Kazi Karimuddin, who moved amendment in Constituent Assembly to make right to privacy a fundamental right

By Moin Qazi* Vidarbha has been a fertile soil for many social reformers and intellectuals. It has played an active role in the nation’s destiny and its social, cultural and political rivulets have flown into and enriched the great sea of national civilization. One such luminary who emerged from Yavatmal was Kazi Syed Karimuddin. He … Continue reading Kazi Karimuddin, who moved amendment in Constituent Assembly to make right to privacy a fundamental right

Mandatory vaccination: Why coercive measure to administer vaccines will create more panic

By Gatha G Namboothiri and Tanvi Singh* The Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, via an order dated 22nd April 2021, has made it mandatory for all students above 18 years of age to be vaccinated before filling their Winter 2021 examination form. This is despite the decision by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare … Continue reading Mandatory vaccination: Why coercive measure to administer vaccines will create more panic

PMJVK fails to live up to its promises, depriving marginalised communities

By Birendra Ram Mishra, Ramprashan Singh, Santosh Kumar Pradhan, Sonu Khan, Gatha G Namboothiri* Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), anchored by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, is the revamped and restructured version of the Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP). A Centrally Sponsored Infrastructure Support Scheme, PMJVK aims to provide the minority communities with socio-economic infrastructure facilities in … Continue reading PMJVK fails to live up to its promises, depriving marginalised communities

Need to accelerate health education-related activities amidst COVID-19 in rural areas

Letter to Gujarat chief secretary Anil Mukim and principal secretary, health and family welfare, Jayanti S Ravi on the need to accelerate health education-related activities amidst COVID-19, especially in rural areas: Through this letter we would like to bring to your notice following points based on our constant contact with the poor in rural areas: … Continue reading Need to accelerate health education-related activities amidst COVID-19 in rural areas

Why India’s urban poor and rural population inherently have a robust immunity

By Poornima Bisineer, Sandeep Pandey* As the second more virulent wave of coronavirus rages on, the urban areas seem to be more adversely affected compared to the rural areas. Although, there are cases and deaths being now reported from rural areas too but the numbers in cities is disproportionately higher. And within the cities the … Continue reading Why India’s urban poor and rural population inherently have a robust immunity

Can zero waste happen? Journey of Zero Waste Management in Vidarbha

By Jyoti Mhapsekar, Gazala Paul* When a few women activists from Mumbai launched Stree Mukti Sanghatana, little did they know that they were going to be pioneers in urban zero waste management. Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS) meaning ‘Women’s Liberation Organisation’ was established in 1975 by Jyoti Mhapsekar, Sharada Sathe and others to bring women’s issues … Continue reading Can zero waste happen? Journey of Zero Waste Management in Vidarbha

‘The pain is overwhelming’: As India’s Covid crisis deepens, we need Christians to act

By Joseph D'Souza* As coronaviris cases in India pass 20 million and oxygen shortages push the healthcare system to the brink of collapse, Indian church leader Bishop Joseph D’Souza, issues an urgent plea to Christians around the world. Global media have characterised India’s current Covid-19 crisis as a descent into hell or an apocalyptic catastrophe. … Continue reading ‘The pain is overwhelming’: As India’s Covid crisis deepens, we need Christians to act