Oasis Misaal: A unique competition to identify and nurture future leaders

By Vinit Jain* Swami Vivekananda once proclaimed to change India if given a hundred Nachiketas. Today when India is plagued by deep-rooted issues such as poverty, corruption, unemployment, and pollution; we need Nachiketas now more than ever. Especially when the country's more than 50% of the population is aged below 25 and more than 65% … Continue reading Oasis Misaal: A unique competition to identify and nurture future leaders

CSOs demand dal, edible oil, iodized salt under Odisha govt’s Food Security Scheme

By Anjan Pradhan* As part of COVID elevation measure, a meagre amount of 1 kg of chana dal has been provided to BPL/PDS beneficiaries every month and the state government is planning to stop its allocation from November. As it has been a key arsenal in rural Odisha’s pandemic fight and will be crucial to … Continue reading CSOs demand dal, edible oil, iodized salt under Odisha govt’s Food Security Scheme

Representation initiate proceedings against Sudarshan TV under the Companies Act, 2013

By Venkatesh Nayak* I am sharing with you a copy of the representation I have recently submitted along with renowned academic and public intellectual - Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, to The Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India with cc to The Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, urging the initiation of appropriate … Continue reading Representation initiate proceedings against Sudarshan TV under the Companies Act, 2013

New FCRA Bill throttles spirit of cooperation, sought to be ushered in amidst lockdown

Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) statement requesting to refer FCRA bill, 2020 to a Select/Standing Committee of the Parliament: Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) being an apex body/national association of Indian voluntary development organizations strongly feels that the FCRA bill, 2020 will be a death blow to the development relief, scientific research and community support … Continue reading New FCRA Bill throttles spirit of cooperation, sought to be ushered in amidst lockdown

Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale is an experienced South African land activist who has played leading roles in several campaigns and initiatives. She led a grassroots movement called the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), A federation of communities claiming land through Restitution, an organisation that challenged the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2015. She … Continue reading Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Only until mid-1910s Gandhi’s solidarity was more with white colonisers than natives

Excerpts from the paper “Thinking with Gandhi on racism and violence: A letter to a friend”, by Ajay Skaria, Professor of History and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota,  published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, based on exchanges on WhatsApp in response to a question from a college friend: “Was Gandhi racist towards blacks?” Was Gandhi racist … Continue reading Only until mid-1910s Gandhi’s solidarity was more with white colonisers than natives

An untold story: Licy Bharucha’s pilgrimage into the lives of India’s freedom fighters

By Moin Qazi* Book Review: “Oral History of Indian Freedom Movement”, by Dr Licy Bharucha; Pp240; Rs 300; Published by National Museum of Indian Freedom Movement The Congress has won political freedom, but it has yet to win economic freedom, social and moral freedom. These freedoms are harder than the political, if only because they … Continue reading An untold story: Licy Bharucha’s pilgrimage into the lives of India’s freedom fighters