Manipur: Rattled and torn

It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.

People Laws MANIPUR

Telling tales from the Northeast
Shoma Chatterji writes about the challenges faced and efforts being made in the Northeastern states of India to encourage and support film making.
People Films Media

Of animals and lesser animals: Shaktimaan and his brothers
The shocking physical abuse inflicted on police horse Shaktimaan has rightly created a furore in society. But cruelty towards animals does not just manifest itself in stray, isolated incidents. Shoma Chatterji draws attention to the treatment of animals in film making and stresses the need for strict monitoring.

Lucknow’s new landmark Sheroes upholds the indomitable spirit of humanity
Manjari Singh reports on the opening of the Lucknow branch of Sheroes Hangout, a café run and managed by acid attack survivors under the guidance of the humanitarian organisation “Stop Acid Attacks”.
Gender Violence Women

In the aftermath of a hooch tragedy
In a terrible, but not-so-rare tragedy in rural West Bengal, 170 people lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor. But what actually happens after an incident such as this? Cholai, a well-researched black comedy, reveals the moral and social degradation that cuts across spheres, writes Shoma Chatterji.
Reviews Poverty

The Supreme Court just made it easier for you to save lives; here’s how!
You don’t have to fear police harassment if you report or help an injured accident victim. You don’t even have to reveal personal details unless you wish to testify. Here’s a summary of the “Good Samaritan” guidelines that the apex court has now made compulsory for states to follow.
Laws Human Rights

Chennai girls learn to land a solid punch
These days, select impoverished neighbourhoods in Chennai have become the nursery of future champion boxers. Girls in these neighbourhoods are receiving training in boxing, something that has given them the confidence to stand up for themselves and dream big, reveals Hema Vijay.

No matter who’s ruling, they just won’t brook dissent!
2009 – mid 2014: UPA. Mid 2014 – present: NDA. This map will show you that irrespective of who’s at the helm, national policies and issues considered sacrosanct are not open to debate in our country.
Government People

Eradicating caste from people’s minds
Casteism and the state of our civil society were the major issues discussed at the recently held Difficult Dialogues Conclave in Goa. It was organised by the South Asia Centre of the London School of Economics India Summit 2016 and the Television Trust for the Environment. Darryl D’Monte, who participated in one of the panel discussions, reports.

Yes, it is a caste issue!
Rohith Vemula's death was the end of his dreams of becoming another Carl Sagan. But so many other dreams have perished because of caste-based persecution that has been a blight on higher education and professional practice in this country. Shahina Nafeesa's touching personal essay, translated by Renu Ramanath, brings out deeply disturbing realities.
People Caste

Romila Thapar on the importance of speaking out
A one-on-one with India’s most well-known historian, Romila Thapar, who shares her thoughts on intellectuals protesting the growing communal discord, the ever-shrinking “liberal space” and the need for a dialogue that defines pluralism in the Indian context with Rashme Sehgal.

Can we do something for those we cannot do without?
In an upper to middle income household a domestic help and her services are indispensable. Yet, she is not given the diginity, living wages and other benefits one gets in the organised sector. Pushpa Achanta talks to the activists working for the domestic workers' rights to find what it will take to recognise these rights in our society.
Livelihood Urban Poor

A human gaze
Harsh Mander's new book Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India talks about the growing inequality and the lack of compassion amongst the rich for the poor in India. Darryl D'Monte reviews the book which despite its candidness about the grim realities offers a message of hope and promise.
Reviews Books

