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Bhagat Singh was committed to inquilab (revolution), but not merely a political revolution. He wanted a social revolution to break age-old discriminatory practices such as untouchability, communalism and gender discrimination. However, most eulogies have ignored his social programme, projecting him merely as a passionate anti-colonialist and nationalist, which is not only inaccurate, but...
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Bhagat Singh and the politics of nationalism

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As he sat on the floor leaning against the wall, Mohammad Hussain Fazili’s wary expression revealed the uneasiness he felt in sitting with me—a stranger—to talk about his arrest, incarceration and acquittal in the case of the 2005 serial bomb blasts in Delhi. I had arrived at Fazili’s house on the afternoon of 8 March 2017, unannounced. I walked past several rows of concrete two-storey houses...
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“I Was Certain I Would Be Hanged One Day Like Guru”: The Arrest, Torture, Incarceration and Acquittal of Delhi Bomb Blast Accused Mohammad Fazili

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On 22 March 2017, Thuingaleng Muivah, the general secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), an organisation that has led the struggle for a sovereign Naga state, broke his silence on the Framework Agreement, signed between the NSCN(IM) and the central government in August 2015. During a council meeting of the NSCN(IM) at Hebron, in Nagaland, Muivah reportedly said...
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“Naga And India Will Go As Two Separate Entities”: Anthony Shimray of the NSCN(IM) Discusses the Naga Peace Accord, the Naga Political Struggle, and His Arrest

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On Sunday, the garbage dump was where 19-year-old Qasim, who works at the Hayat Rabbani hotel, was assaulted by a group of cow protection vigilantes who had seen him throw a plastic bag of discarded meat in the dumping ground. The vigilantes claimed that bag contained beef.

Soon after Qasim was assaulted, the group of 10-15 cow vigilantes, which swelled into a mob of 50 to 60 persons,...
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Jaipur meat assaults: Victims of cow vigilante attack were prosecuted—but not mob members

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03/22/2017 at 05:45. Facebook
In extending the parameters of both progressive and experimental writing, Kedarnath Singh, Vinod Kumar Shukla and Mangalesh Dabral seem to be together upholding a space for the literary, which, although open to socio-political and historical discourses, isn’t a conduit for them. Translation, as a literary exercise, brings home the question that these poets have in their sometimes playful,...
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How Kedarnath Singh, Vinod Kumar Shukla & Mangalesh Dabral defy established Hindi poetry movements

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In India, as across the world, most bitcoin is held as a form of speculative investment. Much of the cryptocurrency’s value owes to belief in its future as a popular medium of exchange, but for now only a fraction of it is used for legitimate retail—even though a rising number of firms, including giants such as Microsoft, have started accepting it. The promise of rich returns combines with a...
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Promise and peril in the Indian bitcoin economy

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“How does it matter who the chief minister is?” asked Mohammad. “The party [Bharatiya Janata Party] must now prove that they deserve this remarkable victory in Uttar Pradesh. In our village, the first two things we need urgently are a decent road and jobs for the youth.”

More surprisingly, Mohammed also seemed nonchalant about the startling event that propelled his otherwise-nondescript...
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'We aren't scared': A week after posters asked them to leave, Bareilly Muslims stand their ground

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03/20/2017 at 08:17. Facebook
On 14 March 2017, the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appointed Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga as a spokesperson. Bagga enjoys a significant following on social media—he has over 2 lakh followers on Twitter, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also one of nearly 150 social-media users who were invited for a closed-door interaction with the prime minister at his residence,...
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I Don’t Know the Definition of Trolling: An Interview With the Delhi BJP’s New Spokesperson Tajinder Pal Bagga

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On the morning of 3 March 2017, when Amit Bhardwaj took the stage in a packed auditorium at Delhi’s Hyatt Regency hotel, the audience erupted in a thunderous roar. Rows of people leapt to their feet, chanting, “Amit, Amit, Amit!”

