Delhi High Court Vacates Injunction Against The Caravan’s IIPM Cover Story; The Magazine Re-Publishes It

By The Caravan | 21 February 2018
On 16 February 2018, the Delhi High Court vacated an injunction against The Caravan’s February 2011 cover story, “Sweet Smell of Success,” a profile of Arindam Chaudhuri, the former honorary dean of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM). The profile was written by one of The Caravan’s contributing editors, Siddhartha Deb, a renowned novelist and university professor based in New York. It was widely acclaimed at the time of its publication for its thorough and even-handed portrayal of Mr Chaudhuri and the institute he headed.

The Rise of the Far Right And Resurgence of Nazi Vocabulary In Mainstream German Politics

By Arfa Khanum Sherwani | 15 February 2018
In what is perhaps the worst crisis of Angela Merkel’s political career, Germany has been witnessing its most protracted political stalemate—federal elections held in September 2017 presented inconclusive results, and the country’s future has since been mired in uncertainty. Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union, and its Bavarian partner, the Christian Social Union, secured 33 percent of the votes—their worst electoral result since 1949. The CSU-CDU alliance lost 65 seats compared to its 2013 election victory, though they remain the largest force in the German parliament, Bundestag.

जज लोया की मौत: मेडिकल दस्‍तावेज़ों दिल के दौरे की बात को नकारते हैं, अग्रणी फॉरेन्सिक विशेषज्ञ की राय

By Atul Dev | 13 February 2018
भारत के अग्रणी फॉरेन्सिक विशेषज्ञों में एक डॉ. आरके शर्मा, जो दिल्‍ली के भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान संस्‍थान (एम्‍स) में फॉरेन्सिक मेडिसिन और टॉक्सिकोलॉजी विभाग के प्रमुख रह चुके हैं और 22 साल तक इंडियन असोसिएशन ऑफ मेडिको-लीगल एक्‍सपर्ट्स के अध्‍यक्ष रहे हैं- ने जज बृजगोपाल हरकिशन लोया की मौत से जुड़े मेडिकल कागज़ात की जांच करने के बाद इस आधिकारिक दावे को खारिज कर दिया है कि लोया की मौत दिल का दौरा पड़ने से हुई थी। शर्मा के अनुसार ये कागज़ात दिखाते हैं कि लोया के मस्तिष्‍क को संभवत: कोई आघात पहुंचा हो और यह भी मुमकिन है कि उन्‍हें ज़हर दिया गया हो।

Death of Judge Loya: Medical Documents Rule Out Heart Attack, Says Leading Forensic Expert

By ATUL DEV | 11 February 2018
After examining medical documents pertaining to the death of the judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, one of India’s foremost forensic experts, Dr RK Sharma—the former head of the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, and the president of the Indian Association of Medico-Legal Experts for 22 years—has dismissed the official claim that Loya died of a heart attack. According to Sharma, the documents show signs of possible trauma to the brain, and even possible poisoning.

The Latest Skirmish in California’s Textbooks War Reveals the Mounting Influence of Hindutva in the United States

By Aria Thaker | 7 February 2018
Early in the morning, on 9 November 2017, hundreds of people flooded the headquarters of the California department of education. They lined up in the building’s glass atrium, waiting to testify before the members of the state board of education. That day, the board was scheduled to vote on whether various new history and social-science textbooks were going to be adopted for use in California’s government-run schools. The board president reportedly stated that the hearing was “the longest in the history of the state Board of Education.”

A Bengali Spy for the British Empire Recalls His Audience With The Thirteenth Dalai Lama

By Sarat Chandra Das | 31 January 2018
In the late nineteenth century, the British were keen on exploring Tibet—a land that had shut itself off from outsiders. The trade routes between India and Tibet were monopolised by Tibetans and the hill tribes of the border regions. The only others who were granted access to these routes were Buddhist monks. As a result, the British began to send spies, selected from among the hill people and disguised as monks, into Tibet. Sarat Chandra Das, born to a middle-class Bengali family in 1849 in Chittagong, in East Bengal (now Bangladesh), was one such spy.

