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How Kerala is Destroying its Wetlands

The amendment to the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2008 is one in a series of environmentally detrimental decisions that the Kerala government has taken. The state urgently needs to factor in ecological rationale in decision-making and conserve paddy fields and weltlands for the long term health of the state.

The Pandit Questions

Who can decide where and in what circumstances should Kashmiri Pandits return to the valley—whether in “exclusive colonies” or in mixed neighbourhoods? Michael Thomas in conversation with Vinayak Razdan.

Muslim Women’s Rights and Media Coverage

Despite the large number of positive court judgements in favour of Muslim women in India, the media prefers to endorse the view that once the husband pronounces talaq, the wife is stripped of all her rights. Similarly, articles by experts, while focusing on the need to declare instantaneous triple talaq invalid, pay little attention to the rights laboriously secured from the trial courts, the high courts and even the Supreme Court by many Muslim women.

Power Tariff Scam Gets Bigger at Rs 50,000 crore

The dimension of the scam relating to inflation of power tariffs by, among other things, over-invoicing imported coal has become considerably bigger. It has now come to light that electricity generating companies are seeking to obtain compensatory tariffs from regulators. In addition, particular firms in the Adani and Essar Groups, have allegedly over-invoiced imports of equipment. The total size of the scam is currently estimated at Rs 50,000 crore, if not more.

The Kashmiri Dust Storm Blowing in Rajasthan

Razdan, a Kashmiri Pundit forced to flee in 1990, was visiting Rajasthan recently. Surprised that everyone suddenly seems to know their story through news channels, he writes of the questions people ask him and the advice they offer, and how nothing lets him find respite from Kashmir.

Following the Government’s Urban Footsteps

Will the inauguration of the Interim Government Complex in the new capital villages of Andhra Pradesh spur newer, better forms of urban growth? Our sixth photo essay from the transforming land of Amravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Managing Cultural Practices

The decision by the Karnataka state government to allow a private foundation to adopt the Venkatappa Art Gallery has come under severe criticism from artists and the general public. Can there be a workable model for participation from corporates in museums and art galleries that can ensure research and conservation of cultural assets and fostering art for all strata of society?

The Great Education Divide

It is time to break the mythical divide between general higher education that raises consciousness, and professional education that is instrumental to employment and marketable research.

Agriculture is Injurious to Health

Farmers in India could be forgiven for assuming that bureaucrats, political parties and their representatives want them to quit agriculture. In fact, without actually announcing that agriculture in any form is injurious to health and only death can end the agony of the disease, these sections do their best to communicate this message subtly.

Agriculture is Injurious to Health

Farmers in India could be forgiven for assuming that bureaucrats, political parties and their representatives want them to quit agriculture. In fact, without actually announcing that agriculture in any form is injurious to health and only death can end the agony of the disease, these sections do their best to communicate this message subtly.

Remembering a Kashmiri Night

In the winter of 1990, Razdan was holed up inside his house, playing, while Kashmir started its rapid descend into hell. Over the years, on marked anniversaries, he and others who “lost” have been asked to tell the old tales again and again. The author writes about violence and memory, of stories from the night of 19 January being untwined and simplified, even as the future gets more twisted.

Buying into the Aakash Dream

The low-cost Aakash tablet and its previous iterations in India have gone through several phases of technological changes and ideological experiments. Did the government prioritise familiarity and literacy about personal technological devices over the promise of quality mass education generated by low-cost devices?

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