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