Systematic targeting, repression of tribal activists, forest dwellers in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh

The statement by India’s civil society network, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), condemning filing of “false cases” against All-India Union of Forest Working People (AIUWFP) leaders and “continued incarceration” of Adivasi activists since June 8: NAPM condemns the systematic targeting and repression unleashed by the state of Uttar Pradesh on the Adivasis and other … More Systematic targeting, repression of tribal activists, forest dwellers in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh

Why exclusivity of investigation? Action against banks needs to be based on principle of equity


By 
Prabhakar Kulkarni* Since the disclosure of the Punjab National Bank fraud, banks and their transactions are in 
focus of both the investigating agencies as also the media
 organizations. This is in public interest. But action and
 investigation in a few banks and in few cases and neglecting or 
sidetracking other similar cases and the … More Why exclusivity of investigation? Action against banks needs to be based on principle of equity

SBI admits CPIO goofed up with Electoral Bond sale data; refuses to divulge details of political parties

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may recollect my despatch from June 2018 about the refusal of the State Bank of India (SBI) to disclose under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) information about the buyers of Electoral Bonds (EBs) and political parties which received them. The Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) denied information about buyers and the denominations of EBs they … More SBI admits CPIO goofed up with Electoral Bond sale data; refuses to divulge details of political parties

Idukki Dam released water when Kerala was in floods. Could this have been avoided?

By Himanshu Thakkar* There are still two months of South West Monsoon for Kerala. Then large parts of Kerala also get benefits from North East monsoon that follows in Oct-Dec. In fact, the only two occasions (1981 and 1992) since the Idukki Dam was commissioned in 1975, were both during North East monsoon, never in … More Idukki Dam released water when Kerala was in floods. Could this have been avoided?

A bold mainstream Hindi movie on ‘the Muslim situation’ as it exists in India, circa 2018

By Vistasp Hodiwala* Mulk is a fine, fine movie, even if ten years too late. It is honest, sincere and has its heart in the right place throughout. (There will be a few spoilers ahead, so please proceed with discretion.) No, it is not about “The Good Muslim” who must be held up as some … More A bold mainstream Hindi movie on ‘the Muslim situation’ as it exists in India, circa 2018

Humanitarian call to those who believe in justice, peace and harmony to observe Kandhamal Day

Several civil rights activists attached with the National Solidarity Forum, Ram Puniyani, convener; Dhirendra Panda, coordinator; Ajaya Kumar Singh, founder member/ co-convener; KP Sasi, co-convener; and Kandhamal Survivors’ Association’s Manoj Nayak (coordinator), and Paul Pradhan (convener) have issued Call for Action appeal on completion of one decade of the Kandhamal carnage. Text of the appeal: … More Humanitarian call to those who believe in justice, peace and harmony to observe Kandhamal Day

Revoke projects, return unused non-forest land acquired for private, government projects

Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* Several ambitious programmes of the government require converting land under fishing, grazing, agriculture or forest use into ‘growth engines’. The 577 projects under the flagship Sagarmala project, highway expansions and opening of new mines will not be on empty lands. These projects are to be realised at a time when … More Revoke projects, return unused non-forest land acquired for private, government projects