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    How much more longer?

    [By Riti Sinha] Nearly five 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 metres...

  • Mother  (Mrs Bimla Rana) hugging Lieut Meenakshi Rana on her commissioning

    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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Since ancient Greece, the Olympics and bribery have gone hand in hand

[By Nigel Crowther] As a professor of classical studies, I’ve noticed some remarkable differences and similarities between the modern and ancient Olympic Games. The medals, the torch relay and events ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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National Affairs

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In Siddharth Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, located 220
kilometres from capital Lucknow, a handful of adolescents have declared a war against child marriage, a common practice in the region. (Credit: Tarannum\WFS)

Girls Gang Up Against Early Marriage

[By Tarannum] Siddharth Nagar (WFS) – Whereas she appears to be like any regular village girl from the vast countryside of Uttar Pradesh, quiet, unassuming and hardworking, Uma Kumari has ...

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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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Time To Narrow The Gender Chasm in National Income Accounting

|By Simran Brar| I read about Adam Smith and his iconic metaphor of the “invisible hand” for the first time as a teenager in the late ’90s. The “invisible hand” refers ...

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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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Rights

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Pads Against Patriarchy: Students Speak Up Against Sexism

[By Dipanjana Dey] Kolkata (Women’s Feature Service) – Sanchita Dey, 17, lives in a settlement in the vicinity of the Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport in Kolkata and goes to ...

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The Supreme Court order upholding the decision to consider homosexuality illegal as per Indian law was thought to be startling as it came from the most respected arm of the state – the judiciary.

Renewing The Call To Recall The Verdict On Homosexuality

[By Lavanya Regunathan Fischer|Devadatt Kamat]  Delhi (WFS) – Seeking: 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”), who works with an NGO. Caste no bar (Though Iyer Preferred)… ...

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Breaking The Barriers With The Power Of Press

Dhaka – Born in Dhaka, the bustling capital of Bangladesh, Aasha Mehreen Amin learnt to read and write in English early in her life thanks to her supportive and progressive ...

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The women of Paithan, a small town near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, spin a dream world of exotic weaves that is reminiscent of a bygone era of opulence and elegance. (Credit: Surekha Kadapa-Bose\WFS)

Impoverished Women Spin Exotic Weaves

[By Surekha Kadapa Bose] Aurungabad(WFS) – Bent on their looms for hours, days and months, the women of Paithan, a small town near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, spin a dream world. ...

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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

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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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Malharis’ Battle Of Gadra City In 1971 War

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| The Battle of Gadra City fought on the night of 4/5 December 1971 was one of the important battles in the Western Theatre. 15 KUMAON (Indore) ...

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Lord Of The BP 638

|By Col. NN Bhatia (Retd)| The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 is synonymous with liberation of Bangladesh that commenced with Pakistan launching of Operation Chengiz Khan on 3 December 1971 through pre-emptive ...

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Eternal Vigil – POW Joe’s Story

There is a Prisoner Of War (POW) story of my course mate Joe I would like to tell. He passed away in 2011 in Pune of brain haemorrhage. My story below ...

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WomenWrite

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“Do what you love and love what you do”

I fainted in office! and that triggered my journey on a completely new path - path of freedom, happiness and passion, culminating in the founding of ZipOut (ZIP - Zindagi in pajama)

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Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana – Transforming education in Punjab

Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana runs a chain of educational institutes in Amritsar of India’s Punjab State which covers 100 villages of the border district and who has become a beacon of ...

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Celebrating Womanhood: A feminist’s view

After years of campaigning for women’s rights we may have achieved only a primary consideration for ourselves at all levels. But when are we going to raise the bar and say we want to be equal competitors? The purpose of women’s day should one day upgrade itself to a “celebration of man-woman equality”.

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A woman walks in the rain in Sri Lanka. Sharmila Seyyid, a Sri Lankan poet who bravely speaks out on women's rights, hopes for a brighter future. planetlight under a Creative Commons Licence

Hounded and harassed – but Sharmila Seyyid isn’t giving up

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] My morning paper brought me news which was nauseating and alarming, yet which filled me with hope, all at the same time. A gutsy Sri Lankan ...

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