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‘Housing For All’ Means Nothing For India’s Migrant Workers

Earning less than a living wage, migrant workers resort to living in the open, in shared and cramped rented rooms, or within the workplace. The Union Budget, announced on February 1, has committed to provide assistance for building 3.7 million houses in urban areas in 2018-19 under the Pradhan Mantri …

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Beware Downside Risks In ‘Economic Survey’ Of India

The Economic Survey, the blueprint for 2018 Budget, is out. It gives one a feeling that all is well. A series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75 per cent this fiscal and will rise to 7 to 7.5 per cent …

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From Dabeli To Khandvi: Gujarat Is A ‘Street Food’ Paradise

During my recent visit to Gujarat, I explored the state by road — covering the Kutch region, as well as the Ahmedabad to Modhera stretch on the other side. Gujarat has always been on the international map for its art and culture, and this is topped by the hospitality and …

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Is Mamata Banerjee Willing To Do What It Takes To Keep BJP Out Of West Bengal?

In the fevered imagination of the Sangh parivar, West Bengal is a low-hanging ripe fruit ready for plucking. Not a bus was burnt, not a morcha was organised, nobody donned colourful headgear to prevent viewers from watching Padmaavat in West Bengal. Albeit, some students of Jadavpur University sat on a …

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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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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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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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Who Wants To Kill VHP Supremo ‘Pravin Togadia’?

The VHP leader has alleged the Gujarat and Rajasthan Police planned an encounter to murder him. Firebrand Hindutva leader Pravin Togadia has been traced just as dramatically as he went missing, setting rumour mills off; his supporters in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) running amok. However, the revelations made by …

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Disabled Indians Have Climbed The Mount Everest, Still Struggle To Enter Temples And Mosques

It is sad that barriers are built on the basis of a person’s disability- especially in a country like India where the Gita of peace is based on Ashtavakra, a person with eight physical disabilities Mohammad Faisal Nawaz, 34, is a social activist focusing on gender equality and girls’ education …

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