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WOMEN AND SOCIETY
The way ahead for women
However imperfect, the NCW should not be disbanded. Instead, it needs to be debated and held accountable to its original mandate.
Women
September 2012

PUBLIC SAFETY
No space for women
If women cannot step out in public without the fear of being assaulted for no other reason than their gender, then clearly there is something very wrong.
Gender violence | Kerala
June 2012

CHILD LABOUR LAWS
Lacunae and contradictions
The survey of child labour in agriculture has drawn attention once again to many issues to be addressed if every child is to have a meaningful right to education.
Child labour | Agriculture
February 2011

MATERNAL DEATHS
Mis-counting mortality
A recent report by Human Rights Watch, No Tally of the Anguish provides a much-needed exposure of the real story behind averages and official data about maternal mortality.
Women's Health | Uttar Pradesh
October 2010

         

MATERNAL MORTALITY
Dying of indifference
One woman dies every eight minutes due to complications arising due to pregnancy such as sepsis, haemorrhage or obstructed labour. These deaths could be avoided if there is timely medical intervention.
Women's Health
September 2010

SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Fear in the city
We now have data that establishes that due to the fear of violence and harassment many women do not have the autonomy to freely move in a variety of public spaces.
Gender violence | Delhi
August 2010

WASTE PICKERS
Invisible environmentalists
They forage the city, collecting and sorting often hazardous waste when the city sleeps and by day they are gone. We have no long-term policy in place that looks at their welfare or health.
Waste management
June 2010

MEDIA AND WOMEN
Twists, turns, dead-ends
The Sunanda episode leaves us with some hard questions, about the attitude of the media to women, about sexism and other hurdles that women face everyday at the workplace.
Women and Media
May 2010

FEMALE ILLITERACY
Educating India
The Annual Status of Education Report, 2009 points out yet again that what stands between rural girls and a good education is often basic facilities like transport and proper toilets.
Girls' education
February 2010

SMALL TOWNS
Growing without a plan
Rajnandgaon's location along a national highway has helped it to grow. It is also not cash-strapped. But its problem is the absence of good governance.
Cities | Chhatisgarh
December 2009

SMALL TOWNS
Between a village and a town
Janjgir has a poor base to raise finances and is heavily dependent on fund transfers from the state government. There is little here that would qualify this as a town.
Cities | Chhatisgarh
November 2009

SMALL TOWNS
Saved by the women
Narnaul illustrates above all the value of investing in women. Many have continued to be active and involved even though they have little practical support from the Municipal Council.
Cities | Haryana
October 2009

SMALL TOWNS
Where history and prejudice collide
While the old town is chaotic and crowded, on the other side the roads are wide and well maintained. There appears to be a complete disconnect between the two halves of Mirzapur.
Cities | Uttar Pradesh
September 2009

WOMEN AND AUTHORITY
Power dressing
Commenting on the dress sense and looks of women in power is only one aspect of the tendency to run down their success.
Women and authority
August 2009

SMALL TOWNS
A town full of surprises
Jhunjhunu's example can be emulated by other towns of this size. The work of the local groups has been diluted by institutionalisation, but mobilising people continues to pay dividends.
Cities | Rajasthan
July 2009

WOMEN IN POLITICS
A law with flaws
If the government fails to take on board some of the constructive suggestions made on the draft Women's Reservation Bill, it might not serve the purpose for which it has been conceived.
Women in politics
June 2009

SMALL TOWNS
Sehore: Once vibrant, now in disarray
Twenty years ago Sehore was a very livable town. It had a beautiful microclimate and was surrounded by forests and water bodies that never dried up. Today it is becoming a village again.
Cities | Madhya Pradesh
June 2009

SMALL TOWNS
Madhubani: The old and the new
The concrete road is a symbol of some development in this northern Bihar town, but it sits oddly with its surrounding landscape. The lack of jobs, the bane of many small towns, has affected Madhubani too.
Cities | Bihar
May 2009

WOMEN IN POLITICS
Many more Mayawatis
They cannot compete with Mayawati, or Jayalalitha or Sonia Gandhi. But the new breed of women politicians springing up in India's small towns will become a political force to reckon with in the years to come.
Women in politics
May 2009

MEIRA PAIBI
Disturbed in Manipur
In the run-up to the elections, only the dominant voices from "mainland" India will be heard. But we need to listen to what those living at the margins of this country are saying.
Human rights | Manipur
March 2009

