April 25, 2024

Jignesh Chafe

One of Nandini Sathpathy’s stories is “Wounded Pride” in the collection titled One Step Towards the Sun; Short Stories by Women from Orissa edited by Valerie Henitiuk and Supriya Kar, which was published in 2010. Here, she explored the sexual dilemmas of a housewife trapped in the hollows of a dull marriage.

Sanghamitra, in a marriage of 25 odd years, let the hem of her saree to soak in the urine of her child and wiped off her husband’s greasy hands, losing her individuality, yard by yard. Wrapped in the evenness of those sarees, she untied the knots of her imagination and escaped into ideas of a romance with an old friend. The story ends with the character rekindling her romance with her own husband, rediscovering him in a new light.

Nandini unabashedly wrote about the weight of domesticity that crumples within it the sexuality of a woman. Beyond the high chambers of patriarchy, women have sexual desires that were, and perhaps still continue to be, a taboo to talk about.

She was a political figure seeking the love and support of those masses who stood donning the same patriarchy that her writing sought to disrobe. What a life of contrasts. Communism and feminism and…

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The Bengal Delta is undergoing significant changes, characterised by rising salinity levels. As the world’s largest delta – and home to over 100 million people across India and Bangladesh – these changes have large social, economic and political significance.

India’s recent political controversy in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal, highlights how adaptation to deal with rising salinity can go badly wrong: alleged landgrabs, economic oppression, and abuse.

The key adaptation response to higher salinity in the Bengal Delta has been the transition to brackish water aquaculture, particularly focusing on shrimp-led growth.

But the Sandeshkhali situation highlights that, unless we pay attention to the political economy (who has access to resources, and who can allocate them), such adaptation measures may exacerbate existing inequalities and forge an unjust transition.

High salinity, fish farms

Sandeshkhali is located north of the Indian Sundarbans region. This landscape is undergoing rapid and irreversible social-ecological change due to an increase in water salinity; the availability of freshwater for human use and ecosystems is shrinking.

Changes in freshwater discharge from rivers are considered the single most important reason for rising water and soil salinity; the 1975 construction of India’s Farakka Barrage across the Ganga River in West Bengal is frequently singled out as a primary reason for these changes. (Other factors also…

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A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha till April 23 in the Delhi liquor policy case, reported PTI.

Kavitha, the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, was denied interim bail in the case a day earlier.

She was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate from her Hyderabad residence on March 15. On March 26, she was sent to judicial custody till April 9 after the agency said her further custodial interrogation was not required.

The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Kavitha, among others, conspired with senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his former deputy Manish Sisodia, to secure favours in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped liquor excise policy of the national capital.

Kavitha is alleged to be a part of a so-called South Group that paid “Rs 100 crore to the leaders of AAP” in exchange for favours related to the policy through businessman Vijay Nair.

On Monday, Senior Advocate Abhishek Singhvi, representing Kavitha, referred to section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and said that it allowed courts to grant interim relief to women accused in such cases despite the rigorous bail conditions under the Act. He also said that her 16-year-old son was currently…

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In her works, the Hindi writer Anjali Kajal has consistently explored how women both resist as well as reaffirm patriarchy and casteism. Originally from Ludhiana, she is now based in Delhi. Ma is Scared is her first book to be translated into English. The stories, selected and translated by Kavita Bhanot, reflect a writing career spanning two and a half decades. While her prose is largely unadorned, it paints evocative, true-to-life portraits of womanhood and motherhood at the intersections of various identities in a modern India that is still holding on to outdated notions and ideas in the name of tradition.

