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We The People: Chhattisgarh's Walking-Talking Guru On Postmodern Thought

We The People: Chhattisgarh's Walking-Talking Guru On Postmodern Thought

Aug 11, 2022

Retired professor Rajeshwar Dayal Saxena had a Master’s degree and PhD from Sagar University before he began teaching Hindi literature in a college in Chhattisgarh.

We The People: The Forest Has Rights

We The People: The Forest Has Rights

Aug 11, 2022

Mulwasi Bachao Manch is a Bastar-based anti-mining Adivasi group that undertake peaceful protests in Silger and work towards opening new frontiers at other areas in the region

We The People: A Crocodile Expert's Efforts in Keeping Man And Reptile Safe

We The People: A Crocodile Expert's Efforts in Keeping Man And Reptile Safe

Aug 10, 2022

A resident of Basti district in Uttar Pradesh, Sitaram Das has some unusual friends. He calls out to them from this side of the pond, and they shuffle towards him.

We The People: Chhattisgarh Organisation At Forefront Of Fight Against Mining And Land Acquisition

We The People: Chhattisgarh Organisation At Forefront Of Fight Against Mining And Land Acquisition

Aug 10, 2022

Due to the persistent efforts of the Hasdeo Aranya Sangharsh Samiti, the Chhattisgarh Assembly recently passed a unanimous resolution urging the Union government to cancel all coal blocks in Hasdeo Aranya forest

BJP Gets Taste Of Own Medicine In Bihar As Nitish Kumar Opens Up The Battle For 2024

BJP Gets Taste Of Own Medicine In Bihar As Nitish Kumar Opens Up The Battle For 2024

Aug 09, 2022

The developments in Bihar send a message that the BJP is not invincible. It has been astute in managing maths and forging alliances, but if others play their cards well and are able to unite the fragmented opposition, the BJP may find it considerably difficult.

Extrajudicial Killings: The Sordid Saga Of Fake Encounters And The Long Ordeal For Justice

Extrajudicial Killings: The Sordid Saga Of Fake Encounters And The Long Ordeal For Justice

Aug 04, 2022

A look at encounter killings in India, their legality, the brutality, the lives that are left behind, the long ordeal for justice, and a State that refuses to lend an ear to the victims

Death In Dandakaranya: In Jungles Of Chhattisgarh, Justice Is Served At The Barrel Of Gun

Death In Dandakaranya: In Jungles Of Chhattisgarh, Justice Is Served At The Barrel Of Gun

Aug 04, 2022

The culture of rifles among Adivasis, aided by the ever-increasing deployment of parami­li­tary forces, has permanently mutated the central Indian forests in Chhattisgarh.

Friendships That Scripted History In The World Of Politics

Friendships That Scripted History In The World Of Politics

Aug 01, 2022

The friendship between Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher is a great instance of what politicians, often said to be skeptics, can achieve with trust and camaraderie.

Tasked To Recommend Withdrawal Of Cases Against Adivasis, Panel Ignores Serious Offences

Tasked To Recommend Withdrawal Of Cases Against Adivasis, Panel Ignores Serious Offences

Jul 25, 2022

The panel has so far looked only into routine offences like the Excise Act and has not examined even a single Naxal-related case under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and National Security Act that see the maximum and the longest incarceration of the adivasis in Bastar.

Kalidas And Mountain Rains: Some Metaphors And Magic

Kalidas And Mountain Rains: Some Metaphors And Magic

Jul 09, 2022

Rains are perhaps the most accessible and used motif in literature. Since rains offer a stunning range of states like light drizzle to massive floods, from lush greenery to excruciating humidity, it came to symbolize emotions ranging from joy, melancholy and longing to redemption and resurrection.

Manufacturing Jobs Are Going To Incr­ease: Secretary, Skill Development Ministry

Manufacturing Jobs Are Going To Incr­ease: Secretary, Skill Development Ministry

Jun 30, 2022

Ministry of Skill Develop­ment and Entrep­reneurship’s Secretary Rajesh Aggarwal speaks to Outlook about the social challenges in implementing vocational courses, women unemployment and the ministry’s plans for Agniveers.

Burden Of History And The Need To Erase The Past For Political Gains

Burden Of History And The Need To Erase The Past For Political Gains

Jun 23, 2022

Historiography under previous governments can, and should, be contested. But history that’s being rewritten under the present government is not merely to eulogise some leaders, but also, and more worryingly, to condemn several chapters of the past.

