Lack of Political Will is to Blame for Building Collapses

27th September 2013, Mumbai: Buildings are like our body. They need to be kept fit and in working order. If neglected, deterioration can be rapid. Sadly, our administrators neglect regular building maintenance, and this is seen everywhere — from Mantralaya to BMC offices, from Municipal schools to hospitals, police stations and even courts. There is a popular misconception that building collapses have something to do with illegal construction. Whenever buildings collapse, politicians are quick to…

"Lack of Political Will is to Blame for Building Collapses"

Help The Sara help Kashmiri youth

While Jammu and Kashmir has always had among the lowest suicide rates (0.3% of all suicides) in India, statistics show a rising trend (44.3% more in 2012 than 2011) as opposed to a slight decline (0.1% less in 2012 than 2011) in the overall national figures. The dramatic increase is concerning in a state where the ongiong conflict creates a volatile situation or the youth. Dr. Raminder Jit Singh knows loss personally. Every decade of…

"Help The Sara help Kashmiri youth"

Report of Workshop on Preventing Child Marriage in Gujarat

Workshop on Prevention of Child Marriage was held on 8th and 9th November, 2012, at Greenwood Resort, S.G. Highway Ahmedabad. This workshop was organized by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Gandhinagar, and UNICEF Gujarat. Mr. R.S. Patel, Director of Social Justice and Empowerment Department and CEO of Gujarat State Child Protection Society and Mr. Lolichan, State Consultant, UNICEF Gujarat has inaugurated the workshop. Legal Officer and Protection Officer – Non Institutional Care from…

"Report of Workshop on Preventing Child Marriage in Gujarat"

Impressive collection of knives – in tribal backs #DongriaKondh #Niyamgiri #Vedanta

In a way, the story of what’s going on around Niyamgiri is the classic story of India. Only we aren’t used to seeing dark skinned tribals who have never seen an air-conditioned room as “people like us”. Yet, they are stuck in the middle of the most typical melodramatic soap opera that Indian protests could wish for. If you simply read the details of the case, you’d wonder what the big deal was. Big corporate…

"Impressive collection of knives – in tribal backs #DongriaKondh #Niyamgiri #Vedanta"

Spouting Vedanta, Modernity and tradition

When a “senior journalist who has written several books on development” abdicates either sanity or integrity or both and starts spouting propaganda that has been rejected by the people it attempts to enslave, it falls upon the humble blogger with no dependence on advertisers to call for a sanity check, because it appears that B G Verghese has lost it totally. All quotes are from this article except ones in italics where it is specifically…

"Spouting Vedanta, Modernity and tradition"

Sudden epidemic of Solar-Powered Water ATMs in news

Since I track news on water, it wasn’t too difficult to see when the sudden epidemic of news about these miraculous solar powered water ATMs hit. Last couple of days. The news before that is last year, then the year before last, and so on, right back up to the year 2008 – when Piramal started selling water (very cheap) to communities without access to clean, drinking water. Very philanthropic, one would imagine, except the…

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