Lesson from Una attack: Since everything has changed, now it’s about cows and violence

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 … More Lesson from Una attack: Since everything has changed, now it’s about cows and violence

Gender and Swacchata mission: Failure to see how manual scavenging impacts women’s health

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 … More Gender and Swacchata mission: Failure to see how manual scavenging impacts women’s health

Mumbai slumdwellers targeted Adarsh when their houses on govt land were being brutally razed

A National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao, in a statement* on the Bombay High Court order on Adarsh, has said it is a victory of struggle by the urban poor, pointing to how Adarsh has been a symbol of land grab by bureaucrats, politicians and builders. The NAPM’s new slogan is … More Mumbai slumdwellers targeted Adarsh when their houses on govt land were being brutally razed

When riots became a child’s play: I was aghast… How deep was hatred, how casual was it to talk of killing others…

By Gagan Sethi* The year 2002 has been traumatic in the history of Gujarat. For those of us who have seen communal riots from close quarters ever since 1960s, there have been no winners or losers. Most of these riots may have been triggered by some odd incident. But their impact could be seen in … More When riots became a child’s play: I was aghast… How deep was hatred, how casual was it to talk of killing others…

Kutch earthquake and the value of map: Why it was more strategic resource than food

By Gagan Sethi* On the morning of January 26, 2001, when the earth decided to shake itself a bit on Gujarat soil, little did one know that a disaster of such huge proportions would be the consequence. For serious urban planners the message was: Don’t mess around with nature. I remember being told, “People don’t … More Kutch earthquake and the value of map: Why it was more strategic resource than food