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The migrant worker as a ghost among citizens -Sampath G

-The Hindu A new publication contends that their lockdown misery was no anomaly but an effect of exclusion from full citizenship When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the world’s most stringent lockdown on March 24, 2020 with barely four hours notice, lakhs of migrant workers across the country found themselves trapped in a novel situation: their livelihood in the city was gone, but they could not return to their native villages. The...

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Hurry! Applications for the 1st round of NFI Fellowships for Independent Journalists are now open till December 15th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have multiple impacts on our lives. Existing challenges have been exacerbated and new ones have emerged. Across the country, individuals, communities, businesses and governments are responding differently. Covid has claimed many casualties. Good reportage need not be one of them. The pandemic and the consequent economic slowdown have also taken its toll on good journalism. At this moment, we need good journalism to be stronger than...

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The need for ‘maximum government’ -Rohit Azad

-The Hindu The current crisis has provided us with an opportunity to rethink our health, economic and climate policies In the new set of relief measures announced by the Finance Minister, job creation has moved to the forefront. This shows that the government has finally accepted that the unemployment rates are very high, a fact it has so far been suppressing or dismissing. This is a welcome change given its usual ostrich-like...

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Akshaya Patra Governance under lens as 4 high-profile trustees quit in 2020, NGO denies link -Rohini Swamy

-ThePrint.in 4 trustees are ex-Infosys chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan, ChrysCapital co-founder Raj Kondur, and Abhay Jain, adviser to Manipal Education & Medical Group. Bengaluru: NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) has seen four high-profile trustees resign since February — three within the last month — amid speculation of misgivings within the organisation over Governance issues. The four trustees are former Infosys chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan, ChrysCapital...

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NDA won in Bihar by reminding people of ‘Jungle Raj’. But data shows it’s a myth -Rakesh Chandra

-ThePrint.in No matter what Nitish Kumar or BJP says, analysis of crime data of Bihar reveals the truth about Lalu Prasad-era ‘Jungle Raj’. The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance, armed with its electoral catchphrase, “Jungle Raj ka Yuvraj”, hit the opposition led by Tejashwi Yadav where it hurts the most. The Bihar election results hint that the narratives of the ‘Jungle Raj’ succeeded in forcing people to recall the politics and Governance...

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