The legacies of misogyny

Stories such as “Deluge” and “Ma is Scared” drive the everydayness of misogyny and sexism home in a chilling manner. Both are so ingrained in society that any female excursion into the public space is met with resounding waves of male entitlement, misbehaviour and, in the worst cases, outright abuse. In “Deluge”, Pammi is traumatised by men whom she sees as wolves “waiting to pounce”. Her father’s was “the only bearable touch Pammi remembered receiving from a man in her life”. In a bid to escape the trap of inevitable marriage, she runs away from home at the age of nineteen only…

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Choice, Neel Mukherjee

A publisher, who is at war with his industry and himself, embarks on a radical experiment in his own life and the lives of those connected to him; an academic exchanges one story for another after an accident brings a stranger into her life; and a family in rural India have their lives destroyed by a gift. These three ingeniously linked but distinct narratives, each of which has devastating unintended consequences, form a breathtaking exploration of freedom, responsibility, and ethics. What happens when market values replace other notions of value and meaning? How do the choices we make affect our work, our relationships, and our place in the world?

The Spoiled Heart, Sunjeev Sahota

Nayan Olak keeps seeing Helen Fletcher around town and on his daily run out to the Peaks. She’s come back to the old house at the end of the lane, with her teenage son, Brandon, though nobody seems to remember much about her. Some trouble at school, back in the day. A certain defensiveness. Nayan is powerfully drawn to her, though he doesn’t quite know why.

He hasn’t risked love since he lost his young family in a terrible accident twenty years before. All his energy has gone into work…

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The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to former Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, who is among those accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, Live Law reported.

On March 15, a bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Augustine George Masih questioned the National Investigation Agency regarding the continued detention of Sen. Following this, the agency told the court that it did not need her custody anymore.

Hearing the case on Friday, the same bench said: “We have seen she is of advanced age and the effect of delaying trial at this stage…in addition to her medical conditions. She should not be denied the privilege of being released on bail.”

The court, however, told Sen not to leave Maharashtra and to surrender her passport, if she has one, with the special court while she is out on bail. She is also required to keep the Global Positioning System, or GPS, feature active on her mobile phone and keep it paired with the device of the investigating officer so that her location is known.

Sen is among 16 academicians, activists and lawyers who were charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for their alleged role in instigating caste violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune in January 2018. She has been in jail since June 6, 2018.

She is…

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An Obedient Father, Akhil Sharma

As an inspector for the Physical Education Department in the Delhi school system, Ram Karan supports his widowed daughter and eight-year-old granddaughter by collecting bribes for a small-time Congress Party boss. On the eve of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, one reckless act bares the lifetime of violence and sexual shame behind Ram’s dingy public career and involves him in a farcical, but terrifying, political campaign that could cost him his life.

Bombay Time, Thrity Umrigar

At the wedding of a young man from a middle-class apartment building in Bombay, the men and women of this unique community gather together and look back on their youthful, idealistic selves and consider the changes the years have wrought. The lives of the Parsi men and women who grew up together in Wadi Baug are revealed in all their complicated humanity: Adi Patel’s disintegration into alcoholism; Dosamai’s gossiping tongue; and Soli Contractor’s betrayal and heartbreak. And observing it all is Rusi Bilimoria, a disillusioned businessman who struggles to make sense of his life and hold together a fraying community.

Interpreter of Maladies: Stories, Jhumpa Lahiri

A blackout forces a young Indian American couple to make confessions that unravel their tattered domestic peace. An Indian-American girl recognises her cultural identity during…

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The Union home ministry has cancelled the registration of at least five nongovernmental organisations for allegedly violating provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, PTI reported on Wednesday quoting unidentified officials.

The organisations whose registrations have been cancelled are Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, Church of North India Synodical Board of Social Service, Evangelical Fellowship of India, Indo-Global Social Service Society and Voluntary Health Association of India, the newspaper reported.

These organisations will not be able to receive foreign contributions or use their existing funds.

Their registrations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act were cancelled by the Centre for allegedly using the funds for works that were not related to their mandate, PTI reported.

Foreign Contribution Regulation Act licences of more than 6,600 non-governmental organisations were scrapped between financial year 2016-’17 and 2021-’22, Centre had told Parliament in December 2022.

