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UAPA- Tool To Shut Dissent in India

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  The death of Stan Swamy, the Jesuit priest and activist, India’s oldest political prisoner who died in jail, waiting for bail for nine months, at the age of 84 has brought the spotlight back on the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA), the primarily counter-terror Law in India.  The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 is the  primary counter-law in India. The terror law has come under sharp scrutiny recently with various courts finding application of the UAPA (arbitrary). About The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA)  Passed in 1967, the law aims at effective prevention of Unlawful activities in India. The ACT assigns absolute power to the central government, by way of which if the Centre (deems) an activity as unlawful then it may by way of an official Gazette, declare it so.  It has death penalty and life imprisonment as highest punishments. Under UAPA, both India and foreign nationals can be charged. It will be applicable to the offenders in the same manner, ev

Sports under Tyranny

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Navid Afkari, 27 was sentenced to death in 2018 for the murder of a security guard during the nationwide anti government protests going on. He was convicted of “voluntary homicide” after stabbing to death Hossein Torkman. Afkari had said in a leaked recording that he had been tortured to make a confession. Amnesty International has called this incident as a “travesty of justice”. The world player’s association has seen this incident as unjust and said that Iran could face expulsion from world sport for such a horrendous act. Afkari was reportedly extracted under torture and convicted on the basis of confessions aired on television. The international Olympic committee has also mourned the death of Afkari and was “deeply upset” that pleas from several athletes and other international institutions around the world was gone unheard. Afkari was executed in a prison in Shiraz and according to his lawyer was forbidden to meet his family which is a prerequisite in Iranian Law bef

The Fall of the Indian Farming Industry

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Three Bills on agriculture reforms were introduced in Parliament on Tuesday to replace the ordinances issued during lockdown. Opposition parties and farmer groups are opposing the move to enact amendments to the Essentials Commodities Act, new Laws to bypass the start APMA Act and to facilitate contract farming. Introducing The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotions and Facilities) Bill, and The Farmers Empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said “The New Law would benefit farmer by empowering them to decide the price of their produce, which was earlier determined by the traders. It would encourage private investment and technology introduction in the Sector". Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Gaurav Gogoi opposed the Bills, accusing the Centre of grabbing the rights of farmers and handing it over to corporates, adding that the States were not consulted. “It is beyond the legislati

The downfall of Indian Economy

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The Indian economy is in a turmoil right now with the GDP declining at behemoth rates, unemployment rates surging and no hope for a turnaround in near future. The people in power blame it on the ongoing pandemic and how due to the lockdown every industry is shut and they have no fault in the occurrence of this. However, this trend of declining growth rates and increase of unemployment rates has been prevailing since last year and experts had already predicted such an outcome before the pandemic as there was a lack of concrete provisions which would really help the secondary and tertiary sector in the last few budgets. It has been seen that quarter after quarter, the GDP growth had been decreasing from 8% in 2016 to 4% in 2020, which is blatantly low for a developing country like India with such a humongous youth population and prospects for growth. This blog will further explicate on this issue. Rightnow economy is in a downward spiral. The Economist Intelligence Unit (London) just low

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