Articles by Meena Menon
Mar 19, 2019
NCRB's silence on farmer suicides: RTI reply reveals why organisation has not released data since 2016The number of farmer suicides is the tip of the iceberg of an agricultural crisis, and by not making “uncomfortable” figures public under various pretexts, the government is doing a disservice to itself and to the public at large
Mar 02, 2019
In India-Pakistan air strikes and ensuing prime time frenzy, facts and journalism have been casualtiesMost TV channels are on a free-for-all mission, where the objective is to attain stratospheric decibel levels based on their own perception of what the truth ought to be.
Jan 31, 2019
Many laws, failed implementation: New UN report explains why countries are unable to protect environmentThe UN report noted that the number of attacks on environmental defenders is only increasing; in 2017 alone, 197 environmental defenders were murdered.
Dec 31, 2018
Caught in the cycle of debt and death, India's farmers drove home the severity of the agrarian crisis in 2018Farmer’s protests and their demands are no longer subdued – they deserve serious engagement and attention and cannot be restricted to election promises of loan waivers or sops.
Dec 04, 2018
26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Justice delayed could well be justice denied if Pakistan continues to drag its feet on trialIt will be no surprise to hear that one day all of the accused in the ongoing 26/11 case in Pakistan are acquitted, while we continue to debate whether Kasab "was Indian or not".
Nov 22, 2018
Widows of Vidarbha, Marathwada farmers discuss their inheritance of loss at Mumbai protest meetBereaved women farmers have been able to articulate their problems in public after years of mobilising efforts by the Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM)
Nov 10, 2018
Asia Bibi: A case which showed how Pakistan's laws have become instruments of vendetta, maliceGiven the context in which blasphemy allegations are made — including severe infringements to the right to a fair trial because of the threats to the accused, their families, judges and lawyers, as well as the bias against the blasphemy accused that impacts the impartiality of the process — it is unlikely that the Asia Bibi judgment alone would make a difference in how future cases are decided
Oct 30, 2018
Yavatmal pesticide poisoning: Lack of accountability, negligence and abysmal medical facilities behind farmers' deathsPesticide deaths are not new to Yavatmal and according to information recently obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by this correspondent, the district reported two deaths each year in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In 2015-16, eight people died due to pesticide poisoning.
Sep 24, 2018
A win for environment and media: Mumbai court acquits journalists as UPL loses 22-year-old caseThe metropolitan magistrate KG Paldewar concluded on 4 August, that the article was published after “due care and attention”, without malice, in good faith for the public good.
Jul 30, 2018
Raza Rumi's Being Pakistani reinforces belief in shared cultures, rejects nationalistic identity thrust on countryIn Being Pakistani, Raza Rumi argues that the country's cultural landscape is in stark contrast to the singular notion of one-religion, one-nation, one-culture that one hears about in the media