India and Israel to Shake Off Manipulative NGOs

Foreign-funded NGOs have been a common cause for concern for India and Israel.   Israel and India share the distinction of being targets of political manipulation by powerful non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their funders, which operate outside the democratic process, with no checks and balances. These activities, although often presented in altruistic and moral termsRead More

International Widows’ Day 23 June – Yet unaccepted by our society

Invisible Women, Invisible Problems Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations – the situation of widows is dramatic and, in effect, invisible. Once widowed, women in many countries often confront a denial of inheritance and land rights, degrading and life-threatening mourning and burialRead More

An Unknown Community – The Jews in India – A Demographic Perspective

India is perhaps the only country in the world where Jews have not faced discrimination or persecution at the hands of the majority community. Compared to their brothers in faith in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, very little is known about the Jewish community in India. Three immediate reasons come to mindRead More

The Enduring Agony of Wartime Rape Victims

Women who have suffered in silence for years in Kosovo, after being tortured and raped in the war, are being offered a reparations scheme – but the stigma of rape means many of them may not apply for it. Fata restlessly twists her fingers, as if she were suffering some great embarrassment. She can hearRead More

World Environment Day – Connecting People to Nature

Man is both creature and moulder of his environment, which gives him physical sustenance and affords him the opportunity for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual growth. In the long and tortuous evolution of the human race on this planet a stage has been reached when, through the rapid acceleration of science and technology, man hasRead More

What is Socialization? – Girl Found Living with Monkeys.

In India, police rescued a girl initially believed to have been living in the forest with monkeys; officials now say she is disabled and was abandoned by her family. On 6 April 2017, the Times of India reported that police in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India had rescued an 8-year-old girl found livingRead More

Tighter leash for NGO’s under FCRA

The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, is nothing more than a tool to keep ‘errant’ civil society organisations on a tight leash. An autonomous, self-regulatory agency for NGOs is the need of the hour   In early November, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs rejected the licence renewal applications, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act,Read More

Guidelines for NGOs: Mandatory for them to register with Niti Aayog, Centre tells SC

The Centre’s proposed guidelines to regulate working of NGOs would make it mandatory for such organisations to register themselves with Niti Aayog – a government think tank that provides inputs for public policy. The NDA government – which has already tightened the noose around some NGOs – submitted the draft guidelines to the Supreme CourtRead More

New guidelines for regulating NGOs formulated: Centre tells SC

The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it has framed guidelines for regulating the activity, registration and grants to over 32 lakh voluntary organisations (VOs)/NGOs in the country. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud was informed by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that in compliance withRead More

India has banned all forms of disposable plastic in its capital

Thirty-two percent of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging we produce annually flows into our oceans. That’s the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic every minute. According to the India Times, India is responsible for an astonishing 60% of the plastic that is dumped in the world’s oceans every year. The country hasRead More