Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

By Moin Qazi* A recent report by IndiaSpend states that professional moneylenders, who can charge up to four times more interest than the government’s banking system, hold more rural debt than ever, from 19.6 percent in 2002 to 28.2 percent in 2013. According to a 2017 study by Stanford University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development, farmers take loans from … More Farming distress has attracted a class of neo-moneylenders who lend money to make a killing

Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens

By Gopal Krishna* The planned Joint Citizens Protest against world biggest Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of 12 –digit biometric Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar numbers happened at the Parliament Street from 3 pm onwards on 12th of January, 2018.  More such protests are planned across the districts and cities in the country.  Several speakers at the … More Disclosures about breach of UID/Aadhaar database has compromised right to privacy of citizens

Four judges’ statement: Take remedial action, undo improprieties inflicted upon litigants and people

Statement by People’s Union for Civil Liberties’ (PUCL’s) Ravi Kiran Jain (National President) and Dr V Suresh (National General Secretary) on issues raised by the four judges at a press conference in Delhi on January 13, 2018: The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) is seriously concerned over the implication of issues raised by the … More Four judges’ statement: Take remedial action, undo improprieties inflicted upon litigants and people

Dinkarbhai fought adversaries with jest, worked in unpleasant circumstances with jovial disposition

By Nandini Oza* Dinkerbhai Dave, one of the strongest pillars of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in Gujarat, passed away on the morning of the 9th of January 2018. I remember Dinkerbhai in so many different ways – a friend, a colleague, more like a member of family. I remember him even more as one who … More Dinkarbhai fought adversaries with jest, worked in unpleasant circumstances with jovial disposition

A global land indicator for SDG is as important as women’s empowerment and food security

By Chris Penrose Buckley* There’s been quite a hubbub in the land community the last month over the reclassification of two land indicators from ‘Tier III’ to ‘Tier II’. So what’s this all about? For the uninitiated, each SDG indicator has to go through a validation process before it gets included in the formal SDG … More A global land indicator for SDG is as important as women’s empowerment and food security

A systematic attempt is on to brand the entire Muslim community in Mewat region as criminal

A fact-finding team* under the banner of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) visited Bharatpur, Alwar, Rajsamand and Udaipur in Rajasthan on January 6-7 to ascertain facts regarding increasing attacks in the name of Gau-Raksha, campaign and attacks in the name of love jehad and the state’s failure in maintaining law and order.  A group of media … More A systematic attempt is on to brand the entire Muslim community in Mewat region as criminal