Domestic violence in India: Has anything changed?

By Shrey Banka* While the entire nation went into a lockdown on March 25, 2020 in a fight against the novel coronavirus, not many could have foreseen that the lockdown would lead to a “shadow pandemic”. As per a recent report by India’s National Commission for Women (NCW), 587 domestic violence complaints had been lodged … Continue reading Domestic violence in India: Has anything changed?

High-hanging fruits of NEP: Excessive stress on outcomes deprives focus on inputs

By Archit Taluka* Education is the thin yet important line that stands between ignorance and confidence, between an uncertain and painful life and a promising one. Unarguably, education has been unanimously viewed as a basic necessity for one to lead a dignified life and hence, has been rightfully held as a fundamental right in the … Continue reading High-hanging fruits of NEP: Excessive stress on outcomes deprives focus on inputs

Tardy functioning of information commissions during COVID-19 pandemic

Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) & Centre for Equity Studies (CES) have published ‘Report Card of Information Commissions, 2019-20’ in order to mark 15 years of the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in October 2020. A note: Prepared by a team coordinated by Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri, the report examines the performance … Continue reading Tardy functioning of information commissions during COVID-19 pandemic

RTI Act far away from its objectives: Multifold, core issues remain unresolved

By Abhishek Tajbije* On June 21, 2005, the Right to Information Act was notified in India's Gazette, and its implementation started on October 12, 2005. As per rti.gov.in, the objectives of the Right to Information Act are to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the government, contain corruption, and make … Continue reading RTI Act far away from its objectives: Multifold, core issues remain unresolved

Nagpur’s own Samaritan: Salman Ahmed’s NGO proved useful during lockdown

By Moin Qazi* Nagpur has been a traditional and fertile hub for voluntary organizations and social workers. It has been home to a number of activists whose social chromosomes have inspired them to undertake humanitarian work for their fellow brethren. The result is a confluence of so many rivulets of social activism which have merged … Continue reading Nagpur’s own Samaritan: Salman Ahmed’s NGO proved useful during lockdown

Coordination: The need of the hour in the coronavirus pandemic

By Arup Mitra, Debdatta Saha* Human history has seen many diseases caused by external agents, like rats or viruses (the 1918 Spanish flu being one of the most fatal ones in the not-so-distant past). The Ebola virus causes havoc in the African sub-continent at regular intervals. The latter, though, contained in terms of its geographical … Continue reading Coordination: The need of the hour in the coronavirus pandemic

Manual scavengers: Unsung heroes who are treated as slaves of the modern era

Piyush Arya* Despite the constitution abolishing untouchability in the country, I am asking you, people, do you shake hands with them? The answer is no. That is the way we are going on.  – Arun Mishra, Supreme Court judge on manual scavenging The term 'manual scavenger' is defined as "a person engaged or employed … … Continue reading Manual scavengers: Unsung heroes who are treated as slaves of the modern era