Manipulated graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural India: Defective implementation

By Michael Iacobelli, Sejal Saraf, Kevin Welding, Katherine Clegg Smith, Joanna E Cohen* India is unique in its dual burden of tobacco use. Nearly 200 million individuals use smokeless tobacco (SLT) products in India,1 with almost 200 000 deaths attributed to SLT use in 2010.2 SLT users tend to live in rural areas and have lower levels of education.1 India has made substantial … More Manipulated graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural India: Defective implementation

National Waterways is unfeasible, will not benefit economy, will lead to environmental damage

By Debadityo Sinha* The Government of India has undertaken the ambitious project of plying cargo ships from Haldia to Prayagraj on the river Ganga, also known as National Waterways-1 (NW-1). The justification for promoting waterways on such a massive scale as stated in National Waterways Bill, 2015 when introduced is as follows: “…inland water transport is recognised as … More National Waterways is unfeasible, will not benefit economy, will lead to environmental damage

Problems faced by foreign nationals in Indian prisons at every step of criminal justice process

Excerpts from “Strangers to Justice: A Report on Foreigners in Indian Prisons”, authored by Palak Chaudhari and Madhurima Dhanuka of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, international non-governmental organization:   The report is based on responses received to Right to Information (RTI) requests CHRI sent to all state prison departments between … More Problems faced by foreign nationals in Indian prisons at every step of criminal justice process

Hunger in India is reflection of rural distress arising out of the agrarian crisis, poor livelihood options

Kavita Srivastava and Dipa Sinha, conveners, Right to Food Campaign (RFT), on behalf of the  Steering Committee of the RFT, have released a list of demands which political parties must address in their election manifestos: The Right to Food Campaign requests all political parties to consider the following suggestions towards ensuring right to food for all … More Hunger in India is reflection of rural distress arising out of the agrarian crisis, poor livelihood options

India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique

By Moin Qazi* India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. Today the country’s chronic mismanagement of water has led to drought in nearly 2,00,000 villages. According to the World Bank data, Indian farmers use almost 70 percent of the total groundwater that is drawn in the country each year. Shockingly, India uses … More India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique

Why can’t Govt of India disclose Cabinet note, materials regarding 10% quota law under RTI?

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will remember, in January 2019, Parliament approved the Central Government’s proposal to reserve 10% of the seats in educational institutions and posts in jobs in the public sector, for the economically weaker segments of society (10% quota law). The Union Cabinet is said to have approved the proposal to amend the Constitution … More Why can’t Govt of India disclose Cabinet note, materials regarding 10% quota law under RTI?

Deforestation, hydropower dams, ill-planned roads, housing, threaten Himalaya’s spring-fed rivers

  By Hridayesh Joshi Mustard, wheat, vegetables, millets – one of the most fertile valleys in the Himalayas is able to show a bumper harvest, thanks to the traditional irrigation channels that bring the water of the Gagas river to the farms in this part of Kumaon in the state of Uttarakhand. “River Gagas is our … More Deforestation, hydropower dams, ill-planned roads, housing, threaten Himalaya’s spring-fed rivers