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Indian Vultures and their Last Crusade

By Subramanya Chandrashekar In the early 1980′s, there were approximately 40 million vultures in India. Now there are only 60,000 of these scavengers left. Watching them glide majestically through the skies, is becoming a rare sight. The masters of the skies, today stand critically endangered and it would be foolish to push this aside as a mere story or undermine ...

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State of Art

By Divya Aslesha The opening paragraph of the national focus group on arts and culture report efficiently sums up the concerns the Arts face in India and particularly from an educational perspective.  It says, “The need to integrate art education in the formal schooling of our students now requires urgent attention if we are to retain our unique cultural identity. ...

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Defending people’s milk in India

A vibrant network of small producers and milk co-operatives is threatened by free trade agreements and liberalized investment policies. A dairy farm in Lonavia, India. Kim Carpenter under a Creative Commons Licence We take care of the cow and the cow takes care of us,’ says Marayal, a farmer in Thalavady, Tamil Nadu. Her two cows produce 6 to 10 litres of ...

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Repealing AFSPA – Is that the need of the hour?

By Riti Sinha 55 years ago, in the face of rising political dissent in the North-east, India decided to add to its laws, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Armed Forces Special Powers Ordinance was promulgated by the President on 22nd May 1958. Later the Ordinance was replaced by the Armed Forces Special Powers Bill. It was applied ...

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Illegal Abortions: The foetal scourge

With abortion in India becoming an instrument of family planning and abortion laws being misused, there are myriad socio-cultural practices in India that has changed its course and the concept of abortion has taken on a different form.  |An Exclusive Investigation|Riti Sinha| Chennai: At a certain clinic in Thiruvanmiyur, an upmarket area of Chennai, “termination” can be done even for ...

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