Likes of Modi, Choksi and Mallya serve to divert public gaze from governance and accountability

By Shantanu Basu* “When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when … More Likes of Modi, Choksi and Mallya serve to divert public gaze from governance and accountability

Writer Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

Malayalam Writer K P Ramanunni’s Statement After Receiving the Sahitya Akademi Award: After accepting the Sahitya Akademi Award I now come to your midst in order to make a symbolic, moral gesture. Let me explain briefly. The book that earned me this award is God’s Own Book which is so to speak my extra grief at the … More Writer Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

Institute judicial inquiry to investigate Vadodara riverfront project’s environment clearance

Vadodara’s 40 concerned citizens* write to Gujarat chief secretary; principal Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department; Member Secretary, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority; and Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation, seeking independent judicial inquiry headed by a retired High Court Judge to investigate the Vishwamitri Riverfront Development Project Environment Clearance Application and its withdrawal, ultimately leading … More Institute judicial inquiry to investigate Vadodara riverfront project’s environment clearance

Dalits and adivasis have been getting a raw deal in Gujarat’s budgetary allocation over the years

By Martin Macwan* Even as the Gujarat government is all set to come up with the 2018-19 budget, an analysis of the allocations for the scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) over the years suggests that the two marginalized communities have been getting a raw deal despite their clear social exclusion, whether it is … More Dalits and adivasis have been getting a raw deal in Gujarat’s budgetary allocation over the years

Art of weaving is dying because of lack of visionary approach of India’s cultural administrators

By Moin Qazi* India has been home to a variety of arts and crafts which have won it a coveted place in the cultural heritage of the world. Khadi was the symbol of the freedom struggle and handloom weaving was one of the core elements of Gandhi’s philosophy of self-reliance. After independence, handloom industry was … More Art of weaving is dying because of lack of visionary approach of India’s cultural administrators

How corporate land grab is sought to be legitimized in Chhattisgarh by misusing legal framework

By Sudha Bharadwaj* There would be little doubt in the mind of even the most cursory observer of contemporary events in Chhattisgarh, that the most burning issue agitating the peasantry and adivasis there today, is displacement on an unprecedented scale – for mining, setting up of industries, dams, sanctuaries, four laning of highways, the posh … More How corporate land grab is sought to be legitimized in Chhattisgarh by misusing legal framework

Why was RK Pachauri’s plea for injunction against media coverage of sexual harassment rejected

A Delhi Trial Court on 13th February 2018 rejected R.K. Pachauri’s plea for a gag order against media reportage covering the allegations made by women that he had sexually harassed them when they worked in TERI. In April 2016, R.K. Pachauri had filed this suit for injunction and defamation seeking damages of Rs. 1 Crore … More Why was RK Pachauri’s plea for injunction against media coverage of sexual harassment rejected