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Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Pindwara, a small town in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, is the main hub for India’s temple-building industry. In the past three years, this sector has been found to spread fatal disease and death through silicosis among men, some as young as 19 years. The Swaminarayan sect’s imposing Akshardham temple, Bihar and Jharkhand’s Jain mandirs, renovations…

Hindu festivals and dilemma among the Ambedkarites.

Hindu festivals and dilemma among the Ambedkarites. It’s a festival season. Time for celebrations, get-togethers, delicacies and wait, *rituals*. Here begins the confusion among some groups. What do they mean by rituals. When the word *rituals* gets attached to all the fun, another word must be added. Yes the rituals are indeed *Hindu rituals*. In …

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The porn dilemma. To ban, or not to ban, is the question.

The porn debate is hitting public consciousness (read browsers) with a vengeance. Even as the Chief Justice of India’s refusal to pass an interim order banning porn made reassuring headlines, reports of porn sites being inaccessible started hitting social media. Chief Justice of India HL Dattu had said in early July, “Such interim orders cannot …

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Delhi Union of Journalists demands justice for Dalit journalist Nagaraju

DELHI UNION OF JOURNALISTS Flat no.29, New Central Market, Connaught Circus, New Delhi-110 001 Phone: 23413459, E-mail: duj.delhi@gmail.com April 24, 2015 PRESS RELEASE Justice for Dalit Journalist Nagaraju Journalists, academicians, activists, lawyers and eminent personalities came together in solemn remembrance of the death of Dalit journalist Nagaraju Koppula who died after a protracted battle with cancer. Participants …

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Comrade Govind Pansare is dead. May his words LIVE.

Once Maharashtra was the land of progressive thought. Now it is the land where progressive thought is killed. After Narendra Dabholkar’s murder in Pune, Comrade Govind Pansare was shot in Kolhapur. He has succumbed to his injuries. This is the man who hosted events asking dangerous questions like “Who killed Karkare?” or protested the powerful …

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