Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

By Yogesh Maitreya* “Majhi aaji manhayachi Ovi hee jatya warr, Bhim banala sawali Koti koti chya mathywar” (My grandmother used to sing This couplet while working the stone grinder Bhim has become a shelter Over the heads of millions.) The lines above are from Majhi Aaji, a poem by Kiran Sonwane, whose most popular version … Continue reading Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

Tagore’s rivers were inseparable from flow: Unshackled, unbridled, a true ‘muktadhara’

By Parineeta Dandekar* "This life of mine's been nurtured by a river In its arteries flow the gifts of mountain-peaks Its fields have been shaped by many alluvial layers Mysterious vital juices from diverse sources have spread themselves in harvests upon harvests From the east and the west networks of song-streams lull its sleep and … Continue reading Tagore’s rivers were inseparable from flow: Unshackled, unbridled, a true ‘muktadhara’

Forced depoliticisation of civil society has compromised their ability to build democratic society

By Arun Kumar* Civil society is a space that belongs to the citizen. It exists between the state and the market. As a plural, amorphous, and evolving space, it resists the absolute and overwhelming power of both the state and the market. It can be a conscience keeper, playing several roles, including promoting transparency and … Continue reading Forced depoliticisation of civil society has compromised their ability to build democratic society

How Sudha Ramen, IFS, brought an 18-acre water body back to life

Her positive attitude and ability to work hard helped young forest officer, Sudha Ramen, to revive Chennai’s Otteri lake in Vandalur Zoo. The dying lake had once attracted thousands of migratory birds. Now it was all dried up. Sudha took up the challenge, and in less than a year, much has changed. The lake is … Continue reading How Sudha Ramen, IFS, brought an 18-acre water body back to life

People have right to criticize ruling dispensation, be it legislature, executive or judiciary

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is heartening to note that the Calcutta High Court just recently on December 3, 2019 in a notable judgment titled Sanmay Banerjee Vs. State of West Bengal and others in W.P. No. 21526(W) of 2019 in exercise of Constitutional writ jurisdiction on the appellate side has very rightly held that people … Continue reading People have right to criticize ruling dispensation, be it legislature, executive or judiciary

The making of teenage genius: An amazing kid, Nagpur’s Shreenabh has proved his skeptics wrong

By Moin Qazi* Child prodigies have been with us since early times. But over the epochs, many of them have had their genius questioned—mostly as to whether or not a parent or a mentor was behind their amazing skills. It is only when their talents were authentically established that people around them could acknowledge them … Continue reading The making of teenage genius: An amazing kid, Nagpur’s Shreenabh has proved his skeptics wrong

UN turns to space technology to reach Sustainable Development Goals

By Michelle Z Donahue* UN teams up with German aerospace to access satellite technology for development Collaboration aims to tackle water and food security and plan disaster response First project in Mozambique will assist reconstruction following Cyclone Idai The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will have greater access to a suite of powerful space science … Continue reading UN turns to space technology to reach Sustainable Development Goals