16 September 2014
Surrogacy: The real picture

Gita Aravamudan’s book Baby Makers is a bare-it-all picture of surrogacy in India, and exposes the multiple facets of the practice through the lens of a keen investigative journalist. Padmalatha Ravi shares more details about the volume.

Health Books Women

Building a library a day
Entrepreneur and social activist Pradeep Lokhande’s project of setting up a library every day across rural schools in Maharashtra is helping many poor students see the light of a new day. Ramesh Menon reports on this unique initiative.
Profiles Children Education

Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
The court decision prohibiting immediate arrests upon complaints of dowry harassment under IPC Section 498A meets the need for safeguards against false charges and enjoys the support of many, including a budding filmmaker. But does it come at a greater risk to genuine victims? Shoma Chatterji explores.
Films Dowry Gender Laws and Policy Laws

In search of the missing link
Indifference, impatience, aggression and denial have been among the common responses to rape as a multi-layered problem. In the concluding part of her article, Ammu Joseph draws attention to all that fosters a culture of violence against women in our society and why it is unamenable to hasty remedies.
Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Women

Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
The abhorrent remarks by actor-turned-Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, stating that he would get the women among his opponents raped, have left many outraged but drawn mild reactions from his party and no legal action at all. Shoma Chatterji exposes the milieu where leaders like Pal enjoy complete impunity.
Government Laws Women

Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
Every case of sexual violence that becomes a cause celebre gives rise to earnest calls for action which often yield some results. But limited, quick-fix solutions that do not address the underlying causes of this deep-rooted problem have clearly not worked, writes Ammu Joseph in the first of a two-part article examining the many layers of the issue.
Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Gender Laws and Policy Women

The women who choose petrol over perfume
Comprised of over 350 students, professionals, homemakers from across the country, Bikerni is the first all-female motorcycle association of India. Surekha Kadapa-Bose brings us the stories of this group that has been charting new horizons for women to follow.
Work+Life Women

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 Human Rights

How Sikkim’s casino dream turned sour
Financial irregularities, a probable political conflict of interest and unsavoury social impact have thrown a cloud over the potential of Sikkim’s casino industry, once envisioned to attract revenues for the state from gaming tourism. Soumik Dutta reports.
Tourism Government States

Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
The increasing application of the loosely framed Section 66A of the IT Act and consequent police action raises a critical concern. Tanvi Bhatikar finds that its frequent clubbing with laws related to other cognizable offences poses a grave threat to the freedom of all citizens.
Justice Laws

Voices Modi and Kejriwal must listen to, beyond the noise
Days before the much-hyped showdown between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi, Prabhu Mallikarjunan pays a visit to the holy city to know more about the loyalties and concerns of people on the ground.
Cities Elections Government U.P.

The economics of a strong democracy
Holding trust brought forth by equality of individuals as a critical foundation for a strong democracy, Shankar Jaganathan discusses the postulates of two recent academic publications that add to the important discourse on the issue of inequality.
Economy Reviews Books

A scheme for a better parliament
Though the quality and calibre of our representatives in Parliament, and consequently its functioning, has often come under a cloud, options for induction of apolitical talent in Parliament are limited. P V Rajeev envisions a scheme that could make it possible.
Government opinions OP-ED People



