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 … More 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), … More 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 … More 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 … More Changing climatic pattern in Himalayas: Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050

Solar power Rs 3 per unit: Why attempt to push large hydro, costing universally over Rs 5-6 per unit?

In a critical assessment of the latest situation with regard to India’s hydro power generation, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) has explained,  in a recent blog, as to why it has again reached below 10% in 2018-19: In 2018-19, for the third year in succession, power generation from India’s large hydropower … More Solar power Rs 3 per unit: Why attempt to push large hydro, costing universally over Rs 5-6 per unit?

Institute impartial inquiry into beating of Jaipur jail undertrials, take action against wrong doers

A three-member joint delegation of two civil rights organizations, Rihai Manch and Association for Welfare, Medical and Legal Assistance (AWMELA), went on a three day visit to Jaipur to look into reported facts of beatings of Jaipur blast undertrials and those arrested in the name of terrorism. The team met Jaipur based human rights/ social … More Institute impartial inquiry into beating of Jaipur jail undertrials, take action against wrong doers

Sabarimala: If Preamble is followed strictly, the State should not intervene in any religious situation

By Gajanan Khergamker* The September 2018 Supreme Court verdict upholding the rights of women of all ages to enter Sabarimala Temple has stirred a hornet’s nest. Ever since, the Sabarimala imbroglio has been a populist bone of contention for political parties that have aligned despite differences for fear of upsetting a sizeable religious faction. The … More Sabarimala: If Preamble is followed strictly, the State should not intervene in any religious situation