Himachal Pradesh: In a situation of climate flux, people need bottom-up approach to manage water

By Aditi Pinto* The people of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have always shared a deep connection with their water system. After all, it is here that people live right below the stunning Dhauladhar range, from the glaciers of which they get their waters. The glaciers flow down in streams or khuds from where water … More Himachal Pradesh: In a situation of climate flux, people need bottom-up approach to manage water

Goodbye Girishbhai! Your ‘home-office’ was open to everybody: From slum dwellers to rural folk

A personal tribute to Girish Patel, doyen of the human rights movement in Gujarat, who died in Ahmedabad on October 6, 2018 By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* It is hard to say goodbye to someone who has been so very special; someone who has meant so much to me and many others too. I can hardly … More Goodbye Girishbhai! Your ‘home-office’ was open to everybody: From slum dwellers to rural folk

How much longer will forests of Hasdeo Arand remain safe from impending threat of coal mining?

By Debayan Gupta* and Bipasha Paul** On September 27, the Parsa Open Cast Mine (OCM) in Chhattisgarh, was on the Expert Appraisal Committee’s (EAC) agenda for consideration of grant of environmental clearance. Parsa is one of 30 coal blocks in the Hasdeo Arand, an intact area of dense forest cover in central India. In 2009, the entire area … More How much longer will forests of Hasdeo Arand remain safe from impending threat of coal mining?

Criterion for identifying SCs was untouchability, not social backwardness: It is continuing to this day

Letter to Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Welfare, on the need for Constitutional amendments necessary post-Supreme Court judgment dated September 26, 2018 on Reservation in promotion for SCs and STs: The judgment of 26. 09. 2018 by a … More Criterion for identifying SCs was untouchability, not social backwardness: It is continuing to this day

CIC directs disclosure of Indian Defence Forces’ Joint Operational Doctrines in a 7-year old RTI case

By Venkatesh Nayak* Earlier this week, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the HQ, Integrated Defence Staff (HQ-IDS), Union Ministry of Defence to disclose the following Joint Operational Doctrines under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act): 1) Joint Doctrine for Perception Management and Psychological Operations; and 2) Joint Doctrine for Land and Air Operations. Readers may remember that in June 2010, the … More CIC directs disclosure of Indian Defence Forces’ Joint Operational Doctrines in a 7-year old RTI case

Post-floods: Kerala must join climate justice movement, seek carbon reduction strategies

By Binu Mathew* A month has passed since the mammoth Kerala floods. I’ve travelled through many flood affected areas and talked to many affected people. The loss is huge many of them are irreparable. Even after one month many people haven’t come out of the psychological trauma caused by the floods. Many say they feel … More Post-floods: Kerala must join climate justice movement, seek carbon reduction strategies

Sevagram’s Bapu Kuti is a sparse and austere mud-walled cottage, it is a symbol of Gandhi’s simplicity

By Moin Qazi* Eighty kilometres to the east of Nagpur in central India lies Bapu Kuti, a historic site in Sewagram, the ‘village of service’, which is nestled in the serene rustic surroundings of the Wardha district. This dwelling was the residential abode of Mahatma Gandhi from 1936 to 1948 and was the epicentre of … More Sevagram’s Bapu Kuti is a sparse and austere mud-walled cottage, it is a symbol of Gandhi’s simplicity