How DBT is causing tremendous inconvenience and why most people are unhappy with it

A survey, coordinated by well-known academic Jean Drèze and researcher Nazar Khalid, has found an overwhelming popular opposition to the direct bank transfer (DBT) experiment in Jharkhand. Details of the survey: Glitches in the system have deprived people of nearly half of their food rations in the last four months. When they do get their … More How DBT is causing tremendous inconvenience and why most people are unhappy with it

Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

Dalit protestors’ voices must not be suppressed, says Amnesty International India: “State governments must ensure that Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”, Amnesty International India said today. State police must not detain anyone simply for claiming their rights, and must bring to justice those responsible for attacking … More Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

In the age of RTI, information about Black Money seems to be hiding inside a black hole

By Venkatesh Nayak* During his reply on the Motion of Thanks to the Address of the President of India in the Lok Sabha on 7th February 2018, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi compared his Government’s efforts to curb corruption and flush out black money to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – the nation-wide mission launched to clean up cities, towns, villages … More In the age of RTI, information about Black Money seems to be hiding inside a black hole

In narrow Aurangabad lanes a splendid tradition of intricately woven fabric struggles to survive

By Moin Qazi A dignified aura of its rich past cloaks every corner of Aurangabad, a bustling city in Maharashtra. The crowning minarets that dot the city landscape and the villages around it, dissolve into the mist of history as the lavender of the evening glow envelopes the monuments from which writers extract magical romances … More In narrow Aurangabad lanes a splendid tradition of intricately woven fabric struggles to survive

Follow policy recommendations for increasing India’s health budget to at least 2.5% of GDP

Statement by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan [People’s Health Movement]*: The Union Budget 2018-19 makes tall claims, with no clear road map for the health sector, one that is sensitive to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable population of India. The allocations for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) (including for AYUSH) have increased … More Follow policy recommendations for increasing India’s health budget to at least 2.5% of GDP

Ex-Swiss diplomat’s deportation: To repair damage, Government must invite Vögele to visit India

Forty-five civil society leaders, academics and professionals have written a letter to Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj taking strong exception to the Ahmedabad immigration officials deporting Kurt Vögele, ex-Swiss diplomat, on January 22. Text: We write now to draw your attention to the unceremonious detention and deportation of Mr. Kurt Vögele from Ahmedabad airport on … More Ex-Swiss diplomat’s deportation: To repair damage, Government must invite Vögele to visit India

Compensatory afforestation fund accumulated by destroying woods will not empower forest dwellers

A note on Campaign for Survival and Dignity, Odisha, protest rally demanding repeal of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2015 and Draft Rules, Rules 2018: About 5,000 tribals and forest dwellers under the banner of Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD) marched in a protest rally against the State Government for violating Forest Rights Act in the … More Compensatory afforestation fund accumulated by destroying woods will not empower forest dwellers