Public Interest

Anything affecting the rights, health, or finances of the public at large. Public interest is a common concern among citizens in the management and affairs of local, state, and national government. It does not mean mere curiosity but is a broad term that refers to the body politic and the public weal.

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Interactive map: Chilling effect on Freedom of Press in India

Press freedoms in India are severely eroded. In 2020, India’s press freedom rank dropped to 142 out of 180 countries in Press Freedom Index. There are increasing instances of hate and threats directed at journalists, police and the law being used to punish journalists reporting stories that challenge the powerful. Police often detain, book or …

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Brazen misuse of police power to weaken ongoing farmers movement: Samyukta Kisan Morcha

Samyukta Kisan Morcha – SKM is deeply concerned and anguished about the brazen misuse of police power by the government in its efforts to weaken the ongoing farmers’ movement. It condemns the arrest of young environmental activist Disha Ravi without due procedures being followed. SKM demands her immediate unconditional release. India’s young environmentalists do understand …

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Stubble burning, farm laws and dehumanization of farmers

Mohinder Gulati, former COO of Sustainable Energy for All, which works with the UN to ensure clean energy by 2030 wrote an open letter to Greta Thunberg sandwiching criticism of her support to the Farmers Protest and highlighting the damage from stubble burning in particular in between appreciation for her work. He would hardly be …

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Digital forensics reveal evidence tampering to implicate activists: Bhima Koregaon case

The Washington Post has published an explosive story about the forensic analysis of Rona Wilson’s laptop that has found that the laptop had been compromised and key evidence in the form of 10 letters implicating the activists was planed in a hidden folder on it a week before the arrests. The letters, widely publicised at …

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Farmers Protest: Is the opposition favoring middlemen?

In September 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the opposition favored middlemen and hence opposed the farm laws that would benefit the farmers. This claim, as with anything Modi says has been accepted as gospel by his supporters, who in spite of all evidence to the contrary continue to claim that the farmers protests …

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The internal matter of the unstoppable #FarmersProtest

The government insists everything on which the citizens are in protest is an internal matter. The bigger the protest, the louder the claim. The scrapping of Article 370 with Kashmir having no say in its own status, no representation in the Rajya Sabha was an internal matter. The highly controversial Citizenship Amendment Act that ostensibly …

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