Cyberbullying Rises Rapidly in India During Lockdown

RATAN TATA, CHAIRMAN, Tata Trusts, and chairman emeritus, Tata Sons, is on Instagram, the Facebook-owned social networking service where ‘stories’ are essentially photos and videos. With three million followers, the former business tycoon has till October 14th shared only as low as 32 ‘stories’ and that includes photos of him as a schoolkid in America … Continue reading Cyberbullying Rises Rapidly in India During Lockdown

The Julian Assange Trial and the Fate of Journalism

MAINSTREAM MEDIA GROUPS across the world downplayed the hearings of the Julian Assange extradition trial held for four weeks until October 1st in London’s Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, also known as the Old Bailey, a street that finds mention in one of Charles Dickens’ works. The hearings in the US extradition case … Continue reading The Julian Assange Trial and the Fate of Journalism

Democracy vs Feudal Elite: No End to Crimes against Dalits

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) ATROCITIES AGAINST DALITS often don’t make headlines unless they are extremely brutal as the one that was reported of the 19-year-old girl from Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, who was treated first at a hospital in Aligarh and then in Delhi where she died from her injuries 14 days after her gangrape by a … Continue reading Democracy vs Feudal Elite: No End to Crimes against Dalits

‘We are turning the Covid crisis into an opportunity’

An interview with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Seven months since he took over the reins of Madhya Pradesh after more than a year’s gap when the Congress was in power, Shivraj Singh Chouhan concedes that Covid-19 has been a traumatic experience. He had himself tested positive and had to be quarantined. But … Continue reading ‘We are turning the Covid crisis into an opportunity’

It’s Extremely Puzzling That the Centre Hurried Through With New Farm Laws: Expert

Sudha Narayanan is an associate professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai. An alumnus of Cornell University and Delhi School of Economics, she is an expert on agriculture. Specific areas of her research include contract farming, technology adoption, public policies, nutrition, social protection schemes, agricultural markets, rural labour markets, gender, financial inclusion and … Continue reading It’s Extremely Puzzling That the Centre Hurried Through With New Farm Laws: Expert

India’s Abandoned Children in The Time of Covid-19

IN MARCH, AN orphanage on the outskirts of Hyderabad in Ameenpur asked a teenage girl, who alleged she was raped, to leave the institution following the lockdown. Police said that the 14-year-old, whose parents had died years ago, may have been subject to repeated sexual abuse at the orphanage. Finally, she was forced to return … Continue reading India’s Abandoned Children in The Time of Covid-19

For the Love of The Game: The Rise of Online Fantasy Sport

Bengaluru-based hardware engineer and soccer nut Lashminarayan Venkatesan says that he derives immense “gratification” playing online fantasy sports because it gives him a stake in the real game being played between teams. This category of games online is nothing new, but has been growing rapidly over the past few years, thanks mostly due to what … Continue reading For the Love of The Game: The Rise of Online Fantasy Sport

Murder Most Foul: Killing Political Rivals In front of Family, Children

Syed Mohammad Salahuddin The recent murder of a young political worker in Kannur, north Kerala, in the presence of his sisters puts the spotlight on a ghastly tradition of revenge politics The killing of a political worker of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political arm of the pro-Muslim Popular Front of India … Continue reading Murder Most Foul: Killing Political Rivals In front of Family, Children

Mukesh Ambani’s Grand Strategy

ONE OF THE many messages shared online after Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) snapped up debt-saddled Future Group’s retail assets invoked Gujarati pride and its mercantile ethos. In the joke, the narrator and Mukesh Bhai (Mukesh Ambani, RIL’s chairman) go to buy groceries from Big Bazaar, owned by Future, and while the narrator buys onions on sale, Asia’s … Continue reading Mukesh Ambani’s Grand Strategy

Global Study on Indian Informal Sector Reveals Shocking Results

High economic growth rate has done very little for unorganized workers, especially women and lower castes, says the report published by UNU-WIDER A recent paper published by the United Nations University that studied the transition of jobs between India’s informal and formal sectors during the high-growth period between 2004-05 and 2011-12 has said that upward … Continue reading Global Study on Indian Informal Sector Reveals Shocking Results