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Making sense of horrific violence in Kenya

[By Jennifer Brass, Indiana University| The Conversation] How can we as academics make sense of the horrific attack Thursday at Garissa University College, a young institute of higher education located in Northeastern Kenya? On one level, such violence against unarmed civilians seeking education to improve their future is as incomprehensible as it is ghastly. Reports claim 147 known fatalities, scores more ...

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The Lightning Testimonies

When scarred female bodies demarcate the Indian subcontinent’s polity

[By Priyanka Borpujari] Why do women’s bodies become the site of the mad pursuit of possession of lands? When the bodies of women – and the dignity they deserve but almost always have to beg for – are mutilated to the bone, what is remembered? What is forgotten? What remains? What is submerged? For the first time since Amar Kanwar created ...

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Aam aadmi party office in Patel Nagar

AAP’s internal rift: Utopia vs Real Politics

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: As you look up at Neeti Villa, the three-storied office of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), located about a few hundred metres from Patel Nagar metro station, Arvind Kejriwal’s face and broom stares back at you. ‘Janata Ka CM‘, a banner tied to an upper floor balcony of the park-facing building shows Kejriwal surrounded by his ...

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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 than one study has pointed to the alarming levels of mercury in fish, way above permissible limits and posing a grave danger to health. And no matter how much you ...

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Photo: Vijaykhaitan under a Creative Commons Licence

Why we should weep for the sparrow

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Did you celebrate World Sparrow Day on 20 March?  It bothers me when I read that these birds are becoming extinct in Indian cities. Chirpy, cheeky little sparrows were part of our life, growing up as children in a dilapidated Kolkata flat. They nested high up in an old-fashioned ventilator. And caused us kids ...

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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.  In these cremation grounds a girl dies every moment, every second but there is no one to mourn over the loss. There are several voices of various kinds which can ...

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cheating

“I had to contribute Rs 50 for a copying license”- Why cheating is becoming legitimate now?

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: It was sometime in February 1971. Raj Singh (name changed to protect identity), an uncle of mine, was to appear for his 10th board examination. This was his third consecutive year in the same class. Moreover, he had no hope of clearing it even in the third attempt. Singh was so apprehensive of failure that ...

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farmer

Why Congress is opposing the land acquisition bill

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: The fight over Land Acquisition Act or The Right to Fare Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is not about the farmer. And it is certainly not about whether the farmer will have right to fare compensation for his land acquired by the government. If that were the case, ...

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One of 24 ATMs being piloted across Delhi. The machine is located in Dwarka Sector 3 Resettlement Colony — an unplanned neighbourhood that lacks public services such as piped drinking water | Anita Makri

Water ATMs’ deliver liquid assets in India’s capital

[By Anita Makri|SciDev.Net] Two years ago, Anand Shah, founder of Indian firm Sarvajal, wrote about how the company had developed solar-powered ‘water ATMs’ to get clean and affordable water to people in remote parts of India. Shah ended by sharing his vision to have a water vending machine in every village and on every city corner, as a simple solution to ...

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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 just of several minds, but of people who were doing something positive rather than merely cribbing about the state of the world.

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