Human rights

ragpicker child forced to pick up dead body parts
Child Rights
Democracy
Human rights

Does Indore station routinely exploit rag picker children to pick dead bodies?

How can officials exploit rag picker children to pick dead bodies from railway tracks? When I first read the news of a 12 year old rag picker boy forced to pick up a severed limb of a dead body on the railway tracks at Indore, I thought the newspaper had reprinted an old story of […]

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Environment
Human rights
Land Rights
National

Land, loss and lunacy – Niyamgiri’s story of India out of sight

A lunacy drives India’s development. Vast untouched treasures of nature are discarded with scant thought on the altar of a mythical development. Lakhs of development hit Indians are reduced to lives of despair.

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Democracy
Human rights

Self immolations and the unconscious mind

Sunny Singh makes a very intriguing and perceptive observation about the Arab Spring and the rash of self-immolations that it brought. She points out that while self-immolation is known culturally in say India or among the Tibetan Buddhists, it is a very important taboo in Islam. Not only is suicide forbidden, but mutilating a body […]

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Percentage of time devoted to rural news on TV
Human rights
Media
Politics & Political Commentary

A Tin-Pot Editor

When words that convey extreme contempt are used, they ought to be used with responsibility, if at all they must be used. For, is not telling people what to think an insult to their ability to reach conclusions? This post is about an article by Sujata Anandan where she essentially calls Anna Hazare a Tin-pot […]

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Democracy
Human rights
Politics & Political Commentary
Women's rights

On making India safer

We are hearing storied of police brutalities all the time. Human rights abuses by armed forces. Hideous crimes against women by their own families or random society. Abuses, murders and what nots. Journalists and activists being killed. We analyze fault lines, debate solutions, apply some, and invariably all fails to create change. One reason that […]

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