THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
17 December 2017
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected

Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

Economy Environment Society
RIGHT TO HOUSING
Urban poor lack a roof over their head

Looking into what’s happening in the State of Karnataka, Kathyayini Chamaraj discusses the housing needs and rights of the urban poor.

Government Urban Poor Poverty
LABOUR WAGES
Decoding the code on wages

This past August the Code on Wages was introduced in the Lok Sabha and subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Labour for examination. Vinayak Krishnan of PRS Legislative explains the Code and its pros and cons.

Labour Issues Economy Laws

OBITUARY
A guardian of rivers

Himanshu Upadhayay pays a personal tribute to the inspiring and dedicated river activist Latha Anantha, who passed away on 16th of November.

Water OP-ED
DELHI POLLUTION
Forget politics, focus on smog science

It’s not the crop burning, stupid. It’s vehicles that create smog and the media should educate the public. Anup Kumar explains.

Urban Environment Media
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
Defeating the deadly diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in our country. Reasonably priced vaccines backed by the government are now available to help stop this malady, says Swapna Majumdar.

Child health Children Health
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chugging along in the name of sustainability

Kanchi Kohli raises questions on the Voluntary National Review report which shows India’s efforts to achieve seven of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

Government Health Poverty
CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
Impunity prevails, but what is the solution?

In 50 percent of the killings of Indian journalists since 2010 there have been no arrests so far. We need to come together to protect our tribe, urge Geeta Seshu and Sevanti Ninan.

The Press Media
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A common, invisibilized malady

October is domestic violence awareness month. Pushpa Achanta shares stories of victims of domestic violence to point out why the dilution of IPC Section 498A by the Supreme Court is a blow to the fight against domestic violence.

Gender Violence Gender Law and Policy Women
MINING IN ODISHA
More money for more dust

Harapriya Nayak and Santosh Dora share their experience of working with the tribals of a small village in Odisha, who were suffering because of heavy mining happening in their area and how they brought about a change.

Mining Environment GUJARAT
HIGH SPEED TRAIN
Will biting the Bullet Train leave us with no teeth?

Darryl D'Monte analyses why the proposed Bullet Train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is not the need of the hour, nor worth the cost.

Transport Environment OP-ED
WOMEN ARTISANS
Breaking the male bastion of Kumartuli

Women are making a mark in a profession almost entirely dominated by men. Shoma Chatterji talks to the women idol makers of Kumartuli to find out about their struggle and success.

Business Society Women
SC/ST EMPOWERMENT
How successful has been the SC/ST Sub-Plan

It has been more than 3 decades since the scheme of Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan and Tribal Sub-Plan was implemented. It was given statutory status by converting it into an Act in Karnataka in 2013.  Kathyayini Chamaraj examines the promises of the scheme and Act and questions the outcomes.

Government Adivasis
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Ignorance can lead to blindness

There are 70 million diabetics in India, 80 percent of them have vision problems about which they are either not aware or lack access to good eye care. Swapna Majumdar reports how NGOs are partnering to reach out to the marginalised and providing them better eye care and prevention.

Women's Health Health
NUCLEAR AGE WAR
The myth of a nuclear peace

The  two-front war remark made by the Indian Army Chief recently makes Firdaus Ahmed question the usage of nuclear weapons in case of such a war.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
MALNUTRITION IN INDIA
The national nutrition strategy explained

Nivedita Rao of PRS Legislative presents the current status of malnutrition and measures proposed by the recently released National Nutrition Strategy by NITI Aayog.

Food Security Children Health Laws and Governance
BOOK REVIEW
Indira Gandhi’s elite environmentalism : a paler shade of green

Darryl D’Monte reviews Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature , a new book focussing on Indira Gandhi as a naturalist.

Environment Reviews
LOOKING BACK
Muslim identity in Bollywood cinema

With the instant triple talaq been declared unconstitutional, Shoma Chatterji finds it interesting to look back at how the Muslim identity has been represented in Hindi cinema and if it will change now.

People Society Films and Books Media
POLITICAL WEAPONS
The lipstick and the burkha

Inspired by a recently released movie, Shoma Chatterji explores how the lipstick and burkha establishes a woman’s identity in public spaces and liberates them in private.

Media Women's films and books Women
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS
Throwing good money after bad

Shripad Dharmadhikary critically examines the proposed push for hydro power projects in the recently released Draft National Energy Policy for public comments by NITI Aayog.

