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We the People: Deepening Democracy through Transparency and Accountability

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Pranav Jeevan P The Right to Know, the Right to Live Accountability and transparency from government officials is essential for proper functioning of our democracy. These ideas ensure that power is not concentrated in the hands of a few officials and that they are always answerable to the people, giving the word public ‘servant’ its …

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The Bhilwara Principles: Strengthening Democracy through Social Accountability

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Pranav Jeevan P After carefully analyzing the ground realities of the ways in which the state tries to disempower them, a group of dalit students in Bhilwara (Rajasthan) presented a framework, in a public meeting on Ambedkar Jayanti in 2011, which enables them to invert the power dynamics and can be used to hold the …

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Time to destroy the stereotypes about Dalit occupations

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Anurag Minus Verma Recently many of us have seen/read news about a few Indians thanking sanitation workers (read Dalits) with flowers for combating the corona pandemic on the streets. Such rare gestures look pleasant but this doesn’t change the fact that these are mere gestures1. It is no surprise that in these emergency times, many …

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Covid-19: Bhilwara Model, Breaking the myth of merit

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Neeraj Bunkar While the whole world is fighting with the Corona pandemic, India too has not been able to keep itself out of its grasp. On January 30th, 2020, the first case in India was reported in Kerala. The number rose to 3 by the February 5th, when some students returned to India from China’s …

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From an ‘untouchable’ in Tapra to a student leader in TISS: Interview with Bhatta Ram

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Pranjali Kureel (Students of TISS, Mumbai recently elected Bhatta Ram as the new President of the student council in what is being called a ‘historic win’. Inspiring hundreds of students like me, who enter this institute with high hopes, only to find ourselves in an elite and daunting space, Bhatta Ram says the main aim …

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Why Bhatta Ram should become ‘President’ of TISS SU 2019-20

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  Nitin Dhaktode I met Bhatta Ram for the first time at the Interaction Programme organised by the Ambedkarite Students’ Association in July, 2018. A sharp-looking boy, he was sitting among the students, listening to every word carefully. Once you meet him you will not forget his appearance. After that meeting, I was away for my …

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Vedanta Prepares To De-list

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  Damning Report Blames City Of London As Vedanta Prepares To De-list Foil Vedanta • Damning report on Vedanta’s operations released. MPs take note.• Protests at AGM as Vedanta de-lists.• FCA headquarters targeted as responsible for corporate crimes. Foil Vedanta* and a coalition of organisations have released a damning report ‘Vedanta’s Billions: Regulatory failure, environment and …

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Lacking the basics: The Supreme Court judgement on Atrocities Act

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  Sthabir Khora There is a saying that goes: ‘mastery is mastery of the basics’. The Supreme Court judgement on Atrocities Act (Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v The State of Maharashtra, 2018) reminds one of this particular saying. The adage ‘mastery is mastery of the basics’ is applicable to all disciplines including statistics and jurisprudence. This …