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The video begins with a monochromatic sketch of a rural idyll, gradually filling out with trees, farms and hills, to the pleasant sounds of chirping birds and grasshoppers. But within seconds, a windshield wiper runs over the scene, fading it out. As the farms, birds and trees disappear, a bunch of houses march forward like soldiers. A plume of thick black smoke rises from the cluster of...
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How Prabhakar Pachpute brought coal into Indian art galleries

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has barred the Public Health Foundation of India from receiving foreign funding by revoking its registration under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act. The ministry cited the organisation’s lobbying against tobacco use as one of the reasons for the move. However, as the foundation’s officials have pointed out, it has been working with the Ministry of Health...
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Home ministry blocks foreign funds for NGO that supported health ministry's anti-tobacco drive

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While the confusion over Trump’s stance has led to speculation and debate among foreign-policy experts, among Syrian citizens, it has instilled fear. Shadi, along with several other Syrians I spoke to, did not take Trump’s attack as a serious show of support from the US for Syrian civilian lives. “We are confused and quite scared of how the US government’s steps are going to affect those on...
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In Syria, Trump’s “incomplete” action has instilled fear of more bombings

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On 28 March 2017, security forces in Kashmir conducted an operation in Budgam district’s Chadoora village that resulted in the death of Touseef Wagay, a member of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen. Three young men who were civilians—Ishfaq Ahmad Wani, Zahid Rashid Ganaie and Amir Fayaz Waza—were also killed during the forces’ encounter with Wagay. Several news reports of the encounter...
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“It Is Cold-Blooded Murder”: The Families of the Three Civilians Killed During the Chadoora Encounter Respond to Their Deaths

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Today, the National Green Tribunal rebuked Ravi Shankar after hearing his remarks that the environmental court "defies all principles of natural justice" and "slaps a fine for not violating any rules." Justice Swatanter Kumar, the chairperson of the NGT, said that Shankar had "no sense of responsibility." Shankar's statement was issued pursuant to an NGT-appointed expert committee's finding...
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Despite claiming not to have 5 Crore to pay the NGT, the Art of Living has over 200 crore worth of assets and 80 crore in revenue

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The arrest of the self-proclaimed godman Asaram in 2013 should have brought some relief to the victims of his alleged sexual assaults. Asaram, who oversaw a devotional empire valued at many thousands of crores of rupees and commanded immense political influence, stands accused of rape in two cases—one in Jodhpur, and the other in Ahmedabad. But to the horror of his accusers, and of the...
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The arrest of the selfproclaimed godman Asaram in 2013 should have brought

The nightmarish struggle to bring Asaram to justice

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Come April 1, and as garment worker Manjula K had bitterly predicted, the joke was on her.

That was the date when she and 95 other workers from Bengaluru-based apparel maker Amruta Creations Pvt Ltd were told they could expect cheques giving them five months of unpaid wages.

“Instead, the owner sent a letter to the Labour Department asking for an extension – for the eighth time,” Manjula...
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Come April 1 and as garment worker Manjula K had bitterly predicted the joke was on her

For Bengaluru’s garment hub workers, the minimum wage is actually the maximum wage

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04/19/2017 at 09:18. Facebook
The dramatic political events of February 2017 left many of us stupefied in Tamil Nadu. J Jayalalithaa, the chief minister of the state until her death in December, was indicted for corruption in the harshest possible words by the Supreme Court. Yet she was, and is still, hailed reverentially as “Amma” and held up as having been blameless by a large section of the citizenry and media, and by...
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The dramatic political events of February 2017 left many of us stupefied

Taking stock after 50 years of Dravidian rule in Tamil Nadu

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On 18 April 2017, a court in Jamshedpur acquitted Mohammad Shahabuddin, a former Rashtriya Janata Dal parliamentarian, in a 1989 triple-murder case. In February that year, three men were gunned down near a Tata Steel plant in Jamshedpur. Shahabuddin was one of the eight accused of the murders. Three of the accused died during the course of the trial, and four others were acquitted due to lack...
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On 18 April 2017 a court in Jamshedpur acquitted Mohammad Shahabuddin a

“I strongly feel that I might be his next target”: The father of Shahabuddin’s victims speaks out on his release from jail

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On a warm dawn last July, in Gilgit, a city in northern Pakistan, I sat in a bus packed with fans of a historic sport. “We call it ‘the game of kings, king of games,’” one passenger said.