‘Despite Covid, We Have Done A Lot Of Work’: Himachal CM Jairam Thakur

‘Despite Covid, We Have Done A Lot Of Work’: Himachal CM Jairam Thakur

Jun 15, 2022

Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur talks to Outlook’s Ashutosh Bhardwaj on several issues ranging from the Khalistan challenge in Himachal, Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on Gyanvapi to student politics of the state. Edited excerpts:

Caught In The Crosshairs: Tales Of Sexual Violence Women Face In Conflict Zones

Caught In The Crosshairs: Tales Of Sexual Violence Women Face In Conflict Zones

Jun 15, 2022

Across states where insurgencies are rife, women are among the worst victims during security operations as justice elude the victims and errant security personnel are protected by the political machinery to save the government from embarrassment.

Rise Of Khalistani Forces In Punjab A Threat To Himachal Also: Jairam Thakur

Rise Of Khalistani Forces In Punjab A Threat To Himachal Also: Jairam Thakur

Jun 13, 2022

Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur spoke to Outlook on several issues ranging from the Khalistan challenge in Himachal, Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on the Gyanvapi to the student politics of the state.  

Translation In World Literature: Will International Booker Prize Open A Global Window To Hindi Books?

Translation In World Literature: Will International Booker Prize Open A Global Window To Hindi Books?

Jun 02, 2022

‘The translator is the traitor’, they say in Italian. Such was the distrust and paranoia in Europe for translations that scholars were executed for translating the holy word. Five centuries later, an Indian author won a major literary award in the UK and shared it with her American translator, making it an apt occasion to discuss the status of translation in world literature.

Before Gyanvapi Row, An Untold Story Of The Babri Demolition

Before Gyanvapi Row, An Untold Story Of The Babri Demolition

May 30, 2022

Despite assurances by the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who emphatically said 'We will not let another Ayodhya happen', the country may be moving towards another Ayodhya.

Gyanvapi: Can Vivekananda's Wisdom Heal A Wounded Civilization?

Gyanvapi: Can Vivekananda's Wisdom Heal A Wounded Civilization?

May 30, 2022

If one thought that the Ram temple would assuage the injured Hindu pride, it’s not to be. As another Ayodhya now looms large over India, Swami Vivekananda’s wisdom may offer clues to healing the injured Hindu pride.

Will Gyanvapi Set Off Another Ayodhya In India?

Will Gyanvapi Set Off Another Ayodhya In India?

May 26, 2022

As the campaign to remove the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi gains momentum, another Ayodhya looms large over India.

One Year Of Protests: The Emergence Of A Civil Society In Chhattisgarh

One Year Of Protests: The Emergence Of A Civil Society In Chhattisgarh

May 17, 2022

Bastar has seen several Adivasi protests in the last few decades, but they have mostly remained short-lived and localised. The protests that began in a small village in south Chhattisgarh last year have spread across the seven districts of the Bastar zone, an area bigger than Kerala.

The Ides Of March: Heatwave Strikes

The Ides Of March: Heatwave Strikes

May 12, 2022

The warning signs are flashing for all to see. But no one is bothered. Not the people, nor the polity.

SC Order On Sedition May Not Bring Relief To People Charged With Naxal Cases

SC Order On Sedition May Not Bring Relief To People Charged With Naxal Cases

May 11, 2022

The Supreme Court decision will benefit those people who are booked under sedition for speaking against the government, for writing a Facebook post or a tweet against a politician, or cracking a joke against a politician.

Crushing Claws: Bulldozer Is A Kangaroo Court, A Modern Version Of Guillotine

Crushing Claws: Bulldozer Is A Kangaroo Court, A Modern Version Of Guillotine

May 05, 2022

Bulldozer is now being deployed to construct the perception of a tough leader, an urban legend, which gets intensified with monikers like Bulldozer Baba and Bulldozer Mama. It subverts principles of justice and philosophy of jurisprudence. It holds no negotiation or conversation with those it believes are its adversaries; it razes them to the dust.

Hindi: The Urge To Build A National Consciousness Around A Language

Hindi: The Urge To Build A National Consciousness Around A Language

Apr 28, 2022

The move to make Hindi the national language is a political project, the language becoming a tool for constructing national unity

That Bitter Taste: When Food Becomes A Political Weapon

That Bitter Taste: When Food Becomes A Political Weapon

Apr 21, 2022

Food becomes a tool of politics when it acquires ethical messages of abstention or becomes a culinary aesthetic

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