The killing of five Bengalis in eastern Assam’s Sadiya on November 1 has led to an uneasy calm in a State divided over language amid a bid by the Central government to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Why the controversy? The Assamese and the Bengali, the two largest linguistic groups in the northeastern region, … Continued
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Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, promises to keep map-makers busy. He has not only picked up the pace in changing names of places in his State, but his colleagues in the BJP seem to be going through the atlas to identify cities elsewhere that could be re-designated in a competitive spiral of … Continued
A cargo of 16 containers carrying snacks and other food items manufactured by Pepsi is on its way to Varanasi. What makes this nine-day journey special is that instead of roads or railways, this cargo has taken the waterway — part of an effort by the government to resurrect the Ganga as a significant transportation … Continued
59 people killed by moving train The ghastly Dasara disaster at Amritsar that has left 59 people dead is a harsh reminder, if any were needed, that government departments have not yet taken official protocols for safety at mass gatherings seriously. In the aftermath of the entirely preventable carnage, in which spectators crowding a railway … Continued
What is it? Swinging between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ air quality for the past two weeks, the National Capital Region seems set for another lung-clogging winter this year. Figures released by the Union Health Ministry early this week showed the total emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) less than 2.5 micrometre in diameter increased by 15% … Continued
On October 11, the 112th day of a fast that began in June to protest against the government’s inadequate efforts at cleaning the Ganga, G.D. Agarwal, a well-known crusader for the river, died of a heart attack. He was 86. What was his stand? He had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, and was … Continued
What happened? Early this month, migrants working in several districts of Gujarat, and hailing mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, began fleeing, fearing for their lives. What was the trigger? On September 28, a 14-month-old was raped allegedly by a migrant labourer in a small village in Sabarkantha in north Gujarat. The incident … Continued
On Wednesday, the Sabarimala temple opened its doors for the first time since a Supreme Court ruling allowed women of all ages to enter the temple. As the controversy continues with protesters not allowing women to enter the temple, a look at what the pilgrimage is about: Sabarimala Deity & temple Lord Ayyappan is the … Continued
OVER THE years, various citizens and political leaders have debated whether India should have two separate time zones. The demand is based on the huge difference in daylight times between the country’s longitudinal extremes, and the costs associated with following the same time zone. Those arguing against the idea, on the other hand, cite impracticability … Continued
Over the last couple of weeks, India has seen a return of the #MeToo phenomenon, with women calling out sexual misconduct and harassment by scores of men from the worlds of film, television, journalism, business, art, writing, and stand-up comedy. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke Exactly a year ago, on October 15, 2017, American actor Alyssa … Continued