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At The Bridge Talks, the Caravan's inaugural conclave on gender empowerment, which was held on 8 October 2016, Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, spoke about the initiatives that the Aam Aadmi Party has been taking towards the empowerment of women, both within the party and in Delhi. Sisodia spoke about educational texts that reflect a gender bias, MLAs from AAP who have been...
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In conversation with Manish Sisodia- Panel discussion at The Bridge Talks

The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr Manish Sisodia, takes on some tough questions from the audience about how to make Delhi a safer place for women. From ...

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On 6 December 1992, thousands of karsevaks—volunteers—climbed and demolished the Babri Masjid, in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The karsevaks—who were led by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)—believed the sixteenth-century mosque to be the birthplace of the god Rama: the Rama janmabhoomi. The days that ensued witnessed...
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“Maybe We Will Have The Temple When The Congress Is In Power”: Twenty-Four Years After The Babri Masjid Demolition

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12/05/2016 at 12:03. Facebook
While the co-operative banks across the country face an uncertain future following Reserve Bank of India’s restriction on cash transactions, a primary co-operative bank in rural Kerala has found a digital solution to tide over the financial crisis and challenge the hegemony of high-spending e-commerce websites.

Thenhipalam Co-operative Rural Bank Limited in Malappuram district became the...
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This co-operative bank in Kerala has launched digital currency that also works on non-smartphones

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12/05/2016 at 10:12. Facebook
At The Bridge Talks, the Caravan's inaugural conclave on gender empowerment, which was held on 8 October 2016, Maneka Gandhi, the union minister for women and child development, delivered the opening address. Gandhi said that for her, the work of empowering women was two-fold: to promote the safety of women in India, and to enable their financial empowerment. She spoke about the initiatives...
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Opening Address by Maneka Gandhi- The Bridge Talks

The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, gives a powerful and candid opening address. As she goes on to explain, Indian women are n...

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12/05/2016 at 08:27. Facebook
From the archives: a young J Jayalalithaa wearing an MGR campaign pin. Her association with MG Ramachandran began when he took notice of the young actress when they worked together on Aayirathil Oruvan in 1962. In 1972, MGR floated the AIADMK party, and he became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977.

Portrait: J Jayalalithaa

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12/05/2016 at 05:04. Facebook
At 6.30 pm on a thursday in October, traffic was at a roaring standstill at central Patna’s Hartali Chowk railway crossing. Sitting in a shared autorickshaw alongside five other passengers, I was getting anxious. In 15 minutes, I had to board a train out of Patna Junction railway station, two kilometres away.

Frustrated, I got out of the autorickshaw. As I waded through traffic, I struck up a...
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Why the railways runs a near-empty train in Patna

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The Media issue—how Rajat Sharma became India's most powerful editor-entrepreneur; Peter Mukherjea's fall from the top; the sordid reality of small-town reporting; a journalist's memoir of her struggle with cancer; and more.
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12/04/2016 at 11:48. Facebook
At the Caravan's inaugural conclave on gender empowerment, The Bridge Talks, which was held on 8 October 2016, Urvashi Butalia, Mona Eltahawy and Nivedita Menon spoke about what it means to be a feminist today. Taking stock of future challenges, they discussed the juncture at which the discourse on feminism in India finds itself.

Lost in Translation- Panel discussion at The Bridge Talks

What does it mean to be a feminist today? Taking stock of women’s achievements and future challenges, Urvashi Butalia, Mona Eltahawy and Dr Nivedita Menon di...

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12/04/2016 at 05:45. Facebook
On 14 September 2016, immigration authorities from the Indira Gandhi International airport disallowed Khurram Parvez, a 39-year-old Kashmiri human-rights activist, from boarding a flight to Geneva. Parvez was going there to attend the thirty-third session of the United Nations Human Rights Council session, which was underway at the time.

