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    How much more longer?

    [By Riti Sinha] Nearly seven years ago, on February 9 2012, a 19-year-old, young teenage girl was returning home with her colleagues after work. All was well, except that she never made it home. She was abducted by three men in a car just a few metre...

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    She Is The Ideal Role Model ‘Veer Nari’ – Bimla Devi

    [By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] Dwarhat though a non-descript small town along the serpentine road, amidst cedar and pine trees, is a heart-captivating destination in the Kumaon hills with numerous ancient temples and mind blowing sightseeing tourist desti...

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    Two Iconic Five Star Marshals of The Indian Armed Forces

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| We have had three five star Marshals- late Field Marshal KM Cariappa known as an  Officer and a Gentleman, late  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous for  soldiering with dignity and Arjan Singh  the first and the only officer...

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    I interviewed convicted rapists in New Delhi – and then found one of their young victims

    [By Madhumita Pandey] A ten-year-old girl was recently denied an abortion by the Supreme Court of India. She was a victim of rape, which she alleges was perpetrated by her uncle several times over a period of seven months. Her pregnancy was discovere...

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    Live: Elections 2017

    Most exit polls forecast a saffron Holi in Uttar Pradesh and a close fight between the Congress seeking to return to power in Punjab and AAP, a debutant in Punjab elections. Stay with us for LIVE updates on Assembly Elections 2017. ...

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    Fan of Rudyard Kipling? Then you should read the hundreds of other stories he wrote

    [By Sarah Lonsdale] Sixteen-year-old Rudyard Kipling returned to India after a miserable childhood, and slightly less miserable adolescence in England, to take up the perfect job for a precociously gifted but possibly unemployable son of empire. He w...

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    Why India’s persecuted tribes are marking their alternative independence day

    [By Sarah Gandee] In the minutes before the clock struck midnight on August 14-15 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, made a now-hallowed speech to the nation on the eve of its independence: Long years ago, we made a tryst with...

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    India’s Cow Vigilantes

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian politics continues to amaze and appall. The surge in cow vigilantism – a uniquely Indian phenomenon that has lately begun to flourish under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government – is no exception. Many ort...

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    India’s GST promises growth, reform and opportunities

    [By Milind Sathye] The passing of the India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) constitution amendment bill through the Upper House is not only a shot in the arm for the country’s economic growth and a historical reform in its tax system, it also presents...

Talking Points

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Brussels attacks show just how desperate Islamic State has become

[Ben Rich|The Conversation] Islamic State (IS) was quick to claim responsibility for bombings at two major transportation hubs in Brussels on Tuesday that left at least 30 people dead. With ...

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law

India’s Antiquated Penal Code

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – A number of seemingly unrelated controversies in India actually have one important element in common: They all relate to criminal offenses codified by India’s ...

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China's President Xi Jinping

The Limits of Capitalism with Communist Characteristics

[By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – As US President Barack Obama prepares to embark on an historic visit to Cuba, the future of the communist-ruled island is the subject of ...

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National Affairs

LetsTalkChange

Photo: From  the documentary "Invisible Hands" by Pramod Dev

Time To Narrow The Gender Chasm in National Income Accounting

|By Simran Brar| I read about Adam Smith and his iconic metaphor of the “invisible hand” for the first time as a teenager in the late ’90s. The “invisible hand” refers ...

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Vikalp Sangam

Let’s salute those who are doing something positive

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Something to cheer about. In the midst of doom and gloom, I attended a Vikalp Sangam or ‘Confluence of ideas’. It was a meeting not ...

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Gariahat fish market, Kolkata

No action as mercury still poisons fish in West Bengal

Going to buy fish today? If you are living in India’s West Bengal state, where fish is a daily staple for millions of people whether rich or poor, beware! More ...

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Members of the Kishori Mandal in Ranchi district get
together once every week to review their micro-credit accounting and
then discuss issues like eating healthy meals or standing up against child marriage. (Credit: Ajitha MenonWFS)

Teenage Girls Generate Wealth To Secure Health

[By Ajitha Menon] Ranchi (WFS) – ‘Kal Baisakhi’, or Nor’westers, originate in the Chhotanagpur Plateau, in and around areas like Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, in the months of April ...

