Too much insistence on technicalities leaves genuine development work out of the CSR net

By Moin Qazi  In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence. — Jamshedji Tata When we flip back through the business history of the world, we find that all large mercantile communities were great patrons of the art of philanthropy. They regarded … More Too much insistence on technicalities leaves genuine development work out of the CSR net

How development excludes Adivasi peoples, affecting their identity and well-being

By Debjeet Sarangi* The mainstream development paradigm has aggravated discontent among Adivasi communities. The reasons are not difficult to recognise—it encourages the siege of native resources, drives competition, is surplus-driven, instils private ownership, and consequently, is affecting the cultural identity of Adivasi peoples. Adivasi thought leaders believe that the root causes for the failure of … More How development excludes Adivasi peoples, affecting their identity and well-being

Golden opportunity to meet, resolve tribal land issues, access to own forest resources, lost?

Three years before the Forest Rights Act (FRA) came into force, scholars RK Rao and SR Sankaran wrote in the “Economic and Political Weekly” (November 15, 2003) how a variety of forest myths and a jungle of forest laws had over the years served to deny social justice to the forest-dwelling tribals, pointing out, however, … More Golden opportunity to meet, resolve tribal land issues, access to own forest resources, lost?

Pune lathicharge on protesters reflects widespread apathy to problems of the disabled

By Sheshu Babu* Many excesses of the police and military forces go unreported or partially reported. A recent incident of injuring hearing impaired has not been covered widely in mainstream media. According to a report in “Indian Express” (February 26, 2019), Pune City Police lathicharged agitators with hearing impairment when they tried to take out … More Pune lathicharge on protesters reflects widespread apathy to problems of the disabled

Disappointing trend: Paltry amounts of educational scholarships for children from marginalized groups

A CRY (Child Rights and You) analysis on what is stored for children in the Interim Union Budget 2019-20: Budget for Children as a proportion of the Union Budget (interim) 2019-20 has shown a nominal increase from 3.24 percent to 3.25 percent. In absolute numbers the increase amounts to Rs. 9,358 crores, i.e., from Rs. … More Disappointing trend: Paltry amounts of educational scholarships for children from marginalized groups

Whither Tobacco Free Gujarat campaign? State’s performance vs other states deteriorates in a decade

By Rajiv Shah Has Gujarat faltered in the fight against tobacco vis-à-vis other states? It would seem so, despite the data suggesting the percentage of men and women using “some form of tobacco” (smoking cigarettes, bidis, cigars, pipe, hookah, chewing paan with tobacco, using gutkha or paan masala with tobacco, using khaini, using usoing snuff … More Whither Tobacco Free Gujarat campaign? State’s performance vs other states deteriorates in a decade

Two friends’ brief encounter with poverty taught them why food security is so essential for all

By Mohan Guruswamy* Late last year, two young men decided to live a month of their lives on the income of an average poor Indian. One of them, Tushar, the son of a police officer in Haryana, studied at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for three years as an investment banker in the US … More Two friends’ brief encounter with poverty taught them why food security is so essential for all