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    Democracy is now a spectator sport

    "The Narendra Modi stadium is a symbol of how citizens have become mere spectators to politics, which is, increasingly, a game controlled by corporate sponsorsand fixed matches. We have gathered enough wealth to afford and build Motera-like symbols of our wealth. But they do not mean anything to our collective future."A Tale of Two Monuments By Harshvardhan Purandare and Sandeep PandeyAhmedabad hosts...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    Are India's saffron rulers 'competing' with Nazi Germany in persecuting satirists?

    "Many of them have been arrested and tortured, and non-state actors - individuals affiliated to the Hindutva rulers - have threatened female satirists with rape and physical violence.It should surprise nobody that with Modi becoming the PM of India our country has steadily joined Hitler ruled Germany in suppressing satires." "Hear nothing see...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    Alexei Navalny and Mulberry Street

    By now Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will have reached Correctional Facility No. 2 (IK-2), where he will be spending the next two-and-a-half years in one of the harshest penal colonies in the Russian prison system.At least it's in Pokrov in the Vladimir district, 100 km east of Moscow, and not somewhere in the wilds of Siberia. But there was some unpleasant news waiting for him: Amnesty...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    The Trend to Push Harmful and Disruptive Projects as Eco-Protective Should Be Checked Before It Is Too Late

    The seriousness of climate change and the wider ecological crisis cannot be denied any more and so there is increasing pressure on big business interests and those colluding with them for more restraint. Instead of responding by making efforts for genuine change some of these powerful interests have been trying to push their projects and...

    • yesterday
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    Gujarat 'ignores' 2002 riots anniversary. Only exception: Jamaat-sponsored webinar

    "He said the Manch's fact-finding missions have revealed that while the 2002 riots were on a large scale in terms of their geographical expanse and losses in terms of property and lives, subsequent riots had been sub-radar on a smaller scale, adding that the recurrence of "small-scale riots" had led to "rapid polarisation of society along...

    • yesterday
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    Launching peace initiatives? Pakistan, China show 'little evidence' of policy change

    Launching peace initiatives with little evidence of change in policy and approach with regard to disputes with India raise more suspicion than hopes. Perhaps China wants to create the impression around the world that it would stand for peace as its objective. Apparently, this is a ploy to gain acceptance in the world about its "superpower status". The...

    • yesterday
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    Why Bengal Elections Victory is a Herculean Task for BJP?

    "As per the survey, which was conducted days ahead of the poll announcement, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will return to power in the West Bengal and is likely to bag somewhere between 148 to 164 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly." "TMC's appeal to the women electorate is not just limited to campaigns and speeches, the Banerjee government over the past 10 years...

    • 3 days ago
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    Myanmar's Bloody Sunday

    The Myanmar army, police and militia's use of violence against peaceful protestors reached another level on Sunday, February 28. By 5pm, local media reported at least 19 confirmed killings and another 10 unconfirmed. IFJ spoke to journalists covering the nationwide protests.Toe Zaw Latt, a video journalist and production director with Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), is not surprised by the brutality or the extreme...

    • 3 days ago
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    What ails Ghulam Nabi Azad, other leaders, as Congress, Left 'project' an alliance?

    "All know that anyone from the Congress, who speaks up against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi will get a huge media coverage and a narrative would be built that the party is over. Indeed, in politics things change very fast. Much depends on narrative and perception. Azad and others will not be able to provide any alternative as they are used to enjoying luxuries of...

    • 3 days ago
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    Surface irrigation won't improve 'dramatic' groundwater depletion in North India

    "Deterioration in groundwater quality due to various causes is another serious issue. A contaminated groundwater, even it is available in plenty, cannot be considered as a utilizable resource. The deadly arsenic contamination is increasing day by day and now being reported from 163 districts of 21 states." Thousands of years old, our vedic scriptures such...

    • 3 days ago

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