London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

Gary McLelleand By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* #Humanistprism is a new series of conversations started by Humanist International, London and it was an honour to be the first guest at it interviewed by Gary McLelland, the Executive Director of Humanist International. The conversation was informal and there was no fixed format. Being the first one, perhaps … Continue reading London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Constance Galeo Mogale is an experienced South African land activist who has played leading roles in several campaigns and initiatives. She led a grassroots movement called the Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA), A federation of communities claiming land through Restitution, an organisation that challenged the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2015. She … Continue reading Constance Galeo Mogale on racism, land reforms, food sovereignty in South Africa

Policy-makers should focus on migrants’ vulnerability and violation of their rights

By Prof R.B. Bhagat* All of us know what has happened during the last week of April to the first week of June 2020 in response to the nationwide lockdown to stave off COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly millions of migrant workers started moving out of the city and marched towards their respective rural destinations. It shook … Continue reading Policy-makers should focus on migrants’ vulnerability and violation of their rights

Tragic case of crushed civil liberties in Hong Kong, China’s growing authoritarianism

By Archita Srivastava* For the longest time, Hong Kong to me was synonymous to a towering metropolis, steeped in ancient Chinese traditions and British urbanity. School textbooks relay their history as a positive engagement between the East and the West, a mere clinical engagement carefully evading its turbulent past. It was only in my law … Continue reading Tragic case of crushed civil liberties in Hong Kong, China’s growing authoritarianism

Responding to humanitarian crisis: Glimpses of lives from Northeastern Delhi

Responding to the Covid-19 lockdown crisis of job loss, displacement and hunger, a group of citizens started a relief initiative, for emergency cash assistance to working class families, including those affected by the violence, in Northeast Delhi. The relief was via direct donor transfers of Rs. 3000 or Rs. 5000 (for especially vulnerable families) into … Continue reading Responding to humanitarian crisis: Glimpses of lives from Northeastern Delhi

Due to unplanned lockdown, visually disabled are facing physical and psychological problems

By Sheshu Babu* Almost all sections of people have suffered due to lockdown. Only a few elite upper classes and rich have not suffered much. The migrant workers, street vendors and petty business persons had to endure lot of hardship. Similarly, disabled have also bore the brunt of suffering due to lockdown. The disabled constitute … Continue reading Due to unplanned lockdown, visually disabled are facing physical and psychological problems

Public interest? Sanction for prosecution under J&KAFSPA: CIC rejects detailed information

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember reading a previous despatch sent in April 2018, about an RTI intervention, regarding certain data tabled in Parliament that year, about cases involving allegations of custodial deaths and disappearances of civilians, alleged fake encounters, alleged instances of rape, and allegations of kidnapping, torture and extortion in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The … Continue reading Public interest? Sanction for prosecution under J&KAFSPA: CIC rejects detailed information