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Survivor on the fringes of the forest

Jan 11, 2008 07:30 AM Habitat destructions in India are forcing the shy, solitary leopard into closer proximity to humans, leading to deadly conflicts. Persecuted and feared by people and cursed by its beauty, nature’s most elusive predator has precious little to help protect itself, writes Prerna Singh Bindra.

Surpassing immunisation targets Tripura way

Jan 08, 2008 06:30 AM Vigorous campaigns in India’s north-eastern state of Tripura by the government have steered ahead the immunisation drive. Employing both traditional and modern methods like drum beating and making announcements using helicopters have helped in ensuring overwhelming participation by tribals, says Ratna Bharali Talukdar, a renowned Guwahati-based freelance journalist.

Bank accounts for poor is gateway to financial inclusion

Jan 04, 2008 07:25 AM Can an annual 9% plus growth in India be translated into reality for the 750 million living in extreme poverty? According to an editorial in the Economics Times, the solution may lie in access to bank accounts, where NREGA wages and payments for old age support can be the first step to financial inclusion.

Niyamgiri Hills saved for the moment, but battle continues

Jan 02, 2008 07:25 AM In its recent judgment, the Supreme Court of India might have given a temporary respite to the people living in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills, when it prevented Vedanta from mining. The apex court, however, fails to take into account the larger issue of biodiversity and the lives of the tribals. Kanchi Kohli, of the Kalpavriksh Environmental Action Group analyses the verdict.

Let us compete in poverty eradication: Muhammad Yunus

Nov 18, 2007 06:30 PM Muhammad Yunus, Nobel laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, says Bangladesh will eradicate poverty by 2030 and wants India to take up the challenge as well. On a recent visit to India, he spoke on the bank’s role, poverty museums, and issues close to his heart.
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See poverty through women's eyes

Oct 21, 2007 06:30 PM Kamla Bhasin, feminist activist, author and poet, was a jury member at the recent Women’s Tribunal on Poverty, held on October 17 in the Indian capital of New Delhi. OneWorld South Asia spoke to her on the need for a separate space for women to raise their voice against poverty.

'Poverty is not static'

Oct 21, 2007 06:30 PM Dr Pam Rajput, eminent women rights activist and organiser cum jurist of the recent Women’s Tribunal on Poverty has hopes that the issue of Indian women’s engagement with poverty will not end with the tribunal. OneWorld South Asia met her prior to the event to discuss the role of women in ending poverty.

Bring land reforms back on agenda

Oct 17, 2007 06:30 PM P.V. Rajagopal of the Ekta Parishad talks while he walks, in a freewheeling interview with OneWorld South Asia, along with 25,000 people towards the Indian capital to demand pro-poor land reforms policy. Industrialisation alone cannot solve the problem of poverty and unemployment, he says. The march aptly named Janadesh meaning People's Verdict, is expected to reach Delhi on October 28.
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Reaching out to 120 countries to 'Stand Up'

Oct 15, 2007 06:30 PM Irfan Mufti from Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) feels society has to be organised and mobilized to influence policy. The change may not be immediate, but political influence is bound to grow in future.

Standing up to impact change

Oct 10, 2007 06:30 PM Millennium Campaign Asia Deputy Director Minar Pimple spoke to OneWorld South Asia on how the Stand Up campaign in South Asia is making a difference by changing the perspectives of people on how they are being governed, and how they would like to be governed.

Need to ‘move people in the heart' on poverty

Oct 09, 2007 06:30 PM This year's Stand Up and Speak Out, scheduled on October 16-17, 2007, aims to move people to feel for the cause and also create more publicity than last year. This time the movement is more political too, says Sylvia Borren, co-chair of Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).

Dalit women leaders show the way

Oct 02, 2007 06:30 PM One has an M.Phil thesis to her credit and is an emerging writer; another was illiterate till a few years back and has survived threats, a murder attempt, caste bias, yet has lived to tell her tale. These are a few of the women panchayat leaders from across India who gathered at New Delhi for the annual Sarojini Naidu Award, hosted by The Hunger Project. OWSA talks to some of them about their trials, tribulations and successes.

We need to fight patriarchy, not men

Mar 01, 2007 06:30 PM In an exclusive interview to InfoChange, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi explains why culture should be dissociated from religion, why Islam is not incompatible with human rights, and how women all over the world – not just in Islamic countries – suffer injustice
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Liberalisation will not remove caste prejudice

Jan 14, 2007 06:30 PM The extent to which the caste prejudices survive varies from place to place but it is obvious to anybody looking at contemporary politics of India that no amount of liberalisation is going to change the situation says Prof. Nicholas B. Dirks.
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India's diversity not visible in public spaces

Jan 08, 2007 06:30 PM Dr. Abusaleh Shariff, Sachar Committee member says India's spectacular diversity must be visible in its public spaces in an interview with The Hindu
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The land is ours! How India's women farmers are becoming a force for change

Jan 03, 2007 06:30 PM Around half of all agricultural land in India is now farmed by women, as more and more men migrate to earn money. Yet the slow pace of land and property rights reform has failed to keep up. Although women may have more rights on paper than they did 20 years ago, there has been little progress on the ground
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Crass inequality on display in our schools

Nov 05, 2006 06:30 PM According ot writer P. Sainath the crass inequality on display in our schools runs across all spheres of India's brave new world and he says the schools only mirror this larger reality.
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