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05/23/2017 at 08:57. Facebook
Our lumpen nationalists don’t seem to understand that the more they insist on this hollow sloganeering, the more they force people to say “Bharat Mata ki jai!” and to declare that “Kashmir is an integral part of India,” the less sure of themselves they sound. The nationalism that is being rammed down our throats is more about hating another country—Pakistan—than loving our own. It’s more about...
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My Seditious Heart: An essay by Arundhati Roy

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05/23/2017 at 03:54. Facebook
Nearly two years since their strikes began, over 400 workers at the Tata Nano plant in Sanand, Gujarat, still await wage increments. Representatives of the Bharat Kamdar Ekta Sangh (BKES)—a union representing the permanent workers at the Sanand plant—and officials from Tata have been haggling over new terms since March 2017. These recent negotiations are the third round in 18 months. “This is...
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Nearly two years since their strikes began over 400 workers at the

Workers at Tata’s Sanand Plant Have Been Awaiting Wage Hikes For Over Two Years, As Unfair Labour Practices Abound

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In 2008, as Tamil Nadu erupted in angry protests against the killings of Sri Lankan Tamils during that country’s civil war, a group of young software professionals in Chennai’s Tidel Park banded together to form a human chain. “Stop the War, Save Tamils” was their demand – a slogan that featured on posters, T-shirts and Orkut posts.

Nine years later, their agitation has led to the formation...
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In 2008 as Tamil Nadu erupted in angry protests against the killings

From war protestors to labour activism: India’s first IT workers union is being formed in Tamil Nadu

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Narendra Modi has trumpeted the Swachh Bharat Mission, the most ambitious cleanliness campaign in Indian history, more loudly than perhaps any other initiative of his administration. Halfway to the campaign’s 2019 deadline, the country is on a latrine-building spree, and the government has declared impressive results in eradicating open defecation. But the situation on the ground is...
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Narendra Modi has trumpeted the Swachh Bharat Mission the most ambitious cleanliness

How the Swachh Bharat mission is heading for failure

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05/21/2017 at 03:40. Facebook
When he was handed the microphone, Kalluri said, “The way the media talks about me, some people must have thought that I am big and scary like Bahubali, but I am a small man.” “If more than five people in Bastar say anything bad about me, I will quit,” he continued. “This is my launch in Delhi.” He added that the perception of him in Delhi has been authored by some “script writers,” but that...
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Lights, Kalluri, Action: Attending the IIMC’s seminar on “national” journalism

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05/20/2017 at 05:16. Facebook
Today, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi, in association with Media Scan, a weekly newspaper, will host a day-long seminar on journalism, titled “National Journalism in Current Scenario: Media and Myth.” The seminar will be preceded by a yagna—a Hindu ritual. According to news reports, Hitesh Shankar, the publisher of the Panchajanya, a mouthpiece of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak...
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“We do not believe in the French interpretation of secularism”: IIMC’s KG Suresh Discusses the Yagna Being Conducted at the Institute

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05/18/2017 at 08:20. Facebook
On 17 May 2016, Zebpay, an app-based Bitcoin exchange, reportedly announced that it had 500,000 downloads on its app on the Andoid operating system and added 2,500 users every day. Zebpay's announcement indicates that, despite concerns previously raised by the Reserved Bank of India about virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, the number of users of the cyptocurrency are steadily rising.

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On 17 May 2016 Zebpay an appbased Bitcoin exchange reportedly announced that

Promise and peril in the Indian bitcoin economy

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05/18/2017 at 05:06. Facebook
Every winter morning and evening, in thousands of villages across north India, people without adequate housing or warm clothing huddle around small fires to try and keep the chill at bay. I saw countless such fires in the week I spent in Uttar Pradesh's Reusa block, as well as farmers burning sugarcane thrash to clear their fields after the harvest, and small factories burning sugarcane pulp...
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Every winter morning and evening in thousands of villages across north India

Rural India’s Overlooked Crisis Of Outdoor Air Pollution

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05/17/2017 at 11:42. Facebook
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday raided 16 properties linked to Karti P Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram. The raids are related to foreign investment clearances approved by the Centre’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board to media firms in 2007 during the United Progressive Alliance rule.

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Raids on Karti Chidambaram: What the CBI has not answered

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05/17/2017 at 09:45. Facebook
On 5 May 2017, members of the dominant-caste Thakur community from Shabbirpur, a village in Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, were carrying out a procession to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap. Some members of the Dalit community in Shabbirpur objected to the loud music that was being played during the procession. The two groups began throwing stones at each other. One...
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On 5 May 2017 members of the dominantcaste Thakur community from Shabbirpur

How the Thakurs of Shabbirpur Led an Assault Against the Dalits of the Village

On 5 May 2017, around 25 members of the dominant-caste Thakur community from Shabbirpur, a village in the district of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, were carry...

