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Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed dies in jail; cartoonist Kabir Kishore allegedly abused in custody

February 25, 2021 4:21 PM EST New York, February 25, 2021 — Bangladeshi authorities should conduct a swift, transparent, and independent investigation into the death of writer and commentator Mushtaq Ahmed in custody, and should release jailed political cartoonist Kabir… Continue Reading →

How Amnesty International went wrong in assessing Russian opposition leader arrested by Putin

By Rajiv Shah Quoting a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) report, “Amnesty Move To Strip Navalny Of ‘Prisoner Of Conscience’ Status Sparks Outcry”, a Moscow-based journalist, Fred Weir, whom I peripherally during my Moscow days (1986-93), has brought into the light… Continue Reading →

India criminalising comedy and entertainment

G. Sampath Indian law unfortunately affords protection to the prickliest common denominator in society Producers of entertainment content, especially stand-up comedians, are increasingly becoming the target of legal action. To take just two examples, while Kunal Kamra is facing contempt proceedings for remarks… Continue Reading →

How An Indian Stand Up Comic Munawar Iqbal Faruqui Found Himself Arrested for a Joke He Didn’t Tell

Munawar Faruqui Munawar Faruqui/YouTubeBY SONIA FALEIRO FEBRUARY 10, 2021 2:12 PM EST It was going to be the best year of Munawar Iqbal Faruqui’s life. The 29-year-old stand-up comic from Mumbai was set to complete his first tour of India. His YouTube channel… Continue Reading →

One Million and One Brilliant Things

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by- Andolanjivi Kamayani Kractivist ( AK2) 10th Feb 2021, on my Birthday , I returned to theatre -my first love – after a year ,with no expectations at all. The atmosphere at Prithvi Theatre just rejuvenates you, the cosy theatre… Continue Reading →

Captains Courageous, like Tendulkar, vs Rihanna

Mukul KesavanUpdated: February 04, 2021 Since Rihanna and Greta Thunberg and other foreign public figures drew attention to the farmers’ agitation on the borders of Delhi, the government of India has organized a social media counterblast. India’s External Affairs Minister… Continue Reading →

Comedian Munawar Faruqui granted bail, Supreme Court says ‘FIR vague’

The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, saying that the procedure of the notice before his arrest was not followed. The Supreme Court also said that the FIR was vague.  New DelhiFebruary 5, 2021 Stand-up… Continue Reading →

Today’s India may have targeted even Adi Shankaracharya and Mirza Ghalib for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

No country for humour: February 3, 2021,  Pavan K Varma  The writer is an author and former diplomat My first posting as a diplomat was in Bulgaria in the late 1970s, when East Europe was under a dictatorial and failing… Continue Reading →

‘I believe there need be no defence for jokes,” comedian Kunal Kamra in affidavit in Supreme Court

‘Country of Incarcerated Artists & Flourishing Lapdogs’ is Where India is Headed, Kamra Tells SC To believe that an institution can be beyond all criticism in a democracy is irrational and undemocratic, the comedian has said in an affidavit to… Continue Reading →

Munawar Faruqui: Real Villain is Divisive Heartland Politics, Not Stand-up Comics

byParsa Venkateshwar Rao January 9, 2021 Hate speeches of BJP and RSS leaders are spreading lawlessness in the Hindi heartland, writes PARSA VENKATESHWAR RAO JR. The trigger is the changing political winds, which have compelled the BJP-RSS to intensify their essentially… Continue Reading →

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