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RTF-WB Press Release: Expand the Rationing System and Implement Maternity Benefit Provision

105 representatives from all districts of West Bengal belonging to 35 people’s organisations, NGOs and unions of the Right to Food and Work Campaign West Bengal met at Barasat, on 22 and 23 February 2016, to discuss the issue of food security and the steps taken by the State Government recently to implement and supplement the National Food Security Act. The following is the statement


The Birth of a People’s Movement: Lok Manch

Lok Manch is a people’s forum for Development and Access to Entitlements of the Marginalised. It is a common platform / forum of the marginalised communities, by the marginalised communities and for the marginalised communities: the dalits, adivais, minorities, urban poor and other marginalised communities. It is primarily a governance advocacy initiative; it aims at strengthening grassroots governance and democracy


Fr Paul G Memorial Lecture: Defending India’s Democracy

A lecture to honour the memory of Fr Paul De La Gueriviere SJ was delivered by Mr Harsh Mander, Director, Centre for Equity Studies, on 29 January 2016. The fourth memorial lecture, organised by Indian Social Institute, Delhi, had the theme: Defending India’s Democracy. About 200 people from different walks of life attended the lecture. Mr Harsh Mander compared India’s democracy to an edifice that was built on four pillars: Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, which are the four core values of the Constitution of India.


Dalit and Tribal Women celebrate Human Rights Day in West Bengal

Dalit and Tribal women members of Self Help Groups (SHG) gathered in good numbers to celebrate International Human Rights Day. Udayani Social Action Forum, the Social Action centre of Calcutta Province, organized the observance in three Districts in South Bengal. Seeing an opportunity to demonstrate their solidarity with many other Rights Based movements, many of the women also participated in rallies, demanding implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA)


Minorities and Civil Society: Understanding and Responding to the Socio-Political Situation

The Republic of India is going through a very difficult phase in its chequered socio-economic and political history. The present government, voted to power in 2014 by a landslide majority on the promises of ‘Development’, has not delivered. Instead of focusing on genuine integral development, it continues to favour the capitalist and/business classes. Corruption is rampant and so is environmental destruction. The Land and other natural resources of forest dwelling and indigenous communities are taken away


Open Letter to all Indian Politicians

My dear politicians, I believe you have eyes to see, ears to hear, mind to understand, heart to feel, sense to behave and sensibility to vibrate. Hence, I urge you to pay heed to what I, a commoner, have to say. The very purpose of this open letter is to help you know what we do not expect from you and what we do. To listen to vox populi is indeed your duty, which I appeal to you to respect and fulfil.


Remembering Dr Ram Dayal Munda

On 30 September 2015, the day Dr Ram Dayal Munda died four years ago, farmers and workers from different parts of Jharkhand were denied permission to assemble and take out a rally to highlight the injustices heaped on them. The excuse for denial of permission was that Ranchi town was under curfew. However, people asserted their right to assemble and held a public meeting before the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Ranchi.


SAC Delhi discusses launch of Lok Manch

The Social Action Commission team of Delhi Province met in Almora on 24 October 2015.  The team consisted of Tony Andrade, Remy Sah, Vincent Paul, Pradeep Indwar, Anil Minj, Sebastian Jeera and John Ari. Sannybhai, the National JESA Secretary, too, was present for the meeting. The first point taken up for deliberations was the launch of LOK MANCH: the National Common Program. The team also discussed the concrete ways of


Province Coordinators of Social Action meet to plan a Common Program

The Province Coordinators of Social Action (CSAs) along with the Directors of both the Indian Social Institutes and a few special invitees gathered together at Retreat House, Bandra, Mumbai, for their annual meeting that began in the evening of 18 September 2015. The theme of the meeting was: The Common Program (CP): Building Lok Manch (Peoples’ Forum). The goal of the common program is to ensure the dignity and the rights of the marginalized at the national level in partnership with 100 Organisations


Laws in favour of Adivasis are only show-pieces

A saying goes that ‘written laws are like a spider-web, it will trap the poor and the weak, but it will be torn to pieces by the rich and powerful’. That in short is the story of the Indigenous Adivasi People in our country. True, some laws are enacted apparently in favour of the Adivasi but at the same time enough loop-holes are provided so that these laws do not take effect.


The Earth calls for its beautification

“Dharti Kare Pukar Vrichh Laga kar Karo Shringar” (the earth calls for its beautification by planting trees) is the motto that prompted an observance of the Environment Day at Rede village of Pathalgaon Block, Jashpur, Chhattisgarh. The celebration was jointly organized by Jan Sanghas Samiti, Forum of Peoples Representatives Pathalgaon Block (FPRP), Ekta Parishad, RAHA and JVM.


Nepal Earthquake: Accompaniment and Assistance by Nepal Jesuits

A devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 shook the mountain kingdom Nepal on 25 April 2015. It has left behind a trail of devastation and death. The epicentre of the earthquake was located approximately 77 km northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, and 73 km east of Pokhara. It killed over 8,346 people and injured more than 14,556.


Indian Social Institute in Bangalore launches Labour & Migration Unit

The Indian Social Institute (ISI) in Bangalore, South India, launched Labour & Migration Unit, creating a platform to address the issues of distress migrants. The unit was formally inaugurated by Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on 28 July, 2015, though it had started functioning from May, 2015 on.

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