Reclaiming Dignity, ensuring inclusive development; The Struggle for Dalit Human Rights in India

India in 2007 will celebrate its 60 years of Independence showcasing its liberation from colonial powers and enjoying the freedom of expression and movement. Unfortunately, the free and independent India even after decades of achieving independence still remains stuck to the age old traditional practices of...

Mainstreaming Human Rights Based Approach; Experiences & Challenges

The three day workshop was organized to discuss and develop a common understanding of the human rights based approaches. A significant component of the workshop/discussions was also to have their experiences of mainstreaming human rights based approach.

State of Child Rights in India

The CRC rights to survival, protection, development and participation serve as the four broad indicators along which the profile has tried to map the status of child rights in the country as well as the abovestated states.

Status of Human Rights in Jharkhand

This report should serve as an instrument to bring the various sections of the society together and make them commit with renewed vigour to accomplish everything that still must be done to ensure the realization of human rights.

Status of Human Rights in Rajasthan

This report is an analytical as well as categorical study of the status of Human Rights in the State of Rajasthan. It could also be said to be an eye opener to the government as well as the State Human Rights Commission as to the deteriorating conditions of theHumanRightsintheState.

Status of Human Rights in Uttaranchal

In furtherance of the faith in fundamental human rights reaffirmed by the people of the state of Uttaranchal, India, we are delighted to present before you a report on the scrutiny of the status of Human Rights in the state of Uttaranchal.

Child Marriages in Madhya Pradesh; An Incessant Infringement of Rights

A Rapid Assessment of Child Marriages in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior Districts of Madhya Pradesh (2009). This report is result of combined efforts of a number of individuals and organizations.

हस्तक्षेप (एडवोकेसी मैन्युअल)

अगर आज हम अपने आप को सभ्यता के शिखर पर पाते हैं तो शायद सारा श्रेय उनको जाता है जिन्होंने समाज को नई दिशा प्रदान करने के लिए अपना सब कुछ दांव पर लगा दिया. समाज में व्याप्त कुरीतियों और शोषण के ख़िलाफ़ ऐसे लोगों ने हमेशा अपनी आवाज़ बुलंद की है, शोषित वर्ग के पक्ष में शोषण करने वाली शक्तियों को चुनौतियाँ दी हैं. अतः एडवोकेसी कोई ऐसी चीज़ नहीं है जो कि नई हो या जिसे लोग जानते न हों, बस फ़र्क इतना है कि इस दौर में जनविरोधी ताक़तों ने अपना मायाजाल इस प्रकार फैला रखा है कि...

MAUSAM (November 2015)

This issue of Mausam focuses on India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to the UN Climate Convention in early October. We think it was not nationally determined, however. Nor does it contribute in any way towards solving the climate crisis: if anything, it can only help worsen the crisis.

MAUSAM (April-June 2015)

People all over the world concerned about ecological crises have been emboldened by a remarkable statement from an unusual quarter: the recent statement by Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, which draws our attention to the systemic roots and causes underlying a range of contemporary ecological crises.

MAUSAM (January-March 2015)

In May 2014, the government in India changed. The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government led by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), while taking its seat in Delhi, took a swipe at the issue of climate change by extending the name and apparent responsibility of the Ministry concerned with environment and forests (MoEF) to Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

MAUSAM (January-March 2014)

In the floods in Uttarakhand and other parts of the Northern Himalayas in June 2013, we have just witnessed one of the worst climatic disasters (hugely magnified by human mal-design) in Indian history and seethed in frustration at the total unpreparedness and...

MAUSAM (October-December 2013)

In Uttarakhand and the Cyclone Phailin, we have witnessed this year the unusual occurrence of two severe rainfall events: The first meant the tragic and also criminal loss of thousands of lives, and both badly affected untold number of livelihoods.

MAUSAM (July-September 2008)

Isn’t it time that people’s movements, citizens and civil-society initiatives in India include climate in their agenda? Isn’t it time that we demystify the subject and ensure that any ‘green’ and ‘scientific’ exclusivity no longer shrouds the climate crisis—and related ‘issues’ like global warming, biofuel, and carbon trade?

Food Security Policies in India

- Simone Garbuglia

Despite its astonishing economic growth during the last 20 years, India still suffers from extended food insecurity. It’s the country with the majority of hungry people, accounting for about a quarter of the hungry population of the world. Per capita availability as well as consumption of foodgrains in India has declined since 1996; the percentage of underweight children has remained stagnant between 1998 and 2006; and the calorie consumption of the bottom half of the population has been consistently declining since 1987...

Peoples Declaration on Climate Change 2009

We, the members of people‟s organisations, NGOs and other civil society organisations, in a National Consultation with Members of Parliament, Leaders of Political Parties, representatives from Embassies, High Commissions and Bilateral Funding agencies, meeting in Delhi on this 23rd day of November 2009...

Nuclear Energy; Swansong of Energy Security or Saga of Unimaginable Misery

Two billion people worldwide and almost half of the Indian population have no access to electricity today. However, the choices of energy generation being made need to take into account the future of the earth, lives and livelihoods of billions of people, and safety to present as well as future generations. The recent nuclear plant Fukushima, Japan meltdown has not only raised the issues of nuclear safety but also questioned the rationale of nuclear energy...

Much ado about the State Action Plans on Climate Change; its business as usual for the governments

- Ajay K Jha

India is highly vulnerable to climate change due to a variety of factors including high dependence on rain fed agriculture, huge coastline, and low adapting capacity due to poverty. According to the UNEP (2007) India is one of the 27 countries highly vulnerable to climate change. Around 42 per cent of India’s population still does not have access to commercial energy. Over 75 percent of household energy consumption is for the basic human need of cooking. Traditional biomass is the primary cooking fuel for over 700 million Indians...

