TRIBAL TRADITIONS
Holding on to a vanishing language

Hundreds of indigenous languages have vanished; many more are spoken by only a few. But as the Asur adivasis of Jharkhand show, it is possible to revive and preserve a language.

#Adivasis #Culture #Radio #Media #JHARKHAND
CULTURAL LEGACIES
History, as people remember it
CULTURAL LEGACIES : History, as people remember it

Formal urban planning and official heritage narratives have ignored the cultural legacies of cities. Citizens groups, however, are already exploring this and could point the way forward.

#Cities #History #DELHI
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : The best and the worst

For some, the plight of countless desperately poor people trapped by the lockdown was a call to action. But for others, it was a time for unscrupulous opportunism and cruel discrimination.

#Food Security #Public Health #Urban Poor
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : An uncertain kindness

Hundreds of millions were caught off-guard by the lockdown. As the government struggled to respond, it was up to citizens to recognise the humanity of each other and do what they could. 

#Food Security #Livelihoods #Public Health #Urban Poor
DISABILITY LAWS
Inclusion is more than benchmarks, says SC

Apex court rules that both public and private sector are obliged to make 'reasonable accommodation' to facilitate the full participation of disabled persons in society.

#Disability #Laws
POLICY AND IDENTITY
Who, exactly, is the public?
POLICY AND IDENTITY : Who, exactly, is the public?

There is rising interest in public policy, but much of the focus so far has been on the 'policy' part. But it is even more important to understand the 'public' part of this phrase.

#People #Government
SCIENCE POLICY
STIP2020: A wish-list, not a policy

The new science and technology policy joins its predecessors in presenting a wish-list for the country, but equally it also mimics the old policies in failing to detail how these wishes will come true.

#Science and Technology #Government
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
ESG: A lot more S needed
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY : ESG: A lot more S needed

The social responsibility of companies is a lot more than a CSR program. It is also more than a mere Human Resources tool for employers to improve relations with employees.

#Labour Issues #Economy #OP-ED
THEATRE
The city in question

Girish Karnad's clear-eyed, unsentimental and even self-deprecatory view of the city seems rare in the Indian narrative imagination, which continues to nurse the notion of ‘the village innocent’ vs ‘the city corrupt’.

#Art #Cities #Culture
OPINION
The dichotomy in India’s rule of law

The rule of law guides our legislative, executive and judiciary and all other institutions yet our country is in chaos. Harish Narasappa analyses the role of reason in making the rule of law stronger and effective to bring order in the country.

#Law and Order #Laws #OP-ED
CRIME SURVEYS
The way we measure hate crimes is simply bogus

Safety and criminality in society must be assessed directly from the people themselves. The government is deluding itself and citizens by conflating law enforcement statistics with crime data, writes Tara Krishnaswamy.

#Adivasis #Caste #Justice System #Government
BRIDE TRAFFICKING
The stories of Paros
BRIDE TRAFFICKING : The stories of Paros

Shoma A. Chatterji brings focus to the issue of bride trafficking, a lesser known but widely prevalent practice in parts of India, through movie Paro.

#Women's Films and Books #Women
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected

Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

#Economy #Environment
WOMEN ARTISANS
Breaking the male bastion of Kumartuli

Women are making a mark in a profession almost entirely dominated by men. Shoma Chatterji talks to the women idol makers of Kumartuli to find out about their struggle and success.

#Business #Women
CHILD-LED SURVEY
When children think abuse is ‘normal’

A new child-led survey has documented the types of violence children in Maharashtra are exposed to. Alka Gadgil reports the important findings from the survey.

#Children
JUDICIAL VACANCIES
Travesty of justice
JUDICIAL VACANCIES : Travesty of justice

With over 2.19 crore pending cases, the Chief Justice of India pleads again to fill the numerous vacancies in the judiciary at the earliest. Ramesh Menon reports.

#People #Government
HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn
HILL AGITATION : 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 #Laws #MANIPUR
NORTHEASTERN CINEMA
Telling tales from the Northeast
NORTHEASTERN CINEMA : Telling tales from the Northeast

Shoma Chatterji writes about the challenges faced and efforts being made in the Northeastern states of India to encourage and support film making.

#Films #People #Media
ANIMAL CRUELTY & FILMS
Of animals and lesser animals: Shaktimaan and his brothers

The shocking physical abuse inflicted on police horse Shaktimaan has rightly created a furore in society. But cruelty towards animals does not just manifest itself in stray, isolated incidents. Shoma Chatterji draws attention to the treatment of animals in film making and stresses the need for strict monitoring.

#People
ACID ATTACK SURVIVORS
Lucknow’s new landmark Sheroes upholds the indomitable spirit of humanity

Manjari Singh reports on the opening of the Lucknow branch of Sheroes Hangout, a café run and managed by acid attack survivors under the guidance of the humanitarian organisation “Stop Acid Attacks”

#Gender Violence #Women
FILM REVIEW
In the aftermath of a hooch tragedy

In a terrible, but not-so-rare tragedy in rural West Bengal, 170 people lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor. But what actually happens after an incident such as this? Cholai, a well-researched black comedy, reveals the moral and social degradation that cuts across spheres, writes Shoma Chatterji.

#Poverty #Reviews
REDUCING ROAD FATALITIES
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.

#Human Rights #Laws
BOXING GIRLS
Chennai girls learn to land a solid punch

These days, select impoverished neighbourhoods in Chennai have become the nursery of future champion boxers. Girls in these neighbourhoods are receiving training in boxing, something that has given them the confidence to stand up for themselves and dream big, reveals Hema Vijay.

#Women #TAMILNADU

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