Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

By Sheshu Babu* Since the major aim of capitalists is to see that maximum production can be extracted from labour, exploitation of workers becomes a key factor. Ordinary workers, thus, face constant harassment, humiliation, misery and burden of work. Disabled, in addition, face alienation and abuse both from the employers as well as society. The … More Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

Female entrepreneurs such as Godavari are finding creative ways to carve out a space in marketplace

By Moin Qazi* The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them. – Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus I have spent most of my entire professional career providing loans to poor women, and have constantly been amazed at their … More Female entrepreneurs such as Godavari are finding creative ways to carve out a space in marketplace

Ideas in draft New Education Policy clash with RTE amendment to reverse the no detention policy

By Aarti Mangal The draft of New Education Policy (DNEP), along with revamping the higher education, has also made significant changes in the school education system. On the one hand, the recommendation to include  Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) under free and compulsory education is laudable if it is implemented effectively in the school … More Ideas in draft New Education Policy clash with RTE amendment to reverse the no detention policy

Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers

By Charul Agrawal* “Urfe Aalo” a play by the Whistle Blower Theatre group, forces its audience to confront the harsh reality of manual scavenging – an occupation which is no less oppressive than bonded labor. It talks about Nilesh, a Valmiki trying to get out of the caste imposed occupation. Nilesh while in school was … More Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers

What drives an affluent and established entrepreneur with a strong political backing to end life

By Subir Rana* Suicides are tragedies of a colossal nature, one that brings emotional despair and financial havoc on the dependents and relatives of the family. In India, one could witness a trend in this phenomenon especially in the case of farmers suicides in different parts of the country and those of young students particularly … More What drives an affluent and established entrepreneur with a strong political backing to end life

Women’s cooperatives, less than 2% of total in India, need to ensure they don’t lose out in market share

The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), held a workshop in Ahmedabad on August 8-9 with the participation of representatives from the SEWA Cooperative Federation, SEWA Bharat (SEWA’s national federation), International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), 42 grassroots women leaders of 21 cooperatives from 12 Indian states, and two participants from Iran’s Rah-e-Roshd Cooperative … More Women’s cooperatives, less than 2% of total in India, need to ensure they don’t lose out in market share

Discrimination against disabled community is very much official, is ingrained in veins of society

By Arosis Sahoo* Recently, I was browsing through a bunch of articles when one headline in “The New York Times” caught my attention. It read, “How to disclose a disability to your employer (and whether you should?)”. My first response was to ignore it on the grounds of being ignorant and inconsiderate. A closer introspection, though, … More Discrimination against disabled community is very much official, is ingrained in veins of society