Any discussion on secularism would need first to focus on two basic aspects: Firstly, the word ‘secularism’ has no substitute in any of our languages. Like the ‘war’ is the opposite word of ‘peace’, in common parlance in the Indian context, ‘secularism’ is understood by its antonym ‘communalism’, while in the Western context, ‘secularism’ is understood by its antonym ‘theocracy. Secondly, the word ‘secularism’ was nowhere mentioned in the Preamble of the Constitution when it was enforced.
Swapna Sundar, Advocate and rights activist from Chennai, has studied Police Manuals and Regulations detailing the rules which the Police have to follow during times of mass gatherings when police firing may have to be ordered. She had studied the Report of the Justice Sampath Commission set up to study police firing on Dalit activists between 10-13th September, 2011 in a place called Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district of South Tamil Nadu.
'We are in kalyug where rakshasas rule.
The forces of good are on the run.
But dark times also challenge people to fight.
I believe Indians will rise against these dark times.'
Even as he was fighting against the deportation of Rohingya refugees in the Supreme Court came the announcement that Colin Gonsalves, founder of the Human Rights Law Network, had been named one of the four winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award, often described as the Alternative Nobel Prize.
“Incidences of untouchability not only persist, they are increasing”, argued Padma Shri Prof Sukhadeo Thorat, former chair of ICSSR, while delivering the ninth Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture at the Asiatic Library in Mumbai on Saturday. The Lecture was organized by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and chaired by Shri Dinesh Waghmare, Secretary, Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, Govt. of Maharashtra. The lecture was titled “Why Untouchability and Atrocities Persist Despite Laws?
Hon'ble President of India,
New Delhi 110 004
His Excellency the President,
We have been given to understand from the newspaper reports that during your visit to Gujarat you are scheduled to lay foundation stone for the 4th Link as part of "Sauni Scheme", Saurashtra-Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana) of Saurashtra.