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Sowing Revolution Sowing Revolution

By Milind Wani

Agroecology as an alternative to India’s failed agrarian system.

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Community and belonging in Indian Jewish literature Community and belonging in Indian Jewish literature

By Navras Jaat Aafreedi

Indian Jews have contributed culturally despite their small, and dwindling, numbers.

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Owning the news Owning the news

By Gouri Chatterjee

Journalists once talked louder than money.

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Violence, voices and visibility Violence, voices and visibility

By Laxmi Murthy

What are the ethical implications surrounding graphic depictions of sexual violence in the media?

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Gujarat’s ‘Rangoon Wallas’ Gujarat’s ‘Rangoon Wallas’

By Ketaki Pant

Historic links between Gujarati Muslim merchants and Burma point to an alternative vision of economic ...

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25 Years of Archives

  • Maldives enacts death penalty regulations Image: Lance Page / truthout Adapted: World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

    Maldives enacts death penalty regulations

    Capital punishment can now be implemented in the Maldives following the publication of regulations on the death penalty. This overturns a moratorium on the death penalty  in place since 1953.

    From our Archive:

    Rakesh Shukla on the secret hanging of Afzal Guru. (February 2013)

    Prachi Patankar and Ahilan Kadirgamar review Jinee Lokaneeta's Transnational Torture. (December 2011)

    Zia Mian on the Pakistani state’s vocabulary and its relationship with violence. (July 1996)

  • Nepal to receive results-based carbon funding Photo: Smriti Mallapaty

    Nepal to receive results-based carbon funding

    At the ninth meeting of Carbon Fund, Nepal was selected as one of four countries best suited for a results-based payment system under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme. Other countries selected include Ghana, Mexico and Democratic Republic of Congo.

    From our Archive:

    Smriti Mallapaty on the complications within Nepal’s largely successful model for forest conservation. (August 2013)

    Mahendra Shrestha looks at the pressures on forests around the Kathmandu valley. (January 1992)

  • Indian General Elections 2014 Polling dates of Indian general elections. Photo: Khushank94

    Indian General Elections 2014

    On 7 April 2014, the first phase of general elections in India got underway. An unprecedented 814 million voters were registered to vote at 930,000 polling stations spread across 543 constituencies.

    From our Archive:

    Subir Bhaumik on BJP’s “far too-well-defined political agendaahead of the 1998 general elections. (January 1998)

    Ramachandra Guha writes of a time when Indira was India and India was Indira. (July 2000)

    Syed Ali Mujtaba on the history of vote bank politics as ‘variables’ in the political process. (May 2004)

  • Burma suspends MSF aid operations Rohingya child at a camp in Kutupalong, Burma. Photo: flickr / FAMSI

    Burma suspends MSF aid operations

    On 28 February 2014, the Burmese government suspended all operations of Médicine Sans Frontièrs (MSF) in Burma, accusing them of violating the conditions of its agreement. MSF had been conducting aid operations throughout the country, including offering vital medical aid to Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State. On March 2, MSF was allowed to resume operations in some regions, but not Arakan State.

    From our Archive:

    A two part series by Kanak Mani Dixit on the history and future of ethnic conflict in Burma. ( Part I – June 2012 and Part II – July 2012 )

    A photo essay by Rudra Rakshit and Lora Thomas on the lives of Rohingya refugees in Jammu.

  • Penguin India withdraws The Hindus Image: Penguin India

    Penguin India withdraws The Hindus

    On 11 February 2014, Penguin India decided to recall and destroy all remaining copies of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History. The decision was part of an agreement between them and Shiksha Bachao Andolan, a Hindu campaign group that sued the publishers in 2011 arguing that the book was insulting to Hindus and contained “heresies”.

    From our Archive:

    Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)


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Four reporters and the publisher of the Burmese-language Unity Weekly News have been sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labour. A provincial court in Pakokku found them guilty of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act after the weekly published a report claiming a military facility was producing chemical weapons  in northern Burma.

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  • Community and belonging in Indian Jewish literature

    Marian S, 26 June 2014

    Thanks for this comprehensive review.
    She wasn't an Indian Jew, but Gay Courter's portrayal of Baghdadi Jews in India in FLOWERS IN THE BLOOD is rema...

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  • The imperial roots of hunger

    Madhusree, 22 June 2014

    Thanks, Harsh. There is a lot of difference between different states in implementation of PDS, and I believe Chattisgarh has one of the more efficient...

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  • The imperial roots of hunger

    Harsh, 17 June 2014

    Excellent article Madhushree, very riveting! However is it true that '...universal Public Distribution System that used to provide cheap food to all h...

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