Nearly 20,700 non-governmental organisations have lost their Foreign Contribution Regulation Act licence in the last 10 years, according to the newspaper.

Last year, the Union government told Parliament that 13,520 non-governmental organisations registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act had received Rs 55,741.51 crore in foreign contributions between 2019-’20 and 2021-’22.

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  • Everything you need to know about FCRA, the law that regulates foreign donations to NGOs
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Early in February, hundreds of residents of Himachal’s Kullu district blocked highways to protest against the Luhri Hydro Electric project run by the public sector Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited. They wanted to draw attention to the unsettling cracks snaking through their homes, the dust pollution that is devastating their crops and inadequate compensation they have been given for their loss of land and crops.

The State Bank of India is the lead financier for stage one of the 210-megawatt project. The fact that the bank has not been visible in the discussions about the effects of the project highlights the unwillingness of Indian financial institutions to take responsibility for the human and ecological consequences of their investments.

The Luhri Hydro Electric plan had met with vociferous opposition in Himachal Pradesh from local communities since 2010 when the project was granted received environmental clearance. Residents were wary of the potential impacts of the project, such as agricultural land being submerged upstream, water sources and springs drying up, the low compensation rates for land being acquired and the flaws in the clearances granted by the government.

One of the main anxieties related to a planned 38-km-long tunnel. Tunnelling in the mountains had previously resulted in soil on the slopes loosening, houses developing…

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इंटरनेट डेस्क। गूगल लोगों के लिए बहुत ही उपयोगी है। अब गूगल का उपयोग करने वाले यूजर्स के लिए अच्छी खबर आई है। खबर ये है कि अब गूगल की ओर से सैटेलाइट कनेक्टिविटी पर काम किया जा रहा है। खबरों के अनुसार, गूगल की ओर से सैटेलाइट कनेक्टिविटी का सपोर्ट मैसेजिंग एप में दिया जाएगा। इसके बाद नेटवर्क ना होने की स्थिति में भी लोग किसी को संदेश भेज सकेंगे।

हाल ही में एक दावा सामने आया था कि गूगल संदेश एप में सैटेलाइट कनेक्टिविटी का सपोर्ट मिलने वाला है। इसके अलावा गूगल अपने मैसेजिंग एप में आर्टिफिशियल इंटेलिजेंस चैटबॉट जेमिनी का भी सपोर्ट दिया जाएगा।

सैटेलाइट कनेक्टिविटी के बारे में सबसे पहले 9to5Google की ओर से जानकारी प्रदान की गई थी। सैटेलाइट कनेक्टिविटी गूगल के लोगों के लिए बहुत ही उपयोगी साबित होगी। इसका लोगों को भी इंतजार है। गौरतलब है कि गूगल का दुनिया में बड़ी संख्या में लोगों द्वारा उपयोग किया जाता है।

अपडेट खबरों के लिए हमारावॉट्सएप चैनलफोलो करें

Sukul needs a proper introduction. He happens to be my schoolmate. Back in the day, he belonged to the tribe of boys who were ready to lose their heads but never their choti the tuft of hair that epitomized their exalted caste. I could never quite understand how one could compare a man’s honour with something as limp as a choti. I was of the opinion that an animal lives on even if its tail is cut off, but the severed tail withers and rots away. Moreover, a tail has skin, blood, bone and muscles. A choti, by contrast, is merely a clump of hair. It is lifeless, soulless.

On several occasions, I’d heard from the likes of Sukul the fanatics of the cult of the choti profound spiritual discourses on its significance. Yet, not once did I see the electricity of wisdom spark through the bulbous tuft nor grasp its essence. As a result, Sukul and I drifted apart into rival groups. His gang had Hindu boys who imagined themselves to be defenders of that faith, whereas mine comprised those who believed friendship was above religion. Naturally, in my group, all were welcome Hindus, Muslims, farmers, everyone. We even had different playgrounds.

