Ports, regarded as key to growth and prosperity, have potential to endanger environment

By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* Sagarmala is a flagship programme of the Government of India. Its contours were laid out in the April 2016 perspective plan of the Ministry of Shipping. The plan involves a four-pronged approach that includes port modernisation, port connectivity and port-led industrialisation. The plan views ports as a metaphor for … More Ports, regarded as key to growth and prosperity, have potential to endanger environment

During disasters, Dalits are systematically excluded from relief and rehabilitation efforts

By Paul Divakar and Rajesh Kumar Singh* At the very onset we congratulate the government of India for organizing the 2nd National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on the 15 and16th of May that deliberated on “Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India resilient by 2030”. The meeting has brought together the whole range of … More During disasters, Dalits are systematically excluded from relief and rehabilitation efforts

Thalassemia genes are 1% to 3% in South India, 3% to 15% in North India, and 10 to 15% in Gujarat

Thalassemia Day falls on 8th May. Blood Stem Cell donation awareness is important to help Thalassemia patients. A note by Chennai-based blood stem cell registry DATRI on the occasion: World Thalassemia Day, is a global initiative to raise public awareness about the health condition of thalassemia patients. The day falls on 8th May, every year. In … More Thalassemia genes are 1% to 3% in South India, 3% to 15% in North India, and 10 to 15% in Gujarat

Increased intimidation in areas where minorities have lived since before British colonization

Excerpts from the India Chapter of the new Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF): While there was no large-scale communal violence in 2016, the Indian government’s Union Ministry of Home Affairs reported in January 2017 that in the first five months of 2016 there were 278 incidents of communal … More Increased intimidation in areas where minorities have lived since before British colonization

As gauchars disappear, will Gujarat cow slaughter law apply on those forcing cows to eat plastics?

By Rajiv Shah The Gujarat state assembly may have cleared a law allowing an extremely harsh punishment entailing a maximum of life and a minimum of 10 years imprisonment for cow slaughter. However, in less than month after the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed in the absence of the Opposition Congress, with … More As gauchars disappear, will Gujarat cow slaughter law apply on those forcing cows to eat plastics?