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    Case Closed

    Anil Das crouched down on the road with his seven-year-old daughter, Archana, outside a Foreigners Tribunal in Guwahati's Ulubari locality. They had been waiting for over an hour for a hearing to finish. Anil's wife, Kalpana, was under trial, accused of being an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant, and faced the prospect of detention if she failed to establish her citizenship before the tribunal. Anil said he had never bothered...

    • 7 days ago
  • The Caravan

    Resist to Exist

    This second chapter of "Resist to Exist"-a Caravan Originals video series on Kashmir-examines how living continuously under siege has impacted the Kashmiris' response to India's decision to read down Article 370. "If my political will and my even everyday capacities are eroded to such an extent, there is a kind of rage, an existential rage," Saiba Varma, a medical anthropologist, said. But Kashmiris...

    • a week ago
  • The Caravan

    Ill at Ease

    Pain, like death, is a universal phenomenon. The sour grimace on the woman's face, registering her bodily complaints to Dr GP Dureja in his East Delhi office, would be recognised anywhere. Slouched shoulders, pinched forehead. She wore a willowy black kurta and cast a disapproving glance at the five pain physicians-in-training huddled behind Dureja, the founder of Delhi Pain Management Centre and one of India's pioneering...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Head in the Sand

    " PAAJI, YOUR KIDS go to which school?" I had been talking for about twenty minutes at the Barista in Chandigarh's Sector 17 to a man who identified himself as Ranbir. I immediately understood the question to be a polite threat. Ranbir had earlier refused to come to my office at the Hindustan Times, where I then worked,and insisted on meeting at the café for the sake of his "anonymity as an...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Strong Reservations

    In March this year, the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur-an organisation formed to demand Scheduled Tribe status for the state's Meitei community-staged a 30-hour shutdown across the Imphal Valley. While Meiteis have historically been a relatively dominant community in the area, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government was quick to declare its support for the demand. Manipur's chief minister, Biren...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Freedom to Eat

    "WE WOULD HAVE FELT PROUD if the Vice Chancellor has told that we were suspended because we organized Ambedkar Vardhanthi, Babri Masjid demolition day and Beef festival in the last week," Rohith Vemula wrote in a Facebook post on 18 December 2015. A day earlier, the administration of the University of Hyderabad, where Rohith was a PhD scholar, upheld an earlier decision to suspend him and four other students for...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    The Gathering Storm

    On 4 October, the Reserve Bank of India announced that India's projected growth rate for 2019-20 was 6.1 percent, and admitted that the economy has considerably slowed down. The latest government data for the April-to-June quarter showed the growth rate declining to five percent-falling from 5.8 percent in the last quarter of the previous year. This was an unexpectedly sharp decline from the eight-percent growth rate...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    In the Money

    According to long-overdue filings recently uploaded to the ministry of corporate affairs website, the business of Jay Shah, the home minister Amit Shah's son, is flourishing. The Caravan accessed trade documents filed by Kusum Finserve LLP, in which Jay is a designated partner-a position equivalent to a director of a company. Since the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power, between the financial...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Kicking the Bug

    THE METHOD FOR repairing a hand clawed by leprosy is a bit like restringing a broken marionette. The skin is parted at the joint of a finger, along the equator of the palm and at the ball of the thumb to reveal the flexor tendons-smooth and pearl-coloured, a bit like the bands of nylon that sometimes joint a puppet. The tendons are split, snipped and spliced into new configurations in the pulley-like rigging of the hand,...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • The Caravan

    Moving Spirit

    Late in the night on 25 October, the air in Old Town, Baramullah, was thick with shock and grief. Thousands had gathered in curfewed Kashmir for the funeral of the locality's most well-known man-Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani. Two tents had been erected for the mourners, in the grounds of a nearby masjid. In one of these, over one hundred and fifty women had gathered. Geelani's wife, Arifa, sat opposite the entrance to the...

    • 2 weeks ago

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