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  • 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? ...

  • 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 candida...

  • The dilemma of a Kashmiri Voter

    By Adfar Shah My own commitment to understand the social and conflict phenomena in Kashmir has been fundamentally shaped by the very identity of belonging to the State. Today when we are going to vote for next Lok Sabha, the ghost of uncertainty stil...

  • Exit polls , enter bookies

    |By Sanjay Pandey| If the exit poll projections are to be believed, the Modi wave – brewing since the announcement of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate last September and turning into a ‘tsunami’ of sorts for the rival parties in the run-up to ...

  • About a simple, genius, Indian president

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi:  It was sometime in August 1998, around three months after Pokhran II, the series of five nuclear tests India conducted in the desert of Rajasthan.   Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (popularly known as APJ) Abdul Kalam, then ...

  • 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...

  • The Indian elections: what does “the Gujarat Model” really mean?

    By Rohini Hensman Narendra Modi, whom some consider a human rights criminal, is running for PM of India and being touted as an economic saviour based on his record in Gujarat. An analysis of these claims reveals a version of corporation-driven neolib...

  • India’s Jewel in the Crown

    |By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – India’s Solicitor-General, Ranjit Kumar, recently declared that India would not seek the return of the Kohinoor diamond – one of the world’s oldest and most valuable – from the British, to whom India had “gifted” it. T...

  • Why BJP is wary of Delhi Elections

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Dharam Dev Solanki, veteran BJP MLA from Palam Assembly Constituency, spends bulk of his day hours in redressing complaints of his constituents about drinking water even in late August. His constituency is parched dur...

Ghettoisation – nothing communal about it

[By Narendra Kaushik] It was during the summer of 1989.  India was about to elect its first coalition government headed by Vishwanath Pratap Singh and I had joined my first government job in Allahabad. I was looking for a rented accommodation in a Bengali Tola near Bahraina, a settlement about seven km before Sangam, the place where Ganges, Yamuna and ...

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India split on Modi Anniversary

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan says that expectations from Narendra Modi Government were ‘probably unrealistic’ he is stating only half the truth. In reality, the expectations were not just unrealistic they were – and are always – vested in the case of many people across the length and breadth of the ...

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The Modi Government Turns One

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will mark its first anniversary in office this month. While it is too early to assess its overall performance, the overwhelming sentiment across India so far is one of disappointment. The BJP rode to power on a wave of expectations after a ...

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Denied the right to justice: Aruna Shanbaug

[Riti Sinha] Aruna Shanbaug has passed away 42 years after she was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki, while working as a junior nurse at the KEM Hospital. Today as this news spread, reputed journalists, media houses rushed in to write about how Aruna Shanbaug’s case is a “fine example” of a landmark judgement on passive ...

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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 surprisingly, 2/3rd of the inmates are undertrials, thanks to the slow pace of our judicial process. Number ...

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Salman Khan’s fans prove that they are loyal to bhai for life

[By Aishwarya Yerra] Thirteen years after he ran over four homeless people sleeping on the pavement, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has finally been found guilty and will be spending five years in jail. It is not surprising that his army of loyal fans have not taken the court’s judgement very well.The best place to gauge their reactions is on Twitter. ...

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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. There was always the Himalayas, majestic and awe-inspiring to even the most blasé viewer. Serious mountaineers arrived there in ...

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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, drought, increased frequency & intensity of precipitation. Climate change is indeed showing its impact. The main city areas of Delhi and New ...

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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 Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan faction of the AAP has organised. “We joined AAP for ...

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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? What is forgotten? What remains? What is submerged? For the first time since Amar Kanwar created ...

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