Manipur: Rattled and torn

It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.

People MANIPUR Society

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.
Society Human Rights

Cash inside pens and gift cards: Challenges before the Election Commission
There is a lot that happens in the background to make sure that every Indian election - like the just concluded Bihar assembly election - is conducted fairly, freely and peacefully. Smarak Swain, who was on election duty in Bihar reports on the challenges faced by the Election Commission of India and how it is overcoming them effectively.
Elections Government

The DNA Bill is a recipe for disaster
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) registers its dissent over the new Human DNA Profiling Bill draft. Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of CIS, explains how the Bill does not address the privacy concerns despite a seemingly powerful language.
Law and Order Justice

Are we even ready to talk about superstition?
Rolla Das and Suparna Banerjee comment on the rampant obscurantism and complete lack of informed public debate around the existing and proposed legislation in various states against social evils practised in the guise of religion and faith.
People Society

The promises of Tadri: Mirage or reality?
As environmental clearance on the proposed Tadri port in Karnataka is awaited, Dina Rasquinha and Aarthi Sridhar discuss how assumed future benefits of the port have been projected in complete disregard of the natural, environmental gifts that the region enjoys.
Environment Government KARNATAKA

Let’s hear our children first!
Bengaluru-based The Concerned for Working Children believes that while ending child labour is a worthy goal, preventing children from all work without hearing them out on their actual circumstances could be a big mistake. Eden Ezsak spoke to Kavita Ratna of the CWC some time back.
Children People Society

Food Safety: The devil could be elsewhere!
As the country boils over in outrage against Nestle following the detection of dangerous levels of lead in its popular Maggi brand, Sarika Agarwal takes an objective look at the possible real sources of contamination and the core issues related to food safety.
Environment Health

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 Human Rights

It’s not only books and films that are censored!
In the shrill discourse over freedom of speech, the selective publication, and even overt suppression, of actionable development data is often overlooked. Amid calls for a next-gen data revolution, Biraj Swain highlights this and other challenges that lie in its path.
Government Right To Info

A futile struggle for the right to trade
Legislation for street vendors mandates registration of all vendors and allocation of spaces for them by the state in designated zones. Navya P K’s interaction with street vendors in Delhi reveals a reality that is in stark contrast to what the law holds.
Livelihood Trade DELHI

A rocky road for Gram Swaraj
The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act Amendment Committee suggested reforms in the 1993 legislation to realise the ideal of decentralisation in letter and spirit. Nandana Reddy, a core member of the committee, holds the state accountable for the manner in which it has dealt with the report and proposed amendments.

Keeping your child safe in the age of the Internet
It’s a big, bad world out there on the social network and a recent study finds nearly 73 percent of urban children aged 8 to 13 active on such sites. Supriya Unni Nair tries to understand the role of adult influencers in keeping the children safe online.
Children Media Society

Manipur: Rattled and torn
Will free trade allow free voices too?
The holes that make our coasts vulnerable
Questions over AFSPA continue to echo in ‘disturbed’ northeastern states
Why you may want to write to TRAI right now
Ignoring the institutions that can save our coastal regions
Commercial real estate set to be brought under new law
Pay up, or give up your IP!
When women unite
Judicial delays: Understanding the system before fixing it
CAG report on Odisha: Will legislators take note please?
Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others
Does the government really want to protect whistleblowers?
The role of data in judicial reform
When people are merely roadblocks
Missing: Intellectual Property Rights with a social lens
What the new processes mean for the dispossessed
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam
How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
Why Raghuram Rajan has lost patience with defaulting promoters
Crying out for clarity
Who will lead the anti-corruption agenda in the health sector?
Can a court order end passive violence?
Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?
An old policy Modi must hold on to
The laws we forgot we had
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
What good is an auditor without information?
How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
All set to lose out on the gains?
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
What surrogate parenting entails in India
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
Mullaperiyar: Is the light in the tunnel itself?
Penalties rare for Togadias and Masoods, but mileage aplenty
How well do you know your MPs, Kolkata?
How can our lower courts work better?
CIC: Delaying complaints against delays!
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
What has your MP done for you?
New body should have better pay, more autonomy
Left to languish in a foreign country
2011 to 2013: What has changed in the Lokpal Bill?
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
"Compelling citizens to take an Aadhaar card is unconstitutional"
One Person Companies: Speed without effective brakes?
One hand gives, the other takes away!
Helping businesses help society
'Courting' controversy
National Water Law needed, but not this!
A raw deal for consumers
GM Crops: Can India follow the Philippines example?
Court battle likely after CIC's RTI ruling
Big Brother watching you, but who watches him?
Social justice: What two key Bills propose
Anti-rape law: Can India get it right?
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
Verma Committee: Key recommendations
At your service, electronically
Rightfully hers
Regulating small loans
What amendments did the Lok Sabha make?
Protecting the truth-tellers
One acre forward, two back
What powers must the Lokpal have?
Is 'contempt of court' blocking justice?
Mining vs. Communities
Righting the wrongs in divorce law
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Women’s reservation Bill – the 2010 story
Meandering an important course
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
One-third of the lawmakers
Life sentences: How long is enough?
New rules for seizing land
Regulating domestic work
Fit to drive
Should the RTI Act be extended to bourses?
Guarding the guardians
Right to displace, but no duty to rehabilitate
Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007
Microfinance Bill
Sarkar-approved contributions only
Cooperatives Bill
An entitlement with no law
Move to amend tribal land law dangerous
Immoral Traffic (Amendment) Bill
State-owned carriage only
Say no to the new iron curtains
Acquiring offices for profits
Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill
Seeds Bill 2004
No need to amend the 'Office of profit' law
STs (Recognition of forest rights) bill
Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill
Food Safety and Standards Bill, 2005
Parliament, Winter 2005 session
Pension Fund Bill, 2005
Mental health care needs help
More teeth in new RTI legislation
Bhakra dam, Supreme Court, questions
Divided by - and in - class
Food safety bill may hurt hawkers
The Lokpal cycle
Central RTI law: some shine, still shackled
Too little for the little ones
RTI ball in Centre's court
Entitling 40 million rural workers
"The current law is unacceptable"
Updates on our forests
Sentenced to die, non-unanimously
Supreme Court sets deadline on FOI law
Geographical indications in jeopardy
An impacted assessment process
Misuse of 498A - much ado about nothing?
Criminal justice system "reforms" - II
Stemming campus violence
Criminal justice system "reforms"
Noise and the law
Rape and Delhi's urban environment
Curtail autocratic party bosses
Contemptible, but true
Protecting farmers, freeing the breeders
Legislature and Judiciary: The balance
Legislate, then contradict
Mangalore airport : Runaway runway?
Elections : Disclosures now Mandatory
Their lands and our laws
Urban Water: Judicial recipes falling short
To right the wrongs of development

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