The horrifying incident of the burning alive of 46-year old, Mohammed Afzarul in broad daylight in a public space, on 6th December, 2017 in Mahasamund of Rajasthan, for the only reason that he was a Muslim, by Shambulal Regar aka Shambu Bhavani, highlights the dangerous depths to which the politics of hatred, intolerance and killing of minorities has descended to in India in the last 2-3 years of the present BJP led UPA government.
During the Second World War, the Arakan or Rakhine state was one of the frontlines of the South East Asian theatre of war. The Rohingyas fought against the Japanese imperial forces on the side of the British and the allies. It was only for a short period in the 1950s that there were attempts to be more accommodating of the Rohingya as peoples of Burma. The U Nu government recognized 144 ethnic groups in Burma. General Ne Win after his military coup pared down the list of recognized ethnic groups to 135. The Rohingyas were excluded.
Biometric databases have given birth to gnawing present and future civil liberties and civil rights concerns. Biometric identification exercise has been in use at least since 19th century. History of biometric profiling is a history of violence and repression. A stolen password can be changed but stolen fingerprints cannot be changed.
"One must accept a continuing divergence between approved and conditioned belief and the reality. In the end, it is the reality that counts." - John Kenneth Galbraith in "The Economics of Innocent Fraud"
"If you think IT is the solution to your problem, then you don't understand IT, and you don't understand your problem either." - Roger Needham, a noted British computer scientist
First of all I want to pay my tributes to my predecessor Mr. Prabhakar Sinha for his outstanding contribution in building up of PUCL to achieve its Aims and Objects. The PUCL Constitution is very short. Mr Sinha has very appropriately been saying that we should act according to the Constitution. But there is nothing mentioned therein as to how various functionaries mentioned in the Constitution have to function. Mr.