Rights and democracy

Do all citizens enjoy the same rights and privileges as per our Constitution? Social and economic inequalities and historical injustices have denied many citizens of their fundamental rights such as education and health. A set of stories which dive into how this plays out in the everyday lives of the underprivileged.

Curated by Riya Behl

Pardhi school bulldozed by Prosperity Highway

by Jyoti Shinole
A school that provided free education for Pardhi Adivasi children, a long-stigmatised and impoverished community, was demolished in 2019. This story covers the challenges faced by Adivasi’s to access education - due to discrimination, language barriers, marriage and low awareness about its importance.
Amravati, Maharashtra

Footprints of protest in the sands of a mine

by Jigyasa Mishra
This story records the courageous and inspirational battle of women farmers to save the Ken, one of Bundelkhand’s major rivers from a sand mining mafia. It spotlights the Constitutional right to dissent peacefully, and without arms.
Banda, Uttar Pradesh

And you thought it’s only about farmers?

by P Sainath
The three farm laws, that became Acts on 20 September 2020, disable the right to legal recourse of all citizens, not just farmers – to an extent unseen since the 1975-77 Emergency. The farmers at Delhi’s gates are fighting for the rights of us all.
Sonipat, Haryana

Krishnagiri’s House of Uncommons

by Vishaka George
‘Model’ parliaments of students are common, but the one at Snehagram, in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district, is not. Its teenaged members run a round-the-year government under irreversibly tragic conditions.
Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai Adivasis – displaced by deceit

by Priti David
Adivasi families of the seven hamlets within the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve's buffer zone speak of coercion and cheating after they took a compensation package and moved out of their ancestral homes.
The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

Preamble, The Constitution of India (in English and Hindi)

by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India
The 73-word Preamble to the Constitution of India outlines the ideals that must guide Indian democracy. Together with the Directive Principles of State Policy, it provides the context in which the country can achieve the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
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