Helpful in developing participatory democracy, social movements are no hurdle in policy making

Santosh Gedam* Social movements (SM) are mass communication to raise social issues to policymakers. Around the world, SM developed around students, women, environmental, human rights, land, among other issues. Social movements intend to engage with government bodies at various levels to find a remedy. However, the process of engagement and outcomes has a spectrum of … Continue reading Helpful in developing participatory democracy, social movements are no hurdle in policy making

India’s 2019 Parliamentary poll outcome: Drivers and consequences – An exploration

By Sukla Sen The 7-phase 17th Lok Sabha poll had commenced on this April 11th and concluded on May 19th, covering 542 of the total 543 constituencies. Polling in the remaining constituency, in Tamil Nadu, stands deferred. The counting commenced on May 23rd and concluded the next day. The broad outlines of the outcomes were, … Continue reading India’s 2019 Parliamentary poll outcome: Drivers and consequences – An exploration

Ahmedabad, where high growth is accompanied by low human development, social exclusion

By Darshini Mahadevia* and Renu Desai** Urban development and planning, two important pillars of India’s economic growth and development pathway, were given importance in the ‘New Urban Agenda’ adopted at the Habitat III conference in 2016 to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 – safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities. India’s urban development journey … Continue reading Ahmedabad, where high growth is accompanied by low human development, social exclusion

NHRC to inquire into murder of Gujarat’s Rajesh Sondharva, son of murdered RTI activist Nanjibhai

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember recent news reports of the alleged murder of 19-year old Rajesh @ Raju Sondharva a resident of Manekwada village in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Rajesh who belongs to the Dalit community was fighting for justice in a criminal case involving the murder of his father, the Late Nanjibhai Meghabhai … Continue reading NHRC to inquire into murder of Gujarat’s Rajesh Sondharva, son of murdered RTI activist Nanjibhai

Sustainable Development Goals: Socially excluded vulnerable groups face multiple disadvantages

Excerpts from ‘100 Hotspots: Snapshot of Socially Excluded and Vulnerable Population Groups and SDGs in India’, anchored by Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF) and Life Education & Development Support (LEADS), coordinated by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), and supported by Amnesty International, Bread for the World (BFdW), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals: Socially excluded vulnerable groups face multiple disadvantages

A valuable addition to literature on Ganga, on the way it connects the river’s various historical periods

By Himanshu Thakkar* Book Review: Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River by Sudipta Sen. Penguine Viking. 2019. PP 445 + (xvi) “Panditaraja Jagannath, Mughal court poet extraordinaire, a scholar of Linguistics, poetics, and philosophy, hounded by the Brahmin orthodoxy led by Hara Dikshita for marrying a Muslim woman, sought refuge on the steps of … Continue reading A valuable addition to literature on Ganga, on the way it connects the river’s various historical periods

Changing climatic pattern in Himalayas: Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050

By Dinesh C Sharma* Changing climatic patterns are affecting the health of glaciers in the Himalayan region. A new study has warned that as many as 55 percent of glaciers in the Satluj basin may disappear by 2050 and 97 percent by 2090 under extreme climate change scenario. This could adversely hit availability of water … Continue reading Changing climatic pattern in Himalayas: Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050