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State surveillance and its impact on citizens has been one of the debates of our times. Any infringement on citizens’ privacy on the plea of a larger public cause needs to be rigorously regulated and scrutinised if a public good is not to become a public threat. In this context, MediaNama reports exclusively on Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur Municipal Corporation’s issue of a tender for installing a surveillance system in the city for “monitoring protests and behaviour of people”. This is when the laws against data protection are extremely lax in India, with cities like Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai "already among the most surveilled cities in the world".

Partnering with governments has increasingly become rewarding for non-profits in India. But convoluted processes, elongated timelines and lack of integrity of agreements have hampered this collaboration. India Development Review gives you five mantras that can enable a non-profit to tap into this ecosystem relatively seamlessly.

Last week, Bengaluru, the storied IT hub, was in the news with flooded streets, people in boats, tech CEOs rescued in tractors and hapless citizens. Unprecedented precipitation in a city built over water bodies and an abysmal drainage system has amplified these images. ThePrint visits the epicentre of the floods to find out what went wrong and how Karnataka’s capital can be rescued.

And, five years after 125 Gond tribals of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh were charged and incarcerated for a crime that they did not commit - killing 25 paramilitary soldiers of the CRPF - the NIA court ordered the release of 110 of them. But Article 14 chronicles how discharge from gaol has not meant freedom, livelihood, or dignity.

For more stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Exclusive: Behaviour And Protest Monitoring A Part Of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation’s Surveillance Tender

In an exclusive, MediaNama reports that MP’s Jabalpur Municipal Corporation is on the cusp of installing a surveillance system which will monitor citizens’ “protests and behaviours” - a development that should be worrying because of the wholly inadequate data protection laws.

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Five strategies for working with government

For non-profits, collaborating with the government ecosystem can be challenging, but rewarding too. India Development Review looks at how non-profits can build sustainable and fulfilling partnerships with the government.

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Wet mattresses, smelly rice, rain fear — Bengaluru East struggles to recover from freak flood

ThePrint looks at how floods drowned India’s tech hub, Bengaluru, last week, and how it needs to urgently find remedies to inadequate drainage and unplanned construction.

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After 5 Years In Jail, 121 Chhattisgarh Adivasis Are Set Free But Find Freedom Hard To Regain

Article 14 reports how 110 tribal men out of jail are struggling to get their lives and livelihoods back, unable to fight, and are staring at an uncertain future.

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