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Members of the National Democratic Teachers' Front, a BJP-backed teachers' union, reportedly opposed the recommendation by Delhi University's department of sociology to include certain chapters of Nandini Sundar's book The Burning Forest: India's War in Bastar for a masters course. The objections were raised during an academic council meeting of the university. According to members of the...
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Holding the war in Bastar up to scrutiny

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On 4 June 1989, Chinese troops opened fire on Wuer and his nonviolent comrades at Tiananmen Square. Bei Dao was giving readings in Europe at the time. Becoming an exile overnight, he was not allowed back into China for nearly 13 years.

Now he has penned a prose memoir: City Gate, Open Up. An impressionistic account of his childhood and youth in Beijing, the book is unlike any he has...
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Bei Dao’s nostalgia for a pre-liberalisation Beijing

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Darjeeling has been in turmoil now for almost a fortnight. Since June 8, the tourist town in the hills of West Bengal has seen pitched battles between protestors and security forces, as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the region’s largest Gorkha party, has revived its demand for a separate Nepali-speaking state. The region – dependent on tourism – has seen visitors flee and a near-total...
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Darjeeling has been in turmoil now for almost a fortnight Since June

Identity politics: Gorkhaland is to Mamata what Kashmir is to Modi

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06/22/2017 at 06:34. Facebook
Given his reputation and the NJAC majority judgment, many expected that Khehar’s term as chief justice would see a heightened tussle between the executive and the judiciary, with each trying to protect their turf.

But events have unfolded differently. The prime minister has publicly acknowledged his appreciation of Khehar, and Khehar has publicly assured the government that the Supreme Court...
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Chief Justice Khehar and the tussle between the executive and the judiciary

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It can be said that, in a larger sense, yoga is Hindu because it comes from this land of Hindustan, which spawned multiple and divergent philosophical perspectives. However, yoga is both too free-spirited and paradoxical to fit within the present-day theistic mode. Today, the autonomy of yoga is up against a) the overarching and relentless ambition of Vedanta to render yoga theistic; b)...
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How the Transformative Practice of Yoga has Gradually Been Drawn Into the Chauvinism of Identity Politics

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India Dissents, an anthology edited by the poet Ashok Vajpeyi, is a collection of expressions of dissent spanning nearly three millennia. Beginning from writings in Nasidiya Sukta, in the Rigveda, the volume examines the tradition of registering doubts and protest against the Indian state and its traditions and practices. It includes writings from: the Tamil poet Sundarar, who rebukes god for...
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Those from the Hindu right who oppose beef-eating ignore the practices of their own ancestors

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06/19/2017 at 13:14. Facebook
There are a few common demands across the states, including the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report that, among others, recommends a minimum support price that is 50 percent above the cost of inputs, as well as loan waivers and interest-free loans.

For Scroll, Mridula Chari takes a look at the crops that have triggered protests in each state.
There are a few common demands across the states including the implementation

Explained: Behind the farmer protests in 16 states are bumper harvests and low prices

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Singh came back inside the lawn. He came to me and snatched my phone. “Kaun ho tum?”—Who are you, he asked. Confused, I replied that I was a journalist, and asked for the reason behind the question. “What if you are from Pakistan?” he said. “Kya baat kar rahen hai aap? Ab mera phone wapas dejiye. (What are you saying? Return my phone please)” I said. Singh held onto to my phone.

Then, a...
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“Say, Pakistan Murdabad!”: A Reporter Recounts How a Mob In Delhi Assaulted Him When They Identified Him As Muslim

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Some members live in the lanes around the library, where the housing can be makeshift structures belonging to waste workers. A few live in homes with two rooms, two stories up and equipped with a bathroom. The single largest segment of the library’s membership comes from a few lanes away—the basti of Jagdamba Camp. In the two years that it has been open, the library has signed up 1,400 members...
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Why India needs a library movement

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Somnath Chatterjee, a former speaker of the Lok Sabha and a former member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), is a disappointed man. He is disappointed with the lack of leadership plaguing his former party, the growing prominence of religion in Indian politics, and the state of the nation and its judiciary. On 16 May 2017, Parul Abrol, an independent journalist based in Delhi, visited...
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Somnath Chatterjee a former speaker of the Lok Sabha and a former

“I Shall Die Somewhat Disappointed, Somewhat Disillusioned”: An Interview with Former Speaker and CPI(M) Member Somnath Chatterjee

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I travelled to Naxalbari in 1987, on assignment for the Bengali daily Aajkaal, to write and photograph for a series of articles looking back on the movement across the 20 years since its birth. By then, though various groups claiming the Naxalite mantle fought on in isolated pockets, it was clear that the movement had failed in its goals of taking over state power and completely transforming...
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I travelled to Naxalbari in 1987 on assignment for the Bengali daily

Voices of Naxalbari Across the 50 Years Since the Uprising

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Assam’s draft population policy 2017 has stated its goal as “every family in Assam should have access to quality education, healthcare and employment opportunities”. This is a well-meaning and commendable objective. However, the policy also has disincentives for people who have more than two children, which will disproportionately impact those who are the most disadvantaged.

