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A dalit manual scavenging | Source: Punjabiportal.com

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, ‘I am ashamed that as a dalit, working with my people for over 10 years, I did not know that balmiki people still carry shit on their heads everyday of ...

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Confessions Of A Pakistani National

Anyone who has ever traveled abroad will tell you that no matter where you go, no matter how developed the country it is that you’re travelling to, if you are a British national or a Caucasian American, the doors become friendlier. The security becomes less pressurising. Visa queues are shorter. Procedures are simpler. If you’re a brown Pakistani man (or ...

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Soldiers on Brussels streets | Credit :thetoc.gr

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 attacks like these, the group is seeking to sow fear among its enemies, maintain itself as the forerunner in the global jihadi brand war with al-Qaeda, and maintain the veneer ...

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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 British imperial rulers in the mid-nineteenth century that India has proved unable or unwilling to outgrow. The problematic features of the British-drafted Indian Penal Code include the prohibition of “sedition,” ...

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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 widespread speculation. Some observers are hoping that the ongoing shift toward capitalism, which has been occurring very gradually for five years under Raúl Castro’s direction, will naturally lead Cuba toward ...

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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 be revised: A) PAYMENTS One Rank One Pension: As defined ‘same pension, for same rank, for same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement’, is going to lead ...

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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 Economics and agrarian crisis. PM Crop Insurance Scheme and PM irrigation scheme are emphasised and heavily allocated with resources.( “The total allocation for agriculture and farmers’ welfare is Rs. 35,984 ...

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Union Budget 2016-17 Live

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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 bride when I went to my in-law’s employer’s house and touched their feet, they took a huge offence. They abused my family and rebuked me for having the audacity to ...

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Eight districts of Haryana have been severely affected by the agitation for reservation.

Why Jats are on a warpath in Haryana?

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is sitting on a peace fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, wants Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government to immediately find a solution to the ongoing Jat agitation for reservation. Ask him what that solution can be and he simply clams up. Hooda very well knows that whatever ...

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