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Kashmir: Born to Fight

Mukesh Gupta/Reuters   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan If you want to see heaven on earth, then you should visit the land of beauty, aka Kashmir. This land of beautiful sceneries, with fresh water rivers and lush green trees is situated in the north of Pakistan. It is considered a Paradise, a dream place for living. […]

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

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NIE photo   By Pitambar Naik

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AFP photo   By Alok Mishra

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Mac Kwan   By Nivedita Dey

Campaign to save India’s Narmada River from pollution

By Jose Kalathil River Narmada, also called Rewa, is the fifth largest river of the Indian subcontinent and the third largest in India with 130 kms after the Godavari and the Krishna.

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Oinam Anand   By Vishal Ajmera

Sheroes: Women of courage

Will Noor   By Jose Kalathil Not far from the white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal, built in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in Agra, about 200 kms from New Delhi, stands Sheroes Hangout, the world’s first cafe run by acid victims, who were either spurned by […]

RSS Single dream of One Nation, Free of the Caste System

By Siddhartha Rastogi   “When I visited the RSS Camp, I was very much surprised by your discipline and absence of untouchablity”

Growing child labour in India’s cities is just the tip of the iceberg, say activists

Cathal McNaughton/Reuters   By Anuradha Nagaraj Urban India is employing an increasing number of children – many under nine years of age – in producing everything from pickles to fireworks, working in tourism and labouring on building sites, a U.N. children’s agency report and campaigners said.

Left Or Right?

Manan Vatsyayan/AFP   By Ananya S Guha I never know the right from the left. But in political discourses you have to know this distinction, because the two across endless roads of debate will never meet.

Health Effect Institute predicts 4.2 million early deaths due to air pollution

AFP photo   By Jose Kalathil The US-based Health Effect Institute (HEI) has said in a recently released study on the global burden of disease (GBD) that air pollution would claim more than 4.2 million early deaths. Of these, 1.1 million would be in India, which is more than a quarter of world deaths.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Wake Up India…

Reuters photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   3 Evils which can push the economy on a downward spiral

Pak-India Composite Dialogue: An Analysis

By Raja Farrukh Zeb   The two states Pakistan and India started their formal dialogue at the end of 1947, to talk about the payment of money to Pakistan along with a share in the assets, which India denied at first. The two countries also held meetings in 1972 to discuss the issue of the […]

Lack of vultures force Zoroastrians to change traditional custom

By Jose Kalathil Absence of vultures has forced a minority community of Zoroastrians, who had emigrated to India centuries ago, in Navsari in Gujarat state, considered the Vatican of Zoroastrianism, to change to burials instead of their traditional way of putting dead bodies inside Dakhmas or Towers of Silence, to be disposed of by the […]

Women farmers in northern India battle tradition, self-doubt to own land

Ajay Verma/Reuters   By Rina Chandran Anjali has worked on the land nearly all her life, first with her tenant-farmer parents, and then alongside her husband in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Marji Lang   By Daipayan Nair

Plea for strong laws on road safety

By Jose Kalathil In order to create awareness about road safety, Consumer Voice, a voluntary organization in the interest of Consumer Education, with the support from Cycling for Environment Club and Delhi Traffic Police, organised a cycle rally, Cyclothon, in New Delhi on Saturday, in which about 100 cyclists participated.

Consultant…by default

By Bikash Mohapatra In the past few months I have taken many calls from people seeking professional consultation. I am very patient with these people, and try to help them in the best possible way. At the same time I can’t but laugh at the irony.

Is Congress being dissolved?

AFP photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi On the eve of his assassination on 29th Jan 1948, Gandhi wrote “ Though split into two, India having attained political independence through means devised by the Indian National Congress, the Congress in its present shape and form, i.e., as a propaganda vehicle and parliamentary machine, has outlived its […]

Hope floats for India-UK Relations post Brexit

Adnan Abidi/Reuters   By Bikash Mohapatra   While there are sections who argue that the trade between India and the United Kingdom will suffer considerably in the post-Brexit scenario, a majority opine bilateral collaborations will receive a boost, and the establishment of a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries could be easier to accomplish.

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Sohrab Hura   By P C K Prem

Indian National Congress must end the dynasty rule

By Siddhartha Rastogi   …..To protect the country and not the party alone

Cash that will never come back in hand – India’s demonetisation story

Ajit Solanki/AP   By Siddhartha Rastogi   Cash withdrawal curbs to continue…

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Swarat Ghosh   By Sandeep Sharma

Child trafficking: A menace in India

Reuters photo   By Jose Kalathil According to Walk Free Foundation, a human rights organisation, India has the largest number of modern slaves in the world with more than 18 million trapped as bonded labourers, forced beggars, sex workers, and child soldiers.

Feint of Technology

Jayanta Dey/Reuters   By Ananya S Guha I am not an economist so I will not be able to critique the effects of demonetisation in India. Learned pundits including economists have given and are continuing to give their views.

Nearly two months, no trace of student

By Jose Kalathil It has been nearly two months since Najeeb Ahmed, a 27-year-old first year MSC student at the School of Biotechnology in the prestigious international Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi found missing from his Mahi-Mandvi hostel in the University campus, on October 15, after an alleged scuffle with three members of […]

Demonetisation of Rupee angers Indians

PTI photo   By Jose Kalathil India, Asia’s third-largest economy, is facing an unprecedented financial emergency after Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, demonetised the most popular high-value Indian currencies with effect from 8 November.