Why there is a need to reject the same old and ill-informed opinion on reservation

By Banavath Aravind* “Reservation policy doesn’t create opportunity. It simply takes opportunity from someone deserving and hands it over to another. In doing so, it divides society, fosters mediocrity and demotivates the talented.” This appealing argument from well known author Chetan Bhagat’s book “India Positive” reiterates the same old and ill-informed opinion on reservation. Caste-based … Continue reading Why there is a need to reject the same old and ill-informed opinion on reservation

India Justice Report: Details of Gujarat’s ranking vis-a-vis other states

The India Justice Report, which provides the first comprehensive quantitative index that ranks the capacity of the formal justice system operating in various states on their police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid, has ranked Gujarat 6th among 18 large and mid-sized states. A breakup suggests following ranking for four difference categories: Police 8th, Prisons 10th, … Continue reading India Justice Report: Details of Gujarat’s ranking vis-a-vis other states

Maharashtra tops justice delivery in India; Uttar Pradesh worst performer

Maharashtra tops justice delivery in India, southern states dominate ranking 29% judges are women, in High Courts only 11.4% 2/3rd inmates are undertrials, says the second edition of the India Justice Report. A note The second edition of the India Justice Report (IJR), India’s only ranking of states on delivery of Justice to people ranks … Continue reading Maharashtra tops justice delivery in India; Uttar Pradesh worst performer

Indian communalism – a deep dive: Downplaying the rise in incidences of violence

Relatives and neighbors wail near the body of Mohammad Mudasir, 31, who was killed in communal violence in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs were the capital's worst communal riots in decades and saw shops, Muslim shrines and public vehicles go up in flames. (AP Photo/Manish … Continue reading Indian communalism – a deep dive: Downplaying the rise in incidences of violence

Exacerbating inequality amidst government’s response during the pandemic

By Tanisha Nahar and Hadi Kangoo* The coronavirus pandemic resulted in governments worldwide imposing strict lockdowns and enforced quarantines. It is common knowledge that ethical evaluations in policymaking are shunned due to political factors, and legislators, bureaucrats and policy analysts resist the challenges of moral evaluation. The Indian government's one-day notice lockdown was a case-in-point … Continue reading Exacerbating inequality amidst government’s response during the pandemic

Acid attack victims: Burnt, battered, and berated… but not defeated

By Abhishek Sethi, Suganda Sharma, Kunal Pant* Shanti was 14 years old when she got married. Despite being an income provider for the family, her husband continuously harassed her and her family for dowry. She suffered the abuse for 14 years after which she decided to move out of her marital home with her children. … Continue reading Acid attack victims: Burnt, battered, and berated… but not defeated

Helping Shaktan Ji, brutally beaten up by son, get suitable life amidst lockdown in Delhi

By Sucharita Saha* On a dull cloudy Thursday evening on 29th October, I came across the Humans of Bombay post mentioning about the plight of Shaktan Ji, and informing people of his pitiable condition. Shaktan Ji was brutally beaten up by his son when he refused to give him money which he had lost as … Continue reading Helping Shaktan Ji, brutally beaten up by son, get suitable life amidst lockdown in Delhi