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13-05-2016

Quest for Equality

Struggle against restrictions on women's entry into public places of worship.

Briefing

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SRI LANKA

Reviving a partnership

World Affairs
The Maithripala Sirisena government drops all its objections to the China-funded Colombo port city project conceived by the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Troubled start

India
The Mehbooba Mufti government begins work with serious trouble on hand to deal with.
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Land & People

African Connection

India
Centuries ago, thousands of Africans were brought to India as slaves. They made this country their own, and their descendants can be found mainly in c
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Daughters of Eve

Lead Story
In the light of the recent Supreme Court observations on women’s equal right to worship, a section of Christians takes a hard look at the patriarchal
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Denial of rights

Lead Story
The anti-women values, customs and usages were directly targeted and remedied in the Constituent Assembly by the founders.
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Grave issues

Lead Story
The Haji Ali Dargah’s decision to deny women access to the inner sanctum from 2011 is widely believed to be a retrograde step because women can pray i
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Exempted, not prohibited

Lead Story
Islam does not prohibit women from offering prayers at mosques but since it prohibits mixed-gender prayers, logistical problems prevent some mosques f
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Pressure on a hill shrine

Lead Story
On the issue of restrictions to the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple, the dominant view in Kerala, even among women, seems to be that tradition
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Struggle for equality

Lead Story
The women’s movement for the right of entry into religious spaces seeks to challenge gender- and caste-based hierarchies. The organisations leading it
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Winds of change

Lead Story
The current wave of activism in support of gender equality in places of worship started in Maharashtra, thanks to committed women fighters and court i
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‘Don’t fight, follow what our shastras say’

Lead Story
Interview with Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati.
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Tradition of exclusion

Lead Story
In history, untouchables, be they men or women, sudras or tribal people, were not meant to enter sacred precincts. Notions of purity and pollution wer
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‘From the mosque to the bedroom, we must assert our rights’

Lead Story
Interview with Asra Nomani, who organised the first mixed-gender namaz led by a woman.
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Disaster

Template for tragedy

India
The Paravur temple tragedy in Kerala was a disaster waiting to happen, given the increasing frequency of temple festivals involving pyrotechnic displa
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Assembly Elections: West Bengal

Losing hold

Politics
The Trinamool Congress’ grip on voters is loosening as corruption, rural suicides and strong-arm tactics of party workers emerge as the main themes o
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‘To keep alive Maharashtra’s liberal, secular tradition’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Hamid Dabholkar.
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Labour Issues

Class outburst

India
Protests by garment workers over attempts to curb Provident Fund withdrawals bring to light the underside of working-class life in Bengaluru.
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United Kingdom

Brexit or Bremain?

World Affairs
With the referendum just two months away, public education-led engagement with the issues of Brexit remains tardy because politically disparate groups
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Honduras

Downward spiral

World Affairs
The murder of the activist Berta Caceres brings into focus the political violence against those trying to build a just society.

Challenge to social reform

Lead Story
A petition in the Supreme Court on the Sabarimala issue raises significant questions.
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Missing the wood and trees

Books
The book takes an in-depth look at forest management and governance in the country and the efforts to make it more people-centric.
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Notion of impurity

Lead Story
Should a natural and biological process be used to discriminate against women, all in the name of religion? The debate spearheaded by “happy to bleed”
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Healthcare

Faulty prescriptions

India
The Centre’s decision to ban 350 fixed-dose combination drugs brings to the fore the urgent need to curb the unethical practices in the pharmaceutical
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Assembly Elections: Tamil Nadu

Slipping away

Politics
The Pattali Makkal Katchi in Tamil Nadu seeks to woo young voters for an image makeover as an all-inclusive party, but it may not succeed.
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Flawed thesis

Books
The book puts forth arguments in favour of India’s quest for superpower status ignoring the need to address the most urgent priorities such as reducin
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Magic of Rafi

Books
An authorised biography of the man who believed in exhibiting the art but concealing the artist behind it and who, above all, was a sensitive and comp
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Essay

History of Aligarh Muslim University

India
In the battle to retain its minority character, AMU was denied even elementary justice in 1965, and it is the same in 2016. There is time still for th
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Essays

A singular person

Jayati Ghosh