In the time of crisis Public Sector Banks reject more RTIs than ever before: CIC’s Annual Report

By Venkatesh Nayak* To say that the banking sector in India is going through a “crisis phase” would be a bald understatement. Bad loans or “non-performing assets” (NPAs) have risen to unprecedented levels in 2018. According to the statistics that the Union Minister of State for Finance, tabled in the Lok Sabha on 06 April, … More In the time of crisis Public Sector Banks reject more RTIs than ever before: CIC’s Annual Report

Idea of replacing locally made food to compromise decentralised autonomy, community control

Text of the letter by the Right to Food Campaign, endorsed by 188 individuals and organizations, to Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister, Women and Child Development, Government of India: We write to you to express our concerns regarding your plan to convert all take home rations given by Anganwadi centres to children in the age group … More Idea of replacing locally made food to compromise decentralised autonomy, community control

86 injuries… a count in Surat… what a count… how did they count… why would they count…

Poem by Ayesha Khan, “86 injuries”,  in response to rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Surat, who “suffered” 86 injury marks on her private parts: a day afteror perhaps somedays or years afteror perhaps a month or two after or perhaps a moment afterrandhikpur, kathua, kutch, kopardi, patan, delhi, bhateri, jind, unnao, nagaon, nellie, suryanelli…(it happened/s everywhere – america, … More 86 injuries… a count in Surat… what a count… how did they count… why would they count…

MoEFCC must suspend present draft forest policy, take initiative to hold in-depth consultations

Text of the submission of comments by the Indian Community Activists’ Network (ICAN)* on the Draft National Forest Policy 2018 to Noyal Thomas, DGIF, and Jitesh Kumar, Technical Officer, Forest Policy, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India: The draft policy fails to indicate the legitimacy of its evolution. In a democratic … More MoEFCC must suspend present draft forest policy, take initiative to hold in-depth consultations

It is high time for the Government of J&K to show political resolve to pass forest rights legislation

By Irfan Ali South Asia is home to the world’s largest tribal and nomadic population and in India this population constitutes more than 10 percent population of the country.  This population depends totally on forests for bona fide livelihood needs. In our State, Jammu and Kashmir, forests occupy 45% of the land that is free … More It is high time for the Government of J&K to show political resolve to pass forest rights legislation

Proposed commercialization of forests is a major threat to forest dwelling, tribal communities

Representation by mines, minerals & People (mm&P) to Noyal Thomas, Dy Inspector General of Forest (Forest Policy), Government of India, Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change,  on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2018: This written representation is in relation to the recently formulated Draft National Forest Policy 2018 . We would like to draw … More Proposed commercialization of forests is a major threat to forest dwelling, tribal communities

Higher education must a space where freedom to think, explore, discuss, dissent is maximised

A note on People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions, held at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on April 11-13, 2018: The tribunal was organised by the People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS). The jury panel of the tribunal comprised Justice (Retd.) Hosbet Suresh, Justice (Retd.) B.G. Kolse Patil, Prof. … More Higher education must a space where freedom to think, explore, discuss, dissent is maximised