We must save other species to ensure the survival of human species

By Prof Sanjay Jain* The Corona crisis has reminded humans once again that they are just one species in nature like any other species - a truth they always tend to forget, knowingly or unknowingly. Nature had been enabling the evolution, sustenance and growth of millions of life species over millions of years that resulted … Continue reading We must save other species to ensure the survival of human species

How long should we be fighting for an equitable space for girls?

By S.N.Surajbhan International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated worldwide on 11 October, focuses on amplifying the voices and rights of girls everywhere. The theme for this year, “My voice, our equal future”, re-imagines a better world inspired and led by adolescent girls, as part of the global Generation Equality movement. The growing violence against … Continue reading How long should we be fighting for an equitable space for girls?

Lesson from Hathras: With state consciously restricting space for voluntary sector, only visible road is voluntarism

By Martin Macwan* Hathras is the first case of Independent India where the State has deprived the parents of sexual abuse victim to respectfully cremate their child by forcefully burning the body knowing well that it is destroying crucial evidence. The right of respectful burial was awarded to dreaded terrorists and the convicts of the … Continue reading Lesson from Hathras: With state consciously restricting space for voluntary sector, only visible road is voluntarism

Book review: Awakening hidden potential of teenagers, channeling their energies

By Moin Qazi* “Let the Real You Stand Up”, “You Can Make a Difference”, “You Are Destined For The Skies!”, “Discover the Hero within You” – all of them self-help books, authored By Fr Alfonso Elengikal (published by Better Yourself Books and Media Pvt Ltd) – are aimed at awakening the hidden potential of our … Continue reading Book review: Awakening hidden potential of teenagers, channeling their energies

London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

Gary McLelleand By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* #Humanistprism is a new series of conversations started by Humanist International, London and it was an honour to be the first guest at it interviewed by Gary McLelland, the Executive Director of Humanist International. The conversation was informal and there was no fixed format. Being the first one, perhaps … Continue reading London-based human rights activist on Covid, migrant workers, caste system, untouchability, CAA

Pandemic has made us realise, more than technological revolution, we need moral revolution

By Moin Qazi* Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. -- Marie Curie The COVID-19 pandemic is a human tragedy of potentially biblical proportions and has convulsed societies like never earlier. Even as the world remains … Continue reading Pandemic has made us realise, more than technological revolution, we need moral revolution

75th UNGA, 50th anniversary of aid pledge: It’s time to fulfil promise to the world’s poorest

By Margaret Yarcia* “To realise UN’s decade of delivery, wealthy countries need to meet the 50-year-old pledge to provide 0.7% of gross national income as official development assistance (ODA) to the world’s poorest,” states CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), a global civil society platform focused on effective development cooperation. “As the international community gathers … Continue reading 75th UNGA, 50th anniversary of aid pledge: It’s time to fulfil promise to the world’s poorest