Instead of annihilating caste, most teachers annihilate Dalit students by their words, attitudes

Well-known writer Bama is also a school teacher. She taught school children from 1979 to 2015, when she retired. She says she is “fortunate enough to get education”, a privilege of upper caste men, and she is fortunate to have become a teacher despite being dalit. In an interview*, she recollects the ways in which inequalities … More Instead of annihilating caste, most teachers annihilate Dalit students by their words, attitudes

Cow vigilantism isn’t a project of Hindu elites, they wouldn’t attack others for eating/handling beef

By V Santhakumar* Who attacks people for eating/handling beef in India? A popular answer to this question is the supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and associated organisations. In my view, this is not a robust or well-grounded answer. Like any other political party, its interest is to be in power at the central government and … More Cow vigilantism isn’t a project of Hindu elites, they wouldn’t attack others for eating/handling beef

Paresh Rawal’s statement contravenes free speech, runs risk of inciting violence against writers

PEN Delhi, which is the branch of PEN International, PEN International, a UK-based charity promoting literature and freedom of expression known as a leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world, has strongly condemned a recent tweet critical of Gujarat Member of Parliament (MP) Paresh Rawal on top litterateur … More Paresh Rawal’s statement contravenes free speech, runs risk of inciting violence against writers

IDP report: India’s land conflicts arise from state takeovers, often on behalf of private investors

Excerpt from the India portion of the “2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement”, released by Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Norway: As the largest country in South Asia, with a population of 1.3 billion and the world’s third-largest economy, India has achieved significant development gains since its independence in 1947. These gains include improved life expectancy, literacy rates and … More IDP report: India’s land conflicts arise from state takeovers, often on behalf of private investors

Indian banks cannot have one-sided terms and conditions in their agreements with consumers

Text of the online petition, signed by nearly 2 lakh people, to Dr Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, on unfair treatment of bank customers: We, a group of bank consumers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are disturbed at the unfair treatment that bank customers suffer in the form of frequent, arbitrary and one-sided increase … More Indian banks cannot have one-sided terms and conditions in their agreements with consumers