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In Karanataka’s El Dorado, Former Miners Bite Dust

[By Pushpa Achanta] Kolar – “The main drinking water pipeline and tank has been built because of the relentless efforts of our women’s collective. That is the reason why this water is called ‘Magazheer Neer’, Tamil for water generated by women. At present, the local panchayat monitors the water supply between 8 to 10 am daily. Each household can manage ...

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She’s Been A True ‘Saheli’ To Rural Women

[By Bhanu Priya Vyas] New Delhi (WFS) – “Back in my Saheli days, we started the process of getting an FIR registered. When a woman would go and complain against her husband, the constable would say: ‘Thappad maara to kya hua, roti nahi deta hai kya (so what if he slapped, does he not feed you well)?’ After all these ...

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New times, new battles in India and beyond

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist| I grew up in the 1970s, in Calcutta – now Kolkata. I was bombarded with new ideas and alien concepts. That meant being plunged from a conservative Catholic convent, and a practically Victorian society and mindset, to a world where I listened to Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Pink Floyd, protest music ...

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