India’s budgetary spending on school education doesn’t meet Kothari Commission benchmark

By Protiva Kundu* The enactment of Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 imposes a duty on the Indian states to fulfill every child’s right to elementary education. Education is also a stand-alone goal among SDGs, which India is one of the signatories. As education is in ‘concurrent list’, both Centre and State Governments have responsibility to … More India’s budgetary spending on school education doesn’t meet Kothari Commission benchmark

Jharkhand lynching report: No established political parties came to meet grief-stricken families

A fact-finding team visited Sobhapur and nearby villages in District Saraikela, PS Rajnagar, Jharkhand, on May 27-28, 2017 to inquire into how Sheikh Naim, Sheikh Siraj, Md. Sajja, and Sheikh Halim were lynched and murdered by mob on suspicion of kidnapping children (‘bachchachor’ in local language) on May 18, 2017. The team consisted of activists* … More Jharkhand lynching report: No established political parties came to meet grief-stricken families

Farmer suicides are simply a reflection or symptom of how fragile India’s agricultural economy is

By Moin Qazi* His speech is of mortgaged bedding, On his kine he borrows yet, At his heart is his daughter’s wedding, In his eye foreknowledged of debt. He eats and hath indigestion, He toils and he may not stop; His life is a long-drawn question Between a crop and a crop. — Rudyard Kipling, “The … More Farmer suicides are simply a reflection or symptom of how fragile India’s agricultural economy is

Air pollution: Govt should understand, Swachh Bharat and Make in India can’t go hand-in-hand

By Hanzala Aman* The 2016 Environmental Performance Index ranked India 141 out of 180 countries surveyed. EPI is unique in its approach because it incorporates many high-priority environmental issues, including resource consumption, depletion of environmental assets, pollution, and species loss among other important topics. The EPI typically ranks countries on performance indicators tracked across policy categories … More Air pollution: Govt should understand, Swachh Bharat and Make in India can’t go hand-in-hand

Gender pay gap at non-supervisory level has grown by 5 percentage point between 2015 and 2016

Excerpts from “Monster Salary Index 2016: Gender Pay Report – Ready Reckoner”, a report based on data from eight sectors, Legal and market consultancy, business activities; Information and Communication Technology (ICT); Health Care, Caring services, Social work; Education and Research; Financial Services, Banking, Insurance; Transport, Logistics, Communication; Construction and Technical Consultancy; and Manufacturing: Based on … More Gender pay gap at non-supervisory level has grown by 5 percentage point between 2015 and 2016