By Debayan Gupta* and Bipasha Paul** On September 27, the Parsa Open Cast Mine (OCM) in Chhattisgarh, was on the Expert Appraisal Committee’s (EAC) agenda for consideration of grant of environmental clearance. Parsa is one of 30 coal blocks in the Hasdeo Arand, an intact area of dense forest cover in central India. In 2009, the entire area … More How much longer will forests of Hasdeo Arand remain safe from impending threat of coal mining?
By Nilesh Jain* Rajesh Sarkar, 19, and Tapash Burman, 21, both former students of Daribhit High School in Islampur, West Bengal, died of bullet injuries. The clashes erupted on September 20, when a section of students along with locals and former students of Daribhit High School were agitating over recruitment of teachers. The protest turned … More Firing on civilians in West Bengal: Options before police if public rally becomes unruly
By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* For over four months, the national capital has seen public protests against the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ “redevelopment” of Delhi’s seven government housing colonies. Citizens have questioned this project, which will privatise and commercialise public lands, fragment urban landscapes into wastefully designed gated colonies, and lead to congestion … More This “model” project in Delhi has side-stepped both urban planning and environmental laws
Joint statement by RTI and privacy activists on the amendments to Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act proposed by the Committee of Experts under the Chairpersonship of Justice BN Srikrishna: The Right to Information (RTI) and the Right to Privacy (RTP) are fundamental rights flowing from the Indian Constitution. The State has an obligation to … More Legal framework for privacy and data protection should complement RTI Act, not undermine it
By Sheshu Babu* “I rise to speak on behalf of unknown hordes – yet very important – of unrecognised warriors of freedom, the original people of India who have variously been known as backward tribes, primitive tribes, criminal tribes and everything else, Sir, I am proud to be a ‘Jangli’ that is the name by which … More A constitutional expert, Jaipal Singh Munda was a champion of adivasi politics and empowerment
By Sheshu Babu* Debates on vegetarian diet have increased in recent years and many analysts are coming forward to defend it as healthy diet over non vegetarian food. While everyone has a right to choose food s/he likes, some brahminical fanatics are forcing people to stop eating the food containing non-vegetarian diet. It may be … More Caught in cultural, political, group identity, meat eating behaviour in India is under-reported
By Himanshu Thakkar* Ganga river basin’s importance is well acknowledged. The World Bank, that is funding a currently ongoing USD 1 Billion project for Ganga clean up says in its Project Appraisal Document[i]: It’s the most populous basin in the World. 50% of India’s poor are in the five states along the main stem of … More Mindset that doesn’t understand river, sees it as water channel has resulted in new threats to Ganga