But the...
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Assams draft population policy 2017 has stated its goal as every family

Assam’s two-child norm could hit the poor, women and Muslims the hardest

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While recounting the trial proceedings in the cases against him, Wani told me that many witnesses did not appear in court for several hearings of the cases. He added that some of the witnesses stated in court that they had not given the statements against Wani as the police had filed in their chargesheet. “The police had produced many fake witnesses to falsely implicate me,” Wani...
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Acquitted in the Sabarmati Express Train-Blasts Case, Gulzar Ahmed Wani Recalls His 16 Years In Jail

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Going through the Mental Healthcare Act, one can somewhat understand the reason for this exultation. The law sets up a framework for three critical advances in India’s mental healthcare system. For instance, among other provisions, it establishes a “right to access mental healthcare”—regardless of a person’s income, place of living, or any other factor—compelling either state governments or,...
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Going through the Mental Healthcare Act one can somewhat understand the reason

Why celebration of the Mental Healthcare Act may be premature

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On paper, the central government scheme which provides free liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, connections to below the poverty line families, seems to be doing well. It has covered 2.2 crore households in the year since its launch on May 1, 2016, exceeding its target of 1.5 crore connections. Last month, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that by 2019, the scheme would be rolled out to...
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On paper the central government scheme which provides free liquefied petroleum gas

Modi’s pet Ujjawala scheme wobbles as many beneficiaries drop out after their first LPG cylinder

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The Supreme Court has chosen to remain silent on the most pressing question before it—whether the absence of an Aadhaar number would invalidate tax returns filed after July 2017. This in turn means that taxpayers are still unclear on the consequences of failing to obtain or to furnish an Aadhaar number. The Income Tax Act provides that both a failure to furnish tax returns, and a failure to...
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The Supreme Court has chosen to remain silent on the most pressing

The Supreme Court’s Refusal to Stay the Requirement of Aadhaar for Income-Tax Returns Raises Several Troubling Questions

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The FSA’s individual groups have a wide range of interests and ideologies. Over 80 of them have been vetted by the United States, to verify, among other things, that they are not Islamist organisations, and subsequently cleared to receive US funding. I spoke to several FSA fighters to understand their perspectives on the alliance’s future. From those conversations, it was clear that the FSA is...
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The FSAs individual groups have a wide range of interests and ideologies

The fragmenting coalition of the Free Syrian Army

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The Indian National Congress used the railways as the umbrella to connect members from the “Indian intelligentsia and ascendant professional classes across the subcontinent.” Notwithstanding the affluent status of many of these members in their respective communities, it took only a journey by train to remind them of the hostile treatment meted out to train-travelling Indians by the colonial...
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The Indian National Congress used the railways as the umbrella to connect

How the Indian Railways became integral to the growing nationalism in the Independence era

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Thouseef Madikeri, an SIO member who helped organise the event, told me that the gathering had been called reflect on the crimes committed against members of the Muslim community in the past few years. “The common thread here is quite clear. They have all been wronged and none of them have received any justice yet,” Madikeri said. Several tables were arranged for attendees to come together and...
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Thouseef Madikeri an SIO member who helped organise the event told me

“We should not have to die for our line of work”: An iftar against the persecution of Muslims

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Apurbajyoti Majumdar
Ayaz Siddiqui, the general manager of operations at Frigerio Conserva Allana Private Limited, or Allana, a subsidiary of Allanasons—one of the biggest exporters of buffalo meat in India—has not been sleeping well. Siddiqui told me this when I met him at the Allana office in Aligarh on 30 May 2017. “Every night I get calls from suppliers,” he said. He said some of them are highly distressed...
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Ayaz Siddiqui the general manager of operations at Frigerio Conserva Allana Private

How the Prohibition on Sale of Cattle for Slaughter Has Affected Every Stage of the Meat-Industry Supply Chain

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Satindra Paul Singh