Tourism driven heritage conservation projects seek to idealize history to which reality must confirm

By Juzar Shabbir We no longer live in the era of city-states, and cities no longer enjoy political economic sovereignty that it used to. In the scheme of nation-states, cities, although economically independent, are politically dependent on the existence of a state. Dominated by global market of people, land and money, even the existence of … More Tourism driven heritage conservation projects seek to idealize history to which reality must confirm

Depeasantisation: A result of uneven structural changes due commoditisation of Adivasi economy

By Goldy M George* In rural Chhattisgarh land is the lone sources of livelihood for both the landed class and landless mass. All economic activity related to land are based on cultivation and crop production. When land is taken for mining or any development project, apparently it is a denial of access to land and … More Depeasantisation: A result of uneven structural changes due commoditisation of Adivasi economy

How a reluctant Gujarat government agreed to allow Dalit rally with India’s largest national flag

By Rajiv Shah In an unusual move, the Gujarat government on August 11 agreed for a rally — albeit “silent” — starting at Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) in Nani Devti village, not very far from the upcoming industrial hub of Sanand in Ahmedabad district, to about 50 km away, Gandhinagar, the state capital. The decision … More How a reluctant Gujarat government agreed to allow Dalit rally with India’s largest national flag

Local tribals, farmers, fisherfolk and other sections are up in arms against the proposed DMIC

Several civil rights organizations of Gujarat and Maharashtra, including Khedut Samaj Gujarat, mines, minerals & People, Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Bhoomi Sena and Kashtkari Samgathan, took out a huge rally in Talasari in Maharashtra on August 9, which also happens to be the World Indigenous People’s day. Memorandum sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the … More Local tribals, farmers, fisherfolk and other sections are up in arms against the proposed DMIC

Karawan-e-Mohabbat: From Nellie in Assam on September 4 to Porbandar in Gujarat on October 2

By Harsh Mander* There is a rising darkness in India. Mobs violently are acting out visceral hatred in many parts of India targeting people because of their faith and caste. These assaults are characterised by bystanders who actively support the killing, or do nothing to stop it. Pehlu Khan is killed on a busy national … More Karawan-e-Mohabbat: From Nellie in Assam on September 4 to Porbandar in Gujarat on October 2

Barriers to women’s secure land rights: Web of legal, structural, socio-economic, cultural factors

Excerpts from the report “India: Land Governance Country Narrative”*, by Pranab Ranjan Choudhury, Sricharan Behera, Navin Kumar Amang, Manoj Kumar Behera, published by NR Management Consultants India Private Ltd The Constitution of India provides equal rights to both men and women. Following Independence, many progressive laws around land reforms and policies were enacted with focus … More Barriers to women’s secure land rights: Web of legal, structural, socio-economic, cultural factors