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Some Myths About Muslims

(This article first appeared in http://kafila.org. It is being reproduced here with permission, considering its apt for the current situation of Intolerance in India) By: Shankar Gopalakrishnan As the 2014 elections begin, the time has come again to state the obvious. In the context of massive propaganda campaigns, the subtle use of stereotypes, and the fact that both the Western…

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ASSAM FLOODS-A PICTORIAL ESSAY

After days of incessant rains, a part of dyke almost broken Villages were completed submerged. The scene in one of the villages People are usually prepared, as floods have become an annual affair. However preparing a boat takes good amount of money which generally cannot be afforded by a poor household. Only a few in the villages have boats One…

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INDIAN UNIONS ON STRIKE AGAINST ANTI WORKER POLICIES

2nd September, 2015: Touted as one of the biggest strikes to ever occur in Indian History, over 150 Million workers, as part of 10 Central workers Unions in India are on strike today. The protesters are striking against the ongoing anti-worker policies being adopted by the current government. The current government starting off with states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh…

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Indian State and Secular Politics

By Pratyush Chandra 1. In India, decolonisation did not reconstitute the State, rather it was a refurbishing of the same colonial state, now free from any remote controlling by the British. In legal terms too, all legislations and judicial pronouncements made prior to Independence continued to hold unless challenged and proven to be in contravention to the new constitution. The…

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Looking Beyond the Promises, Pitfalls, and Exaggerated Expectations on NGOs’ Roles in Development

 This blog is written by my very good friend Dwight Jason Ronan. Follow him at Vestigium Widespread criticisms in the 1980s regarding conventional top-down approaches in delivering social services paved the way to the rapid growth and expansion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Putting emphasis on the expanded role of the civil society — with NGOs as its main actors —…

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Kathmandu Air Mishap and Public Services

On the morning of 4th March, 2015, on our way back from Kathmandu to India, we heard a heavy thundering sound, as soon as were ready to take the bus, to board the jet airways 9W262 flight to Delhi. We were of course confused with the sound and assumed it might just be thunder. But we were stopped at the…

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An evening across river Brahmaputra

Almost everyone in Assam have an incredible relationship with the river Brahmaputra. The Assamese people love the river. Even the occasional anger and swear words hurled at the river (when it brings floods) are done with a tiny whisper of sorry.  Many a poets have written poems in its appreciation, so have many singers sung its praise. The river forms the lifeline of…

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Trade Unions in India’s Coal Sector goes on Strike  

In what is being touted as one of the biggest industrial action in the last four decades, more than half a million workers of India’s coal sector has gone on a strike in India. Coal India Limited (CIL) has 3.5 lakh permanent workers and 50,000 contract workers, while Singareni Collieries, a subsidiary of CIL has 1.5 lakh permanent and 30,000…

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