Need for positive discrimination favouring handmade products by not taxing them

The Gram Seva Sangh statement following the decision of noted theatre actor and social activist Prasanna to break his indefinite hunger strike on assurance of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the state would support the satyagraha led by him for a from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council for 0% GST on handmade sector to … More Need for positive discrimination favouring handmade products by not taxing them

Changes in land use triggered by climate change is adding to the silt load in Kashmir’s water bodies

By Athar Parvaiz* Kashmir’s deforested hills have been the prime cause of the heavy siltation of its water bodies. This is now being aggravated by changes in land use due to water scarcity in the catchments of the Jhelum – caused partially by climate change – adding to the siltation load in the river that … More Changes in land use triggered by climate change is adding to the silt load in Kashmir’s water bodies

“Dedicating” Sardar Sarovar dam to the nation: It’s time to revisit India’s developmental model

A note on a civil society public meeting held in Delhi on Sardar Sarovar Project and the development debate around it: The current model of development has a far wide acceptance among political parties and the executive, but has it been accepted by the Indian people, the vast majority which has silently suffered at its … More “Dedicating” Sardar Sarovar dam to the nation: It’s time to revisit India’s developmental model

Why can’t tribals’ modernisation be based on their choice, their terms, and with their involvement?

By Shripad Dharmadhikary and Nandini Oza* What can one expect when one is faced with a blog by “India’s leading economic journalist” which is titled “Most of the ousted tribals are flourishing and loving it” (The Times of India, September 12, 2017)? That there will be a large helping of fries on the side? That … More Why can’t tribals’ modernisation be based on their choice, their terms, and with their involvement?

Tribals don’t mind being ousted? An unsupported clean chit to Sardar Sarovar rehabilitation

By Shripad Dharmadhikary and Nandini Oza* Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar’s piece in the Times of India dated September 10, 2017, “Why many tribals don’t mind being ousted by dams”, examining the condition of some of the oustees of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam is a classic case of misinterpretation of data, hiding the more important issues, and … More Tribals don’t mind being ousted? An unsupported clean chit to Sardar Sarovar rehabilitation

Impact of underfunding of NREGA has resulted into low level of rural employment generation

Amidst the ongoing dharna (11-15 September) at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, to reaffirm the legal rights of NREGA workers and demand strict implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha has issued the following analysis of the rural job scheme: Twelve years after being launched, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act … More Impact of underfunding of NREGA has resulted into low level of rural employment generation