Why was RK Pachauri’s plea for injunction against media coverage of sexual harassment rejected

A Delhi Trial Court on 13th February 2018 rejected R.K. Pachauri’s plea for a gag order against media reportage covering the allegations made by women that he had sexually harassed them when they worked in TERI. In April 2016, R.K. Pachauri had filed this suit for injunction and defamation seeking damages of Rs. 1 Crore … More Why was RK Pachauri’s plea for injunction against media coverage of sexual harassment rejected

Stop forceful eviction and atrocities against tribal families of Chhattisgarh wildlife sanctuary

Letter by Devendra Rajim Devendra (Dalit Adivasi Manch) and Alok Shukla (Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan) to Nand Kumar Sai, chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), New Delhi, asking seeking urgent intervention following forced eviction of scheduled tribe (ST) families in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh in violation of the Forest Rights Act: We are writing … More Stop forceful eviction and atrocities against tribal families of Chhattisgarh wildlife sanctuary

Green democracy isn’t about cynical self-interest or discarding modernity; it’s moral and practical

By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* It would not be an exaggeration to call 2018 the year of elections in India. The fate of as many as eight state assemblies will be in ballot boxes starting February. As is the new culture of political campaigning, nationalism, religion and caste will no doubt dominate the discourse. … More Green democracy isn’t about cynical self-interest or discarding modernity; it’s moral and practical

Silicosis deaths: Gujarat must revise its schemes for agate workers, make them human rights sensitive

Text of the order by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), delivered on December 21, 2017, following the complaint by Jagdish Patel of the People’s Training and Research Centre (PTRC) on fatalities due to silicosis in the Khambhat region of Gujarat: These proceedings shall be read in continuation of the earlier proceedings of the Commission … More Silicosis deaths: Gujarat must revise its schemes for agate workers, make them human rights sensitive

Transgender bill will undermine rights and interests of historically wronged communities

National Alliance of People’s Movements’ (NAPM’s) open appeal to the Parliament of India to stop encacement of Transgender Bill, 2016: The National Alliance of People’s Movements is deeply concerned that the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, to which there is massive resistance across the country from the transgender, intersex, genderqueer people, is being tabled … More Transgender bill will undermine rights and interests of historically wronged communities

Compensatory afforestation scheme may lead to conflicts, seriously affecting tribals’ livelihood

By Manohar* The State Chapter of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), which struggled for the enactment of Forest Rights Act, 2006 across the country, has opposed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016, enacted by the BJP government. CSD called this Act as anti-tribal and anti-forest dwellers. CSD is of the view that … More Compensatory afforestation scheme may lead to conflicts, seriously affecting tribals’ livelihood

World Bank lending a catastrophic project which would witness forced Land Pooling Scheme

Civil society organizations and experts write to the Executive Directors, World Bank, Washington DC, objecting to its decision to fund the Amaravati capital city project of Andhra Pradesh: We, representatives of people’s movements, civil society organisations and concerned citizens write to the Board of World Bank Group to draw your urgent attention to few critical … More World Bank lending a catastrophic project which would witness forced Land Pooling Scheme