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We also need to Fight Ourselves

On 16 December 2012, 9.30 P.M: A 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern and her male friend were on their way home after watching Ang Lee’s Classic, ‘The life of Pi’ in Saket area in South Delhi. They boarded a chartered bus at Munirka, without any idea that they will themselves be fighting with beasts in some …

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FROM THE MARGINS LABOR PERSONAL

LOCKED TO DEATH

They locked me They burnt me alive I don’t want any more press statements Why is the factory a prison?? I do not accept having to work under lockup conditions I DO NOT! We demand a real investigation, justice and punishment of those responsible We want the guarantee of natural deaths A collective of Writers-artists-teachers-cultural-political …

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An Ode to Silapathar-The town of Contrasts

Disclaimer: This is neither a travel blog nor a touristic piece desperately written to attract ‘domestic or foreign visitors’. In fact, seeing this in that light would not be justified. It is an article written by a child about the town where he has grown up, about his immense love for the place. I am …

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Just Because its world photography day today…!!!

A normal person sees a storm, thinks help and runs away A photographer sees that storm, and runs the other way Off into the cold they go, the wind, the rain and more To capture pics no matter what, of all the things they saw Watching all the huge waves crashing, defiantly they stand Looking …

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PROMISCUOUS TO LOVE A “NORTH EASTERN”

By Pragya Khanna Our story is a rare culmination of rare choices when it comes to love and marriage in India. At the hypothetically stable age of 25,like any regular girl, I made an existential choice- choosing a life partner. Calculations followed suit- with possibilities and consequences, resting on the individual’s commitment,friendship, commonalities in beliefs …

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HOW IS MY MOTHERLAND?

Foreword: She is in her late Seventies. She comes every morning, climb the steep stairs of my house and greets me with her smile and the typical Bengali accented ‘Kaisa hai’?? I always reply with a smile…”Bhalo….Apnar Kemon’. (Just because I know that she is from west Bengal and it also gives me an opportunity …

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THE POLITICAL GIMMICK CALLED ‘FASTING’

To every politician, social activist, Yogi (Sadhu) who has suddenly taken the Fasting mode…. Dear Ma’am/Sir No, you do not amaze me…!!! Because I know fasting has always been used as an insidious way by many of your kind. Of course, you have termed it as fighting for the common people, fighting for democracy, bringing …

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First Birthday Special Post

On 24th of February, my brother cum friend Uttam Pegu booked me my first blog domain. He wrote to me “Hi Manoranjan, Refer to your earlier mail. As per your email, I had booked the domain www.voiceoftheoppressed.in and installed word press blogging. Kindly check and revert” I was of ecstatic and finally I posted my …

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THE MUMBAI LOCAL

It’s terrible- how we Indian women aren’t taught to negotiate assaults in public spaces. Oh yes- there’s the mandatory karate class in school, and there are feel-good sessions on women’s library at college- but why aren’t we taught to shake off the paralysis of shame? Why do we turn to self-flagellation after an ‘incident’? It …

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