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A grim reminder of Dalit situation in India
Mar 05, 2010 In a gruesome incident 63 backward caste villagers, most of them women and children, were crushed to death as they gathered for a community religious feast in India. The rush for free meal and gifts highlights the poor condition and landlessness among dalits in India.
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UN accepts ruling on caste discrimination in Nepal
Mar 22, 2010 UN human rights office in Nepal welcomed a key verdict on caste-based discrimination, referring to it as a vital step to ensure social equality. In a joint statement with key organisations, they claimed the verdict fell in line with Nepal's Interim Constitution, which states racial discrimination is punishable.
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Achieving MDGs for Dalits and Muslims
Mar 30, 2010 The National Confederation of Dalit Organisations organised the National Consultation on Strategies for Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for Dalits and Muslims to discuss the challenges and strategies for achieving the MDGs for the socially excluded.
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Indian dalits carry forward their struggle for equality
Apr 15, 2010 Delhi’s Parliament Street came alive on Wednesday when thousands of Dalits swarmed in and out of the area to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambadkar. The confidence to carry forward their struggle for equality and dignity was clearly visible on the faces of the people.
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Burma's Chin villagers face persecution by junta
Apr 21, 2010 People of the Chin State in Burma have been subjected to abuse and persecution for decades as part of a Burmese government policy to suppress the villagers and their ethnic identity. Activists and refuges are coming out to narrate their stories to the world and provide them with support.
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Nepal charter to recognise sexual minorities
Jan 20, 2010 The new constitution will guarantee equal rights, including the right to marry, to sexual minorities in the Himalayan nation. A first in Asia, the move is expected to boost tourism in the war-ravaged economy.
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After Bangalore, Chennai too sees exodus
Aug 17, 2012 South India — which has never seen non-locals fleeing the region for fear of their lives — continued to witness the unprecedented exodus of citizens from the Northeast on Thursday, with thousands from Chennai too rushing to the railway station to take the train home.
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A tribe lost in transition
Sep 26, 2008 Paharias: The Struggle of a Tribe for Recognition, a joint study by India’s Ministry of Rural Development and UNDP, analyses reasons for the tribe's marginalisation in eastern India and suggests measures to improve their livelihoods.
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Approach to gender-just development
Nov 17, 2008 Human Development and Gender, a research paper by Dr Vibhuti Patel advocates that gender sensitive human development ensures an inclusive growth. Challenging conventional indicators to assess progress, the author calls for increased investment in women for effective execution of micro and macro policies.
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Mainstreaming Dalits in Nepal
Feb 24, 2009 Reinforcing Dalit's Leadership and Mainstreaming in Nepal: Learning from across the Border is the outcome of a India visit by Nepalese delegation. This publication by Panos South Asia aims to reinforce the role of dalits in Nepal's democratisation efforts, and offers policy recommendations for their effective inclusion.
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'India trying to hide its underbelly on caste bigotry'
Oct 19, 2009 Nearly 200 million people globally are victims of discriminations based on the notions of purity and pollution. Recently, a UN body deliberated on the recognition of caste as race and proposed to ensure that this scourge needs to be fought against, writes noted social activist and author Ram Puniyani.
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Makeshift lives under conflict's shadow
Oct 30, 2009 For the internally displaced people living in India's north-eastern state of Assam, life is nowhere near normal. Living in refugee camps under pathetic conditions, they lack basic facilities such as clean water, sanitation and education, writes Ratna Bharali Talukdar.
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Indian doctors discriminating against HIV patients
Nov 30, 2009 It has been found that the HIV patients are being discriminated against. Discrimination hurts most when it comes from healthcare settings because people who go to hospitals are already in physical distress or pain, writes S. Mohammad Afsar, ILO Technical Specialist (HIV/AIDS), South Asia on the eve of World AIDS Day.
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Creating an inclusive India
Feb 23, 2010 In post-independent India, inclusive growth has remained an unrealised dream, says K.N. Panikkar, an eminent Indian historian. That India is economically backward is not surprising, the fact that nationalism did not succeed in ushering in social and cultural solidarity has left a deep scar, he adds.
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'Planning cannot eliminate slums'
Apr 14, 2010 The recent attempts to free Indian cities of slums will merely make the slums less visible. While authorities neglect and residents loathe them, one should not forget that slums are part of the city that constantly reminds us of our moral and social obligations, writes Ashis Nandy, a social theorist.
