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India’s Women Lose the Election

By Manipadma Jena for IPS NEW DELHI, Apr 21 2014 (IPS) - “Men just do not want to give up their seats, it’s as simple as that,” says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view across women’s groups in India. Ali, a two-time member of Parliament and key functionary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), an arm of the Communist Party of India-Marxists ...

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Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World’s Largest Vote

By Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote, and results will be issued in May. One of India’s most famous authors — and one of its fiercest critics — Roy is out with a new book, "Capitalism: A Ghost Story," which dives into Indi ...

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Thorium does not solve nuclear weapons problem

India Today news service reported on February 27, 2014: “Advanced Heavy Water Reactor is the latest Indian design for a next-generation nuclear reactor that will burn thorium as its fuel”. Co-incidently, Dr. Gordon Edwards had informed Pressenza that, “There are two countries that are testing moderated thorium-fuelled nuclear reactors, and they are Norway and India. In both cases, the fuel is a blend of Tho ...

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Protesters Resist an ‘Indian Fukushima’

By Ranjit Devraj for IPS, Inter Press Service NEW DELHI, Feb 1 2014 (IPS) - Activists opposed to India’s plans to massively increase civilian nuclear power production are aghast that a plan for an Indo-Japanese nuclear cooperation deal is gaining pace even while Japan is struggling to cope with the fallout of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was guest of hon ...

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When a penis is not a penis but a weapon, or a torture instrument

Another gang rape in India, this time in a tribal area, a young woman is found in the company of a man from another village, moreover a Muslim; the village unofficial council imposes a hefty fine which the woman's family cannot pay, so she gets gang raped by the men of the village, allegedly. The family is warned not to go to the authorities but she's bleeding heavily so she's smuggled to a hospital two day ...

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Aam Admi Party as harbinger of significant change in Indian society

EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE VS. REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATION By Pritam K. Rohila, Evolution is a slow and gradual process by which organizations as well as organisms adapt to external changes or internal pressure. It may be imperceptible in the short-term and its glacial pace frustrating for some. Revolutions, on the other hand, are attempts to bring about a sudden, dramatic, radical and fundamental change in the s ...

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We need local movements, not more expensive NGOs — just look at India’s Gulabi Gang

By Andres Jimenez for Waging Nonviolence Sampat Pal is an unlikely hero. She is a single mother of five, born to a poor and conservative family of Indian farmers and was able to undergo only basic formal education during her youth. Yet she is the founder of one of India’s most successful social movements. It is known as the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, after the traditional pink saris worn by its members. The ...

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Kerala activists support courts against criminal politicians

On the first day of October this year an SMS campaign was conducted, addressed to around 5000 students, in two collages. Further, 5,000 leaflets were distributed asking the students to send SMS messages to political leaders of Kerala. The mobile numbers of the all major political parties are given in the leaflet. The main demand of the SMS campaign was to support disqualification of criminals present in the ...

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India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

A new law passed by the Indian Parliament aimed at addressing sexual violence, while positive in some respects, has several deficiencies and also violates India’s international law obligations, Amnesty International said. The upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 on 21 March 2013, meaning that the law will come into effect once it is signed by the President. The ...

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UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

A new report proposing ways to tackle violence against women in India represents a groundbreaking basis for action, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging the Government to follow through with its recommendations. The report was produced by the Verma Committee, which was named after former Chief Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma and set up in the wake of the death of a 23-year-old woman whose g ...

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