THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
RURAL WAGES
Why skills-building is an imperative for rural India too

A recent report from the labour ministry reveals that skill-intensive occupations such as plumbing and carpentry pay more in rural India. Shambhu Ghatak looks at the data closely to argue for greater thrust on imparting skills, especially to rural women.

Agriculture Labour Issues Livelihood Economy Work+Life

COAL WASHERIES
Coal-related pollution chokes mining towns in Jharkhand

The Dhanbad and Jharia regions in Jharkhand, noted for rampant coal mining and related operations, face grave environmental issues due to dumping of pollutant by-products from coal washeries. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports after a visit to Dhanbad.

Mining Environment JHARKHAND

FILM REVIEW
The story that tells you what our courts are really like

Court narrates a compelling story and evolves into a hard-hitting realistic portrayal of the Indian legal system. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film with a deep exploration of all that sets it apart from a regular courtroom drama.

Reviews Films Society

MODI'S CHINA VISIT
China policy: Will economics trump the military stance?

The Indian army’s evolving China strategy, leading to its preparedness for an offensive on that front, seems to have undergone a bit of dilution, as evident in North Block posturing. Is it merely a run-up to Modi’s China visit or is there more to it? Firdaus Ahmed explores.

Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Subcontinental Musings

SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPY
A doctor who cures without a word!

Dr Ruffles, an affectionate dog and resident ‘doctor’ at a hospital in Chennai, has helped several children with special needs to overcome their learning disabilities and resolve complex behavioural issues. Hema Vijay reports.

Special ED Children Child Health Disability

TRANSPORT POLLUTION
Old or new, cars must make way for buses

The ban on old diesel vehicles in Delhi and the NCR is a first step towards addressing the grave air toxicity in the region, but a well-designed BRTS could go a long way in achieving the real end. Darryl D’Monte compiles notes from a recent conference.

Transport Environment opinions Urban Environment

NATIONAL WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL
Womanhood: A synthesis through many forms

Shoma A Chatterji writes on Samanway 7, a unique theatre festival showcasing performances conceived of and crafted exclusively by women, which evolved into a well-blended expression of feminist questions that have sustained through the ages.

Art Creative Women

FELLOWSHIP AWARD FOR INDIA TOGETHER CO-FOUNDER
Subramaniam Vincent receives John S Knight fellowship for journalism innovation
Every year the Knight fellowships program at Stanford University awards eight international fellowships for journalism innovation. This year, one of the eight is your own newsmagazine’s co-founder.
People

AFSPA IN ARUNACHAL
Questions over AFSPA echo in ‘disturbed’ NE states

The Centre may have rolled back its sudden unilateral decision to accord ‘disturbed area’ status to Arunachal Pradesh under the AFSPA 1958, but that does little to restore good faith between the northeastern states and the government. Anjuman Ara Begum analyses why.

Law and Order Government Laws Human Rights

MEDICAL CORRUPTION
When an honest doctor chose to give up medical practice

Tales of medical malpractice and its impact on patients are all too common in India. But what does the culture of corruption mean for one who wishes to remain true to the noble profession that he had chosen for himself? Pavan Kulkarni finds out.

Health Laws and Governance Health People

A ‘FISHY’ AFFAIR
The alleged sell-out that has left our fishermen fuming

An expert committee appointed to review the existing marine fishing policy and suggest a new one has come up with recommendations favouring the bigger, foreign players, drawing the ire of the smaller fishing community. P N Venugopal has more.

Fisheries Government

MIGRANT LABOUR
Daily wage-earners in Delhi find little cause to cheer for AAP

The AAP manifesto may have talked at length about “a flexible and fair labour policy” and regularisation of contract workers, but for a vast section of daily wage-earners, such promises hold no meaning. Devanik Saha talks to one to find out why.

Labour Issues Livelihood Economy DELHI

NET NEUTRALITY
Why you may want to write to TRAI right now

No, net neutrality is not just about IT and activists! If you're still wondering why over two lakh people have already written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) about that, and whether you should follow suit, Supriya Unni Nair has some details for you.

Government Laws

FARMING CRISIS
Why relief packages and loan waivers can't stem farm suicides

Even in regions touted as India’s food bowl, Rs 3000 a month is all that a farmer earns for his family! Devinder Sharma crunches data from CACP to highlight the grave crisis in the agrarian economy.

