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View of the Gold field

In Karanataka’s El Dorado, Former Miners Bite Dust

[By Pushpa Achanta] Kolar – “The main drinking water pipeline and tank has been built because of the relentless efforts of our women’s collective. That is the reason why this water is called ‘Magazheer Neer’, Tamil for water generated by women. At present, the local panchayat monitors the water supply between 8 to 10 am daily. Each household can manage ...

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Bundeli Samaj segregating food collected from households

Roti Bank : A lifeline for the poor in Bundelkhand

[By Narendra Kaushik] Mahoba:  Every evening as the clock strikes 7 O’clock, Tara Patkar, a journalist who quit the profession in January 2014 to take up public causes, Haji Muttan, a do-gooder who has performed Haj over a dozen and a half times, and their colleagues pick up jute bags and spread out into different directions of the city. They ...

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Rohit Vemula

How India’s Caste System Survives

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – On January 17, Rohith Vemula, a PhD candidate at the University of Hyderabad in India’s Telangana state, hanged himself. Even in a country of 1.2 billion people, a single death can have a major impact. Vemula was a Dalit – a member of what was once known as the “untouchables,” at the bottom of ...

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Could a meteorite really have killed a bus driver in India?

[Monica Grady] There is nothing more certain in life than death – a cheerful thought for a dismal February. Even though we are aware of that inevitability, we don’t expect death literally to strike out of an empty sky, which reportedly is what happened to Kamraj, a bus driver in Vellore, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. ...

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The Robin Hood Army is in India and also Pakistan. by The Robin Hood Army (Facebook)

The Robin Hood Army

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] My grandparents and parents trekked through parts of Burma to escape the advancing Japanese army during the Second World War. So we were brought up on stories of starvation and deprivation. ‘We carried gold and jewellery but there was no decent rice to be had. Not even if you had all the gold in the ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Phony War on Terror

[By Brahma Chellaney] Berlin– Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been bankrolled by oil-rich sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia. That is why the newly announced Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, should be viewed with ...

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

[By Mark Graham, University of Oxford] Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question that Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”. Free Basics is the rebranded Internet.org, a Facebook operation where by partnering with local telecoms firms in the developing world ...

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Raj Kumar Paras, 39, from Barakhamba colony, a slum settlement on the outskirts of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, understands the implications of underage marriage and is there for anyone who needs support to fight it| Credit: Chetna Verma\WFS

Men Stand Tall Against Child Marriage

[By Chetna Verma] Agra – The young thrive on dreams for a brighter tomorrow. Most aspire to have a comfortable home, a rewarding career and a loving family – and they work hard to put together the pieces of this perfect life, bit-by-bit. But what if one never even got a decent shot at fulfilling one’s ambitions or breaking free ...

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Even Inside Homes, Delhiites Not Safe From Air Pollution: Study

Why Delhi is the world’s most polluted city – and what can be done about it

[Prashant Kumar | The Conversation] In a bid to tackle its record air pollution, Delhi has banned cars from travelling on alternate days over the first two weeks of this year. It’s better than nothing, but it won’t be enough. The Indian capital has the dubious accolade of being regularly-cited as the most polluted city in the world, with air ...

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Peace with Pakistan?

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, Pakistan, on Christmas Day brought his hyperkinetic year of global diplomacy to a headline-grabbing close. It also raised serious questions about the direction of the highly fraught relationship between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Since Modi took office in May 2014, India-Pakistan relations have experienced more ups ...

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