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  • Indian prisons are overcrowded: 2/3rd of the inmates are undertrials

    It is not just our buses and trains that are overcrowded, our prisons are also overcrowded according to the prison statistics of the NCRB. Our prisons nationally have an occupancy ratio of 118.4%, 18% more than the capacity of the prison. And not sur...

  • The 2014 General Elections and Prospects for India’s Foreign Policy

    By Jivanta Schottli India’s general elections, to be held from 7th April to 12th of May 2014, rest upon some critical features that will have a bearing on the country’s foreign policy. Foreign policy per se is not usually a theme in Indian elections ...

  • Somalian pirates free abducted Indian sailor after 3 years

    |By Sanjay Pandey | Aman Sharma, who was taken hostage on the ship ‘Albedo’ by Somalian pirates in 2010 and subjected to inhumane torture tactics since, has been freed after more than three years in captivity. However, the details of how ...

  • Bangalored: Death of a Dream

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Once upon a time, possibly around two, definitely three decades ago, Bangalore was a charming little town. It was known as the pensioners’ paradise because it was a tiny town with quaint cottages and p...

  • Dadri lynching sparks outrage, but in which direction?

    [By Narendra Kaushik] “Don’t soldiers die every day on the border or in Jammu & Kashmir? Does anybody talk about their deaths? Why then make a mountain out of Akhlaq’s death?” asks Rajiv Kasana, a youth in Shahpur, a Gurjar village neighbouring B...

  • Swaraj Samwad : Yadav-Bhushan won’t quit AAP, drop plans to form new party

    [By Narendra Kaushik] Gurgaon: “Why don’t we join Narendra Modi? He is also honest and a great believer of high command culture”, I hear a voice from the back of the auto rickshaw taking us to the venue of Swaraj Sanwad (Dialogue on self rule) that Y...

  • When Modi faced the nation – A Round Up

    #ModiSpeakstoArnab will run govt with everyone.We say lot of things in elections.But that does not mean that is how we will run govt #wow — PointBlank 7 (@pointblankseven) May 8, 2014 Hinduism is not a religion, it's a way of life.. #Modis...

  • 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...

  • Christian anger likely to be displayed on ballot in Delhi

    |By Shreeshan V| New Delhi : Just two days before the Assembly polls, the National Capital witnessed massive protests this morning outside the Sacred Heart cathedral, with police men in the Capital swooping down on a large number of people, including...

Displaced Burmese in India: Life As a Refugee

By Ninglun Hanghal Delhi (WFS) – Moving images and stories of tired and anxious families, crossing over from Hungary into Austria and Germany, have occupied the front page of newspapers, hogged air time and gone viral online over the last few days. In fact, according to media reports, the world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, ...

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Why women home-based workers are bargaining for better rights and protection

[By Shalini Sinha|WFS] Delhi – Fatima is a whiz with the needle and thread. She has been doing intricate embroideries since she was very young, having learnt the skill from her mother and aunts in her hometown in eastern India. When she came to Delhi after marriage, she decided to take up this work to lend support to her plumber husband ...

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Caste – India’s curse

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] It’s been a nasty, brutish week. On the heels of 2 little girls being raped, India awoke to another horror story: just outside Delhi, 2 Dalit children, aged 9 months and 2.5 years, were cold-bloodedly burnt to death in a ghastly tale of revenge and caste hatred. To settle scores from an older feud, some ...

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Breaking Down India’s Internal Barriers

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Of the many economic reforms crying out for immediate implementation in India, the most obvious is the long-pending Goods and Services Tax. So why have India’s politicians failed to enact it? The need for a GST is virtually indisputable. As the billionaire Steve Forbes recently wrote in his eponymous magazine, “Outsiders are amazed that ...

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Shiv Sena’s brand of politics: Nothing patriotic about it

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Bal Keshav Thackeray nee Bal Thackeray launched Shiv Sena in 1966 through a massive rally in Shivaji Park he had several things going for him. There was anger simmering against what Thackeray then called ‘Yandugunduwalas and lungiwalas’ (read South Indians) who dominated in white collar jobs over ‘Marathi manoos’ in the megalopolis. Thackeray himself had built ...

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Dadri lynching sparks outrage, but in which direction?

[By Narendra Kaushik] “Don’t soldiers die every day on the border or in Jammu & Kashmir? Does anybody talk about their deaths? Why then make a mountain out of Akhlaq’s death?” asks Rajiv Kasana, a youth in Shahpur, a Gurjar village neighbouring Bishara, angrily accusing the media and Samajwadi Party of building tension in the region. Mohammad Akhlaq (50) was ...

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Saudi abuse scandal rocks India

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Last week there was an uproar from the Indian human rights lobby in general and women’s groups in particular when news broke about the abuse of 2 Nepali women used as sex slaves by a Saudi diplomat stationed in New Delhi. The women, who had originally been promised employment as maids, had been imprisoned in the ...

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Is 70 Too Old for the UN?

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW YORK – As world leaders prepare to gather next week at the United Nations in New York to ratify the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commemorate the UN’s 70th anniversary, for many a fundamental question has become inescapable. Grounds for pessimism are undeniable. Conflicts rage on, seemingly unaffected by upholders of world order. Despite more ...

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India’s tea capital can recover from devastating floods – if the government gets its act together

[Sneha Krishnan|The Conversation] Heavy flooding has affected more than a million people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, with 45 dead and more than 200,000 in relief camps. And yet there is still very little coverage of the disaster in the international media – perhaps not surprising when you consider even most Indians aren’t paying attention. But they should ...

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What makes Lalu an aid as well as an albatross for Nitish

[By Narendra Kaushik] It was sometime in February 1998. A pale orange sun was going down behind the white clouds opposite Barauni Oil Refinery.  Our ambassador car driver had just returned after unsuccessfully scouting for a mechanic in nearby cities to fix the vehicle’s broken axle. We, four journalists, were haggling with the driver on the roadside for the return ...

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