Lack of alternative employment pushes people to work in agate processing units, leading to silicosis

On a complaint lodged by NGO People’s Training and Research Centre’s (PTRC’s) Jagdish Patel, a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team visited Tehsil Khambhat, District Anand, Gujarat, from last year and met, among others, victims and family members of the deceased, who had died due to silicosis/silicosis TB. Below are reproduced statements taken by the team… More Lack of alternative employment pushes people to work in agate processing units, leading to silicosis

Government should provide alternate housing to 2002 riot affected families living on “private” land

By Johanna Lokhande and Hozefa Ujjaini* The much-talked-about 2002 Gujarat riots have hit headlines of late for various reasons. Without getting into the complexity of what happened and how it happened and who is responsible for it, one would like to draw attention to some of the crucial aspects of a post-conflict situation.  The bloodshed… More Government should provide alternate housing to 2002 riot affected families living on “private” land

Recognising moral energy, prodigious skill in movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

Text of the statement by the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award board of trustees while choosing Bezwada Wilson, convener, Safai Karmachari Andolan, as a recipient of what is popularly called the Asian Nobel Prize: Manual scavenging is blight on humanity in India. Consigned by structural inequality to the dalits, India’s “untouchables,” manual scavenging is the work… More Recognising moral energy, prodigious skill in movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

As cattle scavengers, they would remove impurity attached to carcass, transfer it to themselves

Reproduced below is an edited and abridged version a paper written by well-known Vienna-based sociologist Prof Shalini Randeria*, “Carrion and corpses: Conflict in categorizing untouchability in Gujarat”, published in European Journal of Sociology/ Archives Européennes de Sociologie/ Europäisches Archiv für Soziologie, Vol 30, No 2, Sentiments moraux, effets sociaux, 1989, pp 171-191). The paper is based on data… More As cattle scavengers, they would remove impurity attached to carcass, transfer it to themselves

Representation to Governor: Dalits have lost faith in Gujarat govt, see suicide as a form of protest

By Pratik Sinha* A 14 member delegation from Jan Sangharsh Manch visited the Governor of Gujarat,  Om Prakash Kohli on Friday the 22nd of July, 2016, to submit a memorandum with a list of demands with respect to the increasing atrocities on Dalits and minorities in Gujarat and especially regarding the recent events in Una… More Representation to Governor: Dalits have lost faith in Gujarat govt, see suicide as a form of protest

Gujarat Dalits look forward to impartial, just and fair investigation under NHRC chairman

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Gujarat unit, has submitted a memorandum to National Human Rights Commission chairman HL Dattu on incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the state in the wake of the recent Una incident, in which four Dalit youths, tied with an SUV, were beaten up with iron rods. The memorandum… More Gujarat Dalits look forward to impartial, just and fair investigation under NHRC chairman

Women’s right to agricultural land: Need to remove legal barriers for achieving gender equality

By Dr Ashok Sircar* Women’s land rights (WLR) have been and continue to be a live agenda in social development discourse of India. The  importance of WLR has been discussed in the context of agriculture; poverty reduction; reduction in gender based violence;  women’s well-being and agency. There now exists a vast academic literature and experience… More Women’s right to agricultural land: Need to remove legal barriers for achieving gender equality