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Consent cannot be manufactured by guns

By Vidhya Das

Protestors have gathered on the road to the Kalinganagar industrial area in Orissa. The bodies of four of those killed in police firing on January 2, are laid out here. This on-the-spot report records the seething anger against the industries that are usurping the lands, livelihoods and basic rights of adivasi farmers


Traditional grassroots democracy: Kerala's sea courts

By N P Chekkutty

Kerala's traditional sea courts, or katal kotathi, were the most effective form of grassroots democracy in the region for centuries. Now, thanks to government apathy, administrative lapses, modern technology and capital-intensive practices, they have become defunct, polarising fishing communities in the state and prompting violent, often communal, clashes over disputes


CSOs make a difference in UP panchayat elections

By Ashok Gopal

A large Pre-Election Voter Awareness Campaign (PEVAC) has had a positive impact on the recent UP panchayat elections. Hundreds of candidates selected by community organisations got the people's mandate; several women and dalits got elected from unreserved seats


'If the politicians are corrupt, so too will be the people'

By Rashme Sehgal

An interview with Admiral R H Tahiliani (Retd), chairperson of Transparency International India and architect of India's largest ever corruption survey


Land reform: The Forest Conservation Act is in the way

By Richard Mahapatra

Is the rigid Forest Conservation Act, 1980, derailing ongoing peace talks with the Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh and other states with its stringent provisions disallowing settlement rights on forestland?


Women panchayat members: Catapulted into the public domain

By Rashme Sehgal

More than a decade after the 73rd constitutional amendment made it mandatory for 33% of all panchayat seats to be reserved for women, have women begun to play a significant role in local self-governance?


Gandhi's ideals live on in Gandhigram

By Lalitha Sridhar

Starting out as one woman's dream, Gandhigram has grown into one of the largest umbrella institutions of its kind in India. The reason for its success is that instead of offering a readymade agenda for development it has responded to the needs of the community


'No government wants to deal with a whistleblower'

By Rashme Sehgal

Pramod Kumar, Joint Secretary of the Haryana cadre, has alleged corruption at several levels in the state's education department, including the technical education programme and the district primary education programme. An interview with the whistleblower


A movement, not a newspaper

By Shabnam Dhar

Prabhat Khabar is a newspaper that bucks the trend, puts people's concerns before entertainment, glamour and profitability, and still manages a circulation of over 2,50,000 copies