THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
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

JUDICIAL REFORMS
Judicial delays: Understanding the system before fixing it

On 18 March, at a discussion organised by Daksh India, Nick Robinson from the Harvard Law School explored in detail the phenomenon of judicial delays, sharing insights from his work in both India and the US. Pavan Kulkarni summarises the points raised.

Law and Order Justice Laws

A NEW ROLE FOR INDIA
What will it mean to have India as a ‘security provider’?

As India takes on the role of a mature power centre in the Indian Ocean region, Firdaus Ahmed wonders if it will stick to its traditional defensive culture or if the move to a rightist polity will bring about a different doctrine altogether.

Nat. Security Government Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Subcontinental Musings

A NEW LIBERATION
Bringing spring back in the lives of India’s widows

Widows in India have lived on the margins of society for decades but the intervention of NGO Sulabh International, led by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has brought new hope and colour in their lives. Ramesh Menon reports on one of the first celebrations in their new-found lives.

Society Human Rights Women

HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Where leopards await human compassion

The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species and inadequate safeguards to protect their natural habitats and corridors are posing a serious threat to the continued survival of leopards in and around the city of Guwahati. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Bio Diversity Wild Life Environment ASSAM

EDUCATION
Where is teaching headed in the Modi regime?

Despite the simplistic articulation of teachers' roles and teaching, including that by PM Modi, and the alignment of education to a broader nationalistic agenda, could there be potential ‘teachable moments’ under the new regime? Shivali Tukdeo and Savitha Suresh Babu explain.

Education Government Opinions

HIGHWAY TOLLS
Why Fadnavis mustn't be soft on motorists

Sachin Tendulkar’s letter to the Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, urging him to reduce toll posts in the state, may just encourage the state further to execute its plan of exempting private cars and SUVs from such charges. Darryl D’Monte argues why that is entirely unjustifiable.

Transport Urban Cities OP-ED MAHARASHTRA

PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD
Coal energy: Can communities fight the threat?

A recent workshop in Karnataka focused on the health impact of coal-based power plants and other industrial pollutants and shared inputs on how to empower local communities to combat the same. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Energy Environmental Hazards Public Health Health

RURAL EMPLOYMENT
The slow destruction of NREGA: Evidence from Jharkhand

Wage delays, inadequate manpower and the indifference of authorities to real issues on the ground are stripping the employment guarantee programme of its strong potential to improve rural lives, and budget cuts have only made it worse. Ankita Aggarwal reports from Jharkhand.

Livelihood Public Funds Government

ECI MISSION: NERPA
Now, link your Aadhaar number to EPIC for cleaner voter lists

The Election Commission of India is introducing The National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPA) with a view to eliminating duplication and erroneous deletions in electoral rolls across the country. Chinmayi Shalya reports.

Elections Government



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