THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS IN THE MILITARY
How deep does our prejudice run?

Several recent media reports as well as scholarly literature point to a deep-seated communal bias in certain sections of Indian society. Firdaus Ahmed looks closely at the military and its mutations to explore if it can remain insulated from similar prejudicial leanings.

Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Society

DATA REVOLUTION IN THE ERA OF CENSORSHIP
It’s not only books and films that are censored!

In the shrill discourse over freedom of speech, the selective publication, and even overt suppression, of actionable development data is often overlooked. Amid calls for a next-gen data revolution, Biraj Swain highlights this and other challenges that lie in its path.

Government Laws Right To Info

THE DONGRIA KONDH HABITAT
Securing tribal rights means understanding them first

A letter from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs urges states to recognise the habitat rights of vulnerable tribal groups under the FRA. Meenal Tatpati, Rashi Misra and Subrat Kumar Nayak analyse the Dongria Kondh experience to underline what’s necessary to do so effectively.

Livelihood Forests Adivasis Human Rights

FOOD VENTURE
Kerala pioneer eyes new horizons for jackfruit industry

A new food processing company in Kerala proposes to market innovative products, the success of which could well place the largely neglected jackfruit in the focus of attention of bigger players in the state’s food processing industry. Shree Padre reports.

Agriculture Economy KERALA

SEX WORKER REALITIES
Workers, not beggars

Recent incidents, where sex workers were detained by the police and subsequently forced into a state shelter for beggars, are symptomatic of the continuous harassment faced by them and a basic lack of understanding of their realities. Pushpa Achanta elaborates.

Gender Laws and Policy KARNATAKA Human Rights Women

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
The real challenges to sustainable development

With the expiry of the MDGs which guided global development till 2015, the international community is now negotiating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030. Prahlad Shekhawat summarises the ensuing debates and explores a way forward.

Agriculture Economy Environment Government Poverty

PATRIARCHY AND MASCULINITY
A Man Cannot Tolerate Failure

The age-old notions of patriarchy and masculinity, which suppress and disempower women, have an equally damaging effect on men’s behaviour and psyche, leaving them ill-equipped to handle failure. Rimjhim Jain reports.

Farmer Suicides Gender Laws and Policy Culture Women

STREET VENDORS
A futile struggle for the right to trade

Legislation for street vendors mandates registration of all vendors and allocation of spaces for them by the state in designated zones. Navya P K’s interaction with street vendors in Delhi reveals a reality that is in stark contrast to what the law holds.

Livelihood Trade Laws DELHI

OPINION
A rocky road for Gram Swaraj

The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act Amendment Committee suggested reforms in the 1993 legislation to realise the ideal of decentralisation in letter and spirit. Nandana Reddy, a core member of the committee, holds the state accountable for the manner in which it has dealt with the report and proposed amendments.

Panchayats OP-ED Laws KARNATAKA

VAW IN INDIAN CINEMA
Should films have statutory warnings on violence against women?

A 90-second video put together by a group of women activists demands a pop-up statutory warning on screen every time a woman is assaulted or abused. Shoma Chatterji critiques the video, raising several questions over its content as well as the stance that it takes.

Films Gender and Media Gender Violence Media Women

GROWTH VERSUS IDENTITY
Why the Dongria Kondh rejected development in the Niyamgiri Hills

The 2013 rejection of the bauxite mining plan in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills by the local tribal gram sabhas is hailed as the first successful environmental referendum in the country. Meenal Tatpati and Rashi Misra visit the region to find out what led the people to oppose the proposed ‘development’.

Livelihood Forests Mining Adivasis Human Rights

PACKAGING & THE ENVIRONMENT
Not everyone wants a plastic-free future!

A petition filed by an NGO before the NGT seeks a phasing out of the use of plastic bottles and multi-layered plastic packaging, but there is a strong opposition to the proposal from a significant section of stakeholders belonging to the industry. Devanik Saha reports.

Environmental Hazards Waste Economy Environment

CYBER SAFETY
Keeping your child safe in the age of the Internet

It’s a big, bad world out there on the social network and nearly 73 percent of urban children aged 8 to 13 are active on such sites. Can adult influencers prevent them from becoming easy prey for cyber-criminals? Supriya Unni Nair explores.

Children Laws Media Society

RESISTANCE & RECONSTRUCTION
MHA: A Ministry for Hounding Activists?

The recent government crackdown on Greenpeace in particular, and the activism sector in general, reeks of arbitrariness and illegitimacy, says Ashish Kothari in a scathing critique. The question is will the people give in to the state’s tactics?

Government OP-ED Society Ashish Kothari Ecommentary

TRADE POLICY
Will free trade allow free voices too?

Shalini Bhutani takes a close look at the law and ensuing policy on trade in India, and asks whether the regulatory framework on trade issues nurtures the idea of public consultation.

Trade Economy Government Laws

ENERGY MONITORING
Making power supply data a tool for progress

Pune-based NGO Prayas Energy’s ESMI programme provides easily comprehensible data on the extent and quality of power supply in regions across the country, which can be used to demand accountability as well as enable social research. Manasi Mathkar reports.

Agriculture Energy Environment Government

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
The holes that make our coasts vulnerable

From delayed reconstitutions of critical state and national level institutions to glaring loopholes in procedures, Meenakshi Kapoor identifies all that stands in the way of effective plans to manage conservation and sustainable coastal development.

Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation Laws

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



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