How successive interlocutors of Govt of India failed in their aim to engage with politicians in J&K

By Syed Mujtaba* The idea of interlocutors is neither new nor a sure-fire solution. The state has seen a succession of them over the past two decades, beginning with the visit of an all-party delegation led by Rajiv Gandhi in March 1990 at the beginning of the militancy. Balraj Puri and Dr Karan Singh also … More How successive interlocutors of Govt of India failed in their aim to engage with politicians in J&K

Initiate legal action against Jharkhand chief secretary for violating Section 7 of Aadhaar Act

The Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand, writes to Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), requesting for legal action against the Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand: As you would know from media reports, large numbers of ration cards were recently cancelled in Jharkhand because they had not been linked with Aadhaar. This … More Initiate legal action against Jharkhand chief secretary for violating Section 7 of Aadhaar Act

Biometric failures have been recorded in states using Aadhaar as well as non-Aadhaar biometrics

Excerpts from the paper “Impact of Aadhaar in Welfare Programmes” by Reetika Khera, economist and social scientist, Sulaiman Mutawa Associate Chair Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi: Aadhaar-integration is planned in two ways. One, “Aadhaar-seeding” refers to adding an Aadhaar number field to the Management Information … More Biometric failures have been recorded in states using Aadhaar as well as non-Aadhaar biometrics

S Anitha: Victim of neo-liberal reforms introduced to promote commercialization of education

The All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) statement on the “suicide” of S Anitha, young Dalit student of Tamil Nadu: AIFRTE is shocked and deeply saddened by yet another `suicide’ of a young Dalit student whose academic achievement could not allow her to overcome the patronage extended to the privileged classes and castes by India’s highly … More S Anitha: Victim of neo-liberal reforms introduced to promote commercialization of education

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

Schooling of STs: India can learn from Brazilian experience of educating indigenous people

By V Santhakumar* Amarendra Das1 and I have visited a set of schools in the tribal villages of the Gajapati district of Odisha state (in India) early this year. Since these tribal communities speak a different language (namely Soura) (and they don’t speak the main language of the state – Oriya), schools here practice bilingual education in 1-4 … More Schooling of STs: India can learn from Brazilian experience of educating indigenous people