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Holyman buries foot in protest over relocation of bridge

By Sanjay Pandey A 54-year-old holy man has literally put his foot down over the controversial relocation of a proposed bridge across the Ganges, connecting Bhagalpur and Naugachia. From protesting in neck-deep water for days to staying perched atop a tree for months, Yogi Gyanswarup Tapaswi, known for his extreme and unique ways of staging demonstrations has now buried his ...

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Dacoits’ reward for relinquishing crime: Betrayal and harassment

By Sanjay Pandey There was a time when the sound of horses’ hooves resonating through the town of Madhepura made the men, women and even the police force scramble for cover. Rifles slung across their shoulders, groups of masked men on horseback thundered through the town, looting shops, breaking into houses and violating the dignity of women. The police would arrive only after ...

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The Non-state voters

30,000 odd voters of the Rajmahal constituency in Jharkhand are likely to press NOTA on April 24, the day this constituency goes to polls. Our correspondent, Sanjay Pandey, speaks to the people who have decided to use NOTA as a tool to reject the “politics of convenience” that has plagued their community for over 2 decades now. By Sanjay Pandey Pyarpur/Banutola (Rajmahal): Mohammed Hasan Ali, 35, ...

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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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