Our home became so infested with us that Mother Earth had no choice but to serve us eviction notice

By Diken Patel* To Whom It Should Concern… We, the race known as humanity, have been relocated, due to unruly activity here on Mother Earth. The move was rather sudden, although the build up to it took ages. Our landlord was exceptionally patient with our behavior. We were not as kind. You may likely hear … More Our home became so infested with us that Mother Earth had no choice but to serve us eviction notice

Dogmatic religious bigotry can be eliminated only through teaching of science to common people

By Sheshu Babu* ‘To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country,to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from western nomenclature , and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population ‘  — Thomas B. Macaulay (“Country, class … More Dogmatic religious bigotry can be eliminated only through teaching of science to common people

Written history of India is quite ethnocentric and focused mainly on Manu’s Aryavarta

By Mohan Guruswamy* In his last days Napoleon Bonaparte, now Britain’s prisoner on the remote island of St.Helena (1815-21) and slowly being poisoned with arsenic wrote to his son Francois, by his second wife the Austrian princess Marie Louise, exhorting him to study history “for that is the only truth!” After Napoleon died Marie Louise … More Written history of India is quite ethnocentric and focused mainly on Manu’s Aryavarta

Catalyzing market-based solution to fulfill UN goal of achieving adequate, equitable sanitation

By Moin Qazi* Sanitation is the key to proper hygiene and is extremely essential for a healthy population. Till a few years back, India’s record on basic sanitation was horrific. The 2011 Census found that more Indians have access to mobile phones than to toilets. It must be said to the credit of the Modi … More Catalyzing market-based solution to fulfill UN goal of achieving adequate, equitable sanitation

India’s ‘catch up’ model has already exhausted the good, healthy environment around us

By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* Recently the Uttarakhand High Court ruled that hydropower operators and road developers in the state have used ‘rivers as dumping sites’. Urgent action was needed as the problem had persisted despite repeated warnings. Through its judgment on June 11, the court has halted all construction activities on riverbanks and directed … More India’s ‘catch up’ model has already exhausted the good, healthy environment around us

Opening floodgates to several activities which may irreversibly damage sensitive ecosystems

Comments on the Draft Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2018 by the Centre for Social (CSJ), Darya nu Dayro and Paryavaran Mitra, Gujarat The Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently released the draft of the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2018 for comments from the public and civil-society organisations. For close to three … More Opening floodgates to several activities which may irreversibly damage sensitive ecosystems

Need for comprehensive international investigation into allegations of rights violations in Kashmir

UN Human Rights Office statement on its new report on the situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’s both sides of Line of Control: There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that … More Need for comprehensive international investigation into allegations of rights violations in Kashmir