Contribution of animal husbandry to GDP is 4.11%, yet role of pastoralism is rarely recognised

A note on the curated exhibition, “Living Lightly: Journeys with Pastoralists”, from October 5 to 8 in Ahmedabad: “Living Lightly: Journeys with Pastoralists”, a 4-day curated exhibition, covering the land, lives, and livelihoods of Indian pastoralists, was inaugurated on October 5, 2017 at the Mill Owner’s Association Building, Ahmedabad. Organized by the Centre for Pastoralism, … More Contribution of animal husbandry to GDP is 4.11%, yet role of pastoralism is rarely recognised

Probable reasons behind the illiberal and pre-modern character of Indian middle class

By V Santhakumar* There is an expectation that it is the middle class which stands for liberal democracy and for the dignity and freedom of individuals irrespective of their religion, class, caste, gender, race and so on[i]. The poor may tend to develop a dependency relationship with powerful people including politicians. Capitalists may prefer to … More Probable reasons behind the illiberal and pre-modern character of Indian middle class

Treat minerals as family gold, protect rights of children and future generations in mining areas

A Goa Foundation  note to the RK Rao committee, set up to formulate new national mineral policy: The 2015 Amendments to the Mining Regulations (MMDR Act) continue to facilitate the single largest transfer of wealth from the general public to the rich folks of this country. The new Mineral Policy should treat minerals as family … More Treat minerals as family gold, protect rights of children and future generations in mining areas

National Mineral Policy has failed to address primary concerns of people impacted by mining

Representation to Dr K Rajeshwara Rao, Chairman, Committee to Review the National Mineral Policy 2008, Government of India, Ministry of Mines by Rebbapragada Ravi, chairperson, and Ashok Shrimali, secretary-general, mines, minerals & People  (mm&P): This written representation is in relation to the committee formed to review the National Mineral Policy. A look at the Ministry … More National Mineral Policy has failed to address primary concerns of people impacted by mining

Prevent forced evictions in Chennai and resultant violations of human rights of the urban poor

Text of the online petition  addressed to Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Chief Minister, Government of Tamil Nadu, floated by the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), New Delhi, and the Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC), Chennai: We are writing to express our concerns regarding forced evictions in Chennai under the guise of ‘restoration … More Prevent forced evictions in Chennai and resultant violations of human rights of the urban poor

In violation of legal rights, Supreme Court judgments since 2000, infringement of right to life

Vadodara-based environmental group Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti’s statement on Narmada mahotsav, to begin on September 17: The Sardar Sarovar Project on Narmada is to affect 244 villages and one township due to its reservoir spread over 40,000 hectares in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat as far as 214 kilometers upstream. Out of 192 villages and one … More In violation of legal rights, Supreme Court judgments since 2000, infringement of right to life