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Early release of convicted prisoners in India is largely perceived as an unwarranted intrusion into the criminal justice system. This is mainly because remission is seen to be misused by the political class for electoral dividends with selective application of the process -- as recent instances in Gujarat in the Bilkis Bano case, and in Bihar in the Anand Mohan case have revealed. This has reinforced the public notion that the incarceration of convicts, without early release, is ‘just retribution’ for the crime committed.

However, Article 14 argues that this punitive approach to post-conviction disincentivises the convict from imagining a life outside the gaol through restitution and reformation – to restart life as a productive member of society. Additionally, the process leading to premature release is discriminatory and weighted against the convict. Prison reforms will have to be instituted if India has to square up to its “convict problem”.

The Indian farmers are in distress. Battered by the impact of climate change, with abnormal weather events increasing in intensity and frequency, and besieged by the seeming apathy of the governments to intervene to alleviate this distress. Mojo Story reports from Uttar Pradesh on the dismal and dire condition of the small and marginal tillers.

El Nino, the warming of the waters in the Pacific Ocean, seems to have strengthened and intensified in the last few years, with a direct impact on the Monsoons in India. The India Forum analyses how the ill effects of El Ninos could have a catastrophic impact on food and water availability in India and looks at what can be done to stem the tide.

And, the spraying of Endosulfan, a pesticide, in the cashew plantations in Kasargod in Kerala has, over the years, had a devastating impact on the lives of its residents. Many succumbed, and those who survived are struggling with multiple afflictions. The Kerala government, Keraleeyam Masika reports, has been impervious to the pleas of more than a thousand affected by the spraying to be included in the official list which will enable them to access healthcare and emoluments.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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State Selectively Releases Murders, Rapists, As Thousands Languish In Prison, Revealing India’s Convict Problem

Does society have to relook how it approaches the issue of the early release of convicts? Article 14 analyses.

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मौसम की मार झेल रहे किसान खेती छोड़ने को हो रहे मजबूर, सरकार के तमाम दावों के बीच गहराता जा रहा है कृषि संकट

Mojo Story reports from Uttar Pradesh on the state of the farms and farmers and the inadequacy of government schemes, like crop insurance, to come to their aid in times of distress.

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What will an El Niño bring next to India?

For India, El Nino comes with severe consequences – for its food and water security. The India Forum analyses the impact and the remedies.

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ഞങ്ങളെ സമരത്തിലേക്ക് തള്ളിവിടരുത്

Keraleeyam Masika travels to Kasargod in Kerala to report on the plight of the victims of Endosulfan spraying, who have been excluded from the official list of the affected, depriving them of access to medical care and assistance.

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More from the grantees
Did the Government Exercise Restraint in its Disclosures Regarding the PMGKAY scheme?
The Probe explains the underlying issues with the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) scheme and the adverse effects of its lack of transparency on the beneficiaries.
उत्तर भारत भले पानी में डूबा हो लेकिन बूंद-बूंद के लिए तरस रहा है झारखंड
As the national capital Delhi and large parts of India go underwater, Janchowk brings the story from the Dhanbad district in Jharkhand, where scant rainfall in the last few months finds the state on the cusp of a draught.
Has the Supreme Court Collegium’s Focus Shifted to Diversity and Inclusion?
Supreme Court Observer points out that the recent recommendations of the Apex Court Collegium reflect a renewed focus on regional and gender diversity in the Indian courts.
Driven by famine fear, farmers return for cultivation amid unrest in Manipur
The farmers in Manipur have chosen to brave the real and ever-present danger of violence from militants, and go out into fields for sowing, as the fear of famine looms. Imphal Free Press reports.

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