UNHCR Stays Silent in The Face of Protests and Pleas by Afghan Nationals in New Delhi

Many Afghan nationals protesting outside UNHCR's office in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, are women who have been spending day and night for the past nine days along with their kids and elderly parents in scorching heat and occasional rain. You can see mosquito bites all over the faces of the kids. Now, their presence here has … Continue reading UNHCR Stays Silent in The Face of Protests and Pleas by Afghan Nationals in New Delhi

They Didn’t Come to Worship at Your Throne

Farmers at Singhu border. December 2020 (Photo: Ullekh NP) You see them from behind concertina wires at lunchtime They tuck into their traditional breads like lions at their feast The scent of clarified butter tickles your palate through the nose The intimate bond of the hot slow-cooked meal Eternal smiles of the countryside, chiseled and … Continue reading They Didn’t Come to Worship at Your Throne

Internet Freedom Is Expected to See a Dip This Year (But People Will Find Ways to Stay Connected)

On the night of January 5th, outside the North Gate of Delhi’s premier educational institute Jawaharlal Nehru University, I tried, while balancing on my toes among young people pushing and pulling each other, to upload photos and videos of the chaos unfolding in front of me with no success. I was suddenly proud of my … Continue reading Internet Freedom Is Expected to See a Dip This Year (But People Will Find Ways to Stay Connected)

Thanks to CAA, We Stand Isolated in the World, Says Former NSA

Former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon has criticised the Centre for its series of actions — including a controversial amendment to India’s Citizenship law — that have led to the country’s rapid isolation in the international diplomatic scene. Menon, who was also former foreign secretary, regretted that the government’s effort, lately, has been to “hyphenate … Continue reading Thanks to CAA, We Stand Isolated in the World, Says Former NSA

“I Will Do It Again If I Have to”: the Poster Girl of Jamia Protests

On the afternoon of December 15, when Aysha Renna and her university buddies decided to join the march organised by students and locals near Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Delhi, to protest the new Citizenship law, little did she realise that she would shortly be catapulted to national fame for her defiance and courage in the … Continue reading “I Will Do It Again If I Have to”: the Poster Girl of Jamia Protests

Benny Tai on Hong Kong’s Special Role in ‘Withstanding the Global Rise of Authoritarianism’

When I met him in the afternoon of April 17th last year at his office, 801 Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Hong Kong University, Benny Tai, Associate Professor of Law at the prestigious institution, was already a hero to thousands of pro-democracy activists in the semi-autonomous Chinese city that was under British control until 1997. He … Continue reading Benny Tai on Hong Kong’s Special Role in ‘Withstanding the Global Rise of Authoritarianism’