Why migrant labourers are employed as sugarcane harvesters by South Gujarat coop sugar factories

Excerpts from the study, “A Bitter Harvest: Seasonal Migrant Sugarcane Harvesting Workers of South Gujarat”, researched and published by Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action (PCLRA)*: Most of the south Gujarat region, especially of and around the Bardoli zone, has always been considered as an exceptionally prosperous agricultural bloc primarily because of its fertile … More Why migrant labourers are employed as sugarcane harvesters by South Gujarat coop sugar factories

Child rape ordinance: India should work towards abolishing death penalty which is inherently cruel

Human Rights Watch statement on the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance, 2018: The Indian parliament should not adopt into law an ordinance which introduces capital punishment for those convicted of raping a girl under 12 years of age, Human Rights Watch said today. India should instead work towards abolishing the death penalty which is inherently cruel … More Child rape ordinance: India should work towards abolishing death penalty which is inherently cruel

Enforcement of FCRA in “national or public interest” curtailed the work of civil society in India

An excerpt from the US 2017 Human Rights Report for India, published by the US Department of State: In a statement released in June 2016, UN special rapporteurs on human rights expressed the view that Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) “provisions were increasingly being used…to silence organizations involved in advocating civil, political, economic, social, environmental, or … More Enforcement of FCRA in “national or public interest” curtailed the work of civil society in India

Social entrepreneurs: Harbingers of development spring in India, navigating a complex world

By Moin Qazi* “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search … More Social entrepreneurs: Harbingers of development spring in India, navigating a complex world

How Brahminical legacy of caste discrimination influenced Christians and Muslims in India

By Sheshu Babu* It is a well-known fact that Hindu religion has deep caste divisions. This is one of the major causes of Dalits and other backward caste people willing to convert into other religions like Christianity. The disgust with caste system can be assessed when Dr BR Ambedkar said that, though he was born … More How Brahminical legacy of caste discrimination influenced Christians and Muslims in India

Justice Sachar relentlessly fought for protecting democratic, just, egalitarian, plural Indian society

All India Forum for Right to Education In Justice Sachar’s demise, the nation has lost one of the last representatives of the generation that carried forward the socialist vision from the freedom movement for the post-independence India. He would be remembered for his uncompromising commitment to building a secular, just, democratic society where civil liberties … More Justice Sachar relentlessly fought for protecting democratic, just, egalitarian, plural Indian society

A multilateral development bank, AIIB should reorient its vision, favour people-centric approach

By Krishnakant et al* Gujarat groups strongly oppose exclusion of civil society groups in the state and country for the lead up event for Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB’s) third AGM on urban development in Ahmedabad. The exclusion of urban poor groups and civil society shows a trend of opacity, non-transparency and indifference to the … More A multilateral development bank, AIIB should reorient its vision, favour people-centric approach