At times, following serious…

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इंटरनेट डेस्क। बॉलीवुड के स्टार अभिनेता सलमान खान की फिल्म वांटेड को बॉक्स ऑफिस पर शानदार सफलता मिली थी। बॉलीवुड के जानेमाने फिल्मकार बोनी कपूर ने साल 2009 में इस फिल्म को बनाया था। अब इस फिल्म के सीक्वल को लेकर बड़ी खबर आई है।

खबर ये है कि बोनी कपूर अपनी सुपरहिट फिल्म वांटेड का सीक्वल बना सकते हैं। फिल्म वांटेड प्रभुदेवा के निर्देशन में बनी थी, जो सुपरहिट साबित हुई थी। बोनी कपूर ने अब वांटेड के सीक्वल को लेकर अपनी प्रतिक्रिया दी है। उन्होंने बता कि मैंने सलमान खान से वॉन्टेड 2 के लिए बात की है।

इस दौरान उन्होंने बताया कि मुझे नहीं पता कि यह फिल्म कब बनेगी, लेकिन सलमान खान ने वादा किया है कि जब भी मैं फैसला लूंगा, जब भी मुझे सही स्क्रिप्ट मिलेगी, वह ऐसा करेंगे। खबरों के अनुसार, बोनी कपूर की सलमान खान से अन्तिम बाद बात उस समय हुई तो जब दोनों ने नो एंट्री 2 की कास्ट के बारे में बात की थी। बोनी कपूर ने बताया कि वह जल्द ही सीक्वल पर काम शुरू कर देंगे।

अपडेट खबरों के लिए हमारावॉट्सएप चैनलफोलो करें

Good Friday and Easter – along with other days during Holy Week – are some of the most important on the Christian calendar. During this time, Christian communities around the world commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ through a variety of religious rituals and observances.

However, while these dates have religious significance for Christians, they have also become important for some Hindu and Muslim communities in South Africa. The story of Easter’s significance for these South African Hindus and Muslims is intertwined with slavery, colonialism and indentured labour – all of which have shaped the history of modern South Africa.

South African Indians number about 1.5 million people, around 2% of the country’s population, concentrated in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. Most South African Indians trace their roots to indentured workers who were brought by the British colonial government between 1860 to 1911 to grow the colonial economy by working on sugarcane plantations. The majority of these indentured workers came from modern-day Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, with a smaller percentage coming from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

For these migrant workers who found themselves in an unfamiliar land, religious ceremonies and rituals provided a way to build community and a shared identity. For the…

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Most people, at one time or another, act foolishly. However, truly ignorant individuals exhibit a lack of introspection and stubbornly cling to their opinions, regardless of how irrational they may be. These people demonstrate unwavering self-assurance and are often oblivious to their own inadequacies. They craft retrospective justifications to validate their beliefs and hold onto them.

Even when presented with opportunities for personal growth and change, they seem incapable of breaking free from their entrenched habits. Reasoning with stubborn individuals can be as perplexing as it is frustrating. Many have written it off as a hopeless task.

As American writer Mark Twain once cautioned:

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

To argue against stupidity only seems to reinforce it. These individuals thrive on power and control, defending their position and denying their foolishness, regardless of counterarguments.

Despite these challenges, it is still possible to sway such people towards more sensible behaviour. It all starts with understanding the roots of stupidity. From a psychological perspective, stupidity is often considered an outcome of cognitive biases or errors in judgment.

Former Indian Air Force chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Sunday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

At a press conference on Sunday, Bhadauria praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the steps taken by the Union government to strengthen and modernise India’s defence forces.

Bhadauria, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said that out of the over 40 years he served in the Indian Air Force, “the golden period of my service was the last eight to ten years under the leadership of the BJP government”.

“The tough steps taken by this government to empower and modernise our armed forces and make them self-reliant have not only given rise to a new capability in the forces, but also given them a new confidence,” he said. “The results of the self-reliant move by the government can be seen on the ground…”

Bhadauria was inducted into the party in the presence of Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BJP General Secretary Vinod Tawde.