Bhardwaj had stood to deliver a short speech during the opening session of a conference that the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India, or ASSOCHAM, had...
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A Questionable Investment Scheme Dominated ASSOCHAM’s “Global Summit” On Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

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Late in the night on 16 March 2017, H Farook, a 31-year-old man, was murdered in the South Ukkadam area of Coimbatore. According to a report in the Times of India, Farook was a member of the Dravida Viduthalai Kazagham and was a rationalist who frequently criticised Islam on social media. The report stated that on 17 March, a 30-year-old realtor named Ansath surrendered and confessed to having...
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“The support of the people at the top is emboldening such people to kill rationalists”: An Interview with Narendra Nayak

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Today, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which won the Uttar Pradesh state election with an absolute majority, announced that Yogi Adityanath would be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. A five-time member of parliament from Gorakhpur, Adityanath is notorious for his communally-charged rhetoric. In September 2014, the Election Commission of India had reprimanded Adityanath for "provoking...
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How Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini backed the BJP’s Attempts to Woo the Rajbhar OBCs Through the Legacy of King Suheldev

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On 16 March 2017, the Delhi High Court dismissed a petition filed by five students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, which challenged the university's revised admission policy. Following a notification issued by the University Grants Commission in July 2016, the university administration began the procedure to implement a revised admission policy, which took effect beginning in February 2017....
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How JNU Flouted Procedure to Revise Admission Criteria, Ignoring and Aggravating Concerns of Caste Discrimination

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Alok Vaid-Menon is a poet, writer and performance artist, who identifies as a non-binary transfeminine person and uses the pronouns “they/them.” Born and raised in Texas, Vaid-Menon rose to public prominence as part of Dark Matter, a duo ofnon-binary trans South Asian performance artists. Vaid-Menon is currently touring across India, conducting performances, talks and workshops that address...
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“I Understand the Project of Trans-Feminism To Be About the Liberation of All Genders”: An Interview With the Poet and Performance Artist Alok Vaid-Menon

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In a story published on 15 March 2017, the Times of India reported that the Supreme Court collegium, led by Chief Justice JS Khehar, conceded to the government’s demand regarding a clause that would block the appointment of a judge on the grounds of “national security.”

This is an unprecedented move with extraordinary consequences. The finalisation of the MoP will certainly fill vacancies in...
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Operation Successful; Patient Dead:A Troubling New Clause Allows the Government to Reject a Judge’s Appointment on the Grounds of National Security

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The BJP’s vote share in Manipur increased from two percent in 2012, to 36 percent in 2017. The Congress’s vote share was 35 percent. Manipur comprises 16 districts—ten of which are in the hill regions of the state and six in the valley. Of its 60 constituencies, 40 are in the valley districts, and the remaining in the hill districts. The hill districts are dominated by two of the state’s...
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The BJP’s Rise to Power in Manipur is a Result of the State’s Complex Political Landscape, Not Hindutva Politics

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The police tried their best to keep them out of sight, but the 100 or so protesters held their ground. As Manohar Parrikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party made his way to Goa’s Raj Bhavan to be sworn in as the state’s new chief minister on Tuesday evening, they waved placards saying “I want my vote back” and “No horse-trading” and broke into jeers. “Shame,” they yelled. “Chor, chor” (thief,...
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Manohar Parrikar is #NotMyCM: Goans protest as BJP ministers take oath

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In the late hours of the intervening night between 14 and 15 March 2017, the set of the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama "Padmavati" was vandalised. According to a report on the Indian Express website, between 20 and 30 people attacked the film's set on the Masai plateau in Kohlapur, and set fire to the costumes, among other property. This is the second time that the set of the...
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Hindutva's growing hold over Indian popular culture

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On 10 March 2017, The Caravan and Penguin RandomHouse India hosted the launch of The Caravan Book of Profiles, at Bikaner House, Delhi. The Caravan Book of Profiles contains thirteen of The Caravan’s most definitive profiles of pivotal figures, with new insight from the authors on the places their subjects hold in contemporary Indian history. Rajni George, an editor with Penguin, introduced...
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Jaya Ram, at 34 years old, is one of hundreds of truckers from Rasuwa who regularly make a two-hour, forty-kilometre trip across Nepal’s northern border to the Chinese town of Kerung. There, they collect goods, mainly manufactured products such as flip flops, electronics and garments, and then transport them back to Nepal, sometimes trucking them more than 120 additional kilometres south to...
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Nepal’s changing road to China

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