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01/18/2017 at 13:17. Facebook
In the late 1980s, as fishing in the Bay of Bengal intensified, the waters were left with too many fishermen and too few fish. Thousands of men from Andhra Pradesh’s coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam then began to travel to the busy fishing harbours of Gujarat, working as tandels (skippers) and khalasis (crewmen) on mechanised fishing boats owned by local kharwa...
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Why Andhra fishermen are hearing strange voices in the Arabian Sea

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01/18/2017 at 06:54. Facebook
Since the Aadhaar programme, which aims to provide Indian citizens with unique identification numbers, was launched in 2009, several petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court that oppose its application by the government. These petitions have challenged the Aadhaar programme on various grounds: the government’s right to ask the citizens to provide biometric data for Aadhaar...
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Ten Things For Which Aadhaar Was Made Mandatory Even After an October 2015 Supreme Court Order to the Contrary

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Over the decade of its rule, the Badal family has consolidated its control of some of Punjab’s most lucrative businesses, but has done little to stem some of the biggest crises facing the state—including an epidemic of drug-addiction. As Punjab goes to polls, voters must choose between their nepotism, and the unpromising alternatives presented by the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress.

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Punjab seeks an alternative after ten years under the Badal family

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On a table in the room was a handwritten suicide note of startling poignancy. “I loved science. Stars. Nature,” Vemula wrote. Until then, he had been one of many Dalit students fighting for their rights. His suicide may have passed without drawing much attention—like those of the eight other Dalit students in the university who had killed themselves in the past ten years. But Vemula’s powerful...
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The defiant politics of Rohith Vemula and the Ambedkar Students Association

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01/16/2017 at 06:12. Facebook
On the morning of 31 August, I sat across Salahuddin, son of the famous calligrapher Manzooruddin, inside the large living room of his Matia Mahal home in old Delhi. As we talked about his father’s work, he fetched a khaki-coloured envelope full of documents from the adjacent room.

“I’ve kept a record of everything,” Salahuddin said, picking out a letter from the papers.

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Why a legendary calligrapher has been denied the Padma Shri for 16 years

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01/15/2017 at 08:33. Facebook
Recent dispatches from early 2016 cast a sober light on the narrative surrounding Jayapur, the village Modi had "adopted" in 2014.These stories pointed out that the infrastructural projects in the village had been constructed in haste and with little co-ordination between various officials. In a report published in the Indian Express in August 2016, Vishnu Varma noted that “a majority of the...
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A Flagship Project in Modi’s “Adopted” Village is Funded by One of India’s Top Buff Exporters

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01/13/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
Is demonetisation a woe or a windfall? We bring to you a unique debating segment conducted by Economy Decoded. Join us at The Caravan Teapot Festival and let's have a meaningful conversation!
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01/13/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
At Rap vs Doodle, The Caravan Teapot Festival's take on Pictionary, guess the name of the movie and take home goody bags.
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01/13/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
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01/13/2017 at 08:45. Facebook
The ban on jallikattu, while seeking to protect Kangayam and Pulikulam bulls, has jeopardised the future of these animals—and with it the future of their entire breeds. Simply put, if the bulls of a breed disappear, then the collapse of the breed is only a matter of time, regardless of how many cows of the breed there might be.

From October 2016, Aparna Karthikeyan's report on the impact of...
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How the jallikattu ban threatens indigenous cattle breeds and rural livelihoods in Tamil Nadu

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01/13/2017 at 08:45. Facebook
The ban on jallikattu, while seeking to protect Kangayam and Pulikulam bulls, has jeopardised the future of these animals—and with it the future of their entire breeds. Simply put, if the bulls of a breed disappear, then the collapse of the breed is only a matter of time, regardless of how many cows of the breed there might be.

