articles by Sumit Chaturvedi


RTI reponse reveals over 18 lakh ration cards applications pending in UP; 56.8% requests rejected

The large backlog of pending ration card applications and the return of more than 30 lakh migrant workers to Uttar Pradesh during the COVID-19-induced lockdown is a worrying combination, especially when many have lost their means of livelihood


Salim Arif on theatre in the Hindi heartland, sustaining movements, and the need for local support

Salim Arif on the brand of theatre that is emerging in North India, especially the Braj region, the growing reliance on a brand of forced minimalism and why large-scale productions are a positive development in the art form


Allocating forest land in Chhattisgarh for coal mining is cause for alarm; deforestation has risen significantly in recent decades

The recent approval of 1.7 lakh hectares of forest land in the Hasdeo Arand forest stretch in Chhattisgarh for open cast coal mining has raised concerns.


Land reforms in India remain a stalled and forgotten agenda; no progress made on CSLR report on issue

Seeing the magnitude of the problem of land inequality, the Indian government had initiated land reforms programmes soon after Independence.


Expansion of Agra-Mathura bus service could help reverse fortunes as unplanned routes add to losses despite sustained occupancy

The Agra-Mathura bus service (AMCTSL) will continue to make losses if its routes are not planned to include high traffic intensity areas as well as improve frequency during peak hours


Corruption and black money: Changes to anti-graft bill run contrary to SC judgments, UN Convention

Besides these changes should also be seen in the light of certain key provisions of the ‘United Nations Convention Against Corruption’ which the Indian government ratified in 2011.