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    Lone ranger, Dalit 'icon' Mayawati slips into oblivion, as Chandashekhar Azad steps in

    "Gradually, the Dalits were forgotten, assuming them as a foregone permanent base that would remain glued to her in any case. Albeit, there is no denying that several sections of Dalits are still loyal soldiers of the BSP -- with the numbers gradually dwindling." BSP in 2002:Tilak, Tarazu aur Talwar,Inko maaro jutey chaarBSP in 2007:Tilak, Tarazu...

    • 3 days ago
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    Covid-19 and oppressive gender relations: Self-help groups as 'instruments of change'

    The Covid-19 pandemic is a human tragedy of potentially biblical proportion and has convulsed societies like never before. Yet some sectors have proved resilient even in these challenging times. The sturdiest among these is the self-help group movement in India.Self-help groups (SHGs) are India's most powerful conduit for incubating and empowering women to...

    • 3 days ago
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    Targeting freedom of expression?

    "Whether Government of India is extending its censorship power to news and current affairs'? The notification by President Ramnath Kovind extends the power to pre-censor cinema content on the Internet platform. At the same time, does it surreptitiously attempt to censor news and current affairs also?" The Constitution of India authorised pre-censorship of 'films'. The...

    • a week ago
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    Subtly, China pressures Gulf states to reduce regional tensions

    "China's suggestion that it has alternatives in the Middle East puts pressure on countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE as they try to come to grips with a Biden administration that is likely to put greater emphasis on human rights and take a more critical view towards Gulf involvement in wars in Yemen and Libya." Public debates about China's Middle East policy...

    • a week ago
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    A New Strategy For The American Left

    "Taking into account what Lenin said, the Left has to construct a politics of praxis which learns from the masses i.e. a kind of politics which recognizes the fact that practice cannot proceed without theory and vice versa. The two are constitutive of one another in a dialectical relationship: practice guided by a theory that will necessarily be rethought in light of the outcomes of this practice."...

    • a week ago
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    Favoured criminals, cops creating 'disorder' in UP, Yogi has no clue now to gain control

    "What Yogi Adityanath wants is more power to persecute people but without any accountability. However, with his penchant to go after political opponents, such draconian measures, as the history of such laws as demonstrated, will be misused and will fail to deliver the objective for which they are being instituted - to improve the law and order...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Arnab entitled to bail, but what about 3.5 lakh undertials, 83-yr old priest, 80-yr old poet?

    Senior Mumbai-based human rights lawyer Mihir Desai, in a Facebook post, "tears in the hypocrisy of the judgement and the utter naiveté that informs the discussion about it in certain quarters", comments Vistasp Hodiwala, adding, "It is the kind of stuff that only a lawyer of serious standing such as Mihir who deals with such cases day...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    'Realistic, sensitive': Feminist groups welcome modified NHRC advisory on sex workers

    Welcoming the modified National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) advisory titled "Human Rights Advisory on Rights of Women in the Context of Covid19", feminist and women's rights collectives and organizations have lauded NHRC for "proactively taking on board the diverse and even contradictory view points that emerged in response to the...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Government of India 'refuses' to admit: 52% of bird species show declining trend

    The Government of India has been pushing out "misleading" data on the country's drastic wildlife decline, says a well-researched report, pointing towards how top ministers are hiding data on biodiversity losses, even as obfuscating its own data. It quotes "State of India's Birds Report 2020" to note that of the 261 out of 867 bird...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    The Tragic Innocence of Being Faisal Khan

    "India cannot take its syncretic tradition for granted. A culture of communal amity has to be rebuilt from the ground up. What matters here is the deliberate criminalisation of the episode involving Faisal and his comrades at Nand Bala temple." Irony died a thousand deaths on Monday, 2 November, when 48-year-old non-violent activist Faisal Khan, a founder member of a revived Khudai Khidmatgar,...

    • 3 weeks ago

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