My birth is tragic accident. Perhaps, love is dormant for people like us. We are twice-untouchables

By Nutan* Love has sexuality. It comes with conditions and it is impenetrable to homophobic minds — which includes your family too — mother, sister, brothers all gang up to end the pursuits of your life. I was born in a male body. But nothing else made me feel like a male. My feelings were … More My birth is tragic accident. Perhaps, love is dormant for people like us. We are twice-untouchables

Climate change may have led to deluge, but Bihar capital remains waterlogged due to corruption

By Alok Gupta* They found him stranded inside his waterlogged home. Dressed in shorts and slippers and with a few bags by his side, he was rescued along with his family members. The deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, looked embarrassed. The incessant rainfall in the Indian state over the weekend of September … More Climate change may have led to deluge, but Bihar capital remains waterlogged due to corruption

MHA confirms it has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet a fundamental right

By Venkatesh Nayak* It has been more than three months since several parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are without access to mobile telephony and Internet. The shutdown was imposed around the time the Central Government with Parliament’s approval made fundamental changes to J&K’s status under the Constitution of India. A few weeks ago, … More MHA confirms it has no papers to ‘shut down’ J&K: Kerala HC calls internet a fundamental right

Consultations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi on impact of mining on livelihood, health

A series of civil society consultations were held in Udaipur (Rajasthan), Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dahanu (Maharshtra) and Constitution Club of India (New Delhi) on adverse impact of mining on people’s livelihood and health, especially vulnerable sections such as tribals, women and children, and how illegal mining has made things worse. Detailed notes of each of the … More Consultations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi on impact of mining on livelihood, health

What message are we sending to the world? Strictest punishment for mob lynching is need of hour

By Sanjeev Sirohi*     It has to be said right at the outset that mob lynching cannot be justified on any pretext and under any circumstances come what may! There has to be zero tolerance for it but right now we see that the perpetrators of the crime are either escaping with just no punishment or … More What message are we sending to the world? Strictest punishment for mob lynching is need of hour

IIM campuses make conscious attempt to ensure gender diversity. Why not for caste diversity?

Well-known academic, social and political activist Sandeep Pandey was recently in Ahmedabad as a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A), taking a course in Transformational Social Movements, which he has been doing every year. In a recent commentary, Pandey, along with  Anurag Bhaskar, another academic, presently teaching a seminar course on Law, Politics … More IIM campuses make conscious attempt to ensure gender diversity. Why not for caste diversity?

Why Govt schemes to modernise madrasas can’t provide quality education to poor Muslims

Excerpts from the “independent and non-sponsored” report, “A New Agenda for the Education Of Indian Muslims in the 21st Century”, by John Kurrien, PhD: No discussion on the education of Muslims in contemporary India can be complete without discussing the role of madrasas. A significant contribution of the 2006 Sachar Committee Report was its frank … More Why Govt schemes to modernise madrasas can’t provide quality education to poor Muslims