Maya Mirchandani discusses the claim of some BJP leaders that the Taj Mahal is not representative of Indian cultural heritage. With historians Sunil Kumar and Sohail Hashmi.
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When it comes to social media posts critical of government, parties across state lines are clamping down on free speech.
Asked why he had referred to Vijay’s rarely used Christian name in his tweet, BJP leader H. Raja said the Tamil actor was a practicing Christian, which was reflected in his “hate campaign”.
Pollution is the largest cause of premature deaths worldwide, and India is topping that list, according to a new report by Lancet.
Vinod Dua discusses the state of public healthcare in India and Narendra Modi’s defensive speech on GST.
Three brothers died in July and while the ration dealer says their family was not given rations because they did not have Aadhaar cards, the authorities have blamed alcoholism and not starvation for their deaths.
Pollution caused nine million deaths globally in 2015 – three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
While it is possible (though expensive) to try and prove the efficacy of traditional medicines, the government’s attempts to propagate them don’t seem to include an honest medical investigation.
Thirty years after his allegations first hit the headlines, US investigator Michael Hershman is back in the news. Neither the V.P. Singh nor Vajpayee governments were able to act on them but the CBI now says it will “look into the facts” he has raised.
A Kerala advocate had filed an RTI query with the ministry asking for documents and reasons for denying permission to Kerala tourism minister to attend a UN tourism meet.
Vinod Dua discusses why PM Modi chose to speak about GST and the Congress in his recent speech in Gujarat; and India’s rank in the Global Hunger Index.
The Centre has failed to file an affidavit as directed by the court, and has averted accountability, stating that incidents like mob lynching are issues of law and order, which is listed as a state subject.
Saryu Roy’s remarks come in the wake of an 11-year-old girl’s death in the state after her family’s ration card was cancelled for not being linked to their Aadhaar number.
BJP MLAs Sanjeev Raja and Anil Parashar refused to allow Rajasthan officials to even seize the ultrasound machine at the facility.
The Goa police will approach experts and the office of the directorate of official language to probe the etymology of the “abuses and explicit language” used in the poems.
“Indeed, the news is relentlessly gloomy – week after week brings news of journalists abducted, jailed, prosecuted and killed.”
Vinod Dua discusses BJP MLA Sangeet’s Som’s comments on Taj Mahal and the RSS affiliated trade union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh’s criticism of the BJP’s economic policies.
Two ‘private citizens’ are now in the eye of a political tug-of-war for their business dealings, one the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the other the son of BJP president Amit Shah.
The special investigation team got a grab of the suspect enhanced to the maximum possible level with help from a US lab.
The Union home ministry had ordered ten of the 15 Central Armed Police Forces companies deployed in the hills to pull out despite the situation remaining volatile.
The 38-year-old Harvard scholar works on migration in South and Southeast Asia, and how this shapes social and cultural dynamics.
While the government says Santoshi Kumari died of malaria, her family and activists say it was because she hadn’t eaten for eight days.
Farmers in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region are committing suicide due to droughts and mounting debt, with their widows left to deal with the state, moneylenders, in-laws and social stigma.
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This will be his second visit to the northeastern region since April this year.
“If information on the affairs of close relatives of powerful politicians is to be withheld by the media, the only result will be the secrecy of power that will spawn all manner of corruption,” say the DUJ and NAJ.
The BJP MLA’s remarks came after the monument was excluded from a Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month.
State assembly speaker K.B. Koliwad has denied that he made any such proposal.
West Bengal has resisted the central government’s decision to withdraw troops from Darjeeling and has declined to be a part of Modi’s project on promoting cultural diversity.
One of the activists said she suspected that the police were involved in the attack as well, but officers rejected her allegation.
The police have said they will take the class nine student to nearby BSF and CoBRA camps, in case she is able to identify the accused.
The traders have said they did not mean to malign the prime minister’s image and only wanted to highlight banks’ refusal to accept small coins after demonetisation.
India is one of the countries with the “lowest reduction in hunger” in the nine years since the last Global Hunger Index was calculated.
Senior journalist Maya Mirchandani, venture capitalist and founder and managing partner of ConsenSys Kavita Gupta and The Wire’s Anuj Srivas discuss the concept of blockchain technology and how it can be used in a secure manner.
In September 2015, the Union home ministry had declared the NSCN(K) a banned outfit for five years after it broke the ceasefire agreement with the central government.
BJP MLA Tejpal Nagar, who facilitated the recruitment of the youths, said that the accused were “innocents” and that they deserved a “better deal”.
With the date of the Gujarat assembly poll yet to be announced, the model code of conduct has not kicked in.
The draft, prepared by a group of eminent citizens, also envisages non-heterosexual marriage.
‘Please understand, he got a letter of credit, he did not get a loan,’ the BJP president told a TV channel on Friday.
Vinod Dua talks with Supreme Court advocate Karuna Nundy about the sexual harassment at workplace Act and other kinds of discrimination in the professional sphere.