Retrograde Moves On Child Labour Law
By Mahima Sukheja
Slipper making industry, Zari industry requires soft hands, the role that is being filled by the children already, but is kept in wraps. This move by the government would open up Pandora box where in the name of family work; these children would be involved in exploitative work. This would help not the family, but surely the middle men for the reasons known.
India’s Poverty Amidst Massive Military Expenditure
and Growing Number of Mega-rich
By Brian Cloughley
If the leaders of India could manage to sit down with those of Pakistan and China — the nations against whom India’s military policy and posture are directed — and come to agreement about longstanding territorial disputes, then the roads to true prosperity would begin to open in all three countries.
In the week that US President Obama praised India’s Prime Minister Modi for his “ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty” there were several media reports that placed Mr Modi’s laudable ambition at variance with his expenditure decisions.
"Slow But Steady Wins The Race": Lilawati
By Shobha Shukla
This is the inspirational story of Lilawati-a teacher cum farmer. The mother of 7 children—4 daughters and 3 sons, of whom one son died at the age of 25 years—66 years old Lilawati lives with her retired husband, 2 sons and their wives, a widowed daughter-in-law (who is a teacher) and 5 grandsons and 5 granddaughters. Lilawati, one of five siblings, lost her parents when she was very young. Her elder brother brought up the family. Lilawati could study only till Class 5 and was married off when she was just 15 years old.
How to Plant Trees For Development
By Sunita Narain *
Today, in India, forest protection happens against all odds. There is no economic value seen in forests, but there is value seen in the development project for which forestland is required. Clearly, this is not the way to go. We need a value to be paid for standing forests; it needs to be shared with people who inhabit these lands; we need to grow trees in ways which bring money to the poor; and we need to learn how to protect, regenerate and grow trees, all at the same time.
Mainstream View of Health: We Need A Change In Paradigm
By Jagannath Chatterjee
On many groups sincere doctors are lamenting the state of health prevalent today and the misery faced by the poor and vulnerable on account of them. In the poor the diseases are compounded by acute malnutrition and inability to access and/or afford medical treatment. Many are gently suggesting the need for a change in paradigm - from disease centered approach to a whole patient and environment approach.
Controlling and Managing Asthma is Key to Live a Normal Life
By Rahul Kumar Dwivedi *
Living a normal life is possible if people with asthma can control and manage the condition well, say experts. This year's World Asthma Day theme is "You can control your asthma." Asthma is a chronic, long-term condition that varies in severity. It can be a serious and even life-threatening problem. Caused by the swelling of airways, asthma can hinder day-to-day life by limiting activity and reducing quality of life. Asthma can be called a condition of management. While there is no cure, proper treatment and routine check-ins with health professionals can provide patients with a higher quality of life.
With No Cure in Sight, Controlling Asthma is Essential
By Shobha Shukla *
With no cure in sight, experts believe that controlling asthma is essential to ensure good quality of life for those living with it. "It is Time to Control Your Asthma" is thus the sub-theme of this year's World Asthma Day, an annual event earmarked for the first Tuesday of May, which is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), in collaboration with healthcare groups to raise awareness about asthma care and control globally.
Bihar and Jharkhand: Subdued Disturbances
By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
A top ranking woman Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre, identified as Sarita aka Urmila Ganjoo, was killed and another cadre was injured in an encounter with Security Forces (SFs) in the Gaya District of Bihar on May 17, 2015. Sarita was a member of the erstwhile Bihar-Jharkhand ‘special area committee’, which was replaced by the East Bihar Eastern Jharkhand Special Area Committee (EBEJSAC), and carried a reward of INR 1.5 million on her head.
Chhattisgarh Maoists: False Starts, Critical Losses
By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public gathering in Dantewada in the heart of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) insurgency-affected Bastar Division in Chhattisgarh on May 9, 2015, the Maoists registered their symbolic opposition. A call for a Bastar bandh (general shutdown strike) was issued and, in the Munga Forest of Sukma District (earlier a part of Dantewada), just 80 kilometres from the Prime Minister’s meet, the Maoists ‘abducted’ over 200 villagers to hold a praja court (‘people’s court’, an euphemism for Kangaroo court) at Gaadem and killed a villager, identified as Sadaram Nag of Marenga village.
J&K: Irrationality Is Rationality In This Corner Of The World
By Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Bhat
After assuming the charge of his Office the Honorable Minister of Education, Naeem Akhtar, is working tirelessly to reform the education system in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. After Late Dr. Ghulam Nabi, looking Naeem Akhtar, seems the only Education Minister that Jammu and Kashmir ever had. He looks serious and having a will to reform the education system in the state. However, there is still a lot to be done and undone in the sector. Many steps already taken are unscientific and dangerous not only for the education system but for the society at large. This write up aims a sociological apprehension of government policies besides making sense of some actions, albeit in lighter vein.
J&K: Sopore: Ascendant Terror
By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On May 26, a person identified as Ghulam Hassan Dar was killed by unidentified gunmen in Sopore Town of Baramulla District. Dar was the father of a sarpanch [head of panchayat, village level self-government institution] who had an Aircel mobile transmission tower installed inside his residential compound.