Down in the dumps: Delhi’s recycling nightmare and its unacknowledged waste pickers

By  Amita Bhaduri* Eight-year-old Meera (name changed) got ill after eating filthy food remains from a dump at Mansarovar park in Delhi. Children like her work in filthy environments, rummaging through hazardous waste with bare hands and feet. They play in these dumping ground strewn with syringes, scrap iron, rotting waste, solid and liquid household … More Down in the dumps: Delhi’s recycling nightmare and its unacknowledged waste pickers

Gujarat riots: Despite challenges, human rights lawyers worked to hold perpetrators accountable

Excerpts from the book “Breathing Life into the Constitution: Human Rights Lawyering in India”, by Arvind Narrain and Saumya Uma, published by Alternative Law Forum – 2 The efforts to bring justice to victims of communal violence face the same challenges as faced in efforts to bring justice to victims of caste violence. Victims face … More Gujarat riots: Despite challenges, human rights lawyers worked to hold perpetrators accountable

How “coercive” power of law was mobilized to fight caste prejudice: The case of Golana, Gujarat

Excerpts from the book “Breathing Life into the Constitution: Human Rights Lawyering in India”, by Arvind Narrain and Saumya Uma, published by Alternative Law Forum – 1 The social and economic inequality that BR Ambedkar adverted to finds its most painful manifestation in the condition of the Dalit community, who are at the very bottom … More How “coercive” power of law was mobilized to fight caste prejudice: The case of Golana, Gujarat

Draft afforestation rules if implemented may trigger litigation, protests, conflict in forest areas

By Manohar Chauhan* These draft Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Rules are in direct violation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (the Forest Rights Act); the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, as amended in 2015; the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution; the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) … More Draft afforestation rules if implemented may trigger litigation, protests, conflict in forest areas

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