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'But what about the railways …?' ​​The myth of Britain's gifts to India
Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought democracy, the rule of law and trains to India. Isn’t it a bit rich to oppress, torture and imprison a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental?Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no longer contest the basic facts of imperial exploitation and plunder, rapacity and loot, which are too deeply documented to be challengeable. Instead they offer a counter-argument: granted, the British took what they could for 200 years, but didn’t they also leave behind a great deal of lasting benefit? In particular, political unity and democracy, the rule of law, railways, English education, even tea and cricket?Indeed, the British like to point out that the very idea of “India” as one entity (now three, but one during the British Raj), instead of multiple warring principalities and statelets, is the incontestable contribution of British imperial rule. Continue reading... [...]
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Paint-throwing and dancing at India's Holi festival – in pictures
Holi is a Hindu festival which marks the coming of spring. It is observed in north India at the end of winter on the last full moon of the month, and this year will be celebrated on 13 March. Lath mar Holi, or ‘Holi in which people hit with sticks’, is a local celebration of the festival, which takes place in the neighbouring villages of Barsana and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh Continue reading... [...]
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ISIS will meet al-Qaeda's fate in India, it will flop: Union Minister MA Naqvi to India Today
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in an exclusive interview with India Today says, ISIS-like ideology is unsafe in India. [...]
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Lucknow siege: How 4 states – UP, Telangana, MP, Kerala – worked together to bust ISIS Khurasan module
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) said the slain terror suspect, Saifullah, belongs to the Khurasan module of the ISIS and is believed to be linked with the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast near Jabdi station in Shajapur district of MP on Tuesday. [...]
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International Women’s Day: Pakistan’s ‘invisible’ female workers celebrate new legal status | Zofeen Ebrahim
Home-based workers in Sindh province, who prop up the country’s informal economy, hope their historic victory will mean an end to exploitationZehra Khan has much to celebrate on International Women’s Day. It is exactly four months since members of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) in Sindh province, Pakistan – of which Khan is secretary general – finally received legal recognition. The province’s chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, signed a policy that means the region’s estimated 5 million home-based workers – the majority of whom are women – can register as workers and access benefits. Continue reading... [...]
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Why don’t India’s feminists call out doctors doing unnecessary C-sections? | Mari Marcel Thekaekara
Caesareans have turned into a moneymaking racket. Surely, on International Women’s Day, we should be talking about pregnant women’s rightsIn India, childbirth has turned into a moneymaking racket, with caesarean sections pushed by unscrupulous medical practitioners in search of profit. Healthy young women who could easily have had normal, natural deliveries are lied to, told that they and their babies are at risk, and advised to have invasive surgery. Worried families feel helpless and afraid to refuse doctors’ orders. Thousands of women in even the smallest towns are put through this ordeal for no medical reason at all.Until 2010, C-sections were limited to 8.5% of all deliveries in India, just under the recommended level of 10-15%, according to a World Health Organisation report. However, during the past decade the numbers have shot up. In Kerala, India’s most educated, aware state, 41% of deliveries are C-sections and Tamil Nadu, another relatively well-off state, has 58% of its deliveries by C-section, reports the ICMR School of Public Health. Major cities in particular have seen an exponential growth in C-sections in both private and public hospitals, while one study revealed a rise from 31% to 51% over just six years in rural Haryana. Related: What’s next for the women’s movement? Related: Women lead the way on a tour of northern India Continue reading... [...]
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'When I meet God, I must be able to sign my name': India's school for older women | Vidhi Doshi
A Maharashtra village is giving women denied childhood education a chance to finally catch up on schooling, in a country where female illiteracy is highFor the past year, Gangubai has been picking up discarded newspapers or chocolate wrappers she finds in her village. At home, she pores over her pile of scraps, trying to read the words written on them. Whenever they prove too difficult, she goes to a neighbour’s house to ask for help. Aged 65, Gangubai is learning to read for the first time.She is one of 28 women in the village of Phangne in Maharashtra, western India, who have started attending the aajibaichi shala, the “school for grandmothers”. Every day, between 2pm and 4pm, the aajis, or grandmothers, of Phangne meet in a colourful bamboo hut, uniformed in pink saris and holding schoolbags. For the aajis, the school is a last chance to learn to read and write. “I go to school with joy,” says Gangubai. Related: A toilet or safe drinking water? The stark choice facing many people in rural India Who knows? If we’d been given the chan​​ce to study when we were children, we may all have become doctors Continue reading... [...]