At around 12.30 am, on 16 September, the Jammu and...
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“The government wants control, not peace”: an interview with Khurram Parvez

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12/03/2016 at 04:57. Facebook
Tyler J Markwart is currently on probation, and, to complete his sentence, must pay off a $5,000 fine, which increases by 12 percent each year. “Because I am indigent, I can only afford to pay $100 a month, and so I rack up money each month,” he said. Even after he pays off the sum, Markwart will continue to face consequences for his felonies. He will never, for example, be able to legally own...
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Voting restrictions for people with felony convictions threaten American democracy

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12/02/2016 at 07:08. Facebook
Virjesh Upadhyay, the general secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the labour wing of the RSS, told me that the queues forming outside the banks and ATMs following the demonetisation were fake. “Ye sab fabricated report aa rahi hain. Sahi jankari nahi hai”—these reports that are coming in are fabricated. It’s not correct information, he said. Upadhyay alleged that the labourers were...
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Beef-Eaters and Politicians Hire Labourers to Create Fake Bank Queues: RSS Officials Discuss Demonetisation

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12/01/2016 at 05:48. Facebook
I asked a 24-year-old employee from BookMyChotu, a Noida-based start-up, about his thoughts on being referred to as a “chotu.” He said, “‘Chotu’ matlab joh aadmi bada aur chauda nahi hai, kyunki shayad logon ko dar lagta hain jab koi bhari banda kaam karne ke liye ghar aata hai.” (‘Chotu’ means a man who is not very big or well-built, perhaps because people get scared when a heavily-built man...
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All in a Day’s Work: On the Job with An “On Demand Helper” from BookMyChotu

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11/30/2016 at 13:04. Facebook
On 30 November 2016, the Supreme Court of India ordered that all cinema halls in the nation must play the national anthem before screening a film, and that all those present in hall must stand as it being played. The justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy reportedly said that the practice would instill “a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism,” and that it is time people expressed their...
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Are we legally bound to stand during the national anthem?

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11/30/2016 at 12:35. Facebook
During both years, as with reporting on the latest World Health Organisation Ambient Air Pollution database earlier this year, the media as well as the general public, completely lost sight of the bigger picture. The spotlight in each case was reserved exclusively for Delhi, given its centrality in the Indian media and political discourse, with little attention provided to the broader message...
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As Delhi dominates the airpocalypse narrative, the rest of India quietly chokes to death

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11/30/2016 at 07:02. Facebook
On 24 November 2016, a little over two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the finance ministry declared that the exchange of old notes at bank counters would stop as of midnight that night. The revision in the deadline—one of at least 21 fresh notifications by the government since the initial announcement on 8 November—was...
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“There Are No Brick-and-Mortar Banks in a Radius of Even Ten Kilometres”: Renana Jhabvala on Demonetisation and the Rural Economy

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Inside the plant, one of only four currency presses in India, it’s like war time. Every unit is working hard to meet new targets. An additional shift has been added to the regular two: the new night shift begins at 11.30 p.m. and runs till 6.30 in the morning. No one will get their regular off-day on the second and last Saturdays until March.

On the streets of Salboni, however, admiration for...
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This currency press in rural Bengal is churning out new notes but local farmers are starved of them

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On 28 November 2016, Gurdev Kaur, a 72-year-old Dalit woman from Jhaloor, a village in south Punjab, was cremated. She had died as a result of injuries sustained during an attack on 5 October. Against the backdrop of a long-standing dispute over agricultural land in the village, the Jutt Sikhs of Jhaloor had mounted a brutal assault on Dalit villagers. They had beaten up the members of the...
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How Dalit villagers in Punjab are reclaiming their community's right to panchayat land

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The Kashmir Reader was a 12-page paper, launched in May 2012, with a print circulation of few thousand copies—according to the estimates of the printing press facilities and newspaper distributors in Kashmir. In a region that is replete with tales of the pressures that journalists face from the government, a host of security agencies, the separatists and the militants, the publication was...
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Two Months Into the Ban on the Kashmir Reader, Its Journalists Stand With the Newspaper

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On 8 November 2016, the web publication The Wire reported that Nandini Sundar, a professor of sociology at Delhi University, along with 19 other academics, students and activists, had been charged by the Chhattisgarh Police with the murder of Shamnath Baghel, an Adivasi man. Baghel had been murdered a few days earlier, on 4 November, near his home in the Tongpal area, about 450 kilometres from...
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Nandini Sundar recounts her interactions with the security officials in Bastar

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