Santhara: not suicide, surely?

Santhara: not suicide, surely?

New Delhi: It’s a tough set of questions: should Jains be allowed to practice Santhara? Is suicide the same as giving up one’s life voluntarily? Why should a non-Jain challenge the religious practice of a Jain? If the law is the same for everyone, then why shouldn’t we allow euthanasia?   The Supreme Court on […]

Miniscule, but powerful? That’s the question!

Miniscule, but powerful? That’s the question!

‘“Miniscule” & Powerful!’- that was the theme of a national consultation for ‘drawing a collective roadmap for MSM and other gay men in India’ held at New Delhi this day last week. Representatives of the Gay and transgender communities from all over India reflected on the main issues that impacted their lives and rights. Ever […]

Christians ‘share’ of India’s population on the decline

Christians ‘share’ of India’s population on the decline

The Census ‘numbers’ are intriguing, actually indicating that contrary to hype and ‘conversion’ allegations levelled against the religious minority by the RSS and right wing Hindu groups, the total percentage of Christians in the India have actually declined a fraction. Nearly half of the India’s Christian population lives in south India, shows the Census 2011 data […]

APJ: India’s Atheist, Bachelor, long haired-lover

APJ: India’s Atheist, Bachelor, long haired-lover

PJ Abdul Kalam was buried today. He died in action. Contributing towards education with his last breath, in a manner of speaking. He led a remarkable life. From an ordinary, poor Muslim household, he educated himself to become a well known engineer, beloved of the hawks, who christened him with the nickname, ‘The missile man’ […]

Ramdev and assorted ‘Babas’ to guide IIT research?

Ramdev and assorted ‘Babas’ to guide IIT research?

 Is the ‘Unnat Bharat Yojana’ just a vehicle to fund Sangh Parivar based rural organisations and promote a sort of hanky-panky, hocus-pocus agenda disguised as research? A recent NDTV web report has indicted that there are wheels within wheels. The IIT Delhi campus has been in the news for the past several months over the […]

Is Kejriwal picking up a food fight with Delhi?

Is Kejriwal picking up a food fight with Delhi?

Delhi : Is Kejriwal’s ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ out to break the backs of the real common man? Is the hare-brained scheme, announced by AAP, that proposes to run ‘Aam Aadmi Canteens’  actually a way  of torpedoing the livelihoods of thousands of popular street food vendors? The National Association of Street Vendors in India (NASVI) has strongly condemned […]

In Memory of Brave Sons of Garo Land

In Memory of Brave Sons of Garo Land

Tura, Mehhalaya: In 1917, when the world was in the midst of war, a thousand Garo tribesmen were recruited to the 69th Garo Labour Corps and despatched to France to help the Allied forces in construction, transportation, and salvage. Thursday marked the 97th anniversary of their return. Historian Milton Sangma, who researched the Garo Labour Corps states, […]

India’s new heroines: Tashi & Nungashi

India’s new heroines: Tashi & Nungashi

The new women heroes of the day are definitely Tashi and Nungashi Malik, the first twin sisters to climb Mount Everest together, have now become the fastest South Asians to complete the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’. But they have done it on their own, with no ‘support’ from the Narendra Modi government. The Government of new […]

Supreme Court gives Vyapam case to CBI

Supreme Court gives Vyapam case to CBI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered a CBI probe into all Vyapam scam cases and alleged deaths related to it’ It issued notice to the Centre, the Madhya Pradesh government and the Governor of Madhya Pradesh on a plea seeking his removal over his alleged involvement in the scam. Following a public outcry and […]

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Imphal: Curfew is imposed, even as Imphal turns into a war zone, with thousands of youngsters almost rioting in support of an inner-line permit system for Manipur. Sapam Robinhood, a Class XI student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Imphal East died and several people were injured as supporters clashed with police. Schools and Colleges […]

Despite ban 1.8 lakh people remove human excreta manually

Despite ban 1.8 lakh people remove human excreta manually

Patna: Bihar has 5,296 manual scavengers, Maharashtra has 63,713, according to the provisional data of the recently released socio-economic and caste census. Across India, over 1.8 lakh manual scavengers told the surveyors they manually remove untreated human excreta from dry toilets, railway tracks and sewers – a practice banned by Parliament 22 years ago. Interestingly, […]

Sikkim has one TG, India has over 74 Thousand

Sikkim has one TG, India has over 74 Thousand

Sikkim has but one transgender, and rural Assam has 1,734 out of 2,198 TGs in the Northeast. India has 74,286 TGs, according to the 2011 Socio-economic and caste Census. Meghalaya has the highest percentage of women-headed households at 24.41 per cent, which is much higher than the regional and national average. Rural areas in the […]