CHANDIGARH, India 

For 17 years since he resigned from India’s elite bureaucratic service, Harsh Mander has made activism his mission to fight on issues ranging from dignity of persons with disabilities, the right to food and protection of tribals and downtrodden.

India’s official National Human Rights Commission had appointed Mander as a special monitor to look at the matters related to the communal riots and minorities. As a special monitor, he visited detention centers meant for “doubtful citizens” in the northeastern state of Assam. He resigned recently from this position citing a lack of response from the rights panel on

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