In violation of legal rights, Supreme Court judgments since 2000, infringement of right to life

Vadodara-based environmental group Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti’s statement on Narmada mahotsav, to begin on September 17: The Sardar Sarovar Project on Narmada is to affect 244 villages and one township due to its reservoir spread over 40,000 hectares in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat as far as 214 kilometers upstream. Out of 192 villages and one … More In violation of legal rights, Supreme Court judgments since 2000, infringement of right to life

Why can’t tribals’ modernisation be based on their choice, their terms, and with their involvement?

By Shripad Dharmadhikary and Nandini Oza* What can one expect when one is faced with a blog by “India’s leading economic journalist” which is titled “Most of the ousted tribals are flourishing and loving it” (The Times of India, September 12, 2017)? That there will be a large helping of fries on the side? That … More Why can’t tribals’ modernisation be based on their choice, their terms, and with their involvement?

Dalits’ economic assertion, fight for wages, land rights main causes of caste violence in Gujarat

Excerpts from the paper “Neo-liberal Political Economy and Social Tensions Simmering Dalit Unrest and Competing Castes in Gujarat”, published in the “Economic and Political Weekly” (September 2, 2017) by Prof Ghanshyam Shah*, examining the possible factors responsible for the simmering strife attacks on Scheduled Caste (SC) tanners by gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) on 11 July … More Dalits’ economic assertion, fight for wages, land rights main causes of caste violence in Gujarat

Inadequate exposure to real-world social issues gets aggravated by academic Brahmanism in India

By V Santhakumar* Higher education can be used for the social and economic mobility of underprivileged sections. This is achieved usually by providing admission to a set of students from these sections in universities and other institutes of higher education through the reservation or a quota of seats. India has been using this reservation policy … More Inadequate exposure to real-world social issues gets aggravated by academic Brahmanism in India

Tribals don’t mind being ousted? An unsupported clean chit to Sardar Sarovar rehabilitation

By Shripad Dharmadhikary and Nandini Oza* Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar’s piece in the Times of India dated September 10, 2017, “Why many tribals don’t mind being ousted by dams”, examining the condition of some of the oustees of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam is a classic case of misinterpretation of data, hiding the more important issues, and … More Tribals don’t mind being ousted? An unsupported clean chit to Sardar Sarovar rehabilitation

Impact of underfunding of NREGA has resulted into low level of rural employment generation

Amidst the ongoing dharna (11-15 September) at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, to reaffirm the legal rights of NREGA workers and demand strict implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha has issued the following analysis of the rural job scheme: Twelve years after being launched, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act … More Impact of underfunding of NREGA has resulted into low level of rural employment generation