Manipur: Rattled and torn
From Hema to Hemiya, the complex world of Indian names
Pope’s Encyclical: Is this the push the world needed?
Are we celebrating too much too soon?
Elder abuse at home
Are we even ready to talk about superstition?
Is Europe staring at a second Renaissance?
The Indian World Cup bid that you haven’t heard of!
Let’s hear our children first!
Is your blood sample flowing down the laboratory sink?
How deep does our prejudice run?
Keeping your child safe in the age of the Internet
MHA: A Ministry for Hounding Activists?
The story that tells you what our courts are really like
Must women play football in sarees?
Bringing spring back in the lives of India’s widows
Confluence of hope: Converging for a better world
Give us the strength!
Spotlighting tales of people’s resistance
Predicting rape on television!
Ain't no mountain high enough!
Where dignity is the first and most pressing need
How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
Devotion and deception in the land of 'Godmen'
Sterilisation deaths: What’s new, after all?
Kerala: A murky ‘state’ of affairs
Can a court order end passive violence?
Muslim women fight patriarchal Sharia laws
A trend highlighted in the Jadavpur University moment
What it means to be old and alone in the city
Petitioning God!
No liquor, no drinking?
Surrogacy: The real picture
Building a library a day
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
In search of the missing link
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
The women who choose petrol over perfume
There’s always one to clear your mess!
How Sikkim’s casino dream turned sour
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
Voices Modi and Kejriwal must listen to, beyond the noise
The economics of a strong democracy
A scheme for a better parliament
“What about our dreams of a free Tibet?”
Thank you, Khushwant-ji
Bodies for sale, by men too
When a Dalit family approaches the police
Politics, through the eyes of Bihar’s Dalit students
The Olympic medals India won and ignored
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun
Lone crusader warns school-goers against substance abuse
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
Why are so many elderly men killing themselves?
To deliver on health, understand it first
Where did all the women go?
Can India learn from its neighbours?
Why trolls have it so easy
Where the young don’t want to live
The tale of an acid-attack survivor
Female and fearful In Mamata’s Bengal
A deeper look at the Tamil student stir
'Pearl of water' transforming lives
Remembering Rituparno (1963-2013)
Ballia: Chasing elusive dreams
Crying for care
A village with 60 millionaires!
Both of India's politics on display in KA
Orphans of our society
The role of individuals towards a better life
Shielding campuses from violence
Of sports, passion and reality
No welfare for social welfare workers
Professional or mercenary?
Theyyam revived: A step backward?
Promoting philanthropy in India
Re-imagining India with new data
Srirangapatna: Through prisoners' eyes
A good school for Maqbool
Is India at its 'progressive moment'?
Imperious authoritarianism in the garb of modernity
Norway episode: Problem of evolving societies?
How strong is society, really?
Not your land anymore
The saffronisation of green
A life beyond prison
Last 'woman' on stage
It's not fun anymore
Twice blessed
Trapped from all sides
Theatre, for the people
When theatre is a container for human concerns
The Anna Hazare phenomenon
On secular fatwas
The masculinisation of India
Salvager of India’s dying temple heritage
A drama on campus
The fading beat of the dhaki
Haunted by the riots
Institutional ethics
Expand the moral commons
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Politics: In need of revival
Institutional order and disorder
A spate of witch-hunting assaults
Boxing their way forward
The unkindest cut of all
Social banditry
A Kerala land struggle is 'settled', questions remain
Lalgarh: Deprived of a peace of life
Where are tribal women in Indian politics?
Mayawati: A Dalit's daughter strides towards Delhi
A Sri Lankan refugee provides refuge
Securing live-in relationships
The Hindu Jinnah?
Praja Rajyam: Caste-ing a political net
Living-in: Shades of grey
Eyes and ears, on wheels
Islamic elegies for social justice
Taking dance beyond boundaries
Caste as race
Whose films are these, anyway?
Long disenfranchised, and struggling for ST status
Kerala's development paradox
When I'm sixty-four
The evolution of violence
Landless and fighting, as ground beneath shifts
No reason to be MIFFed
A rosy narrative
Codifying indigenous ways of building
The ultimate shaadi point for those in love
The discrimination 'curriculum' in M.P.'s schools
HIV: Looking beyond numbers
In memory of Nati Binodini
Orissa's Niyamgiri tribals await apex court verdict
Us, them and us
The ideas of the Indians
Illicit liquor brewing despair in Attappadi
Young, male and deadly
Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007
State has no religion
Scuttling the law, officials evict tribals
Nandigram, an atrocity on dalits
Katta panchayats denying relief to women
Devadasis uniting to end 'dedications'
From spirited festival to drab conference
Premature menopause risks rising: study
Condom Ads: missed messages
Is it too late for Jharkhand's adivasis?
Move to amend tribal land law dangerous
Irula panchayat heads push for upliftment
A journey of courage
The theatre of hope
The tribal world and imagination of the future
An opportunity and a necessity
Dalit Christians: SC or not?
Sermons for the distressed souls
Remembering Janam
Horrifying face of the dammed river
A marriage of her choice
The right to dance
Parenthood sans prejudices
Whose Gujarat?
Reservations and the 'politics of illusion'

The transformation of Kavthepiran village
Turning old into gold
Scientific interest surging in yellow magic
Gonds nourish aspirations at annual fair
Ruth Manorama, voice of Dalits
Weaving woes on the handlooms
Low-cost, these dams are lifelines
From saree weaver to leader
Covering the silent revolution
The kanwarias: such a long journey
Caste: Don't ask, don't tell
1000 year-old tradition keeps them together
Nomads together
Little space for grassroots innovations
4 years old, miles to go
Changing notes of music education
Do reservations work?
The curse of manual scavenging
Defying labels, defining themselves
Why their kids are dying
The road to destruction
Troubled Islands
Orienting your board member
During the past year ...
A helpful experience
Press Release: AID 5th Annual Conference
For tribals, only paper pledges
On board the non-profit
Tribal autonomy a step for peace

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