WOMEN'S HEALTH
Mothers and motherhood
It is indeed ironic that in a society where motherhood is virtually deified, we pay so little attention to making sure that women don't die in the process of becoming mothers.
Women's health
January 2009

DOMESTIC WORKERS
Making visible the invisible
It is relatively easy to legislate laws regarding domestic workers, as Maharashtra has just done with its recent bill on their welfare. But it's not that easy to change attitudes.
Labour
January 2009

PROFILE
Woman of steel
Women like Dayamani Barla are reminding us that there are other ways to "develop" and that it is possible to fight peacefully but with determination for your convictions.
Displacement
December 2008

STREET VENDORS
Faceless citizens
While the economy has strangled the livelihood of North Indian vendors in Mumbai, a politician has muffled their voice. And the media and policymakers are looking the other way.
Livelihoods
November 2008

RULING ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Breaking the silence
A recent ruling by the Bombay High Court offers encouragement for women who are afraid to talk about sexual harassment.
Maharashtra
October 2008

OPINION: ABORTION DEBATE
Niketa's choice
The Niketa and Harish Mehta case has thrown up issues that concern individual choice, ethics, technology and the law.
Health
August 2008

WOMEN AND THE WORKFORCE
Work matters
There are many people who believe that women should do only women's work and that they should step out of their homes for paid work only if it is absolutely necessary.
Women
July 2008

'GLOBAL' CITIES
Diary of the displaced
In the Indian version of suburbanisation, the poor are being forced out of the cities, compelled to pay the price for the creation of the global city.
Cities | Delhi | Women | Displacement
June 2008

AWAY FROM THE 'MAINLAND'
Connecting to the Northeast
Even in the not-so-remote parts of Assam, you are constantly reminded of the fact that the entire region remains apart. It is evident in many things - its scenic beauty, its poor connectivity, the stories in the media, and the attitudes of young women here.
May 2008

OPINIONS / MEDIA
And now the good news
Khabar Lahariya, run by Dalit and Kol women, has emerged as a truly rural newspaper that is read and respected by all sections of society in Chitrakoot. It is a small shining star on the media horizon that exposes the hollowness of the mainstream media.
Media
April 2008

DOMESTIC WORKERS
Invisible women
We usually wake up to their existence when they don?t turn up for work. And the first response is annoyance, because of the inconvenience caused to us. Films like Lakshmi and Me open our eyes to the plight of people who hold up our homes, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Film Reviews | Women
January 2008

DEVELOPMENT STRUGGLES
Unrecognised heroines
Women like Mukta Jodia, the first recipient of the Chingari Award for Women Against Corporate Crime, are a reminder of the other India, the real India. What triggers their struggles is quite often the lack of transparency.
Women
December 2007

OPINION: WORRISOME SEX-RATIO
A world without women
How ironical it is that just when Indians are patting themselves on the back on having the richest man in the world in their midst, when the middle classes are celebrating the rising stock market and more, girls are being killed, women are being bought and they have to fear for their lives in many parts of this country.
Women

MALNUTRITION
The 'invisible' half
Almost one in every two children under three years of age is hungry. This is the invisible half of our population, people who disappear from our consciousness until they die in large numbers.
Women | Malnutrition
October 2007

OPINION
Is this sports, or false patriotism?
Both India and Pakistan played well in the Twenty20 tournament, and played in a positive frame of mind. Why then should a mainstream media channel insist on harping on the rivalry between two countries that are making tentative attempts at peace.
Media
October 2007

OPINION
Talking about harassment
The issue of sexual harassment is out in the open and is being discussed. It gives a chance to hundreds of women who have faced situations for which they thought there was no solution to come forward and share their experiences.
Gender violence
September 2007

OPINION: GENDER VIOLENCE
Be safe, don't exist
The Delhi Police's booklet containing tips for women from the Northeast to be safe in the capital exposes only their own need for sensitivity training. Not surprisingly, many northeastern students in Delhi are incensed at being portrayed as responsible for their own problems.
Gender violence | Delhi
August 2007

OPINION
Why Pooja got 'mad'
Behind the entire media cacophony over Pooja Chauhan is a real story and a real person. The story is a familiar one. Of women, thousands of them, who are harassed over dowry or over the gender of the child they birth, particularly if she turns out to be a girl.
Dowry
July 2007

