Category Archives: Accountability

“In their practical political activities, many environmental groups and movements have been at the forefront of efforts to democratize state institutions, as well as in the creation of more democratic and accountable forms of environmental decision-making.” – Mukul Sharma (Ashoka University, Department of Environmental Studies), quoted by Amitav Ghosh in The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (book excerpt in The Print, 14 October 2021)
https://theprint.in/pageturner/excerpt/congress-left-bjp-india-striving-to-remake-itself-as-settler-colonialist-amitav-ghosh/750429/
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“India is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists trying to do their job properly.” – 2021 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters without borders
https://rsf.org/en/india
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“Attempts to silence free speech are, of course, always characteristic of governments that lack confidence and are uncomfortable with an independent citizenry.” – Romila Thapar (Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University) quoted in “Nationalism does not allow the Hindu in India to claim primacy” by Ziya Us Salam (The Hindu, 2 March 2016)
https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/historian-romila-thapar-says-nationalism-does-not-allow-the-hindu-in-india-to-claim-primacy/article8300752.ece
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“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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“The Right to Information Act 2005 guarantees access to information about government policies and their implementation to Indian citizens.” – Book description for The Right to Information in India by Sudhir Naib (Oxford India Short Introductions , 2013)
https://india.oup.com/product/the-right-to-information-in-india-9780198089353?
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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/
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“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
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“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
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“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)
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“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 Commission regards crimes like rape, molestation, torture, fake encounter in police custody as manifestations of a systemic failure to protect human rights. [Its] efforts are also geared towards bringing an end to an environment in which human rights violations are committed with impunity under the shield of ‘uniform’ and ‘authority’ within the four walls of a police station, lock-up and prison, where the victims are helpless.” – “Annual Report – 2014-2015” by the National Human Right Commission (21 June 2016), p. 260
https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/NHRC_AR_EN_2014-2015_27022019.pdf
www.nhrc.nic.in
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The National Human Rights Commission “continued to receive complaints from different parts of the country on a wide range of issues [including] custodial deaths, torture, fake encounters, police high-handedness, violations committed by security forces, conditions relating to prisons.” – Annual Report 2014-2015)
https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/NHRC_AR_EN_2014-2015_27022019.pdf
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“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

A constitution which guarantees: “The State shall not discriminate against any citizen” – The Sovereign Republic of India

Did the Constitution of India borrow ideas and many of its stand out features from the constitutions of other countries? Yes, after intense scrutiny, it turns out that our founding fathers liberally chose what features to embed into our Constitution … Continue reading

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“Is tribal identity relevant in today’s world?” Inaugural Speech for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference 2017) – New Delhi

Dr. Ivy Hansdak – Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi (27th February 2017) Dear and respected Vice-Chancellor of Jamia, Prof Talat Ahmad, respected Guest of Honour, Prof. T.K. Oommen, respected Keynote Speaker, Prof. Virginius Xaxa, respected … Continue reading

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Down To Earth – science and environment fortnightly published by India’s Society for Environmental Communications

Down To Earth is a product of our commitment to make changes in the way we manage our environment, protect health and secure livelihoods and economic security for all. We believe strongly that we can and must do things differently. … Continue reading

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Getting information on forest land titles and compensation through the Right to Information Act – Maharashtra

In a major victory, tribal people in Maharashtra’s Thane district have managed to get information on forest land titles through the Right to Information Act. They were demanding this information for months, with over a thousand of them going on … Continue reading

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Convention on Biological Diversity to ‘integrate traditional knowledge and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for conservation of biodiversity” – Fact checking

The Convention on Biological Diversity, 20 years on, is still struggling to stem the precipitous decline in biodiversity. After missing the 2010 target of reducing biodiversity loss, it is now pulling out all stops to meet the Aichi Targets, named … Continue reading

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