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‘A Year After Thoothukudi Burned’ – A report

On May 22, 2018, Tamil Nadu police opened fire on thousands of people demonstrating against the expansion of Sterlite’s copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi. The residents were protesting against the Vedanta owned unit accusing it of causing severe environmental pollution in the entire region. One year after the violent incident in which 18 persons were shot dead and scores […]

নির্বাচনে প্রকৃত গণতন্ত্র প্রতিষ্ঠার ডাক সমকামী, রূপান্তরকামী সম্প্রদায়ের

ভারতে সমকামী, রূপান্তরকামী মানুষদের আন্দোলন ক্রমেই সঙ্ঘবদ্ধ হয়েছে, বিভিন্ন অধিকার ছিনিয়ে এনেছে ও তথাকথিত মূলস্রোত বাধ্য হয়েছে সমাজের নানা ক্ষেত্রে তাঁদের স্বীকৃতি দিতে। দেশের নাগরিক হিসাবে নির্বাচন প্রসঙ্গে এই মানুষদের ভাষ্যগুলি জানা প্রয়োজন হয়ে পড়ে –লিখছেন সুদর্শনা চক্রবর্তী।   দেশের সমকামী, রূপান্তরকামী সম্প্রদায়ের দীর্ঘ কয়েক দশকের আন্দোলনে রাজনৈতিক দলগুলির ভূমিকা, অধিকাংশ প্রান্তিক, সংখ্যালঘু সম্প্রদায়ের মতো এই সম্প্রদায়ের […]

Safai Karamcharis of Delhi University Protest Termination and More

Since 1st May safai karamcharis in Delhi University have been fighting for their right to dignified employment, braving the Delhi heat while dealing with the more urgent issue of keeping their families fed without employment. The promise of a democratic, independent nation that upholds human rights and the dignity of labour continues to remain unfulfilled […]

মোদি সরকারের পরিবেশ-নীতি বা গত পাঁচ বছরের পরিবেশ দুর্নীতি

ভারতে এখনো প্রকৃতি-পরিবেশকে একটা মুখ্য বিষয় বলে ভেবে ওঠার জায়গায় রাজনৈতিক শক্তিরা নেই। তাই তাদের যাবতীয় নির্বাচনী প্রচারে কোথাও পরিবেশ বিষয় নিয়ে ন্যূনতম কোনও কথাও আপনি খুঁজে পাবেন না। গত পাঁচ বছরে প্রকৃতি-পরিবেশ এবং বিশ্ব-উষ্ণায়নকে রুখে দিতে মোদি সরকার কী করেছে তার বিষদ বিবরণ নিয়ে নন্দন মিত্র-এর এই লেখা।     বিজেপি শাসিত গোয়া সরকার […]

Dude, Process? Mumbai Rises Against Supreme Injustice

Dozens of Mumbai-based groups condemned and protested the “clean chit” given to CJI Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment scandal that has rocked the judiciary. A GroundXero report.   Complaint and Proceedings An affidavit submitted on April 19 by a former employee of the Supreme Court (SC) alleged that the sitting Chief Justice of India […]

Extinction Rebellion: The Green Energy Commons versus Carbon Extinction

Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels are causing catastrophic climate change, and threaten to destroy all human life on our planet. Simply, climate change is the single greatest threat facing our species since our emergence as a species a half million years ago. It is a bigger threat than the biggest of our […]

Forests Are Our Lifeline And They Are Receding

Climate change threatens the very possibility of life on this planet. The dominant narrative of climate change is built around the reduction of emissions and the replacement of energy sources which ultimately goes to serve the interests of the same forces that have created the problem in the first place. The voice of the communities […]

Alembic Pharmaceuticals’ Sikkim Unit Discharging Highly Toxic Wastewater Effluent In Tista River

The Sikkim unit of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd is discharging huge quantities of highly toxic effluents into the Tista river. The contamination of Tista is not only going to adversely affect the state of Sikkim but also downstream areas, including many districts in West Bengal. A GroundXero report.     The Sikkim unit of Alembic Pharmaceuticals […]

1919: The massacre and the masses

A hundred years to this day, the British massacred unarmed people in Jalianwalla Bagh, in undivided Punjab. From today’s critical juncture, Nilanjan Dutta looks back at the significance of 1919 for an articulation of civil liberties.     One hundred years ago, India stood at a critical juncture. The end of the First World War, […]

Away From The Public Eye, Thousands Of Prison Deaths Every Year

Prison conditions remain underreported while thousands die in prisons every year. A Groundxero report.   Lack of information about prison conditions   Prison conditions are a rarely reported subject in the mainstream media in India, even though thousands of inmates die in prison every year and the prison population is increasing every year as per […]

RIE Bhopal Expels Student Suffering from Depression, Sparking Protests Against Stifling Campus Conditions for Women

Women at RIE Bhopal have been demanding an extension of curfew timings, clean water on campus, 24*7 library access, resignation of the Chief Warden, and more. A GroundXero report.     The Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal, is a constituent unit of NCERT, and is responsible for training teachers from five states and two union […]

Emergence of Bahujan-Muslim political force in Maharashtra’s General Elections – Part Two

The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, while promising a new political articulation of the socially marginalised communities of Maharashtra, has also sparked a sharp debate. Their refusal to forge an alliance with the Congress-NCP in the state is being seen by a section of people as ‘aiding fascism’, that is, effectively ensuring electoral victory for the BJP. […]

Emergence of Bahujan-Muslim political force in Maharashtra General Elections – Part One

On 7th April, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) in Maharashtra – an alliance between Adv. Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, and the Asaduddin Owaisi led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) – published its electoral manifesto. The forging of this platform is an important intervention in the upcoming elections in Maharashtra – a state which faces not […]