OPINION
Moving beyond symbols
The question before us women is whether Pratibha Patil's imminent election as President has any meaning for us, whether it will make any difference to women in India, and whether we should welcome such a symbolic gesture on the part of the ruling alliance.
Women and Power | Women's representation
July 2007

OPINION
'Gendered' health
The All India Services Performance Appraisal Rules, 2007 reminds us that women's work is assessed not necessarily by neutral, objective criteria. The gender angle somehow creeps in, directly or indirectly, as IAS officers in Maharashtra can now testify.
Women
April 2007

CENSORSHIP AT SCHOOLS
Sex education and survival tools
The recent decisions of several state governments to ban sex education in schools concerns everyone, particularly women. In this age of the knowledge economy, we cannot believe that people's access to information on any subject, including matters relating to sex, can be controlled.
Culture
April 2007

FEMALE INFANTICIDE
Think of the mother
Even the most calculating and hard-hearted woman will not be indifferent to what happens to the child she has birthed. This is the reason that female infanticide remains a phenomenon restricted to only a few areas while sex selective abortions are rampant.
Gender violence
March 2007

SLUMS
The great garbage rush
The belief that slum dwellers convert any structure they are given into another slum is thoroughly disproved in Charkop. There is clearly a sense of community, and each cluster feels proud to maintain the cleanliness of its surroundings.
Urban Environment | Cities | Housing
February 2007

MOBILISATION
Chhatisgarh's ray of hope
Crippling poverty, Naxalism and government bungling may have depressed the lives of poor women in Chhatisgarh, but there is now a shining ray of hope. 60,000 women have become trained community health volunteers and are making an impact.
Women | Chhatisgarh
December 2006

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Behind closed doors
We can now celebrate the fact that India is one of the few countries around the world that recognises that domestic violence is a violation of the human rights of women. The law alone is not enough, but it surely strengthens the hand of those who want to establish these rights.
Gender violence
November 2006

OPINION/WOMEN
A suggestion for Munnabhai
As Munnabhai has already tackled the callousness of our health system, and the greed of real estate sharks, how about tackling the one Indian tradition that refuses to die — that of dowry? I could imagine that such a film could work very well.
Culture

WOMEN AND MIGRATION
Forced departures
When women, of whatever class, are forced by circumstance to migrate, they expose themselves to new forms of violence and exploitation. A new UN report terms trafficking of women as migration "gone bad" and the "underside" of globalisation.
Women
September 2006

FOETICIDE IN PUNJAB
Babies in the well
In the vicinity of a private hospital in Patiala district, a 30-ft-deep well yielded 50 dead foetuses, all female. The location of the well near the clinic was not accidental. For, clearly, despite the PNDT Act, the aborting of female foetuses continues virtually unchecked. The 'unacceptable crime' is still flourishing.
Gender violence | Punjab
September 2006

7/11 BLASTS
Learning from Mumbai
After the serial blasts, Mumbai may soon be faced with men with metal detectors checking bags, train stations with sniffer dogs, more checks, and more suspicion. In such an atmosphere, it will be much easier to sow the seeds of dissension, difference, or division. A city united in tragedy could easily fall apart.
Opinions
August 2006

HUMAN RIGHTS
Death of a 10-year-old
For her childish prank, domestic 'servant' Sonu was tortured, tied up and left to bleed to death. The police have rounded up her employers, but the story has not ended because it raises questions that all of us, educated, middle-class Indians need to face.
Children | Human rights
July 2006

'SHE'
Kashmir: Another view
Women's groups around the country may have held back in the sex scandal in Kashmir because it is embedded in the divided politics of that state. Meanwhile, within Kashmir itself voices that were not heard before are now audible through a women's magazine that was recently launched.
Women and Media | J&K
May 2006

OPINION
When the media are silent
A young Manipuri wrote to me recently: "I used to believe that media can really help ... But, how do we act when the media go silent?" India's northeastern States come into the news only when there is an election, an atrocity so huge that it cannot be ignored, or a natural disaster.
Manipur
May 2006

AGAINST EVE-TEASING ONLINE
The speak-out sisters on the Net
The Internet has created democratic spaces where we can all blow-off steam and escape immediate physical violence. With faster and widening Internet access, blogging, where people create their own on-line diaries is gaining ground in India. The spirited, recent online backlash against eve-teasing is an example.
Culture | Women
March 2006

DOWRY
Why dowry will not die
Given the lack of any news about dowry deaths, dowry violence or dowry demands, one would have thought that the problem had disappeared. Far from it. In fact, it has become far more entrenched and taken new forms. Dowry is a symptom of a deeper disease that relates to how our society values women.
Dowry
March 2006

