Productivism, endless growth and accumulation for accumulation’s sake must be reversed

Final statement of  the international civil society meet Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractivist Economy, held at Johannesburg, November 12-15, 2018, in which representatives* from Indian voluntary organizations also participated: We, the participants of the Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractivist Economy, are gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa to consolidate a broad movement … More Productivism, endless growth and accumulation for accumulation’s sake must be reversed

RTI activist’s murder: M’shtra govt must make public information sought by Junawane, publicize it

On November 1, 2018, yet another RTI user was killed in Maharashtra for seeking information to expose corruption and wrongdoing. According to media reports, Rohit Ashok Junawane  was brutally attacked by nine armed assailants near his residence in Aundh, Pune and died of the injuries. The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) has … More RTI activist’s murder: M’shtra govt must make public information sought by Junawane, publicize it

Silencing media through violent means signals the breakdown of a functioning democracy

Reproduced below is an article by Raksha Kumari, “…and then they came for the journalists”, in “India: Pursuing Truth in the Face of Intolerance”, published by PEN International, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency: In India today, if a journalist cannot be lured by money or scared away from a story, … More Silencing media through violent means signals the breakdown of a functioning democracy

Goodbye Girishbhai! Your ‘home-office’ was open to everybody: From slum dwellers to rural folk

A personal tribute to Girish Patel, doyen of the human rights movement in Gujarat, who died in Ahmedabad on October 6, 2018 By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* It is hard to say goodbye to someone who has been so very special; someone who has meant so much to me and many others too. I can hardly … More Goodbye Girishbhai! Your ‘home-office’ was open to everybody: From slum dwellers to rural folk

United Nations Declaration on Human Rights should have a separate article on ‘Right to Peace’

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* On Thursday September 20, four people were killed in Maryland, US in a workplace mass shooting spree; it was the third workplace shooting in the US in less than twenty –four hours. Earlier that day in Uttar Pradesh, India killed two men in an “encounter” after “inviting” journalists to watch. … More United Nations Declaration on Human Rights should have a separate article on ‘Right to Peace’

Caught between Maoist terror, government pressure, villagers be allowed choose how they want to live

A fact-finding team consisting of senior academics Bela Bhatia and Jean Drèze, and activists Soni Sori, Lingaram Kodopi visited Phulpad village of Dantewada district following the news that people were beaten up by Maoists. They found that villagers are caught between pressure from the Maoists, on one hand, and government authorities, on the other. A … More Caught between Maoist terror, government pressure, villagers be allowed choose how they want to live

Murder of Himachal Pradesh Dalit RTI activist result of caste-based discrimination in Shillai region

A fact-finding team — comprised of Kuldeep Verma, Birbal (Dalit Vikas Sangathan Sirmaur), Sukhdev Vishwapremi (Centre for Mountain Dalit Rights), Advocate Sanjay, Rajkumar (National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights & National Dalit Movement for Justice), Raja Velu from Human Rights Defenders Alert and Manshi Asher from Kangra Citizens Rights Group — is in the process … More Murder of Himachal Pradesh Dalit RTI activist result of caste-based discrimination in Shillai region