India Justice Report: Details of Gujarat’s ranking vis-a-vis other states

The India Justice Report, which provides the first comprehensive quantitative index that ranks the capacity of the formal justice system operating in various states on their police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid, has ranked Gujarat 6th among 18 large and mid-sized states. A breakup suggests following ranking for four difference categories: Police 8th, Prisons 10th, … Continue reading India Justice Report: Details of Gujarat’s ranking vis-a-vis other states

Curriculum reform, school culture, change: Reflections from caste-ridden India

By Devika Mittal* For  Nelson  Mandela,  education  is  the  “most  powerful  weapon which  you  can  use  to  change  the  world.”  His assertion  echoes  the sentiment towards education across societies. While education is an important institution of socialization that strives to re-produce a society, it also carries a crusader image that can usher a desired change. … Continue reading Curriculum reform, school culture, change: Reflections from caste-ridden India

Is absolutely fair governance possible in any country at any time?

By NS Venkataraman* The system   and type  of governance have been evolving steadily  around the world over the last several centuries. In the beginning of history, it should have been a tribal leader, who could be violent and autocratic , controlling a group of people by force and intimidation, while keeping some well  rewarded supporters … Continue reading Is absolutely fair governance possible in any country at any time?

90 day action plan in response to UN red alert on global climate and ecological crisis

By Chandra Vikash*    We live in a globalized and dominantly urbanized society where 99% of all humans are both vulnerable and disadvantaged and 100% of them face extinction within 2-3 decades if the present self-destructive world order with fatal flaws, continues any further.  Few such are a. the mass private ownership of the automobile b. … Continue reading 90 day action plan in response to UN red alert on global climate and ecological crisis

End vendetta politics towards Harsh Mander and the Centre for Equity Studies

Civil Society statement for Harsh Mander/Centre for Equity Studies: Stop vendetta politics against civil society and persecution of citizens associated with civil society: One of the most disturbing trends in India in the recent years, along with the decline in Constitutional values and shrinking space for civil society, is the demonisation and persecution of activists … Continue reading End vendetta politics towards Harsh Mander and the Centre for Equity Studies

Climate change, dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold

Left: Undisturbed snow and ice on Jan 20, 2021 at original point; right: Origin point, direction of slide, and debris on Feb 21, 2021. Source: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) By Joydeep Gupta* The February … Continue reading Climate change, dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold

Cycling Culture: Towards reharmonising human habitats with natural ecosystems

By Chandra Vikash Is this #TheGreatReset and a new world order that human society most urgently needs? Bicycle Tracks (or bike lanes) are signages of Car Culture. Most people including avid cycling enthusiasts and cycling/NMT (non motoring transport) advocates fail to see that. The reasons are not very difficult to see. They are either misled … Continue reading Cycling Culture: Towards reharmonising human habitats with natural ecosystems