THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
22 January 2017
Human Rights
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

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 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
Ishrat Jahan case: Is the political furore skirting the core issue? The Ishrat Jahan case has again hit the headlines with former home minister P Chidambaram being accused of rewriting an affidavit to prove the 19-year-old’s innocence. But the legal probe into whether she was a victim of an extra-judicial killing seems forgotten. Ramesh Menon presents a recap and investigates where things stand now.
Government GUJARAT
REDUCING ROAD FATALITIES
The Supreme Court just made it easier for you to save lives; here’s how! You don’t have to fear police harassment if you report or help an injured accident victim. You don’t even have to reveal personal details unless you wish to testify. Here’s a summary of the “Good Samaritan” guidelines that the apex court has now made compulsory for states to follow.
Laws Society
UNORGANISED LABOUR
An endless wait for social security The finance minister’s dream of extending social security cover to all unorganised workers in the country is a lofty one undoubtedly, but Kathyayini Chamaraj identifies the many gaps in the existing law that need to be addressed for that dream to be realised.
Labour Issues Livelihood
BAUXITE IN BAPHLIMALI
In Odisha, more tribal voices against mining Around the country tribal communities are fighting against the mining companies, whose operations have threaten their livelihoods and ecosystem. The Kashipur movement to protect Baphlimali in Odisha is a classic example. Unfortunately, this too, like many other protests, saw merciless suppression and gross violation of human rights, reports Abhijit Mohanty.
Mining Environment
MAHESHWAR HYDROPOWER PROJECT
Turning a full circle The situation that Maheshwar Project is in, brings sharply into focus the issue of accountability of those responsible for the decisions that impact millions of people, involve thousands of crores of rupees and vast natural resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary hopes that Maheshwar would also offer a chance to demonstrate how those liable for the mess can be held accountable.
Energy Displacement M.P.
IROM SHARMILA’S 15-YEAR HUNGER STRIKE
Where suicide is a crime, but not murder For the last 15 years, India has been unable to deal with a fasting, frail poet! Anjuman Ara Begum writes how Irom Sharmila has been waging a protest against the cruel Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, enforced in her home state of Manipur and other parts of northeast India.
Nat. Security MANIPUR
REFUGEE TRAIN
How prepared are we to tackle a human crisis? As the refugee crisis deepens in Syria, visuals of millions of people hoping to catch a train to a better life fill the media space. Shalini Bhutani reflects on the state of refugee policies in the South Asian region while remembering her own father’s experience weeks before the India-Pakistan partition.
Law and Order People
FOREST RIGHTS
Is “settling” forest rights in “campaign mode” a good idea? The central government is pushing state governments to give forest rights to tribals by the end of this year. Kanchi Kohli cautions that the intent behind settling these rights claims under the Forest Rights Act in such haste is not what it appears to be.
Forests Environment Adivasis
MATRILINEAL TRIBES
Lessons from tribals on surviving and thriving An ancient matrilineal tribe of northeast India has a thriving culture and an increasing population, while a similarly ancient Dravidian matrilineal tribe is in danger of vanishing. Linda Chhakchhuak reports on what the Dravidian tribe can learn from the northeastern tribe to revive its culture and population.
Culture Adivasis Gender Law and Policy
AFSPA WITHDRAWAL
The quest for justice continues in Tripura’s dawn of hope Tripura’s revocation of the AFSPA is certainly a positive move from a human rights perspective. But it leaves unaddressed the issue of justice for those whose lives were torn apart by the excesses under the Act, writes Anjuman Ara Begum.
Law and Order TRIPURA Laws
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