articles by Shone Satheesh

India

Watch: What happened during the tractor rally in Delhi

The Delhi Police has filed 22 FIRs in connection with the violence, and detained 200 protestors on the charges of damaging public property and rioting.

India

Sanitation workers in Mumbai's Colaba sent home without notice or pay; 'how will we survive', ask sweepers, cleaners

Sanitation workers face risks from handling hazardous items in the garbage like syringes, glass shards, and infected or toxic materials. Balkoti's daily wage was Rs 625, the minimum wage stipulated by Maharashtra state.

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Unable to get a last look at Delhi man's body ahead of funeral, family of handcart vendor found in 'drain of death' describes its personal tragedy

Anger is building among the residents as they allege police are swooping down on the neighbourhood and picking up innocent young men on rioting charges.

India

Post fee hike, JNU to be India's most expensive central university: Students to shell out Rs 62k per year for single room

On Wednesday, the executive council at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the institute's highest decision-making body, revised the hostel fee hike which had led to massive protests from students on campus

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JNU protests: Three professors dub HRD ministry's claim of fee rollback 'eyewash', claim they were deliberately shut out of executive meet

Three professors who are elected members of the JNU Executive Council alleged that they were prevented from attending a meeting by the administration.

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Adivasis and the Indian State: Caught between Hinduisation and indifferent govt, Madias of Maharashtra struggle to make ends meet

Majority of the families belonging to the Madia tribe in Maharashtra, whose lives have been disrupted by an encroaching ‘civilisation’, are left with a Hobson’s choice — assimilate and lose their Adivasi culture or resist and lose their lives

India

What the Coastal Road Project means for Mumbai

Citizens and native fisher communities of Mumbai are opposing the coastal road project, which aims to connect the city’s northern and southern parts along the Arabian coast. They claim proper studies have not been undertaken to measure the long-term impacts of the project on the city’s ecology and urban settlements. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is executing the ambitious 34 km-long freeway, for which around 415 acres of land is being reclaimed from the sea. Although reclamation of the coast was prohibited under the Coastal Regulation Zone guidelines, a 2018 amendment made it possible to conduct land reclamation for transport projects. But urban planning experts claim it will exacerbate flooding risks in Mumbai during the monsoon. Mumbai’s native fishing community, the Kolis, have been opposing the project on the grounds that it will destroy their artisanal fishing practice. The city is home to 23 active Koli fishing villages with more than 35,000 people dependent on fishing-related activities. They claim the MCGM did not approach them for any clearances as mandated by Central and state agencies before getting approval for the project. A petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court by the fishermen communities opposing the project. On Friday, the Court sought clarification from the Ministry of Environment on whether a study on the impact of the fisherfolk’s livelihoods should have been undertaken before commencing with the project. The matter will be heard on 9 April, the next date of the hearing. Watch what the fisher community of Mumbai has to say about the project on What the Coastal Road Project Means for Mumbai.