Securing Childhood: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies
About the book:
Childhood is a period of growth, development, and transition which requires security, protection, care and support of the family, society and the state. In the last few decades, despite legislation, policy, and programmes, limited progress has taken place in security, protection, care and support to poor, marginalized, destitute and street children. As a consequence, many children are devoid of their basic right to food, education, health, nutrition, and shelter. Many children are working as child labourers in violent, exploitative and abusive environment which deprives the children of their childhood. According to the NSSO (2009-2010), in India, nearly fifty lakhs children are engaged in economic activities, despite the fact that Child labour (Prohibition and Regulation) prohibits employment of children in hazardous industries, hotels, tea shops and as domestic workers. Child marriage is other social concern and a violation of children’s rights which severely impacts physical, social, economic, and emotional development of a girl child and results in premature pregnancy, abuse, exploitation and social exclusion. According to estimation, forty percent of world’s child marriages take place in India. Missing children is another important concern. Although India is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which recognizes birth registration as one of the first right of a child, we have the highest number of unregistered children in the world. India being a country with a highest number of child population needs a special attention, intervention and strategies to address these issues. It is through investigation of these issues that the book attempts to contribute towards a greater understanding of the discourse on securing childhood –challenges, opportunities and strategies. The papers offer effective strategies and recommendations, which will be of great interest to scholars, activists, development professionals, as well as policy planners and to all those concerned with securing childhood for inclusive development in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
Beyond Business: Mapping the CSR and Sustainable Development Initiatives of TATA Steel
About the book:
“Beyond Business: Mapping the CSR and Sustainable Development Initiatives of TATA Steel” is perhaps the first empirically researched book in India. Industrial houses motivated by profit maximization may not spend adequate amount on CSR and sustainable development practices in true sense. Tatas, being one of the leading industrialists world over, are known for their philanthropic activities. They, by and large, are guided by the ‘Tata ethos’; the Tata code of conduct; and the praxis of the Articles of Association, which commonly state that a large part of the profits made by the company is utilized for the benefits of the citizens of the land. Using data collected through field work and case study methods from the four different operational zones of the company, namely: Jamshedpur Saraikela-Kharsawan; Noamundi; Ghato (West Bokaro); and Jamadoba (Jharia) in Jharkhand, the authors have attempted to unfold the CSR mystique including the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings as practiced by the Company in terms of its CSR and sustainable development approaches. This book also documents the conflicting views, values, and ontological assumptions on the subject matter as perceived by the cross-section of actors of the study area. The study is designed to serve as an introduction for future scholarly works.
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