To find out how elections touch daily life, The Indian Express veers off the campaign trail to spend a week in Buddha Nagar, a slum in Gulbarga, one of Karnataka’s poorest districts, a traditional Congress bastion and backyard of Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The excitement in this Dalit colony is reserved for a bigger festival here, Ambedkar Jayanti. A time to dress up, be seen, and be heard — loud and clear.
Months after Rajasthan voted in a new government, the state is in election mode again. Of Dholpur’s four Assembly constituencies, three went to the Congress while the BJP’s Shobharani Kushwaha won from Dholpur, the seat that shares the same name as the district.
Shuddham or purity was an oppressive tool, a form of vishwasam (faith), a word that gets bandied about a lot these days as Sabarimala roils a state and its people, with faith, notions of purity, and gender rights clashing uneasily.
The Supreme Court’s decree to let women of all ages into Sabarimala temple has been thwarted by a combination of faith, politics and patriarchy. But is it really as black and white as that? The Indian Express talks to the women closest to the altar.
Despite assurances by CM Pinarayi Vijayan that nobody will be blocked from entering the Lord Ayappa shrine, protesters at Nillakal and Pamba — the two base camps before the temple — turned back two women pilgrims and heckled, threatened and attacked at least five women journalists and targeted their vehicles.
With protests building up in Kerala over the rape of a senior nun, allegedly by the Bishop of Jalandhar, Uma Vishnu and Shaju Philip travel to Kochi and find that the silence surrounding the affairs of the Church and its lopsided power structure now stand exposed.
The first major articulation of the intention to rebuild the ruined temple is believed to have been made by Sardar Patel, Nehru’s Deputy Prime Minister, at a huge public meeting in Junagadh on November 12, 1947.
Preschools are ubiquitous in India’s villages, shows a comprehensive new survey that watched 14,000 children over 5 years. But the benefits they bring are often dependent on factors such as the quality of early education, child’s gender and education level of mother.