Selective targeting of Navsarjan for its advocacy for Dalit people is abhorrent and anti-democratic

Dalit rights activists across Gujarat have been sending messages to President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, among others, expressing their deep anguish over cancellation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license to Navsarjan Trust, Gujarat’s premier Dalit rights organization. They have submitted their messages to local government offices of … More Selective targeting of Navsarjan for its advocacy for Dalit people is abhorrent and anti-democratic

ASER 2016: Learning levels improve in lower primary, no change in Std 5, decline in Std 8

By Wilima Wadhwa* A lot has happened in the two years since Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER) 2014 was released. In particular, there seems to be a general acceptance of the fact that learning levels are low and that something needs to be done about it. The government is in the process of launching … More ASER 2016: Learning levels improve in lower primary, no change in Std 5, decline in Std 8

Pre-primary schools: Gujarat govt fails to make proactive effort to implement child rights

By Mujahid Nafees The Indian Constitution secures the rights of children up to the age 6 under Article 45 as part of the directive principles of state policy. The Government of India launched Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme on 2nd October 1975. The beneficiaries under the scheme are children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. ICDS offers … More Pre-primary schools: Gujarat govt fails to make proactive effort to implement child rights

Need for law to ensure right to shelter: Evictions occur by branding all slum dwellers as encroachers

By Bilal Khan* A shelter is a basic human need but due to the increased commodification of this basic service, housing is becoming unaffordable to each one of us. Urban poor suffers the most due to this unaffordibilty. The absence of an adequate housing forces a poor family to live an informal settlement devoid of … More Need for law to ensure right to shelter: Evictions occur by branding all slum dwellers as encroachers

Farmers in Gujarat face a three-fold stress these days – of Nature, Market and Government

By Sagar Rabari* The farming community in Gujarat, ever since the neoliberal policies began being implemented, has been facing many challenges. The biggest challenge is of land acquisition for various purposes, followed by anti-farmer laws, the unaddressed issues of farmers such as 24 hour electricity, falling prices of agricultural produce, lack of agricultural infrastructure etc. … More Farmers in Gujarat face a three-fold stress these days – of Nature, Market and Government