“What about our dreams of a free Tibet?”
Thank you, Khushwant-ji
Bodies for sale, by men too
When a Dalit family approaches the police
Politics, through the eyes of Bihar’s Dalit students
The Olympic medals India won and ignored
The many stories that Kargil tells us
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun
Lone crusader warns school-goers against substance abuse
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
Why are so many elderly men killing themselves?
To deliver on health, understand it first
Where did all the women go?
Can India learn from its neighbours?
Why trolls have it so easy
Where the young don’t want to live
The tale of an acid-attack survivor
Female and fearful In Mamata’s Bengal
A deeper look at the Tamil student stir
'Pearl of water' transforming lives
Remembering Rituparno (1963-2013)
Ballia: Chasing elusive dreams
Crying for care
A village with 60 millionaires!
Both of India's politics on display in KA
Orphans of our society
The role of individuals towards a better life
Shielding campuses from violence
Of sports, passion and reality
No welfare for social welfare workers
Professional or mercenary?
Theyyam revived: A step backward?
Promoting philanthropy in India
Re-imagining India with new data
Srirangapatna: Through prisoners' eyes
A good school for Maqbool
Is India at its 'progressive moment'?
Imperious authoritarianism in the garb of modernity
Norway episode: Problem of evolving societies?
How strong is society, really?
Not your land anymore
The saffronisation of green
A life beyond prison
Last 'woman' on stage
It's not fun anymore
Twice blessed
Trapped from all sides
Theatre, for the people
When theatre is a container for human concerns
The Anna Hazare phenomenon
On secular fatwas
The masculinisation of India
Salvager of India’s dying temple heritage
A drama on campus
The fading beat of the dhaki
Haunted by the riots
Institutional ethics
Expand the moral commons
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Politics: In need of revival
Institutional order and disorder
A spate of witch-hunting assaults
Boxing their way forward
The unkindest cut of all
Social banditry
A Kerala land struggle is 'settled', questions remain
Lalgarh: Deprived of a peace of life
Where are tribal women in Indian politics?
Mayawati: A Dalit's daughter strides towards Delhi
A Sri Lankan refugee provides refuge
Securing live-in relationships
The Hindu Jinnah?
Praja Rajyam: Caste-ing a political net
Living-in: Shades of grey
Eyes and ears, on wheels
Islamic elegies for social justice
Taking dance beyond boundaries
Caste as race
Whose films are these, anyway?
Long disenfranchised, and struggling for ST status
Kerala's development paradox
When I'm sixty-four
The evolution of violence
Landless and fighting, as ground beneath shifts
No reason to be MIFFed
A rosy narrative
Codifying indigenous ways of building
The ultimate shaadi point for those in love
The discrimination 'curriculum' in M.P.'s schools
HIV: Looking beyond numbers
In memory of Nati Binodini
Orissa's Niyamgiri tribals await apex court verdict
Us, them and us
The ideas of the Indians
Illicit liquor brewing despair in Attappadi
Young, male and deadly
Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007
State has no religion
Scuttling the law, officials evict tribals
Nandigram, an atrocity on dalits
Katta panchayats denying relief to women
Devadasis uniting to end 'dedications'
From spirited festival to drab conference
Premature menopause risks rising: study
Condom Ads: missed messages
Is it too late for Jharkhand's adivasis?
Move to amend tribal land law dangerous
Irula panchayat heads push for upliftment
A journey of courage
The theatre of hope
The tribal world and imagination of the future
An opportunity and a necessity
Dalit Christians: SC or not?
Sermons for the distressed souls
Remembering Janam
Horrifying face of the dammed river
A marriage of her choice
The right to dance
Parenthood sans prejudices
Whose Gujarat?
Reservations and the 'politics of illusion'

The transformation of Kavthepiran village
Turning old into gold
Scientific interest surging in yellow magic
Gonds nourish aspirations at annual fair
Ruth Manorama, voice of Dalits
Weaving woes on the handlooms
Low-cost, these dams are lifelines
From saree weaver to leader
Covering the silent revolution
The kanwarias: such a long journey
Caste: Don't ask, don't tell
1000 year-old tradition keeps them together
Nomads together
Little space for grassroots innovations
4 years old, miles to go
Changing notes of music education
Do reservations work?
The curse of manual scavenging
Defying labels, defining themselves
Why their kids are dying
The road to destruction
Troubled Islands
Orienting your board member
During the past year ...
A helpful experience
Press Release: AID 5th Annual Conference
For tribals, only paper pledges
On board the non-profit
Tribal autonomy a step for peace

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