Civil society should shift focus on human capital as democratic spaces shrink internationally

By Gagan Sethi* While the term civil society originated in ancient Rome and Greece – it’s more or less a direct translation from Cicero’s “societas civilas” and Aristotle’s “koinōnia politikē” – as times changed, it began being used differently. In Europe, the term came to be used as civil government and political society (Locke), a … More Civil society should shift focus on human capital as democratic spaces shrink internationally

Why are positive impacts of activists’ movements not echoed in thought process of ordinary people

By Rohit Prajapati* We talked, a few years back, about “Occupy Wall Street” and other parallel slogans. But we forget that our battles are not only with the physical occupation, but also with the present capitalist development model pursued by the authoritarian, reactionary, rightist, communal, casteist, fundamentalist, fascist forces, both in the world as also … More Why are positive impacts of activists’ movements not echoed in thought process of ordinary people

FCRA: A prominent tactic used by government to suppress criticism of its policies by civil society

An excerpt from the report “Minority Rights Violations in India” by Alliance for Justice & Accountability, consisting of Indian American Muslim Council, Dalit American Coalition, Organization of Minorities From India, TwoCircles and South Asian Solidarity Initiative: One of the prominent tactics increasingly used by the Indian government to suppress criticism of its policies by civil … More FCRA: A prominent tactic used by government to suppress criticism of its policies by civil society

Complicating tax laws to badly hit small charitable trusts which help government welfare efforts

By Fahad Mohammad Khan* In recent years, important changes and greater restrictions in tax laws covering charitable organisations have been introduced almost every year now through multiple amendments in Income Tax Act. The latest Finance Act, 2017 continues this trend by bringing in the following major amendments: Restriction on Inter-Charity Corpus Donations [Ss. 10(23C), 11] Under … More Complicating tax laws to badly hit small charitable trusts which help government welfare efforts

To fight FCRA clampdown, one should to go beyond legal framework, project strong collective voice

Senior activists and concerned individuals* met in Gujarat on March 17 in Janvikas to discuss implications of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for civil rights organizations. Text of the minutes: GaganSethi (Janvikas) began by asking Harinesh Pandya (Janpath) to give a broad picture of FCRA and how it is affecting the civil society in Gujarat. … More To fight FCRA clampdown, one should to go beyond legal framework, project strong collective voice

Reason for 22% jump in adherence to CSR by larger companies: Use of NGOs for execution

Excerpts from “Altruism rising: The CRISIL CSR Yearbook January 2017”, prepared by Maya Vengurlekar (Chief Operating Officer CRISIL Foundation), Ninad Ankleshwaria (Director CRISIL Global Analytical Center), Prabhash Choudhary (Associate Director Corporate Research, CRISIL Global Research & Analytics): Between Gordon Gekko’s exhortation three decades back that “Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works…” in the … More Reason for 22% jump in adherence to CSR by larger companies: Use of NGOs for execution