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Jan 25 2016
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CASTE MATTERS
Yes, it is a caste issue!
Rohith Vemula's death was the end of his dreams of becoming another Carl Sagan. But so many other dreams have perished because of caste-based persecution that has been a blight on higher education and professional practice in this country. Shahina Nafeesa's touching personal essay, translated by Renu Ramanath, brings out deeply disturbing realities.
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Jan 22 2016
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BAUXITE IN BAPHLIMALI
In Odisha, more tribal voices against mining
Around the country tribal communities are fighting against the mining companies, whose operations have threaten their livelihoods and ecosystem. The Kashipur movement to protect Baphlimali in Odisha is a classic example. Unfortunately, this too, like many other protests, saw merciless suppression and gross violation of human rights, reports Abhijit Mohanty.
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Jan 20 2016
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DASTKAR RANTHAMBHORE
Rebuilding their lives with craft
The Board of Directors of this company haven't been to college or school. They don’t have fancy cars, and haven't travelled more than 50 kilometers from their homes. What makes them even more unique is that they're all women who when displaced from their homes in the Ranthambhore forest, Rajasthan, overcame many challenges, learned new crafts, rebuilt their lives and made their own destiny, writes Supriya Unni Nair.
Jan 16 2016
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DOCTRINAL DISCONNECT
Modi worsens India’s doctrinal muddle
In light of events in Pathankot, Firdaus Ahmed analyses Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, given to the military brass last month at the Combined Commanders’ conference aboard the INS Vikramaditya, on the way forward with Pakistan.
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Jan 15 2016
INDIA TOGETHER NEWSLETTER - Jan 15th 2016
With road rationing, Delhi fights air pollution | Why must only the poor suffer?
In this edition, we look into the odd-even traffic experiment going on in Delhi to combat its air pollution, how poor people lost eye sight in botched up cataract surgeries performed in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, the skill deficit in the emerging work force of our country, an interview with the well-known Tamil feminist writer C S Lakshmi, and more.
Jan 13 2016
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KASHMIR FLOODS DOCUMENTARY
Shooting nature’s wrath in Paradise
In September 2014, Jammu and Kashmir was ravaged by floods and landslides. A brilliant documentary Kashmir Flood – Let the Vale Rise by Bilal A Jan captures the immediate after-effects of the worst floods in the state in a century that changed almost the entire topography of the state along with the lives of its residents. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film.
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Jan 09 2016
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ODD-EVEN FORMULA
With road rationing, Delhi fights air pollution
Delhi, infamous for high air pollution, has been experimenting with odd-even formula by curbing the movement of private vehicles from Jan 1st. After one week of the execution of the programme, there is no visible change in the pollution level. Will road rationing help to reduce the pollution level or does Delhi need much more action to control the pollution, writes Akshatha M.
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Jan 08 2016
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SKILL DEVELOPMENT – II
The skills journey: A long history but no destination in sight
In the second and concluding part of his exposition on India’s skill development efforts, Shambhu Ghatak traces the journey under the UPA and NDA governments, only to find that while the thrust remains the same, the end is far from sight.
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Jan 06 2016
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SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The gap between where we are and where we want to be
The Skill India Mission aims to provide skills training to around 402 million people by the year 2022. In the first of a two-part series, Shambhu Ghatak upholds estimates of skilled workforce from various reports to highlight the yawning gap that needs to be bridged.
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Jan 05 2016
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EYE CAMP FIASCO
Why must only the poor suffer?
In Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, people lost their sight after botched up cataract surgeries. Was it because the organizers, the medical and paramedical staff of the district hospital did not take necessary steps? Or was the quality of medication used questionable? Or, because the victims are too marginalised and too poor to protest? Asks Shoma Chatterji.
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Jan 02 2016
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INTERVIEW
Feminism is about leading a non-degraded life
Dr C S Lakshmi, the eminent Tamil feminist writer, who writes under the pen name Ambai, has been a researcher in women’s studies for the last several decades, and is also the Founder Trustee of Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women (SPARROW), that has undertaken several oral history projects. She speaks to Pratibha Umashankar about a wide range of issues concerning women, including the need to write women back into history.
Jan 01 2016
INDIA TOGETHER NEWSLETTER - Jan 1st 2016
Turning a full circle | Where is the forest case headed?
We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2016. We hope you will continue to support our in-depth, non-partisan journalism by donating generously to India Together. We end an eventful 2015 by looking into the controversial Maheshwar Hydropower Project, what is happening to several forest cases, how some sex workers are empowering themselves by gaining legal knowledge, an interesting learning institute called Adivasi Academy, and much more.
Dec 31 2015
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MAHESHWAR HYDROPOWER PROJECT
Turning a full circle
The situation that Maheshwar Project is in, brings sharply into focus the issue of accountability of those responsible for the decisions that impact millions of people, involve thousands of crores of rupees and vast natural resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary hopes that Maheshwar would also offer a chance to demonstrate how those liable for the mess can be held accountable.
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Dec 24 2015
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GREEN BENCH
Where is the forest case headed?
The green bench of the Supreme Court transferred several forest cases to different institutions for decision making, in order to expedite the disposal of these long pending cases. Kanchi Kohli explains how this could influence forest governance in India.
Dec 22 2015
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BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
The language of diversity
Adivasi Academy, a learning institute set up by Bhasha Research and Publication Centre is a must visit place for one to learn the importance of language and cultural diversity of our country. Ashish Kothari writes about his experience and learnings at the Academy.
Dec 21 2015
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BOOK DISCUSSION
Churning our minds on India’s development
The bi-monthly book review journal Biblio celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Its founder editors - Darryl D’Monte is one of its founder editors - were invited to the Chandigarh Literature Festival-2015, which was held earlier this month. D’Monte talks about an interesting book discussion he chaired at the festival.
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Dec 18 2015
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GENDER RIGHTS
Sex workers turn paralegal volunteers
An innovative project in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is helping sex workers empower themselves, by training them as paralegal volunteers. A confident community is fighting exploitation, standing up and being counted, reports Ramesh Menon.
Dec 17 2015
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INDIA AGAINST ISIS
Fighting the ISIS: Why India should measure its steps
The Indian defence minister’s recent interactions indicate an overt leaning towards military action against ISIS under the UN flag. While it may not be difficult to explain this stance, or even find apparent justification for it, there is a need for a more cautionary approach, says Firdaus Ahmed.
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Dec 15 2015
INDIA TOGETHER NEWSLETTER - DEC 15th 2015
Shifting goalposts as summit winds down | Surviving stigma: HIV care and the aftermath
In this edition we have reports on the recently concluded Paris Climate Change Conference by Darryl D'Monte who was in Paris. We also look at the shocking realities faced by AID patients and their families, how CAG is in trouble in Delhi for auditing three power distributors, will the Sustainable Development Goals of UN achieve what the Millennium Development Goals failed to do and much more.
Dec 12 2015
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PARIS COP21 DESPATCH III
Shifting goalposts as summit winds down
As the draft agreement is getting ready at the Climate Change Conference in Paris, Darryl D’Monte gives a final round-up on how countries are changing their alliances keeping their own interests in mind, and if it will be possible for a developing nation like India to work towards a low-carbon future.
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Amitabha Basu
  • Retired Scientist
  • National Physical
  • Laboratory
  • India Together reader