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Rights

Sunni Muslims in N Khorasan Province, Iran | Photo: Taghrib News Agency

The Sunni Arc of Instability

|By Brahma Chellaney| ABU DHABI – While international observers fixate on the Sunni-Shia rivalry’s role in shaping geopolitics in the Islamic world, deep fissures within the Sunni arc that stretches ...

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In this special opinion piece, supermodel and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment Gisele Bündchen pens her experiences from her travels in Kenya

Opinion: Women breaking barriers to clean energy

By Gisele Bündchen New York (Women’s Feature Service) – Did you know how big an impact a simple wood-burning stove can have on a woman’s life? Stoves produce toxic smoke ...

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Millions of village women are forced to defecate or pee in the open fields close to their houses. Rongzoni under a Creative Commons Licence

No candle-lit vigils for raped and murdered girls

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist| Another horrendous rape. Two young girls, 14 and 16-year old cousins, were abducted, raped, tortured and hanged from a tree last week in ...

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Justice at last for raped three-year-old

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist| A child rapist, acquitted by a lower court, was finally convicted this October, after an 18-month legal battle by the child rights activist group, HAQ. ...

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Health

Ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goal 3 - health and well-being for all - is attainable but it is imperative that the response to it is fast tracked in the next five years. (Courtesy: UNAIDS)

Is it the end of AIDS in 2030?

[By Syed Mohammad Afsar] Geneva – Writing on World AIDS Day a few years ago, I had shared the story of Seema (name changed), a young mother, and her daughter ...

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India sells an estimated 1 million bottles of water everyday

Bottled Risk

[By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything ...

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Every boat clinic has a 16-member team, including two doctors, a general nurse-cum-midwife (GNM), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and laboratory technician.

Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, ...

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Promoted as the “pink Viagra”, Flibanserin is nothing like Viagra; it is similar to anti-depressants and affects brain chemistry, and must be taken daily, potentially for years.

What’s This Hoopla Around The Little Pink Pill

[By Elayne Clift] Vermont (WFS) – Flibanserin – perhaps derived from “female”, “libido” and “answer” – is Big Pharma’s latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to women’s quest ...

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Military Affairs

Bangladesh's War of Liberation

Liberation War-Historicising a Personal Narrative

|By Col Nadir Ali (Retd) , Pakistan Army|   Former Pakistani Col Nadir Ali’s talks of his experiences from 1971 in Bangladesh at the BRAC University in Dhaka. Historicizing a ...

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ArjanSingh_1

Two Iconic Five Star Marshals of The Indian Armed Forces

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| We have had three five star Marshals- late Field Marshal KM Cariappa known as an  Officer and a Gentleman, late  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous for  soldiering with dignity and Arjan ...

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Doongar Singh – A Pakistani Brigadier Looks Back to an Indian JCO

|By Brigadier Mehboob Qadir (R)| It was mid 1972. We had just arrived in Ranchi from Agra, badly shaken and bruised, after a fateful train journey, during which we lost ...

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Prison-LL

Indian Prisoners Of War Holed Till Death In Pakistan

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| Capturing prisoners of war (POW) is as old as man kind and warfare.  In the earliest history, men captured used to be either slaughtered or ...

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WomenWrite

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Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana – Transforming education in Punjab

Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana runs a chain of educational institutes in Amritsar of India’s Punjab State which covers 100 villages of the border district and who has become a beacon of ...

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Equality, justice and rights for women have remained Dr V. Rukmini Rao’s (centre) priority ever since she espoused the cause some forty years ago.

She’s Been A True ‘Saheli’ To Rural Women

[By Bhanu Priya Vyas] New Delhi (WFS) – “Back in my Saheli days, we started the process of getting an FIR registered. When a woman would go and complain against ...

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mom

A mother’s account of continuing education post marriage

[By RamTulsi Yerra] I was in the  second year of my undergraduate studies when our engagement was solemnized by the elders of our respective families. I got married 6 months ...

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Cinemagoers, not just in India but across the world, have been queuing up to watch the performance of Kangana Ranaut in ‘Tanu weds Manu Returns’ (TWMR), a film that is entertaining, gripping and sans the conventional Bollywood hero.

The Box Office Goes Pink

[By Surekha Kadapa-Bose|WFS] Mumbai  – Is the face of the male-dominated Hindi film industry finally undergoing a much-needed change? If one looks at the hits of the year it certainly ...

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