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[23 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 4,559 views]

The ministry of women and child development is taking a cue from the United States in tackling cases of domestic violence at home. In addition to laws in place, the Government of India plans to design the Indianised version of the “Safe DC programme” being implemented in Washington DC to boost its Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005.
The PWDVA came into force in 2006, and ever since its enforcement has received mixed vibes for the ambiguities in the law to protect women against domestic violence and lack …

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[26 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 10,872 views]

After holding a series of public consultations before taking a decision on release of Bt brinjal, the first Bt food crop that was about to be introduced in India, union environment minister Jairam Ramesh faced a huge outcry from activists, scientists, farmers, and general public. He finally put a moratorium on the release of this genetically modified vegetable. The moratorium, however, should not be misunderstood for a ban as it has been imposed only till such a time that independent scientific studies establish the safety of the product from the …

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[21 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 9,791 views]

He was uncompromisingly political. His politics was guided by an equally uncompromising living paradigm of philosophical humanism. This theory and praxis of humanism guided his radical politics.
His journey against the organised and one-dimensional violence unleashed by the State and radical, underground Naxalite politics, towards an imaginative and creative engagement with grassroots politics, human rights, women’s empowerment, gender justice, communal fascism and globalisation, transformed into a higher form of direct, non-violent political and academic engagement. This was a man of qualities engaging with darkness at noon, still looking for collective enlightenment, …

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[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,538 views]

Superiority and purity of race formed the polluting foundations of Nazism which was finally defeated by the logic of time and history. Slavery too, having had its run, was abolished. But the institution of caste has been determining a human being’s destiny for almost as long as India claims to be a civilisation. Till date, even the much rational,  educated citizen of India has been deriving sanction from it to exclude and discriminate against a community, known as lower castes or ‘Dalits’, finding themselves at the bottom of a cruel …