Lockdown: Environment may have improved temporarily, what will happen after April 14?

Mahesh Pandya, director, Ahmedabad-based environmental NGO Paryavaran Mitra, having observer status at the UN FCCC and special consultative status at the UN ECOSOC, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested actions to be taken against the backdrop of “positive Impact on environment due to lockdown. Text of the letter, whose copy has … More Lockdown: Environment may have improved temporarily, what will happen after April 14?

Impact of virus on women, girls requires special attention, civil society intervention needed

Responding to differential and special needs of women and girls in emergency and long-term support to combat COVID-19 pandemic:  Letter from civil society organizations to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, with copies to senior state officials: We are writing to you on behalf of a network of civil society organizations, researchers, informal sector workers, collectives … More Impact of virus on women, girls requires special attention, civil society intervention needed

RIP, Asrar Jamayee! A Mazahiya shair… which is what distinguished him from others

By Mohammed Wajihuddin* Letter to a dead poet.. Dear Asrar Jamayee, Some of my friends complain that I keep writing letters to the dead people. But I cannot stop myself from dashing this missive off to you now that you are no more. It is a closure to the pains that had grounded you, put … More RIP, Asrar Jamayee! A Mazahiya shair… which is what distinguished him from others

Govt of India should work shoulder-to-shoulder with NGOs who are providing relief

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) note on UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressing distress over plight of India’s internal migrants, welcomes measures to limit impact:  UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said she was distressed by the plight of millions of internal migrants affected by the sudden … More Govt of India should work shoulder-to-shoulder with NGOs who are providing relief

80% UK citizens’ wages protected, they can book food deliveries, as people world over may starve

Coronavirus will cause starvation; only a truly universal basic income can prevent it, argues the World Basic Income blog, seeking global response:  Children in the town of Naivasha, Kenya might catch coronavirus, but like most kids their symptoms should be mild. A bigger problem for them right now is that their parents just lost their … More 80% UK citizens’ wages protected, they can book food deliveries, as people world over may starve

Application by broiler farmers: Do not sanction culling of poultry birds in Vadodara

Representation by advocate NM Kapadia to the Gujarat chief minister, the agriculture and animal husbandry secretary, Vadodara police commissioner Vadodara district collector, animal husbandry director, for not sanctioning the culling of poultry birds in Vadodara following the application of the Boiler Farmers for culling 15,00,000 poultry birds in Vadodara: Under the instructions of my client … More Application by broiler farmers: Do not sanction culling of poultry birds in Vadodara

Support for labourers affected by COVID lockdown: Holding state bodies accountable

A Centre for Social Justice petition to State Governments: The sudden lockdown announced by the central government has put thousands of people at risk. Ground reports from around the country (specifically Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat) show that migrant labourers are stranded in towns and cities without adequate shelter or food and unable to return home. Multiple instances … More Support for labourers affected by COVID lockdown: Holding state bodies accountable