By Gagan Sethi* The other day some of us decided to go along the ghostlike highway that connects Ahmedabad with Rajasthan border. It was less than four hours ride from the Chiloda Circle to Shamlaji (on the Ahmedabad to Udaipur super highway). Starting at 9:30 am, we returned at 4 pm, interacting with several of … Continue reading Migrants walking on highway feel brunt of policy that depends on economic progress alone
By Gagan Sethi* We received good news recently that India had climbed 23 points to the 77th rank (out of 185 countries ranked) in the Ease of Doing Business index. The World Bank ranking however, only looks at issues related to corporate experience with government regulations—such as ease or difficulty in starting a business, obtaining … Continue reading To make a difference to our legal system, private sector money must invest in the rule of law
By Gagan Sethi* The Gujarat High Court’s decision to commute the death sentence into life imprisonment to 11 of the convicts involved in the gruesome Godhra train burning case of February 27, 2002, even as sharply criticising the Gujarat government and the Indian Railways for miserably failing to maintain the law and order, has opened … Continue reading What railways can learn from Godhra train burning case: Do we need to invest in hi-speed trains?
By Gagan Sethi* In the new economic scenario, the State is increasingly investing in the infrastructure sector at the cost of social sector. In fact, there is an increasing tendency to leave implementation of developmental programs for the vulnerable sections to contracted NGOs, especially those that are dependent on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). These NGOs … Continue reading Corporate social responsibility will not be taken seriously until Dalits have a seat at the table
By Gagan Sethi* Goal 16 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals may have focused, among other things, on access to justice for all. But facts show that India’s effort towards achieving the goal is anything but satisfactory, whether it is provision of infrastructure, human resources, or public investment into achieving the goal. Worse, when … Continue reading United nations goals take a backseat: India lags in creating a just, peaceful and inclusive society
By Gagan Sethi* It has been about 40 years that I have been witnessing, engaging, intervening in cases of crass violence on the Dalit community in Gujarat. People say nothing has changed, the situation has remained the same, it is still like the old times. I have participated in hundreds of training programmes with Dalit … Continue reading Lesson from Una attack: Since everything has changed, now it’s about cows and violence
By Gagan Sethi and Sanjana Biswas* Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) was launched on 2nd October, 2014 on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rajghat, New Delhi, before subsequently proceeding to a Valmiki Basti, where Mahatma Gandhi had once stayed and initiated a ‘cleanliness drive’. Launched as a … Continue reading Gender and Swacchata mission: Failure to see how manual scavenging impacts women’s health