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Shumang leela, the Courtyard theatre of Manipur

By Siddharth Haobijam Crowned as the “Jewel of India” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Manipur, situated in the lofty mountains of the North East India boasts of many traditional and cultural gems. One of these is the Shumang Leela. Literally translated as Courtyard Theatre, this theatre has been the mainstay of the Meiteis , the Tibeto-Burman group of people who have inhabited the Imphal valley since ...

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Bishesh Glam – a world within a world

[By Siddharth Haobijam] Bishesh Glam, located in a busy corner in Keishamphat in Imphal West, Manipur is just about two years old. The salon run by Bishesh Huirem, a well known male-to-female transgender, however, has changed the lives of many Nupi Maanbis (one who looks like a woman).

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States within a State

State Correspondent | PointBlank 7                                                                                               Photo credit : Reuters Guwahati:  While people in ...

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Green Certifications – A marketing gimmick

By Divya Aslesha , A PointBlank 7 exclusive Experts have questioned the validity of green certifications by rating agencies, being awarded to commercial and residential structures, which has cast doubt over how ‘green’ these buildings really are. Buildings may have themselves assessed under various criteria laid down by agencies such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green ...

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The hypocrisy of unconventional politics

By Anuj Shrivastava Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation was a meditated and calculated step exclusively for political gains; it had a clear objective and was in no way unconventional like Aam Aadmi Party’s show of clean politics and good governance (swarajya). After all, how much unconventional can the unconventional be. AAP is now trying to take another grandstand before the electorate after ...

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Pink pistols to see off rapists? Don’t make me laugh

Silent protests were part of India’s response to 2012’s gang rape. Is a gun a fitting tribute to the woman who died? Ramesh Lalwani under a Creative Commons Licence By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist It’s true. India presents its women with a gun to defend themselves. A pretty pink handgun, no less. It will be named ‘Nirbheek’ – which means ‘fearless’ ...

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Defending people’s milk in India

A vibrant network of small producers and milk co-operatives is threatened by free trade agreements and liberalized investment policies. A dairy farm in Lonavia, India. Kim Carpenter under a Creative Commons Licence We take care of the cow and the cow takes care of us,’ says Marayal, a farmer in Thalavady, Tamil Nadu. Her two cows produce 6 to 10 litres of ...

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Repealing AFSPA – Is that the need of the hour?

By Riti Sinha 55 years ago, in the face of rising political dissent in the North-east, India decided to add to its laws, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Armed Forces Special Powers Ordinance was promulgated by the President on 22nd May 1958. Later the Ordinance was replaced by the Armed Forces Special Powers Bill. It was applied ...

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