CIC threat of penalty compels RBI to share under RTI minutes that rubber-stamped DeMon exercise

By Venkatesh Nayak* I am placing in the public domain a copy of the meeting minutes of the Board of Governors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which legitimised the Central Government’s initiative to withdraw the legal tender nature of currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination (also known as demonetisation or DeMon for short) on 08 November, … More CIC threat of penalty compels RBI to share under RTI minutes that rubber-stamped DeMon exercise

World Development Report fails to suggest need for social protection from private sector

By Tani Alex* The World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s development research and policy review report published annually. Started by IBRD since 1978, this report is intended to provide deep and extensive analysis on one particular aspect of economic development, every year. The solutions and policy messages brought out in this report is … More World Development Report fails to suggest need for social protection from private sector

Plea to dismiss “anti-tribal, anti-forest dwellers” Supreme Court Order dated 13th February, 2019

Memorandum submitted by the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD) to the President of India, the Odisha governor, and the Odisha chief minister, following a tribal and other forest dwellers rally in Bhubaneswar, asking the Supreme Court to scrap its order of February 13 on allegedly seeking to evict lakhs of forest dwellers from their … More Plea to dismiss “anti-tribal, anti-forest dwellers” Supreme Court Order dated 13th February, 2019

Illegal mining: Need to call out names of fraudulent, wasteful ventures, reverse inhuman conditions

The seventh general assembly of the mines, minerals and People (mm&P), held in Dabbanda, Visakhapatnam on March 1-3, 2019, saw participating human rights defenders, academics, journalists and students “pledge” for securing the rights of the indigenous communities for sustainable development, even as sharply focusing on illegal mining, women and children affected due to mining, poor … More Illegal mining: Need to call out names of fraudulent, wasteful ventures, reverse inhuman conditions

Reflecting social conflicts in society, Sahir’s poems revolve around declining human values

By Sheshu Babu* ‘Khuda-e-Bartar teri zameen par zameen ki khatir yeh jung kyoon hai? Har ek fatah-o-zafar ke daaman pe khoon-e-insaan ka rang kyon hai?’ (O Lord Almighty, on your land, why is this war raging to win a land? Why has every conqueror’s victory always been tainted with stains of human blood?) From lyrics … More Reflecting social conflicts in society, Sahir’s poems revolve around declining human values

Gaps in governance: Need for timely intervention in court cases pertaining to SCs, STs, SEdBCs

By PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd)* Almost all Law Officers appointed by successive Governments, while being eminent and distinguished lawyers with deep knowledge of Constitutional laws and legal issues, have no substantive and in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical facts pertaining to the severe oppression of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) and, though to a … More Gaps in governance: Need for timely intervention in court cases pertaining to SCs, STs, SEdBCs

Judgment on biodiversity regime: Issues of design and implementation remain unclear

By Shalini Bhutani and Kanchi Kohli* The issue of regulating access to genetic resources and biological materials (GBMR) and associated people’s knowledge by user/accessor companies from the de facto biodiversity keepers on the ground continues to challenge administrators in India. Under the Biological Diversity (BD) Act, 2002, the government agencies tasked to do so are … More Judgment on biodiversity regime: Issues of design and implementation remain unclear