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    How much more longer?

    [By Riti Sinha] Nearly seven years ago, on February 9 2012, a 19-year-old, young teenage girl was returning home with her colleagues after work. All was well, except that she never made it home. She was abducted by three men in a car just a few metre...

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    She Is The Ideal Role Model ‘Veer Nari’ – Bimla Devi

    [By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] Dwarhat though a non-descript small town along the serpentine road, amidst cedar and pine trees, is a heart-captivating destination in the Kumaon hills with numerous ancient temples and mind blowing sightseeing tourist desti...

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    Two Iconic Five Star Marshals of The Indian Armed Forces

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| We have had three five star Marshals- late Field Marshal KM Cariappa known as an  Officer and a Gentleman, late  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous for  soldiering with dignity and Arjan Singh  the first and the only officer...

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    I interviewed convicted rapists in New Delhi – and then found one of their young victims

    [By Madhumita Pandey] A ten-year-old girl was recently denied an abortion by the Supreme Court of India. She was a victim of rape, which she alleges was perpetrated by her uncle several times over a period of seven months. Her pregnancy was discovere...

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    Live: Elections 2017

    Most exit polls forecast a saffron Holi in Uttar Pradesh and a close fight between the Congress seeking to return to power in Punjab and AAP, a debutant in Punjab elections. Stay with us for LIVE updates on Assembly Elections 2017. ...

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    Fan of Rudyard Kipling? Then you should read the hundreds of other stories he wrote

    [By Sarah Lonsdale] Sixteen-year-old Rudyard Kipling returned to India after a miserable childhood, and slightly less miserable adolescence in England, to take up the perfect job for a precociously gifted but possibly unemployable son of empire. He w...

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    Why India’s persecuted tribes are marking their alternative independence day

    [By Sarah Gandee] In the minutes before the clock struck midnight on August 14-15 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, made a now-hallowed speech to the nation on the eve of its independence: Long years ago, we made a tryst with...

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    India’s Cow Vigilantes

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian politics continues to amaze and appall. The surge in cow vigilantism – a uniquely Indian phenomenon that has lately begun to flourish under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government – is no exception. Many ort...

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    India’s GST promises growth, reform and opportunities

    [By Milind Sathye] The passing of the India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) constitution amendment bill through the Upper House is not only a shot in the arm for the country’s economic growth and a historical reform in its tax system, it also presents...

Talking Points

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Toilet talk: meeting one of the world’s grand challenges with innovation

[Karl Linden] How is it possible that 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015? While many westerners use their bathroom time as “me time,“ 40% of ...

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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 ...

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The Western Roots of Anti-Western Terror

[Brahma Chellaney] BERLIN – The Islamic State’s horrific attacks in Paris provide a stark reminder that Western powers cannot contain – let alone insulate themselves from – the unintended consequences ...

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National Affairs

LetsTalkChange

Members of the Kishori Mandal in Ranchi district get
together once every week to review their micro-credit accounting and
then discuss issues like eating healthy meals or standing up against child marriage. (Credit: Ajitha MenonWFS)

Teenage Girls Generate Wealth To Secure Health

[By Ajitha Menon] Ranchi (WFS) – ‘Kal Baisakhi’, or Nor’westers, originate in the Chhotanagpur Plateau, in and around areas like Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, in the months of April ...

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Making dreams: Giving girls a chance to study and play

[By Roshin Varghese ] Mysore (Women’s Feature Service) – Saturdays are very special for Javeriya, 17. Come noon, she quickly changes from her traditional ‘salwar kameez’ into track pants and ...

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Vikalp Sangam

Let’s salute those who are doing something positive

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Something to cheer about. In the midst of doom and gloom, I attended a Vikalp Sangam or ‘Confluence of ideas’. It was a meeting not ...

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“I had to contribute Rs 50 for a copying license”- Why cheating is becoming legitimate now?

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: It was sometime in February 1971. Raj Singh (name changed to protect identity), an uncle of mine, was to appear for his 10th board examination. ...

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Rights

Recently, hundreds of people once again took to the streets
of Delhi as part of the annual Queer Pride Parade to drum up support
for equal rights for people of diverse gender and sexuality.

Gay Pride Should Be National Pride

[By Lavanya Regunathan Fischer & Devadatt Kamat] Delhi – Recently, hundreds of people once again took to the streets of Delhi as part of the annual Queer Pride Parade to ...

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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 ...

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A boat ferrying people to mainland in Rajmahal, Jharkhand

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 ...

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Overcoming India’s Official Homophobia

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Sixty-six years after adopting one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, India is being convulsed by a searing debate over a colonial-era provision in ...

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Health

Ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goal 3 - health and well-being for all - is attainable but it is imperative that the response to it is fast tracked in the next five years. (Courtesy: UNAIDS)

Is it the end of AIDS in 2030?

[By Syed Mohammad Afsar] Geneva – Writing on World AIDS Day a few years ago, I had shared the story of Seema (name changed), a young mother, and her daughter ...

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India sells an estimated 1 million bottles of water everyday

Bottled Risk

[By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything ...

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Every boat clinic has a 16-member team, including two doctors, a general nurse-cum-midwife (GNM), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and laboratory technician.

Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, ...

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Promoted as the “pink Viagra”, Flibanserin is nothing like Viagra; it is similar to anti-depressants and affects brain chemistry, and must be taken daily, potentially for years.

What’s This Hoopla Around The Little Pink Pill

[By Elayne Clift] Vermont (WFS) – Flibanserin – perhaps derived from “female”, “libido” and “answer” – is Big Pharma’s latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to women’s quest ...

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Military Affairs

AFSPA

AFSPA in Kashmir: A Battle of Perceptions

[By Adfar Shah] Tripura’s Manik Sarkar government’s decision on revoking AFSPA recently was much hailed in public and intellectual circles. However, the ripple effect as expected was the fresh revival ...

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All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar ...

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The philosophy of the Soldier Mountaineer Colonel Narinder Kumar ‘Bull’!

[By Col NN Bhatia | A Preface] The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of the man. – Anonymous The Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess ...

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Two Iconic Five Star Marshals of The Indian Armed Forces

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| We have had three five star Marshals- late Field Marshal KM Cariappa known as an  Officer and a Gentleman, late  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous for  soldiering with dignity and Arjan ...

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WomenWrite

Research scholar and celebrated motivational speaker, Malvika Iyer, is a self-reliant and independent woman, who has overcome her physical disabilities and put her life back together in a manner that is truly inspiring.

‘Stop Judging People With Disability’

Delhi (WFS) – As a child she used to roam around the residential colony in Bikaner in Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents and elder sister, climbing trees, playing ...

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Equality, justice and rights for women have remained Dr V. Rukmini Rao’s (centre) priority ever since she espoused the cause some forty years ago.

She’s Been A True ‘Saheli’ To Rural Women

[By Bhanu Priya Vyas] New Delhi (WFS) – “Back in my Saheli days, we started the process of getting an FIR registered. When a woman would go and complain against ...

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A mother’s account of continuing education post marriage

[By RamTulsi Yerra] I was in the  second year of my undergraduate studies when our engagement was solemnized by the elders of our respective families. I got married 6 months ...

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From diving in the sky to plunging in the seas to pursing an extreme sport, Archana Sardana has done it all. (Courtesy: Archana Sardana)

Scaling New Horizons With Daring Dives

Delhi (WFS) – Archana Sardana, a 40-year-old adventure enthusiast, is India’s first woman civilian Building Aerial Span Earth (BASE) jumper, often jumping from a bridge of over 3,600 metres (12,000 ...

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