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Bring land reforms back on agenda

Oct 18, 2007 12:00 AM P.V. Rajagopal of the Ekta Parishad talks while he walks, in a freewheeling interview with OneWorld South Asia, along with 25,000 people towards the Indian capital to demand pro-poor land reforms policy. Industrialisation alone cannot solve the problem of poverty and unemployment, he says. The march aptly named Janadesh meaning People's Verdict, is expected to reach Delhi on October 28.
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Reaching out to 120 countries to 'Stand Up'

Oct 16, 2007 12:00 AM Irfan Mufti from Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) feels society has to be organised and mobilized to influence policy. The change may not be immediate, but political influence is bound to grow in future.

Standing up to impact change

Oct 11, 2007 12:00 AM Millennium Campaign Asia Deputy Director Minar Pimple spoke to OneWorld South Asia on how the Stand Up campaign in South Asia is making a difference by changing the perspectives of people on how they are being governed, and how they would like to be governed.

Need to ‘move people in the heart' on poverty

Oct 10, 2007 12:00 AM This year's Stand Up and Speak Out, scheduled on October 16-17, 2007, aims to move people to feel for the cause and also create more publicity than last year. This time the movement is more political too, says Sylvia Borren, co-chair of Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).

Dalit women leaders show the way

Oct 03, 2007 12:00 AM One has an M.Phil thesis to her credit and is an emerging writer; another was illiterate till a few years back and has survived threats, a murder attempt, caste bias, yet has lived to tell her tale. These are a few of the women panchayat leaders from across India who gathered at New Delhi for the annual Sarojini Naidu Award, hosted by The Hunger Project. OWSA talks to some of them about their trials, tribulations and successes.

We need to fight patriarchy, not men

Mar 02, 2007 12:00 AM In an exclusive interview to InfoChange, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi explains why culture should be dissociated from religion, why Islam is not incompatible with human rights, and how women all over the world – not just in Islamic countries – suffer injustice
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Liberalisation will not remove caste prejudice

Jan 15, 2007 12:00 AM The extent to which the caste prejudices survive varies from place to place but it is obvious to anybody looking at contemporary politics of India that no amount of liberalisation is going to change the situation says Prof. Nicholas B. Dirks.
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India's diversity not visible in public spaces

Jan 09, 2007 12:00 AM Dr. Abusaleh Shariff, Sachar Committee member says India's spectacular diversity must be visible in its public spaces in an interview with The Hindu
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The land is ours! How India's women farmers are becoming a force for change

Jan 04, 2007 12:00 AM Around half of all agricultural land in India is now farmed by women, as more and more men migrate to earn money. Yet the slow pace of land and property rights reform has failed to keep up. Although women may have more rights on paper than they did 20 years ago, there has been little progress on the ground
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Crass inequality on display in our schools

Nov 06, 2006 12:00 AM According ot writer P. Sainath the crass inequality on display in our schools runs across all spheres of India's brave new world and he says the schools only mirror this larger reality.
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