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    Riding the Wave of Sports for Development in India's Coastal Communities

    The last three decades have borne witness to a changing landscape across the ~7000 kms of Indian coastline. The rapid industrialisation and mechanisation of the fishing industry has created an unsustainable environment for small-scale fishworkers. They increasingly find themselves being marginalised in the same waters where they were once so used to plying their trade. ...

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    Loopholes Inhibit the Enforcement of Tamil Nadu's RTE Rules

    The Tamil Nadu government started the application process under Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act from the 5 th of July 2021, with the last date to apply being extended to August 13th. Section 12(1)(c) obligates unaided (private non-minority) schools to set aside at least 25% of seats at the entry-level (pre-primary or Class I) for children belonging to "weaker...

    • 2 days ago
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    One Act, Three Proposed Amendments, and an Overhaul of India's Coal Extraction

    In January 2021, a storm was brewing in the coal-rich areas of Sundergarh district in Odisha. The Mahanadi Coalfields-a state-owned coal mining company-was permitted by an Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change to expand a mine at Hemgiri coal block. Post the EAC's permission, the forest-dependent communities...

    • 3 days ago
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    Moving When the World is Still: The Seasonal Migration of Van Gujjars Amidst a Pandemic

    This article is the second part of our series on how the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns have impacted the livelihoods of three Indian transhumant pastoralist communities-the Van Gujjars, the Bakarwals, and the Raikas. To read part one, our primer on pastoralism during a pandemic, click here. Editor's note: this article contains a...

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    A Roadmap to Safely Reopening Schools For Our Children

    This week marks sixteen months since schools and colleges across India shut down as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world. In these months, India's children have seen their schools and classrooms disappear from view; for the younger ones, they have probably disappeared from their memory altogether, as impressions of their teachers and schoolmates fade into oblivion. Many...

    • 6 days ago
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    Mapping the Impact of COVID-19 on Himal‌ayan Pastoralists: A‌ ‌Primer‌

    This article is the primer for our series on how the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns have impacted the livelihoods of three Indian transhumant pastoralist communities-the Van Gujjars, the Bakarwals, and the Raikas. Editor's note: this article contains a photograph of a deceased buffalo. Reader's discretion is advised. Nomadic...

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    Can a People's Biodiversity Register Contribute to Conservation?

    The loss of biodiversity is becoming a major threat in India and across the world. Two recent reports by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) highlight this challenge; several species have either gone extinct or are at the brink of extinction. While CSE's 2021 State of India's Environment Report notes that biodiversity...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Welcome to Clubhouse, Where Everyone is Free: Is the App Really A Bastion of Free Speech in India?

    Clubhouse-the phenomenon that took the world by storm last year-became the talk of the town this summer in India, and soon, quite literally, facilitated many other talks itself. Launched as an invite-only app in the US in April of 2020, Clubhouse largely catered to venture capitalists and people employed in the financial and tech sectors. In...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Delhi's Master Plan Ignores the City's Fishers, But This is Not a First

    " Arre , trust me, I am not at the Yamuna right now, we will not be catching any fish today," Mahendar Haldar tells a vyapari , or fish buyer, on the phone. "Should I make you listen to the sound of the cooler to prove that I am at home?" he laughs. Mahender, a fisher, and his six other colleagues are sitting in his house in North Delhi's...

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    Tokyo Calling: Sailing the Olympic Dream

    KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar will be representing India at the Tokyo Olympics in the Men's 49er Sailing event. They are coming off strong international performances, having a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Games as well. Chirag Chinnappa sat down to talk to KC about their journey through the pandemic and in preparation for the tournament; how did the pandemic impact their training? How are they...

    • 2 weeks ago

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