SANITATION AND WOMEN
Educating Mr. Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's recent remarks on muslim women and the absence of sanitation at their homes sparked a controversy. Kalpana Sharma says that if the CM really cared, millions of Indian women, with or without a "burqa", would not be "forced to go the jungles."
Gujarat | Women
February 2006

GENDER PARITY
Maharaja's New Year gift
On December 28, 2005, Air India issued a directive stating that women could henceforth be in-flight supervisors. With this, one of the last vestiges of gender discriminatory practices that the airline has continued to hold on to, has gone. Kalpana Sharma recounts the Maharaja's glacially slow change of heart.
January 2006

SAFETY IN PUBLIC SPACES
Can women ever be safe?
While women who have to commute at night, or use public transport, are forced to remain alert at all times because they are aware of the dangers, call centre employees who believe that "the company" takes care of all their needs might just let their guard down. Kalpana Sharma answers a reader's question: will it ever end?
Violence against women
January 2006

Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist, columnist and media consultant. She has been, until recently, Deputy Editor and Chief of Bureau of The Hindu in Mumbai. In over three decades as a full-time journalist, she has held senior positions in Himmat Weekly, Indian Express and the Times of India. Her special areas of interest are environmental and developmental issues. She writes a fortnightly column in The Hindu's Sunday Magazine section, The Other Half, that comments on contemporary issues from a gender perspective. She has also followed and commented on urban issues, especially in the context of Mumbai's development.

Kalpana Sharma is the author of Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia's Largest Slum (Penguin 2000) and has co-edited with Ammu Joseph Whose News? The Media and Women's Issues (Sage 1994, 2006) and Terror Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out (Kali for Women, 2003)

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Chhattisgarh’s food ATMs: Portable benefits minus biometrics http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/core-pds-smart-system-in-raipur-chhattisgarh-food-security-portability-government http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/core-pds-smart-system-in-raipur-chhattisgarh-food-security-portability-government Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:45:22 +0000 Rhythm Gupta

The smart-card driven CORE-PDS system demonstrates the feasibility of introducing portability in social security systems without the use of biometrics. A student team from IIT Delhi surveys Fair Price Shops in Raipur district following the new system to assess how it has been faring.

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PMO, NGOs appeal for funds for flood-hit J&K http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/jammu-kashmir-prime-minister-flood-relief-donations-contribution-relief http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/jammu-kashmir-prime-minister-flood-relief-donations-contribution-relief Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:18:14 +0000

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Do we really need Gujarat’s Sabarmati model? http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/gujarat-sabarmati-riverfront-development-model-for-ganga-yamuna-environment http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/gujarat-sabarmati-riverfront-development-model-for-ganga-yamuna-environment Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:50:09 +0000 Amruta Pradhan

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Even as India’s Wildlife Protection Act completes 42 years, certain recent moves of the government appear to undermine the law, in a bid to project an industry-friendly regime. T R Shankar Raman analyses the apparent direction in which the Act, and environmental laws in general, seem to be headed.

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Urbanisation challenge: What will drive the funds? http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/financial-management-and-accountability-of-municipal-corporations-of-cities-economy http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/financial-management-and-accountability-of-municipal-corporations-of-cities-economy Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:22:56 +0000 Srikanth Viswanathan

Indian cities have neither the funds required to realise their envisaged progress, nor credible systems to ensure effective utilisation of what they have. Srikanth Viswanathan emphasises the need for accountability and more robust financial management by municipal corporations.

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On the eve of Teachers’ Day, PM Narendra Modi called upon teachers across the country to inculcate broader perspectives and greater social responsibility among students. But given the shortage of teachers and crippling social malpractices, how realistic is that vision?

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There are more things in heaven and earth than stock markets! http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/100-days-of-narendra-modi-government-op-ed http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/100-days-of-narendra-modi-government-op-ed Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:58:16 +0000 Devinder Sharma

The media frenzy over Narendra Modi’s first 100 days in office is complemented by the cheer in markets, but Devinder Sharma sounds a caveat against judging the performance of the government by the standards of markets alone.

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Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/chri-report-on-state-security-commissions-police-ssc-laws http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/chri-report-on-state-security-commissions-police-ssc-laws Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:54:06 +0000 Navya P K

With only 14 functional State Security Commissions in the country, and those too with flawed compositions and diluted roles, the efforts towards minimising government interference in police functioning have naturally been lax. Navya PK cites critical findings of a CHRI Report that shows the present sad state of our SSCs.

