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In this special issue of the G20-BRICS Update, scholars and activists share views on the potential of the BRICS and their new initiatives.

How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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It is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowingIt is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowing

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Two young women, in India and in South Africa, were brutally gang-raped and murdered: "Nirbhaya" in New Delhi (16th Dec, 2012), and Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape, South Africa (2nd Feb, 2013). Their cases received unprecedented attention, nationally and internationally. Urvashi Bhutalia from India and Joy Watson and Vivienne Lalu from South Africa reflect on how the public reacted on these crimes; they ask what the two societies can learn from each other in combating sexualised violence.

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Undeterred by the Fukushima disaster, and notwithstanding the shoddy performance of its Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), India is forging ahead with ambitious plans to expand its nuclear energy generation capacity manifold from the present

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A decade of UPA-Congress rule in India ends with limited progress on the Indo-Pak relations.The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite his good intentions, could not visit the country of his birth even once sums up the structural constraints of this troubled relationship.

New Publications

Publication Series on Ecology 38: How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

India's energy policy - traditional as well as renewable form of energy production - depends on natural resources. A new study looks at experiences and governance challenges in key energy-relevant resource sectors: coal, uranium and renewable energy (solar and wind), as well as at issues arising from the transnational involvement of Indian companies in energy resource acquisition.

Clinical Trial industry in India has seen phenomenal growth in recent years without strong regulatory framework and very little knowledge of factors relating to human participation in these trails. SAMA’s research documents participant perceptions and experiences, highlighting the need of accountability, transparency and ethics in the clinical conduct of trials.

Since a few years, urban middle-class based protest movements – against corruption and against rape – have emerged in India. A new study by Richa Singh revisits the dynamics of these movements and looks at their role in the sudden rise of India’s party of popular protest, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).