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  • Don’t Hesitate to help Road Accident Victims: Government stands by The Good Samaritan

    Good Samaritans or people who help road accident victims by taking them to the hospital had everything going against them from legal wrangles to harassment.Thanks to the Supreme Court directive, the Government has finally notified guidelines to prote...

  • Ten years after the Boxing Day tsunami, are coasts any safer?

    |By Emily Heath,Lancaster University|The Conversation| Ten years ago we witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in history, when a huge earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a devastating tsunami which swept across the Indian Ocean. An e...

  • 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...

  • Why Congress is opposing the land acquisition bill

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: The fight over Land Acquisition Act or The Right to Fare Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is not about the farmer. And it is certainly not about...

  • General Elections 2014: India’s muslims at fateful crossroads

    By Dr Subhash Kapila India’s Muslims are at fateful crossroads on the eve of General Elections as they face the predicament of breaking out of the mind-set and the political mould that they are merely “vote-banks” to be used and then discarded by the...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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? ...

  • A town where you can buy a house for ₹ 20,000

    |By Narendra Kaushik| Dalli Rajhara. The name is a tongue twister and sounds distinctly South Indian. The dusty town (walk around for a while and the iron ore sand would turn your shoes and trouser bottoms ochre-coloured), surrounded by seven hills a...

India at political crossroads in 2014 – Perspectives

By Dr Subhash Kapila Perceptionaly, India today seems to be at political crossroads as the General Elections 2014 draw near. Unprecedented vituperative abuse and undignified political rhetoric that now dominates political discourse and the bitterness now dominating India’s political space is itself an indication that the political stakes are high as the Indian voter steps forward to exercise his political ...

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Delhi EC crack down on violation of model code

By Shivnarayan Rajpurohit Even as India’s largest political drama is preparing for its final run, the Election Commission(EC) has tightened the noose around the neck for all the political parties and their candidates. To ensure that the party candidates and political parties comply with the model code of conduct (MCC) in Delhi, the state election commission has formed various teams ...

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Race for top post hots up: PM hopefuls await ballot verdict

By Anuj Shrivastava Party ideologies are being redefined, reinterpreted as political realignments have started taking place before elections; all strategic compulsions for survival, winning votes and seats. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is now in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) after Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) were not generous in seat-sharing. Ram Vilas Paswan returns to the National ...

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The hypocrisy of unconventional politics

By Anuj Shrivastava Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation was a meditated and calculated step exclusively for political gains; it had a clear objective and was in no way unconventional like Aam Aadmi Party’s show of clean politics and good governance (swarajya). After all, how much unconventional can the unconventional be. AAP is now trying to take another grandstand before the electorate after ...

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