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A bottom-up approach to conservation -Madhav Gadgil

within the framework of our constitutional duties and laws. We did not ask for any new law. All we suggested was that the existing laws relating to environmental protection and devolution of powers, Right down to the gram sabha and ward sabha level, be followed. Please click here to read more.

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Kerala, TN, Himachal tops India's child well-being index, says report -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

l-being and we will use this report effectively. This report provides insights on health, nutrition, education, sanitation and child protection. Our government is fully committed towards securing the Rights and well-being of children and, for this, we are making investments in this regard.” The dimensions of the index include healthy individual development, positive relationships and protective contexts. 24 indicators “Focusing on

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Haryana police brutally tortured nearly 50% of jail inmates, finds survey -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ana Police has been undertaking in dealing with prisoners, both men and women, a study has revealed. The report, Inside Haryana Prisons, by Sabika Abbas and Madhurima Dhanuka of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives, was prepared following a study commissioned by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority. It is based on interviews of 475 inmates in 19 prisons across the state. Intended to shed light on the conditions of jails in the state, it h

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Over 5,000 children abandon education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand, Bihar: survey

-PTI In its survey, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said it has observed that a section of children in the mica mining areas are deprived of opportunities and have started working as labourers to supplement their family income Over 5,000 children in the age group of six to 14 years have abandoned education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and a section of them have started working as labourers to suppleme

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Character of our nation is on test -Aruna Roy and Nachiket Udupa

in this context that we must analyse the political environment in India today. Those in power have never been comfortable with being questioned. Privilege begins with impunity. When the principles or Rights begin to create discomfort, the ruling dispensation starts curtailing the freedom of citizens. As a result, either the principles prevail, or crude power breaks down all constitutional and ethical safeguards to ensure continuity of power. It can ha

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Agri families borrow more, eat less to cope with kin's suicide: study -Sayantan Bera

ng to cope with the suicide of an earning member of the family by borrowing more, skimping on food and even taking recourse to bonded labour, a new study has found. Commissioned by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the report Agrarian Crisis and Farmers’ Suicides: An Empirical Study of Endemic State is based on a 2017-18 primary survey of 200 families affected by farm suicides. Spread across four states—Maharashtra, Madhya Pr

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IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan resigns over 'lack of freedom of expression' -SR Praveen

is freedom of expression back. “Over the past few days, I have been really perturbed by what is happening in the country, wherein a large section of our population have had their fundamental Rights suspended. There has been a lack of response to it. We seem to be perfectly fine with it. I also see in some small ways how I am also a part of it. I think if I had a newspaper, the only thing I would be printing on the front page would be ‘1

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A Lancet Through India's Consciousness -Shah Alam Khan

on and its members should seriously ponder upon. I am not even mentioning the necessity of a democratic process of consensus building before issuing such weird, immature statements. The IMA has no Right to issue ‘withdrawal of esteem’ rants on behalf of the whole medical fraternity of a country as diverse as India. In fact, I am not sure whether the IMA even carried out a democratic consensus building among its own three lakh plus membe

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The business of politics, the necessity of values -Mukulika Banerjee

c values include the ability to accommodate a diverse range of viewpoints that requires civility of conduct, a commitment to egalitarian ideals, the idea of universal citizenship — encompassing Rights but also duties, allowing all sections of the populace to be heard despite the louder voice of the majority, and, a general commitment to the common good over individual desires. The relationship between democratic institutions and democratic value

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Amartya Sen slams Modi govt over abrogation of Article 370, says I am not proud as an Indian

ming the Narendra Modi government over scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen said that it only emphasised majoritarian rule "as opposed to sustaining the Rights of all human beings. I don't think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy.” In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Sen pointed out gaping hole in the central government decision on various levels, “As an I

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