ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Bela Bhatia

Justice Denied to Tribals in the Hill Districts of Manipur

How should the district council elections that were held in Manipur in April 2010 be understood? What was the need to rush through the elections on an issue which had waited nearly 40 years for a fair resolution? By denying the legitimate demand of tribals for the Sixth Schedule and ignoring their sustained democratic struggle, the Manipur government has weakened its case for "territorial integrity". Tribals fear that in the name of "development" the state government wants to gain control over their lands. Peaceful coexistence is possible only if rights are fulfi lled and historical injustices corrected.

An Uncompromising Fight for Human Rights and Values

an uncompromising Fight for Human rights and Values Bela Bhatia to explain everything to his comrades in Telugu. And the extent to which he was loved and respected by his comrades made itself felt to an outsider, more so after his death, when thousands thronged to catch a last sight of him and could do little to control their grief and loss. Balagopal was less KBalagopal

Employment Guarantee in Jharkhand: Ground Realities

A recent survey in two districts of Jharkhand found many serious flaws in the implementation of the new National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Some of them could be explained as teething problems. As the experience of Rajasthan shows, there is scope for better implementation. All said and done, NREGA has created a sense of hope amongst the rural poor. This sense of hope can be further strengthened if people understand that the act gives them employment as a matter of right, and that claiming this right is within the realm of possibility.