Shepherds in Uttarakhand turn backs on traditional livelihood

By Varsha Singh* Nomadic shepherds in the central Himalayas are facing a double threat. Not only is more and more pasture land being fenced in for plantations, they are unable to sell their woollen products at a worthwhile price. The shepherds, from the indigenous Bhotia community, must also pay the state forest department ever-increasing fees … Continue reading Shepherds in Uttarakhand turn backs on traditional livelihood

#PowerThePedal: Women inspires to take up the challenge of climate change

By Binu Jacob* Writing an open letter in the beginning of the year 2022 can almost be a non-starter, especially in the current context of another wave of Covid infections. At the same time it is difficult to hold back sharing some good news in the midst. Yes! After a year of consistent efforts by … Continue reading #PowerThePedal: Women inspires to take up the challenge of climate change

Need to energetically bring to public centre stage our rich ethos of unity within diversity

Revathi Thangavelu addresses via zoom Public statement of Sarv Dharm Sadbhav Sansad -- Inter-Faith Meeting Cum Prayer, Hyderabad, moderatored by Prof Kirtana Thangavelu and Sagar Dhara: The resolution passed yesterday is given asunder: The citizens of India must be assured that the equality of all Indians as enshrined in the constitution is strictly enforced in … Continue reading Need to energetically bring to public centre stage our rich ethos of unity within diversity

Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

By Subhashish Panigrahi Indian type designer Sony Salma has created a new typeface for the Sorang Sompeng alphabet, used to write India's Sora language. Sora, also known as Saura, is an indigenous language spoken, according to the 2011 Indian Census, by about 409,549 people in parts of the eastern Indian state of Odisha and the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. Latin and Odia … Continue reading Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

Five of the countless aspects of Martin Luther King Jr’s life that stand out

For the past 11 years, civil rights historian Vicki Crawford has worked as the director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, where she oversees the archive consisting of iconic sermons, speeches, writings and other materials belonging to King. Few archives of historical papers compare with the importance of the Morehouse King Collection. Aside … Continue reading Five of the countless aspects of Martin Luther King Jr’s life that stand out

Bihar, where poverty alleviation programmes hardly work: It’s all about picking the low hanging fruits

By Rohit Rakshit* Imagine yourself living in a remote village for ages located inside dense forests, in the 21st century, without any basic amenities such as proper roads, health care, education facilities and safe drinking water. The nearest primary school is located at a distance of seven kilometers and you have to pass through a … Continue reading Bihar, where poverty alleviation programmes hardly work: It’s all about picking the low hanging fruits