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Return of the natives – The Kashmiri Pandits

|By Adfar Shah| The Modi led NDA seems committed towards ensuring the return of Kashmiri Pandits and the whole Kashmiri Muslim society seems equally happy with the idea.The home ministry is all set to approve an enhanced package of Rs. 20 lakh per family for re-construction of their houses in the Valley. But, the question is about the very design and methodology of ...

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Millions of village women are forced to defecate or pee in the open fields close to their houses. Rongzoni under a Creative Commons Licence

No candle-lit vigils for raped and murdered girls

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist| Another horrendous rape. Two young girls, 14 and 16-year old cousins, were abducted, raped, tortured and hanged from a tree last week in Badaun, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.  It’s a completely sickening scenario. No, far worse than sickening actually. But it’s hard to churn out words or emotion, day ...

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Goa was ‘discovered’ by hippies and backpackers in the 1960s and 1970s. thegypsynomads.com under a Creative Commons Licence

Indian orphans sexually abused by western paedophile ring

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist | Goa, about 40 years ago, was just Goa. Home to a laid-back people who spread all over the world because the Portuguese colonial masters did little to educate or create job opportunities for the local population. To the average Indian, indeed to most coastal people, except for Caucasians, beaches were places where ...

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Photo: From  the documentary "Invisible Hands" by Pramod Dev

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 to the self-regulating mechanism of the market, where individuals driven by their own private interests, unwittingly benefit society at large. The metaphor caught my fancy even in those early days, ...

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‘Daya, darwaza tod do’

Sulagna Chattopadhyay , President LIGHTS Research Foundation | 11 May, New Delhi Guess the press has taken the ‘daag acche hain’ a bit too far. For one, with the impeccably coiffured front – the press does have an incredibly littered backyard.Below is the Charter of Demands Media houses should publish details of ownership and funding clearly At the outset – ...

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A Bodo teacher Atul Brahma whose house was burnt in Ghunghunikhata village of Dubri District searching for scrap. Brahma's grain stores were looted and cattle stolen

Why Assam continues to be a tinderbox?

By Narendra Kaushik Hakaipara is a sprawling settlement perched on a land mass across Gourang River in Kokrajhar, the headquarters of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which runs a parallel government in four districts of Assam. More importantly, it is one of the around half a dozen villages inhabited by Bangla-speaking Muslims which were flattened during the 2012 clashes between Bodo ...

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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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Sex worker’s son scores Man U goal

By Sanjay Pandey Kolkata:  As a teenage boy dribbles a football through the dirty and defamed alleyways of Sonagachi, a sense of pride dawns on the sex workers of Asia’s largest red light district that houses over 11,000 prostitutes.

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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 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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