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Floods washing away the future for many in West Bengal Farmers working on small plots suffer most, as they also miss out on government’s relief packages

If you thought that surviving the dual onslaught of Covid-19 and cyclone Amphan was a feat, residents of several districts of South Bengal, now have floods to deal with. Though, floods are so regular here, that anything short of devastation, doesn’t even ring alarm bells as loud as it should, anymore. Due to the incessant…

Warp and weft of distress in Shantipur West Bengal’s weaving industry has suffered greatly due to the Covid-19 Lockdown

The Covid-19 Lockdown may soon ease off in West Bengal, however there has been massive damage done already, as it virtually cut off livelihoods of weavers and workers associated with the textile industry. The lockdown is said to have affected over six lakh registered workers associated with the weaving industry. The worst affected districts, according…

The year that was: Detention camps, healthcare crisis, violation of Constitution! CJP looks back at campaign progress in UP's Purvanchal region and Assam

Working as a single unit, organisations like Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), and the Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG) have closely observed the state of Covid-19 crisis in India and the government’s attitude towards it. Over the last four to five weeks, the groups examined the…

Guidance on Covid-19 vaccination for Pregnant and Lactating mothers Answers to some new questions around the vaccine based on advice from WHO and Government of India

Vaccination has emerged as the biggest weapon to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there is a significant amount of anxiety if the vaccines can be taken by lactating mothers, pregnant women etc. There is anxiety fueled by myths and misinformation around the vaccine that are still being circulated in some online groups. However, experts such as…

Right to health: Obligations of the State How the government is expected to protect your health

The Covid-19 crisis has given fresh momentum to conversations surrounding our Right to Health. From the right to basic medication to a demand for vaccine camps for all, organisations like CJP have been at the forefront of defending this right. However, when it comes to the obligations of the State to serve its people, what…

Almost, but not quite… Which states fared moderately well in controlling Covid-19 and why?

The pandemic, while bringing on a sea of tragedies for Indians, has exposed the unpreparedness of callous governments which left people to the mercy of an over-burdened and structurally weak healthcare system. While the enormity of the second wave of Covid in India caught the central as well as state governments off guard. Some states,…

An Indian’s right to vaccination amidst a global pandemic The Centre’s revised policy continues to be profit oriented

As news about availability of vaccines against Covid-19 broke out, a sense of relief dawned upon all of us. But the vaccination drive in India is more complicated than just showing up at a nearby vaccination centre and getting a shot. Our vaccine policy, which has already seen multiple changes, has recently been revised, after…

Covid-19 attacks the lungs, but we are worried about our empty stomachs: Migrant Workers Without employment or income, their lives seem to be in a permanent lockdown

The lockdown may be easing in some cities, and extending in some, but nothing is the same anymore for those who can only eat one meal a day. In this little hamlet deep in West Bengal, the morning azaan from the mosque, and the sounds of the first train rushing on the tracks nearby, wakes up Surmara,…

स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं का सामाजिकीकरण ही उपाय है, निजीकरण है अभिशाप : विशेषज्ञ स्वास्थ्य के अधिकार (राइट टू हेल्थ) का एक मज़बूत कानून लागू होना चाहिए, ताकि आम इंसान इस तरह बेमौत न मारा जाए

कोरोना महामारी से पहले भी आम आदमी के स्वास्थ्य के मुद्दे पर सरकारें सो रही थीं और अब भी सरकार सो रही है। जिस समय अस्पताल बनाने चाहिए थे, दवाईयां खरीदनी चाहिए थी, उस समय मंदिर बना रहे थे, राफेल खरीद रहे थे, चुनाव लड़ रहे थे और कुंभ नहाया जा रहा था। और तो…

Meet Churki Hansda: Once branded a witch, now hailed as a Corona warrior She is now supplying oxygen and food to people in need in Birbhum

Churki Hansda’s family had to leave their home in Gopalnagar village of Kasba panchayat in Parui in Birbhum district, because they were accused of ‘witchcraft’ by the villagers. They weren’t just blamed for every mishap that happened in the village, but even attacked with sticks and stones. Slurs of ‘dayan’ or witch, followed them everywhere, till one day…

सीजेपी मोहल्ला सेंटर से मिले मेडिकल सपोर्ट से पत्ती देवी के स्वास्थ में सुधार नेबुलाइज़र मशीन का इस्तेमाल करने से भी बहुत आराम है, अब इन्हेलर की ज़रूरत नहीं पड़ रही है

उमेश चंद्र यादव, पु/त्र श्री गोरख नाथ यादव, जो A 11/66A G, नया महादेव, राजघाट वाराणसी के निवासी हैं, वो हमारे CJP मोहल्ला सेंटर पर 20/5/21 को आये थे फैमली किट लेने के लिये तब उन्होंने अपनी माता “पत्ती देवी” के बारे में बताया कि वो बीमार रहती हैं उनको साँस की बीमारी है। उसी…

Order declaring Level of Restrictions for Breaking of Chain in Maharashtra Issued by the Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra on June 4, 2021

In what can be considered as part of a move towards a staggered relaxation of the stringent lockdown imposed on the state, the Government of Maharashtra has issued an order containing the new plan for assigning cities under different levels. The level assigned will determine what kinds of economic/social/cultural activities are permitted and under what…

Covid-19: Which states fared worst and why? Examining the role of misplaced priorities and poor planning

The second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic has surely been aggravated by a casual attitude towards world trends and an absence of preparedness overall. Election rallies and religious gatherings where hundreds of thousands gathered unchecked were allowed. The second wave has been reportedly fueled by two variants- B.1.617 (that was first found in December, 2020…

Covid-19: Which states fared well and why? Examining the role of higher public spending and better management of resources

The pandemic while bringing on a sea of tragedies for Indians, has exposed the unpreparedness of callous governments which left people to the mercy of an over-burdened and a structurally weak health system. While the enormity of the second wave of Covid in India caught the central as well as state governments off guard, the…

Factsheet on the Rights of the Dead in India A closer look in wake of Covid related complications in conducting funerals

CJP re-visits the sensitive subject of the rights of the deceased in our country, given how people are struggling to provide dignified cremations or burials to their loved ones amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.     *Feature image by Vijat Pandey for SabrangIndia Related: Rights of the Dead: Do they have any in India Uttar Pradesh:…

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