A fisherman holds up a dead catch in Ahmedabad. Credit: PTI files
Ahmedabad: Gujarat has the longest coastline in the country, running into 1,660 kilometres. Its coast is home to 549 villages with a population of more than 30 million. Fishing is the primary source of income for the majority of this population, who are dependent on it either directly or indirectly.
There were once more than 300 species of fish along this coastline owing to the diversity of habitat with salt marshes, mangroves and sea grass.Read More »
National Alliance of People’s Movements | June 09, 2017
Badwani | June 09, 2017: The statement issued and published today by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Nitin Patel, followed the totally undemocratic and unexpected arrest and attack on the children participating in the peaceful rally of Sardar Sarovar oustees with supporters from across the country, on the border of MP and Gujrat (on 7th June 2017). One may say, it is either to be totally ignored or blasted. However, it is an indicator of Gujarat‘s plan with the support from the centre, getting ready with its statutory force, to stop and supress people’s power. The same state, on the other hand, seems to be expressing its cowardice by raising a false alarm that NBA is out to create a stir in Gujarat since they are opposed to Sardar Sarovar and Gujarat’s development!Read More »
by Vasanthi Raman
Frontier | Autumn Number, Vol. 48, No. 14 – 17, Oct 11 – Nov 7, 2015
The battle that is being waged today by Teesta Setalwad, Javed Anand and her colleagues is an extremely important one, with far-reaching implications for the future of the Indian Republic and the rights of all its citizens.
India’s contemporary post-independent history has been marked by a series of ‘riots’, communal violence which have targeted the minorities in general and the Muslims in particular. The scores of enquiry commissions that have been instituted have invariably pointed to the role of the administration and the police in these commissions of enquiry and the various errors of omission and commission. Very rarely has anyone been really punished. The late Nirmal Mukarji in an article titled “Who will guard the guards” written in the 1990s drew attention to the communalisation of the administration and its serious implications for democracy in the country. These questions continue to haunt progressives and democrats. And this is the crucial question that is at issue in the present fight for justice.Read More »