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India is the second-largest producer of sugar in the world, with an annual turnover of Rs 80,000 crores, with Maharashtra among the leaders. However, for the state’s migrant sugarcane-harvest workers, more than eight lakh of them, the prosperity completely passes them by. Migrating from distant districts, they are indentured into an informal “debt bondage” system which affords them no social security. Article 14 reports from Beed in Maharashtra on the lives and plight of these cane labourers.

In 2012, India conducted its last socioeconomic census – including an enumeration of caste. Over a decade later, Bihar is on the cusp of another such exercise. The India Forum argues that more than the mere opportunity for the political class to leverage the effort for electoral dividends, if properly done, it can generate credible and granular data that can facilitate optimally designed and targeted policies.

Generative AI chatbots, like ChatGPT, have been hailed for the potential they hold for transforming how we learn, communicate and work. However, they also give rise to attendant ethical dilemmas. Should the tools be allowed to use “freely available” or “accessible in public domain” data of individuals even if that data is “personal” and does not have the citizen’s express concern? MediaNama dwells on the issues in light of India’s impending legislation on digital personal data protection.

And, the representation of women in the armed forces, especially in combat roles, is just gaining momentum. ThePrint reports from the CRPF’s bases in Kashmir, Manipur and Chhattisgarh on how women are not only on the frontlines of maintaining internal security but play multiple roles for their families.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Sugar’s Bitter Truth: No Contracts, No Fair Wages, No Healthcare For Migrant Workers As Climate Risks, Accidents Rise

Article 14 reports from Beed in Maharashtra on the life and struggles of migrant sugarcane-workers who live precarious lives with no access to social security.

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Making the Bihar Caste Census Better

As Bihar embarks on a caste census, a decade after the last one, The India Forum looks at the possibilities beyond the mere numbers.

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Views: Can Generative AI Collect Our Data From The Internet?

Is it Kosher for AI-based chatbots to freely scrap “personal information” from the Internet without fetters and consent? MediaNama analyses.

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Sindoor, bindi, AK-47—an intimate look at CRPF women’s lives in J&K, Manipur, Chhattisgarh

ThePrint’s report from CRPF bases in Kashmir, Manipur and Chhattisgarh tells us the story of how women on the frontlines of maintaining law and order are coping with multiple roles that they are called upon to play.

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More from the grantees
TrueCopy Think chronicles the heart-warming story of a teacher, in a model residential school in Wadakkanchery in Kerala, who has kindled in her wards - underprivileged tribal students - new confidence and aspirations through the art of drawing and painting.
No Education For Children Of JJ Colony in Noida
Amidst the glitz of Noida, in Uttar Pradesh, The Probe trains its lens on a colony of the poor where children are yearning to go to school but the parents do not have the means to afford it.
Srinagar Ring Road - Other Side Of The Story
Kashmir Observer reports on the severe and adverse environmental impact of the under-construction Srinagar Ring Road.
Too hot to deliver
As temperatures soar across India, it does not affect everyone equally. India Development Review argues that platforms, governments, and regulatory bodies must collaborate to reduce heat stress on the most vulnerable - India’s growing gig workers, for instance.

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