Opaque Electoral Bonds edge out transparent political party funding routes for 7 parties

By Venkatesh Nayak* Soon after the then Union Finance Minister announced the Government's plan to launch Electoral Bonds (EBs) as a method of making donations to political parties, in February 2017 I had critically analysed its implications. I had also pointed out that EBs will become the preferred method for making large-sized donations to political parties due to … Continue reading Opaque Electoral Bonds edge out transparent political party funding routes for 7 parties

Reasons behind coming up with new citizenship law, plan to ‘register’ all citizens afresh

By Martin Macwan* Till now our slogan was “Save the Constitution, save the country.” However, the picture as to what is the danger facing the Constitution was not clear. On December 10-11, 2019, things became transparent when it was declared: “Prove that you are a citizen of the country.” I was born on this land, … Continue reading Reasons behind coming up with new citizenship law, plan to ‘register’ all citizens afresh

Improper speed humps: Causing casualties, revealing arbitrariness

By Om Shankar Kiradoo, Kavish Vyas ABSTRACT The improper and unscientific use of speed breakers causes distraction and leads to the road accidents and loss of lives. In addition to this driver cannot recognize the unmarked speed breakers and lose their control on vehicle which also leads to accidents, injuries and death. In this essay … Continue reading Improper speed humps: Causing casualties, revealing arbitrariness

J&K GAD working at cross purposes with DoPT, delaying Central RTI Act pleas

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009 stood repealed by virtue of the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (Reorganisation Act) which came into force on 31st October, 2019. Records recently obtained under the RTI Act show, the Central Government's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) began, in … Continue reading J&K GAD working at cross purposes with DoPT, delaying Central RTI Act pleas

A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

By Deljana Iossifova, Purva Dewoolkar, Youcao Ren* Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal system protects you from diseases and infections that can stunt your growth, harm your nutrition and even kill you. For some 670 million people, this basic service is not provided. In rapidly growing cities in low … Continue reading A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

Police remains poorly representative, inadequately staffed, inaccessible to majority of population

By Akhilesh Patil, Radhika Jha, Devika Prasad, Devyani Srivastava* Efficient, responsive, and accountable policing is critical to achieving an enabling environment that assures safety, security and a setting within which everyone can enjoy their fundamental rights. Each state in India has its own autonomous police department made up of personnel from two distinct cadres—the state … Continue reading Police remains poorly representative, inadequately staffed, inaccessible to majority of population

2019 polls: ECIL seeks disclosure of information on EVM, VVPAT; BEL, EC equivocate under RTI Act

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember reading my despatch from September 2019 in which I had explained how Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) did a volte face under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) about supplying information relating to Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Trail Units (VVPATs) deployed during the 2019 … Continue reading 2019 polls: ECIL seeks disclosure of information on EVM, VVPAT; BEL, EC equivocate under RTI Act