciting to…

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Politicians, crime, success, money from ADRIndia

The Association for Democratic Reforms, India keeps coming up with all kinds of fascinating data on politicians, which every aware citizen (or wanting to be aware citizen) should keep an eye on. Here’s a fascinating little table they have published in their report on Ten Years of Elections, Crime and Money, which I have converted into a sortable table here. PARTY Candidates Analyzed MPs/MLAs Analyzed Candidates with Criminal Charges % Candidates with Criminal Charges Candidates…

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Worrying developments after the DMC Balamwar post

A few hours after publishing the story on DMC Vijay Balamwar threatening activist Tiwari for complaining about illegal construction, another update has come in from Krish. Read it for yourself. The worrying pary, of course is not that the illegal construction was demolished, or that the complaint was very effective, but the idea that sides can be taken based on beliefs that activists are deliberately causing harm, when they are using channels of ensuring the…

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DMC Balamvar threatens activist at Lokshahi Din for complaining on official email id & phone!

Mumbai, 24thJuly 2012: Beware Mumbai citizens! Think twice before complaining against illegal building activity to MCGM’s officers on their official email id and mobile numbers, or they may threaten to book you under cyber-crime laws! Also be careful if they invite you to meet them with your complaint on Lokshahi Din, because they may land you in trouble! Your efforts in bringing the illegal activities to the attention of the authorities may not be appreciated;…

"DMC Balamvar threatens activist at Lokshahi Din for complaining on official email id & phone!"

Why I don’t call the Aditi Restaurant bill “Free Speech”

I am one of the vocal advocates of individual rights. I value free speech. And every so often, I find attempts for many things (usually political) trying to pass as free speech. The Aditi Restaurant bill is one of those. To make a long story short, a restaurant in Mumbai had this bill, which infuriated the Congress, and youth Congress workers mobbed the place and either forced it to close down or cops closed it…

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