• safety

    How much more longer?

    [By Riti Sinha] Nearly five 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 metres...

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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

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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budget

Citizens Speak : How is the Indian union budget 2016-2017?

Answer by Sanyam Gupta: FISCAL DEFICIT The government had set an ambitious target of reaching a 3.5% fiscal deficit from 3.9% last year though this target is hugely expected to ...

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Citizens Speak : How much would you score the Indian union budget 2016-2017?

Answer by Gaurav Agarwalla: Budget 2016-17 is a mixed bag. If I was to be a economist I would give it 3.5/5. IMPORTANT Pros for AAM AADMI: Focus on agricultural ...

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National Affairs

LetsTalkChange

Women registered at the Sulabh training centre, Nai Disha,are taught various vocational skills like food processing, tailoring and beauty care apart from imparting them functional literacy.(Credit: Elsa MathewsWFS)

Building A Life Beyond Manual Scavenging

[By Elsa Mathews] Alwar  – Sunita Nanda, 30, still remembers the day she was thrown out of the ‘jajman’s’ (patron) house. She recounts the painful encounter, “As a newly married ...

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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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Zaiba Taj, 21, mentors several hundred children in and around her Haleem Nagar slum in Mysore and is a true agent of change, who has brought about a positive transformation in her own life as well as motivate others like her to follow in her footsteps. (Credit: Roshin Varghese\WFS)

Young Zaiba Changes The Game For Children

[By Roshin Varghese] Mysore (WFS) – Every morning, a young woman steps out of her small two-room home, which she shares with her grandmother, parents and three siblings, ready to ...

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Photo credits: Mary Ellen Mark, Falkland Road, Bombay, India.

A voice from the hearts of brothels..

Brothels are not only homes to sex workers, brothels are graves of several dreams and aspirations, they are the cremation grounds where several hope, desires, futures are cremated every day. ...

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Rights

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Pink pistols to see off rapists? Don’t make me laugh

Silent protests were part of India’s response to 2012’s gang rape. Is a gun a fitting tribute to the woman who died? Ramesh Lalwani under a Creative Commons Licence By Mari Marcel Thekaekara ...

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An NPA deminer in Tajikistan| Photo: Courtesy of Norwegian People’s Aid (http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/journal/19.1/notes/niklova.shtml)

Nazokat, Deminer, Lives On The Edge

Dushanbe (WFS) – Nazokat Begmatova, a humanitarian deminer, didn’t have the opportunity to go to university, which reduced her chances of obtaining what would be widely considered ‘a good job’ ...

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In India, irrespective of region, class, community or age,
married women are vulnerable to many forms of violence within the
confines of their homes.

A Never-ending Trial By Fire For Women Burn Survivors

[By Pushpa Achanta] Bengaluru (WFS) – ‘The stove exploded in the kitchen; scalding hot water fell on me by accident while I was making tea; I didn’t realise when my clothes ...

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Postmaster builds ‘Taj’ for wife

[By Narendra Kaushik] Dibai: Ask anybody in Kaser Kalan, a dusty, sleepy village of mix Hindu-Muslim population in Dibai sub-division of Bulandshahr District about 113 km from Delhi, about the ...

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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

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Repealing AFSPA – Is that the need of the hour?

By Riti Sinha 55 years ago, in the face of rising political dissent in the North-east, India decided to add to its laws, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). ...

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All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar ...

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The philosophy of the Soldier Mountaineer Colonel Narinder Kumar ‘Bull’!

[By Col NN Bhatia | A Preface] The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of the man. – Anonymous The Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess ...

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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 ...

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WomenWrite

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Dealing with social issues in a manner akin to a mother’s care

A year back, it started out as an idea to provide Delhi street children with shoes during terrible Delhi winters. Latika Wadhwa, then only 24 and a full time working ...

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When the monthly monster comes knocking!

|By Jeydevi Venkatarama| Sounds of the morning could be heard. Pavithra woke up to birds’ and sparrows coo-cooing in the trees. A hectic day was waiting for her downstairs. She lazily ...

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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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Women in India have stormed several male bastions but one that continues to remain unbreachable is the highly patriarchal and hierarchical police force. (Courtesy: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative)

The Force Is Certainly Not For Women

By Taru Bahl Delhi (WFS) – Aruna Bahuguna is not a woman to be trifled with. Apart from being the first female chief of the prestigious National Police Academy in ...

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