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What 'Make In India' means for a Chhattisgarhi Tribal

What 'Make In India' means for a Chhattisgarhi Tribal

Between 13 to 18 February, India successfully held the first Make In India event in Mumbai. 1000 kilometres to the East of Mumbai, in the state of Chhattisgarh another drama 'made' entirely in India, unfolded around the same time.Chhattisgarh government cancelled the forest rights of tribal to facil...

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What's wrong with 'Make In India' and how it can be fixed

What's wrong with 'Make In India' and how it can be fixed

The Make in India week gets underway in Mumbai from tomorrow. A flagship initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is not just the business world that has high expectations from it, but also the Indian middle class.However, if the event and the basic idea intend to truly do good for the nation,...

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Why Rohith Vemula is Nirbhaya of the Dalit Movement

Why Rohith Vemula is Nirbhaya of the Dalit Movement

Over 5,000 people of different caste, creed, region and religion took part in a massive rally in Mumbai on Monday to demand justice for Rohith Vemula. Rohith's photos were everywhere but what pervaded and inspired everyone to walk four hours under the afternoon sun, was Rohith's call for equality to...

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Little acts of bravery: An R-Day message for India

Little acts of bravery: An R-Day message for India

April 16, 2015 was a hot summer day. Being cooler near the Banganga, an ancient water reservoir in South Mumbai, 16 year old orphan Mohit Dalvi was playing near it. Suddenly he heard shouting and a saw a big crowd. A five year old girl had just fallen into the tank.Mohit, without another thought, ju...

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Don't prove India-detractors like Churchill right

Don't prove India-detractors like Churchill right

It wasn't the first time that someone was sitting during the national anthem before a movie. As expected, there were people who got annoyed and started abusing him even before the anthem was over. A group rose to defend the young man who had refused to stand.This angered the abusers further. 'How ca...

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Sri Lanka, India and the fool-proof template of genocide

Sri Lanka, India and the fool-proof template of genocide

Contrary to what Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Islamophobic propaganda wants you to believe, the worst violence against Hindus in the last half century has neither been in Pakistan nor Bangladesh. It has been in Sri Lanka.Beginning in the 1960s, manufactured Hinduphobia in Sri Lanka has seen d...

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How to visually rape a woman the Indian way

How to visually rape a woman the Indian way

The pan shop was abuzz with men wanting a fix of their post-lunch addictions. Suddenly a woman’s thin voice wafted through the melee: “One gold flake light, Bhaiya.” A sudden shroud of silence descended over the din. Almost simultaneously, everyone turned to look at this petite, attractive woman in ...

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Gullible India needs more films like 'PK'

Gullible India needs more films like 'PK'

No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan has ever had the power that a filmmaker has: the power to talk to hundreds of millions of people for two hours in the dark - Frank Capra Filmmakers can broadly be categorised into three groups. We start with the third - the non-commercial or 'parallel' film...

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Shenaz Treasury and the sins of a woman who speaks up

Shenaz Treasury and the sins of a woman who speaks up

We, the men of India, believe in a simple truth: it’s a sin to be a woman. Hence, when you speak up, like Shenaz Treasury did - about molestation, rape, living in fear and never reaching your full potential - you challenge our hegemony.If you read history, you will find that we do not take challenge...

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Take an inside look at the oldest people of India

Take an inside look at the oldest people of India

Book: The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi BaskeyAuthor: Hansda Sowvendra ShekharPublisher: AlephPrice: Rs 295A debut novel by a tribal offers a fascinating inside-look at the world of the Santhal tribe, becoming a timely metaphor into an ailment threatening India's indigenous people says Satyen K. Bordol...

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