articles by Sushmita

Politics

In Jharkhand polls, focus on forest rights worked for Hemant Soren, but time will tell if JMM-led alliance can deliver

From thousands of Adivasis being booked to amending the CNT and SPT acts, to tribals allegedly being allegedly illegally evicted, the moves made by the previous BJP government of Raghubar Das did not sit well with voters.

India

Uttar Pradesh court grants bail to activist Sadaf Jafar, others arrested for anti-CAA protests in Lucknow on 19 December

Sadaf Jafar's arrest and incarceration generated widespread outrage among social activists and Twitterati.

India

In Lucknow jail since 19 December, Sadaf Jafar, 6 activists to spend New Year under arrest: Bail pleas filed in sessions court

Bail pleas were filed in the sessions court of Lucknow for teacher-artist-activist Sadaf Jafar, former IPS Officer SR Darapuri and five others on Tuesday. Jafar and others have been lodged in a Lucknow jail since 19 December, 2019 when she was arrested while capturing videos of the protests taking place at Parivartan Chowk in Lucknow as aprt of the Anti-CAA protests.

India

'Why did you stay back to take videos when everyone else fled': A friend records the arrest of Sadaf Jafar, the lone woman held for anti-CAA protests in Lucknow

Sadaf Jafar, a former school teacher, the lone woman arrested on December 19 in the aftermath of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (2019) protests is among the 200 such people arrested in Lucknow. She was capturing videos of ongoing protests at the time of her arrest. She is reportedly lodged in a Lucknow jail and has sustained internal injuries.

India

Movement to Save Aarey forest: Effects of climate change need nuanced interventions, afforestation isn't enough

It is not just the case of Aarey — natural forests across India have been subjected to large-scale species conversion over past several decades. Vast stretches in the Himalayan foothills have been converted to conifer monoculture, with species such as pines and cedars proliferating, during the colonial rule.