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Let’s have Freedom After Speech

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Let’s have Freedom After Speech

Freedom of speech is under attack! Even more so, as somebody said just recently … Freedom of speech is only meaningful if there is freedom after speech. Over the past three years, we have observed carefully how difficult it is becoming to have freedom after speech. Criticize Prime Minister Modi and his moves, question flawed […]

The poor deserve to be treated with dignity, not disdain

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The poor deserve to be treated with dignity, not disdain

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris , where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, […]

A Game of Chess, not Caroms

A Game of Chess, not Caroms

The politically motivated post-mortem of the ‘surgical strikes’ of September 29 are enough to make all sensible Indians queasy. Looking at the way politicians and their supporters on both sides of the political and ideological divide have tried to milk this incident on TV and the social media  has made me want to puke. As […]

The newest Jedi Knight of Calcutta

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The newest Jedi Knight of Calcutta

The most striking thing about Saint Teresa of Calcutta is her simple slogan and sign language used when asked why on earth she was doing what she did… scrounging for souls in the blackest alleyways the world over.  Her answer, five fingers of her tiny palm spread out, practically in your face would be : […]

The joke’s on you

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The joke’s on you

Ever since the ‘new dispensation’ of the Right Wing BJP has come to power, the nature of public discourse has shifted from ‘development’ to ‘demagogy’. Never before have such regressive narratives been heard than in the past two years. Just pause to think about what topics are hitting the airwaves over the past month or so. […]

Akeli Protest: Candles in the wind?

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Akeli Protest: Candles in the wind?

Patna: On Saturday evening (27 August) Some 300 people, mainly students and staff of the St Xavier’s Colleges (the organisers)  and (among others,) a small group representing the cabinet of Patna Women’s College and St Xavier’s College of Education, speechified,  sang songs and lit candles in a token ‘protest’ to draw attention to the alleged […]

Jesuit Education: Six Values

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Jesuit Education: Six Values

What does the term ‘Jesuit Education’ mean to me? I was thrown into a Jesuit school by my parents at the very beginning of my school life, and now that my crucial first seven years of scholastic life were already thrust into the hands of Jesuits, like it or not, I am one of those […]

Newsnet One is in session!

Newsnet One is in session!

The first of May is Workers’ Day, and a fit time to start off the next round of NEWSNET ONE sessions. This website becomes active as a training ground for those who want to pick up communication skills every summer. It’s hot, there’s an election in the air, and several other things happening around us. […]

Great Beer (oops) Bihar Election

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Great Beer (oops) Bihar Election

The Great Bihar election is undoubtedly the event of the year, even the coming Puja festival pales in significance. To ensure that polling in Bihar goes smoothly has always been a challenge for the administration and election Commission alike. In Bhagalpur district, a vast area with a volatile mix of castes and communities, and known […]

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