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Driving the poor man's ascension into a progressive state from a poverty-stricken one -Sandeep Vempati

power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Fortunately, all the definitions on poverty converge on upholding Human Rights. A compassionate Narendra Modi set forth his journey of comprehensive development of the poor beginning with a call for banking the unbanked on August 15, 2014—popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). So far, 34

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Reality of impunity, rhetoric of Human Rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the p

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Act, which declared the RTI to have an “overriding effect” over OSA. Then Section 24, which mandates even security and intelligence organisations to disclose information on corruption and Human Rights violations. Finally, Section 8(2), which compels the government to disclose information “if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to protected interests”. Mr. Venugopal defended that defence purchases dealt with the

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Failing the forest -Bahar Dutt

-The Hindu Both Human Rights and wildlife rights groups have not used the Forest Rights Act as a conservation tool On February 13, the Supreme Court ordered the eviction of more than 10 lakh Adivasis and other forest dwellers from forestland across 17 States. The petitioners, mainly wildlife NGOs, had demanded that State governments evict those forest dwellers whose claims over traditional forestland under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Tradit

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Actionable programme for 2019 polls amidst lynch mobs, caste violence, hate mongering

a civil rights network, has released a document prepared under the chairmanship of Justice AP Shah (retired) -- and backed, among others, by Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan, bureaucrat-turned-Human Rights activist Harsh Mander, economist Prabhat Patnaik, Right to transparency activist Anjali Bhardwaj and social scientist Yogendra Yadav  (click HERE for full list) -- with the "aim" of putting forth policy and legislative reforms

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

fying, healthy, creative, well remunerated and socially useful. By that yardstick, most people in India are unemployed, or perhaps misemployed, and employment guarantee is still a distant dream. * Human Rights activists who have spent their lifetime for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the oppressed are today being described by the government as threats to the nation. How do you see this tag of “Urban Naxalites”? Accusing people

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A tragedy that was long in the making -Patricia Mukhim

dent in the letter written to the National Disaster Response Force. It was only after a Delhi-based lawyer, Aditya N. Prasad, represented by senior Supreme Court advocate Anand Grover and his team of Human Rights lawyers presented their suggestions to the court that the Meghalaya government got different actors to the accident site. Mr. Prasad has never visited Meghalaya. When asked why he is the petitioner on behalf of the miners, he simply said: &ld

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

se corruption and the arbitrary use of power. This is one of the most difficult situations, where every day can be a nightmare. These “whistle-blowers” need to be empowered and protected. Human Rights, civil rights and RTI exposes are also instances where people stick their necks out to oppose injustice and corruption. Often, the corrupt power elite ensure that they are persecuted and sometimes eliminated. The whistle-blowers law is needed

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Stand by those jailed for activism: Amartya Sen

or Amartya Sen told reporters here on Monday. “There is growing intolerance compared to the past. Many activists are now jailed as Maoist sympathisers…it is extraordinary violation of Human Rights. Even Naseeruddin Shah is targeted. “We should stand by those who are targeted and ostracised. Or, we not only lose the quality of sympathy but also our analytical ability to distinguish between what is important and what is not,&rdq

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Anchored in Human Rights -Allan Maleche, Blessina Kumar & John Stephens

and disturbing arsenal of surveillance technologies has caught the attention of international and domestic policy makers and threatens to detract from an effective response to TB that is anchored in Human Rights and has a human touch. For example, a plan in India is to implant microchips in people in order to track them and ensure they complete TB treatment. There are also seemingly endless technological tweaks to the Directly Observed Treatment, sho

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