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05/17/2017 at 07:50. Facebook
During my day-long visit to the village, I went to the Dalit and Thakur neighbourhoods in the village the Bargaon police station that has jurisdiction over Shabbirpur, and the Saharanpur district hospital where those injured in the violence were being treated. The houses in the Thakur neighbourhood were all double-storied, spread over a large area, guarded by high walls—they did not appear to...
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During my daylong visit to the village I went to the Dalit

In Saharanpur, the Mass Mobilisation of Thakurs and the One-Sided Nature of Violence Suggests an Organised Attack Against Dalits

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05/16/2017 at 13:08. Facebook
On 15 May 2017, the veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani began the third day of his cross-examination of the finance minister Arun Jaitley in the Delhi High Court. In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a Rs 10-crore civil-defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, and five others of the Aam Aadmi Party for alleging that he was involved in corruption during his tenure as the...
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On 15 May 2017 the veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani began the third

Contempt in Court: Notes from Jethmalani’s face-off with Jaitley

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05/16/2017 at 07:37. Facebook
Irwin Allan Sealy’s latest book, Zelaldinus: A Masque, is a novel written in verse, set in Fatehpur Sikri, the historic city that owes its existence to the Mughal emperor Akbar. It unpacks the story of the city and its architect through the encounters of its narrator, Irv—possibly the literary alter ego of Sealy himself—with the ghost of Akbar. On 10 May 2017, Arvindar Singh, an independent...
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“A history based on hurt pride is a piece of childishness”: An Interview with Irwin Allan Sealy

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In the winter of 2012, Sadhana Rao disembarked from her flight in Delhi after having been to London for the third time in 18 months. At the end of her final trip, she had been initiated as a Master Mason into the Honorable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons, or HFAF: a women’s-only Masonic fraternity from London. For the next five years, however, she would remain the only woman Freemason in...
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India’s new society of women Freemasons

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"The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea" is a collection of seven stories, which depict the lives of men and women who are living in a police state. The book has been authored by a man from North Korea, under the pseudonym Bandi—which means “firefly” in Korean. In a note that appears at the end of the book, Do Hee-Yun—a human-rights activist who played a pivotal role in...
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In North Korea, A Man Toils for a Permit to Visit His Dying Mother: An Excerpt from “The Accusation”

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Even among those eligible to convert their money, not everyone was successful. The RBI demanded a particular customs form and stamp that individuals were supposed to receive upon re-entering the country. Many people I spoke to outside the RBI office in Delhi complained that they were not aware of this requirement. Among them was a chef at a bakery in Muscat, Oman, who requested not to be...
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Even among those eligible to convert their money not everyone was successful

A Run for Their Money: The Struggle to Exchange Demonetised Notes Did Not End in December at the RBI’s Branch in Delhi

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According to Ali, although Mehrauli had a significant Muslim population, the area had never witnessed any serious communal tension. He said that in 2016, during Diwali and Eid al-Adha, minor skirmishes had broken out, but that Vikramjit Singh Virk—the station house officer who was sent to District Lines—had prevented them from escalating. “Vikramjit ji was a good man,” Shakti Singh, a resident...
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How a Minor Altercation Over Cricket in Mehrauli Led to a Protest by RSS and BJP Members and an Inquiry Against Four Police Officers

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First and foremost, the Hindi non-user cannot read an officially approved version of the Constitution of India in the language of her choice—no such version exists. The constitution, meant to be the basic treaty that binds all citizens regardless of the language they speak, is available in the Indian union in only Hindi and English. Parliamentary committees, which deliberate key legislations...
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First and foremost the Hindi nonuser cannot read an officially approved version

What it is like to use neither Hindi nor English in India

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On a Tuesday afternoon in late April, as the sun came out after days of unpredictable spring drizzle, there was a bustle of activity at Srinagar’s Tourist Reception Centre ground by the Jhelum river. The Kashmiri women’s football team, whose players range in age from 12 to 22, bounded across the bright green grass during a practice session, under the watchful eyes of their 21-year-old coach,...
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Footballer to stone-pelter: What made Afshan Ashiq, the woman in blue, pick up that rock?

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In a small hall inside a red-brick school building in the town of Gurdaspur, Punjab, around 15 young men sparred in pairs, throwing one another to the ground in white judo suits. About the same number of players watched from the sidelines, waiting for their turn to practise.

Among the judo players—judokas—sparring that March day, Karanjit Singh Maan, standing at a burly six-foot-two, cast an...
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In a small hall inside a redbrick school building in the town

The Olympic aspirations of Punjab’s small-town judo hub

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