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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

A teen girl in her marriage costume | Photo- Creative Commons

Child brides: every two seconds

The United Nations calls child marriage a ‘violation’. Yet, despite its near total worldwide illegality, it continues to thrive in many areas of the developing world, writes Kevin Childs | ...

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Toilet talk: meeting one of the world’s grand challenges with innovation

[Karl Linden] How is it possible that 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015? While many westerners use their bathroom time as “me time,“ 40% of ...

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bihar

Caste narrative in Bihar

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Let me come straight to the point. To say that Bihar election results are a resounding negation of Political forces which are out to monger hate ...

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National Affairs

LetsTalkChange

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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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Indian schools told to junk the junk food

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Some unbelievable news just broke. Move over, Jamie Oliver: school nutrition has taken a leap forward in India, at least on paper. India’s ...

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Medicine monk Onkar Nath outside his store

Medicine Monk’s Free Medicine Bank

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Omkar Nath Sharma (79) is a frequent sight in government hospitals and charitable dispensaries across Delhi. Wearing either a bright saffron or maroon kurta, grey trousers ...

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There is very little data on women’s ownership of land and assets even though it is an area that is very significant, particularly because it is inter-twined with many other dimensions of women’s lives. (Credit: Subhrajit Dutta Mallick\WFS)

The Number Game: Using Data To Enable Women’s Empowerment

[By Amrita Nandy] New Delhi (WFS) – Severe arthritis has left Shanti, 68, nearly disabled. Bent with age, she limps through her days in acute pain, barely being able to ...

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Rights

Kiss of love protests

To kiss or not to kiss? A very Indian question

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist| ‘To kiss or not to kiss’ appears to be the almost existential question being discussed on the front pages of Indian newspapers recently. If this ...

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An overview of ghodi village

Muslim village plays elder brother to Hindu hamlet

|By Narendra Kaushik| Point Blank 7 Exclusive| Greater Noida: It is a tale of two villages. Supposed to be descendents of two Bhati Rajput or Rawal Rajput brothers, the two ...

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Drowning in liquid filth – in 21st century India

We pretend that people are not condemned to the caste system, Mari Marcel Thekaekara writes. In 1996, I listened in disbelief as Martin Macwan, a dalit leader, told a Delhi gathering, ...

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A Hope, A Path, A Dream

They Stopped to Listen to Street Kids

|Our Better World| Surrounded by poverty, a group of engineering students in Mumbai decide to meet a few of the thousands of street children in their city, to learn about ...

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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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Even The Rain God Shed Tears Over Unfulfilled OROP Promise by PM Modi

Upset over the delay in the implementation of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy, hundreds of retired military personnel on Sunday staged demonstrations at 55 locations around India, including Delhi, ...

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Mother  (Mrs Bimla Rana) hugging Lieut Meenakshi Rana on her commissioning

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 ...

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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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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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Celebrating the Spirit of Women Entrepreneurship

It's time to celebrate the spirit of women entrepreneurship and the fact that more women are taking the plunge despite the cultural biases.

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Esha

Why I travel alone – The thoughts of a solo traveller

[By Esha Harkisandas] Not everyone who wanders is lost. Sometimes you have to wander to find, to go through a process of self- discovery. As cliched as it sounds, the ...

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Celebrating womanhood

Celebrating Womanhood: A feminist’s view

After years of campaigning for women’s rights we may have achieved only a primary consideration for ourselves at all levels. But when are we going to raise the bar and say we want to be equal competitors? The purpose of women’s day should one day upgrade itself to a “celebration of man-woman equality”.

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The art of being a good Indian woman

Yamuna Matheswaran ‘listens in’ to what her country is saying about women’s place in society. Hello there, self-declared modern Indian woman. Will you survive the beast that is Indian society? ...

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