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Impartiality at Stake

In November 1984, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, almost 3,000 Sikhs were slaughtered and burnt to death in Delhi. Witnesses and survivors of these killings categorically indicted the Delhi Police and some leaders of the Congress (I) for permitting the mobs to kill with impunity...

Beyond Nandigram: Industrialisation in West Bengal

If we are to learn the right lessons from the tragedy of Nandigram, then we must ensure that the government is involved in the land acquisition process and that we correctly deal with three sets of issues: the size and form of compensation, the eligibility for compensation and the credibility of the process.

Can Information Campaigns Raise Awareness and Local Participation in Primary Education?

A central plank of public policy for improving primary education services in India is the participation of village education committees, consisting of village government leaders, parents, and teachers. This paper reports the findings from a survey in a rural district in Uttar Pradesh. Rural households, parents, teachers and VEC members were surveyed on the status of education services and the extent of community participation in the public delivery of education services. Most parents do not know that a VEC exists, public participation in improving education is negligible, and large numbers of children in the villages have not acquired basic competencies of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Based on the findings of the baseline survey, this paper also describes a set of information and advocacy campaigns that have been designed to explore whether local participation can increase, and future research plans to evaluate the impact of these interventions.

On Nandigram

We the undersigned, who have long been associated with the Left movement in the country, feel deeply pained and anguished by the loss of lives and injuries suffered during the police action in Nandigram on March 14. Nobody belonging to the Left would ever justify repressive action against peasants...

Neglect of Children under Six

The following is an open letter to prime minister Manmohan Singh: We are writing to express our deep concern about the neglect of children under six in the Union Budget 2007-08. You may remember meeting some of us on December 19 last year (just after “Bal Adhikar Samvad”), when we discussed the...

Open Letter to Governor of Uttar Pradesh

We, the undersigned would like to draw your attention to the grave situation that is prevailing at the Gandhian Institute of Studies (GIS), Varanasi. The GIS was founded in 1960 by the late Jayaprakash Narayan to link the Gandhian movement with the social sciences. It became a registered body in...

'No' to Nuclear Power

'No' to Nuclear Power We feel deeply concerned at the initiative of the West Bengal government to build nuclear power plants in the Sunderbans. We do not know the exact number of people who lost their lives or suffer extreme ill-effects of radioactive exposure and contamination from the Chernobyl...

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