Why should you Love Sonia? Why should it be part of syllabus for mandatory screening in colleges?

By Madhu Menon* It was on a Friday, preciously last Friday that my wife sent me an invitation to watch a movie called “Love Sonia” through SMS. I shot back to her saying that I had never even heard about such a film. She replied, that it was our kind of a film and you … More Why should you Love Sonia? Why should it be part of syllabus for mandatory screening in colleges?

United Nations Declaration on Human Rights should have a separate article on ‘Right to Peace’

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* On Thursday September 20, four people were killed in Maryland, US in a workplace mass shooting spree; it was the third workplace shooting in the US in less than twenty –four hours. Earlier that day in Uttar Pradesh, India killed two men in an “encounter” after “inviting” journalists to watch. … More United Nations Declaration on Human Rights should have a separate article on ‘Right to Peace’

Caught between Maoist terror, government pressure, villagers be allowed choose how they want to live

A fact-finding team consisting of senior academics Bela Bhatia and Jean Drèze, and activists Soni Sori, Lingaram Kodopi visited Phulpad village of Dantewada district following the news that people were beaten up by Maoists. They found that villagers are caught between pressure from the Maoists, on one hand, and government authorities, on the other. A … More Caught between Maoist terror, government pressure, villagers be allowed choose how they want to live

Land use changes: How affected communities have been struggling to achieve small victories

This is the fourth blog in a series, based on a study of land use changes in India, Indonesia and Myanmar, carried out by the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, supported by grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada: Communities affected by land use change use a variety of strategies to seek remedies. These … More Land use changes: How affected communities have been struggling to achieve small victories

Murder of Himachal Pradesh Dalit RTI activist result of caste-based discrimination in Shillai region

A fact-finding team — comprised of Kuldeep Verma, Birbal (Dalit Vikas Sangathan Sirmaur), Sukhdev Vishwapremi (Centre for Mountain Dalit Rights), Advocate Sanjay, Rajkumar (National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights & National Dalit Movement for Justice), Raja Velu from Human Rights Defenders Alert and Manshi Asher from Kangra Citizens Rights Group — is in the process … More Murder of Himachal Pradesh Dalit RTI activist result of caste-based discrimination in Shillai region

India home to several internationally acclaimed home-grown models of community healthcare

By Moin Qazi* Women are not dying because of diseases we cannot treat…They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving – Mahmoud Fathalla, Chair of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research Inclusive growth is now perhaps the strongest buzzword in development discourse. We have all … More India home to several internationally acclaimed home-grown models of community healthcare

If convicted lynchers can get bail, why don’t under trials? Need for a change in India’s criminal law

By Sania Mariam* One of the famous political philosophers, Montesquieu, in his 18th century book “The Spirit of the Laws” wrote, “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” The quote holds true especially in the context of 21st century India. … More If convicted lynchers can get bail, why don’t under trials? Need for a change in India’s criminal law