A walk that opened new windows into the realities of those living close to a theatened river, Ken

A report prepared by two environmentalists, Bhim Singh Rawat and Siddharth Agarwal, who took a walk* along Ken river and find that they should have brought along the policymakers, planners, engineers and politicians claiming to help it: When heading out on an adventure, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery of the area … More A walk that opened new windows into the realities of those living close to a theatened river, Ken

RTI activist’s murder: M’shtra govt must make public information sought by Junawane, publicize it

On November 1, 2018, yet another RTI user was killed in Maharashtra for seeking information to expose corruption and wrongdoing. According to media reports, Rohit Ashok Junawane  was brutally attacked by nine armed assailants near his residence in Aundh, Pune and died of the injuries. The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) has … More RTI activist’s murder: M’shtra govt must make public information sought by Junawane, publicize it

Case of Shahidul Alam is being used in Bangladesh to suppress criticism by civil rights activists

Arundhati Roy, Aparna Sen, Vikram Seth, Romila Thapar, Amitav Ghosh, Shabhana Azmi, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Nandita Das, Mohammad Hanif, Anish Kapoor among other eminent persons from across South Asia have come together to write a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed demanding the immediate release of acclaimed photographer and cultural activist Shahidul Alam on … More Case of Shahidul Alam is being used in Bangladesh to suppress criticism by civil rights activists

Why Udham Singh, known to be Bhagat Singh’s co-patriot, has been an almost forgotten figure

By Bhaskar Sur* Bhagat Singh has long been an icon of a heroic sacrifice and socialist dream that is yet to be achieved. Udham Singh, his co- patriot, however, is now almost a forgotten figure. Both were products of a militant nationalism that was going through a socialist orientation under the powerful impact of the … More Why Udham Singh, known to be Bhagat Singh’s co-patriot, has been an almost forgotten figure

Higher education in India is designed in a manner that exacerbates tensions of class and caste

Excerpts from the paper “An ethnography of caste and class at an Indian university: creating capital”, by Gaurav J Pathania and William G Tierney, research scholars with the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA: Despite having outlawed the caste system and the concept of untouchability in 1947, caste identity remains a … More Higher education in India is designed in a manner that exacerbates tensions of class and caste

With billionaires increasing their wealth by leaps and bounds, govts should make them pay more taxes

Sheshu Babu* There has been much debate of increasing revenues by ‘increasing tax net’ so that more people can be brought under tax bracket. As the debate on levying taxes has been going on for quite some time, it may be important to discuss who are actually paying taxes and who are responsible for ‘ … More With billionaires increasing their wealth by leaps and bounds, govts should make them pay more taxes

Women’s mobile phone usage stirs questions about “purity” prior to marriage, other worries

Excerpts from “A Tough Call: Understanding barriers to and impacts of women’s mobile phone adoption in India”, by Giorgia Barboni, Erica Field, Rohini Pande, Natalia Rigol, Simone Schaner, and Charity Troyer Moore, published by Harvard Kennedy School: Today in India, 71% of men own mobile phones, but only 38% of women do. South Asian countries … More Women’s mobile phone usage stirs questions about “purity” prior to marriage, other worries