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Reverse Migration of Labourers amidst COVID-19

Migrant workers returning to native places in COVID-19 times were the host for urban to rural transmission of cases as the migrant-receiving states witnessed over five times increase in the number of districts having a more significant concentration of COVID-19 cases from 1 May to 31 May 2020. There is an urgent need for the skill mapping of the migrant workforce and creating social security schemes to protect them under any socio-economic or health emergency.

A Feminist Way of Life

Trupti Shah, feminist and environmentalist, lived her life to the fullest embodying her belief that the feminist perspective is not an ideology but a way of life.

Womanifesto

A freedom movement for women has been sparked off. Citizens across the country are demanding an end to the generations of violence and suppression faced by hundreds of millions of Indian women and girls – from rape and domestic abuse, to lower pay and no right to property. Voters are calling on...

Marginalisation of Minorities

India: Social Development Report 2012: Minorities at the Margins edited by Mushirul Hasan and Zoya Hasan, Council for Social Development (Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2013; pp xx + 298, Rs 795

Ila Pathak (1933-2014)

In the passing away of Ila Pathak on 9 January in Ahmedabad, Gujarat has lost a dedicated social activist who stood by the excluded sections of society, especially brutalised women. She tirelessly supported women survivors of dowry harassment, rape victims, victims of crimes of honour not only in...

Socio-economic Profile of Muslims in Maharashtra

A socio-economic profi le of Muslims in Maharashtra commissioned by the Maharashtra State Minority Commission indicates dismal conditions on the social, economic and educational fronts as also poor representation in the legislature and the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service cadres.

A Long Battle for the Girl Child

The Forum against Sex Determination and Sex Preselection began its campaign in Mumbai against discriminatory abortions of female foetuses in April 1986. In the 25 years since then, laws have been enacted against the practice but female foeticide continues. It is a major challenge to fight the use of pre-selection techniques for sonpreference without jeopardising women's right to safe abortion.

Dynamics of Women's Studies and Women's Movement

Women's Studies and Women's Movement in India since the 1970s: An Overview by Kusum Datta

Neera Desai (1925-2009): Pioneer of Women's Studies in India

The front runner of Women's Studies in India and the creator of a model women's studies centre that combined the ethos of women's studies and women's movement at the SNDT University, Mumbai, Neera Desai passed away on 25 June.

Gender Mainstreaming in Social Protection

 since 1983, the CAG has been made a member of the House of Commons. DecentralisationTo reduce the workload on the system and make it effective, Mathur suggests that the office of the CAG needs to be decentralised and that independent wings of this body need to be constituted at the level of the states. Presently, the accountant general, who is responsible for auditing the finances of the states, also functions as a subordinate office of the CAG. However, the accountant general enjoys no constitutional and legal status, so he is unable to deal effectively with the Public Accounts Committee of the legislature or take up critical issues with the state government. Mathur points out that the original draft of the Constitution made by the Drafting Committee did contain a provision for an auditor general for the states but this provision was done away with on the recommendations of the expert committee which reasoned that many states may not choose to exercise the option of appointing a separate auditor general and that auditing and accounting could become one entity under the authority of the CAG. To strengthen audit mechanisms, this situation needs to be remedied. The book suggests that the accountant general

Obituary: Thakor Shah

Thakor Shah AMAR JESANI, VIBHUTI PATEL ment and the ideological commitments of At a time when the nation needs people who could keep alive the secular conscience of Gujarat, the passing away of Thakor Shah on April 10, 2004 in Vadodara due to massive heart attack has come as a big jolt. He died while participating in the meeting of the network of social movements in Gujarat. Of the 76 years he lived, he spent over 60 years in public life, making personal sacrifices, fearlessly withstanding all attacks

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