From October 2016, Aparna Karthikeyan's report on the impact of...
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How the jallikattu ban threatens indigenous cattle breeds and rural livelihoods in Tamil Nadu

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01/13/2017 at 05:10. Facebook
On 9 January 2017, Rohin Kumar, a student in the Hindi journalism department at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, was reportedly suspended and barred from the hostel over statements he made online in support of Narendra Singh Rao, a former academic associate at IIMC. Rao was terminated from his position on 21 December 2016. After his dismissal, Rao alleged that he was let go because...
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Was an IIMC Academic Sacked for Protesting the Dismissal of 25 Dalit Workers?

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01/13/2017 at 05:01. Facebook
Earlier this week, the actor Vidya Balan decided to opt out of a film based on the poet Kamala Das. The actor's official spokesperson has clarified that she took this decision because she and the director of the film had "divergent approaches to the process." However, the director of the biopic, Kamaluddin Muhammed, better known as Kamal, reportedly insinuated that Balan's decision may have...
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Revisiting the late poems of Kamala Das

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01/13/2017 at 04:48. Facebook
Whatever the truth is, let’s make no mistake: what’s happening in Bastar is in every sense a civil war—one that has been fought for at least three decades and eats away at India from deep within. The killing, the hatreds, the lines drawn between people, the lies, the competing claims, the atrocities, the labelling, the weapons, the thugs: it’s all happening in Bastar right now, even as you...
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Holding the war in Bastar up to scrutiny

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01/12/2017 at 08:04. Facebook
“Chinese people don’t come here,” said Tudi Mohammad, a 50-year-old sheikh who is the shrine’s guardian. “It’s not a tourist site.” Mohammad has lived near the shrine for most of his life; his father was also its guardian. He remembered how thousands of people would visit the shrine in May, when locals commemorated the anniversary of the saint’s death. But now, he said, the government has...
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The Chinese state’s siege on Uyghur ways of worship

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01/11/2017 at 12:30. Facebook
Anil Shukla reluctantly woke up early on the morning of January 2 and got into the back of a Bolero jeep.

Anil’s cousin Ajay Shukla, who was also in his mid-forties, was at the wheel of the jeep, but a young, wiry 20-year-old neighbour Vikas Chaurasia, better known as Vicky, was leading the expedition.

In the third week of December 2016, the party’s mandal adhyaksh, or block chief,...
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'The small people are angry': a UP village gets ready for elections in the time of demonetisation

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01/11/2017 at 05:01. Facebook
The Shiromani Akali Dal-led state government in Punjab has been embroiled in controversy since November 2013, when key players in the synthetic-drug trade were arrested by the Punjab police. The arrested persons had alluded to the involvement of the state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, the brother-in-law of the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, specifically naming him for his...
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How the Confessions of the Punjab Synthetic-Drug Racket Accused Point to the Involvement of Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia

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On 9 January, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to consider promulgating an ordinance to remove the legal hurdles that block conducting of jallikattu. Panneerselvam asked Modi to act over the matter urgently, "Given that the Pongal festival which holds great importance to the people of Tamil Nadu is less than a week away and...
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How the jallikattu ban threatens indigenous cattle breeds and rural livelihoods in Tamil Nadu

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In their book, Splintered Justice: Living the Horror of Mass Communal Violence in Bhagalpur and Gujarat, Warisha Farasat, a lawyer practising in Delhi, and Prita Jha, a legal activist and researcher based in Ahmedabad, closely examine the state’s accountability in two instances of mass communal violence. The first occurred in 1989, in Bhagalpur district in Bihar, when clashes between Hindus...
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How the Bihar police colluded with Hindu mobs during the 1989 Bhagalpur massacre

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Human rights activists have welcomed Friday’s statement by the National Human Rights Commission asking the Chhattisgarh government why it should not give monetary relief to 16 women who were raped and physically assaulted by security forces. But the activists have noted that the order does not mention prosecuting the guilty policemen or their supervising officers.

“Why is it that it is...
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Chhattisgarh must identify and prosecute policemen who raped 16 women, demand activists

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