THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
30 March 2017
ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS
Environment Ministry to bend over backwards to whitelist illicit projects

A new notification from the ministry lays out a process by which illegal units can be granted clearance and “brought into compliance” within the next six months. Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli report.

Environment Government
ENTERPRISING WOMEN
Weaving harmonious threads of change

Women of a small village in Uttar Pradesh are weaving not just colorful yarn but also communal harmony in their region. Swapna Majumdar reports.

U.P. Poverty Women
AIDS AWARENESS
HIV-positive or not

Shoma A. Chatterji reviews Tamil film Sila Samayangalil, a touching film on AIDS directed by Priyadarshan.

AIDS Reviews Films

WOMEN'S DAY
Revisiting the mothers who protested AFSPA

A new book tracks down the women who stripped naked 12 years ago to protest against rape and rights abuses under AFSPA. Banamallika Choudhury reviews Mothers of Manipur.

Law and Order Books MANIPUR Women
NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY
Common tongue? How mother tongue instruction influences education

Tarun Jain and Revathy Suryanarayana explore the link between vernacular language use in schools and educational achievement using data from large-scale historical events in South India.

Education Law and Policy Education
KASHMIRI WOMEN’S DAY OF RESISTANCE
The “disappeared” Kashmiris

Pushpa Achanta writes about the challenges and aspirations of people in Kashmir on Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance which is observed today.

Nat. Security Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir
KOLKATA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
People's cinema with people's support

Shoma A. Chatterji writes about a film festival that lacks the glitz and glamour of stars, television cameras and paparazzi chasing famous people to freeze them for the media.

Adivasis Media Human Rights
COMMUNITY RADIO
New policy dismays Community Radio activists

While stonewalling their demand to broadcast news, the I&B Ministry has said CR stations can air AIR bulletins instead. Geeta Seshu reports.

People Radio Media
CHILD-LED SURVEY
When children think abuse is ‘normal’

A new child-led survey has documented the types of violence children in Maharashtra are exposed to. Alka Gadgil reports the important findings from the survey.

Children Society
MANUAL SCAVENGING
A gross violation of human rights

Manhole is a scathing celluloid indictment on the state of manual sewer cleaners in India, writes Shoma A. Chatterji.

Films Caste Human Rights
CHILD ABUSE IN KERALA
Legislation to safeguard children fails to protect them

Post-POCSO Act, reporting of child sexual abuse cases have rocketed in Kerala, but conviction rates remain dismal. State government and judiciary lack the infrastructure to ensure justice for victims, finds Navya P K.

Children Justice Kerala
KERALA'S CHILDREN
Schooling the children of migrant labourers

As more poor migrant children face exploitation in Kerala, some schools are coming up with ways to enrol and retain them. A few schools now have more migrant than local students, Navya P K points out.

Child Labour Children Education
KERALA’S PLIGHT - III
Rescued child labourers - institutionalised or forgotten

Kerala lacks a system to rehabilitate migrant child labourers. Navya P K finds out how rescued children are sent off to their home districts, and then forgotten.

Child Labour Labour Issues Children Kerala
KERALA'S PLIGHT - II
Ineffective implementation of child labour laws

Cases on child labour or trafficking are rarely filed by the labour department and police. Even when cases are filed, offenders get away quickly. Navya P K reports.

Child Labour Labour Issues Children Kerala
KERALA'S PLIGHT
The rise of migrant child labour

This is the first part of a three part series on child labour in Kerala by Navya P K, who is reporting on this topic for PII-­UNICEF Media Fellowship, which was awarded to her recently.

Child Labour Labour Issues Children Kerala
SENIORITY ISSUE
A better way of selecting the top brass

Nothing is lost by abandoning the principle of seniority, but the armed forces need restructuring says Nitin Pai.

Nat. Security Government
RECYCLING AGENTS
Waste pickers live, work with pride

A glimpse into the lives of women waste-pickers in Pune by Suchismita Pai.

Urban Waste Women
INDO-PAK RELATIONS
The Parrikar thesis

Firdaus Ahmed analyses the recent comments made by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's in case of India being provoked by Pakistan.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
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
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