Need for systemic change for undertrial prisoners as triggered by Covid-19

By Dhruva Sareen* The imposition of the lockdown due to Covid-19 changed a lot of things in the common man’s life. However, one of the hidden facets of our civilization was also undergoing radical transformation. The utilization rates of the Indian prison system are above 170% which means that the prisons are overpopulated to an … Continue reading Need for systemic change for undertrial prisoners as triggered by Covid-19

The Tibetan freedom movement, as seen by rights activist Tenzin Tsundue

By Pratheebha* Around the 70th Anniversary of China's annexation of Tibet, we sat down with Tenzin Tsundue to understand the Tibet-China conflict, India's responsibility towards Tibet and the way forward for the two countries. Tsundue, as he prefers to be called, is a poet, writer and Tibetan refugee and activist who recently led a march … Continue reading The Tibetan freedom movement, as seen by rights activist Tenzin Tsundue

Casteism and reservation: When middle classes pride themselves in being indifferent about other’s caste

By Arika Roy* Can social discrimination be combated by outlawing it without affirmative action? Most Indians find the affirmative action facilitated by the Indian caste-based reservations absurd and discriminatory. The irony could not have been more explicit. Among middle-class urban India, casteism exists in ubiquitous forms. They pride themselves in being indifferent about the other's … Continue reading Casteism and reservation: When middle classes pride themselves in being indifferent about other’s caste

Though institutionally suppressed, Anganwadi workers do work with utmost respect and love

By Nidhi Waldia* The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) scheme has appointed close to 1.4 million Anganwadi workers in India to act as the face of this aspirational policy aiming to eradicate malnutrition, neonatal and postnatal morbidity. They work with children from birth- 6 years, Adolescent girls, and pregnant and lactating women. The Anganwadi workers … Continue reading Though institutionally suppressed, Anganwadi workers do work with utmost respect and love

Adversely affected by Tauktae, Gujarat fisherfolk demand higher compensation

Fisherfolks' delegation which represented to the Fisheries Commissioner Fisherfolks’ organisations* write to Fisheries Commissioner, Gandhinagar, to announce an increase in the compensation package as well as the inclusion of those who have been presently excluded from the relief package: We are writing this to represent the concern of the fishermen affected by the hurricane in … Continue reading Adversely affected by Tauktae, Gujarat fisherfolk demand higher compensation

What should scientific temper mean in our times in India

Act for Bharat, a group of multidisciplinary practitioners, deeply concerned about the shape and direction of India’s future, particularly concerning the capacity of its democratic, economic and environmental resource fundamentals to ensure the health, happiness, prosperity and freedoms that our nation’s Constitution promises to its citizens, initiated an online briefing on Scientific Temper on June … Continue reading What should scientific temper mean in our times in India