STATEWISE HELPLINE DIRECTORY

IN Helpline | 16/05/2012
This state-wise directory comprises lawyers and legal aid organisations, human rights activists and human rights organisations, journalists and journalists’ organisations. The Hoot has contacted them about the helpline and sought their assistance and involvement. 
 
If any area or state is as yet unrepresented and if you or anyone you know would be interested in joining this network, please email us at: helpline@thehoot.org 
 
List of abbreviations in the Directory

HRLN : Human Rights Law Network – a human rights and legal aid organisation, India
ALF : Alternative Law Forum – a legal aid services and advocacy organisation, Bengaluru
PUDR : People’s Union for Democratic Rights – a civil liberties’ organisation, New Delhi
PUCL: People’s Union for Civil Liberties – a civil liberties’ organisation, India
NPMHR : Naga People's Movement for Human Rights, New Delhi
CPDM : Committee for Protection of Democracy, Manipur
MASS : Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti, Assam
JKCC : Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Jammu and Kashmir
COHR : Committee on Human Rights, Manipur
LHS : Lokshahi Haaq Sanghatana, Mumbai
CPDR : Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai
APDR : Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Kolkata
PDF : People’s Democratic Front, Bengaluru
 
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The National Herald has announced  that Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief of National Herald and Navjeevan, died on February 24 after a long illness, in Chennai. He was formerly editor of the Hindi Outlook until 2015, and became editor of NH in 2016. He began his career from the Navbharat Times in Patna, and launched Eenadu TV in Rajasthan in 1998. Tributes to him on Twitter describe him as  deeply committed to egalitarian and secular values.                                             

The Hindu, The Times of India and  Hindustan Times reported the most controversial parts of the Army chief's Feb 21 speech on immigration in the North East and the growth of the AIUDF as a party. It was only Indian Express that reported a longer excerpt, in which he spoke of amalgamation rather than identification as a solution in Assam, and pointed out that Muslims had come to Assam with the Ahoms in the 1200s and had equal rights over the land. "Both these people have claim to the state of Assam and therefore to the North East region," the army chief said.  Why didn't the others report this crucial admission, which is rarely heard? Because it would have gone against the sensational headlines all the papers gave to their report of the speech? The headlines either highlighted Rawat's comparison between the growth of Badruddin Ajmal's  AIUDF's and the BJP, or his accusation that Pakistan and China were driving the illegal immigration into the North East.                     

            

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