He served as the Air Chief Marshal from September 2019 to September 2021.

In September 2022, Bhadauria became the chief nodal officer of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor.

Some of the Indian Air Force’s Rafale aircraft have been given the “RB” series tail numbers to recognise Bhadauria’s role in negotiating the deal to acquire the fighter jets from France,…

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One winter morning a few weeks ago, Neeraj Bakshi, 55, stood on the balcony of his sun-facing apartment in Delhi, watching a squirrel climbing a peepal tree.

As it crossed the long and bulky trunk, the squirrel was lost in the dark green-brown web of branches, twigs and leaves of the Ficus Religiosa, which overshadows Bakshi’s home.

Watching the tree and the squirrel, he was struck by a thought. It felt like a union of the literal and metaphorical, indicating the interconnectedness in the natural world and the need to establish global camaraderie.

Once again, the recluse painter had found inspiration in a regular vignette from the natural world. He entered his studio, picked up his brush, dipped it into a watercolor, and gave final touches to the last painting of the series Dreaming Animals.

Bakshi locked himself up in his studio as events were held across India to mark January 19, which is remembered as “Exodus Day” by the Kashmiri Pandits. This year marks 34 years since the violent expulsion of the community from the Kashmir Valley in 1990.

Dreaming Animals, which Bakshi has also turned into a 32-page lyrical graphic poem, draws on the experiences of the Kashmiri Pandit community.

The paintings delimit and universalise pain and suffering that humanity is facing at a planetary scale,…

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इंटरनेट डेस्क। लोकसभा चुनावों के लिए पहले चरण की अधिसूचना जारी हो चुकी है और पार्टियां उम्मीदवारों के नामों की घोषणा करने में लगी है। इस कड़ी में भाजपा अपनी चौथी सूची जारी कर चुकी है। लेकिन राजस्थान में जो पहली सूची जारी हुई थी उसके बाद उम्मीदवार दूसरी सूची जारी करने का इंतजार कर रहे है।

बता दें की राजस्थान के लिए 15 उम्मीदवारों की घोषणा हुई थी। लेकिन अब 10 उम्मीदवारों के लिए सभी को इंतजार हैं। ऐसे में माना जा रहा हैं की भाजपा राजस्थान में दूसरी लिस्ट आज जारी कर सकती हैं और इस लिस्ट में 10 नाम हो सकते है। हालांकि खबर तो यह हैं की पार्टी सात सीटों पर नए उम्मीदवारों को टिकट दे सकती है।

मीडिया रिपोटर्स की माने तो राजस्थान की 10 लोकसभा सीटों के लिए दिल्ली में बीजेपी का मंथन जारी है। जयपुर में हुई बैठक में नाम पर चर्चा हो चुकी है। उसके बाद अब दिल्ली की बैठक में नाम तय हुए है और एक लंबी मंत्रणा का दौर चला है। ऐसे में आज टिकटों की घोषणा हो सकती है।

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अपडेट खबरों के लिए हमारावॉट्सएप चैनलफोलो करें

इंटरनेट डेस्क। दिल्ली का शराब नीति घोटाला अरविंद केजरीवाल के लिए मुसीबत बन चुका है। जी हां पिछले कुछ महीनों से इस मामले में पूछताछ के लिए ईडी केजरीवाल को कई समन भेज चुकी थी, लेकिन केजरीवाल ने सबको दरकिनार कर दिया। ऐसे में गुरूवार को ईडी 10 वां समन लेकर घर पहुंची और पूछताछ की। इसके बाद केजरीवाल को गिरफ्तार कर लिया।

गिरफ़्तार किए गए दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल को शुक्रवार को ही पीएमएलए अदालत के समक्ष पेश किया जाएगा। ईडी उनसे पूछताछ के लिए उनकी हिरासत मांगेगी। दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री आवास के बाहर इस समय भारी संख्या में अर्ध सैनिक बल और दिल्ली पुलिस के जवान मौजूद हैं।

