India needs to go through with eliminating
section 309 of its penal code, punishing attempted suicide, as announced by the
government at the end of 2014. The criminalisation of suicide is often used to suppress peaceful hunger strikes.
literature has emerged as a powerful force against the exploitation of lower
castes in India. But the revolutionary transformation that it seeks to enact
can only occur through a plurality of voices, engaged in meaningful dialogue.
It is these solidarities, across factory and across contract,
which the factories and indeed Modi’s Government fear, which must not be
forgotten once the dust settles over the current round of labour 'reforms'.
In India, Hindu religious leaders are reluctant to campaign loudly against the collection of raw sewage by oppressed communities, and this is slowing progress in abolishing the practice. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Religion and Human Rights. हिन्दी
The economic reforms begun in India in
1991 were couched in the language of ‘modernisation’, yet they have done little
to challenge the caste and gender discrimination faced by Dalit women - in some
ways their situation is worse.
Al-Qaida's aging leaders are struggling to
compete for recruits with Islamic State. Nevertheless, India must prepare
itself for all sorts of terrorist threats, not least terrorist re-emergence in
Afghanistan. What role might NATO play in this?
Could Delhi be solving
the wrong problem? What it chooses to define as a law and order problem is
essentially a governance crisis of severe proportions and one that the Indian
state is not yet willing to acknowledge.
The governance process seems to be running smoothly. Modi’s public announcement on corruption “Na khaunga na khane dunga’ (Neither would I pocket money illegally nor allow others to do it) is laudable, though only time will prove if he walks his talk.
The knee jerk reaction from India’s intellectuals to the advent of a new
government has been to profess a concern for ‘liberal order’. But we need to
think about the space for dissent and divergent opinion in more nuanced ways.
India has moderated its position on the
Israel-Palestine conflict over time, exchanging statements of condemnation for
those “expressing concern”. But behind India’s strategic balancing act there also
lies a precise domestic calculus.
a new government in Delhi, India’s urban agenda is now focused on the creation
of “Smart Cities” in industrial corridors. Such an initiative is driven by the demand of foreign investors to find sanitized spaces
in developing countries in which they can operate easily – unhampered by
In 2013, openDemocracy published Pradeep
Baisakh’s interview with Arvind Kejriwal, charting his transition from Gandhian
social activist to politician. One year on, Baisakh writes an open letter to the
leader of the Aam Admi party, urging him to once again take up Gandhian
This statutory nature of the Sharia begins
to emerge, paradoxically, in the colonial British courts. It is this legacy that led to a
reimagining of the role of Sharia, that now plagues the modern Muslim nation
Indian development has brought forced
resettlement programmes in its wake. At a time when free speech is met by
prompt punitive action, will the new Indian government take any action
when these citizens ask for justice?
What should Indian voters learn from the spirit of India's election discourse in April? With each passing day, a new allegation, a new set of outlandish statements and a new controversy emerged, just enough to deflect attention from the grave issues facing the country.
An experiment in paying villagers in some of India’s poorest
villages a modest regular cash payment without conditions has transformed their
lives. It could provide an effective anti-poverty programme for all India’s
poor. But which way will Narendra
cases of violence against woman are reported internationally, while a bizarre backlash takes place against reform in the rape law
passed in response to the fatal Delhi
Nirbhaya gang-rape in 2012. Misogyny is embedded within India's society.