While the world strategized…

A few days ago, a news report by the BBC caught my eye. It said the Red Cross reported some 800,000 people as disabled by the ongoing war in Afghanistan. It struck me as odd, since I didn’t think Afghanistan was such a large country. So I saved the link to check up and found time today. The previous post is the result of that. In brief, it states Afghanistan’s population – 34,385,068 as of latest figures.…

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Disabled by war – how many? Need help from journos

Recently, the BBC published a video report by Karen Zarindast about the number of people disabled by war in Afghanistan. They quote the Red Cross as the source of their figures: Decades of war have left some 800,000 people disabled in Afghanistan. The Red Cross, has seven centres across the country helping them out. A centre in Kabul, which recruits from the disabled community – receives some 300 disabled people a day. This caught my eye. The…

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FREE Workshop on RTI Act in Pune

Free Workshop on RTI Act: January 28, 2012– Venue: Indradhanushya Environment Centre, Near Mhatre Bridge, Dattawadi, Pune Dear Friends Inviting you to attend our free RTI workshop tomorrow Jan 28th between 11 am and 1 p m. Do attend and forward it to as many. Looking forward to seeing your tomorrow Following are the details: RTI Forum for Instant Information (RFII) and Surajya Sangharsh Samiti organises FREE RTI Workshop on: How can you save environment…

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About ban on Salman Rushdie’s book/person

Some tweets that say it all. “ Now Deoband demands ban on Video Conferencing with Salman Rushdie saurabh srivastava Mon, Jan 23 2012 02:19:56 ReplyRetweet “ BAN freedom of speech, BAN books, BAN pictures, BAN alcohol, BAN Surya namaskar, BAN Salman Rushdie, We’re turning into a Nation of BANch*ds Devesh Kumar Mon, Jan 23 2012 02:19:56 ReplyRetweet “ India was the first country in the world to ban Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. It’s not…

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Bhanwari devi and the character of the media

While I have not written about Bhanwari devi here, I have been following her story for a while now. One of the main reasons I have not written is that I depend on media for an idea of the situation, and the media is a hall of mirrors on this one, so my information could not be trusted to have a realistic picture. However, one story did catch my eye. NDTV ran a report “Bhanwari…

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