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[22 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 5,290 views]
The economics of GREEN HUNT

In Jharkhand, the State is behaving like an agent of corporations, grabbing resources from tribals in violation of their traditional rights and handing them over to corporations, even  using gun power if necessary. These are the findings of an HRLN fact finding team that visited the state’s most backward but resource-abundant regions, writes Sarita Bhoi
The Wednesday morning of March 31 this year brought a day that Ram Soren (name changed to protect identity), a resident of a remote village in Giridih district, would always remember with a shudder. “I was …

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[21 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 7,537 views]

There has always been a school of thought which has held that what is primarily wrong with special repressive laws is that they are special, and only secondarily that they are repressive. This school has among its ranks a number of retired judges. At various points of time, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Law Commission have said about anti-terrorist laws that whatever is necessary in such legislation should be made part of the general law of the land, rather than having TADAs and POTAs. It shows good …