वहीं केजरीवाल की गिरफ्तारी के बाद आप नेताओं ने कहा, अरविंद केजरीवाल का गिरफ़्तार होना बीजेपी और प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी की एक राजनीतिक साजिश है। मोदी जी को अगर किसी एक नेता से डर लगता है तो वो अरविंद केजरीवाल हैं।

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अपडेट खबरों के लिए हमारावॉट्सएप चैनलफोलो करें

Whenever Rudi thought of India, he thought of Krishen Khanna, and a happy past a sentiment Rudi shared in a letter addressed to his friend in 1974.

Despite the passing years and the distance between them, the warmth between the two stayed the same. Krishen Khanna was like a younger brother to Rudi, and he considered the Khanna family as his own. He adoringly called Krishen Khanna’s three children Rasika, Malti and Karan – “Rakshasas (monsters).

He was like a grandfather figure, my father’s friend, but much older. Each time he would come home, he’d bring chocolates and gifts. He would take us out to parks to play and was affectionate towards us,” Rasika Khanna Mohan recalled.

Krishen Khanna and Rudi didn’t become friends instantly. “Our friendship grew over the years. It was given time to grow. It was unprepared, unforced and there was no obligation,’ said Krishen Khanna. Perhaps, it was the interconnected pas the trauma of being uprooted from one’s home in their early twenties that cemented the connection. Krishen Khanna was only twenty-two when he witnessed the tumult of Partition and had to leave his home in present-day Pakistan an experience that influenced many of his works over the years.

Unlike his bond with Ara and Raza, Rudi’s friendship with Krishen Khanna…

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इंटरनेट डेस्क। होली का त्योहार पास में हैं और इस त्योहार पर अधिकतर घरों में ठंडाई बनाई जाती है। ऐसे में आपके घर में भी अगर ठंड़ाई की तैयारी चल रही हैं तो आपको बता रहे हैं खसखस की ठंडाई बनाने की विधि, तो चले करते हैं शुरूआत।

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खसखस ठंडाई बनाने के लिए खसखस को भिगोकर रख देना है। खसखस को कम से कम आपको 3 घंटे के लिए भिगोना है। इसके बाद खसखस के बीजों को पानी में से निकालकर मिक्सी में डाल दें और उसे पीस ले। इसमें थोड़ा पानी मिला ले। इसके बाद खसखस को किसी कपड़े की मदद से बर्तन में छान लें। अब ठंडाई में स्वादानुसार चीनी मिलाए और ठंडाई के बर्तन को फ्रिज एक घंटे के लिए रख दे। इसके बाद आप इसे सर्व करें।


अपडेट खबरों के लिए हमारावॉट्सएप चैनलफोलो करें

I have personally benefited a great deal from a capitalist system all my life. I was born into a poor lower-caste family in India. My father had studied up to the fourth grade and earned a living by running a small business selling lumber to feed his family and educate all his eight children. I came to America on a boat with $40 in my pocket in 1964 to get a PhD in physics. Later, I turned to electrical engineering because of its financial potential and started on a long journey building several tech businesses in the US. I love the capitalist system, with its freedom, flexibility, opportunities and innovations that meet the market’s changing needs and lead to design and development of new products to serve people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

The relationship between capitalism and democracy, however, can be highly complex and nuanced. On the positive side, capitalism supports democracy by creating a financially secure middle class that can engage in political participation. It can also encourage innovation, leading to a higher standard of living for citizens and lifting people at the bottom of the economic pyramid out of poverty. However, since wealth and resources tend to…

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When Indian office manager Maya heard of an opportunity to work as a carer in Britain she jumped at the chance to gain overseas experience and send money home, but she is now heavily in debt and says she and colleagues were “treated like slaves”.

