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Fishers in India live precarious lives. Torn between nature’s foibles and man-made follies, they pay a price in terms of their safety, livelihoods and even their life. TrueCopy Think brings us an evocative documentary from Muthalapozhi Harbour in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram on how a facility for those who depend on the sea for their living has turned deadly, with a staggering sixty-five deaths in just the last eight years.

Strange wave patterns, unscientific breakwater construction and severe silting have been identified as the reasons behind the turning of the once-thriving seashore into a death trap.

Like fishers in Kerala, gig workers -- app-based delivery persons, on-demand drivers, care providers, etc. -- ubiquitous in our cities and towns -- face their own challenges. While they have been seen as the totems of economic growth, it is also acknowledged that they are a very vulnerable segment without formal structures and rules to protect their interests.

Recently, the state of Rajasthan brought the Platform-Based Gig Workers (Registration and Welfare) Act, 2023, -- legislation designed to extend welfare entitlements and social security and was hailed as a step in the right direction. However, The India Forum points out that while Rajasthan’s legislation may have been “well-intentioned”, many of its provisions are “flawed” and raise concerns.

Another aspect of our society that is flawed, and perceived to be so, is the working of India’s justice system, where instances of perjury and fabrication of evidence by law enforcement agencies have become an unfortunate norm. In a two-part investigation, Article 14 finds that despite the courts finding mala fide actions by the police, and witnesses, nothing at all is done to bring the culprits to book.

And, Kashmir, is a land of bounty, both in terms of nature’s gifts and the exquisite quality of its produce – its fruits, its horticulture and agriculture. However, tragically, Kashmir’s climate is changing. A report by the state government on the climate change in the Valley points to a continuous and rising trajectory in temperatures.

Citing the report, Kashmir Observer points out that in the past hundred years, Kashmir has witnessed a rise in temperatures which has surpassed the average global rise of 0.8 degrees Celsius, to increase by 1.2 degrees. This threatens to devastate the sectors that are dependent on water – agriculture, horticulture and hydropower; and cause melting landscapes resulting in floods, landslides and avalanches.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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മുതലപ്പൊഴിയിലെ കുറ്റവാളികളും മരിച്ച മനുഷ്യരും

TrueCopy Think travels to Muthalapozhi Harbour in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, to tell us the story of how the site has become a death trap for the fisher community.

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Big Problems, Small Wins

While the Rajasthan government has passed legislation to protect and provide social security for the Gig Workers in the state, The India Forum points out that its provisions fall short of its intentions and aspirations.

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Fabricated Evidence, Tutored Witnesses, Malicious Prosecution: How Police Lied & Subverted Path To Justice

The Indian justice system is flawed with the resort to fabrication of evidence and intimidation of witnesses hidden in plain sight. Article 14 examines the issue.

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Kashmir’s Warming Climate: Fruits, Flowers and Nature’s New Tune

Severe climate change threatens to impact Kashmir’s horticulture, agriculture and tourism industry, says Kashmir Observer.

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More from the grantees
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The File reports that rules for the representation of “eminent conservationists, ecologists or environmentalists” on the Karnataka State Wildlife Board have been flouted and two ‘non-environmentalists’ have been appointed by the state government.
Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023: A missed opportunity for horizontal equality
The Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023, is an opportunity squandered in providing the rights of privacy to the disadvantaged in our society. Supreme Court Observer laments.
Ragpickers of Seemapuri: From Trash to Treasure – The Unseen Struggles and Sacrifices
The Probe takes us to Delhi’s Seemapuri, where the ragpickers and their families live in dire straits without the certainty of livelihoods and lacking basic human amenities.
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मैं मीडिया reports from Araria’s Shivpuri, ward number 9, of how a school in the area remains flooded and isolated, with no action by the administration in the offing.

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