SAURABH SHARMA & DHARANI THANGAVELU A former state governor, a former IAS officer, a former IPS officer and a 62-year-old YouTuber, all critics of the prime minister or the UP chief minister, find themselves accused in criminal cases. We explain how police misuse laws for non-existent offences or take punitive action in cases that should…… Continue reading How The UP Police Stretch Criminal Law To File Criminal Cases Against Critics of Modi & Yogi
Alamu R and Dharani Thangavelu The Tamil Nadu government has repeatedly claimed that the state’s share of vaccines is disproportionate to its population size, resulting in an acute shortage. On Tuesday, July 13, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the poor allocation of vaccines. Two weeks ago, the…… Continue reading Tamil Nadu, 5th largest state, has not received the number of vaccines it is entitled to
Devi has been on the phone all morning. She’s called contractors, masons and friends to see if they have work for her tomorrow. But so far, no luck. Tomorrow she will try again. “I just had two days of work last week and spent the money on groceries,” she says. “There’s nothing left now.” India’s…… Continue reading ‘When Will This End?’
Chennai: S. Rathinam (39) had escaped death by a whisker that afternoon. On February 13, 2021, she, along with hundreds of others, had to run for their lives when a blast rocked the fireworks unit where they worked in Achankulam village, near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of southern Tamil Nadu. Up to 26 people, mostly women,…… Continue reading Women Are 70% Of Workers In Tamil Nadu’s Fireworks Factories, But Are Paid Half Men’s Wages
Watching Eeb Allay Ooo in the middle of a pandemic, is more surreal than the movie itself: as the migrant working-class grapples with the apathy of the government and as inequalities are more glaring than ever before . But considering what has unfolded in the last few days following the death of an elephant in…… Continue reading Eeb Allay Ooo: The convergence of inequity and jingoism
Illustration: Dishina Uttamchandani I read about Thea’s tree, an illustrated children’s book, in Brain Pickings and was reminded of ‘The Brown-umbrella tree’ and ‘The Pink-tank tree’First, The Umbrella Tree. It was a Pungai tree, right in front of the house we lived for about four years when I was less than ten years of age.…… Continue reading The Brown-umbrella tree
There are good movies, bad movies and then there are movies that fall in-between the two: the ones that clearly ought to be good, but end up disappointing.I’ve been extremely frustrated on several occasions when interesting plots fail to deliver beyond its initial premise. That literal feeling of: “dude, it was just going good all…… Continue reading The in-between films!
Following severe criticism and after rounds of deliberation over the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, the union cabinet has approved it after accepting the recommendations of a Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The long pending Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill that covers a larger gamut of aspects under the assisted reproduction has also received the cabinet’s nod. As…… Continue reading Part 4: ‘What is your caste and religion?’ Questions women donating eggs are asked
Following severe criticism and after rounds of deliberation over the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, the Union cabinet has approved it after accepting the recommendations of a Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The long pending Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill that covers a larger gamut of aspects under the assisted reproduction has also received the cabinet’s nod. As the…… Continue reading Part 3: Fatigue to excess bleeding: What women who donate eggs for fertility treatments undergo
In the powerloom towns of Namakkal, issues like the current economic downturn, prohibition and pollution are connected through a $20 billion global fertility market services.