Muti-religious, caste Jallianwala matyrdom lies hidden in dark rooms of National Archives

By Shamsul Islam Today India has turned into a grazing field for all kinds of religious bigots led by the Hindutva gang. Even the Prime Minister of the country, who took oath... Read more »

Epic war against caste system is the constitutional responsibility of an elected government

Edited by well-known Gujarat Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan, the book, “Bhed-Bharat: An Account of Injustice and Atrocities on Dalits and Adivasis (2014-18)” (available in English and Gujarati*) is a selection of... Read more »

Araku Valley is brewing one of the best coffees in the world

Araku Valley, the highlands of the Eastern Ghats mountain range overlooking the Bay of Bengal, is brewing one of the best coffees in the world and its aroma just got headier with... Read more »

Waste pickers face respiratory, musculo-skeletal, gastrointestinal ailments, social stigma

By Sheshu Babu In cities and towns, one often comes across heaps of garbage on roadsides and poor — mostly slum dwellers, children — hovering around the pile. These people are mostly... Read more »

The Modi government has all but actually declared a war on its own people

By Teesta Setalvad April 6, Its been a challenging  five years. Between 2017-2019 (between when the book was first published) until now, the lines have been even more sharply drawn. Between the vast... Read more »

Exposure to midday meals increases students’ learning achievement

April 4, School feeding programs are ubiquitous. The World Food Program estimated that in 2013, 368 million children, or 1 in 5, received a school meal at a total cost of US$... Read more »

Vote out hate politics, Indian writers, artistes appeal

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Over 200 writers and artistes including Arundhati Roy, Girish Karnad, Keki Daruwalla, T.M. Krishna, and Nayantara Sahgal on Monday appealed to citizens to vote against hate politics and... Read more »

Amethi farmers new ‘chowkidars’ courtesy stray cattle menace

By Anand Singh Amethi, March 30 (IANS) It’s 8 p.m. and Kushi Ram, a resident of Baraulia village, is preparing to go to go to save his farm from the menace of the... Read more »

East India Company’s Need for Military Doctors Brought Modern Medicine to India

March 28, When it first arrived, ‘Western medicine’ was simply another addition to the giant melting pot of India’s vibrant medical traditions, including vaidyas, hakims and adivasi healers. For a long time,... Read more »

Manipuri dancer explores human cost of war

By Siddhi Jain New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The plight of refugees and their constant state of movement and instability became the central theme of “1 Sq Ft”, a contemporary dance act by... Read more »

From tribal hamlets to world markets: The amazing journey of Araku coffee

By Mohammed Shafeeq Araku (Andhra Pradesh), March 4 (IANS) From tribal hamlets to Paris, Araku coffee has come a long way and is set to lure the taste buds of New York’s coffee... Read more »

Why reading Harsh Mander’s Partitions of the Heart is the need of the hour

By Abhilasha Chattopadhyay March 2, “There is a well-known story about a frog, which when thrown into boiling water, reacts immediately by jumping out. By contrast, if the frog is placed into lukewarm... Read more »

Tripura tribal artist gets Padma Shri for promoting rare musical instrument

By Sujit Chakraborty Agartala, Feb 28 (IANS) Poverty has not stopped nonagenarian Thanga Darlong — all of 91 years — from playing the rosem, a flute-like tribal musical instrument made of bamboo. This... Read more »

Two friends’ brief encounter with poverty and the conclusion they came to…

By Mohan Guruswamy Feb 26, Late last year, two young men decided to live a month of their lives on the income of an average poor Indian. One of them, Tushar, the... Read more »

How an illiterate rickshaw-puller from Assam became a mascot for education

By Nivedita Singh New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Ahmed Ali from Assam’s Karimganj district, while pulling his cycle rickshaw one day in the late 1970s, felt miserable at the realization that like him... Read more »

Post Pulwama strategies: A journalist and politician first to speak up

By Saeed Naqvi Feb 22 (IANS) Prem Shankar Jhas column in The Wire caused my mind to wander in an unlikely direction: Kanpur riots soon after the demolition of Babari Masjid. Jhas... Read more »

‘Northeast not homogenous but diverse grouping of communities’

By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Some years ago, I was startled at a seminar titled “Seeking our collective peace: The northeast India diaspora looks into solutions for peace and development... Read more »

Knowledge has become salable commodity, learning is reduced to acquiring “marketable” skills

Feb 20, The crisis in Education has resulted from the failure of successive Central and state governments to strategically plan, and financially and administratively invest in creating the necessary infrastructure to achieve... Read more »

First ever Dalit Film Festival to be held in New York in February

Feb 16, For the very first time, a Dalit Festival is going to be held in New York on February 23 and 24 organised by the Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA), Boston... Read more »

Irom Sharmila “I dream of a world without caste, discrimination”

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Manipur’s legendary human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who continued a fast-unto-death protest for 16 years demanding repeal of an Act, on Friday said she dreams of a world without... Read more »