Politics

Treat us like humans, Afghan refugees tell UNHCR India

Treat us like humans, Afghan refugees tell UNHCR I...

August 25, 2021

 Carrying placards like “We want Answers” and “We Want Justice” and shouting slogans against UNHCR, hundreds of Afghan refugees, including several women and children, have begun an indefinite protest outside the office of the United Nations High Commi...

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Taliban takeover worries Afghan refugees in India

Taliban takeover worries Afghan refugees in India

August 20, 2021

 Streets in both, Lajpat Nagar as well as adjoining Bhogal area, bear tell-tale signs of a sizeable Afghani community. There are numerous hair saloons or beauty parlours, travel agents, real estate brokers, pharmacies and restaurants catering almost exclusively ...

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India to be first to feel pinch of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

India to be first to feel pinch of Taliban takeove...

August 15, 2021

How dramatically military and political fortunes can change within a week? And that too in a historically unstable region like Afghanistan where control over cities and even capital Kabul can change hands faster than a click on the internet. Till earlier this week, most analysts ...

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Human rights violations by the police surge in India

Human rights violations by the police surge in Ind...

August 11, 2021

On August 8, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, while addressing an event organised by the National Legal Services Authority pointed at the rampant human rights abuse by police in India, notably custodial torture and other atrocities especially towards the vulnerable and marginali...

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Indian Smart Cities and urban planning drowns under repeated floods

Indian Smart Cities and urban planning drowns unde...

August 9, 2021

India has been undergoing rapid urbanisation as millions of people continue to migrate to the nearest city in search of better opportunities. This has already pushed the ratio of urban population higher in the country. Studies estimate that between now and 2030, another 500 milli...

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Government in denial over manual scavenging deaths

Government in denial over manual scavenging deaths

August 5, 2021

Last week, in response to outcry from activists over continuous deaths of manual scavengers, minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, told the Parliament that no deaths had taken place from manual scavenging, adding that there were only 66,692 regist...

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Controversy over caste census divides politicians and people

Controversy over caste census divides politicians ...

August 2, 2021

Exactly 90 years after it was dropped, there has been a growing controversy surrounding demand by some political leaders, notably Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, to revive the practice of caste-based enumeration in the country again. Along with t...

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Blinken blinks on human rights in Delhi visit

Blinken blinks on human rights in Delhi visit

July 31, 2021

On his day-long debut visit to India, United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinked arrived in New Delhi earlier this week and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishanker and other prominent players during a civil society roundtable, which inclu...

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Covid-19 leaves trail of orphaned children & helpless widows

Covid-19 leaves trail of orphaned children & ...

July 28, 2021

A recent report by British medical journal, The Lancet, said that the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an estimated 1.5 million children facing the loss of a parent or a caregiver, either a grandparent or other older relative in their home, including over a million who lost one ...

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Amidst large-scale dropouts due to Covid-19, saffronisation tops BJP agenda

Amidst large-scale dropouts due to Covid-19, saffr...

July 27, 2021

As the economic and social cost of the Covid-19 pandemic becomes clearer, worrying reports of hundreds of thousands of students from various states either dropping out, giving up education entirely, or move from the more expensive private schools to government-run schools that ar...

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