Text of the controversial opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva on September 9, where the top UN official made controversial remarks on Kashmir and Assam: A year has gone by since I began my mandate. I won´t lie to you, it has not been an easy task. We … More UN official’s full speech, where she urged India to respect human rights in Kashmir and Assam
By Sheshu Babu* Since the major aim of capitalists is to see that maximum production can be extracted from labour, exploitation of workers becomes a key factor. Ordinary workers, thus, face constant harassment, humiliation, misery and burden of work. Disabled, in addition, face alienation and abuse both from the employers as well as society. The … More Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force
By Arosis Sahoo* Recently, I was browsing through a bunch of articles when one headline in “The New York Times” caught my attention. It read, “How to disclose a disability to your employer (and whether you should?)”. My first response was to ignore it on the grounds of being ignorant and inconsiderate. A closer introspection, though, … More Discrimination against disabled community is very much official, is ingrained in veins of society
By Niril Panigrahi* In my first lecture of the ‘Transformational Social Movements’ class at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad, Dr Sandeep Pandey recounted the story of the professor who died after days of fasting against the alleged governmental nonchalance to protect Ganga. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur Professor turned Activist G.D. Aggarwal succumbed to … More Has fasting in India remained effective enough to prompt the country’s governments to act?
By Utsav Mistry* Throughout history, whether human or animal, the coming together of more than one individual to achieve objectives has been well documented. Even when early humans lived the hunter gatherer life, forming groups was essential to their survival. But the arrival of civilisation doesn’t mean our primal instincts go away. For the duration … More The fear of the crowd: Why does authority really dislike people coming together?
By Aravindha Raj R* Denotified Tribes (DNTs) are the tribes which were listed by British under the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 which notified certain tribes as “criminals,” regardless of the activities of individual members. The DNTs being a nomadic group have remained outside the Indian constitution and have not received any constitution rights and welfare activities. The Criminals … More Why denotified tribes, criminalised by British, remain unrepresented at the national level
By Sheshu Babu* There has been a lot of debate on the draft of new policy on education. Many analysts have exposed loopholes and contradictions in the policy. Though the government has eloquently spoken of ‘Divyang’ — disabled persons possessing ‘divine limbs’ and powers,even the ‘access’ contents, considered as ‘a key guiding principle’ by the … More Draft education policy has not recognize full implication of the disabilities rights Act of 2016