India to pilot test online agricultural trading facility for farmers in 8 states

The government of India will today launch an online trading platform for farmers, connecting them to a network of wholesale agricultural markets. To begin with, only 12 different farm commodities will be traded on the online platform, and only 21regulated wholesale markets (mandis) from eight different states are being considered under the pilot launch. The platform is…

India’s “environmentalism of convenience” threatens forest-dwellers’ rights

India has a rich history of environmental justice movements, particularly on the part of forest-dwelling communities protesting colonial-era forest laws and development projects. The tradition gained momentum with the Chipko movement in the 1970s, in which indigenous Adivasi women in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttaranchal state asserted their rights over trees to prevent them…

Human Rights Group Decries ‘Gendercide,’ 200 Million Girls Killed by Sex-Selective Abortions

A 2011 study by Dr. Sunita Puri of the University of California at San Francisco found that 89 percent of immigrant Indian women who became pregnant with girls during the study period had abortions. None, however, who were pregnant with boys aborted them.  The participants identified influence from their husbands and mothers-in-law as “sources of…