Archive for May, 2015

A mapping of how Hindutva went from fiery to fireball in the last two years, by VRINDA GOPINATH

May 28, 2015 No Comments

It’s anniversary time, and if the general mood is that nothing much has changed and the country is still waiting for the big bang transformation, Narendra Modi will still be applauded by none other than his Hindutvadi clan for making their doctrine and beliefs even more heightened and intense. It was the high decibel, mega [...]

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This comic will forever change the way you look at privilege, ILLUSTRATIONS by TOBY MORRIS

May 28, 2015 No Comments

  The Pencilsword: On a plate A short story about privilege. By Toby Morris.         This content is brought to you with funding support from New Zealand On Air.  

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Public health experts say Modi is not advancing health, reports DINESH C SHARMA in the Lancet

May 28, 2015 No Comments

In May, 2014, the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi won a decisive mandate to rule India for 5 years. The party promised to propel India on a trajectory of development and economic growth for all, placing high priority on reforms in different sectors, including health. The overarching goal of health [...]

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But to turn mythology into history is plain foolishness, shows MOHAN GURUSWAMY

May 25, 2015 No Comments

Have you come across any good nonsense recently? See how this stacks up with what you may have? About a decade ago I attended a lecture “High Technology in Ancient Sanskrit Literature” by CSR Prabhu, Senior Technical Director, National Informatics Center (NIC), Hyderabad as a part of the three-day Indo-Nepal Sanskrit Conference at the Rashtriya [...]

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What accounts for New Delhi’s relative indifference to London’s overtures, asks SHAIREE MALHOTRA

May 25, 2015 No Comments

Making his first official trip to Europe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited France, Germany and Canada in early April this year. His agenda: acquiring Rafale fighter jets, boosting Indian manufacturing through the Make in India campaign, urging the EU to move forward on a stalled free trade agreement, and attracting trade and investment. Although [...]

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Five reasons why we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, writes MEENAKSHI DAHIYA

May 25, 2015 No Comments

Modiji, Pranam! Firstly, let me say that this autocorrect is a devious feature – please ban it. I was typing Modiji and it kept changing your revered name to ‘moron’! Can you believe it?!! Hence, my request that you should ban autocorrect – I certainly have a beef with such impudence. Anyway, I promised in [...]

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India always had counter-terrorist groups but to declare it shows tactical ignorance, says FARAZ AHMAD

May 24, 2015 No Comments

The Indian Defence Minister seems to have made a most profound statement while enlisting the achievements of his ministry in the one year of the most remarkable rule independent India has witnessed in its 67 years of existence, by the reckoning of its sartorially marvelous Prime Minister Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi. Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar, a [...]

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New labour law allows child labour in the name of family work, says MAHIMA SUKHEJA

May 24, 2015 No Comments

While globally, the World Day Against Child Labour in the year 2015 would focus on the importance of quality education as an important mechanism to respond to child labour, Indian government is mulling over bringing new provisions as official amendments to Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Bill, 2012 allowing children below 14 years to work [...]

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The last of Mittkaars, salt makers of Goa, survive; what will happen later, asks ELIZABETH SOUMYA

May 24, 2015 No Comments

Pravin Bagli wakes at dawn and dresses carefully for work; he slips on a light cotton T-shirt and shorts, a plain white cap, and flip-flops. He wolfs down four rotis, and then scooters a kilometer to his workplace—a plot of land in the Indian state of Goa that borders a river emptying into the Arabian [...]

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Former Press Council chairman & judge, the irrepressible JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU on dodgy properties of present Chief Justice & other reflections

May 16, 2015 No Comments

Investigate CJI HL Dattu This is an email I received today from the Economic Times Date: 12 May 2015 8:43:44 pm IST To: justicekatju@gmail.com Subject: Request-response required-Urgent Sir, 1-The Economic Times is working on a story on Chief Justice of India HL Dattu. I have been given to understand that a complaint regarding assets of [...]

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