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  • The Socio-Economic Caste Census shows that without a real social safety net, rural India is becoming a wasteland of distress and despair.
  • Jul 30, 2015 13:22 IST

    Many degrees of hopelessness in India's villages

    The Socio-Economic Caste Census shows that without a real social safety net, rural India is becoming a wasteland of distress and despair.

  • Right to Food BJP government
    Jul 08, 2015 21:13 IST

    Is the govt threatening to dismantle National Food Security Act?

    The NDA, by its casual indifference to laws and court rulings, is threatening to dismantle the National Food Security Act.

  • Aadharshila Juvenile Home
    Jun 07, 2015 22:35 IST

    Amendments in Juvenile Justice Act prevents children's reform

    The proposed changes in the Juvenile Justice Act snatch from vulnerable people below 18 a chance to reform themselves

  • woman carries empty pitchers
    May 07, 2015 21:35 IST

    India has become a more unequal society than any other time in its recent history

    In newly independent India, there was a resolve to acknowledge and reverse the country’s history of entrenched inequalities, and to build on its strength of effortless diversity. But this resolve has weakened greatly in recent decades. As India made a new tryst with the market, the number of people relegated to the margins of our society has also grown dramatically, writes Harsh Mander.

  • IAS
    Mar 22, 2015 21:41 IST

    For an idealistic young civil servant it’s a lonely battle

    The country is both riveted and moved by the extraordinary outpouring of public support, solidarity and goodwill by ordinary people for young IAS officer DK Ravi, found hanging from the ceiling fan in his official apartment.

  • India elderly, old
    Mar 02, 2015 22:39 IST

    Neglect and abuse: The reality of India's elderly people

    We often assume that our greatest dangers are from strangers on dark streets or from violent men who might break into our houses. The sad truth is that the highest perils of brutal and persistent violence lurk within the intimate spaces of our homes, from those to whom we are closest. Little illustrates this with more poignancy and immediacy than a recent 12-city study by Helpage India. Its stunning finding is that every second elderly person who its researchers spoke to testified to suffering abuse within their families.

  • Feb 12, 2015 22:53 IST

    AAP has got the chance to run authentically responsible govt

    AAP has the historic opportunity not just to rewrite the rules of Indian politics — which it has already done — but also of running a government which is authentically responsible and responsive to its most disadvantaged residents. A government which cares.

  • 1984 riots
    Dec 12, 2014 21:47 IST

    Delhi’s indifference to 1984 riots led to other massacres

    It was Delhi’s deliberate amnesia and indifference to the lives mangled by that great frenzy of collective hate which paved the way for other massacres in other cities, writes Harsh Mander.

  • Clean India, Swachh Bharat campaign
    Oct 22, 2014 22:36 IST

    Need to clean our biases first, then our streets

    The country is ostensibly in the throes of a great social movement for sanitation. Cleaning India requires dismantling the deadweight of India’s inequalities and the neglect of women and people of disadvantaged castes and religions.

  • Sep 11, 2014 22:12 IST

    ‘Gujarat model’ of communal politics flourishing in UP

    Social hatred has replaced the tradition of shared living in Uttar Pradesh. This will render the next generation much more amenable to communal politics, writes Harsh Mander.

  • BJP
    Aug 24, 2014 22:21 ISTDemocracy wall

    The silence on the rising communal tempers is deafening

    In the three months since Modi’s spectacular triumph, many corners of the country have begun to smoulder in slow fires of orchestrated hate against India’s Muslims and this is mostly unnoticed by the majority, writes Harsh Mander.

  • Tsundur massacre
    Jul 20, 2014 23:42 ISTDemocracy wall

    India's courts in the dock, fail to give justice to Dalit village

    The acquittal of the 21 men serving life terms in the 1991 Tsundur massacre once again confirms that for the oppressed, justice is hard to secure, writes Harsh Mander.

  • 2012 riot victims
    Jun 20, 2014 22:54 IST

    Bengali Muslims can't be ‘cleansed’ by massacres and rhetoric

    The Bodo Territorial Council had appointed surrendered Bodo militants as foresters, and armed them with rifles. The surrendered militants never had been seriously disarmed by the state government.

  • Poll Mania
    May 28, 2014 20:55 ISTDemocracy wall

    Is rejection of UPA the rejection of secularism, welfarism?

    The dust has settled on India’s most massive, noisy, expensive and bitterly fought election. This was no ordinary election. What was waged was no less than a battle for India’s soul. Harsh Mander writes.

  • Food security
    Apr 17, 2014 00:11 ISTDemocracy wall

    Be prepared to stand alone

    If the hot political winds blow in a direction opposed to our pluralist idea of India, we need to speak out against the politics of hate and injustice.