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Period leave isn't 'radical'; it's simply making the workplace amenable to the people who work in it
Lifestyle

Period leave isn't 'radical'; it's simply making the workplace amenable to the people who work in it

The story of how weekends and humane working hours came to be makes for an important and inspiring comparison when talking about period leave.

Despite Delhi govt capping COVID-19 treatment prices, complaints of private hospitals overcharging persist
India

Despite Delhi govt capping COVID-19 treatment prices, complaints of private hospitals overcharging persist

The authorities, for their part seem reluctant to fix the flaws in the government order or take the violators to task despite repeated interventions from civil society organisations.

Triumphalism of Ayodhya coverage masked pain of India's largest minority, but hope persists that secularism will outlast hate
India

Triumphalism of Ayodhya coverage masked pain of India's largest minority, but hope persists that secularism will outlast hate

In the run-up to the grand ceremony, there was no acknowledgement of the destruction of lives of fellow citizens, neither by the constitutional Head of State, nor by the ruling party, nor the Opposition, not even by the media

Hiroshima Day: Imagining a South Asian nuclear apocalypse triggered by India and Pakistan
India

Hiroshima Day: Imagining a South Asian nuclear apocalypse triggered by India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan are just part of a larger — fraught — landscape. Every nation-state to acquire nuclear weapons after the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council is in Asia

Redevelopment plans for Dharavi are focused on high rises. COVID-19 crisis underlines critics' concerns about blinkered approach
Lifestyle

Redevelopment plans for Dharavi are focused on high rises. COVID-19 crisis underlines critics' concerns about blinkered approach

In the post-COVID world, how much would design and structural modifications in places like Dharavi, contribute to bringing about substantial change in the living conditions of people living in overcrowded slums? Journalist and researcher Dipti Nagpaul explores.

White Mughals, Whitewashing, Whitesplaining: The neo-colonial manipulation of our history by its self-appointed gatekeepers
India

White Mughals, Whitewashing, Whitesplaining: The neo-colonial manipulation of our history by its self-appointed gatekeepers

As long as we allow people with colonial mentalities to act as the self-appointed gatekeepers of our own history, culture, and knowledge systems, placing them upon a pedestal because of their accents or social circles, the process of decolonisation is incomplete.

COVID-19 crisis risks reversing gains made against child marriage in India; legal revisions alone aren't solution
India

COVID-19 crisis risks reversing gains made against child marriage in India; legal revisions alone aren't solution

Despite legal interventions over the years, India has the largest number of child brides in the world, according to a 2019 report published by UNICEF; one-third of the global total.

Tamil Nadu Lockdown Diary: Resilient tracking and testing helped Perambalur contain spread of COVID-19
India

Tamil Nadu Lockdown Diary: Resilient tracking and testing helped Perambalur contain spread of COVID-19

With just 13 active cases and one death so far, Perambalur district has the most impressive figure in Tamil Nadu, the second-worst affected state in India

Slippery slope of extrajudicial killings leads to infinite darkness and not justice
India

Slippery slope of extrajudicial killings leads to infinite darkness and not justice

Moral pieties aren't the answer to what’s happened in Hyderabad. For decades, extrajudicial executions have formed the bedrock of Indian criminal justice, a response to public frustration over the state's inability to enforce order

The role of the 'official spokesperson' is no longer about disseminating truth and there's little media can do about it
India

The role of the 'official spokesperson' is no longer about disseminating truth and there's little media can do about it

The media is that solitary institution of democracies across the world that has just one, and one single, function and that is to tell the truth as best it can

Syed Ali Shah Geelani's exit from Hurriyat marks not just sunset of the jihadist patriarch, but likely collapse of the separatist alliance
India

Syed Ali Shah Geelani's exit from Hurriyat marks not just sunset of the jihadist patriarch, but likely collapse of the separatist alliance

Syed Ali Shah Geelani's resignation letter shows he committed the same errors he had observed among the jihadists in the 1990s: the New Islamist movement he built, degenerated into a kind of nihilist anti-politics, incapable of actual political purpose

In COVID-19 crisis, an opportunity to reboot, revitalise rural economies with Youth Migrant Entrepreneurs
India

In COVID-19 crisis, an opportunity to reboot, revitalise rural economies with Youth Migrant Entrepreneurs

As the migrant crisis slowly subsides and India crawls its way back to normalcy, this is the right time to ask: isn’t there a way to avoid forcing these individuals out of their homes?

A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue
Lifestyle

A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue

The Black Lives Matter movement must spark a reckoning within the diaspora Indian classical dance world with its own race and caste issues

COVID-19 lockdown paves the way to provide social security to domestic workers in urban India, rethink employee-employer relationship
India

COVID-19 lockdown paves the way to provide social security to domestic workers in urban India, rethink employee-employer relationship

While the COVID-19 lockdown is the best time for the employers to rethink the adequacy of wages for domestic workers, it provides an opportunity for workers to switch to online transactions with employers

Galwan incident was no mere 'security' issue; India's diplomacy needs to kick in with rigour to counter China
India

Galwan incident was no mere 'security' issue; India's diplomacy needs to kick in with rigour to counter China

Historically, India's diplomacy had maintained the high ground of morality, persuasiveness and professional engagement that allowed it to 'manage' the restive neighbourhood and internal contradictions. Current relationships are not reflective of that ability

Actor Payal Rohatgi’s outburst against Safoora Zargar typifies right wing obsession with Muslim sexuality
India

Actor Payal Rohatgi’s outburst against Safoora Zargar typifies right wing obsession with Muslim sexuality

The Hindu right-wing discourse around the sexuality and sex lives of Muslim men and women has acquired a particular tone and tenor

Where do we go from here? India should consider self registration, inter-state welfare schemes for migrant workers' social security
India

Where do we go from here? India should consider self registration, inter-state welfare schemes for migrant workers' social security

The ongoing migrant workers crisis has amplified the need for a universal and comprehensive social security regime for all workers in the informal sector

In Tamil Nadu, NGOs and volunteers pave way for migrant workers as govt machinery struggles to cope with COVID-19 crisis
India

In Tamil Nadu, NGOs and volunteers pave way for migrant workers as govt machinery struggles to cope with COVID-19 crisis

From arranging dry ration, medicines, soaps and water to helping migrant workers with online railway booking, volunteers in Tamil Nadu have provided unrelenting support since day one

Coronavirus outbreak a trailer of what anti-microbial resistance can do tomorrow; it's time to limit intake of antibiotics before it's too late
India

Coronavirus outbreak a trailer of what anti-microbial resistance can do tomorrow; it's time to limit intake of antibiotics before it's too late

Experts dealing with anti-microbial resistance (AMR) have feared uncontrollable pathogens — bacteria as well as viruses — much before COVID-19 spread across the globe

Indian states' decision to suspend labour law amid COVID-19 crisis is delirious policy-making not backed by empirical analysis
India

Indian states' decision to suspend labour law amid COVID-19 crisis is delirious policy-making not backed by empirical analysis

The utter disregard for the value of human life could not be starker than in using the COVID-19 crisis as the foreground for the whittling down of labour rights. The proposed moves are the most short-sighted manifestation of the hasty assumptions that continue to undergird the case for neoliberal reform of India’s labour law framework.