Environment Government
MUMBAI FLOODS
Mumbai after the 2005 deluge

July 26, 2017 marked the 12th anniversary of Mumbai’s mega flood in 2005. Darryl D’Monte looks into the causes and effects of the deluge.

Cities Environment OP-ED
MUNICIPAL WASTE
Holding a municipality accountable

Hasmukh Dhumadiya describes the ordeal of residents of Bakshipunch Housing Society in Dwarka, Gujarat, and their efforts in overcoming it.

Environment Human Rights Right To Info
EPW CHAOS
Why shoot the messenger?

If the members of the board were concerned about protecting the academic research character of the journal they chose the wrong person to serve as the editor. Anup Kumar explains

Opinions Media
TRIPLE TALAQ
Misery personified

Activists and supporters are urging the Supreme Court to ban the practice of triple talaq. Ramesh Menon says that the government will have to courageously act on the sticky issue to ensure that thousands of women get justice.

Justice Gender Laws and Policy Women
URBANISATION
Financing urban development

Several schemes to address different Indian urban issues are introduced by the government. Prachee Mishra discusses the fiscal and policy level challenges these schemes will encounter.

Urban Cities Government
NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
Mapping India’s doctrinal movement

The recently released joint doctrine shows a movement in India's strategic, nuclear, conventional and sub-conventional doctrines. Firdaus Ahmed claims that this necessarily will not make India any safer.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
NDA GOVERNMENT
Popularity vs Performance

Pradeep Baisakh analyses a recently released report by human rights activists and civil society organizations to see how the present government has performed in the three years it has been in power.

Government Opinions Human Rights
UID DEBATE
Overview of the legal issues around Aadhaar

Anviti Chaturvedi of PRS Legislative Research discusses how the Aadhaar project started, why the courts have stepped in to examine its legality, and some aspects of the recent judgement.

Government Laws
COAL HANDLING
Residents using rule of law to secure justice

Hasmukh Dhumadia narrates his experience of helping the local residents of a village in Gujarat in their fight for environmental justice.

Environment GUJARAT
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
The need to reform environment clearance process

Debadityo Sinha discusses how a coal power plant managed to receive environmental clearance by giving false information, which the National Green Tribunal finally overturned.

Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
KASHMIR PROTESTS
PDP govt circumvents its own social media ban

Two weeks into the ban, the question to ask is whether the situation has improved and whether protests in Kashmir have abated. Moazum Mohammad says the answer is no.

Media Jammu and Kashmir
FILM REVIEW
Tackling demonetisation

Shunyota, a feature film in Bengali, has an all-India resonance that will echo across the country if and when it’s subtitled version will be screened, writes Shoma Chatterji.

Reviews Films
JUDICIAL CAPACITY
Speedy disposal of court cases

High Courts and subordinate courts have been directed by the Supreme Court to expedite the disposing of criminal cases, yet cases languish for years in these courts. Harish Narasappa explains why it is so and how it can be fixed.

OP-ED Laws
NUCLEAR THREAT
The hovering nuclear clouds

Is India shifting its nuclear strategy in a new direction? Firdaus Ahmed analyses what that would mean.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
CRITICALLY POLLUTED AREAS
Crying out for strong environmental regulator

Himanshu Upadhyaya takes a close look at the Critically Polluted Areas mentioned in a recent CAG audit report on the environmental clearances and post clearance monitoring process of Ministry of Environment.

Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
COMMERCIAL SURROGACY
To be banned or not?

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 introduced in the parliament proposes a ban on commercial surrogacy. Shoma Chatterji finds out if this will help in checking exploitation of women.

Women's Health Gender Laws and Policy Women
ELECTRONIC VOTING
EVMs: conspiracy of silence?

Why have the media bought the view that EVMs are infallible when some experts – and the Supreme Court – disagree? Ravikiran Shinde dissects the issue.

Elections Media
ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS
Environment Ministry to bend over backwards to whitelist illicit projects

A new notification from the ministry lays out a process by which illegal units can be granted clearance and “brought into compliance” within the next six months. Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli report.

Environment Government
ENTERPRISING WOMEN
Weaving harmonious threads of change

Women of a small village in Uttar Pradesh are weaving not just colorful yarn but also communal harmony in their region. Swapna Majumdar reports.

U.P. Poverty Women
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