Civil society should be in arms if state violates liberty of citizens, imposes unlawful restrictions

Well-known Gujarat-based social scientist Prof Ghanshyam Shah’s* new book, “Democracy, Civil Society and Governance” focuses on the interplay of democracy, civil society and public policy implementation, addressing the role of civil society in terms of the changing nature of the economy and the condition of the working class. An interview with Prof Shah by Daniya Rahman, a … More Civil society should be in arms if state violates liberty of citizens, imposes unlawful restrictions

Call for action against inequality and poverty ahead of World Trade Forum annual meet in Davos

To mark the World Economic Forum meet in Davos (January 22-24), civil society network, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), has launched a campaign, Mobilization against Inequality, with actions across 20 states, including Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, TN, Kerala, Manipur, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, and UP.  The actions include submission of letters to … More Call for action against inequality and poverty ahead of World Trade Forum annual meet in Davos

Case of Shahidul Alam is being used in Bangladesh to suppress criticism by civil rights activists

Arundhati Roy, Aparna Sen, Vikram Seth, Romila Thapar, Amitav Ghosh, Shabhana Azmi, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Nandita Das, Mohammad Hanif, Anish Kapoor among other eminent persons from across South Asia have come together to write a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed demanding the immediate release of acclaimed photographer and cultural activist Shahidul Alam on … More Case of Shahidul Alam is being used in Bangladesh to suppress criticism by civil rights activists

Anti-discriminatory measures, protection required for people facing socio-economic exclusion

An interview with Gazala Paul, Managing Trustee & Director, Samerth Charitable Trust, which works works to leverage government programmes to enable poor and marginalized communities to get their due rights and entitlements: What inspired you to set up Samerth? Why is the cause so close to your heart? I was always eager to work for communities … More Anti-discriminatory measures, protection required for people facing socio-economic exclusion

How modest offices of Narmada Bachao Andolan coordinated non-violent struggle in Narmada Valley

By Nandini Oza* State power deliberately undermines people’s movements that get their strength from the collective — collective conviction, collective determination, collective voices, and collective resistance. Mass resistance and people’s struggles do not need foreign funds or guns. One of the most powerful people’s movements of independent India, the NBA, runs the movement from simple … More How modest offices of Narmada Bachao Andolan coordinated non-violent struggle in Narmada Valley

Significant amount of CSR expenditure comes with strings attached, impacts investment in talent

By Moin Qazi* In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence. — Jamshedji Tata When we flip back through the business history of the world, we find that all large mercantile communities were great patrons of the art of philanthropy. They regarded … More Significant amount of CSR expenditure comes with strings attached, impacts investment in talent

Voluntary organisations’ shrinking space amidst adverse impact on their financial sustainability

Reproduce below  is “Voluntary Organisations: Shrinking Space”, one of the 30 articles published in Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’s Citizens’ Report on four years of the NDA Government 2014-2018: Promises and Reality, released to mark the completion of the Central government’s four years on 25th May, 2018: The formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government … More Voluntary organisations’ shrinking space amidst adverse impact on their financial sustainability