A Conversation with UN Women’s Lopa Banerjee on Generation Equality

July 23, 2021 3:28 pm

Generation Equality Forum Raises $40 billion – the Highest Ever for #GenderEquality On June 30, 40,000 people logged online to watch the three-day Generation Equality Forum in Paris, France. The global forum, a celebration of 25 years since the Beijing Declaration, has already managed to raise 40 billion – the highest ever for gender equality. […]

80% of Gujarat’s Children were already Anaemic – and COVID-19 Has Made it Worse

July 22, 2021 10:13 pm

Even before the pandemic, four out of five children in Gujarat (79.7 percent) were suffering from anaemia – the highest in any Indian state – according to the latest National Family Health Survey – 5. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. “We didn’t have any money during the lockdown as there was no work. So, […]

Revelations by nations targeted by Israeli spyware Pegasus

July 19, 2021 10:18 pm

Spyware Pegasus by the Israeli firm NSO Group was leased to governments around the world to hack into smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, opposition groups and dissidents. A list of 50,000 phone numbers was leaked to the human rights organization Amnesty International and the NGO Forbidden Stories.  The nearly 1000 individuals on the […]

Supreme Court questions validity of ‘colonial’ sedition law, asks ‘is it still needed?’

July 16, 2021 9:43 am

Nearly a century after the British charged Mahatma Gandhi with ‘sedition’ in Ahmedabad in 1922, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday termed it ‘colonial’ even as it questioned its increasing ‘misuse’ by the Indian government. The top court also asked the Centre why it was not repealing the penal law used by the British […]

Women in Power: Vision of a female village Sarpanch

July 15, 2021 9:48 pm

In 2015, Varsha Nikam was elected as the sarpanch in Mankapur, Maharashtra. The village had no bridge. An educator for over two decades before her stint in politics, Nikam was aware of how difficult it was for kids to come to school. After countless letters to local, district and national leaders, she managed to bring […]

What is the contemporary relevance of sedition law, asks CJI Ramana

July 15, 2021 4:49 pm

Nearly a century after Mahatma Gandhi was charged with “sedition” in Ahmedabad in 1922 by the British, India’s apex court has once again questioned the increasing “misuse” of the same law by the Indian government.  On Thursday, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has called the sedition law in India a “colonial law used […]

The Vanishing Indian Working Woman

July 13, 2021 10:39 pm

On June 24, the Union Labour and Employment Ministry told the parliamentary standing committee on labour that it did not have any data on female labour force participation in the country. “We are waiting for the data. The ministry said it would need 10 days to compile this,” Lok Sabha member from Odisha Bhartuhari Mahtab, […]

The Sterilization Gender Gap: Gujarati Women Continue to Bear the Burden of Family Planning

July 13, 2021 12:24 pm

In Gujarat’s rural areas, reliance on female sterilization for married women aged 15-49 years has increased by 2.3 percentage points, from 33.6 per cent in 2015-16 to 35.9 per cent in 2019-20. The good news: More than half the Gujarati women are increasingly using modern contraception as a method for family planning, according to therecently released Phase 1 of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-5). The bad: Nearly 7 out […]

The Tragedy King’s 100-year-old Haveli in Peshawar

July 7, 2021 5:29 pm

A little-known fact about the superstar Dilip Kumar: he was born in Peshawar, now in Pakistan. Beloved on both sides of the border, Dilip Kumar exemplified the connections and ties of a pre-partition South Asia. In a tweet on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences at the demise of the Bollywood veteran […]

Make a Quick Buck via Clubhouse

July 2, 2021 1:05 am

If the first coronavirus wave gave us Zoom and Dalgona coffee, audio-only applications are all the rage in the second wave. Clubhouse, with its 10 million app downloads in a little over a year, is this year’s breakthrough app, used by the likes of Elon Musk and Karan Johar.  The audio-only social networking app allows people around the world to […]

Gujarat lags at 15th place with its vaccination drive

July 1, 2021 5:11 pm

For all the applause that rang out in mid-June when Gujarat crossed the 2 crore mark in its vaccination reach, it completed the month ranking 15th among the states in the country, in terms of number of people vaccinated per lakh of population. Vaccinating 37,400 people per lakh of population in the state, Gujarat lags behind […]

What to Expect from the Generation Equality Forum?

June 30, 2021 6:46 pm

In 1995, women around the world gathered in Beijing, China, for the Fourth World Conference on Women and developed the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. It was adopted unanimously by 189 countries. The Beijing Declaration became the most ambitious global agenda for empowerment of women and girls. Now, 26 years later, tens of thousands […]

India Abstains from crucial UN vote on Myanmar

June 28, 2021 11:06 am

On June 18, India was among36 countries to abstain from a vote on a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution seeking to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar, calling on the military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyii and respect the results of the November 8, 2020, general elections.It was joined by China […]