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The importance of government schools in India

s, this is the usual refrain: “But they are of such poor quality, insufficient classrooms, inadequate teachers. The school teaches in the local language, not English. Why would anybody in their Right mind send their child to such a school? Government schools are not for people like us; wahan gareeb ke bachche jaate hain (Poor people’s children study there).” This narrative, fuelled by mainstream media and a large number of neo-lib

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How should students react when a minister makes a big deal of fake history

fight against repression and injustice. True, what happened at the 65th convocation of IIT, Kharagpur was neither; but the splendiferous display of fake history should surely have invited a more forthRight protest than a let’s-get-it-over-with clap? It is difficult to believe that any one of the students gathered there could have believed, say, that the Himalayan range acts like the “neelkanthha” Shiva, who held all the poison that a

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Assam NRC-excluded are not 'stateless', says External Affairs Ministry -Kallol Bhattacherjee

-The Hindu Ministry says those not in NRC will not be detained and will enjoy all Rights New Delhi: Individuals excluded from the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam will not become stateless and will continue to enjoy equal Rights available to all Indians, Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, said on Sunday. Mr. Kumar declared that the

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Shock slowdown -R Suryamurthy

he slowest growth since the 4.9 per cent growth recorded in April-June 2012-13. In the same quarter last year, the economy was humming along at a relatively pacy 8 per cent. India’s bragging Rights about being the fastest growing economy again went up in smoke. China reported a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019, its weakest expansion in the past 27 years. The real big worry is that growth in the manufacturing se

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'Population Explosion': The myth that refuses to go -Sarojini Nadimpally Even more dangerously, demographically driven population regulation measures, ignore women's Rights over their own bodies. The spectre of population control has emerged to haunt us yet again. The Prime Minister of India, in his Independence Day speech on the August 15, expressed concern about “population explosion creating various problems for the coming generations” and complemented those who “follow the policy

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A more precarious citizenship -Sanjib Baruah

-The Indian Express India is unlikely to deport to Bangladesh people who fail NRC test. But the millions who will become non-citizens will have fewer Rights The phrase “India’s internal matter” has featured prominently in the country’s diplomacy in recent days. It cropped up repeatedly in the government’s responses to the international fallout of the moves on Jammu and Kashmir: To scrap Article 370 and downgrade

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Press release--Status of Policing in India Report 2019: Police Adequacy and Working Conditions

the panel discussion were Aruna Roy, social activist and founder of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Prakash Singh, Former DGP, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Border Security Force and Vrinda Grover, human Rights lawyer and social activist. The discussion was chaired by Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Former Chief Justice, Kerala and Gauhati High Courts.     The report examines the conditio

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Police in India endorse encounter killing, mob punishment: Study -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

olice requires physical strength and aggressive behaviour which women lack; women police are incapable of handing high-intensity crimes and cases; and because of inflexible working hours, it is not alRight for women to work in the police force as they cannot attend to homely duties.” A number of such biases and prejudices have been highlighted in a study titled ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019,’ which primarily dealt with

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The seduction of data sovereignty in India -Nayantara Ranganathan

-Hindustan Times It threatens individual sovereignty, undermines citizen Rights, and is a lost chance to meaningfully grapple with data colonisation Data is a sovereign asset,” said the Union minister of railways and commerce, Piyush Goyal, at the G20 meeting in Japan. Goyal was against using free trade agreements to justify the free flow of data. Instead, he said, government restrictions on data flows would allow India to be able to use

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