Govt approach to social security to unorganised sector workers is welfare and not rights based

After years of deliberations, the Government of India has circulated a draft social security code, a key labour law proposal that seeks to amalgamate a clutch of existing laws and proposes several new initiatives including universal social security for unorganized sector workers. Besides, it also proposes corporatization of existing organizations like EPFO and ESIC headed … More Govt approach to social security to unorganised sector workers is welfare and not rights based

Important for Mumbai’s ecology, salt pans are protected under the coastal regulatory zone rules

By Nikhil S Dixit* Mumbai has about 5,300 acres of salt pan land and of that, about 1,800 acres may soon be opened up for a central government scheme providing low-cost housing projects. While the dominant partner of the current ruling alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has already cleared its intentions to open up the … More Important for Mumbai’s ecology, salt pans are protected under the coastal regulatory zone rules

Indian economy is in need of alternative action to revive investment, employment, social goals

By Sunanda Sen* That the Indian economy is currently experiencing a slowdown  is more than evident, both with the deliberations in different private circles and with official statements signalling a series of remedial measures , mostly focussed on the ailing financial sector! However, as we point out, the ailing Indian economy has concerns that go beyond flagging … More Indian economy is in need of alternative action to revive investment, employment, social goals

India’s groundwater resources severely overdrawn, largely to provide water for irrigation

In an in-depth report, authored by Rutger Willem Hofste, Paul Reig and Leah Schleifer, the World Resource Institute says that as many as 17 countries, India included, which are home to one-quarter of the world’s population, face extremely high water stress. Text: Once-unthinkable water crises are becoming commonplace. Reservoirs in Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city, are … More India’s groundwater resources severely overdrawn, largely to provide water for irrigation

Munusmriti-imposed rigid varna system and socio-religious disabilities were not acceptable to Gandhi

By Krishnan Nandela* Gandhi is widely criticized as a proponent of the Varna-ashrama system. Yes, Gandhi was a proponent of the Varna system and belief in the varna-ashrama system was a cardinal qualification to be a Hindu according to Gandhi. However, Gandhi’s Varna system had internal flexibility and the varnas were mutually tradable in the … More Munusmriti-imposed rigid varna system and socio-religious disabilities were not acceptable to Gandhi

Today Gandhi would have ask proponents of self driving cars to consider impact on cab drivers’ life

By Geoffrey Jones* and Sudev Sheth** Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated across the globe as an idealist who used civil disobedience to frustrate and overthrow British colonialists in India. The popularity of his nonviolent teachings – which inspired civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela – has obscured another important facet of his teachings: the … More Today Gandhi would have ask proponents of self driving cars to consider impact on cab drivers’ life

Inherent powers under Article 142 can be invoked to dissolve a marriage broken down irretrievably

By Sanjeev Sirohi* In a latest and interesting development, we have seen just how recently on October 4, 2019, the two Judge Bench of Apex Court comprising of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice MR Shah in a laudable and landmark judgment titled R Srinivas Kumar v. R Shametha in Civil Appeal No. 4696 of … More Inherent powers under Article 142 can be invoked to dissolve a marriage broken down irretrievably