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A Message From The Chennai Floods: It's Not Anti-National To Question ‘Development'

Environmental groups and individuals have been warning for years about the ecological and social disruptions that our current resource intensive model of development causes. They have mostly been brushed aside as a nuisance. Lately a more disturbing trend of branding them as enemies of the state has emerged. Most recently, press reports indicate that journalists in Tamil Nadu face the threat of defamation charges if their stories run afoul of the government. This seems to have affected their ability to report on the Chennai floods.
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Drop The Pretence, Name Nagpur As India's Capital

A miasma of impending gloom envelops the Indian horizons. The extreme right-wing fanatics seem to have embarked with brazen brutality on their quest to liquidate modern intellectuals, and are likely to be involved in the deaths of MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare. But India's current political leadership has maintained a calculated silence. For the BJP, anything remotely liberal that challenges traditional rigidities deserves instant condemnation and retaliation, a bonfire of the vanities.
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Why Modi's NGO Clampdown Is Bad For India

The first year of Modi Sarkar has been disastrous for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country. Including Greenpeace, about 9000 have had their licences cancelled or suspended for violation of FCRA, the Act that regulates receipt of foreign contributions. The NGOs, meanwhile, are protesting that the action taken by the government has been highly selective and intended to promote development in a particular way. They allege that NGOs close to the ruling party (which also receive foreign contributions) have been left untouched.

Why The Government Should Not Appeal In Priya Pillai's Case

On 12 March, the Delhi High Court held that the Intelligence Bureau's (IB) "Look-Out-Circular" (LOC) based on which Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai was denied the opportunity to travel abroad was violative of her Constitutional right to travel and free speech. It would be prudent for the government to not appeal against the Delhi High Court order for three reasons.