The first post-Covid budget of the Modi government makes no attempt to arrest and reverse the dangerous down slide of the economy, and provide immediate relief to the most affected sections of people who have lost jobs and suffered major erosion in income and livelihood. Instead, the budget follows the direction of transferring the burden of the crisis to the people while providing India's big corporations with increasing opportunities for wealth accumulation.
(We take a close look at BJP’s politics that brands interfaith marriage as “love jehad”, and is trying to enact laws criminalising such relationships. We also include a report of AIPWA’s meeting with victims of such a law in UP.)
What is “love jehad”?
“Love jehad” is the term used by the RSS and BJP to spread hatred against interfaith marriages in which the man is Muslim and the woman Hindu.
(In the wake of the decision by various BJP state governments to enact laws criminalising “love jehad”, we reproduce statements by the All India Lawyers’ Association for Justice and the All India Progressive Women’s Association, on the issue.)
Stop Criminalising Love
(Statement by All India Lawyers’ Association for Justice)
Nitish Kumar has been CM of Bihar for a nearly unbroken 15 years (with a brief interval in which Jitan Ram Manjhi replaced him). Between 2005 and 2015, he presided over an NDA regime. The NDA was trounced in the 2015 polls, and Nitish Kumar became CM in a Mahagathbandhan government with the RJD. But the NDA stole the mandate with Nitish Kumar allying with the BJP which the people of Bihar had so comprehensively rejected.
THE 'contempt of court' judgement against Prashant Bhushan will go down as one of the most bizarre verdicts ever given by the Supreme Court of India. The apex Court took suo motu cognizance of two tweets by Bhushan and delivered a verdict running into more than one hundred pages holding him guilty of not just 'contempt' of court but destabilisation of the constitutional foundation of justice and democracy.
THE recent judgment on Prashant Bhushan is one that arouses dismay and anguish. Given by the bench comprising of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R Gavai, and Krishna Murari, the judgement holds Prashant Bhushan guilty of ‘contempt of court’ for his tweets.
WITH the initiation of the actual construction of Ram Mandir on the ruins of the Babri Masjid, and that on the first anniversary of the imposition of the longest – and still continuing – period of brutalization of the lone Muslim majority state in India, the temple town on the bank of Sarayu has been given a fresh coat of political saffron.
THE 5 August 2020 Bhoomi Poojan, or the foundation-laying ceremony, of the Ram Mandir now legally sanctioned by the Supreme Court to replace the Babri Masjid demolished nearly twenty-eight years ago, has been the most decisive political and ideological statement made by the RSS-BJP establishment in the middle of the raging epidemic and its complement, the protracted state of lockdown continuing since 25 March.