RTI Impact: CIC asks Labour Commissioner to publish stranded migrants’ data within a week

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers might remember my previous despatch about an RTI intervention to obtain access to information about migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country since the nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 began on 25th March 2020. On 8th April, 2020, the Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC), under the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment had issued … More RTI Impact: CIC asks Labour Commissioner to publish stranded migrants’ data within a week

Visually disabled women face extreme vulnerability especially in precarious situations

By Sheshu Babu Atrocities on women are increasing day -by- day and they are struggling to cope with gruesome attacks by male. Disabled women, especially visually disabled, are all the more disadvantaged and their handicap is being used as a convenient condition for assault and exploitation. Recent example In Bhopal, a 53 year old visually … More Visually disabled women face extreme vulnerability especially in precarious situations

Familial response to conflicts and unmitigated disasters of the present pandemic kind

Being around family validates academic claims of the role of social unit during a calamity By Abhimanyu Hazarika* The Fast and Furious series of action films is replete with problematic content amidst its entertainment, but one positive aspect it harps on is keeping family first. Often seen as a bastion of the conservative end of … More Familial response to conflicts and unmitigated disasters of the present pandemic kind

Ecology needs to underpin welfarism. We must discard economic growth addicted to GDP

Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* The Modi government has been trying very hard to persuade all TV viewers that we are not in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic mismanagement disaster. The Union finance minister’s delivered a five-part presentation recently on a plan for economic revival. This plan to pump up the economy through loans and … More Ecology needs to underpin welfarism. We must discard economic growth addicted to GDP

Culture of poverty: Why in Covid-19 times urban migrants yearn for their villages

By Moin Qazi* Anthropologist Oscar Lewis, who travelled in India in the 1950s to assist the Planning Commission coined the phrase “the culture of poverty” which was lapped up by legislators and economists to deny what the villages needed to flourish. Since villages were considered inert, inefficient, backward, and lazy, it was thought it would … More Culture of poverty: Why in Covid-19 times urban migrants yearn for their villages

Shalan Shelke who galvanized poor, unlettered women in a remote corner of deep hinterland

By Moin Qazi* In the last two decades, the gender landscape in rural India has been greening, and women are now on the cusp of a powerful social and political revolution. The harbinger of this change is a unique policy experiment in village-level governance, the Panchayat Raj Act, which has brought transformative results for the … More Shalan Shelke who galvanized poor, unlettered women in a remote corner of deep hinterland

Need to set aside EAC nod for environment approval to construct new Parliament

By Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon* On April 22, 2020, an expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry recommended an environment clearance for the construction of a brand new Parliament. The EAC’s decision leaves several questions unanswered, foremost being the urgency to pursue this Rs 922 crore project when India is in the grip of … More Need to set aside EAC nod for environment approval to construct new Parliament