India’s mining-based development: Economic prosperity hasn’t percolated to local people

A joint delegation of civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P) led by mm&P chairperson Rebbapragada Ravi and general secretary Ashok Shrimali met MPs of several political parties and minister of state of state for coal and mines Haribhai Chaudhary to apprise them of issues faced by the people in the mining … More India’s mining-based development: Economic prosperity hasn’t percolated to local people

Periyar was different from Gandhi, opposed to him, yet in his discovery of his cause he was like Gandhi

  Excerpts from “India: A Million Mutinies Now” by VS Naipaul, the celebrated Caribbean writer of Indo-Nepalese descent and Nobel Laureate who was born in Trinidad with British citizenship and died in London on August 11 at 85:  Within a day or so of the election result very big painted signboards began to appear in some places in the … More Periyar was different from Gandhi, opposed to him, yet in his discovery of his cause he was like Gandhi

India’s tryst? Top 1% income share rose 7% to 22% since 1980s, of bottom 50% declined 23% to 15%

By Moin Qazi* 15th August is the most cherished date in the Indian calendar .it was on this momentous day, more than seven decades back, that we were born an independent and free country. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. It is certainly an occasion for celebration. More than … More India’s tryst? Top 1% income share rose 7% to 22% since 1980s, of bottom 50% declined 23% to 15%

How pollution caused by neighbouring companies is destroying lush green environs of Raigarh

An Amnesty International India field story from Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, by Manohar Chauhan*, on the occasion the World Indigenous People’s Day 2018, which fell on August 9: I spent the last few weeks in the small district of Raigarh, Chattisgarh. Raigarh has historically been populated with various Adivasi communities as it comes under the fifth scheduled area. … More How pollution caused by neighbouring companies is destroying lush green environs of Raigarh

Fishermen have the right to take boats up to 200 nautical miles in sea, why are they not protected?

The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), in a letter to Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, Government of India, has demanded quick and stern action against those responsible in the killing of 12 fishermen in Kochin. Text of the letter: As you might already know that the early morning hours of 7th August, three fishermen died while nine … More Fishermen have the right to take boats up to 200 nautical miles in sea, why are they not protected?

DDA shouldn’t act as landlord but democratise urban land regulation to improve life in Delhi

By Manju Menon, Ashutosh Dixit, Rajeev Suri, Kanchi Kohli* The new “redevelopment” projects for Delhi sanctioned by the central government threaten to test the ecological limits of the city. The projects propose to increase the houses, cars and commercial offices in the greenest parts of the city. In this context, urban designers rightly point out that the … More DDA shouldn’t act as landlord but democratise urban land regulation to improve life in Delhi

Ajit Naik’s murder: Urgent need to investigate forces behind cycle of violence in Karnataka

Senior environmentalist Leo Saldanha on behalf of the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India has prepared a draft note seeking comprehensive investigation into the murder of Ajit Naik and forces behind the cycle of violence. It has invited endorsements* from rights activists, and is proposed to be to be sent to the Chief Minister of Karnataka … More Ajit Naik’s murder: Urgent need to investigate forces behind cycle of violence in Karnataka