Gujarat’s water conservation scheme meant to hide corruption in a state public sector undertaking

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Gujarat, statement on government effort to “hide” Gujarat Land Development Corporation (GLDC) scam by launching new water conservation scheme: The water conservation crusade, which was launched recently in May 2018 for one month by the Gujarat Government, is, as a matter of fact, a Governmental scheme, which had been going … More Gujarat’s water conservation scheme meant to hide corruption in a state public sector undertaking

The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance… Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us

Text of the speech of Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India, titled “Nation, Nationalism and Patriotism” at the concluding function of the third year annual training camp of Rashtriya Swayamevak Sangh at Reshimbagh ground, Nagpur: Sarsanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat Ji, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen: Today, I’m here to share with you my understanding of the … More The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance… Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us

India is witnessing a transition from ‘inclusive’ nationalism to ‘exclusive’ nationalism

Excerpts from a report on Citizens’ Conclave, organized at the Constitution Club, New Delhi from 25th May to 27th May, 2018 by India Inclusive, an informal open platform: Introductory session, “Democracy and Dissent”, was chaired by Om Thanvi (senior journalist), and addressed by Iftikhar Ahmad Khan (retired Associate Professor, Baroda University), Jagmati Sangwan (Women’s Rights … More India is witnessing a transition from ‘inclusive’ nationalism to ‘exclusive’ nationalism

A glimmer of hope in a country where politics is fast degenerating and opportunism is rising

By Sheshu Babu* Tussle for power seems to be far from over in Karnataka. While Bjp is looking to break the fragile alliance of Congress and JD(s) , the alliance is itself trying to come out of the internal power struggle. This political scene is volatile and political permutations and combinations may continue for a … More A glimmer of hope in a country where politics is fast degenerating and opportunism is rising

Bheemchhaya to be demolished, a large population of dalit and poor people will become homeless

Bheemchhaya, a slum settlement near the seacoast in Mumbai, is all set to be demolished. A note by the Ghar Bachao Ghar Bachao Andolan on why are poor residents so helpless and terrified ahead of the impending monsoon:  Following the Bombay High Court’s order dated 6th October, 2005 in the matter of Bombay Environment Action Group … More Bheemchhaya to be demolished, a large population of dalit and poor people will become homeless

Sanction to prosecute defence personnel in J&K: Why RTI replies by Defence Dept, Indian Army contradict

By Venkatesh Nayak* Last week, there was both good news and “not so good” news on the AFSPA front across the country. The good news is, people in Meghalaya can heave a sigh of relief over the lifting of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from their State. Meanwhile, the Central Government has claimed that … More Sanction to prosecute defence personnel in J&K: Why RTI replies by Defence Dept, Indian Army contradict

RTI tacking: Do information commissions function as public authority in disclosing information?

Excerpts from “Report Card on the Performance of Information Commissions in India”, by Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) and Centre for Equity Studies (CES), collective effort of many people, coordinated by Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri: For institutions that are vested with the responsibility of ensuring that all public authorities function transparently and adhere to the … More RTI tacking: Do information commissions function as public authority in disclosing information?