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
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
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
By Ratna Bharali Talukdar* It is a pleasant morning, heralding the spring, in Birsing Part I char village. Shahida Khatun, 30, cannot quite enjoy it, however. She has a fever and is waiting in the lobby of the char’s Riverine Primary Health Centre (PHC) to consult the doctor. Birsing is one of 2,251 habitations in … More How solar power transformed primary healthcare, other facilities in Birsing village, Assam
By Sadhan Mukherjee* Someone asked me that if Alexander could be defeated and his invasion into the Indian subcontinent halted by a Hindu king, how is it that the Hindu kings could not prevent the Muslim invasion? I am no historian except that I have interest in history. I guess what he had in mind … More Legacy of freedom movement: Why India cannot go back in history and resurrect feudal rule
By Martin Macwan* The year 2016 brought new perpetrators for Dalits—the cow vigilantes. Absence of preventive measures to curb such violence by the state has been the gauge of its complicity. Unfortunately, such violence in the silent presence of the law and order machinery has not yet been the subject of suo motu judicial purview. … More Cow vigilantes, a political tool to silent democratic dissent: Have we entered a lawless state?