Society

International Women’s Day 2021 in India: Little to cheer about

International Women’s Day 2021 in India: Little ...

March 8, 2021

For a country that is home to the second largest population of women in the world and which has spiritually put women on a pedestal of Goddess, the women in India have continued to suffer from rampant discrimination in all aspects of life, right from gender selection before birth...

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Freedom House report not a surprise, say activists

Freedom House report not a surprise, say activists

March 7, 2021

To many human rights and freedom of expression activists and lawyers, the latest report of Freedom House, an American NGO that ranks democracies around the world on their scores of relative freedom each year, did not come as any surprise. The Freedom in the World 2021 report dro...

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Negotiating with patriarchy, one veil at a time

Negotiating with patriarchy, one veil at a time

March 1, 2021

Early last month, the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia, home to 12.7 pc of global Muslim population, banned public schools from making religious attire compulsory, after the story of a Christian student being pressured to wear a headscarf in the class went viral. Over ...

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Still a long walk to equal rights for LGBTQ in India

Still a long walk to equal rights for LGBTQ in Ind...

February 27, 2021

Armit Puri and Gagan Das’s love story is like anyone else’s. Based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, both engineers met at work, fell in love and have been living together for four years now. But as a same-sex couple in India, their relationship was a crime until a 2018 ruling by the Su...

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Pink Shirt Day: Battling bullying

Pink Shirt Day: Battling bullying

February 23, 2021

Twelve-year-old Radha was often patronised by her seniors in the convent school for being a quota student and also manhandled by them. Her worst nightmare turned real when she was cornered in the school bathroom and bullied for being poor and unhygienic. She and her family were c...

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Supreme Court ruling upsets Shaheen Bagh protestors

Supreme Court ruling upsets Shaheen Bagh protestor...

February 18, 2021

“The right to protest cannot be any time and everywhere. There may be some spontaneous protests but in case of prolonged dissent or protest, there cannot be continued occupation of public place affecting rights of others,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul...

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Education: Budget 2021 fails the exam again

Education: Budget 2021 fails the exam again

February 16, 2021

Right from the time that the ill-advised and horribly implemented lockdown to tackle Covid19 pandemic was imposed in late March 2020, students from lower middle class and poor families have been paying a heavy price as various reports indicate. A recent study done by British char...

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India’s budget for mental health leaves a lot to be desired

India’s budget for mental health leaves a lot to...

February 9, 2021

The Union Budget 2021-22, announced on February 1, proposes a corpus of INR 712.69 billion for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This also includes the budget for mental healthcare – a total of INR 5.97 billion. One would have expected that a good chunk of this would be fo...

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Dignity is all we need: Domestic help in India

Dignity is all we need: Domestic help in India

February 5, 2021

“I was asked not to use the washroom even though I cleaned it. They asked me to go to public toilets. I often used to use the washroom while nobody was watching me but one day I was caught and they fired me. Was I less human than them in any manner,” asks Anita, domestic [&he...

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Is India the Wild West of data privacy?

Is India the Wild West of data privacy?

February 2, 2021

The parliamentary panel on Information Technology has been holding discussions on the Personal Data Protection Bill for almost a year now. Even as the bill stays in a draft stage, on the ground a lot has changed that would make a material difference to data privacy and protection...

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