In Gujarat’s Chhota Udaipur, MNREGA has helped villagers increase their earnings, improved connectivity in the area and led to higher farm yields.
References for the Maharaja Sayajirao University diary came from the books of RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra, officials said.
Not only were women’s day rallies cancelled so as to not disrupt the prime minister’s visit, anyone seen as a possible ‘protestor’ was detained by the police.
What the leaders of bahujan parties have done by asserting their backward identity and standing up to oppression is bring the millions that hail from the oppressed sections into mainstream political discourse.
Given the involvement of “powerful and influential” local BJP leaders, a citizens’ fact-finding team says measures are being taken to impair the legal validity of the victim’s statement.
The victim’s community has refused to accept his body until all the accused are arrested.
The activist who has fought long and hard for justice for the survivors of Gujarat 2002 speaks to Sidharth Bhatia, founding editor of The Wire, about her newly published memoir.
Displaced persons who were resettled 14 years ago still do not have access to property rights, while the areas they live in lack even basic facilities.
Dalits have been subjected to vicious caste violence for years in Gujarat.
With no helpline or information centre to go to, parents from economically weaker sections wanting to admit their child in a private school through the Right to Education Act struggle to gather basic information about the policy.
Navsarjan Trust said its activities were a “threat to the BJP” and hence its FCRA licence was cancelled.
Urmi Nanda Biswas, an applied social psychologist, talks about her recent comparative study on female foeticide in Orissa and Gujarat.
The mid to late 1980s were a point of transition in Gujarat. As the Congress’s hold on power had weakened, the winner in this upheaval was the BJP – and the figure of Latif provided it with the perfect foil.
Nina Sabnani, a filmmaker, illustrator and researcher in ethnography of numerous indigenous artist communities across India, talks about how stories must be constantly retold to keep them alive.
Invoking people’s power as a force higher than state power, as the prime minister appears to be doing, is highly dangerous.
To oppose the forest department’s plan to limit open grazing, the pastoral community is formally pursuing their collective land rights through the Forest Rights Act.
It may seem to be an articulation of equality that transcends caste, but the ‘economic criterion’ simply allows upper caste groups to monopolise state power – something that the reservation scheme was meant to counter.
Jashubhai Chaganbhai Gangadia from the Valmiki community lost his life after he entered a manhole to clean it without any safety gear.
Prabhatbhai Parmar died after consuming poison when the government paid no heed to Dalit villagers demanding that agricultural land be allocated to them.
There have been ten alleged murders and at least two suicides in Maharashtra, and eight alleged murders and one suicide in Gujarat since the RTI Act came into force.
The converts said their decision was driven by protracted discrimination, superstition, inequality and the attacks by gau rakshaks in Una earlier this year.
Jignesh Mewani has warned that the agitation will move ahead if the talks, scheduled for October 5, are found to be a “gimmick of the government”.
The surplus land taken from feudal landlords in the past is required to be distributed among the landless in Gujarat. However, until now the allotment has only been done on paper.
The court considered the submission of amicus curiae and senior advocate Harish Salve and SIT chief R.K. Raghavan, who is a former CBI chief, that the trial court should be granted more time as it has to examine nearly 300 witnesses.
Persons with disabilities want tangible change such as jobs with the government, not a new term like ‘divyang’ to identify with.
A nervous Gujarat government does not want to take any chances while Narendra Modi is visiting the state to celebrate his birthday.
He is said to have been placed under preventative detention ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Gujarat.
The complete control exercised by the dominant religious and caste groups cannot go on for ever; when the pressure gets too much, the victims hit back
PAAS supporters in saffron caps barged into the venue where legislators of the Patel community were to be felicitated by Shah.
The International Finance Corporation has funded projects in India that have caused large scale violation of environmental and social laws.
Thirty petitioners – some Dalits, some not, some representing sex workers and others who say eating beef is part of their food culture – are challenging Maharashtra’s ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and the consumption of beef of cattle slaughtered in Maharashtra.
The victims claimed that the attackers wanted to “avenge” the arrest of 12 people in connection with the Una incident.
Prohibition has never worked anywhere; ordinary people suffer and only liquor mafias and law enforcement forces benefit.
The former IPS officer is now leading the Dalit movement in Gujarat. In an interview he discusses the BJP’s implicit support of gau rakshaks, the condition of Dalits in India and where the Una movement is heading.
The recent assault on Dalits by cow vigilantes in Una has opened the floodgates of memory, narration and protest.
The prime minister’s measured comments on ‘gau rakshaks’ comes at a time when the Sangh parivar is desperately trying to consolidate in Gujarat and bring Dalits and other backward Hindu communities within its fold.
India Today TV has exposed how Dalits are not allowed to enter Hindu houses of worship.
With rising social tensions in the state and a looming assembly poll, the BJP is hard-pressed to ensure it does not lose Gujarat. Changing the chief minister is a short-term damage-control measure at best.
Assam Child Rights Body Chief Allegedly Being Pressurised to Change Report on Trafficked Minor Girls
Runumi Gogoi is reportedly being pressurised by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to change her report on the status of the 31 tribal girls taken by RSS-affiliated organisations from Assam to Gujarat and Punjab last year, if she wishes to continue with the organisation.
Patel announced her decision in a Facebook post.