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    Why is China trying to woo the new regime in Delhi?

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Three high-level government interactions – – Chinese Premier Li Kiqiang and President Xi Jingping spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which Jingping sent his special envoy, Chinese Foreign M...

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    What clicked for Kejriwal

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi:  It was sometime in July 2013. I was doing a pre-election survey in Delhi and had gone to Timarpur to speak to husband of a Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.  After I was done with my questions, he asked me w...

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    One India, One Asia

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Come 2016 and you may be able to zip off in your personal car or public transport for Yangon and Bangkok. Another year or so and you will have roads leading to Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos. A few ...

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    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 Dal...

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    Indian prisons are overcrowded: 2/3rd of the inmates are undertrials

    It is not just our buses and trains that are overcrowded, our prisons are also overcrowded according to the prison statistics of the NCRB. Our prisons nationally have an occupancy ratio of 118.4%, 18% more than the capacity of the prison. And not sur...

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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 happen...

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    Swaraj Samwad : Yadav-Bhushan won’t quit AAP, drop plans to form new party

    [By Narendra Kaushik] Gurgaon: “Why don’t we join Narendra Modi? He is also honest and a great believer of high command culture”, I hear a voice from the back of the auto rickshaw taking us to the venue of Swaraj Sanwad (Dialogue on self rule) that Y...

  • 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 re...

  • it is unacceptable to say that ghettoisation applies to Muslims or works on communal lines alone.| Photo: Twocircles.net

    Ghettoisation – nothing communal about it

    [By Narendra Kaushik] It was during the summer of 1989.  India was about to elect its first coalition government headed by Vishwanath Pratap Singh and I had joined my first government job in Allahabad. I was looking for a rented accommodation in a Be...

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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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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Women survivors of rape have to struggle against the system as well as the society’s cultural stigmas and taboos.

Public Safety Is Every Woman’s Human Right

[By Rakhi Ghosh] Khurda – She is a hardworking government school teacher and an attentive mother and wife today but she has been through her fair share of hell. The incident that changed Seema’s (name changed) life forever happened over 17 years ago on July 2, 1996. She had just taken up a job as a social worker, fighting for ...

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The juvenile accused in the Nirbhaya case outside the Juvenile Justice Board, Delhi

Why juveniles’ age should be lowered from 18 to 16

Increased awareness has transformed the reform system set up by the state for juvenile delinquents into an incentive for crime. [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: “Don’t talk too much to them. It can be dangerous. They are hardened criminals”, Ram Singh (name changed), an employee of Special Home for Boys on Magazine Road at Majnu ka Tila, forewarned me uncorking ...

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A submerged road in Chennai

The Chennai Warning

[By Shashi Tharoor] Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA – Even as world leaders were meeting in Paris to address climate change, the city of Chennai (formerly Madras), the capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, reeled under the onslaught of the heaviest rainfall in 104 years. The city, home to five million people, has virtually shut down, with roads flooded and ...

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Why Kejriwal is no longer an odd number in politics

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Let me begin with a PS (post script) Many of the politicians in the country particularly the ones belonging to the old guard, be it Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ramvilas Paswan, Prakash Singh Badal, M Karunanidhi, Mayawati and others, rose proclaiming lofty ideals pertaining to socialism, secularism and social justice. Their baptism into political life exuded hope ...

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Though monsoon floods are common in Chennai, this year the rains have had an 'unknown fury' | Photo credit : Chennai Speakers

Living the effects of climate change

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Paris is in focus again as the climate change talks take centre stage. All over the world, people are watching and waiting, pinning their hopes on these talks, praying desperately that something useful, something good will come out of it all, despite the cynics. At a local level, where I live in India, the subject ...

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Caste narrative in Bihar

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Let me come straight to the point. To say that Bihar election results are a resounding negation of Political forces which are out to monger hate in the society and thus, create communal divisions is, to put it succinctly, only a half truth. I agree Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit ...

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India’s Sacred Cows and Unholy Politics

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – The headlines out of India in recent weeks have often made sickening reading. Startlingly, the central protagonist in most of these stories is that most peaceable and innocent of animals, the cow. A Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in a small town an hour from New Delhi in response to ...

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