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Linguistic inclusion on the internet

Linguistic inclusion on the internet

By AlokeThakore

Not a single one of the Eighth Schedule Indian languages is used by more...

Net neutrality: Superhighway to digital inclusion

Net neutrality: Superhighway to digital inclusion

By Ashoak Upadhyay

If users have to pay for the services available via the internet unde...

Ambivalent internet: Freedoms and fears

Ambivalent internet: Freedoms and fears

By Shivani Gupta

The internet is not a gender-neutral space. Women from patriarchal backg...

Digital inequality in the Global South

Digital inequality in the Global South

By TT Sreekumar

Studies which focus on information and communication technologies (ICTs)...

Caste concerns in landmark e-governance projects

Caste concerns in landmark e-governance projects

By Rahul De’

Many e-governance programmes in developing countries reach into the furthes...

Why is the health, education and nutritional status of SCs, STs and minorities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala so much better than their counterparts in states like UP and Bihar? The India Human Development Report 2011 suggests that this is the result of good governance and massive mobilisation of the lower castes in the southern states, writes Subhash Gatade

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By Kalyani Chaudhuri

Two books -- one offering a historical perspective, the other bearing the immediacy and thrust of the present -- focus on the prejudices and oppression faced by dalits in India, and on ‘battles’ fought, won and lost in their ongoing struggle

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Lawrence Liang is disappointed with Amartya Sen’s ‘The Idea of Justice’, which seems to offer us a competing political theory, but not necessarily a competing political vision

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The new Human Rights Watch report is a damning indictment of dysfunction, abuse and impunity in the Indian police system, says IPS veteran K S Subramanian

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By Subhash Gatade

Badri Narayan’s book Fascinating Hindutva: Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation attempts to deconstruct the tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilise dalits to its side. It explains how community myths have been appropriated and twisted to oppose the composite heritage of the people

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By Melanie P Kumar

Savitribai Phule's name is not in the history books alongside the Rani of Jhansi and others. But it deserves to be. She, along with her husband Jotiba Phule, was a pioneer in the struggle against oppression of women, dalits, adivasis and religious minorities. A new book sketches her life and work

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By Noor Zaheer

Githa Hariharan's 'Fugitive Histories' provides a long list of reports, interviews, witness accounts and the writer's own impressions of Ahmedabad and its environs after the Gujarat riots of 2002

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A fact-finding team that visited the camps and villages of Kandhamal district in Orissa, where the latest bout of violence against Christians has rendered thousands homeless and killed more than 25 people, finds the attacks by Hindu fundamentalists pre-planned and the government's response inadequate

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A new report by the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice and Human Rights Watch documents India's systematic failure to respect, protect and ensure the fundamental rights of its dalit population

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By Huned Contractor

If we can look conflict straight in the face, through the eyes of the young diarists who are included in Stolen Voices, we might be in a better position to deal with it, feels Zlata Filipovic, whose teenaged chronicle of a war-torn Sarajevo became a bestseller recently

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By Ashok Gopal

A survey in 565 villages across 11 states reveals that in 73% of villages, dalits cannot enter non-dalit homes, and in 33% of villages non-dalit health workers will not visit dalit homes. Clearly, independent India's efforts to eradicate untouchability have not substantially shaken core beliefs

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By Gautam Bhan

Gayatri Reddy's With Respect to Sex speaks of hijras not just as people who sit at one end of the gender and sexuality spectrum, but as Hyderabadis, as sex workers as well as ascetics, as sole breadwinners for their families, and simply, as people

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By Manjri Sewak

The Human Security Report 2005 suggests that there is a gradual shift away from violence in human relationships and towards dialogue and reconciliation. This shift is reflected in the number of individuals - professionals, musicians, businesspersons - working to build peace and justice

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By Darryl D'Monte

Is multiculturalism different from pluralism? Can an individual have several different identities at the same time, none of them conflicting? These questions are at the core of Amartya Sen's new book, Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

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South Asia has the dubious reputation of being one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work in, says the Third Annual International Federation of Journalists Press Freedom Report released on World Press Freedom Day, May 3

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On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, the International Federation of Journalists released the second annual IFJ Press Freedom Report for South Asia, 'The Story Behind the News: Journalists and Press Freedom in South Asia'

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Excerpts from the historic Supreme Court judgement on the Best Bakery Case, specifically, the case of Zahira Sheikh versus the Gujarat government. The judgement was passed by an apex court bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and Doraiswamy Raju, April 12, 2004

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By Rakesh Shukla

Two years after Godhra and the Gujarat riots that followed, a feminist report argues that the sexual violence in Gujarat was not random, impulsive or isolated, but a consciously-thought-out strategy to subjugate and humiliate a community painted as the Enemy Other

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By S Anand

RBI economist and Dalit writer Narendra Jadhav's memoir Outcaste (Aamcha Baap aan Amhi) has been picked up for publishing in the United States by Simon and Schuster, the world's second largest publisher for a record amount and is fast becoming essential reading for sociology studies in American universities. In an interview, the author talks about the sudden spurt in the publication of dalit literature

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By Arshia Sattar

A review of Translating Caste and Translating Desire

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By Sindhu Nair

The autobiography of C K Janu, a semi-literate tribal leader from Kerala, is a simple but powerful document of how Kerala's tribals lost their old order of life and were alienated both from their forests and from the mainstream

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By Arshia Sattar

At a time when there is increasing pressure towards homogeneity, the Vivalok series of comics brings alive the microcosms that communities create and nurture even as they exist within a larger pluralistic cultural domain

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By Ammu Joseph

Journalism After September 11 reflects the problems and perils of patriotic journalism, not just in the US but across the world

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This report by a six-member fact-finding team records the testimonies of Gujarat's women and assesses the impact of the ongoing riots in Gujarat on minority women

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A report by the International Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

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