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, by NARAIN Sunita

India. Fix what is broken

The high corridors of the nation are abuzz with talk about how much food should be given to the country’s poor as a right. Should it be 25 kg of rice or 35 kg of wheat a month per person at highly subsidized rates?
Then they worry who should get this right to food. All who are poor, the very (...)

, by Himal Southasian

Sri Lanka. Contradictions of capitalism

One of the major tasks that face progressive political forces in Sri Lanka today is to identify and tackle the major social contradictions generated by more than three decades of liberal economic policies. These interventions have to be at the local as well as global level. It now appears (...)

, by Himal Southasian

’Southasia’s commons are weakening’

Common property resource (CPR) management has long been a significant arrangement in many parts of rural Southasia, playing an important economic and environmental role at the grassroots. N S Jodha, who worked until recently at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in (...)

, by Combat Law

India. Entitlements of hunger

The government of India is in the process of enacting a Food Security Act, even as 500 million people live with hunger and poverty while 46 percent children are undernourished in the country. The NFSA proposes to lower ration prices but also attempts to reduce the quantity of grain given to (...)

, by MANDER Harsh

Barefoot: Learning from Gandhi

The world has much to learn from Mohandas Gandhi. As we approach October 2, a look at his principles show that his relevance is greater now than it ever was... Read more

, by Himal Southasian

Corralling the nomads

China’s anti-pastoralist policies in Tibet are not only culturally insensitive but environmentally disastrous.

Although its record of reserve-based biodiversity conservation is striking, Beijing’s approach to the conservation of living natural resources outside reserves is less impressive. Pressures for economic development often eclipse complex ecological and cultural factors. This is especially true on (...)

, by Frontline

Right To Information: Martyrs to transparency

October 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Act and its implementation have been described in both administrative circles and civil society as “revolutionary” , “a blow for transparency”, “a check on corrupt practices” and “a people’s intervention tool with (...)

, by The Hindu

Bangladesh: two epoch-making verdicts

The supreme judiciary in Bangladesh has made it clear that martial law has no place in a civilised country that has a Constitution. After the recent landmark verdict of the appellate division of the Supreme Court that nullified the 5th Amendment to the Constitution and thus declared the (...)

, by Frontline

Pakistan: Fury of the Indus

Floods in the Indus, triggered by the heavy monsoon rain, devastate vast swathes of land and render millions homeless in Pakistan. Moving at a furious pace from the mountainous north-western region of Gilgit-Baltistan to the fertile south, the Indus river, swollen and bursting its banks (...)

, by ROY Arundhati

The Trickledown Revolution

The tenacity, the wisdom and the courage of those who have been fighting for years, for decades, to bring change, or even the whisper of justice to their lives, is something extraordinary. Whether people are fighting to overthrow the Indian State, or fighting against Big Dams, or only fighting (...)

, by WASSERMAN Herman

Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa

Daya Thussu, 2009, 288 pages, $39.95

Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa examines the role that popular media could play to encourage political debate, provide information for development, or critique the very definitions of ‘democracy’ and ‘development’. Drawing on diverse case studies from various regions of the (...)

Taking Back Homes from the Banks: Exercising the Human Right to Housing

Bill Quigley

May has seen an upsurge in local organizations exercising their human rights to housing. Most people recognize that international human rights guarantee all humans a right to housing. With the millions of homeless living in our communities and the millions of empty foreclosed houses all (...)

, by The Hindu

Crime, no punishment

The Bhopal mega-crime trial is over. The barbarity has ended in a light sentence, although the victims are countless. Eight officials of the erstwhile Union Carbide India Limited have been convicted and sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment. There is still no bar on trying the corporate (...)

, by Frontline

Orissa bulldozer regime

In a State where more than two-thirds of rural families live below the poverty line and other social indicators are as dismal, the process of industrialisation that began at the turn of the century ought to have been a cause for optimism. But, of late, people have been fighting tooth and nail (...)

, by Frontline

Sri Lanka: A year after

The political topography of Sri Lanka has changed beyond recognition since the military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the death of its leader, Velupillai Prabakaran, in May last year. Contrary to the apprehensions in several quarters, there are no apparent signs of a (...)