Agriculture Farmer Suicides Devinder Sharma Ground Reality

DECENTRALISED COASTAL GOVERNANCE
Ignoring the institutions that can save our coast

Effective district-level bodies could have played a critical role in ensuring legal environmental protection for coastal zones and communities. Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor discuss how these have been continuously disregarded. 

Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation Laws

POLLUTION CONTROL
What will it take to make our cities environment-smart?

PM Modi's vision of smart cities will remain unrealised till we have environmentally-smart urban centres, equipped to mitigate the severe chronic air pollution levels. But what will it entail? Sarath Guttikunda analyses.

Urban Cities Economy Environment

REAL ESTATE REGULATION BILL
Commercial real estate set to be brought under new law

While a list of approved amendments to the proposed law on regulation of real estate is yet to be made public, it is now clear that the Bill will apply to commercial projects as well. Here is a round-up of the recent developments, from PRS Legislative Research.

Cities Laws

RESISTANCE & RECONSTRUCTION: NOTES FROM TUNIS
What I brought back from my meeting with practitioners & visionaries

Interactions at the WSF, Tunisia with activists and thinkers from vastly diverse fields, united only by their dream for transformation and alternatives to well-being, inspire Ashish Kothari to hope for another world.

OP-ED Ashish Kothari Ecommentary

FARMERS’ RIGHTS
Pay up, or give up your IP!

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act 2001, based on the European seed patenting model, is increasingly proving to be more of a burden on small farmers. Shalini Bhutani explains why.

Agriculture Agriculture Policy Laws

POVERTY
Rethinking food security and hunger

A recent IFPRI report indicates concrete progress by India in the hunger index, while many experts continue to underline unsatisfactory outcomes under GDP-driven growth. Prahlad Shekhawat calls for a new approach to address the real issues that lie somewhere in between.

Food Security Economy Government Opinions Poverty

PROFILE: Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike
Casting out caste crime

Pushpa Achanta describes the unrelenting efforts of the KDMV in educating members of the Dalit and Adivasi communities about their legal entitlements and helping them wage battles for justice in cases involving caste atrocity and discrimination.

Justice Caste Adivasis Human Rights Women

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
When women unite

A meticulous initiative by an NGO in remote tribal districts of Odisha has brought women from the local communities together, enabling them to wrest their rights and entitlements under laws such as the FRA and MGNREGA. Abhijit Mohanty writes on the project.

Forests Land Laws Women

GENDER LAW
Pro-life or pro-women’s rights?

Bijayalaxmi Nanda tracks some of the prominent debates surrounding two critical legislations, dealing with gender-biased sex selection and abortion respectively, and points to the commonalities in recommendations made by the apparently contradictory camps.

Women's Health Gender Laws and Policy Women

OPINION
Time to write an obituary for AAP?

In the aftermath of the recent developments within the Aam Aadmi Party, Himanshu Upadhyaya’s straight-from-the-heart essay describes the loss of hope and feeling of dejection among many idealists, who had fondly seeded and nurtured dreams of a politics of alternatives.

Government OP-ED

OP-ED: DRESS CODES FOR WOMEN
Must women play football in sarees?

Women in India have continually faced restrictions on how they dress, whether it is on wearing jeans to college or sports gear on the fields. Shoma Chatterji looks at this persistent trend of sartorial repression and urges women to reject such diktats.

Opinions Women opinions Society Women

KARNATAKA IRRIGATION PROJECTS
15 years, and hardly any lessons learnt!

Successive audits of irrigation projects in Karnataka over the years, starting with a report from the CAG for the year ending 31 March 2001, have repeatedly pointed to missed targets, wasted expenditure and negligible benefits. Himanshu Upadhyaya presents findings from the latest audits.

Public Funds Water Government

WHITHER ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
How Karnataka's mega port project is bending the rules

Legal and procedural lapses as well as disregard of critical public submissions are tarnishing the EIA of the proposed Tadadi Port in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli reports.

Environment Environmental Law and Regulation KARNATAKA

FDI & JOBS IN MANUFACTURING
Can FDI really spur ‘Make in India’?

The government’s thrust on ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘Make in India’ rests significantly on the premise of attracting foreign capital into manufacturing. Kannan Kasturi tracks data on FDI inflows to see whether it indicates true potential to boost the sector and job creation.

Trade Economy Government



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