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What minority women want? Debating the Uniform Civil Code

Aug 01, 2014 03:22 PM With the Bharatiya Janata Party forming the new government at the Centre, the issue of the enforcement of a Uniform Civil Code has gained ground once again, as the ruling party had included it in its election manifesto stating that “there cannot be gender equality till such time as India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women…”.

New life for disabled Indian boy found tied to a Mumbai bus stop

Jul 24, 2014 02:11 PM Lakhan was regularly tied to a pole by his elderly grandmother for fear he would run into traffic on a nearby road.
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India’s great invisible workforce

Jul 23, 2014 05:47 PM Millions of Indian women are confined to their homes performing domestic duties for which they receive no compensation.

For Rajasthan’s women bus conductors, can this journey be fun?

Jul 15, 2014 02:14 PM They say happiness is not in the destination but the journey. However, if the road is bumpy, the temperatures are soaring and the bus one is travelling by is in dire need of maintenance, then the entire experience can be quite trying. Now imagine if one has to traverse the same rough route every day, twice a day. Life then can truly become very tough - and tougher still, if one is a female bus conductor.

Tribal girls in Odisha go back to school for lessons in Ho

Jul 15, 2014 01:47 PM Kolha tribal families living in six Gram Panchayats under the Kaptipada block of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha will always be grateful to Chanchala, Jamuna, Kuipai, Panamani and other women teachers whose efforts have brought the local tribal girls back to school. Holding classes in their native language Ho, instead of Odiya, has been the real game changer in these parts. The move has not only helped in increasing the literacy rate in the area but also boosted the confidence of the otherwise marginalised tribal children.

Hunger haunts Odisha’s poster woman for poverty

Jul 11, 2014 10:40 AM Dressed in a torn sari, an impoverished Banita Podh, 44, sits outside her hut in Khatimunda village of Odisha’s Bolangir district, with a vacant expression on her face. Bitterly disappointed with the way her life has turned out she has given up all hope of ever living a life of dignity. With five children and a disabled husband to provide for, Banita has spent every waking hour in the last 30 years cooking meals, looking for work or paying off debts.

Dalit women ensure Mid Day Meals for children

Jul 07, 2014 05:53 PM This is a success story. The backdrop: a small, dusty village in Madhya Pradesh; the protagonists: oppressed dalit women, who managed to shed their inhibitions and overcome centuries old caste and class baggage to save their children from the curse of hunger and severe malnutrition.

Religion, feminist politics and Muslim women’s rights in India

Jul 07, 2014 05:02 PM The most important campaigns of the women’s movements have centred on issues of dowry, rape and personal laws and more recently women’s reservation in legislatures, writes Zoya Hasan.
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A resilient future for Bangladesh Sundarbans

Jul 06, 2014 08:20 AM The largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans is a complex network of islands, winding creeks and mudflats.

GPS training key to disaster response

Jul 04, 2014 04:10 PM A change in US law has made it legal for firms to publicly display images from satellites with resolution high enough to show objects such as manhole covers and postboxes.

Will these 61 women in India's Parliament make a difference?

Jul 01, 2014 06:15 PM The more women take up political responsibilities, the broader will be parliamentary representation, writes Seema Guha.
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Bio-Fuelling the future

Jun 25, 2014 02:05 PM The growth of various biofuels in India can help generate clean energy as well as cut our massive spending on oil imports.

The perils of water mismanagement

Jun 25, 2014 01:36 PM By 2030, about 47 per cent of world's population will live in highly water-stressed areas. The only way to reverse this trend is to invest in environmental infrastructure and effective management of water to bring relief to millions afflicted by poverty, hunger and disease

Using arts to help rural India speak out

Jun 23, 2014 11:22 AM “We feel convinced that this is the way to reach that last person of our community," says Shubhranshu Choudhary, winner of the Index Digital Activism Award.
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Bonded labour: Reforms on anvil in Pakistan?

Jun 11, 2014 06:07 PM Parliamentarians, civil society and the social activists together join in a policy making dialogue to provide relief to bonded labourers in Pakistan.

Climate Change affects women more than men

Jun 05, 2014 02:20 PM Women are disproportionately affected by extreme climatic changes particularly in developing countries like India.
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From crisis to comfort: Inspiring Sri Lanka’s war-torn north

May 29, 2014 05:14 PM Having survived the civil war that raged her country, a Sri Lankan woman inspires other victims of the war by rebuilding her house in 65 days.
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Composing to inspire: From self to spine patients

May 28, 2014 02:55 PM A Delhi girl composes a song not just to inspire spine patients but to celebrate their journey towards a normal life.
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Addressing migrants’ HIV/AIDS vulnerabilities in India

May 20, 2014 01:16 PM Both for Nepalese and Bangladeshi migrants the conditions during and after migration increases their overall vulnerability towards diseases especially HIV, writes Tahseen Alam, Regional Advocacy Manager, EMPHASIS.
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Behind the showroom: the hidden reality of India's garment workers

May 05, 2014 06:16 PM “The Rana Plaza tragedy put the spotlights on the dire working conditions at the other end of the global production chain said Karim Lahidji, FIDH President.

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