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[22 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 11,633 views]
Understanding Girlhood  and Gender Bias

Gender bias and lack of education robs women and girls of self-confidence, self-esteem and opportunities to live a meaningful life. Girlhoods demand special attention in the framework of human rights. A new book by Vibhuti Patel, an outcome of three decades of deliberations on girls and girlhoods by women’s rights organisations in India takes a comprehensive look at the gender issue
Dr Usha Thakkar
With 45 percent of its population comprising of the youth, India is definitely a young country. However, in the general euphoria over benefits of a vernal population, gender …

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[22 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 6,888 views]
India’s Climate Policy Development and Equity

Global warming is a product of the logic of industrial capitalism. This book by eminent writer and journalist Praful Bidwai deals with the hollowness of India’s climate policy, offers rich insights into notions of equity and suggests low-carbon development strategies specifically in the Indian context
Nagraj Adve
Global warming underlines myriad, interlinked issues, which play out at different levels. It is a product of the logic of industrial capitalism. It will worsen with the ongoing neoliberal development trajectories that rely hugely on the market.
It has enriched debates around equity and exposed the …

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[22 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 2,915 views]
Reaping the harvest of hate

In Orissa, the violence has taken a heavy toll of the amity in the tribal region. The aftermath of the anti-Christian violence that surged in Kandhamal district is yet far from over. The seeds of communal abhorrence were sown way back in 1970s only to cull a communally polarised society. Debaranjan Sarangi’s film on the Kandhamal riots is a heartfelt attempt at discovering how communal forces can divide and come to dominate, become strong through orchestrated violence
Dr Ram Puniyani
Over a period of almost three months in 2008, Kandhamal district …

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[21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 3,558 views]

Court delays are common the world over for various reasons, but in India these delays are bound to happen — the foremost reasons being the sluggish, indifferent and lazy system and an ill-equipped judiciary to handle a large number of cases. The insensitivity of the State and procedural wrangles only add to the woes. It would be appropriate here to note that nearly 30 million cases remain pending in the Indian courts as the justice delivery system in the country remains painfully slow just because we do not have adequate …

book review, Word & Images »

[21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 3,859 views]

Colour of Gratitude is Green presents a vivid, fascinating, multi-hued trajectory of the history, politics, and contradictory reality of the Indian subcontinent and beyond, from the lens of a scribe who has seen the ebb and flow of the business of journalism very closely.
Gifted with a deep political insight and passionate flare, Amit Sengupta’s writings serve to reveal, alarm, and touch the reader. Most of the selections in this book lay before you this pluralist, anti-pluralist, unified, fragmented, united, torn, breathing, choking mass that is India. But the author’s experiences …