जज लोया की मौत: सुप्रीम कोर्ट में जमा सरकारी दस्‍तावेजों से उठे कुछ नए सवाल, रहस्‍य और गहराया

By Atul Dev | 27 January 2018
जज बृजगोपाल हरकिशन लोया की मौत से जुड़ी सुनवाई के सिलसिले में महाराष्‍ट्र सरकार द्वारा सुप्रीम कोर्ट में जमा कराए गए दस्‍तावेज़ कई मामलों में एक-दूसरे के विरोधाभासी हैं। ये कागज़ात एक रिपोर्ट के साथ जमा किए गए हैं जिसे महाराष्‍ट्र राज्‍य गुप्‍तचर विभाग (एसआइडी) के आयुक्‍त संजय बर्वे ने राज्‍य के गृह विभाग के अतिरिक्‍त मुख्‍य सचिव के लिए तैयार किया है। इन काग़ज़ात की प्रतियां उन याचिकाकर्ताओं को सोंपी गई हैं जिन्‍होंने नागपुर में 2014 में लोया की रहस्‍यमय मौत की जांच की मांग की थी। ये काग़ज़ात केस की परिस्थितियों पर कई और सवाल खड़े कर रहे हैं तथा द कारवां द्वारा इस मामले में उजागर की गई चिंताजनक विसंगतियों में से एक का भी समाधान कर पाने में नाकाम हैं। इनसे यह भी संकेत मिलता है कि रिकार्ड में जानबूझ कर ऐसी हेरफेर की गई रही होगी जिससे लोया को दिल का दौरा पड़ने से हुई स्‍वाभाविक मौत की एक कहानी गढ़ी जा सके।   

Death of Judge Loya: Government documents placed before Supreme Court raise more questions, deepen the mystery

By ATUL DEV | 26 January 2018
Documents submitted to the Supreme Court by the state of Maharashtra as part of hearings regarding the death of the judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya contradict each other on multiple counts. The papers have been submitted alongside a report prepared for the additional chief secretary of the home ministry of Maharashtra by Sanjay Barve, the commissioner of Maharashtra’s State Intelligence Department, or SID. Copies of the documents were handed over to petitioners asking for an investigation into Loya’s mysterious death in Nagpur in 2014. The papers raise further questions about the circumstances of the case, and fail to resolve any of the troubling discrepancies already exposed in the matter by The Caravan. They also suggest a concerted bid to manipulate records to create a narrative that Loya died of a natural heart attack.

The Backgrounds of the Loya Petitioners in the Supreme Court Raise Questions About the Legitimacy of Their Petitions

By ATUL DEV | 21 January 2018
The Supreme Court is presently hearing two petitions seeking a probe into the mysterious death of the judge BH Loya. At the time of his death, Loya was presiding over the trial in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, in which Amit Shah, now the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, was the prime accused. The two petitions were filed, respectively, by Tehseen Poonawalla, who claims to be a “political trendsetter” on his Twitter profile, and Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone, who has been referred to in the media as a journalist from Maharashtra. The backgrounds of the petitioners, and the manner in which the petitions have been listed and heard since they were clubbed together on 12 January, merit close scrutiny.

Despite A Damning Committee Report in Their Favour, The Families of Kashmiri Tihar Inmates Who Were Beaten Up Have No Hope of Justice

By Sagar | 20 January 2018
In the afternoon of 22 November, at the office of the deputy superintendent of Jail 1 in Tihar Central Jail, Chinmay Kanojia, an advocate, was waiting to meet Syed Shahid Yusuf, the son of Hizbul Mujahideen’s chief Syed Salahuddin, for the first time. At the time, Kanojia and the advocate Jawahar Raja were representing Yusuf. Kanojia waited for about half an hour, during which time the clients of all the other lawyers in the room had arrived. Every 20–30 minutes or so, Kanojia said, he would enquire about his client, but the jail official would just shuffle some pages in his register, note down Yusuf’s name again, and ask Kanojia to wait.
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