Articles about Avinash Kumar

Avinash Kumar is the head of the Indian unit of Amnesty International, a London-based non-governmental organization that works for human rights, as of 2021. He took the charge on December 1, 2019. Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and was also a Charles Wallace Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has also served as the director of programs and policy at WaterAid India and with Oxfam, a non-governmental organization (NGO). Under the leadership of Kumar, Amnesty International India had produced a detailed report on the human rights violation and intimidation faced by residents and journalists in Jammu and Kashmir. In September 2020, Amnesty International halted operations in India, after its bank accounts were seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Kumar in a note, which was published on the organization’s website, alleged that the organization has been subjected to a witch-hunt by the Indian government, and the crackdown on the organization’s bank accounts, was not incidental but due to the organization’s report about human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir and the 2020 Delhi riots. Lashing out at the government, Kumar wrote that the government views Amnesty and other rights organizations through a criminal lens and that it wants to dismantle credible voices in India.

Alleging witch-hunt by GoI, Amnesty halts India operations

29 Sep 2020

India
Alleging witch-hunt by GoI, Amnesty halts India operations

Amnesty International has decided to stop its India operations, as it has been subjected to a witch-hunt by the government of India, the NGO working for human rights said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Indian women politicians face more online abuse than US/UK counterparts

24 Jan 2020

Politics
Indian women politicians face more online abuse than US/UK counterparts

A recent study on online abuse has revealed the shocking reality of how women politicians in India are targeted on Twitter.

This IIM graduate helped 35,000 farmers by selling their vegetables

11 Jul 2019

India
This IIM graduate helped 35,000 farmers by selling their vegetables

When he graduated from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, in 2007, instead of going for a well-paying job abroad, 26-year-old Kaushlendra Kumar went back home to Bihar to help ameliorate the plight of farmers.

Now, JNU students, teachers need 'approval' before leaving country

01 Dec 2018

India
Now, JNU students, teachers need 'approval' before leaving country

A new rule rolled out by administration of Jawahar Lal University (JNU) underlines that students and faculty members will have to take 'prior approval' before leaving the country, even if they are on a vacation.

Jharkhand: Mentally-disturbed man beheads woman-teacher; runs 5km with decapitated head

04 Jul 2018

India
Jharkhand: Mentally-disturbed man beheads woman-teacher; runs 5km with decapitated head

A mentally-challenged man was arrested after he beheaded a woman teacher near her school in Seraikela-Kharswan district of Jharkhand on Tuesday and ran into a jungle 5km away carrying the severed head.

Three persons, including 2 bank-employees, held for faking money loot

16 Apr 2018

India
Three persons, including 2 bank-employees, held for faking money loot

Three persons, including two employees of a private bank, were arrested for allegedly misappropriating Rs. 3.4L in Mayurbhanj district in Odisha.