In most other places in Pakistan, as in India, such statements are typically reserved for cricket. In the country’s northern mountains, however, polo also enjoys immense popularity. Polo competitions are...
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On a warm dawn last July in Gilgit a city in northern

Polo and patriotism in northern Pakistan

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In 2015, a team of archeologists from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), a body under the culture ministry in the central government, began excavations at a coconut-tree farm at Keezhadi, near Madurai, in southern Tamil Nadu. Over the subsequent two years, the archeologists found over 5,500 artefacts. The team found upon investigation that the artefacts were dated to the Sangam era—a...
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“Don’t We Need To Know India’s History?”: Archaeologist Amarnath Ramakrishna Discusses His Transfer From A Key Sangam-Era Site

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A professor of Malayalam at the Nehru Arts and Science College Kanhangad, Ambikasutan Mangad has been closely involved in the fight against the use of the pesticide endosulfan. The pesticide’s usage in the cashew plantations in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, run by the Plantation Corporation of India, adversely affected the biodiversity and the health of those in the region. Residents of...
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When children grow small enough: An extract from Ambikasutan Mangad's novel “Swarga”

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Mishra's analysis is original in two key respects. First, it provides a refreshing long view of the sources of ressentiment in the modern world. In the liberal account, the last three centuries of Western hegemony have been characterised by progress and steady convergence, punctured by “monstrous aberrations” such as world wars and totalitarianism. Far from this unidirectional account of...
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Pankaj Mishra’s long view of the emotional cost of modernity

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The Brands India Consumer Show—a five-day consumer fair held at Victoria Park in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh—entered its final day on 10 April 2006. The organisers Lakhan Tomar, Asit Gupta and Siddharth Manohar, had arranged for three centrally air-conditioned halls to be constructed for the fair. At around 5.40 pm that day, 20-year-old Paras Vij was manning his family-owned stall, “Delight Xerox”...
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The Brands India Consumer Showa fiveday consumer fair held at Victoria Park

Eleven Years and Counting: The Victims of the 2006 Meerut Fire Continue To Struggle for Justice With No End in Sight

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On 12 April 2017, a seven-member committee that had been appointed by the National Green Tribunal submitted its report to the tribunal. In October 2016, the NGT had directed the committee to assess the damage caused to the Yamuna floodplains by the World Culture Festival, an event hosted by the Art of Living foundation, in March that year. The event caused severe damage to the fragile...
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Despite claiming not to have 5 Crore to pay the NGT, the Art of Living has over 200 crore worth of assets and 80 crore in revenue

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On one of the hills on the outskirts of Lima, the capital of Peru, stands an installation by the artist Sandra Nakamura, inspired by the United States’s Hollywood Sign. The large letters of the work say, “UNA PROMESA ES UNA NUBE,” or “A promise is a cloud”—a reference to an Arabic proverb: “A promise is a cloud; the fulfilment is the rain.”

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How Peru’s poorest are solving their water woes

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On 12 April 2017, The Caravan, in collaboration with the International Centre for Journalists and HacksxHackers, hosted the Health Journalism Handbook Sprint, an interactive event aimed at creating an open-source handbook for health journalists in India. The format of the event was that of a design sprint: the attendees discussed the challenges facing both health journalism and health...
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The thin crop of green on the river bed of the Bharathapuzha made for an unlikely sight in March. It had been four months since Kerala’s second longest river had gone dry. Originating in the Anamalai hills in Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats, Bharathapuzha flows 209 km through Kerala before joining the Arabian Sea. The failed monsoon in 2016 had turned long stretches of the river into a bed of...
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The thin crop of green on the river bed of the Bharathapuzha

The drought in Kerala is so acute that farmers are sinking borewells on the river bed

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I spoke over the phone to a 29-year-old man who requested not to be named as his family members are staunch supporters of the National Conference. The NC’s veteran leader and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah was contesting the Srinagar seat. The 29-year-old said that since he attained voting age, he had voted in every election. This time, however, he decided against it. “I never realised...
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In Srinagar, the aftermath of the by-poll violence is reminiscent of the 2016 unrest

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