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Aarey's adivasis are fighting against losing land that they feel is historically theirs

Tug of war between two ministries, Adivasis rights slip through the cracks MoEF seeking to control autonomy over land and rights that MoTA was given in 2006?

On June 22, 2021, the environment ministry invited consultancy organisations to express interest in preparing a draft comprehensive amendment to the draconian and colonial Indian Forest Act 1927. The government has used this draconian law of colonial origin to weaponise the forest department and control land and produce actually devolved to traditional forest dwellers under the Forest…

Impoverished Adivasis Hunted as Criminals A study showcasing how people in Jharkhand are accused of being Naxalites

Father Stan Swamy who passed away on July 5 devoted his life to upholding and defending Adivasi Rights. Here’s a report by him and the Bagaicha research team comprising PM Antony, Jitan Marandi, Damodar Turi, Renny Abraham, Marianus Minj, Sudhir Kerketta and Xavier Soreng that traces why a disproportionately large number of Adivasis are incarcerated…

Secularism and the Constitution This piece was authored as a part of the Concerned Citizens Tribunal, Crimes Against Humanity, Gujarat 2002

The preamble of our Constitution begins with the expression ‘We, the People of India’ and states that it is the ‘People’ who have resolved solemnly to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens, – JUSTICE social, economic and political; – LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; –…

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…

LGBTQIA+: Madras HC guidelines for sensitisation of stakeholders Detailed directions to police, judiciary, legal aid services and central ministries

The Madras High Court on June 7 established a landmark approach towards addressing the social issue of acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community. The 104-page judgement delivered by Justice Venkatesh is a pioneering judgement in the way it has dealt with clearing out the court’s prejudices and has made an attempt towards transformative jurisprudence. The judgement describes in…

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 Covid-19 Vaccination Policy in India A closer look at facts, figures and challenges

India kickstarted an ambitious vaccination drive to inoculate its 1.4 billion people against Covid-19 in a phased manner beginning January 16, 2021. However, the progress on this front has been slow, mainly due to poor planning and vaccine shortages. Here’s a closer look as to where we stand (All data valid as on May 19, 2021).…

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