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As we debate and discuss the discernible diminishing of the stature and the powers of the Indian judiciary and seek remedies, we can look back to one of the darkest chapters of our democracy – the Emergency of 1975 – for answers.

The Emergency, which deeply scorched many of our institutions -- who crawled when asked to bend -- was also paradoxically the Indian judiciary’s finest hour. A plethora of judges, lawyers, and the institution of the bar, with exceptions, stood firm and resolute against draconian orders and rampant authoritarianism. Does this era hold lessons for the judiciary today? ThePrint looks back.

The recent probe by the Delhi Police into the funding of fact-checking site Alt News and the realisation that the government has almost unbridled powers to access details of donors, in this case from a digital payment platform, has raised alarm on the almost negligible protection of user’s data from the state’s scrutiny. MediaNama examines the issues raised by the events.

Despite tall promises and announcements, the state of schools in Bihar remains abysmal. As part of its series - ‘Vikas Tum Kahan Ho?’ मैं मीडिया reports from Teosa panchayat in Kishanganj district, where 120 students, mostly tribal, have been studying within the four walls of a dilapidated structure without basic facilities for the past 12 years.

And, the position of journalists in the Kashmir Valley has taken a dangerous and troubling turn for the worse with the media now seemingly turning on their fellow travellers. In a disturbing story, Article 14 reports how independent journalists, including Sana Irshad Mattoo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, were called out as “terrorist sympathisers” by a prominent local daily ‘Rising Kashmir’ in its op-ed. An event that has worsened an already precarious situation for journalists in Kashmir.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


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Can judiciary stand up to all-powerful executive? How judges did it during Emergency

What lessons do the heroics of the judiciary during the national emergency between 1975 and 1977 hold for those at the judicial helm today? ThePrint examines.

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Why Is The Razorpay-AltNews Scenario A Reminder Of Section 91’s Vast Powers?

MediaNama looks at the implications of the State’s encroachment on personal data in the wake of the Delhi Police accessing the donor details of Alt News through a payment service provider.

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किशनगंज: खुले आसमान के नीचे चल रहा है आदिवासी क्षेत्र का सरकारी स्कूल

मैं मीडिया brings the story from Teosa panchayat in Kishanganj district of Bihar on the desperate state of a government primary school, without basic facilities, impacting the future of 120 students, mostly from the tribal community.

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A Newspaper Op-Ed Calls Journalists Terror Sympathisers: Paints A Target On The Backs Of What Is Left Of Kashmir's Free Press

Article 14 reports on how the recent op-ed in ‘Rising Kashmir’ – a leading daily in the Valley – labelling several independent journalists “terror sympathisers”, has further endangered the lives of scribes in Kashmir.

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