2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation

Excerpts from the chapter “Ministry / Department wise priority to schemes for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes” in the report “Dalit Adivasi Budget Analysis 2019-20”, published by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolon: In the budget speech of 2017-18, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had introduced outcome-based monitoring for Schemes for … More 2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation

India’s Information Commissions would weaken if proposals to amend RTI Act are accepted

Excerpts “The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019: A Critical Review of the Amendment Proposals and the Underlying Reasoning”, prepared by Venkatesh Nayak, Access to Information Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi: The Government of India (GoI) has come up with a Bill to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). This … More India’s Information Commissions would weaken if proposals to amend RTI Act are accepted

Boycotting products only band-aid solution to child labour problem, which is deep-rooted in society

By Akash Kumar* “Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but I will see the end of child labour in my lifetime.” – Kailash Satyarthi In 2015, India was termed as the ‘shining star’ in the global economy by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, then Commerce … More Boycotting products only band-aid solution to child labour problem, which is deep-rooted in society

Faiz’s poems reverberate contemporary pathos: Turbulent and marked with historical changes

By Moin Qazi Faiz Ahmed Faiz – the poet, teacher, editor, freedom-fighter, progressive writer and Lenin Peace Prize recipient – is one of the greatest poets of the Indian subcontinent. He was not a mere dreamer of dreams but was an iconoclast who inspired a million mutinies. Great poets like Faiz are warriors and serve … More Faiz’s poems reverberate contemporary pathos: Turbulent and marked with historical changes

The Union budget is silent on economy’s transition to interlinked and clean energy needs

By Dr Anandajit Goswami* The latest Union Budget created the hope of shining India which is going to be a $3 trillion economy by end of the year, and aspiring to be reaching to a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25. An economy which is showing sluggishness can only recover and set its course in this … More The Union budget is silent on economy’s transition to interlinked and clean energy needs

Women argue for prohibition because they bear the brunt of problems caused by sale of liquor

By Sheshu Babu* One of the most debated problems in the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh was the implementation of ‘ prohibition’. Struggle against liquor, that too state-sponsored liquor shops, has been going on for years, especially by women. Most Dalit and lower caste women in both Telengana and Andhra participated in exerting pressure on … More Women argue for prohibition because they bear the brunt of problems caused by sale of liquor

A call for concrete actions for enabling environment and reversing the trend of closing civic spaces

A note on the meeting of the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) platform CPDE for global partnership senior-level meeting, which begins on July 13 in New York: Representatives of the global platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) have gathered in New York for the Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation … More A call for concrete actions for enabling environment and reversing the trend of closing civic spaces