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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Aruna Roy

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The writer is an activist based in rural Rajasthan.

When the state is silent, it becomes the citizen’s duty to speak up and express dissent
Sat, Sep 05, 2020

Hinduism is a secular religion in its philosophical assumptions, as probably all religions are. Those claiming to speak for nationalism are forcing us to choose between manufactured polarities of being secular or being religious.

An open-ended, expanded employment guarantee at minimum wages should be its centrepiece
Fri, May 01, 2020

It is a cruel irony that after the sacrifice they have been asked to undertake, they don’t even get the safety of physical distancing. Workers have lost hard-won rights, despite labour being the biggest contributor to the Indian growth story.

Statesmanship requires taking people along; when basic security is denied, hope dies
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy write: Prime Minister demanded discipline and sacrifice from the people, while offering no measures to alleviate distress of those who have lost their dignity and livelihoods.

It is poetic irony that govt’s autocratic steps to quell dissent has produced the biggest awakening in recent history
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

At the core of the non-violent protests against the CAA, NRC and NPR is the message of peace and equality and an affirmation of solidarity with values enshrined in the Republic’s founding document.

Movements and governments
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Outgoing Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s tenure in NAC raised hope that the two can work together.

A lifeline, interrupted
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Government is prioritising savings over MGNREGA and rights of the poor.

Excluded by Aadhaar
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Thousands of crores are supposed to have been saved in this massive anti-corruption drive, but not a single criminal case has been filed. It is delusional to celebrate the Aadhaar tidal wave, and criminal to turn a blind eye to hard facts about exclusion.

Poor swiped out in choice-less, not cash-less, society
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

For the poor, with little cash in the first place, digital promises to ‘swipe’ them out, before their marginalisation is even addressed.

Starving MGNREGA
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

The MGNREGA was inspired by the Maharashtra Employment Guarantee Act, passed in 1977, wherein policymakers found wage employment as the best way to empower people against drought

RTI on my side
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Ten years on, it is a weapon for the citizen facing arbitrary power. It needs to be protected, taken further.

One Year of Modi govt: Bure din for social sector
Thu, May 28, 2015

Modi government has damaged the rights-based legislative framework without spelling out what will replace it.

One ‘adarsh’ village is not enough
Fri, Jan 02, 2015

There is a shrinking of resources for rural development. And an imposition of resource-free symbolic programmes

Gujarat polls: a challenge to one’s intelligence
Tue, Dec 10, 2002

What has happened in Gujarat from February 2002 is a nightmare, the like of which independent India has not seen. The India of our dreams is...

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