Anatomy of legalising violations: Environment Ministry’s policy of post facto approvals

By Krithika Dinesh and Kanchi Kohli* On March 14, 2017, India’s environment ministry, issued a notification, which gives an opportunity for projects that have violated conditions of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006 to be brought into compliance. Under this notification, a process is laid down for all those projects that have started construction, … More Anatomy of legalising violations: Environment Ministry’s policy of post facto approvals

Three instances where Lordships protected their right to privacy: It wasn’t not a vague concept then

By Venkatesh Nayak* A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India is currently hearing arguments about whether Article 21 of the Constitution of India contains within its meaning and scope a guarantee of the right to privacy of individuals. The controversy was created by a submission made by the Government of India in … More Three instances where Lordships protected their right to privacy: It wasn’t not a vague concept then

Caste-based discrimination of Dalits, OBCs in relief distribution work following Amreli floods 2015

Amreli district in Gujarat received a rainfall of 2,580 mm on June 24, 2015, four times of the annual average over the last ten years.  The human death toll in Amreli Districts was at least 47.  Around 585 villages were affected in some way and 110 villages saw some damage and 73 villages were severely … More Caste-based discrimination of Dalits, OBCs in relief distribution work following Amreli floods 2015

Women going to collect water, firewood, plough fields, take the brunt of ecological imbalances

By Moin Qazi* I’ve got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby to dry I got company to feed The garden to weed I’ve got shirts to press The tots to dress The can to be cut I gotta … More Women going to collect water, firewood, plough fields, take the brunt of ecological imbalances

Appalled and dismayed by recent events leading to abrupt resignation of EPW Editor Thakurta

About 150 researchers, writers, academics and activists from across the world have issued an open letter to the Sameeksha Trust, the charitable organisation that publishes the prestigious journal “Economic and Political Weekly” (EPW), taking strong exception to the trust pressuring its editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta to resign July 18. Those who have signed the letter include … More Appalled and dismayed by recent events leading to abrupt resignation of EPW Editor Thakurta