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Sabarimala and Triple Talaq: Two sides of the same patriarchy coin

Sabarimala and Triple Talaq: Two sides of the same patriarchy coin

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Written By: Somrita Bhattacharyya Paris, France Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com The issue is about a biological process, a very normal one, comes every month. But it seems it has the power to shudder the socio-political system of a country known to be the largest democracy of the world! As we all know it already, the issue is not only a mere ‘men versus women’ issue. Yes, Mr. Prime Minister, please don’t play it wrong. When you say, ‘There are some temples in India, which have their own traditions, where men can’t go. And men don’t go…’ you miss a very crucial factor that it was not about barring all the women from entering the ‘pious’ temple of the God of celibacy in Kerala. The problem is with the women of a certain age-group, who go through this biological process called ‘m
The Accidental Prime Minister: A flimsy excuse for a blinkered film

The Accidental Prime Minister: A flimsy excuse for a blinkered film

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: The Accidental Prime Minister Country: India Director: Vijay Ratnakar Gutte Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Divya Seth Shah, Hansal Mehta, Vipin Sharma, Arjun Mathur, Aahana Kumra. As India gears up for the 2019 general elections, the strategic move to release a potentially controversial film that seeks to target a prominent political family in India, did not just instill curiosity but was also expected to cause unrest, as is the norm today. However, as one sits through the one hour fifty minute film, it leaves you gawking at the sheer ineptitude of the makers who claimed to be embarking on a route that is seldom taken by the likes and could cause discomfort in an already ...
Rat-Hole Mining Story- Part 2

Rat-Hole Mining Story- Part 2

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Written by: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo: Indian Navy, ChildAid Network 36 days passed. On 16 January 2019, after a joint operation of the Indian Navy and NDRF, it was confirmed that Indian Navy ROV had detected a body 160 feet deep inside the main shaft. The body has been pulled up to the mouth of the rat-hole mine and will be brought out of the mine under the supervision of the doctors. Forensic Experts have been called for DNA test to identify and match the skeletal remains. Indian Navy is showing the condition of the body to the family of the deceased. Living Dangerously According to the study done by Impulse NGO, over 10,000 people are estimated to have died in rat-holes between 2007 and 2014 in Meghalaya. Impulse’s study also estimates that there are 70,000 ch
Rat-Hole Mining Story in Meghalaya

Rat-Hole Mining Story in Meghalaya

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Written by: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo: ChildAid Network The date is said to be cursed itself, so as the mines. December 13, 2018. The doomsday at Saiphung, East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya bears testimony to the disparity of existence. The existence of the state economy of Meghalaya, the existence of an ecological balance of the whole Jaintia Hills, the existence of the majority Bengali speaking, poor working class people of Garo Hills and minority dominated Chirang district of Assam and the existence of some filthy rich businessmen and coal mafia. The Accident On December 13, about 20 miners entered the quarry as Ksan owned by Krip Chullet. After reaching the bottom of the 370 ft deep main shaft, they entered horizontal tunnel holes, generally termed as 'rat-ho...
Looking at Immigration – Part 1

Looking at Immigration – Part 1

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Written By: Senex Paris, France Illustration: Multidimension Source Part One - History and problems Immigration is such a late 20th century word and concept. Quite a meaningless one in the world before WWII but has gained much currency since. The most important reason for that was the end of colonization. Before colonization human migration was an eternal phenomenon since the dawn of time. Classical anthropology tells us that man in his current form evolved in Northeastern Africa some 200 to 350 thousand years ago and some 70 to 80 thousand odd years ago started migrating out of his continent of origin and spread across the planet in every possible direction. Some of these journeys took tens of thousands of years and hundreds of generations, covering distances that today take a...
Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part I

Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part I

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Written by: Maria Lazgin Ciercielli Paris, France Photo- Ilyasse Larousssi, Kazi Tina, Shutterstock Thoughts of Morocco inspire images of flowing desert sands, bustling souks with spices piled high, and shiny silver teapots full of mint tea. These scenes are all exciting, and I want to add a few more to your mind. Morocco has a beautiful variety of climates and landscapes, and it would be easy for you to want to take multiple vacations to see it all. Marrakesh, known for its souks and tourism, is one of the most popular cities to visit in Morocco. For many people, like me, this city lends a first glimpse into the wonder of this country. It is easy to travel around Marrakesh by taxi, for not more than one to three euros a ride. Make sure the driver uses the meter though! These taxi...
India Wins Maldives and Sri Lanka Back, Corners China

India Wins Maldives and Sri Lanka Back, Corners China

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Written By: D P Satish Follow him on Twitter New Delhi, India Photo: Shutterstock “India is not only our closest friend, it is our largest trading partner”. With those words, Maldives’ newly elected President Ibrahim Solih shut the door on a bitter past with its closest and biggest neighbor, promising to respect India’s “red lines” that his predecessor Abdulla Yameen had transgressed by his dalliance with China. Yameen was widely expected to win the September election since he had jailed or exiled his political rivals, suborned the judiciary and reportedly, packed the Election Commission with his supporters. As it turned out, he lost with a staggering 58% voting to throw him out of office. There was relief in the corridors of New Delhi’s South Block which houses the
Viral Supermarket Advertisement May Have a Backstory in U.K.-Malaysian Politics

Viral Supermarket Advertisement May Have a Backstory in U.K.-Malaysian Politics

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Written By: Maria Lazgin Ciercielli Paris, France Photo: Shutterstock Iceland Foods, a U.K. supermarket chain, released a controversial Christmas advertisement in the beginning of November 2018. The title, “Say Hello to Rang-tan”, reveals the heart of the content: the fatal effects of palm oil production on orangutans in South-east Asia. Formatted as a cartoon, the advertisement features the friendship of a young girl and a baby orangutan, and it reveals the truth about the destruction that comes from palm oil production. In response to the rising deaths of orangutans, as well as the deforestation and global climate change, Iceland Foods publicizes that they will be removing palm oil from their own brand products. The controversy of this advertisement began when it was banned from te
The Dream is not dying for the ‘Produnova’ Girl

The Dream is not dying for the ‘Produnova’ Girl

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Written By: Debkumar Mitra Kolkata, India Photo: Abhishek Saha   She’s Back! The heroics of 2016 Rio Olympics are now a blur; the dangerous and difficult Produnova vault that she made famous in Indian kitchens has been erased from the collective consciousness of the entire nation but the indomitable spirit named Dipa Karmakar soldiers on. Many believe her performance has always been oh-so-near-yet-so-far variety yet gymnastics records tell a different story. The 24-year-old is not sitting on her laurels but preparing for one last hurrah at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Throughout her career as a gymnast, Dipa has always been ploughing a lonely furrow. She started with a huge a handicap as an athlete in a sport that is not taken seriously in India with virtually no financial
Village Rockstars: The film that gifts us blue skies and hope in abundance

Village Rockstars: The film that gifts us blue skies and hope in abundance

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  Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Village Rockstars Country: India Director: Rima Das Cast: Bhanita Das, Basanti Das, Manabendra Das Seldom do we come across stories that can communicate to a wide range of audiences without trying too hard. Village Rockstars is one such organic and refreshing film that marks a departure from conventional forms of storytelling and consumes you if you allow yourself to succumb to the flow. Set in a remote village in Assam named Chayagaon, Village Rockstars is a coming of age story of a ten-year-old girl who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band with her friends. While the desire to own a guitar may not seem impossible to some, Dhunu (Bhanita Das) is dreaming of the impossible amidst poverty and natural calami...

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