Rajasthan Ordinance seeks to silence media, prevent judiciary from exercising its function

Statement issued by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Rajasthan, on the promulgation of the  Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017: The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated on 6th September, 2017, published on the 7th of September, 2017 in the Gazette is a sinister attempt of the Government of Rajasthan to abridge the fundamental … More Rajasthan Ordinance seeks to silence media, prevent judiciary from exercising its function

Worrisome? Indian democracy is eroding on multiple fronts… socially, culturally, economically

By Jitamanyu Sahoo* Indian democracy project is an endeavour fraught with difficulty. The reason is not because the thesis is enormous, complex and unravelling itself as it is growing older. It is rather the need to assess the complexities which arise from the project is a fragile task. The Indian democratic experiment can lead to … More Worrisome? Indian democracy is eroding on multiple fronts… socially, culturally, economically

CIC order to appoint public authorities for Black Money SIT under RTI is a major breakthrough

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Central Information Commission (CIC) has held the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Government of India to investigate all matters relating to ‘black money’ (assets stashed away without accounting for tax purposes) to be a public authority under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). The Black Money SIT headed by … More CIC order to appoint public authorities for Black Money SIT under RTI is a major breakthrough

We do techniques and resources to get rid of rural poverty, but real question is: Do we have the will?

By Moin Qazi* Before I opted for a rural career, I had always imagined that all rural poor wee dimwitted and this was the primary reason of their misery. Most people whom I consulted before embarking on my rural mission admired my aspiration but moderated my enthusiasm with caveats. “They know a lot more than … More We do techniques and resources to get rid of rural poverty, but real question is: Do we have the will?

Not too keen to have citizenship that takes away land rights, deprives of Scheduled Tribe status

In an open letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, civil rights activist Mahendra Chakma of the Right Cause Society, Bengaluru, has taken exception to certain riders attached with the Government of India’s decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees, who came to India in thousands from Bangladesh starting 1960s. Most of them … More Not too keen to have citizenship that takes away land rights, deprives of Scheduled Tribe status

Vadodara lacks qualified professionals, facilities for effectively running town planning department

By Rohit Prajapati* A city or an urban area is a dynamic entity comprising of many systems working together. All progressive cities across the world, who boasts of high quality of life for its citizens, have effective planning or other similar departments comprising of a team of diverse, multidisciplinary qualified experts from the field built … More Vadodara lacks qualified professionals, facilities for effectively running town planning department