UN High Commissioner asks India’s govt to safeguard the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs

Objecting to the use of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) against Amnesty International, forcing the top NGO to close its office in India, and the arrest human rights activists, especially 83-year-old... Read more »

What experts have to say about the increase of human trafficking due to pandemic

By Christopher Johnson The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is driving more people into forced labour or sexual exploitation while support services for survivors have been suspended or shut, several experts said.... Read more »

Arrest of Father Stan Swamy in connection with Bhima-Koregaon (BK) case is shocking

By Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) CDRO is shocked to hear the news of the arrest of Father Stan Swamy in connection with the infamous Bhima-Koregaon (BK) case. We note with disgust... Read more »

Pandemic made the invisible visible – the enduring suffering of migrant workers

By Sarbeswar Padhan The ongoing episodic lockdown against the novel coronavirus has unfolded migration crisis in the country. One would hardly disagree with the fact that it is the migrant workers who have... Read more »

Amnesty International India becomes latest victim of Government

Press Release Amnesty International The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being... Read more »

Farm bills, a speechless democracy and media

By Dr Abhay Kumar The Farm Bills – which pave the way for private companies to buy farmers’ produce and go for contract-farming- have been vigorously opposed by the opposition parties and the... Read more »

Justice Shah “Indian executive ‘failed’ to provide leadership to the people in the time of crisis”

“Since 2014, every effort has been made to systematically destroy these institutions, not necessarily in the blatantly destructive way that the Indira Gandhi government did in the past, but certainly, in ways... Read more »

Migrants in Bihar “Hunger and unemployment will kill us, if not the coronavirus”

Down to Earth had reported that the PM’s announcement of the PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Yojana from Bihar was nothing but a poll tactic. As per the scheme, migrant workers are set... Read more »

Progressive states like Odisha are beacons of hope for migrant population

In spite of limited resources and apathy of the Central government, the state and government in Odisha is making remarkable progress under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr Naveen Patnaik. He worked... Read more »

The Indigenous Collective issues statement in support of protest against race and caste discrimination

During his work with Adivasis for the last two-and-a-half decades, mainly in Gujarat, well-known linguist and activist Ganesh Devy found it necessary to form a network of the indigenous peoples from all continents... Read more »

Kathmandu Triennale: From poets to Shamans

Focussing on ideas and movements that have been marginalised both within Nepal and globally, including discourses of decolonisation, migration and displacement, indigenous knowledge, queer rights, feminism, and alternative world views, the Kathmandu... Read more »

Can Humanism Survive the Onslaught of Hate?

These hate mongers, operating through powerful medium of TV, and widespread social media which also has resorted to Fake news has intensified the Hate against religious minority. In this vast phenomenon, it... Read more »

A computer game spotlights inequality in India

The “Survive COVID” game brings to life the pandemic’s impact on poor families in India as the character tries to avoid infection while she keeps the household fed and safe, with no savings... Read more »

States should replicate Kerala model to ’empower’ rural poor

Investment in rural health, educational, sports and recreational infrastructure can help in reducing rural to urban migration. It can reduce the pressure on urban infrastructure. Investment in irrigation, electricity, rural infrastructure, seed... Read more »

Why should the poor do taapasya and consider suffering their tyaag?

The nation does not need a lesson on how to deal with its problems using religion. There are enough men of the cloth to help them with that. The nation needs the... Read more »

Authorities’ ‘class bias’ hits migrant labourers

Further, it adds, “Receiving states are disowning their own people, making them stateless, treating them like unauthorised refugees and pushing them into untold misery, widespread hunger and forced labour”, with Uttar Pradesh... Read more »

Shashi Tharoor “Aarogya Setu will play into an unfolding narrative of greater governmental control”

A number of my foreign friends were concerned about the communally-charged atmosphere in the country, especially involving demonisation of the Muslim community. Otherwise the thaali/taali/diya call attracted neither adverse comment nor praise.... Read more »

Kerala working towards near self-sufficiency in agriculture

Our new plan, which will be announced shortly, will be an integrated plan wherein other departments like Animal Husbandry, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Fisheries are also drawn into it. By... Read more »

Despite April 2020 circular Chief Labour Commissioner has no data of stranded migrants

The Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) under the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment claims, it does not have State-wise and district-wise data despite the CLC directing the Regional Heads based... Read more »

Biographer Vasanthi “Karunanidhi a visionary and a reformist pushing for social justice”

“Karunanidhi has been part of this success story to a great extent. He was at the forefront of important social justice movement welfare schemes, a champion of state Dravidian identity, language and... Read more »