Saturday, December 16, 2017

How Gujarat's saffron brigade targeted interior village in Vadgam, battleground of state's independent Dalit face

By Tanushree Gangopadhyay
Is the saffron brigade in a state of turmoil at the thought of losing at the hands of Gujarat's Dalit face, Jignesh Mevani, fighting from Vadgam, a North Gujarat constituency, as independent supported by Congress? Perturbed by this scenario, they appeared to have targeted an interior village of the constituency, Chhaniyana.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Income of India's top 0.001% rose 3083%, of bottom 50% just 107%; inequality gap widened after 1983: Report

By Our Representative
In a major revelation, a top report by an international non-profit organization, World Inequity Lab, the total per adult income among the top 0.001% of India’s population rose by a whopping 3,083% between 1980 and 2016, compared to just about 235% in the world. In Europe it rose just by 120% and in US-Canada by 629%.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Right to work? NREGA payment system is still returning an “invalid aadhaar” error message in Jharkhand

By Asharfi and James
Close to 1,000 National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers and other rural labourers converged to Birsa Chowk, Ranchi, from 12 districts of Jharkhand on Wednesday and sat on dharna to protest against "repeated attacks" on right to food and right to work. The event was jointly organised by Right to Food Campaign Jharkhand and NREGA Watch.

When Modi "invoked" President Ram Nath Kovind's caste to woo OBC Koli votes off Somanth and Jasdan

President at Ghela Somnath temple, near Jasdan, Sept 4
By Rajiv Shah
There is strong flutter among Sangh Parivar insiders. For the first time, they have begun conceding, the party's Hindutva agenda is falling apart, that too in a state which has been it's political lab since mid-1980s. Riding on this agenda, based on which the party ruled Gujarat for 22 years, Narendra Modi stirringly emerged on the national canvas in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, winning comfortable majority.

Gujarat polls: Vadodara environmentalists wonder why none talks of pollution issues that affect health, nature

By Our Representative
In a belated attempt, senior environmentalist Rohit Prajapati, accompanied by several prominent citizens, has sought to make his voice heard asking whether political party candidates, competing to win Gujarat assembly elections in the second and final round (December 14), have at all cared to raise environmental issues facing our cities.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gujarat officials "indifferent" to communal riot victims, "don't care" to implement PM's 15 point programme for minorities

Allubhai
By Our Representative
Living in a continued state of fear even nine months after the attack on his son, allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists on March 24, 2017, Allubhai of Vadagam village in Dhansura block of Aravalli district, Gujarat, complains that no action has yet been taken against those who tried to instigate the communal divide by seeking to whip up the love jehad bogey.

Hardik factor "main hurdle" in BJP's easy win; despite Rahul's new energy, Gujarat remains Hindutva fortress

By Our Representative
In an incisive analysis of Gujarat polls, top scribe Rajdeep Sardesai has predicted that, if a month ago, he would have almost unhesitatingly said the BJP would win at least 120 plus seats in the 182 member assembly, today he would press the pause button and maintain that the "BJP remains in pole position to cross the half way mark."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mystery of missing persons: 150 workers "might have" died during Unchahar explosion in Uttar Pradesh

Workers at the power plant
By Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Kumar
The tearing hurry in commissioning the unit VI of Unchahar Thermal Power project, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, violating all safety norms, is the key reason for the explosion at the project on November 1, a report released in Delhi at a function held on the International Human Rights Day (December 10) said.