THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
08 December 2016
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
There’s nothing to be ashamed about disability

An inspiring account of Malini Chib, disability rights activist and author, who talks about how she got around to developing a strong disability identity that she wants to “celebrate” rather than reject.

Disability People Women
SURROGACY BILL
Banning commercial surrogacy

A brief overview of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 by PRS legislative.

People Laws Women
BLACK MONEY
Demonetisation and the Rule of Law

Demonetisation is primarily about the Rule of Law in our country and the capacity of the state to ensure, and abide by, the Rule of Law, comments Harish Narasappa.

Economy Government


JUDICIAL VACANCIES
Travesty of justice

With over 2.19 crore pending cases, the Chief Justice of India pleads again to fill the numerous vacancies in the judiciary at the earliest. Ramesh Menon reports.

Government People Society

BOOK REVIEW
How democracy really works

Democracy for Realists is an important critique of how democracy works in practice. Nidhi Gupta reviews the book.

Cities Reviews

A TRIBUTE
Mahasweta Devi in cinema

Mahasweta Devi remains a writer whose work was almost impossible to express through cinema, writes Shoma Chatterji paying a tribute to the legendary writer and social activist.

Gender and Media Society Films and Books Adivasis Media

SOLAR POWER
Meet the solar sisters

In remote villages of Rajasthan women are assembling small, portable solar lamps and then travelling to different hamlets in the region to retail them. Renu Rakesh reports.

Energy Business Women

WORLD BANK
Funding the coal boom

Darryl D’Monte looks into why World Bank through its affiliates continues to fund coal power stations in India despite its claims to contrary.

Environment Madhya Pradesh

WOMAN'S CONSENT
Painting the country Pink

Will a ‘NO’ from a woman remain ‘NO’? Asks Shoma A. Chatterji while reviewing the movie, Pink.

Films Gender and Media Women

RESTRUCTURING WATER ORGANIZATIONS
Creating National Water Commission

A recent report suggests merging the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) into a new organisation to be called the National Water Commission. Shripad Dharmadhikary comments on the report.

Water Environment Government

NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE
Our present and terrifying danger

With the tension between India-Pakistan rising, Darryl D’Monte reports a recent discussion about the confrontation between these two nuclear states.

Nat. Security Government Peace

25 YEARS OF LIBERALISATION
Have we gained or lost?

Pradeep Baisakh looks at the effects of the economic reforms started 25 years ago.

Economy Government

TROUBLE AT ALANG
Graveyard of ships struggles to survive

World's largest ship-breaking yard at Alang is crumbling as the EU Commission and the Supreme Court are now putting pressure to get them to create modern environmentally friendly facilities. If they do not do it, the graveyard of ships will die says Ramesh Menon.

Labour Issues Environmental Hazards Environment GUJARAT

CLPR AMENDMENT ACT
A progressive framework diluted by chicanery

It is tragic that the new Amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) (CLPR) Act, 2016, which has a seemingly progressive framework, has been largely diluted by chicanery, opines Kathyayini Chamaraj.

Child Labour Labour Issues Children

MUMBAI'S WOES
When cities go under

Mumbai is closer to finalising its 20-year development plan, from 2014 to 2034. The plan might be hiding more than it reveals, writes Darryl D'Monte.

Urban Cities Environment Urban Poor

ID REMEMBRANCE
The Dhemaji Tragedy

Parthajit Baruah, director of documentary The Dhemaji Tragedy – An Undefined Chapter, the tragedy that happened on the Independence Day in 2004 talks to Shoma Chatterji.

Media Interviews Films Media ASSAM

TELANGANA'S FARMERS
Registration of informal land sales

Telangana’s free registration of plain paper land sale initiative to digitally clean up its land records not only benefits its dispossessed farmers but makes land governance transparent, reports Manipadma Jena.

Agriculture Land Telangana

MGNREGA
What's working, what's not

The uneven performance of MGNREGA in the task of rural asset generation requires a careful comparison of the decision making processes involved in those cases where the works undertaken have produced value and where it has failed to, writes Pavan Kulkarni.

Agriculture Labour Issues Public Funds

ELECTRIFICATION DRIVE
Lessons for rural electrification from a weaving village

If electrification drives remain focused only on village electrification, connections and lighting, 'Gaaon Ka Vikaas Garv Ke Saath' will remain just rhetoric. Anjali Sharma, Ann Josey, and Sreekumar N report.

Energy Government MAHARASHTRA

DRAFT NATIONAL WATER FRAMEWORK BILL
The right to water for life

The Draft National Water Framework Bill, put out for public comments recently, represents an important and progressive step forward despite some shortcomings and challenges involved in its implementation, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.

Water Environment Government

ON THE WATERFRONT
There's more than meets the Mumbai Eye

With the arrival of a new Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, the redevelopment of port land in Mumbai is  being discussed again and like the earlier discussions this one too ignores the real needs of the city and its citizens. Darryl D’Monte elaborates.

