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Gender-based violence plagues Odisha despite govt efforts -Naba Kishor Pujari

-Down to Earth Odisha reported the highest cases of assault against women in the country, according to 2018 NCRB data Gender-based violence and inequality in Odisha continues to be pervasive, despite several state initiatives to strengthen safety of women and girl children, create awareness, deter crimes, expedite pending cases and introduce behavioural changes. The state contributes to about three per cent of India’s population; but the rate of crime against women in the...

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ASHA and Anganwadi Workers Are the Backbones of India’s Rural Health and Care Services -Moin Qazi

-Newsclick.in The outbreak of the pandemic, the nation’s 2.7 million Anganwadi workers became frontline responders in their communities. The contribution of passionate women who work as Anganwadi and ASHA workers must be recognised by the formal Governance systems. MOIN QAZI writes about his experience and interaction with Anganwadi workers and what India must do to enhance the systems. They deserve a better deal as they are committed and dedicated despite being grossly...

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"UP Epicentre Of Politics Of Hate": 104 Ex-IAS Officers To Yogi Adityanath -Sreenivasan Jain

-NDTV "UP is blithely undermining that very Constitution..." the letter's signatories said, pointing to high court rulings that said choosing a life partner was a "fundamental right" New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government's controversial anti-conversion ordinance has transformed the state into "the epicentre of politics of hate, division and bigotry", a letter signed by 104 former IAS officers, including former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and former...

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Beyond just persuasion -Ameya Pratap Singh

-The Hindu The protesting farmers need sincerity and accountability from the Centre, not edification In light of protests against the new farm laws, the Centre has attempted to educate farmers — a form of instrumental reasoning based on exchange of superior information and data — to convince them of the merits of its reform agenda. Since it is presumed that complex matters of economic policy are beyond the intellectual capacities of agrarians,...

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Nikhil Dey, well-known rights activist and founder of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), interviewed by Anupama Katakam (Frontline.in)

-Frontline.in Interview with Nikhil Dey, rights activist and founder of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, on 15 years of the Right to Information Act. India’s Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was promulgated in 2005, is considered one of the most advanced and powerful pieces of rights legislation in the world. Although an evolved law that forces governments to become more transparent and accountable, almost every regime has shown reluctance to uphold...

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