Caste: A crucial disabling factor in India which led to control of both male and female sexuality

By V Santhakumar* My hunch is that Indians have a somewhat unique uneasiness with matters related to sex. I wish to explore the nature of this uneasiness and speculate on possible causes, in this essay. This uneasiness reflects in multiple ways. These include men’s coercive sexual behaviour towards females. The incidents of rape and associated … More Caste: A crucial disabling factor in India which led to control of both male and female sexuality

Mental healthcare: India faces treatment gap of 50-70%, a huge lag in treatment, medical facilities

By Moin Qazi* According to an India Spend report, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent. Further, … More Mental healthcare: India faces treatment gap of 50-70%, a huge lag in treatment, medical facilities

India’s public health discourse is mostly driven by market forces and profit making motive

By Jitamanyu Sahoo and Monis Ahmad* The repetition of the ghastly episode were 49 children died in Farrukhabad at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital this September is nothing but a reflection of our health inequities that is deep rooted in our public healthcare system. In all 19 children died during delivery and 30 children at … More India’s public health discourse is mostly driven by market forces and profit making motive

Why most state govts, hospitals and doctors are unwilling to admit that cases of silicosis exist

Delhi Declaration at the National Consultation on Women and Silicosis Prevention and Rehabilitation, held on 3rd October, 2017, at Constitutional Club, New Delhi: Silicosis is a serious occupational health hazard in India especially among mine workers. Many groups and workers’ unions in India have been trying to highlight the plight of silicosis victims and have been bringing … More Why most state govts, hospitals and doctors are unwilling to admit that cases of silicosis exist

CIC order to appoint public authorities for Black Money SIT under RTI is a major breakthrough

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Central Information Commission (CIC) has held the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Government of India to investigate all matters relating to ‘black money’ (assets stashed away without accounting for tax purposes) to be a public authority under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). The Black Money SIT headed by … More CIC order to appoint public authorities for Black Money SIT under RTI is a major breakthrough

What railways can learn from Godhra train burning case: Do we need to invest in hi-speed trains?

By Gagan Sethi* The Gujarat High Court’s decision to commute the death sentence into life imprisonment to 11 of the convicts involved in the gruesome Godhra train burning case of February 27, 2002, even as sharply criticising the Gujarat government and the Indian Railways for miserably failing to maintain the law and order, has opened … More What railways can learn from Godhra train burning case: Do we need to invest in hi-speed trains?