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First stamp issued by India after independence. by India Post

The good, bad and ugly on Indian Independence Day

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] It’s Indian Independence Day on Saturday 15 August. Although this raises many questions as to what Independence means to the poor and wretched of our country, I will desist from the usual gloom and doom. Everyone needs to celebrate. And there is always a good story to gladden the heart, if you look around. I ...

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In Siddharth Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, located 220
kilometres from capital Lucknow, a handful of adolescents have declared a war against child marriage, a common practice in the region. (Credit: Tarannum\WFS)

Girls Gang Up Against Early Marriage

[By Tarannum] Siddharth Nagar (WFS) – Whereas she appears to be like any regular village girl from the vast countryside of Uttar Pradesh, quiet, unassuming and hardworking, Uma Kumari has more to her than meets the eye. This resident of Badgaon, a small hamlet in Siddharth Nagar district, located 220 kilometres from capital Lucknow, has distinguished herself as the architect ...

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A Hanging in India

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – On July 30, Yakub Memon, a chartered accountant and the brother of a notorious gangster now living in self-imposed exile, was hanged for complicity in the planning and execution of serial bomb blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. The hanging, India’s first in three years, has prompted reactions ranging from dismay ...

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Mahinda Rajapaksa at a campaign rally. |Photo: via Mahinda Rajapaksa's office, Creative Commons License

Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election

[By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global center of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments.The country’s strategic importance has not been lost on ...

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Manually decontaminating cotton before processing at an Indian spinning mill (2010) | Photo: CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons

India’s forgotten cotton-picking children

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] I always associated cotton picking with songs from the American deep-south. It conjured up visions of poor people, mostly African Americans. We associated cotton picking with southern slavery in America. Never with India. Inexplicably, given I have clear memories of detailed geography lessons about India’s agricultural patterns and cotton-growing states. My lack of awareness on ...

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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 and bedroom slippers, Sharma is one-stop succour for poor patients getting treatment in Delhi. He collects unused medicines from door to door in different parts of the city and then ...

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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’ in her country. However, rather than tying the knot right after school to ensure financial security, as is the common practice for girls in her country, Tajikistan, she wanted to ...

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Photo: Shanghai - d'n'c via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

China’s Brittle Development Model

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – After gaining independence from Britain in 1947, India was something of a poster child for the virtues of democracy – in stark contrast with China, which became a Communist dictatorship in 1949. Until the 1970s, it was widely argued that, while both countries suffered from extreme poverty, underdevelopment, and disease, India’s model was superior, ...

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Photo: Indi Samarajiva
| Flickr under Creative commons licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/indi/

90% of the Police Force in the Country works more than 8 hours a day

According to a study by the Bureau of Police Research & Development, Government of India, 90% of the Police Staff currently work for more than 8 hours a day. 68% of Officers report that their staff works for more than 11 hours a day and 28% report that the staff works for more than 14 hours a day. Nearly half ...

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Priyanka Devi had won the panchayat elections hands down with the wholehearted backing of her husband and father-in-law, who helped her campaign and told her about the rules and workings of the system.

Priyanka And Firoza Show What Governance Is All About

[By Aditi Bhaduri] Ranchi (WFS) – Later she would hear how lovely the weather had been, how brightly the sun had shone and how the temperature had been just right that day. But when she had entered her husband’s village as a young bride in 2007, all she saw was a sea of faces. All she could think of was ...

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