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Why Tawang is protesting against Mega Dams

In the first of the three-part series, we look at why the citizens of Tawang, backed by a number of Lamas from the local monastery, are protesting against Mega Dams that threaten the livelihoods of the Monpa community along with potentially catastrophic ecological impact. Part Two will talk about the shooting on May 2 that killed two and injured many others, while Part Three will talk about what is at stake for the government and how they plan to fight the anti-dam sentiments.

By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net

It takes a village: Where religious harmony defies years of Kashmir strife

By Aadil Mir

Manzgam (Jammu and Kashmir) : A Hindu temple and a Muslim shrine in this lush green village of south Kashmir have stood close to each other for centuries as pillars of communal harmony, unshaken by the nearly three-decade-old Islamist conflict in the state.

About 100 km from Srinagar, Manzgam has largely been an area of peace despite the separatist insurgency that peaked in the 1990s in the rest of the valley and saw a mass exodus of Pandits.

Residents credit the calm in the area to the two 600-year-old shrines.

No fees for girls upto higher secondary level in state schools, says J&K government

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Srinagar: In a significant move which will benefit thousands of girls studying in state run schools in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government while presenting the annual financial budget announced fee waiver for all girl students studying up to the higher secondary level.

The initiative was announced by state finance minister, Haseeb Drabu while presenting the annual budget in state legislature.

पातालकोट : जहां ज़मीन के अन्दर से पनपता है भारत का भविष्य

जावेद अनीस

छिंदवाड़ा जिले के तामिया ब्लॉक में स्थित पातालकोट मानो धरती के गर्भ में समाया है. तकरीबन 89 वर्ग किलोमीटर क्षेत्र में फैली यह एक घाटी है जो सदियों तक बाहरी दुनिया के लिए अनजान और अछूती बनी रही. पातालकोट में 12 गांव समाये हुए हैं ये गांव हैं - गैलडुब्बा, कारेआम, रातेड़, घटलिंगा-गुढ़ीछत्री, घाना कोड़िया, चिमटीपुर, जड़-मांदल, घर्राकछार, खमारपुर, शेरपंचगेल, सुखाभंड-हरमुहुभंजलाम और मालती-डोमिनी.

ख़ामोशी और 'बदलाव' के बीच भाजपा के दो साल...

फहमिना हुसैन, TwoCirclers.net

भाजपा सरकार अपनी ही बनायी नीतियों में उलझती जा रही है, वहीं कांग्रेस अपनी स्थापना और देश की स्वतंत्रता के बाद सबसे बुरा वक्त देख रही है. एक ओर जहां केंद्र सरकार अपनी नीतियों के तहत निर्णय करने में असफल साबित हो रही है, तो वहीं कांग्रेस अभी नेतृत्त्व की लड़ाई से जूझ रही है.

सरकार अपने दो साल पूरे कर चुकी है. इस दिशा में सरकार एक जश्न के मूड में भी है. लेकिन जिस तरीके से सामाजिक मुद्दों से सरकार की भटकती मंशा देखने को मिल रही है, उससे यह साफ़ होता है कि सरकार सामाजिक मुद्दों पर कोई पहल नहीं करना चाहती है.

Children play pivotal role in making Chhattisgarh villages open-defecation free

By Ashish Mishra

Raipur : Arti Rawte, an 11-year-old tribal girl from Dhobni village of Maoist-hit Rajanandgaon district in Chhattisgarh, used to wake up at four every morning -- not to study but keep a sharp lookout for villagers going out to defecate in the open and stop them from doing so. Her village has been declared 'Open Defecation Free', thanks to efforts of such spunky kids.

Rana Ayyub's act of resistance

By Arif Hussain for TwoCircles.net

Contexts have this amazing ability of turning simple everyday acts into acts of resistance. From Mohandas Gandhi at Dandi to Rosa Parks in Montgomery, simple acts like picking up a clump of salt or remaining seated in a bus seat, thanks to the contexts, have become classic symbols of resistance. Rana Ayyub's book "Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up", is too an act of resistance, thanks again to the context.

Unless India delivers, world won’t be leprosy free

By Charu Bahri

For three years, Uttar Pradesh farmhand Pradeep Kumar, 24, has been treated for a disease that India largely eliminated 11 years ago: Leprosy, one of humankind’s oldest diseases - it is commonly mentioned in the Bible - is notorious for the visible disfigurement of victims and their subsequent ostracisation.

दिल्ली: बस्तियों में बदतर ज़िन्दगी

फ़हमिना हुसैन, TwoCircles.net

दिल्ली: इस शहर में जहां एक तरफ़ मेट्रो की रफ़्तार से भी तेज़ ज़िन्दगी भागती है, जहां बड़े-बड़े आलीशान मकान और कोठियां हैं. वहीं दूसरी तरफ़ वज़ीरपुर, आज़ादपुर, खजूरी, झिलमिल जैसी अनेक बस्तियां भी हैं, जहां लोग अपनी बद से बदतर ज़िंदगी जीने को मजबूर हैं.

Triple Talaq un-Islamic, inhuman and unconstitutional: Armed Forces Tribunal bench

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Lucknow (UP): In a significant decision, the Lucknow Bench of Armed Forces Tribunal has ruled that the declaration of oral triple Talaq is un-Islamic, inhuman and unconstitutional.
The bench said that the Constitution is the mother of all law and has overriding effect over personal law as well as other provisions, practices or usage which offend the constitutional right of persons, collectively or individually.

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