Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Excerpts from the Jaccha Baccha-Survey (JABS) of pregnant and nursing women in rural India conducted in June 2019, coordinated by Jean Drèze, Reetika Khera and Anmol Somanchi The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers in June 2019, took place in six states: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. In each … Continue reading Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Why JNU, which has the strength to resist and retain its pride, also ‘spoils’ one’s life

By Ather Farouqui* The idealism inculcated in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) stays with you, it seeps into your every core and translates into action. This is why, even now, whenever there is public outrage over unjust government policies or an act of violence, JNU students and faculty are often seen leading protests, facing police … Continue reading Why JNU, which has the strength to resist and retain its pride, also ‘spoils’ one’s life

Highest judicial office under RTI purview: Positives and creative tensions in Constitution bench’s opinion

By Venkatesh Nayak* “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous (RTI applications) fortune, or to take arms against a sea of (information requesters) troubles and by opposing end (their right to know) them.” (With apologies to Shakespeare for … Continue reading Highest judicial office under RTI purview: Positives and creative tensions in Constitution bench’s opinion

Amidst tall claims of development, we have failed to abolish untouchability, a root cause of atrocities

By Martin Macwan* Historically, for Dalits to be on crossroads is a new phenomenon. They have, with their own labour and sweat, gradually progressed through a most difficult journey, unique in the world, from being treated and sanctioned as ‘untouchable’ to being equal citizens. And yet, the fact is, their enemies have been more powerful … Continue reading Amidst tall claims of development, we have failed to abolish untouchability, a root cause of atrocities

Through the remedial lens: The curious case of unilateral declaration of secession 

Arkaprava Dass, Adnan Yousuf* In October 2019, dissident political leaders from the state of Manipur in India unilaterally declared independence from the country fearing the extinction of their culture and destruction of history. They further called for the de jure recognition of their government by the United Nations in London. In light of this incident, … Continue reading Through the remedial lens: The curious case of unilateral declaration of secession 

Police remains poorly representative, inadequately staffed, inaccessible to majority of population

By Akhilesh Patil, Radhika Jha, Devika Prasad, Devyani Srivastava* Efficient, responsive, and accountable policing is critical to achieving an enabling environment that assures safety, security and a setting within which everyone can enjoy their fundamental rights. Each state in India has its own autonomous police department made up of personnel from two distinct cadres—the state … Continue reading Police remains poorly representative, inadequately staffed, inaccessible to majority of population

2019 polls: ECIL seeks disclosure of information on EVM, VVPAT; BEL, EC equivocate under RTI Act

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember reading my despatch from September 2019 in which I had explained how Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) did a volte face under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) about supplying information relating to Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Trail Units (VVPATs) deployed during the 2019 … Continue reading 2019 polls: ECIL seeks disclosure of information on EVM, VVPAT; BEL, EC equivocate under RTI Act