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We managed tax transparency in Pakistan. Why not everywhere else? | Umar Cheema
Five years ago, I exposed how few Pakistani MPs were paying any taxes. Now I’m part of a campaign to get 7,000 politicians worldwide to disclose their tax recordsAt a time when the world is witnessing a wave of mistrust over the true interests of ruling elites, it may seem strange that Pakistan – a country so often associated with corruption – is in one respect the benchmark for transparency. When it comes to the disclosure of politicians’ tax affairs, the likes of Philip Hammond and Donald Trump have something to learn from my country.But it wasn’t always this way – and investigative journalism was the catalyst for change. In June 2011, Pakistan’s finance minister told parliament during his budget speech that the country was ranked second from bottom among 154 countries in tax-to-GDP ratio – an important measure of how well a country collects its tax. That he made this speech in parliament was ironic, not only because that forum is the only body able to impose taxes on ordinary people, but also because many of those listening were very likely tax evaders themselves. Related: Now’s the time for this government to act on tax avoidance | John McDonnell Related: Should MPs reveal their tax returns? | Gaby Hinsliff and others Continue reading... [...]
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7 minor girls in Kerala orphanage raped for 2 months
The girls, all in the age group of 14-15 years, were staying at the orphanage at Muttil in Kalpetta in Wayanad district. [...]
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Maneka Gandhi: Early hostel curfew a Lakshman Rekha to protect youngsters from hormonal outbursts
The Union Minister for Women and Child Development said, "When you are 16 or 17, you are hormonally challenged. So, to protect you from your own hormonal outbursts, perhaps a lakshman rekha is drawn". [...]
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Some officers keep soldiers as slaves: Jawan posts video on social media slamming Army's buddy system
Jawan Sindhav Jogidas posted in Junagadh claims that he has lodged repeated complaints against the officers who mistreated sahayaks but they have been punished instead. [...]
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Enter disguised as a boy: how Maria Toorpakai rose to squash stardom | Karen McVeigh
As a promising female athlete from a conservative, male-dominated area of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai was forced to pose as a boy to learn her craftIn a mountainous land, where girls rarely leave their homes and sport is forbidden, a young child vows to follow her dream of becoming an athlete. To do so, she dresses as a boy.The life of Maria Toorpakai, who overcame cultural restrictions to become an international squash player, reads like a Hollywood script. Related: Maria Sharapova to be reinstated as UN goodwill ambassador It was a strange thing for people to accept a girl playing sport. I stuck out and people started noticing that Continue reading... [...]
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LIVE: In UP election's Ground Zero Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi's 3rd day of campaign in his Lok Sabha seat
While PM Modi will be holding a rally in Khushipur, Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav will be addressing as many as seven rallies on the last day of campaigning before the March 8 voting. [...]
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Tral encounter ends, top Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed: 10 things you need to know
Tral happens to the hometown of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander whose death sparked violent protests in Kashmir last year. [...]
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24 more Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka; total of 50 arrested in the past week
24 Indian fishermen and four trawler boats have been taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy. [...]
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Sunny Pawar in Lion: ‘He was just a normal boy; now a Hollywood star lives in our area’
The eight-year-old actor received a hero’s welcome as he returned home to a slum from the Oscars. His family are dealing with the fame from his role in LionIt’s 11am and the Pawar family are dressed to impress. The women have put on sparkling saris and the men are in clean, ironed shirts. The man of the moment, eight-year-old Sunny, the child star of the Oscar-nominated film Lion, is inside the house, getting his face aggressively powdered by an aunt, while an uncle sprays him with perfume and adjusts his oversized jacket. I’ve come at a bad time, clearly, but the family are polite enough to invite me to stay as they prepare for a photo op with a local politician.The domestic chaos is a stark contrast to the glitzy, star-studded life Sunny has led for the past three months while touring America to promote the film. Sunny plays a young Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his biological mother aged five before being adopted by Australian parents. The film, based on Brierley’s autobiography, A Long Way Home, has received international acclaim, including six Academy Award nominations and two Bafta wins. Continue reading... [...]
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The mysterious murder of an NGO worker in Pakistan
The truth behind Zafar Lund’s assassination may never be known, but he tried to protect the poor and downtrodden against the powerful – which earned him enemies among landowners, politicians and sectarian extremistsThey came asking for help. “We’re extremely poor. We need work,” implored the two strangers. Rawal Lund told them his father, Zafar, was not currently in charge of any major projects and unlikely to be hiring. They had experience in the relevant sector, they pleaded, insisting on an audience with the 55-year-old political activist and NGO worker. Zafar Lund was admired for his campaigning work with the disenfranchised and downtrodden people of southern Punjab, and had a reputation for generosity.Rawal agreed to their request, rousing his father from an afternoon nap. Then the 24-year-old returned to his desk to continue studying for the civil service entrance exams. Continue reading... [...]
