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Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Encounters With Reality

Sep 26, 2014 K.P.S. Gill

The Supreme Court’s order defining guidelines for encounter fatalities has been a long time coming

'Diffuse The Ugly Racism'

Jan 22, 2014 Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

A group of concerned citizens write an open letter to the Delhi Chief Minister demanding that Somnath Bharti be removed from his position as Law Minister immediately

'Concern Over The Granting Of Six Days Police Custody'

'That police custody and the case not become a tool in the hands of BJP administered Goa police to settle scores with Tejpal'

'Under No Circumstances Can Acts Of Brutality Be Justified'

May 28, 2013 Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'PUCL Condemns Killings of Congress Party leaders, their PSOs and Ordinary Villagers by Maoists in Dharba Ghati of Sukma district, Chhattisgarh'

'End The Spiral Of Violence'

Chhatisgarh PUCL condemns the abduction and killings of Congress Party men in Darbha Ghati in Bastar area of the state

25 March, 2013
Sunday, August 21, 2011: Ranjit Singh Flyover, New Delhi: A sea of supporters troop towards the Ramlila Maidan from India Gate to stand fast with Anna Hazare

Us Versus Them

Nivedita Menon

It is not “they” who say ‘if you are not with us you are against us’, this arrogant divisive slogan has always been ours, on the Left.

23 February, 2013

'Uphold The Principles Of Fair, Independent And Unbiased Investigation'

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Police should refrain from baselessly targeting of persons belonging to any particular community and the media from speculative and motivated reporting

16 February, 2013

A Land Of Serial Executions?

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'Political brownie points cannot be scored by the union government over the lives of death row convicts; it is the worst form of democratic degeneration of any country.'

09 February, 2013

On the Hanging of Afzal Guru

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'Starting with Kasab, now with Afzal Guru, the country is going to witness a spate of executions. We give a call to the nation to break this spiral of executions.'

23 November, 2012

A Time For National Reflection

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

The secretive and stealthy hanging of Ajmal Kasab is a moment in our nation’s history when we need to pause and ponder, and reflect on the values that we, as a nation, should uphold, particularly relating to crime and punishment, justice and equity

17 January, 2012

'Unconstitutional And Unethical'

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'PUCL strongly condemns Muslim organisations, the Congress and the BJP for opposing Salman Rushdie’s proposed visit to Jaipur'

11 January, 2012

'Illogical, Preposterous And Untenable'

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'Those who have called for banning his entry must know that Rushdie being person of Indian origin does not need permission from the government – a visa – to visit his home country'

19 September, 2011

Unanswered Questions

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

The Gopalgarh (Bharatpur, Mewat) police firing incident of Sept 14, which officially left eight dead and 23 injured, was reported widely as an outcome of rioting between two communities. But that was the official version

24 December, 2010

A Miscarriage Of Justice

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'It is a sad day for the PUCL and all human rights defenders in the country and a black day for the Indian Judiciary'

12 May, 2007

Under Siege


The Fine Arts Faculty of M.S. University, Vadodara, one of the best institutions of its kind in the country, is the latest target of the wrath of religious fundamentalists.

08 August, 2005

Who Are The Guilty?

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

More than 20 years later, while the whole country is outraged at the Congress-led UPA's pathetic ATR on the Nanavati Report, way back then in 1984 itself, a joint inquiry by the PUCL and PUDR had come out with a comprehensive report that has been cal

07 July, 2003

'Re-open The Case'

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

'... judgement contains gratuitous statements, and observations and speculations with little immediate relevance to the case.'

21 March, 2002

Gujarat Massacre: A Memorandum

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Memorandum to the President, Prime Minister of India, NDA Allies, Leader of the Opposition Party, and Members of Parliament and the Human Rights Commission March 17, 2002

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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‘Laab’ In The Mountains

He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.

Graphic Novel

Play Us A Memory, Violin Man

They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.

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It’s Just Numbers, Love

Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.

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The Future of Universities: Can India Overcome The Digital Divide?

The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

Jan 15, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Super Immunity, Natural Vaccines, Covid Gods: A Desi Guide To Denying The Pandemic

Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

Jan 01, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

Dec 28, 2021 Tanvir Aeijaz