Implementation of NRC updation in Assam: Worrying signs for those excluded from draft list

In a letter, five top officer bearers* of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner have expressed concern that the Government of India has failed to respond to the UNHCHR’s plea regarding human rights violations in relation to the process of updating National Register of Citizens (NRC). Excerpts: We wish to address … More Implementation of NRC updation in Assam: Worrying signs for those excluded from draft list

Greenhouse gases causing temperatures to increase, bringing with it damaging consequences

In India, air pollution is the leading cause of death and is responsible for 1.2 million premature deaths every year—more than the number of people killed by road accidents, smoking or malaria. Long-term exposure to polluted air is known to cause lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Breathing problems like asthma have surged in recent years, and about 350,000 new … More Greenhouse gases causing temperatures to increase, bringing with it damaging consequences

In drought-hit Kutch nomadic communities owning goats, sheep, camels are bereft of any relief

By Azera Parveen Rahman* Drought in Kutch has hit the pastoral communities hard, resulting in one of the highest rates of migration in the last three decades. Among livestock owners, while cattle and buffalo owners have got government help through subsidised fodder, sheep, goat and camel owners have got no such relief. Kutch district administration … More In drought-hit Kutch nomadic communities owning goats, sheep, camels are bereft of any relief

Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

By Mike Ghouse* Whether you are an atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Native American, Pagan, Shinto, Sikh, Wicca, and Zoroastrian or from any other tradition, you may feel a sense of connection with the spirit of Ramadan. The best way to build cohesive societies is for its members to understand each other’s sorrows … More Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change

What are the major policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change India would face even as the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes over? Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director, The Third Pole, a project initiated by China Dialogue and Earth Journalism Network, takes a look: Energy Clean energy and clean mobility … More New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change

Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

By Kanchan Srivastava Sale and storage of grass-pea is banned by the government of India since 1961 following reports that it contained a neurotoxin causing paralysis of lower limbs. It is still being cultivated in flood-prone, semi-arid and underdeveloped regions as it grows in drought as well as water-logged condition, consumed among poor as it … More Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

The “giving spirit” of Ramadan: Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth

By Moin Qazi* The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for several years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric of its modes of worship and it is one of the five basic … More The “giving spirit” of Ramadan: Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth