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  • Urban Poverty

    As poverty intensifies in urban India,
    what will it take to give the urban poor
    equal rights to our cities?

  • Urbanisation

    The focus needs to shift from our megacities to small towns and cities that are at the centre of India's growth story

  • Access to justice

    Despite a government in legislative overdrive, the gulf between law and justice is widening for the poor and marginalized

  • Gender bias

    Discrimination marks her life

    Are patriarchy and gender bias getting further entrenched?

  • Peace-building

    What are the keys to building a positive peace? Is social, economic and political justice enough? What is the role of the state, and what that of communities and individuals? Can peace be taught and cultivated?

  • Freedom of expression

    Freedom of expression is incregenagsingly under assault — on grounds of sedition, obscenity, immorality or offending public sentiment. Should this freedom be constrained? If so, when and how?


  • Enclosure of commons

    Market forces, infrastructure development and archaic rules of land acquisition are squeezing the poor off the lands, forests,waters and coasts that their survival and identities depend on.

  • Medical technology: Ethics

    New medical technologies are selling us dreams of genetic engineering, stem cell treatments to eradicate all disease, perfect bodies, perfect babies and super vaccines. But who is asking whether these technologies are relevant to our needs? What must we consider when making decisions related to these medical technologies, as individuals and as a society?

  • Agricultural revival

    New Agriculturist
    With roughly 45,000 certified organic farms operating in India, there is finally a rejection of resource-extractive industrial agriculture and a return to traditional, sustainable and ecologically safe farming.

  • Coastal communities

    On the waterfront
    India’s impoverished and marginalised coastal communities confront the challenges of liberalisation, mechanisation, commercial development and climate change.

  • Role of civil society

    Exploring the role and impact of civil society in India.

  • Intercultural dialogue

    The need for intercultural dialogue and cultural initiatives to build it.

  • Occupational safety

    On the fast lane to growth, millions of india's workers are dying or falling prey to occupational diseases every year.

  • Reporting conflict

    Are accuracy and objectivity enough in covering conflict situations?
    Or should the media frame contemporary debates in a way that also builds dialogue and peace?

  • Social exclusion

    The roots of social exclusion and battles against it.

  • Migration & displacement

    A study of moving populations in the Indian sub-continent—the displaced, dispossessed, exiled and evicted.

  • Battles over land

    All over India, the battle lines are drawn between land as commodity and land for livelihoods. How much agricultural land is actually transitioning to non-agricultural use? What are the laws governing acquisition? What is the social impact of a development-at-all-costs policy? Can those who owned and lived off the land have a stake in its development?


  • HIV/AIDS: Big questions

    • Who determines the numbers, and how?
    • What has changed for people living with HIV?
    • Why are less than 50% of those who need ART getting it?
    • Is transmission only about sex and drugs?
    • How can interventions with high-risk groups work if they are criminalised?
    • Is vaccine research in a blind alley?

  • Women & work

    A recent report of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector reveals that 395 million Indians work in the unorganised sector. 79% of these workers live on an income of less than Rs 20 a day. Many of the workers in this vulnerable and impoverished sector are women, who face the additional inequalities of gender. This issue of Agenda uncovers, explores and recognises the work and contribution of millions of these Indian women.

  • Child rights in India

    Over a third of India's citizens are children in the 0-18 age-group.Despite the fact that we have this huge child population, and despite the poor indicators for children's health, education, development and very survival, children's issues get peripheral attention in India. This dossier examines the status of India's children, their rights, and the delivery systems available for the realisation of these rights.

  • Cost of liberalisation

    Can trade be a catalyst for poverty reduction? Are the rules of global trade free and fair? What does trade have to do with the crises in Indian agriculture and livelihoods?

  • Hunger & food security

    A quarter of India's population lives below what has been termed a 'starvation line'.

    Why are chronic hunger and under-nutrition still so widespread?

    Why have foodgrain and calorie consumption actually fallen in the last 15 years of structural adjustment?

  • Climate change

    The big challenge of the new millennium. How is climate change linked to energy use? How can India's galloping economic growth and insatiable appetite for energy be balanced with environmental security?

  • Sexual rights in India

    Between the media hype and the moral policing where is sex and sexuality located? Activists engaged with sexuality issues in India debate the question.

  • The politics of water

    Who controls water resources? How much is water worth today? Who suffers as a result of water scarcity, and who gains? Is water a social good or an economic good?

  • Access to healthcare

    The cost of healthcare is spiralling Government spending on healthcare is shrinking The impact on the poor is catastrophic: They are being wiped out in their struggle to access healthcare.

  • Industrial pollution

    20 years after the world's worst industrial disaster, many more Bhopals are waiting to happen. Why has so little changed?