Transparency and accountability are hardly Mr Modi’s forte. Modi’s record in decentralised governance also fails to impress. Voters have no idea who will be in his ministerial team, and what their views are likely to be.
Narendra Modi, whom some consider a human rights
criminal, is running for PM of India and being touted as an economic saviour
based on his record in Gujurat. An analysis of these claims reveals a version of corporation-driven neoliberalism
as extreme as that of the US, argues Rohini Hensman
The protection of intellectual property rights has become a bone of contention in India's relations with the US and the EU. How can we make sure the interests of Big Pharma never stand in the way of public health, especially in developing countries?
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a good chance of winning the forthcoming
general election in India. Amrit Wilson reports on discussions about what life has been like for women in the states where the BJP has been in power, and what may lie ahead
In the aftermath of the recent rulings in India
re-criminalising homosexuality, Poonam Joshi reports on the critical role that
grassroots LGBTI activists play in building public support for LGBTI rights in
Ten countries account for more than half of the world's annual 1.2 million road deaths. Across the
developing world, enterprises and governments are exploring new approaches to
transportation and road safety problems causing these deaths. This happens equally at civic and policy level.
Transitions and disruptions
are changing relations between generations, between genders, between classes
and between religious groups. It is not just a simple conflict between
tradition and modernity that sparks occasional violence. India has become an
excellent laboratory for studying change.
Can the new Aam Aadmi party transform Indian democracy? Or will high expectations be dissipated as the party'spromises are challenged and its weaknesses are tested? Either way, other movements for social and political change should take heed.
Cultural justifications for upholding Section 377
of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes homosexuality are untenable, given
the colonial antecedents of the legislation, the cultural heterogeneity of the
populations it was imposed upon, and the liberal sexual mores which prevailed
among many sections historically.
Almost all discussion of Afghanistan after 2014 hinges
on the withdrawal of western forces. Yet into that gap a major power is
stepping—China. China’s involvement in turn poses major questions, vis-à-vis Pakistan, India and their own
point of friction—Kashmir.
no longer middle class or working class. Rather, they are a political class. They
form, or appear to form, a tight in-group from which millions of citizens feel
excluded. What is the poor citizen to do?
The right not to be enslaved is one
of the two absolute human rights that cannot be violated on any ground
whatsoever. However, 65 years after its denunciation, slavery continues to
resist the corpus of human rights. Why the asymmetry ?
It was only in 1990
that one of twentieth century India’s finest minds, principal author of its
constitution and campaigner against caste oppression, B.R. Ambedkar, was
conferred this honour, 34 years after his death.
Is it not contradictory that Modi
stands exonerated of any role in the pogrom of over 3,000 Muslims in Gujarat
whose Chief Minister he was, whereas even the construction of a toilet or
fixing of a lamppost is squarely attributed to Modi’s personal achievement in
the area of development?
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
women in the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda?
One of the country’s most informed human rights experts explains how
India blocks foreign funding for rights work it doesn’t like. Philanthropists
avoid supporting work that will anger the state so the only organizations able
to tackle the most sensitive rights issues are those funded by small
contributions from ordinary citizens.हिंदी, العربية,Español.
plans for the social and economic empowerment of ‘beggars’ will work only if
they address the factors that affect people negatively, forcing them out of
their work/livelihood, and eventually pushing them into extreme destitution and