Here is what India can do to avoid medical tragedies

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Government health system expands and begins to provide quality care. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The recent incidents of medical negligence and over pricing have spurred strong criticism of private players with Delhi government cancelling the licence of one hospital. What escapes the eye, however, is the constant support since 1990s that has led to growth of private sector at the cost of affordable government or public healthcare. The only sollution is roping in private resources for ...

Remember Bhopal through images and voices

Monday, December 4, 2017
This collaboration transformed four rooms and one hall way of a rented duplex flat into a lived experience.

At ‘Remember Bhopal’, the first community-led museum of India, voices of survivors lead you through the biggest industrial disaster of the world that killed over 5,000 people, maimed hundreds of thousands and continues to contaminate land and water even after 33 years. The ltragedymade it to the history textbooks but it’s here that one confronts the enormity of this man-made tragedy. ...

How distressed rural migrants shelter in cities

Thursday, November 16, 2017
In a roadside ghetto, Akila Bibi and others after a day’s hard work, separating white paper shreds from the colored ones for recycling. Earning Rs 3 a kg, they manage 30 kg to 50 kg a day. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive somehow. At least 1% of every Indian city and town population is homeless. India’s urban population is 377 million, which means 218,750 shelters are needed across the country.

Why pesticide deaths will continue

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Photograph of one of the farmers who died while spraying pesticides. Source: Kavitha Kuruganti

As many as 50 persons died and around 1,000 were hospitalised with 25 losing their vision after exposure to chemical fumes from spraying of pesticides in Yevatmal district of Maharashtra. Most of those affected were farm labourers who neither had any safety apparatus nor were guided on the ideal way to use the pesticides. These cases hence were unlike intentional intake of the pesticide by...

Law of the land: Tweaked and Twisted

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The protest against land acquisition at Singur, West Bengal, in 2006. Source:  Indiamike

Land acquistion was at the centre stage till two years back due to controversial changes introduced by the NDA government in the legislation. While the proposed amendments are currently on hold, several states have brought about similar changes through Rules under Section 109 of the Act or have enacted their own state-level land acquisition laws to tide over opposition. 

Women Reservation: The long haul

Monday, September 25, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the valedictory session of the National Conference of Women Legislators. Source: PIB

With Congress president Sonia Gandhi asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the law on women reservation passed in the Parliament, the issue has gained momentum again. Though major political parties, including BJP, Congress and the Left, have always supported reservation, several smaller and regional parties found it incomplete and inefficient in dealing with unequal status of women....

When forest guards wield the camera

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
A still from one of the trap cameras in Pakke Tiger Reserve. Source: Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department

The short documentary shifts the gaze of an adventure tourist to that of someone who lives the jungle. Shot by two forest guards of Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, it offers the exquisite close ups of the magic called nature, including 3 months of trap camera footage of various animals in action. But more than that it shows us the people who monitor our protected areas. 

Watch this video to know why Aadhaar is under scanner

Friday, August 25, 2017
Govt claims Aadhaar is full proof while critics differ. Source: Kannan Shanmugam/Wikimedia Commons

The unique identitification programme, popularly known as Aadhaar, has generated lot of heat due to security and privacy concerns. A larger bench of the Apex Court is still examining whether intrusive aspects of unique identification encroaches upon citizen’s right to privacy. This video tells you about the claims and counterclaims of the system.

India @70: Take politics out of governance

Saturday, August 12, 2017
The votes polled by the elected members must not be less than 60 per cent of the votes polled 

As India celebrates 70th Independence Day, it stands as a polarised country. Divided on political lines with little room for tolerance to opposite view point. The sanctity of an elected post is often ignored and seen an extension of political affiliation. Political parties thrive and grow at the cost of Indian democracy and help in promotion of an organised lobby of selfish people. The spirit of the Constitution demands that good people...

Why the rapes never stop

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Demonstrating in favour of safe world for women in Bengaluru. Source: Kiran Jonnalagadda/Wikimedia Commons

In 2012, the Delhi gangrape incident, in which a physiotherapy student was gangraped and tortured in a private bus, brought the issue of rape onto discussion platforms, street protests and also pushed the government to come up with stronger policy and law on crime against women. Ever after five years, however, we are an unsafe nation for women. In fact, the situation is only worsening. The data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows...