Category Archives: Accountability

“We are in a situation where if we do not act every moment, we will have to own up to the responsibility of complicity to violence. Therefore, constructive action is our only future. There is none other, for otherwise there will be no future for us.” – Ganesh Devy in “Constructive action is our only future”
http://www.india-seminar.com/2002/513/513%20ganesh%20devy.htm
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“Journalists across India are at risk of physical and digital attack in retaliation for their reporting. And during election campaigns, these dangers can increase.” – Kunal Majumder/CPJ India Correspondent in “Results of India’s election climate for journalist safety are in” (The Committee to Protect Journalists, 23 May 2019)
https://cpj.org/2019/05/india-election-journalist-safety-toolkit-harassed-legal-action/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11721

“It is not necessary to prosecute each instance of critical reporting – legal harassment and action against a few serves as a deterrent for others.” – Aman Abhishek (TheWire, 25 June 2020)
https://thewire.in/media/covid-19-migrant-crisis-public-opinion-modi
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11721

“Amnesty International says it has been forced to halt its India operations due to ‘reprisals’ from the government […] amid growing concern over the state of free speech in India.” – Rajat Khosla, senior director of research, advocacy and policy, quoted in a BBC News report on the closure of Amnesty International‘s Indian branch (29 September 2020)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54277329
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=35584

“The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the government more accountable to the governed.” –  Government of India (About Right to Information Act 2005: Bringing Information to the Citizens (http://rti.gov.in, accessed 17 July 2018)
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“The Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the country are the groupings of historically disadvantaged people that are given express recognition in the Constitution of India. […] The policies and schemes implemented by successive governments at the Centre and the state have further worsened the situation. The challenges to their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights have been critical today, insofar as they perpetuate extreme form of deprivation in many ways. […] The instruments of globalization have not rendered any positive impact in achieving the intended objectives of social security to the indigenous people.” –  Celine Sunny (Report “Impact of Janamaithri Suraksha Project on the Safety/Security of the Tribal People in Kerala, submitted to the Home Department, Govt. of Kerala, accessed 4 July 2019)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=29463

“There is no denying the fact that there is widespread corruption in India. Petty corruption which affects the basic rights and services of the common man is highly rampant besides the grand corruption scandals which break out every now and then. A report on bribery in India published by Trace International in January, 09 states that 91% of the bribes were demanded by govt. officials.” – STATUS OF CORRUPTION IN INDIA, 1. in Address to the India CEO Forum titled “Battling India’s malaise of Corruption”
https://cvc.gov.in/sites/default/files/CEO.pdf

“The numbers are startling. A report by a consortium of NGOs against custodial torture have released a report in which they say 1,731 people died in custody in India during 2019. This works out to around five custodial deaths a day. […] The fact remains that torture and beating up suspects to extract confessions have become very much part of policing in India. Policemen who engage in it are rarely punished – most times they are simply transferred to another district or state. The rare times that they are held accountable, judiciary have made stinging remarks about the need for reform. In one verdict last year, a judge noted that ‘they are confident that they will not be held accountable even if the victim dies in custody and even if the truth is revealed.’ In 2006, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that each state should set up a police complaints authority where any citizen can lodge a complaint against police officers for any misdemeanour. However, this has not been done in most states. ” – BBC News (27 June 2020) “Jeyaraj and Fenix: Outrage mounts over India police custodial deaths”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53202707

Constructive action is our only future – Prof. Ganesh Devy on the “adivasiness of the tribals” in Gujarat

WHEN Gujarat was burning between 27 February and 4 March [2002], the tribal belt on the eastern border of Gujarat was quiet. The only exception was the two districts of Panchmahals for which Godhra is the main town. Elsewhere in … Continue reading

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“Protect women’s rights at India’s tourist destinations”: Equations on the environmental, social and cultural impacts of tourism

[…] Please find attached EQUATIONS submission on concerns we have in relation to tourism’s role in the exploitation of women. Key concerns we would like to raise are summarised below: In our quest for tourism that is more equitable, sustainable and just we … Continue reading

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Audio | World renowned Indian journalist Palagummi Sainath: “The greatest stories are now coming from non-journalists”

To listen to this programme online, click here >> World renowned Indian Journalist Palagummi Sainath says the greatest stories of journalism are now coming from non-journalists “You will never find a great establishment journalist. My argument to you, is that … Continue reading

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Honey and wax production “a major seasonal activity” for Mahudharali (Honey gatherer) communities – Odisha

Honey and wax production is a major seasonal activity of bees in forest areas. Around 5000 locals earn their livelihood by gathering honey and bee-wax in the season from April to June. They are locally called as ‘Mahudharali’ (honey collector). […] … Continue reading

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“Indigenous people are at the forefront of the struggle to save the planet”: Defending the guardians of nature

On one side are people who live in the wild places in the world, the forests, the highlands, the plains. They are indigenous people who, according to Western standards and norms, are the poorest and most isolated but who see … Continue reading

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