Anatomy of legalising violations: Environment Ministry’s policy of post facto approvals

By Krithika Dinesh and Kanchi Kohli* On March 14, 2017, India’s environment ministry, issued a notification, which gives an opportunity for projects that have violated conditions of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006 to be brought into compliance. Under this notification, a process is laid down for all those projects that have started construction, … More Anatomy of legalising violations: Environment Ministry’s policy of post facto approvals

Three instances where Lordships protected their right to privacy: It wasn’t not a vague concept then

By Venkatesh Nayak* A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India is currently hearing arguments about whether Article 21 of the Constitution of India contains within its meaning and scope a guarantee of the right to privacy of individuals. The controversy was created by a submission made by the Government of India in … More Three instances where Lordships protected their right to privacy: It wasn’t not a vague concept then

Skill development centres, setup with very high goals, have become hotbed of crony capitalism

Excerpts from the report of the Committee for Rationalization & Optimization of the Functioning of the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), constituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India: The Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) started setting up in 2010-11, but they created more confusion and mess than solving the problem. SSCs are … More Skill development centres, setup with very high goals, have become hotbed of crony capitalism

How sea and ports turned Kachchh into a veritable melting pot of many migrating communities

By Hemang Desai Kachchh is essentially a maritime civilization. Waves of the Arabian Sea wash the long coast of Kachch, dotted with ports since the time immemorial. The life on this land is so deeply linked to the ocean that it calls itself: ‘mitho mehran’, Sweet Ocean. The sea and the ports have turned Kachchh … More How sea and ports turned Kachchh into a veritable melting pot of many migrating communities

India’s budgetary spending on school education doesn’t meet Kothari Commission benchmark

By Protiva Kundu* The enactment of Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 imposes a duty on the Indian states to fulfill every child’s right to elementary education. Education is also a stand-alone goal among SDGs, which India is one of the signatories. As education is in ‘concurrent list’, both Centre and State Governments have responsibility to … More India’s budgetary spending on school education doesn’t meet Kothari Commission benchmark