Assam Foreigners Tribunals: How procedures, laws failed to consider gender discrimination

Source: Even as criticising India’s courts, especially the Supreme Court and the Guwahati High Court, for complicitity towards exclusion and abuse perpetuated through the Foreigners Tribunals set up across Assam to... Read more »

Food security? Tribals rendered ‘niraadhaar’ without aadhaar in Gujarat’s Adivasi belt

Source: By Pankti Jog Government data on Universal Identity (UID) or aadhaar website may show a coverage of up to 95% till March 2019. But ground realities are not so glorious.... Read more »

Who Will Clean & Empty Out 9.8 Crore Septic Tanks/Pits?

Source: A recently released survey report says that over 96% of toilets in rural India have either septic tanks or different kinds of pits to collect human excreta. [See chart below]... Read more »

India is not quite yet a Hindu Rashtra: 70th Constitution Day

Source: By Dr. Aurobindo Ghose In January 2018, four top Supreme Court Judges in a surprise move, held a press conference declaring that ” Democracy is at stake, and we have... Read more »

Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Source: The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers in June 2019, took place in six states: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. In each state, the... Read more »

Church in India ‘seems to have lost’ moral compass of unequivocal support to the poor

Source: By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ In 2017, Pope Francis dedicated a special day, to be observed by the Universal Church, every year, as the ‘World Day of the Poor’. This... Read more »

P S Krishnan dies, leaving behind a legacy of commitment to justice

Source: The Indian Express EARLY IN his career in the civil services, P S Krishnan received an entry in his confidential report that he would read out as the perfect summation of... Read more »

Jharkhand is concerned, 23 alleged starvation deaths have taken place in the last three years

Source: At a time when election preparation is at its peak in Jharkhand, a case of starvation death brings the focus on an issue that has been plaguing the mineral rich... Read more »

Modi govt in a bind with respect to ‘core’ Naga demands

Source: By Sandeep Pandey, Babloo Loitongbam, Meera Sanghamitra Thuingaleng Muivah, the supreme leader of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN (IM)] says that Nagaland may be weaker in material... Read more »

Why minorities in India need to ‘rise above’ narrow sectarian parochial interests

Source: By Swami Agnivesh The predicament of minorities in every society has to be understood sensitively and wisely, especially by themselves. On the whole, this is not the case. Religious minorities... Read more »

Family incorrectly left out of NRC: CJP intervenes

Source: Two months after the final draft of the NRC (National register of Citizens) was released and 19,06,657 people of Assam were excluded from the list, the authorities are handing out... Read more »

Why Nitish could play it safe in 2020 polls

BY RAHUL VATSA (15:10)  Recently, a big hoarding was prominently displayed outside the Janata Dal (United) office in Patna saying, ‘Kyun Karen Vichar, Thike to Hain Nitish Kumar?’ It was not in accordance... Read more »

Delhi’s Sewerage Master Plan 2031 ‘accepts’: Some sewers can be cleaned manually

Source: A civil society report, giving details of 18 deaths of manual scavengers across the national capital since 2017, has regretted that these have occurred with “growing in frequency” despite the... Read more »

We are Violent!

Source: By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ “My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him” said Mahatma Gandhi. Thanks to him,... Read more »

Only 36 anti-atrocity cases filed since 2000 in Jharkhand’s Adivasi dominated district

Source: A Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha (JJM) youth conference in Ranchi saw participants expressing serious concern over rising majoritarianism, mob lynching, exploitation of Adivasis, Dalits and minorities, and lack of employment opportunities... Read more »

Lynching of Two Dalit Children: Why Does This Happen Again and Again in India?

Source: By Vidya Bhushan Rawat Two kids who happened to born in the Valmiki community became the victim of deep rooted caste hatred which the caste Hindus have been nurturing since... Read more »

Howdy Modi? ‘Houston Chronicle’ recalls Kashmir, human rights, attack on minorities

Source: Commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big show in the town, “Houston Chronicle” (HC), even as calling Modi visit “historic for a foreign leader”, as it “strengthens bonds between the... Read more »

Higher poverty, illiteracy among Muslims explains desire for more children, but situation is changing

Source: By Amitabh Kundu A reduction in the share of children and an increase in the adult population are important for achieving a high rate of economic growth since it will... Read more »

Stringent orders of UP robbed local residents of their basic civil rights

BY DEEPAK SHARMA  Lucknow, Sep 20 (IANS) Stringent orders of District Magistrate (DM) in several districts of Uttar Pradesh have virtually robbed local residents of their basic civil rights. An unprecedented order of... Read more »

Assessing public education system impossible without independent NGO surveys

Source: One of the key indicators that the government of India is not updating any more is the dropout rate. The last official report providing information on that front uses figures... Read more »