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  • 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...

  • Why Delhi is the world’s most polluted city – and what can be done about it

    [Prashant Kumar | The Conversation] In a bid to tackle its record air pollution, Delhi has banned cars from travelling on alternate days over the first two weeks of this year. It’s better than nothing, but it won’t be enough. The Indian capital has t...

  • Khurja Ceramics in India score over China

    |By Narendra Kaushik| Khurja: Mohammad Nazim, the owner of Modern Art Ceramics, a flower pot manufacturing unit located on Grand Trunk (GT) Road, proudly displays a ceramic boat his workers have put together after emulating design of a Chinese boat h...

  • The Chennai Warning

    [By Shashi Tharoor] Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA – Even as world leaders were meeting in Paris to address climate change, the city of Chennai (formerly Madras), the capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, reeled under the onslaught of the he...

  • Alcohol ban in Indian States: Prohibition ke Side Effects

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: With Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy denying renewal of licenses to 418 bars, promising to shut another 294 bars by next year and setting a target of ushering total prohibition and alcohol ban in Kerala by October...

  • Nitish scores multi-goals with resignation

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi, May 20: Nitish Kumar appears to have killed several birds with a single stone by putting in his resignation from Chief Minister’s post and nominating an MLA from poorest section of the society Jitan Ram Manjhi as his ...

  • Delhi Assembly Elections: Live Coverage

    #AAPSweep The sweep that was. #AAPSweep pic.twitter.com/qYmob5RTj8 — Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 10, 2015 Kiran Bedi Loses in Krishnanagar #DelhiDecides — PointBlank 7 (@pointblankseven) February 10, 2015 How The Graph Changed Within A Year!...

  • 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...

  • 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 (swaraj...

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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