Need to eliminate historical injustice by providing a viable extent of agricultural land to SCs and STs

Letter by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), former secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Welfare; and member, National Monitoring Committee for Education of SCs, STs and Persons with Disabilities, Government of India, to the Prime Minister regarding importance of immediately launching national centrally-funded programme of universal agricultural land-distribution to all rural SC families, and also … More Need to eliminate historical injustice by providing a viable extent of agricultural land to SCs and STs

India, Bangladesh should focus on needs of the poor fisherfolk while working for preserving Hilsa

By Enamul Mazid Khan Siddique* What does the Hilsa – the most popular fish among Bengalis, have to do with human rights? Well to understand that we need to understand the human dimensions of South Asian fisheries management, and also the life cycle of Hilsa, also known as Ilish. The Hilsa is an anadromous fish, … More India, Bangladesh should focus on needs of the poor fisherfolk while working for preserving Hilsa

Urgent need to study cause of large number of natural deaths in Gulf countries, especially Qatar

By Venkatesh Nayak* According to data tabled in Parliament in April 2018, there are 87.76 lakh (8.77 million) Indians in six Gulf countries, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While replying to an Unstarred Question (#6091) raised in the Lok Sabha, the Union Minister of State for External … More Urgent need to study cause of large number of natural deaths in Gulf countries, especially Qatar

Recent Indian migrants to Australia and New Zealand are young, from lower rungs of social ladder

By Sekhar Bandyopadhyay*, Jane Buckingham** More than half a million people of Indian descent live in Australia and New Zealand. The history of the Indian diaspora in these countries is older than many might imagine, going back 250 years. Indians are today widely acknowledged as a successful ethnic community that makes significant contributions to their … More Recent Indian migrants to Australia and New Zealand are young, from lower rungs of social ladder

Insufficient funds and untimely payments have made MNREGA weak in the past few years

By Debmalya Nandy* The Ministry of Rural Development is restricting the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) from attaining it’s full potential, and at the same time dictating it’s implementation by not honouring local knowledge and decision making. As per the Act, the Gram Sabha has the sole power and responsibilities for the … More Insufficient funds and untimely payments have made MNREGA weak in the past few years

Swimming camels of Kachchh, who get vital elements of their diet from marine mangroves

By Ritayan Mukherjee* The camels – around 40 of them – had just swum back from an island in the ocean off Mohadi village in Abdasa taluka. They belonged to Ismail Jat, a herder from the Fakirani Jat community. I could barely believe what I was seeing – camels who swim? But these were the magnificent … More Swimming camels of Kachchh, who get vital elements of their diet from marine mangroves

Naysayers may say “king is dead, long live the king”, but microfinance can redefine itself

By Moin Qazi* Microfinance – an approach to financial inclusion based on providing small denomination loans and other financial services to poor people who lack the collateral, credit history, or other assets -has generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels. It has infused an entrepreneurial spirit in tiny … More Naysayers may say “king is dead, long live the king”, but microfinance can redefine itself