Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

Excerpts from the paper “A comparison of the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages from 12 countries using the Health Star Rating nutrient profiling system, 2013–2018”, published in Obesity Reviews, World Obesity Federation: We compared the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages between selected countries using the Health Star Rating (HSR) nutrient profiling system. Packaged … More Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

Hydropower projects ruining lives in the Himalayas: Run–the-river projects no better than reservoirs

By Manshi Asher* The floods in Assam and Bihar and the cloudburst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand have all once again underlined the risk of developing hydropower in the Himalayas. On top of that, over the last few years increasing evidence has emerged that hydropower production may not be as clean and green as claimed. … More Hydropower projects ruining lives in the Himalayas: Run–the-river projects no better than reservoirs

ILO resolution on statistics on Work, Employment, Labour Underutilization: Implementation issues

By Indira Hirway* The ILO Resolution on Statistics on Work, Employment and Labour Underutilization (19th ICLS), passed in 2013, aims to set new standards for work statistics to guide countries in updating and integrating their existing statistical programmes in the field. It defines statistical concept of work for reference purposes and provides operational concepts, definitions … More ILO resolution on statistics on Work, Employment, Labour Underutilization: Implementation issues

India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

By Gajal Gupta* In July 2019, newspapers across India featured a shocking photograph of ‘Kasi’, an elderly man begging at the feet of officials who had come to rescue him and over 40 other adults and children from being allegedly trapped in bonded labour at woodcutting units in Tamil Nadu. Newspapers reported that many of those … More India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

Secure community land, resource rights essential for effective management, conservation of forests

Statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land from Indigenous Peoples and local communities* from 42 countries spanning 76% of the world’s tropical forests: Finally, the world’s top scientists recognize what we have always known. We—Indigenous Peoples and local communities—play a critical role in stewarding and safeguarding … More Secure community land, resource rights essential for effective management, conservation of forests

Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

By Sheshu Babu* Since the major aim of capitalists is to see that maximum production can be extracted from labour, exploitation of workers becomes a key factor. Ordinary workers, thus, face constant harassment, humiliation, misery and burden of work. Disabled, in addition, face alienation and abuse both from the employers as well as society. The … More Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

Female entrepreneurs such as Godavari are finding creative ways to carve out a space in marketplace

By Moin Qazi* The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them. – Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus I have spent most of my entire professional career providing loans to poor women, and have constantly been amazed at their … More Female entrepreneurs such as Godavari are finding creative ways to carve out a space in marketplace