Caste-based discrimination of Dalits, OBCs in relief distribution work following Amreli floods 2015

Amreli district in Gujarat received a rainfall of 2,580 mm on June 24, 2015, four times of the annual average over the last ten years.  The human death toll in Amreli Districts was at least 47.  Around 585 villages were affected in some way and 110 villages saw some damage and 73 villages were severely … More Caste-based discrimination of Dalits, OBCs in relief distribution work following Amreli floods 2015

Women going to collect water, firewood, plough fields, take the brunt of ecological imbalances

By Moin Qazi* I’ve got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby to dry I got company to feed The garden to weed I’ve got shirts to press The tots to dress The can to be cut I gotta … More Women going to collect water, firewood, plough fields, take the brunt of ecological imbalances

Appalled and dismayed by recent events leading to abrupt resignation of EPW Editor Thakurta

About 150 researchers, writers, academics and activists from across the world have issued an open letter to the Sameeksha Trust, the charitable organisation that publishes the prestigious journal “Economic and Political Weekly” (EPW), taking strong exception to the trust pressuring its editor Paranjoy Guha Thakurta to resign July 18. Those who have signed the letter include … More Appalled and dismayed by recent events leading to abrupt resignation of EPW Editor Thakurta

Jharkhand lynching report: No established political parties came to meet grief-stricken families

A fact-finding team visited Sobhapur and nearby villages in District Saraikela, PS Rajnagar, Jharkhand, on May 27-28, 2017 to inquire into how Sheikh Naim, Sheikh Siraj, Md. Sajja, and Sheikh Halim were lynched and murdered by mob on suspicion of kidnapping children (‘bachchachor’ in local language) on May 18, 2017. The team consisted of activists* … More Jharkhand lynching report: No established political parties came to meet grief-stricken families

Farmer suicides are simply a reflection or symptom of how fragile India’s agricultural economy is

By Moin Qazi* His speech is of mortgaged bedding, On his kine he borrows yet, At his heart is his daughter’s wedding, In his eye foreknowledged of debt. He eats and hath indigestion, He toils and he may not stop; His life is a long-drawn question Between a crop and a crop. — Rudyard Kipling, “The … More Farmer suicides are simply a reflection or symptom of how fragile India’s agricultural economy is