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    India’s tea capital can recover from devastating floods – if the government gets its act together

    [Sneha Krishnan|The Conversation] Heavy flooding has affected more than a million people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, with 45 dead and more than 200,000 in relief camps. And yet there is still very little coverage of the disaster in th...

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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...

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    The Girl Store

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Please take a moment to view this website. ‘100% genuine girls.Young. Innocent. And available…’ reads the intro. No, dear readers I haven’t lost it completely. The first I saw of this ad was wh...

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    Govt to arm tourists against touts

     By Narendra Kaushik New Delhi: Marcini and Beata, a young couple from Krakow, a 7th century city in Southern Poland, arrived in New Delhi on December 1 and on their first day itself, they almost got cheated by an unscrupulous tout at the train reser...

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    India’s Jewel in the Crown

    |By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – India’s Solicitor-General, Ranjit Kumar, recently declared that India would not seek the return of the Kohinoor diamond – one of the world’s oldest and most valuable – from the British, to whom India had “gifted” it. T...

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    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...

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    What makes Lalu an aid as well as an albatross for Nitish

    [By Narendra Kaushik] It was sometime in February 1998. A pale orange sun was going down behind the white clouds opposite Barauni Oil Refinery.  Our ambassador car driver had just returned after unsuccessfully scouting for a mechanic in nearby cities...

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    Elections 2014: Factors influencing the voting landscape (A Brief)

    Correspondent | Team PB7 For the rest of the world, elections in the biggest democracy on Earth are an overwhelming cause for concern. The Indian Election Commission has estimated that about 788 million people are eligible to vote in this year’s elec...

  • Salman Khan’s fans prove that they are loyal to bhai for life

    [By Aishwarya Yerra] Thirteen years after he ran over four homeless people sleeping on the pavement, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has finally been found guilty and will be spending five years in jail. It is not surprising that his army of loyal fa...

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 Bengali Tola near Bahraina, a settlement about seven km before Sangam, the place where Ganges, Yamuna and ...

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BJP

India split on Modi Anniversary

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan says that expectations from Narendra Modi Government were ‘probably unrealistic’ he is stating only half the truth. In reality, the expectations were not just unrealistic they were – and are always – vested in the case of many people across the length and breadth of the ...

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The Modi Government Turns One

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will mark its first anniversary in office this month. While it is too early to assess its overall performance, the overwhelming sentiment across India so far is one of disappointment. The BJP rode to power on a wave of expectations after a ...

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Aruna Shanbaug

Denied the right to justice: Aruna Shanbaug

[Riti Sinha] Aruna Shanbaug has passed away 42 years after she was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki, while working as a junior nurse at the KEM Hospital. Today as this news spread, reputed journalists, media houses rushed in to write about how Aruna Shanbaug’s case is a “fine example” of a landmark judgement on passive ...

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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 surprisingly, 2/3rd of the inmates are undertrials, thanks to the slow pace of our judicial process. Number ...

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Salman Khan’s fans prove that they are loyal to bhai for life

[By Aishwarya Yerra] Thirteen years after he ran over four homeless people sleeping on the pavement, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has finally been found guilty and will be spending five years in jail. It is not surprising that his army of loyal fans have not taken the court’s judgement very well.The best place to gauge their reactions is on Twitter. ...

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When life comes crashing down

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Kathmandu: the very name conjures up some sort of Shangri-la. Images of a romantic, exotic paradise. It was a hippy haven in the Sixties and Seventies. But before that, of course, there was Everest. There was always the Himalayas, majestic and awe-inspiring to even the most blasé viewer. Serious mountaineers arrived there in ...

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Delhi-NCR’s vulnerability to disasters: Some Do’s and Don’ts

[By Col NN Bhatia] The devastating earthquake in Nepal has brought to the fore the vulnerability of  the Delhi-NCR region to natural as well as man made disasters. It is in Delhi that there are drastic ecological and climatic changes. More heat waves, drought, increased frequency & intensity of precipitation. Climate change is indeed showing its impact. The main city areas of Delhi and New ...

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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 Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan faction of the AAP has organised. “We joined AAP for ...

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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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