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

Lid on 1947-49 Kashmir files? Archives reveal Nehru intended to invade Pak in 1947 to save the state

By Venkatesh Nayak* The process of manufacturing post facto approval for the momentous changes that the Central Government made to the status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in August 2019, with Parliament’s nod, is in full swing. Apart from the chest-thumping at the recent election rallies in Maharashtra and Haryana and the latest round of military operations launched across the … More Lid on 1947-49 Kashmir files? Archives reveal Nehru intended to invade Pak in 1947 to save the state

Pranjal Patil battled  great odds  to become country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer

By Sheshu Babu* Through persistent struggles, the differently abled have achieved access to crucial jobs in society. The number might be small but they have proved that ‘disability ‘ is not hindrance to performing important productive tasks in society. Pranjal Patil, the young woman who battled  great odds  to become the country’s first visually challenged woman … More Pranjal Patil battled  great odds  to become country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer

Climate change may have led to deluge, but Bihar capital remains waterlogged due to corruption

By Alok Gupta* They found him stranded inside his waterlogged home. Dressed in shorts and slippers and with a few bags by his side, he was rescued along with his family members. The deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, looked embarrassed. The incessant rainfall in the Indian state over the weekend of September … More Climate change may have led to deluge, but Bihar capital remains waterlogged due to corruption

MHA confirms it has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet a fundamental right

By Venkatesh Nayak* It has been more than three months since several parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are without access to mobile telephony and Internet. The shutdown was imposed around the time the Central Government with Parliament’s approval made fundamental changes to J&K’s status under the Constitution of India. A few weeks ago, … More MHA confirms it has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet a fundamental right

Keenly observing biased cops and an indifferent administration in a Saurashtra taluka

By Rajiv Shah His name is Dhaval Chopada. A smiling young face, whom I used to meet at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Ahmedabad. I believe it was several months ago, after he got married, and he “disappeared”. Never bothered to find out whether he had gone to some other NGO, or got an … More Keenly observing biased cops and an indifferent administration in a Saurashtra taluka