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UIDAI to issue first ID set next February
Apr 13, 2010 The Unique Identification Authority of India is set to issue the first set of identity numbers in February 2011. The pilot project to begin by August this year is expected to remove the barrier of non-identity which prevented the poor from accessing government schemes, and bring benefits.
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India's UID project renamed as Aadhaar
Apr 28, 2010 The Indian government has renamed its new project to provide unique identity cards to all citizens as 'Aadhaar' and also unveiled its new logo on Monday. The project aims to increase people’s access to education, food and microfinance and streamline payments under social welfare schemes.
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Social inclusion must for achieving MDGs, says Millennium Campaign
Oct 20, 2008 Nepal needs to focus on social inclusion in policy plans and implementation, said UN Millennium Campaign head Salil Shetty during his recent trip to the country to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals. He also spoke for greater investment in basic services and the need to fight corruption.
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Private schools in Delhi deny admission to economically weak
Jan 23, 2009 Privately run schools in the Indian capital regularly shun children from economically weaker sections, inviting little action from authorities. Despite being allotted land by the government at subsidised rates in lieu of reserving seats for such students, several schools are found flouting rules.
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Nepal bans dowry, caste-based discrimination
Jan 27, 2009 Taking strict note of dowry-related violence and caste-based discrimination faced by dalits, Nepal’s prime minister Prachanda has made such practices criminal offence under the country's law. The move comes amidst growing discontent over the government’s performance to win public support.
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Surgery grants for leprosy sufferers in India
Feb 02, 2009 The Indian government will financially help leprosy patients who undergo reconstructive surgery. In a country that reports over 50% of the world's leprosy cases, the sufferers of the disease are widely stigmatised because of their disfigurements.
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Long road ahead for Bangladeshi women
Feb 03, 2009 Women in Bangladesh are entering the echelons of power with a 20% share in the Parliament. But gender equality is still a far cry in the country where gender progress is mired in challenges of illiteracy, poor healthcare and social and religious taboos.
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World Social Forum to act on global economic crisis
Feb 03, 2009 Using the current global crisis to argue for social change, activists of the anti-globalisation movement have planned a ‘progamme of mobilisations’ in 2009 to demonstrate against economic liberalism. Organisers of the ninth WSF have called the event a success, the closest to becoming a global political force.
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Dalits in north India demand a better deal
Feb 05, 2009 Carrying forward its campaign for drafting All India People’s Manifesto, anti-poverty network Wada Na Todo Abhiyan organised local hearings in northern India. Improved economic opportunities and better housing facilities for weaker sections emerged as some of the key popular demands.
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People's Manifesto in western India puts transparency on top
Feb 18, 2009 Ahead of the national elections, public hearings organised in Gujarat by anti-poverty network Wada Na Todo Abhiyan called for conducting social audits to ensure effective implementation of government schemes and budgets. Locals also demanded creation of social justice committees to protect the deprived sections.
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Ex-Olympian lends a helping hand to Nepal lesbians
Feb 19, 2009 Lesbians in Nepal suffer double discrimination – based on gender and sexuality. Former Olympian Michelle Engelsman is collaborating with a local NGO to provide financial support to these ostracised groups and to make them self-reliant.
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Nepal's 'confined women' want freedom
Mar 13, 2009 Confining new mothers and women during their monthly menstrual cycles remains a widespread practice in Nepal. This old tradition of chhaupadi, followed out of fear, forces seclusion upon women in unhygienic conditions. But change is gradually coming with several voices calling for an end to this ostracisation.
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Marriage brings comfort for India's HIV positive couples
Jun 23, 2009 Shunned by family and society, many HIV positive people in western India have chosen to marry a fellow HIV carrier. The first of its kind, a local NGO is promoting this cause not just to build a practical base for dealing with the illness, but also to help control the spread of infection.
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India's sodomy laws steeped in colonial mindset: HRW
Jun 23, 2009 Awaiting a high court ruling on legalising homosexual conduct in India, Human Rights Watch has called upon the government to repeal all laws criminalising such acts. In the new Hindi translation of its earlier report, the watchdog describes these British-era traditions as draconian provisions that need urgent reform.
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Schooling language at fault, says report
Jul 17, 2009 A report released by Minority Rights Group International says millions of poor indigenous and minority children in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are systematically excluded from quality education because schools do not teach in the language that they use at home.
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