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Monday, June 21, 2021



The author is a journalist working with The Indian Express

Explained: The history of, and row around, US budget using ‘birthing people’ instead of ‘mothers’
Thu, Jun 17, 2021

The use of 'birthing people' has once again ignited the debate about “woke culture carrying things too far”, and conservatives using the “woke bogey” to derail important, long overdue conversations.

Next door to national capital, in some UP Dalit villages, hospitals bigger fear than Covid-19
Mon, May 31, 2021

Misinformation through social media and a widening lack of trust in the government has meant Dalits are trusting local quacks over state-run health facilities in these villages near Ghaziabad.

Corpses in Ganga: Buxar locals more worried about water contamination than where bodies came from
Wed, May 19, 2021

Residents of Bihar's Buxar district say bodies are often found in the Ganga, but never in such numbers. While the spectacle has jolted some locals into taking Covid more seriously, they say govt yet to address concerns.

PPE kits don’t help in the heat, we need health insurance, drinking water: Noida crematorium workers
Wed, May 05, 2021

As a ferocious Covid-19 wave ravages the national capital, crematorium staff have seen their workload multiply several times over. While no benefits have been announced for them, they say they desperately need health insurance.

Explained: The Bihar police Bill and its provisions; why it led to violence in state Assembly
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The Bihar Assembly witnessed bedlam on Tuesday, as it passed the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 amid protests by the Opposition inside and outside the House. As some MLAs were marshalled out of the House, they were beaten up by security forces.

Sanctions on China over Uighurs: cause & effect
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

China is accused of putting over a million people in internment camps to "de-Muslimise" them and make them integrate better in the Communist country.

Explained: What we know of Queen Charlotte, claimed to be ‘Britain’s Black queen’
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

On what historical basis has Queen Charlotte been assumed to be Black, and how much do historians credit these claims?

Explained: Who is Shabnam, the first woman who could be hanged since 1947?
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

Shabnam along with her lover Saleem was convicted of killing seven members of her family in 2008. If executed, she will be the first woman in independent India to be hanged for a crime.

Padma Shri Ramchandra Manjhi and Dulari Devi: Tale of two artists, and of art, caste and grit in Bihar
Sun, Feb 07, 2021

The stories of Ramchandra Manjhi and Dulari Devi, both Dalits, show what two determined individuals can achieve through their art, and what art can achieve in rural, rooted India, away from the rarified ‘arty spaces’ of bigger cities.

Why Faisal Khan, held for offering namaz in a temple, is convinced hate will never win in India
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

Khan, the convener of Khudai Khidmatgar, has read the sacred texts of all religions, apart from Kabir and Gandhi. What he learnt, he says, is that the best way of serving God is loving your fellow beings.

Explained: What row over Virat Kohli’s paternity leave says about labour laws, gender roles in India
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

How are paternity leaves given to Indian fathers, why has Virat Kohli's caught such attention, and why has the BCCI been accused of double standards?

Explained: Why the Georgia Senate races matter
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

Under Georgia's election law, if no candidate in an election is able to secure at least 50 per cent of votes, the top two candidates must go for a re-match to try and win the mandated minimum vote share.

Saving tilak chandan’s fragrance: Why a field in Rampur is growing an heirloom rice variety
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Many indigenous rice varieties in India were driven to extinction by the Green Revolution. They need to be preserved, for their distinct aroma and flavour, and for their relationship with the environment.

Unlike tense Shaheen Bagh, farmers at Singhu upbeat: ‘Harder to villianise us… aware of the privilege that is’
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

One common feature of both protests sites: a feeling that what the government says can’t be trusted, because its actions speak differently.

In Bihar’s Chhapra, street plays are making voters laugh – and think
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

In an election campaign dominated by songs and videos on social media, a small group in the land of legendary poet Bhikhari Thakur is sticking to nukkad naataks.

Tale of two Delhi Ramlilas: One that went ahead, one where Covid took centrestage
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

For the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, this year’s Ramlila was a determined leap of faith. For Mehrauli’s Classic Ramlila, the pandemic’s pressures proved too much.

The curious case of caste in Bhojpuri cinema
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Like much of Bihar, the modern Bhojpuri cinema is shaped by caste, and is yet unable to tackle it head-on.

Avni Doshi makes it to Booker shortlist: 3 reasons why you should read her Girl in White Cotton
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Here are three reasons you should not miss out on Girl in White Cotton.

Cisgender, genderqueer, agender, bigender: What are these terms, why do they matter
Wed, May 19, 2021

Several gender identifiers are in use – Facebook offers over 60 to choose from. Why do we need so many terms? Is the profusion actually muddling up the message they seek to convey?

Beyond the juloos: How Muharram is observed, what is its message
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

What are the traditions associated with Muharram? What is their significance?

Math lessons from Kashmir: Large group of students + social distancing = open air classrooms
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Students are gathering with chairs and seating mats – placed metres apart, of course — as a teacher brings their interrupted classes to Eidgah ground in Srinagar.

Sushant Singh Rajput suicide: Nepotism is bad, but wishing death on other actors won’t fix it
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was struggling with mental health. The worst way to disgrace his memory is to subject others to bullying and mental harassment.

Online classes for toddlers: Kids unimpressed, parents, teachers say lot to learn
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Is it fair to expect a 3-year-old to sit through digital lessons? How is the change impacting teachers? As Karnataka bans online classes up to Class 5 and Maharashtra considers a similar proposal, parents and educators share their experiences.

Why migrants are walking home: ‘We know of govt schemes, they won’t help’
Wed, May 20, 2020

The migrants at Ghazipur are desperate, disillusioned, and convinced they are on their own. ‘You think walking was our first choice? This is our only option,’ they say

Talking to Tablighis: ‘Nizamuddin incident distressing and unfortunate, but don’t make it a witch-hunt’
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The Tablighis we spoke to say the COVID-19 spread is deeply distressing. "It was definitely an oversight. The managers at the markaz should have had it emptied when the first rumbles of coronavirus were heard."