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This year, India has chalked up a worrying and dubious record -- in the number of journalists incarcerated. This roll call of seven includes six charged under the dreaded UAPA -- Aasif Sultan, Gautam Navlakha, Manan Dar, Sajad Gul, Fahad Shah, Rupesh Kumar Singh and Siddique Kappan. The last named has just been granted bail by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The Citizen’s report of journalists imprisoned for their work by the State is based on a global study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent, nonprofit organisation that promotes press freedom globally.

Indian students, meanwhile, are prisoners of their own and their parent’s ambitions. A less than par education system, calibrated for rote learning, the unbridled parental aspirations for a ‘dream job,’ amidst a shrinking job market has fuelled a thriving tuition market slated to touch a whopping Rs 1,33,995 crore by 2028.

At the last count, five years ago, for which data is available, more than seven crore students were enrolled for ‘tuitions’ in India. The pandemic lockdown only hastened the trend. ThePrint looks at the phenomenon and notes that experts are in the process of assessing the mental and social impact of this loss of childhood, what seemingly is now an entrenched “lifestyle”.

A three-decade-old stalemate bedevilling climate talks finally broke, with the establishment of a ‘Loss and Damage Fund’ at the 27th meeting of COP (COP-27) in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh. This breakthrough will enable developed countries to compensate people in less well-off nations to recover from calamitous climate change impacts. As The India Forum notes, the breakthrough did not come easy. It needed an organised and concerted effort by climate activists and developing countries, against strong opposition, to force the issue.

And, how does climate change, the deleterious effects of which the COP-27 tried hard to cope with, impact the most vulnerable in society? Mojo Story reports from Jharkhand to find that it is invariably the most marginalised – the tribals, especially women, who are the hardest hit. Adding to their plight is the incapacity of governments in creating awareness and instituting remedial measures, pushing the affected to the brink.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Seven Journalists Still Languishing In Jails

The Citizen reports on the seven journalists imprisoned for their work, and their struggle to get bail to freedom. The report based on a study by the CPJ, says that this is the highest incarceration of journalists in India since it started recording instances in prisons way back in 1992.

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India’s Tuition Republic is bigger than ever. Coaching culture is an epidemic now

ThePrint reports and analyses the rise of the tuition industry and its impact on children, their childhoods and society.

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Loss and Damage Fund: A Step Towards Climate Justice, Finally

A long impasse, which resulted from the developed (usually most-polluting) world’s intransigence in acknowledging their responsibility in providing a helping hand to the lesser endowed countries, to fight climate change has been broken at COP-27, The India Forum analyses.

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Jharkhand Climate Crisis: All Seasons Vulnerability Of The Adivasis

The impact of climate change usually hits the most vulnerable the hardest. Mojo Story reports from Jharkhand that the tribal, especially women, bear the brunt with no government aid to mitigate their suffering.

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More from the grantees
T3 chaos was terrible, but are we prepared for worse to come?
Can the chaotic scenes at the Delhi airport’s Terminal 3, recently, be passed off as a one-off incident due to ‘revenge tourism’ after the lockdown? The Probe looks at the issue and reports on how the T3 event is the result of outdated infrastructure and, the incapacity to use data built over years, to make our airports future ready.
On Tracking Marriages: Who Is The Government To Spy On Our Personal Choices?
In the backdrop of the Maharashtra government forming a 13-member coordination panel to track inter-faith marriages as a response to the murder of Shraddha Walkar in Delhi, allegedly by her partner Aaftab Poonawala, Feminism in India looks at the issue and explains why this raises more questions than it seeks to answer.
Education and Health Expenditures in Post-bifurcation Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Economic and Political Weekly analyses the education and health expenditures of the two Telugu states - Telangana and Andhra Pradesh - between 2014–15 and 2022–2023 – eight years since the bifurcation, and explains how the two states have fared in these two aspects.
#patna में बार-बार प्रशिक्षण देकर सिलाई सेंटर बदल रही सरकार, महिलाओं को हो रही परेशानी
Democratic Charkha reports from Patna on the plight of women who are employed at the sewing centres under the National Urban Livelihoods Mission whose location keep changing forcing women employed there to forsake their livelihood.

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