articles by Neerad Pandharipande

India

SC verdict upholding Centre's amendments to SC/ST Atrocities Act restores law's original intent, corrects flawed 2018 judgment

The apex court's verdict of March 2018 on the Atrocities Act would have rendered a crucial legislation meant to protect the marginalised sections of society toothless.

India

Massive tweet volumes, complex hierarchies, coordinated attacks: Hacker reveals how BJP, Congress IT cells wage war on social media

While the IT cells of both the BJP and Congress engage in coordinated activity on Twitter, the former has a much larger and more complex structure than the latter

India

Amid anti-CAA protests, this coder amplified anti-establishment voices by taking down 1.6 lakh bots that disrupted Twitter trends

There has been a general trend in recent weeks of anti-establishment narratives dominating Twitter trends, as opposed to earlier, when pro-government hashtags and trending terms often dominated the conversation.

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'If not Kejriwal, then who?' is AAP's calling card for Delhi polls as BJP hopes to paper over local inadequacies with Modi's popularity

Close on the heels of what can be politely described as a rout in the Lok Sabha election, the AAP appears to be the frontrunner in the Assembly poll battle.

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Staff crunch, poor infrastructure: Officials highlight how gaps in Indian criminal justice system prevent implementation of child protection laws

Even as political leaders call for stringent, and even barbaric, punishment to alleged offenders, administrative officials from the western part of the country on Tuesday listed out several challenges in implementing laws for child protection

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NCRB data shows long-drawn out trials and low conviction rates the norm; criminal justice system crying out for reform

Data from the recently released NCRB report shows a criminal justice system that is in serious need of repair.

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Maharashtra polls: Patchy delivery of farm loan waiver irks voters in Vidarbha and Marathwada, but impact on election remains in doubt

People in Vidarbha and Marathwada seem to have a positive view of the Narendra Modi govt at Centre, but offer mixed opinions on the BJP-led state government

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Maharashtra Assembly elections: BJP banks on Modi's appeal, but faces challenge of farm distress, quota demands

The Maharashtra Assembly election will test whether the BJP still retains the momentum that it had during the Lok Sabha battle

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Maharashtra Assembly election 2019: Marathas happy with BJP's quota move in Marathwada, cite decreasing farm income

Over a year after the Maratha agitators took to the streets of various cities in Maharashtra to press for a host of demands, the Maharashtra government has only partially succeeded in placating them

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Maharashtra Assembly election: Marathwada, Vidarbha battle farm crisis, but most willing to give Fadnavis-led govt second chance

In Maharashtra, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine appears to have succeeded, to a large extent, in getting its message across to the people in Latur, one of the few remaining Congress strongholds in the state.

India

As BJP leaders raise rhetoric for need of 'nationwide' NRC, anxiety grips section of Mumbai's Muslim community

In Mumbai, these statements have served to deepen anxieties among a section of the Muslim community. According to local community leaders and social workers, many people have taken action to ensure that they have their identification documents in order.

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Mumbai rains: Environmentalists say flooding will persist as long as ill-planned construction, plastic pollution continue

Constructions on flood plains, concretisation and plastic pollution are causes behind the repeated flooding in Mumbai, say activists.

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Nearly half of Haryana prisoners face police torture, says study: Lack of safeguards, official inaction tilts system against marginalised

While the prevalence of torture of prisoners is hardly new information, what is interesting is how it takes place despite several safeguards against it.

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Prasar Bharati's translation of PM's Independence Day speech into Balochi may reflect Centre's assertive policy on region

In 2016, Narendra Modi had said in his Independence Day speech, 'In the last few days, people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have thanked me.'

India

HRD order to 'connect' with students on social media could be misused for surveillance, silencing dissent in campuses, say experts

The real reason behind HRD circular seeking access to varsity students' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts appears to be surveillance, and an attempt to identify their ideologies

India

RTI (Amendment) Bill passed in RS: BJP sought stronger law when in Opposition, wants to weaken it now, says ex-CIC Shailesh Gandhi

'The reasons that the government is putting forward to amend the RTI Act do not make any sense,' former CIC Shailesh Gandhi said.

Politics

Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA split Opposition votes in Lok Sabha election, but vote share gives party hope ahead of Maharashtra Assembly polls

Even though the Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA failed to win any seats in the Lok Sabha polls, vote share shows party may hope to open its account in the Maharashtra Assembly election

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Ashok Lavasa's demand to make dissent note public is critical to natural justice, transparency and strengthening democratic institutions

The ongoing controversy over Ashok Lavasa’s minority opinion is a reflection of a broader issue of the need for transparency within key democratic institutions.

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In Kerala, intersex candidate for Lok Sabha polls wants to 'protect people's right to be the way they are'

25-year-old Aswathi Rajappan is the first openly intersex person to have contested the Lok Sabha polls.

India

Mumbai bridge collapse: BMC blames firm which conducted audit, activists demand accountability from politicos

The BMC, in its primary report on the CSMT bridge collapse on Friday, pinned the blame on the firm which carried out a structural audit in 2018.