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FOOD SECURITY CHILD LABOUR LABOUR ISSUES JUSTICE DISPLACEMENT DOWRY GENDER VIOLENCE CASTE ADIVASIS
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

THE DONGRIA KONDH HABITAT
Securing tribal rights means understanding them first
The recent letter from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, urging states to recognise the habitat rights of vulnerable tribal groups under the FRA, is a welcome move. Meenal Tatpati, Rashi Misra and Subrat Kumar Nayak analyse the Dongria Kondh experience to underline what is necessary to do so effectively.
Livelihood Forests Adivasis

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 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

AFSPA IN ARUNACHAL
Questions over AFSPA continue to echo in ‘disturbed’ northeastern 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 confidence and good faith between the state and the government of India. Anjuman Ara Begum analyses why.
Law and Order Government Laws

PROFILE: Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike
Casting out caste crime
Pushpa Achanta describes the unrelenting efforts of the Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike (KDMV) in educating members of the Dalit and Adivasi communities in the state about their legal entitlements and helping them wage battles for justice in cases involving caste atrocity and discrimination.
Justice Caste Adivasis Women

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 Women

BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Confluence of hope: Converging for a better world
Ashish Kothari outlines the vision and processes of Vikalp Sangam, a movement that seeks to bring together a multitude of grassroots initiatives that are exploring alternative, inclusive and sustainable paths to human well-being.
Economy OP-ED Society Ashish Kothari Ecommentary

OPINION: BAN ON 'INDIA'S DAUGHTER'
Give us the strength!
Tara Krishnaswamy takes a brutally honest and incisive look at Indian society to argue why far from being banned, India’s Daughter – the BBC documentary on the infamous 2012 rape and murder in a Delhi bus – should actually be made compulsory viewing for the Indian audience.
OP-ED Gender Violence Society Women

BOOK REVIEW
A paean to Chhattisgarh from an exiled lover
Dr Ilina Sen’s association with Chhattisgarh and her deep, empathetic understanding of its society and culture have come lyrically alive in "Inside Chhattisgarh: A Political Memoir." Freny Manecksha reviews the book.
Reviews Books CHHATISGARH

WASH SUMMIT 2015
Swachh Bharat: What are we missing?
From the time of the PM’s speech on 15 August 2014, where he announced his commitment to a ‘Swachh Bharat’, what has changed in the WASH sector in India? Himanshu Upadhyaya shares some notes taken as a delegate at the recent India WASH Summit in the capital.
Public Health Sanitation Government

KOLKATA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
Spotlighting tales of people’s resistance
The recently held Kolkata People’s Film Festival – an offshoot of the founding movement called The Cinema of Resistance – screened several powerful documentaries and feature films portraying the struggle and resistance of the marginalised and downtrodden. Shoma Chatterji reports on this festival with a difference.
Films Society

BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
'Krisis': Can Greece inspire India?
The dramatic political transformation going on in Greece, with the victory of the leftist party SYRIZA, is worth watching closely for all those in India who hope for a just, sustainable future. Ashish Kothari deliberates upon the lessons to be learnt.
Economy Environment Government OP-ED Ecommentary
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Killing the dead all over again
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Tales of the excluded
Left to languish in a foreign country
Shunned by law, embraced by cinema
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
Moments with Mandela: Meeting South Africa's Gandhi
When legal redress isn't enough to protect children
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality
A childhood lost behind bars
Seeking new homes in Hyderabad
Can we have the truth, please?
In celebration of resistance
The State is snooping: Can you escape?
Kunan-Poshpora revive fight for justice
A deeper look at the Tamil student stir
Justice eludes Mumbai's homeless
Is free speech an Indian value?
Lethal injuries from 'non-lethal' weapons
Opting out of the chaos
Repeated mistakes in relief efforts
Maimed by the state, quietly
A child's trauma, the media's madness
Shroud of impunity
Dissolving the burns
One acre forward, two back
A review of the KSHRC
A death in the family
Children impacted by forced evictions
Death of an activist
Who is illegal?
"I try to hope that I will live again with Binayak in my lifetime"
Memories of protest
The battlefield of hopes
The human rights challenge
The Protocol of vested interests
They hit back, "and it felt good"
Recognising the human right to water
Nuclear Liability Bill: Who bears the brunt?
A mother's fight for justice
Ring the bell against violence
Penury and peril
A new home, but in a nala!
Human rights amidst terror
A lifetime's harvest
Equal compensation for equal loss
The futility of hope
Making ends meet
A legacy of loss
Living on the edge
Waiting, against all odds
A public, private database
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
Lalgarh: Deprived of a peace of life
Calcutta HC steps in against corporal punishment
Incest and the conspiracy of silence
Disturbed in Manipur
Livelihood crisis for Chakma, Hajong refugees
Uttarakhand Gujjars being ousted without compensation
Heavy odds, meagre resources
Life sentences: How long is enough?
Defending the right to legal aid
Wilful distortion denies salt pan owners justice
A unique land scam in MP
Baba Amte: Restless and romantic
In Orissa, NREGA is still a ray of hope
Mine today, gone tomorrow
Crippling Lok Adalats
Resettlement policy: promising start, and a let down
The POTA families of Godhra
Clear the jails first
Tales of eviction in Bengal
Nandigram, an atrocity on dalits
Villagers push for work benefits in Orissa
Not just a place to live
An entitlement with no law
No end to a shameful practice
New lease for documentaries
Caught on reality
Preparing to repeat a dammed history
Child labour ban not good enough
Women in the line of fire
Erecting a stop sign for trafficking
Death of a 10-year-old
A familiar battle at Tadadi
Ain't no cure for love
Minimised by the law
Friday at the court
Your hands, so warm
Children can't read, adults can't count
Savita's choice
Special Exploitation Zone
Kashmir 'disappearances have come down'
Presumed guilty, secretly
A 'general' need for reform
Narmada rehabilitation scam exposed
1422 executions in 10 years, many more?
The curse of manual scavenging
Persistent and tenacious struggle
Too little for the little ones
Sewers becoming death holes
The dark side of Indian homes
Young flesh in the trade
Crippling delivery to the disabled
Rehabilitation's short arm
Narmada: life, struggle and exodus
Rising waters, declining hopes
Victims have rights too
A crippled inspection panel
Resort pushes out fisher folk
Unemployment and migration
Competitive but inaccessible
Economic rights as human rights
Criminal justice system "reforms" - II
Bhopal : a new momentum
Criminal justice system "reforms"
Healthcare : Eyes on the prize
Two children, countless wrongs
Seniors await policy, action
At home, at work
Different state, same story
In the name of servitude
SC checking food crisis
We shall overcome
At long last, an extradition request
Vanishing people, vanishing livelihoods
Unsafe custody in Punjab's prisons
Missing justice
SC rules on preventing starvation deaths
The need for ethical debate
The Great Betrayal : Indian Land Reforms
Lady Courage
Small change in bonded labour
 

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