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Chennai Rains: Why Do Our Cities Keep Drowning?

A recurring theme when instances of flooding take place, is to refer to them as “natural” disasters, when in reality they are linked to dismal governance of water-systems in our cities, lakebed and wetland encroachment and poor disaster preparedness.

Two Narratives about Bt Cotton: Technological Triumph or Abject Failure?

Since 2002, there have been two threads of dissent regarding Bt Cotton. One paints it as a triumph for farmers, resulting in higher yields and returns while the other, the “anti-GMO” (genetically modified organism) narrative has claimed that Bt seeds are akin to “suicide seeds,” responsible for debt, despair and suicide. This compilation examines these twin narratives and also attempts to trace this the history of Bt Cotton in India including studies examining its economic viability and efficacy.

India's Nuclear History: A Reading List

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an international advocacy group that helped bring about the landmark 2017 United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty.

Why Most Women Do Not Report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Reading List

Studies on sexual harassment complaint committees over the years highlight how committees, even when instituted, often do not function as they should.

Absolute Decline in Employment from 2013 to 2016: In Numbers and Graphs

Employment growth in India slowed down drastically during the period 2012 to 2016, after a marginal improvement between March 2010 and March 2012, according to the latest available employment data collected by the Labour Bureau.

Mental Health: Treatment Gap, Awareness, Language

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, we present a compilation of articles which give insight on Indian mental healthcare.

The Rohingya Question and India’s Record on Refugees

On 21 September 2017, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh remarked that the government will not be “violating any international law” if it deports Rohingya refugees “as we are not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention.” 1

Zohra Bibi's Case: Fragmented Cities and Precarious Livelihoods

Even though the outrage over the riot-like situation at Noida’s Mahagun Moderne gated complex—over the alleged maltreatment of a domestic worker, Zohra Bibi, by her employers— has died down, it is important to think about how the incident exposes the fault lines and tensions underlying urban life.

Rape, Female Bodies, and Language in the Courtroom

Two judgements in August 2017 came under the scanner for the language they used to define consent and talk about survivors of sexual assault.

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