Tales of the excluded
The recent judicial pronouncement criminalising homosexuality has created quite a furore, but in reality those with limited or no interaction with people of alternative sexual orientation have only a vague idea of their continuous struggle and challenges. Pushpa Achanta brings us two poignant narratives.
Sons and daughters waiting to be rescued
As media reports on abuse of domestic help become increasingly frequent,
Shoma A Chatterji
draws attention to a documentary that reveals the
shocking realities of children and young people trafficked for employment as servants in upper and middle class homes, primarily in Delhi.
Shunned by law, embraced by cinema
As outrage spreads over the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding criminalisation of same-sex relationships,
Shoma A. Chatterji
dwells on a documentary portraying the social and emotional ordeal of individuals belonging to the community, and talks to the makers of the film.
Small hands, hard labour in Surat's textile industry
The famed textile industry of Surat is one of the pillars of Gujarat's industrial success story. What is less known about it is the unfortunate
reality of rampant child employment and exploitation that prevails there.
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
Going beyond value judgments,
T R Raghunandan
presents an objective explanation of why the Supreme Court judgment upholding the constitutionality
of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code lacks sound reasoning and could have been much better crafted.
Moments with Mandela: Meeting South Africa's Gandhi
As the world mourns the loss of one of history's most remarkable leaders,
reminisces the occasions when she met Nelson Mandela and dwells on the qualities that set him apart.
When legal redress isn't enough to protect children
Hospital-based Collaborative Child Response Units can go a long way in providing immediate medical attention, minimising secondary trauma, and
ensuring that children abused sexually get adequate social support.
Vinita A Shetty
looks at why these CCRUs are so critical for minor victims.
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality
Thousands of landless villagers in Maharashtra's Marathwada region are forced to take up sugarcane harvesting for lack of better livelihood
visits the region and uncovers the rampant exploitation and hardships for workers that these contracts entail.
A childhood lost behind bars
The 2012 crime records from NCRB show nearly 1800 children jailed by circumstance, most often with their mothers, across Indian prisons.
takes a look at the lives of these innocent prisoners and argues for vigilant implementation of relevant suggestions to ensure their basic rights.
Seeking new homes in Hyderabad
Close to 2000 Rohingya Muslims displaced by the bloody riots in Myanmar's Rakhine province have settled in Hyderabad over the last three years,
hoping to rebuild their lives. How do they live and how is the city dealing with the phenomenon, given India's inchoate refugee laws?
tries to find out.
WAR ON TERROR
Can we have the truth, please?
Circumstances surrounding the death of alleged terrorist Khalid Mujahid in UP underline how sloppy investigations and a bias for emotion instead
of facts have dented the credibility of the fight against terror.
fears that such half truths will only feed the evil of terrorism further.
In celebration of resistance
Sanjay Kak's latest film Red Ant Dream weaves together disparate stories of people's movements and transports the viewer to hidden pockets
of resistance to paint a picture of conflict and revolutionary potential in India today.
reviews the film.