Pune riverfront project treats flood plain as urban land which can be subjected to any use

By Amruta Pradhan* Three rivers (among some others) with a total length of 44km traverse through Pune city. Mula river flows a distance of 22.2 km, Mutha River 10.4 km and Mula-Mutha River 11.8 km. Plight of these rivers is well known. They have been featured in the list of 300 most polluted rivers of … More Pune riverfront project treats flood plain as urban land which can be subjected to any use

Groundwater in Rajasthan fouled by simultaneously present natural and human-made toxins

By Sahana Ghosh Groundwater quality in India’s desert state Rajasthan is hit by the simultaneous presence of both human-made pollutants and naturally occurring toxic minerals, a study has shown. The spoiled groundwater is unsafe for drinking without treatment, warn researchers. As part of the Duke University India Initiative, researchers tested 243 groundwater wells, across the … More Groundwater in Rajasthan fouled by simultaneously present natural and human-made toxins

Cutting the Gordian knot of Jammu and Kashmir: The legal conundrum that is Article 370

By Anmol Rathore* Article 370 has been the Gordian knot when it comes to the politico-legal history of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and the recent Constitution Order (CO) 272, if anything, has further entangled this knot. CO 272, by abrogating in effect Article 370, has in fact stirred a storm that doesn’t … More Cutting the Gordian knot of Jammu and Kashmir: The legal conundrum that is Article 370

UN official’s full speech, where she urged India to respect human rights in Kashmir and Assam

Text of the controversial opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva on September 9, where the top UN official made controversial remarks on Kashmir and Assam: A year has gone by since I began my mandate.  I won´t lie to you, it has not been an easy task.  We … More UN official’s full speech, where she urged India to respect human rights in Kashmir and Assam

Higher education: Online entrance, digital admission add new layers of hurdle for marginalized students

By Aarti Mangal Watching movie “Super 30” not only evoked emotions while one watched subtle layers of discrimination being exposed but also it unveiled the processes through which power structures are maintained through education. It is unfortunate that the education system especially higher education in our country is such that it excludes those who belong … More Higher education: Online entrance, digital admission add new layers of hurdle for marginalized students

Muharram: Sufi saints, Shia ulema encouraged merger from India’s rich indigenous heritage

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* What is very heartening is that most of the religious festivals in India have become cosmopolitan in nature despite being harmoniously glued to their roots. Quite spiritedly, fervently and emotionally like the Ramlila, Muharram in India observes the victory of virtue over evil. It commemorates the martyrdom of Hussain, the younger … More Muharram: Sufi saints, Shia ulema encouraged merger from India’s rich indigenous heritage

Dirty air from Indo-Gangetic plains and Central India are messing up neighbourhood ozone

By Sahana Ghosh* Dirty air from the Indo-Gangetic plain and central India is messing with ozone levels in the Indian subcontinent, a study has found. The authors emphasise the need for pan-India co-ordination to control the lung-damaging greenhouse gas, the chief ingredient of smog. The research underscores the emergence of central India as a significant … More Dirty air from Indo-Gangetic plains and Central India are messing up neighbourhood ozone