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01 November 2014
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FOOD SECURITY CHILD LABOUR LABOUR ISSUES JUSTICE DISPLACEMENT DOWRY GENDER VIOLENCE CASTE ADIVASIS

 

MANIPUR MEMOIRS
Voices from a wounded land

For decades now the beautiful state of Manipur has been wracked by a violent insurgency and torn by the excesses of a draconian army. Anjali Nayar visits the state, bringing back poignant tales and the feeling of what it is like to live with fear.

Gender Violence MANIPUR

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Building the lives of those who build our houses
Sordid living conditions, poor educational and medical facilities, and lack of childcare inevitably characterise the lives of construction workers in the country. Are they ever going to be able to reap the benefits of the growth they facilitate? Kathyayini Chamaraj examines.
Labour Issues Livelihood Opinions Work+Life

CAMPUS VIOLENCE
A trend highlighted in the Jadavpur University moment
An alleged incident of molestation within campus premises at one of Calcutta’s most prestigious universities and the events following it have led to one of the largest student mobilisations that the state has witnessed in recent times. But does the entire episode also signify a continuation of a disturbing trend? Shoma A Chatterji reports.
Justice Gender Violence Society

FIGHTING DISPLACEMENT
Why the market fails to lure Mali Parbat’s militant environmentalists
The efforts of metals major Hindalco to mine bauxite from Mali Parbat in Odisha has run up against stiff resistance from local Kondh adivasis, who wouldn’t shy away from militancy to protect their ecology, if needed. Javed Iqbal explores why they reject ‘industrial development’.
Mining Displacement Land Adivasis

BANGALORE BLASTS CASE
In conversation with an alleged terrorist
Abdul Nasser Madani, a key accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts, waits in vain for his trial to be speeded up after countless adjourned sessions of court. PN Venugopal recounts the circumstances of the case and talks to Madani himself to discover how rules become exceptions in such cases.
Law and Order Interviews Justice

NARMADA DAM PROJECT
When a tsunami is manufactured
In view of the alleged corruption in rehabilitation of dam-affected families, the Jabalpur HC has imposed a stay on the decision to raise the height of the Narmada dam further. Recalling the history of the project till date, Himanshu Upadhyaya asks why a higher dam should be considered at all.
Water Government Displacement GUJARAT

MANUAL SCAVENGING
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Despite the enactment of a law prohibiting the casteist and deplorable practice of manual scavenging, many continue to labour in the profession in the face of neglect, deprivation and indignity. Pushpa Achanta draws attention to the injustice meted out to manual scavengers and other sanitary workers.
Sanitation Laws Caste Society

NGOS UNDER FIRE
Why the IB report is undemocratic
The recent ‘secret’ report from the Intelligence Bureau accusing select NGOs of scuttling Indian development is not only an unjust indictment of these organisations, but also an insult to the intelligence and voice of the common man. Sakuntala Narasimhan elaborates.
Economy Government Opinions

HC VERDICT ON TSUNDUR
Killing the dead all over again
The recent verdict of the Andhra High Court acquitting all the accused in the horrific killing of eight Dalits in 1991 may be based on legal technicalities, but is an instance of justice denied, argues Venugopalrao Nellutla.
Justice Caste ANDHRA

AS INDIA VOTES
Could Modi be a development disaster?
If the cost of ecological damage and social deprivation are accounted for, Narendra Modi will only be half as tall as he is made out to be, says Ashish Kothari, issuing a grave warning.
Elections Environment Government GUJARAT

VIDEO: DAKSH ANNUAL LECTURE
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
What does state sovereignty really stand for? Does it downplay the role and status of the individual by making him a 'subject' of the state? Watch Usha Ramanathan, as she deconstructs the complex entity of the state in the Daksh Constitutional Day Lecture.
Government Laws

GENDER MINORITIES
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.
Gender Violence Culture Women

NON-NATIVE UNDERTRIALS
Left to languish in a foreign country
The deficiencies in the prison system, especially from a human rights perspective, are many and grave, but the plight of non-native inmates calls for special focus, writes Ruchika Nigam.
Justice Laws Women

 

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