Excerpts from “Strangers to Justice: A Report on Foreigners in Indian Prisons”, authored by Palak Chaudhari and Madhurima Dhanuka of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, international non-governmental organization: The report is based on responses received to Right to Information (RTI) requests CHRI sent to all state prison departments between … More Problems faced by foreign nationals in Indian prisons at every step of criminal justice process
Kavita Srivastava and Dipa Sinha, conveners, Right to Food Campaign (RFT), on behalf of the Steering Committee of the RFT, have released a list of demands which political parties must address in their election manifestos: The Right to Food Campaign requests all political parties to consider the following suggestions towards ensuring right to food for all … More Hunger in India is reflection of rural distress arising out of the agrarian crisis, poor livelihood options
By Moin Qazi* India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. Today the country’s chronic mismanagement of water has led to drought in nearly 2,00,000 villages. According to the World Bank data, Indian farmers use almost 70 percent of the total groundwater that is drawn in the country each year. Shockingly, India uses … More India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique
By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will remember, in January 2019, Parliament approved the Central Government’s proposal to reserve 10% of the seats in educational institutions and posts in jobs in the public sector, for the economically weaker segments of society (10% quota law). The Union Cabinet is said to have approved the proposal to amend the Constitution … More Why can’t Govt of India disclose Cabinet note, materials regarding 10% quota law under RTI?
By Hridayesh Joshi Mustard, wheat, vegetables, millets – one of the most fertile valleys in the Himalayas is able to show a bumper harvest, thanks to the traditional irrigation channels that bring the water of the Gagas river to the farms in this part of Kumaon in the state of Uttarakhand. “River Gagas is our … More Deforestation, hydropower dams, ill-planned roads, housing, threaten Himalaya’s spring-fed rivers
By Ayona Datta* Taking selfies and posting them on social media is often derided as a narcissistic, self-absorbed and attention-seeking practice. Filters come in for particular disdain due to the role they play in reinforcing unattainable beauty standards, by making faces lighter, slimmer and wider-eyed than is natural. Yet feminist, minority and queer activists have argued that selfies can … More Indian women from the outskirts of Delhi are taking selfies to claim their right to the city
Keynote presentation by independent researcher Nandini Oza*, “Learnings from Oral Histories of Narmada Struggle: Questioning Existing Notions of Nation, National Interest and Development”, at the Fourth Annual Conference – Oral History Association of India at the Ambedkar University, Delhi, on February 1, 2019: One of the earliest resistances by the people of the Narmada valley against … More Oral history of people’s struggle for Narmada river reflects conflict in nation building, development