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Anisha Mandal

Freedom from Hunger – a luxury in India?

Freedom from Hunger – a luxury in India?

October 19, 2016

India is ironically home to 200 million food-insecure people. According to the Global Hunger Index, India ranks 97 out of 118 countries.

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MakeMyTrip and Ibibo Merger

MakeMyTrip and Ibibo Merger

October 19, 2016

As Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs turn match-makers in the marriage of MakeMyTrip Limited and Ibibo, two of India’s largest travel booking portals, consumers receives the news with joy and gladness. The trend set by increasing number of mergers in the global travel industry makes the impact look promising.

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Kashmir – Another shade of strife

Kashmir – Another shade of strife

October 18, 2016

As tourism in Kashmir stays stunted owing to the prolonged shut down, now on its 103rd day, the sustenance of families hasn’t been grimmer. Young entrepreneurs from the valley are however stepping up in midst of the decade-long conflict, punctuated only rarely by peace.

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Until next time – immersion of goddess Durga

Until next time – immersion of goddess Durga

October 15, 2016

The Durga Puja in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal in the eastern part of India came to an end yesterday with idols of the goddess Durga being immersed in the Hooghly river.

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Indians strive to make children ‘equally-abled’

Indians strive to make children ‘equally-abled’

October 15, 2016

With a tally of four medals at the Rio Paralympics 2016 from the country’s biggest contingent ever, demand for greater attention towards sports as an integral part of the curriculum for the specially-abled children is now gaining impetus.

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Indian tobacco farmers wary of ensuing diktat

Indian tobacco farmers wary of ensuing diktat

October 14, 2016

With the Supreme Court’s determined ban on all forms of chewable tobacco and nicotine, the Government is reportedly in the process of formulating tobacco control policies, as the country gears up to host its first World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in November; farmers anticipate falling in the blind spot of policy formulation.

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Diamonds and rust for India’s Hippie Hill pilgrim Bob Dylan

Diamonds and rust for India’s Hippie Hill pilgrim Bob Dylan

October 14, 2016

Bob Dylan has, through the course of his life, found himself at the receiving end of purists’ scrutiny. His choice of few, simple and overwhelming words has, however, found an indispensable place in the timeline of social discussions across the world, and notably in India, a country he visited once as a Hippie Hill pilgrim, […]

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Cinema, Society and Democracy

Cinema, Society and Democracy

October 9, 2016

With Indian films earning accolades at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, three-city tour of the Indo-European Film Festival and no dearth of cine lovers, Indian film makers are spearheading the need for adequate representation for an international audience while the country continues to inspire international film-makers, both in terms of stories and a keen ground for showcasing their films, but not without challenges.

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The name’s Bahar, Pan Bahar

The name’s Bahar, Pan Bahar

October 7, 2016

As Pierce Brosnan’s recent advertisement endorsing Pan Bahar, a heritage pan masala, had the netizens of the country respond to it by making it the day’s figure of fun, it opens up the ground for important questions on the country’s confusing stance on tobacco consumption and the plight of advertisement tactics relying on viral content […]

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Policing of Plays: Curtain goes down on Censorship?

Policing of Plays: Curtain goes down on Censorship?

October 3, 2016

An artist’s struggle with censorship is a long and seemingly unending one. In 2016, a number of states in the country are still practicing the archaic Dramatic Performances Act (DPA) of 1876. Preceded by the Madras High Court ruling, the Maharashtra government informed the Bombay High Court that the pre-censorship of plays is no longer mandatory. The struggle against censorship is however more social than political, thespians state.

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Ziro Festival of Music in Northeast India

Ziro Festival of Music in Northeast India

October 1, 2016

Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM) , an annual music festival held in the Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India, held in September, saw delightful participation from music lovers and travellers from all over.

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A lesson for mankind – Arunachal’s Apatani

A lesson for mankind – Arunachal’s Apatani

September 30, 2016

UNESCO’s proposition of hailing the Ziro valley, home to the Apa Tani tribe of the Tani belt in Arunachal Pradesh, as a World Heritage site, is only justified. With an incredible lifestyle and an indomitable determination to not be threatened by extinction while also preserving their tradition, closely observing this tribe is one of the most insightful experiences for a traveller.

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