The mother-of-two is among tens of thousands of overseas carers who have arrived in Britain under an initiative launched in 2022 to plug massive staff shortages in the country’s creaking social care system.

But reports of exploitation have sky-rocketed since the scheme’s introduction, with one migration expert describing the care sector as “a complete wild west”.

Maya and other care workers told Context they ended up working long days for little money after paying thousands of pounds to an agent in India to secure jobs with a care company in the north of England.

They said a climate of fear left staff terrified of speaking up in case they were sacked, which would put them at risk of deportation because their visa was tied to their employment.

“We’ve thought about going back to India but how would we survive with so much debt? We’re trapped,” said Maya, who asked to use a pseudonym for fear of repercussions.

“I pledged my home to the bank to get the loan to come…

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Is speaking favourably about Pakistan a criminal offence in India?

Four men arrested in Karnataka last week for allegedly shouting “Pakistan zindabad”, long live Pakistan, were the latest in a rapidly lengthening list of persons prosecuted across the country in the last few years for allegedly chanting pro-Pakistan slogans.

However, on March 7, the Supreme Court, in a judgment, outlined that extending good wishes to Pakistan, or to any other country, for that matter, is not a criminal offence.

The court stated in the judgment in no uncertain terms that the country’s police machinery is disregarding the fundamental right of citizens to freedom of speech.

Scroll explains what the judgment said and why there is no legal basis for criminalising pro-Pakistan statements.

Supreme Court judgment

The Supreme Court’s judgment, delivered by a two-judge bench comprising Justices AS Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan, stems from a first information report filed in 2022 by the Maharashtra police against Javed Ahmad Hajam, a Kashmiri professor who was at that time teaching at the Sanjay Ghodawat College in Kolhapur.

He had been booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code that prohibits acts that promote disharmony or enmity between different groups based on religion, race, language, caste or community. In other words, it makes it illegal to engage in activities, make statements or…

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Incidents of crimes against women, children, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as well as cyber cases rose in 2022 in comparison to the year before it, the annual Crime in India report published on Sunday showed.

The report, which is the principal reference for crime statistics in the country since 1953, is prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau and is usually released by the end of July or in August. This time, however, it was released when the counting of votes was underway for the Assembly elections in four states.

According to the report, 4,45,256 cases of crimes against women were registered in 2022, an increase of 4% compared to 4,28,278 in 2021.

The majority of cases were related to cruelty by spouses or their relatives (31.4%), followed by kidnapping and abduction (19.2%), assault “with intent to outrage modesty” (18.7%) and rape (7.1%).

The report also showed that Delhi recorded 14,158 incidents of crime against women in 2022, the highest figure for the third consecutive year among 19 metropolitan cities in the country. About 186.9 crimes were reported for every 1,00,000 women.

Overall, 1,62,449 cases of crimes against children were registered during 2022, which is an increase of 8.7% when compared to 2021 when 1,49,404 cases had been filed….

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Australia’s Gold Coast has scrapped its last-ditch bid to hold the 2026 Commonwealth Games, leaving the event in limbo as organisers race to find a willing host.

The Australian state of Victoria was originally slated to host the Games, but unexpectedly pulled out in July this year citing an eye-watering cost blowout.

The Gold Coast, a beachside city of some 600,000 people in Queensland, offered to step in – but only in the unlikely event the federal government helped foot the bill.

With officials unimpressed by the idea, mayor Tom Tate said his bid to rescue the Games was over.

“We did our best and that’s all people can expect,” he said in a statement to Australian media on Sunday night.

“Sadly, at the same time, our country’s reputation as a place that reneges on a global sports contract remains in tatters.”

Commonwealth Games officials said last month they were working under tight timeframes to find a replacement, and would prefer to keep the event in Australia.

There was a possibility the delay would push the Games out to 2027, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Katie Sadleir said at the time.

The federation has previously said it was “hugely disappointed” by Victoria’s shock decision to pull out.

“We are disappointed that we were…

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