Human rights challenges before political parties fighting state assembly elections in Karnataka

Karnataka State Assembly Election 2018: A human rights charter for political parties prepared by Amnesty International India: Amid mounting concerns about human rights issues across the country, Karnataka’s next government will face a range of challenges that will test its commitment to promoting justice, liberty, equality and dignity. Amnesty International India is asking political parties … More Human rights challenges before political parties fighting state assembly elections in Karnataka

Central Information Commission reports 6% dip in RTI applications received by Central government

By Venkatesh Nayak* Through our Rapid Review Reports published since 2013 based on the Annual Reports of Information Commissions across the country, we have been reporting that the number of requests for information submitted to public authorities under the Central Government has been plateauing. Now for the first time since 2005, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has actually reported … More Central Information Commission reports 6% dip in RTI applications received by Central government

Right to Information cases pile up, vacancies in Information Commissions rise across India

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will remember our previous efforts to collate data about the use of RTI laws and the working of Information Commissions  across India. This year, we mark the 25th anniversary of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI’s) work in India by releasing the Rapid Review 4.0 (previously named Rapid Study) of the State of Information Commissions … More Right to Information cases pile up, vacancies in Information Commissions rise across India

Corruption: Without independent judiciary, strong civil society political class can become complacent

By Moin Qazi* Bribery and corruption continue to pose a significant challenge in India. India’s ranking in the annual corruption index, released by Berlin-based non-government organisation Transparency International (TI), slid to 81 among a group of 180 countries In 2016 India was 79th among 176 countries. The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 … More Corruption: Without independent judiciary, strong civil society political class can become complacent

In the age of RTI, information about Black Money seems to be hiding inside a black hole

By Venkatesh Nayak* During his reply on the Motion of Thanks to the Address of the President of India in the Lok Sabha on 7th February 2018, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi compared his Government’s efforts to curb corruption and flush out black money to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – the nation-wide mission launched to clean up cities, towns, villages … More In the age of RTI, information about Black Money seems to be hiding inside a black hole

Likes of Modi, Choksi and Mallya serve to divert public gaze from governance and accountability

By Shantanu Basu* “When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when … More Likes of Modi, Choksi and Mallya serve to divert public gaze from governance and accountability

Dalits and adivasis have been getting a raw deal in Gujarat’s budgetary allocation over the years

By Martin Macwan* Even as the Gujarat government is all set to come up with the 2018-19 budget, an analysis of the allocations for the scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) over the years suggests that the two marginalized communities have been getting a raw deal despite their clear social exclusion, whether it is … More Dalits and adivasis have been getting a raw deal in Gujarat’s budgetary allocation over the years