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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Delhi8
    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.

  • Muzaffarnagar
    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.

  • 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.

  • Muzaffarnagar riot
    Feb 19, 2014 23:20 IST

    Here's how you could stop the next communal riots

    Sometimes laws if crafted with courage, wisdom and compassion carry the potential to change the destinies of a people. One such law — if we get it right — is the communal violence law, writes Harsh Mander.

  • Pranab Mukherjee
    Jun 24, 2012 22:49 ISTDemocracy Wall

    A more caring touch

    In the two years left of its tenure, the UPA must return to a just system of governance that offers dignity, justice and hope to the lives ordinary people lead. Harsh Mander writes.

  • Disabled children
    Aug 05, 2012 22:33 ISTdemocracy wall

    Suffering without end

    Even as we celebrate the sullied ‘spirit’ of the Olympic Games, there’s still time to work for the uplift of the Bhopal victims who haven’t got justice yet. Harsh Mander writes.

  • Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi
    Sep 02, 2012 21:11 ISTDemocracy Wall

    Let the healing begin

    The Naroda Patiya ruling shows that secular democracy is never given to any people, it has to be constantly claimed, and reclaimed. Harsh Mander writes.

  • Sahariyas sinking
    Oct 14, 2012 21:22 ISTDemocracy Wall

    One step at a time

    India has changed in the dreams young Sahariyas see today. Death by starvation is not an uncommon calamity among the people of the Sahariya tribe of Baran district in eastern Rajasthan. Harsh Mander writes.