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Is Mayawati Playing Politics of Opportunism?

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Spread the love           Mayawati has refused to be part of the greater alliance (mahagathbandhan ) unless she is given a major chunk of seats to contest. She may be right in her assertion. But politically she is wrong. The main problem with Mayawati, however, is that she does not comprehend the new idiom of Dalit assertion. […]


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Urban Ayyappas File Commonsense Petition: Jallikattu-Type Movement Gains Momentum

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Spread the love           A Jallikattu-like movement has started and fiery debates on television have spurred people to spontaneously come out on to the streets. Led by women devotees of Ayyappa, the protests seek to impress that the #ReadyToWait outnumber #RightToPray by miles! NADA in its petition claims the top court’s verdict “shocked millions of devotees” and […]


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Empowerment and Wellbeing of African Women

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Spread the love           Many cultural customs and traditions infringe on the rights of women and children by subjecting them to abuse, in keeping with Africa’s gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda, and as part of its advocacy activities. As African women receive education and are recognised with a higher legal status, they provide their households with […]


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African Women Stand Tall against Female Genital Mutilation

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Spread the love           Butchering girls’ private parts, cutting out healthy flesh in the name of religious ritual is barbaric. Whenever a girl or a woman gets cut, she becomes exposed to numeric infection, including HIV, which is the deadliest of all. Statistics says the places where this practice still takes place are high in HIV infected […]


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The Punishment

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Spread the love           A young student had to face punishment because he had spoken against the corrupt principal. Stanslaus tells us about the deep-rooted corruption in schools in Tanzania. A Different Truths exclusive for the Special Feature on Africa.  In 1992, I was in form five at Tosamaganga Secondary School and there was a crisis between […]


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Dandora Dumpsite is a Bedroom for the Urban Poor in Nairobi

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Spread the love           Dandora is the biggest dumpsite in Nairobi, an estate littered with dirt and overflowing sewers pouring into the drainage system. For most though, it is the high level of crime, thanks to the jobless youth, who idle in the area, youth who strike fear in residents, even in broad daylight. It is a lifeline […]


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The Magical Mystery of Enigmatic and Enchanting East Africa

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Spread the love           Nayna takes us on a tour of two East African countries, Tanzania and Rawanda. She tells us the wondrous tales of a world heritage site, Stone Town, in Zanzibar, the largest national parks, including Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and camping under the open sky, in tents, in Tanzania. Kigali, a very pretty hill station; […]


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Snapshots from South: A Redux

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Spread the love           Ruchira tells us about two getaways, both quaint, in Kerala. These are Poovar and Padmanabhapuram Palace, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. While writing my memoirs about certain places of tourist interest down south, I had inadvertently missed out on two unique places. Later, however, to quote Wordsworth, they “flashed upon […]


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Going Up in Smoke That Never Was: A USD 100 Million from UAE

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Spread the love           UAE ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna confirms that no aid offer of Rs 700 crore was made by the UAE. This places the Vijayan government in Kerala, the state with the communists in power, in an untenable position. The CM, who jumped the gun, also made others to jump the gun, including the […]


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India Wage Report of ILO: Some Hits, Many Misses

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Spread the love           The ILO report estimates that the real average daily wages in India almost doubled between 1993–94 and 2011–12 but fails to mention that the Indian GDP quadrupled between 1991 and 2011. The report rightly highlights that average daily wages in urban areas remain more than twice as high as wages in rural areas […]


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