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No Direct Benefits Bank Transfer For Poor In Jharkhand

The Direct Benefits Transfer pilot for subsidised foodgrains in Nagri block has, ironically, led to a quantum jump in cash transactions, inconveniencing beneficiaries and dealers as also putting enormous pressure on banks, even as 25% people still remain excluded. The introduction of any new system is bound to have some …

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Why Are India’s Strategic Thinkers Silent About the Country’s Decline Under Modi?

The country’s national interest would be better served if foreign policy analysts think of their vocation more broadly than merely paying attention to the nuances of inter-governmental ties. The Twitter handle of India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon makes for interesting viewing. In December, he had a tongue-in-cheek response …

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If There’s a Fire Down Below, Do You See a Firehawk up Above?

Humans might not be the only species on the planet manipulating fires to get what they want. Some say the one thing that distinguishes humans from animals is the use of fire. The title of evolutionary biologist Richard Wrangham’s book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human captures the kernel …

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Has Controversy Guaranteed Box Office Success For ‘Padmaavat’ Film?

The name of the game is ‘create buzz’, and films like Udta Punjab show that nothing helps that more than a pre-release controversy. For the last few months, controversy has raged over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmaavat (earlier named Padmavati). The cast and crew have been subjected to constant …

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Why Are There Still Such Few SCs, STs And OBCs At IIMs?

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) suffer from an acute social diversity deficit in their faculty composition. New data that we have obtained since we first published faculty diversity data at IIM adds even more ballast to the arguments made at the time. Out of 642 faculty members covered by …

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Rough Edges: The Motorbike, Bengal And Beyond

The motorbike has, for a long time, been both a symbol of cinematic romance and political violence in Bengal. Besotted couples in love have often romanced while riding bikes and singing songs. In a scene from the famous 1963 Bengali film Saptapadi (Seven Circles), for instance, one of the state’s …

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How Communal Politics Is Another Face of Patriarchy?

The bogey of ‘love jihad‘ is a brutally constructed political agenda combining patriarchal notions of ‘our women’ and how to control them, and communal notions of ‘their men’ and how to deal with them. There is a part of an old Kannada song that has remained with me throughout my …

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The SCs And STs Still Have The Highest Child Mortality Cases In India

India has missed the target of reducing its Child Mortality by 2/3rd set under the Millenium Development Goal 4 by a considerable margin. The STs have missed the target by the highest margin. The Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in India have historically been situated at the bottom …

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The New ‘Orange Passports’ For ‘Underprivileged Indians’ Is Plain ‘Discriminatory’

This would impact millions of Indian migrant workers working in the 18 ECR countries. Often, a small change in a document as vital as the passport makes for an enormous difference in the lives of those affected. However, when the change is as stark as the very colour of that …

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Why RSS Aims To Shelve Cervical Cancer Vaccine Programme Is Beyond Worrisome?

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch believes the programme will divert scarce resources from more worthwhile health initiatives. The Union health ministry has decided to shelve cervical cancer vaccination, which was to be introduced under India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). The decision calls for a debate as cervical cancer is the second …

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