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70 Years of Independence: Miles and Miles to go Before we Sleep

August 21, 2017 - 2:22 pm in Society

Seventy years as an independent country is a good enough period to reflect on how we have evolved as a nation and how our polity has evolved. It will be incorrect to generalize our observations across the length and breadth of our country as India is very…

Time to look beyond caste for marriage. #India@70

August 15, 2017 - 8:07 am in Reforms, Society

There may be a way to break the hold of the caste system in India! The breaking down of caste system occurs only when people marry or have sexual relationships…

Anatomy of Basirhat (West Bengal) Violence

July 15, 2017 - 5:26 pm in Society

In an insane act of violence two people lost their lives in Basirhat (West Bengal, 04 07 2017). From last quite some time the social media is abuzz that…

Dangers of Vigilante Politics

July 14, 2017 - 11:11 am in Reforms, Society

The country is experiencing a spate of violence with cases of lynching in different parts of India. The citizen is hapless and government is unresponsive betraying its authoritarian tendencies rooted in its ideology. Over a couple of decades , BJP has grown…

“Free Media” in India – A Myth

June 11, 2017 - 6:59 pm in Governance, Rights, Society

Press Club of India is normally an empty space unless a few of those, who don’t have enough resources to pay at the India International Center or India Habitat Center or some Five Star hotels, do organize some events of public concern, but this week, it…

Thakur Rogues in Uttar Pradesh

May 25, 2017 - 5:50 pm in Culture, Society

Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh is on the boil for over one month as the Thakurs who are also known as Kshatriyas or Rajputs have been engaged in violent attacks on the Dalits in which several people have been killed, several other injured and houses…

South Asian Societies: Intolerance Galore

May 22, 2017 - 5:06 pm in Society

The protest over the mass lynching of Pehlu Khan (April 18, 2017) has been there in sections of media. It has few other parallels as well. Mashal Khan, a student of in Pakistan, was killed brutally on 13th April 2017. The charge was that of blasphemy. In yet…

Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists Subjected To Illegal Detention

May 18, 2017 - 10:03 pm in Culture, Environment, Society

A fact finding team comprising environmental and social activist Priya Pillai, All India Progressive Women's Association Secretary Kavita Krishnan, senior activist Chittaranjan Behera, Santi Snigdha Mohanty of Delhi Solidarity Group, student activist Birender…

Are Adivasis children of a lesser god? | Stan Swamy

May 16, 2017 - 12:16 pm in Culture, Governance, Society

A life considered indispensable . . . According to PTI reports, Lt.Ummer Fayaz had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin in Kashmir when he was abducted from the venue of the wedding itself. His body was later found near a…

The vital role of Savita Ambedkar in the life of Baba Saheb Ambedkar

May 13, 2017 - 1:50 am in Education, Society, YouTube

Vijay Surwade is a living encyclopedia of Ambedkarism in India. And it is not merely about his indepth and detailed knowledge of life and time of Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar but also his passion to collect Baba Saheb’s original photographs of different events…