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  • Hot air and empty promises

    ‘he growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other’ — Barack Obama ‘The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive’ — Donald Trump It might seem to be counterintuitive...
  • Transferring empowerment

    Since 2013, India is gradually implementing the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), a scheme which soon will be the largest cash transfer program in the world. It basically consists in transforming former government subsidies, especially the ones related to food and fuel, into direct cash transfers to the neediest people,...
  • In Hope of A Solar Future

    According to a 2011 International Energy Agency (IEA) report, enough sunlight strikes the earth in 90 minutes to fuel the planet’s entire yearly energy consumption. Even if solar energy’s contribution to the world energy mix remains negligible (less than 1%), its tremendous potential makes it one of the possible...
  • Gender Sensitivity Lessons in India

    When dealing with the pervasive force of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), there is a tendency to focus on its effects or the existing legal mechanisms to confront it. In developing countries, the existence of bodies of legislations on the matter tend to be an important first step, but insufficient. Based...
  • Protecting “India’s Daughters”

    Dubbed the ‘rape capital’ of the world by More Magazine, stories about sexual assault imply that no woman is safe in India. But is this accurate? Crowd Source, a website dedicated to research and advocacy around sexual violence, reports that 93 women are raped every day in India; 70...
  • Scarred for Life

    As Mao Tzedong said, “Women hold up half the sky”, but until recently violence against women and girls has lacked reliable statistics and surveillance systems. Acid throwing, also known as acid attack, has emerged as a new brutal form of violence against women that involves the throwing of sulphuric,...
  • Tribal Languages in India – Preserving (4/4)

    Language is a vessel of culture and its loss can prove to be detrimental to the survival and continuation of cultural heritage. When European traders first arrived in Hindustan, what is now India, there were thousands of indigenous languages spoken by a vast number of Indians. After ruling the...
  • Tribal Languages in India – Reasons for Decline (3/4)

    Tribal Languages in India –  Part III Reasons for Decline of Indian Tribal Languages India, as we all know is a multicultural nation where we can find indisputable links between culture and  language. In all obvious sense, it is a multilingual society. However, the contours of being a multi-linguist...
  • Teaching Quality in India: Does it Matter?

    Based on data collected from teachers and children in 227 public and low-fee charging private schools in Andhra Pradesh, India, a recent study by Young Lives India suggests that teaching quality considerably impacts students learning outcomes and factors like teacher’s professional qualifications, their attitude and practices towards their students and schools,...
  • Bonda tribe, Orissa, India

    Tribal Languages in India – The Importance of Preserving (2/4)

      “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela Cultural Diversity, we all have heard this term before but have we actually given a thought to...
  • How Free is Freedom of Speech in India?

    Recently, the Supreme Court of India’s came out with a landmark judgment in Shreya Singhal & Ors v. Union of India that struck down the much abused Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. This barbaric act authorized police to arrest people for posting “offensive” content online. The two...
  • Tribal Languages in India – Introduction (1/4)

    Tribal Languages in India – Part I Introduction India, as we all know is a land full of diversity – different cultures, faiths, lifestyle, traditions, rituals etc. are all interwoven, that makes it a vibrant nation. As you traverse the region, you will meet an entirely different set of...
  • Maldives: The Dark Side of Politics

    The world has been shocked by images of former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed being dragged by the police after his detention was ordered in relation to his decision to arrest a top judge three years ago. He was pushed, treated like a criminal and subjected to rude behavior by...
  • Arctic resources to boost Russia’s pivot to Asia

    The West is not the only global player to have its eyes on Asia. Russia is looking to become a key energy supplier for the Chinese and Indian markets and will use its Arctic gas to do so. Russia aims to diversify its oil and gas exports which have...
  • Tackling Homophobia in Pakistan

    The LGBTQ rights movement has turned to good account this month with the launch of UN’s Bollywood inspired video promoting gay rights in India. Meanwhile in the neighbouring country of Pakistan, a children’s book addressing the issue of homophobia is quietly gaining steam. The book titled, ‘My Chacha is Gay’...
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