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Human rights

Justice league for people’s rights

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
What is the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT)?

Investment terror

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
The New Year may not have started cheerily for the claims brigade. An international arbitration panel awarded US oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp just $908 million in compensation for Venezuela’s nationalisation of its assets in 2007, less than 10 per cent of what the behemoth had reportedly sought. It was presumed that Venezuela’s feisty president Hugo Chavez, known for his America-baiting, would be celebrating.

Red alert in Chhattisgarh

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2006

INEVITABLE TRAGEDY

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2004
Newspaper reports show that from January 1, 2004 to May 16, 2004, about 29 farmers in Andhra Pradesh (AP) committed suicide. From May 17, the suicides suddenly increased: the AP Rytu Sangham, the farmers' wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has compiled reports of 279 suicides by farmers in the state in one month.

On privatising water

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2004
Wherever they exist India's urban elite splash on subsidies B Ashok a regime of pro-rich subsidies have ensured India's urban elites happilly benefit from organised water supply and sewage treatment services, wherever they exist.

In search of the missing

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2003
'One' Pangi Budra is the subject of a land acquisition notice dated 1954. A bit of his life can be reconstructed. The rest is conjecture.

Have India's tribal leaders failed their people?

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2003
India has the largest tribal population in the world. Tribals number 8.6 per cent of its total population. They are also among the country's most marginalised. Why has India's political democracy not given its tribals their due? What is in India's political system that prevents the tribal voice from being heard? Or have tribal representatives in the high echelons of India's politicaldom failed their constituencies? What exactly is wrong?

The power game

Issue Date: Sep 15, 1998
BUILDING TENSIONS NGOs have raised issues that hurt political and business interests, inevitably creating tensions "It is the reformer who is anxious for the reform, and not society, from which he should expect nothing better than opposition, abhorrence and even mortal persecution." M K Gandhi 'The Story of my Experiments with Truth'

On Eve's of footsteps

Author(s): Malini Shankar
Issue Date: Oct 31, 1995
The recently concluded Fourth UN world conference on women (FWCW) in Beijing, scored important gains for the fair sex while avoiding the setbacks which been apprehended. Women the right to sexual self-determination and equal inheritance in the face of well organised event backlash.

The woods are lovely

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1995
COLONIAL forest administration, which didn't give a damn about the fecund land it was so easily reducing to cinders and stumps, lasted almost a century. The sad thing is that even after Independence, the imperial order of green decimation refused to come unstuck and is now almost pathologically entrenched in the minds of a bureaucracy paralysed by 40 years of self-misrule and a complete lack of a love 0' the land.
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