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Indian film heroes tackle land rights & champion underdog

Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   A villainous company. Corrupt government officials. A heroic defender of farmers emerging victorious from a fight over land.   This is far from a typical storyline for Indian film, which more often promises movie-goers…

Union government is not superior to state governments

Garga Chatterjee   The 2017 Union budget presented by Indian Union government’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has many aspects. His speech touched upon some of them. I will not discuss all of them as there is nothing transformative or game-changing…

Indian “land bank” aims to protect farmers from forced acquisitions

Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   A northern Indian state is setting up a “land bank” to allow farmers to voluntarily sell property in an effort to tackle forced acquisitions for industrial projects that often lead to violent confrontations.  …

In India no one asks me how it feels to be black: Paul Beatty

Debayan Mukherjee IANS   Afro-American writer Paul Beatty, whose novel “The Sellout” — a scatter-gun satire on what racism has done to black Americans — saw him win the Man Booker, feels more at ease in India as no one…

National security in an ‘alt-facts’ world

Tim Weiner Reuters   Imagine, for a moment, that you are a senior Central Intelligence Agency officer standing at attention for President Trump at CIA headquarters. (Remain standing. Trump, against protocol, never said: “Please be seated.”) You think on your…

Jallikattu- a cultural and political demand

Jallikattu- a cultural and political demand

Tamils gave up their autonomous rights over their land, resources and people, when they signed up for the Indian Union   All over Tamil Nadu, tens of thousands of people, largely not under any political party banner, have assembled in…

“Serious Retreats” In Indigenous Rights Protection: UN Rapporteur

Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service   As the 10-year anniversary for the Declaration on Indigenous Rights approaches, UN indigenous rights activists came together to assess the many challenges that still remain on the ground.   The UN Declaration on the…

How about bringing health, taste on the same plate?

IANS   We often hear our parents and grandparents reminisce about how healthy and tasty food used to be in the past and how the nutritional values are being compromised today for taste. However one can follow a few basic…

Report like a Dalit girl

Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   Covering elections in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, seen as the country’s key battleground state, is generally a test for journalists for its intrigue and drama.   No one is more prepared…

‘Small cities unprepared for population flood’

Sophie Hares Thomson Reuters Foundation   As the world’s giant cities fill up, the brunt of migration to urban areas will fall on smaller cities that are not ready to deal with big influxes of people, a specialist on Latin…

An entrepreneur dishes up a hunger solution

Morgane Le Cam Thomson Reuters Foundation   Small black cylinders simmer in two pots, emitting a pungent and smoky smell. This is not someone’s kitchen, however. It’s the offices of FasoPro, which double as a caterpillar laboratory.   Kahitouo Hien,…

False generalization of Hindi-belt problems as ‘national’ problems

Garga Chatterjee   Recently, India’s Union Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh chose to pontificate on the need for reproductive sterilization in the Indian Union using the Hindi term “nasbandi”, thus…