To make a difference to our legal system, private sector money must invest in the rule of law

By Gagan Sethi* We received good news recently that India had climbed 23 points to the 77th rank (out of 185 countries ranked) in the Ease of Doing Business index. The World Bank ranking however, only looks at issues related to corporate experience with government regulations—such as ease or difficulty in starting a business, obtaining … More To make a difference to our legal system, private sector money must invest in the rule of law

Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa

Civil rights organization of Goa, Gawada Kunbi Velip & Dhangar Federation, has represented to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes chairperson on the behalf tribes of Goa, highlighting tribal issues which need urgent attention. Text of the memorandum, submitted by the organization’s general secretary Rupesh Soiru Velip: The Gakuved federation is an organization registered which … More Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa

Status of education of Gujarat’s denotified, nomadic tribes: At least 33% never enrolled, 25% drop outs

The Gujarat chapter of the “Socio-Economic Status and Educational Attainment and Challenges of Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes” , a study  sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research India, studies Denotified and Nomadic Tribes, stigmatized as ‘Born Criminals’ during the British rule – Wagher, Koli, Chuvaliya Koli, Sandhi, Chhara, Dafer, Miyana, Turi, Vanjara … More Status of education of Gujarat’s denotified, nomadic tribes: At least 33% never enrolled, 25% drop outs

As higher proportion of people start ageing, savings might see a bulge, then start declining

By Dr Soumya Kanti Ghosh* It is widely perceived that India, being touted as Young Nation (compared to US & China), will remain young in the coming decades also. Even our estimates suggest that India’s elder population will increase from 5.5% in 2011 to only 15.2% in 2050. The corresponding proportion of elder population will … More As higher proportion of people start ageing, savings might see a bulge, then start declining

Tribals’ socio-economic, cultural rights being compromised in race to meet developmental goals

A written representation was made by civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P), to members of Parliament* of different political parties in relation to social and economic issues faced by tribals and other marginalized communities due to the various development programmes of the government.   The representation said, “The Constitution laid the … More Tribals’ socio-economic, cultural rights being compromised in race to meet developmental goals

Ease of doing business? High Court of Delhi has no dedicated time for commercial disputes

Excerpts from the chapter “Caught in the Act: Assessing the Functioning of Commercial Courts in Delhi” by Kruthika Jerome in the report “Doing Business in Delhi: A Study of Initiated and Uninitiated Regulatory Reforms”, published by the Centre for Civil Society, a Delhi-based public policy: For an effective market-based economy, there must be legal systems … More Ease of doing business? High Court of Delhi has no dedicated time for commercial disputes

Swacch Bharat Mission: More than 50% households suggested some form of coercion in their village

A recent research paper, “Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 -2018”, by Aashish Gupta, Nazar Khalid, Devashish Deshpande, Payal Hathi, Avani Kapur, Nikhil Srivastav, Sangita Vyas, Dean Spears, and Diane Coffey, published by the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE), seeks to assess the efficacy of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on … More Swacch Bharat Mission: More than 50% households suggested some form of coercion in their village