Urban Cities Environment

FILM CENSORING
The brouhaha on censorship

The tremendous rage against Pahlaj Nihalani around the Udta Punjab (2016) issue finally resolved by the High Court gives a reason to revisit some memorable deletions and suggestions made by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over the years, says Shoma Chatterji.

Films Media

HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn

It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.

People Laws MANIPUR Society

BIO-DIVERSITY ACT
Withering public consultations

Per Biological Diversity Act, 2002 before using any Indian biological material for commercial or R&D purposes, public consultation is needed via the local Biodiversity Management Committees, which the National Biodiversity Authority wants to do away with. Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani ask why.

Agriculture Bio Diversity Environment

COAL POWER PLANTS
Water guzzlers in water-stressed areas

This summer, stories of the impacts of drought and water scarcity highlighting the conditions of farmers, cattle, and domestic water supplies in villages, towns and cities have been regular. What is not reported is the situation with industries, particularly the coal based thermal power plants, reports Shripad Dharmadhikary.

Economy Environment

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
A misplaced emphasis on highways?

The government continues with its blind focus on highways and expressways when infrastructure for water supply, waste management and mass transit system is in desperate need of attention. Kannan Kasturi says there is more to public infrastructure than just highways and expressways.

Transport Government

NORTHEASTERN CINEMA
Telling tales from the Northeast

Shoma Chatterji writes about the challenges faced and efforts being made in the Northeastern states of India to encourage and support film making.

People Films Media Society

STATUS OF GROUND WATER
Extraction exceeds recharge

Last month, the Bombay High Court passed an order to shift IPL matches scheduled for the month of May out of the state of Maharashtra citing an acute water shortage in some parts of the state for its decision. PRS Legislative Research, answers some basic questions about ground water and its depletion in our country.

Agriculture Water

NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
How badly designed and unsafe

The 30th and 5th anniversaries this year of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents respectively are the right occasions to examine India’s record in this sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.

Energy Environmental Hazards Environment Government

CONFLICT IN NUCLEAR AGE
World War II redux in the nuclear age

A mega Indian Army exercise aimed at sharpening Army's deep strike capabilities in enemy territory concluded last month in Rajasthan. Firdaus Ahmed analyses why having the strike capabilities in this nuclear age might be a mixed blessing.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings

NUCLEAR DANGER
What Chernobyl and Fukushima remind us

On the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl, one can ignore the lessons – as well as those of the Fukushima plant, only at our peril, writes Darryl D’Monte.

Environmental Hazards Environment

CINEMASCOPE
Saankal – strong content, weak movie

Even a badly made film becomes a learning experience for the viewers because it sheds light on issues not known widely otherwise, says Shoma Chatterji as she reviews the movie Saankal.

Reviews Art Human Rights

BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Hope in Bihar

Recently, Ashish Kothari visited some areas in Bihar where interesting things are happening. Under progressive governance and grassroots action by its citizens when these are implemented state-wise, Bihar would be well on the path of progress.

OP-ED BIHAR

WASTE DUMP
Residents of a municipal dumping site fight back

The women of Meghpar village of Kutch District are fighting the big port town Gandhidham municipality which is dumping its waste in their village. Vimal Kalavadiya and Shvetangini Patel report from Kutch.

Waste People GUJARAT Women

THERMAL POWER PLANTS
New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eating

New regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. Shripad Dharmadhikary examines the implications of these rules.

Water Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

LIMBU TAMANG ISSUE
Tribal seat reservation issue rakes up storm in Sikkim

Soumik Dutta writes about how Limbu-Tamang tribal seat reservation in the Sikkim legislative assembly could change the political scenario in Sikkim.

Government Adivasis Sikkim

HUMAN RIGHTS REPRESSION
Debaranjan Sarangi: Another artist incarcerated

Debaranjan Sarangi, a documentary film maker, writer and human rights activist was arrested recently in Kashipur, Odisha. Shoma Chatterji writes about Sarangi's arrest, his activism and his films which deal with Adivasis and their struggles.

Films Society Films and Books Human Rights

PROGRESS UNDER NREGA
Jharkhand looks at better planning to aid NREGA outcomes

A state-wide campaign called “Yojana Banao Abhiyan” undertaken to plan for NREGA implementation in Jharkhand has sensitized the people and authorities to the potential of the scheme and recharged local democratic institutions. Ankita Aggarwal reports.

Labour Issues Public Funds Government JHARKHAND

RISK FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS
The poisons we play with everyday

From the paints in our homes to the discarded CFL tubes, the sources of toxic chemicals that pose a serious threat to our health and safety are omnipresent. Darryl D’Monte highlights why it is imperative for India to move faster and more determinedly in tackling this problem.

Environmental Hazards Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
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