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What good is an auditor without information? http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/cag-shashikant-sharma-seeks-rti-powers-in-dpc-act-government http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/cag-shashikant-sharma-seeks-rti-powers-in-dpc-act-government Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:41:54 +0000 Himanshu Upadhyaya

A recent letter written by the CAG Shashikant Sharma to the finance minister, seeking access to required information through RTI, exposes once more the lacunae in the powers of the Supreme Audit Institution. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the debate around the issue.

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Should India tone down its moralistic stance in Paris climate talks? http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/india-position-in-climate-change-sustainable-development-carbon-paris-environment http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/india-position-in-climate-change-sustainable-development-carbon-paris-environment Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:05:36 +0000 Darryl D'Monte

Could India’s inflexible and rather aggressive attitude in global climate negotiations jeopardise its domestic mitigation of the real threats from climate change? Darryl D’Monte summarises the key take-aways from a TISS conference that dwelled upon this and related issues.

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Building a library a day http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/pradeep-lokhandes-rural-school-libraries-in-maharashtra-education http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/pradeep-lokhandes-rural-school-libraries-in-maharashtra-education Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:26:39 +0000 Ramesh Menon

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.

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Tracking fears, hopes and facts in a new state http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/telangana-family-survey-2014-analysis-government http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/telangana-family-survey-2014-analysis-government Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:52:21 +0000 Venugopalrao Nellutla

Widely labelled as the first of its kind, the Intensive Family Survey conducted in Telangana on 19 August gave rise to a range of speculations, and predictably drew its share of brickbats and bouquets. Venugopalrao Nellutla seeks to decipher the real motives and usefulness of the survey.

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Remembering Ananthamurthy, the critical insider http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/remembering-ananthamurthy-people http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/remembering-ananthamurthy-people Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:20:57 +0000 Prakash Belawadi

UR Ananthamurthy's brutally honest stance on Brahmanism, or in fact on any of the subjects that concerned him, has been fiercely debated in his life and death. In a tribute to the recently deceased stalwart of public thinking, Prakash Belawadi seeks to find clues to his inquiring spirit.

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Is the lack of human resources choking your city? http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/staffing-issues-in-city-municipal-corporations-and-local-bodies-government http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/staffing-issues-in-city-municipal-corporations-and-local-bodies-government Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:07:38 +0000 Madhavi Rajadhyaksha

Municipal corporations in India have neither any grip on the number of staffers employed and their skillsets nor any mechanism to ascertain these. Madhavi Rajadhyaksha discusses several studies including the ASICS from Janaagraha to expose what ails urban local bodies.

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Sikkim’s 2400-crore hydro-power scam that no one’s talking of! http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/sikkim-s-2400-crore-hydro-power-scam-states http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/sikkim-s-2400-crore-hydro-power-scam-states Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:54:29 +0000 Soumik Dutta

The Sikkim government’s irregular allocation of hydropower projects to a New Delhi-based power producer and the eventual turn of events have cost the state more than Rs 2400 crore, according to a CAG report. Soumik Dutta reports on the details of the case and other related discrepancies that have surfaced since.

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Indo-Pak talks: Getting past the eyewash http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/the-real-reason-behind-india-pakistan-talks-being-called-off-op-ed http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/the-real-reason-behind-india-pakistan-talks-being-called-off-op-ed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:10:28 +0000 Firdaus Ahmed

The calling off of talks between India and Pakistan is being attributed to the latter’s interactions with separatists, with an extended reference to incursions along the LoC. Firdaus Ahmed digs beyond the obvious to highlight the more likely cause behind the move.

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In conversation with an alleged terrorist http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/conversation-with-abdul-nasser-madani-bangalore-blasts-accused-human-rights http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/conversation-with-abdul-nasser-madani-bangalore-blasts-accused-human-rights Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:34:20 +0000 P N Venugopal

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.

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How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/summary-of-constitution-121st-amendment-bill-2014-laws http://indiatogether.org/opinions/kalpana/home.htm/articles/summary-of-constitution-121st-amendment-bill-2014-laws Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:34:54 +0000 Prianka Rao

A quick summary of the recently passed Constitution (121st Amendment) Bill 2014 from PRS Legislative Research outlines the broad changes that it will bring about in the judicial structure of the country.

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