Laws against terrorism; Savagery of legal systems

A comparison of anti terrorism laws among major legal systems of world

- Lori Wigbers

Terrorism is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon; it does not stem from a single causal framework, nor do its proponents belong to a singular group. Attempting to produce an internationally recognized definition, which accounts for all instances and the differing motivations of the terrorists themselves, runs the risk of being over-inclusive...

International Negotiations on Climate Change; Global Outlook towards Road to Durban

The outcomes of COP 16 have been interpreted variously by many commentators. While some of them see as successful in restoring confidence in the multilateral process and bringing negotiations back on the track (AWG LCA and AWG KP); many others allege that COP 16 outcomes have been complex in content as well as process. It has been emphasized that COP 16 laid the background for a final goodbye to the core principles of the KP viz. historical responsibility and common but differentiated responsibility.

Brief overview on development and overarching development concerns

It has the world’s fourth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms since 1991 have transformed it into one of the fastest growing economies; however, it still suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition. India's half billion workers are the world's second largest labour force and relatively young...

NATIONAL FOOD ENTITLEMENT BILL: A restricted approach to food security

The Common Minimum Programme of the UPA promised to enact legislation on food security. All of us witnessing interface of hunger with development were pleasantly surprised to learn about the move to bring Food Security Bill. Though many of us were not sure how food security can be ensured by a Bill enacted by any Ministry?

Cash Transfer Schemes in Delhi

-  Vinod Koshti and Manisha Singh

The central government is planning to give food subsidy in cash to below poverty line (BPL) families in order to check the losses that happen because of pilferage of PDS food-grains. Delhi government has been asked to start the pilot project in one district and a committee is also set up to assess the financial implications. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has sought a grant of Rs 242 crore from Finance Ministry to run a pilot for the cash transfer scheme in five villages – (i) Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), (ii) Hardoi (UP), (iii) Panchkula (Haryana), (iv) Jhajjar (Haryana) and Central Delhi...

BOLIVIA CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT:  Message from the land of retreating glacier

- Ajay K Jha

The Chacaltaya glacier, a mountain 30 km from La Paz whose peak reaches 5,530 meters above sea level, is one of the powerful global symbols of climate change. Until a decade back the highest ski run of the world is now a rocky rubble. Bolivia is home to 20% of the Andes Glaciers, many of them are replicating Chacaltaya’s retreat. The city of La Paz get more than 80% of its water demands from the glacier and melting poses serious questions on the life of people and the city...

मैला ढोने की प्रथा अब भी कायम

- रजनीश

भारत की आबादी फ़िलहाल सवा अरब के आस-पास है. इस सवा अरब की आबादी में लगभग 20 प्रतिशत आबादी दलित समुदाय की है और ऐसा अंदाज़ा है कि इसमें से तकरीबन तीन लाख से अधिक लोग मैला साफ़ करने के कार्य में संलग्न हैं. वर्तमान में शासकीय तौर पर यह प्रक्षेपित किया जा रहा है कि देश में अब कहीं भी मैला ढोने वाले लोग नहीं हैं क्योंकि इस कार्य में लगे सभी परिवारों को पुनर्वासित क्या जा चुका है...

The Integration of Human Rights at Indian Corporations

- Gergely Tölgyesi

The aim of this paper is to provide an insight into how the integration of human rights in the core business processes creates a business case and allows the company and the stakeholders as well to benefit from the ethical and circumspect operations. Businesses all over India put serious effort and money into CSR but many times they violate basic rights due to the lack of an integrated human rights policy.

Beyond Copenhagen: Setting the Agenda

Now that the dust on Copenhagen seems to be settling, all of us realize that Copenhagen did not settle anything. Rather it has unsettled some already settled propositions and it is unfortunate that now things will have to move on the lines which the powerful developed countries have charted along with some developing countries eager to be deal makers. COP 15 beyond any doubts have sounded a death knell for CBDR based on the principles of historic responsibilities...

Cash Transfer Schemes: A Review

- Vinod Koshti

Cash Transfers (CT) are programs through which the governments try to eliminate food insecurity by providing their poor population with the financial means to purchase a sufficient amount of food. This is mostly accomplished by transferring small and regular amounts of cash to the poorest or the most vulnerable households, ensuring that their income reaches a minimum level. These measures are also known as cash-for-food schemes, since the money is intended to be spent on food...

Right to Information with Private Business

- Gaia Bertoni

In the last decades there has been a lot of movement regarding Governments disclosure and access to official information. Governments started to recognize the importance of access to information for enhancing democratic engagement, building confidence in government institutions and strengthening their credibility and effectiveness. 
Since 1766, when Sweden's Freedom of the Press Act passed, over 85 countries around the world have implemented some form of freedom of information legislation.

खाद्य सुरक्षा का गहराता संकट

- अजय झा

जल्दी ही भारत के पास 6 करोड़ टन का खाद्यान्न भंडार हो जाएगा. इतना बड़ा भंडार होने के बावजूद भी देश के कई राज्यों में भूख से मौतें हो रही हैं जो इस बात की पुष्टि करती हैं कि सरकार के द्वारा घोषित भण्डारण व स्थिति से निपटने के लिए लागू की गई सारी योजनाओं के पीछे का सच क्या है. भारत में आज भी 36 करोड़ लोग कुपोषित हैं और 30 करोड़ ग़रीब...

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