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How Environment-friendly Are Election Manifestos?

Even as India is hit by an environmental crisis, manifestos and policies are paying lip service to growth at all costs, including the cost of environmental damage.

Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka

The terror attacks in Sri Lanka point to the fact that violent extremism has been spreading its tentacles, and has been breeding on existing sectarian fault lines,between the Sinhala Buddhists and the Muslims. This is a warning bell for majoritarian states in South Asia to recognise that internal conflicts are no longer internal, and that the rights, freedom and security of its minorities need to be safeguarded.

The Tuber of Contention

The controversy over PepsiCo’s filing of cases against potato farmers for growing a particular variety highlights issues beyond just legal rights. It can have far-reaching consequences for farmers’ rights under the law, seed sovereignty and even livelihoods.

Constraints of Reason in the Era of Radicalisation

Even as we search for reasons, it is necessary to pause and think seriously about what can be done differently to address increased terrorism in this era of radicalisation.

Secularism as Equal Citizenship

A rejuvenation of the nationalist spirit, constructed in narrow terms of primordial identity is what the ruling party promises in its campaign for the Lok Sabha election. Though secularism was never a clearly defined or practised principle, the explicit signals of retreat from the promise of formal equality represent a clear and perilous regress.

Product Differentiation to Tackle Farm Distress

The political discourse on agriculture has focused on support to farmers, notwithstanding that what has most failed the Indian agriculture is markets for outputs. Without alternative marketing opportunities, no two tomatoes or potatoes are differentiated and any increase in supply lead to price collapse, which has been at the core of agrarian distresses in India.

The Complexity of Bihar Politics

Bihar’s politics has been dominated by caste alliances. The Bharatiya Janata Party has entered this scenario with the claim of carving out a new identity politics. This has attracted the upper castes too.

Muslims and Jatavs Return to Political Relevance in UP

There are rapid and significant shifts taking place on the ground in Uttar Pradesh, a state that is exceptionally crucial in the general elections. This article looks at the grass-roots impact of the Mahagathbandhan as opposed to the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party government on the prospects of all the parties and the expectations of the castes and communities involved in the elections.

The Realities of Voting in India

While the nature of work and consequent socio-economic realities deprive migrant workers within India of their voting rights, the lack of official documentation of internal migration, especially for informal employment, prevents any conscientious policy actions for addressing the issue.

Challenges for Transgender-inclusive Sanitation in India

Currently, the sanitation needs of the transgender community are addressed on the assumption that the community is a homogeneous group, and that public toilets earmarked for them address their total sanitation requirements. However, designing transgender-inclusive sanitation requires a deeper examination of the role of caste, gender, and age within the transgender community.

Undermining the Lokpal

The Lokpal law was enacted to set up an independent institution to ensure proper investigation and prosecution into allegations of corruption against public servants. Members of the Lokpal were appointed in 2019, more than five years after the law was passed, in a manner that undermined public trust in the institution. In 2016, even before the Lokpal became functional, amendments were made to weaken key provisions of the legislation relating to asset disclosures by public servants.

The Mental Health Imbroglio

The question that needs to be asked is, how many of those being treated for mental illness are recovering? Does the current treatment regimen help people with recovery, or is it only a “treatment” option with an entry and no exit point? Psychiatric professionals need to focus on recovery.

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