Why policy makers must invest in housing for migrants to make their living safe and secure

By Nivedita Jayaram, Sangeeth S* Tribal belts of Southern Rajasthan, Western MP and Eastern Gujarat provide a reserve army of cheap labour feeding into the construction sector of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad also has migrants coming in from faraway places like Bihar, UP and Odisha. These seasonal migrant workers lack adequate housing in the city and they … More Why policy makers must invest in housing for migrants to make their living safe and secure

Recognise poor as clients or users, not passive recipients of charity, to give chance to end poverty

By Moin Qazi* Poverty won’t allow him to lift up his head; dignity won’t allow him to bow it down — Malagasy Proverb The global battle against poverty has acquired a new dimension this year with Pope Francis declaring   19 November 2017 as the First World Day of the Poor. Hereafter it will be observed … More Recognise poor as clients or users, not passive recipients of charity, to give chance to end poverty

Governments do not want news to reach the masses, hence use  defamation laws against journalists

By Pushkar Raj* It is a common refrain in the country that news has declined in content and quality. Social media is full of debate on the issue since innovations like the paid news and scandals like Radia tape. A common thread of concern is that the media is scandalizing, preaching and serving the masses … More Governments do not want news to reach the masses, hence use  defamation laws against journalists

Assam citizenship rights: Unfair to discard validity of Panchayat certificates as a link document

A Delhi Action Committee for Assam note on the current political impasse in Assam on updating the National Register of Citizens and the Question of Citizenship: The Assam Accord signed on 14 August 1985 established an important foundation to settle the complicated and sensitive issue of the presence of “foreigners” in the state, especially by … More Assam citizenship rights: Unfair to discard validity of Panchayat certificates as a link document

Damming rivers is counterproductive and avoidable; it’s also anti-nature. They must flow unfettered

By Manoj Misra* Rivers in different parts of the world have been dammed to fulfill human needs like water for irrigation, industries and domestic supplies. Then there are dams that have been raised to control floods or to produce electricity. These have often been celebrated as human victory over nature, glorified as engineering marvel and … More Damming rivers is counterproductive and avoidable; it’s also anti-nature. They must flow unfettered

We consider Narmada Bhagvan’s daughter. Sarkar doesn’t seem to respect or care for our Bhagvan

Surban is from Kakarana village, a very respected people’s representative among the tribals of Alirajpur district in the Narmada Valley. He raises some pertinent questions on the soul less ‘developmental model’ that has ruthlessly uprooted people, cultures and degraded nature and its resources. He compares the urban ‘educated’, ‘individualistic’ civilization with the communitarian tribal/individual societies … More We consider Narmada Bhagvan’s daughter. Sarkar doesn’t seem to respect or care for our Bhagvan