OpenSpace: For a celebration called life

OpenSpace is a celebration of life and its challenges. We help make life a celebration, specially for those whom such celebration seems distant and human rights remains a dream. The celebration of life is a fundamental human right that we endorse.

We support the celebration of life by sharing information, resources and solidarity. We provide support in institution development, documentation and training, publishing, human rights education, advocacy and campaigns.

We empower the excluded and enable excellence.

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winsight 20: LIC, national security, and a modified reality

The government wants to sell the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), which is worth about Rs 34 trillion (USD45 billion). The stage has been set with increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance to 74%, followed by Initial Public Offer (IPO) this year. This is ostensibly to enhance transparency, enhance accountability by enabling the common citizen to have shares of LIC and decide its policies, and unlock value. The move has been met with disbelief and dismay.

Toolkit on Sexual Harassment at Workplace

A toolkit on worker collectives dealing with Sexual Harassment at workplace, particularly in garment factories and similar workspaces.

This toolkit was put together based on several feedback sessions from members of the Garment Labour Union and Munnade, organisations based in Bangalore.

It includes a section on worker engagement with factories and brands, as well as a checklist for unions and similar worker collectives.

No ‘honor killing’ for PRICKs: Phallic Rage Induced Caste Killing

Right from the time that little boys say ‘show me yours, I’ll show you mine’ to ‘mine is bigger than yours’ (fingers, fathers, take your pick) to entire cultures and civilisations that are based on the male obsession with size, male insecurity has been the driving force of much of civilisational markers. The bigger is better credo cancerously grows and infects everything from religion to culture and secular science.

Tools to monitor the Implementation of the SCs&STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989

The implementation of the SCs and STs (PoA) Act 1989 and Rules 1995 can be tracked systematically by the precise provisions of the Act and Rules.

Given below are the entire set of documents that go from the Act to the Rules and then the tools to monitor this Act. They will tell you all you need to know in a practical, step by step guide.

Use the set along with the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI).

Download the whole set and use!

Vocabulary of Commons

The ‘Vocabulary of commons’ is a socio-linguistic enquiry into the legal and livelihood consequences of the term ‘commons’ – a search for a vocabulary that reflects a commons approach to a life with dignity in harmony with Gaia and communitarian aspirations. It is to strengthen community articulation and make their voices heard in the ongoing efforts of dialogue between communities, academics, practitioners and decision makers. The book is co-authored by over 30 practitioners, intellectuals and researchers.

UID. UIDAI, AADHAAR: The promise, the premise and performance—a reality check

**If you are looking for a compilation of different articles on UIDAI go to (AND)**
Periodic updates at

for a humourous take (AND)

** A good short guide
**their response **

Aadhaar, meaning ‘foundation’ or ‘base’ (ironically al-Qa'ida!) is India’s attempt to provide an Unique Identity (UID) number to every person residing in india (and presumably every Indian citizen whether living in India or not).