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Women's leader from India's ruling BJP charged with child trafficking
Juhi Chowdhury, state secretary of Bharatiya Janata party, arrested for alleged involvement in a cartel that police say sold Indian babies to people overseasA women’s leader from Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party has been charged for her alleged role in a child trafficking cartel, which police say sold Indian babies to people from foreign countries, including Australia, France and the US as well as to Indians.Juhi Chowdhury, state secretary of the BJP’s women’s wing, was arrested this week for charges under the Indian penal code including cheating, trafficking and exploitation. Continue reading... [...]
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Eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu's Pudukkottai arrested by Sri Lankan officials
Eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu's Pudukkottai district were arrested by Sri Lankan officials yesterday. [...]
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Gurinder Chadha: My film has been wilfully misrepresented as anti-Muslim
The director of Viceroy’s House argues that her film about India’s partition of 1947, far from ignoring the freedom struggle, celebrates itBhutto on Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’Fatima Bhutto, in reviewing my film Viceroy’s House, has every right to express her opinion about it. Everyone sees history through their own lens; some only see what they want to see. My film is my vision of the events leading up to India’s partition. It is not the first and it will not be the last interpretation, and I am delighted that it is provoking such heated public debate.What saddens me is that a film about reconciliation should be so wilfully misrepresented as anti-Muslim or anti-Pakistan. Related: Viceroy's House review – soapy account of India's birth agonies Continue reading... [...]
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BJP wants burqa-clad women voters be checked in UP, Shiv Sena says its ally frustrated
The Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the BJP in the NDA government at the Centre, said that the move shows BJP frustration as it knows that it will suffer a crushing defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. [...]
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Kerala: After RSS, CPM office attacked near Kozhikode
CPM's office in Vishnumangalam area was set on fire by some unidentified men. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident. The police have registered a case and probing the matter. [...]
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Malaysia condemns use of VX at airport, prepares to deport N Korean suspect
Ri Jong Chol, detained a few days after Kim Jong Nam's murder, would be released due to insufficient evidence. He was taken to the immigration office to prepare his deportation to North Korea. [...]
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Plastic pollution blights Bay of Bengal – in pictures
In India, 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste lies uncollected every day. Some of this washes up in Tamil Nadu state, where it pollutes and contaminates the food and water of communities living along the Bay of BengalAll photographs by Jacques de Lannoy Continue reading... [...]
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'It is us who will change the world': girl guides make their voices heard
What does it mean to be a girl today? These letters shed light on the challenges facing young women across the globe, and the power of collective actionIn a bid to ensure young women’s voices are heard, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has launched a letter-writing campaign, encouraging its 10 million members to share their hope and ambitions for a better world with girls across the globe so that together they can form a stronger collective voice about issues that affect them, such as gender equality and discrimination. Here are excerpts from letters written by guides across the globe, who reveal the issues affecting them. Continue reading... [...]
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Can a fantastic plastic bag tackle India's waste problem? | Vidhi Doshi
A Bengaluru businessman believes his organic plastic bags can help to reduce India’s 15m tonnes of annual plastic consumptionIn Ashwath Hegde’s 10th-floor office in the south-Indian city of Bengaluru, plastic has become a multi-sensory experience.“Just see what happens,” Hegde says, tearing a piece from a small plastic bag and setting it on fire. “There are no fumes. Plastic normally has a horrible smell when it burns.” Related: 'I am sacrificing my life to trigger concern about plastic in India' Continue reading... [...]
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ISIS chief Baghdadi acknowledges defeat in Iraq, asks his men to detonate themselves
Baghdadi, who had declared himself as Caliph, issued a statement titled 'farewell speech' which was distributed among ISIS' preachers and clerics. [...]
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Indian traders boycott Coca-Cola for 'straining water resources'
Campaigners in drought-hit Tamil Nadu say it is unsustainable to use 400 litres of water to make a 1 litre fizzy drinkMore than a million traders in India are boycotting fizzy drinks including Coca-Cola and Pepsi after claims from from two Indian trade associations that foreign firms are exploiting the country’s water resources.Traders in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which has a population bigger than the UK, will replace big brands with locally produced soft drinks. Related: City of burning lakes: experts fear Bangalore will be uninhabitable by 2025 Continue reading... [...]
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