Meghalaya Mine Incident or Floods in Bihar, India needs equality-based journalism

Patna has been reeling under severe floods for the last few days. This is not the first time that the Eastern state is facing such a severe flood crisis. It is to be noted that almost 76% of the population living in Northern Bihar faces a recurring threat of flood devastation. Yet the state’s and central government’s response to mitigate and address the issues of regular flooding … Continue reading Meghalaya Mine Incident or Floods in Bihar, India needs equality-based journalism

From California to Kanpur: USA’s waste gets illegally dumped in India

Aload of 38 containers full of plastic and hazardous waste was illegally shipped to India, an investigation by Indonesia based Nexus3 (NGO) and Basel Action Network (BAN), a global waste trade watchdog, revealed. It all started when hundreds of containers reached Indonesia. The original U.S. waste shipments were imported by the Indonesian paper recycling companies PT Mega Surya Eratama and PT Surabaya Mekabox located in East Java. Upon arrival, they were deemed illegal by Indonesian … Continue reading From California to Kanpur: USA’s waste gets illegally dumped in India

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Remembering the unfateful night of 3rd December 1984 in Bhopal

The infamous incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy completes inglorious 35 years today. It has been one of the most degenerated forms of environmental calamity that ever struck the humankind. On this day, the horrific incident caused 8,000 immediate deaths and more than 25,000 deaths in the next few decades. The data shows that more than 1,50,000 people have been caused to suffer from some form … Continue reading Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Remembering the unfateful night of 3rd December 1984 in Bhopal

Interview: Death is not the solution to rape, says research scholar who has interviewed 100 rape convicts

As India engulfs in the intense debate and protests over the new citizenship law that has been implemented in the country, mainstream media forgets the unfateful Hyderabad rape case that took place on 27 November 2019. The case made to global headlines, after the four accused of the case were allegedly killed in the fake encounter by the Hyderabad police on 6 December 2019. The … Continue reading Interview: Death is not the solution to rape, says research scholar who has interviewed 100 rape convicts

Charan Khad Slum Demolition: A story of lost human rights

Charan Khad in Dharmshala (Himachal Pradesh) was home to around 1,500 slum dwellers for more than 3 decades, before the settlement was demolished last year by the newly formed Municipal Corporation. Before demolition, these people, mostly Scheduled Caste migrants from Rajsthan and Maharshtra, used to live in ‘shanties’ located close to the  Charan Khad (stream). The population mainly consists of rag pickers, street vendors and … Continue reading Charan Khad Slum Demolition: A story of lost human rights

Chhattisgarh: Excerpts from survey on Menstrual Hygiene Management

. A Team of five led by Ashish Sao, final year student of Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur and Rupal Pandey, student of BVP Pune conducted a survey as a part of their project based in Chhattisgarh primarily aimed at understanding the impact of Rural Distress on women and adolescent girls in parts of Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari. The project titled “Menstrual Hygiene Management” … Continue reading Chhattisgarh: Excerpts from survey on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Is there any end to manual scavenging in India?

Safai Karamcharis (or sanitation workers), the most neglected community of people in the fast growing India. According to the reply filed by the Minister of state for Social Justice Vijay Sampla, 12226 manual scavengers are presently employed in India, out of them 82% are from Uttar Pradesh. Also, in a separate reply filed by the Ministry of Rural Development in the lower house, 167487 households … Continue reading Is there any end to manual scavenging in India?

Ayu Tripathi: “Responsible Tourism” is exactly what we need right now!

Ayu Tripathi is the Manager of Aahana Resort at Jim Corbett. She talks about her experience on managing the issues related to environment and tourism management. Aahana was awarded “Best Premium Wildlife Lodge of India”. Also, for the last three consecutive years, it has been awarded the “Top 25 resorts in India” by Trip Advisor. 1-Ayu, please introduce yourself to our readers!  I am Ayu Tripathi … Continue reading Ayu Tripathi: “Responsible Tourism” is exactly what we need right now!

“Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”

Bezwada Wilson, national convenor, Safai Karamachari Andolan, and Magsaysay award winner explains how manual scavenging is a problem arising out of caste, class and patriarchy. As the government plans to build 12 crore toilets by 2019 under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Magsaysay award winner questions who will clean these toilets and how many people will die cleaning them. Explaining how manual scavenging is actually … Continue reading “Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”

Caste-ing away our waste

For centuries, a community has been socially delegated to dealing with human waste. How long will they continue to take human excreta, writes Shruthi.  Neoliberal ideologies say that our hard work and intellect determine our social and economic status and that we deserve our social positions. In the Indian reality, however, thousands of people and structures act together to give us what we have. Starting … Continue reading Caste-ing away our waste