Shalan Shelke who galvanized poor, unlettered women in a remote corner of deep hinterland

By Moin Qazi* In the last two decades, the gender landscape in rural India has been greening, and women are now on the cusp of a powerful social and political revolution. The harbinger of this change is a unique policy experiment in village-level governance, the Panchayat Raj Act, which has brought transformative results for the … More Shalan Shelke who galvanized poor, unlettered women in a remote corner of deep hinterland

Need to set aside EAC nod for environment approval to construct new Parliament

By Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon* On April 22, 2020, an expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry recommended an environment clearance for the construction of a brand new Parliament. The EAC’s decision leaves several questions unanswered, foremost being the urgency to pursue this Rs 922 crore project when India is in the grip of … More Need to set aside EAC nod for environment approval to construct new Parliament

Pandemic highlights major policy gap: Citizenship crisis as a subset of coronavirus crisis

By Savi Soni* Crisis situation of today is compelling to think about the policy gap existing with regard to the internal migrants — the urban poor. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted some very crucial issues and one of those is the policy vacuum in the arena of internal migrants. The struggle of internal migrants bring … More Pandemic highlights major policy gap: Citizenship crisis as a subset of coronavirus crisis

88 Nobel laureates, world leaders call for $1 trillion to protect children in COVID-19 era

Eighty-eight Nobel Laureates and World Leaders, as part of Laureates and Leaders for Children, an initiative of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, has issued a statement calling for the world’s governments to unite and prioritize the world’s children during their lockdowns and in the aftermath. Text: We, the Laureates and Leaders for Children, call upon … More 88 Nobel laureates, world leaders call for $1 trillion to protect children in COVID-19 era

#WheelsForWorkers: No wheels should remain idle while the workers are walking!

States must use idle vehicles to transport workers, says an appeal by 90 organizations, networks and concerned individuals: We, the undersigned organizations call upon the State governments concerned to bring out all idle transport vehicles out from garages to the State and National highways to carry the workers to their home. We also request that … More #WheelsForWorkers: No wheels should remain idle while the workers are walking!

Migrant workers amidst COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown: Myriad misery, desperate exodus

By Balwant Singh Mehta, I. C. Awasthi, Mashkoor Ahmad, Arjun Kumar* With over 100,000 COVID-19 cases, India has entered its eighth week of lockdown, version 4.0. This lockdown 4.0 will remain in force till May 31. Ever since the announcement of the first national lockdown on 24th March, shutdown of transport and sealing of states/districts … More Migrant workers amidst COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown: Myriad misery, desperate exodus

Amidst Covid-19 crisis enterprising youth like Pravina trigger new rural revolution

By Moin Qazi* As the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 continues and the nation staggers in its recovery from the debilitating impact of the pandemic, many are left stranded away from home and battling hunger every day. Many migrant workers and students walked hundreds of kilometres to reach home but several others … More Amidst Covid-19 crisis enterprising youth like Pravina trigger new rural revolution