How Sudha Ramen, IFS, brought an 18-acre water body back to life

Her positive attitude and ability to work hard helped young forest officer, Sudha Ramen, to revive Chennai’s Otteri lake in Vandalur Zoo. The dying lake had once attracted thousands of migratory birds. Now it was all dried up. Sudha took up the challenge, and in less than a year, much has changed. The lake is … Continue reading How Sudha Ramen, IFS, brought an 18-acre water body back to life

Hyderabad gangrape: Crying shame that Centre, our lawmakers are sitting pretty

By Sanjeev Sirohi* The dastardly act of gang rape and cold blooded murder of 27 year old government veterinary doctor in Hyderabad has left the whole country shocking and seething, but as usual yet once again the common person is feeling totally helpless as our Government at the Centre does nothing to ensure that the … Continue reading Hyderabad gangrape: Crying shame that Centre, our lawmakers are sitting pretty

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