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Religious divide 'kept alive' with low intensity communalism in Gujarat's cultural capital

By Rajiv Shah  A fact-finding report, prepared by the Mumbai-based non-profit, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), has cited the Vadodara Ram Navami violence of March 30 as yet another example of how, after the BJP consolidating its hold on political power in Gujarat post-2002 riots and at the Centre in 2014, the nature of communal riots has changed, underlining, as opposed to high-intensity violence earlier, now riots have become “more sub-radar and at a smaller scale, more localized”.
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Punjab farm workers' major victory amidst 'merciless' corporate land grab, poor wages

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Railways data 'fudged': 1 death per accident, but only 1 injury per 10 accidents?

By Bharat Dogra*  The recent disastrous Odisha train accident has re-emphasized the need for ensuring better train safety. Taking an average figure for the last decade, nearly 24,000 deaths are caused by railway accidents in a year. This may be compared to less than 700 deaths in the entire European Union related to train accidents in 2021.

76% Odisha govt school infrastructure in dilapidated state, 'undermine' RTE norms

By Our Representative  As many as 75.86% (5,421) elementary schools in Odisha do not possess a playground, depriving students of physical activity opportunities. Also, 75.68% (5,408) of schools require minor or major repairing, undermining the norms and standards stipulated in the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Why continued obsession with adding more 'water guzzling' coal, nuclear power plants?

By Shankar Sharma*  The true concerns over water inefficiency in coal power plants have been known and have been highlighted many times in the past. A highly relevant study report by Prayas Energy Group had highlighted this fast looming threat to our society many years ago. But our authorities have been acting as though there can be no issue with water supply, and that additional coal power plants can be added indefinitely; even without any true relevance to climate change.

Seeking to follow Gujarat 'model'? Proposed Tamil Nadu global investors' meet Jan 2024

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Civil servants 'developing antipathy' to social justice, secularism, eco-protection, dissent

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*  A few days back, results of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) were out for this year's civil services. Lots of congratulations and greetings were being loud mouthed everywhere, as if that is the final achievement for anyone's life. The fact is that these elite services are meant to protect the interests of those in power and not devote themselves in the service of the people. They claim to do 'service' to the nation but not the people. Somehow, in the new system, the nation is basically a piece of land, and not its people.

Manipur violence: Catholic clergy told to play prophetic role, not be complicit in crime

Counterview Desk  Maria Nirmalini, president of the high profile Christian organisation Conference of Religious, India (CRI), in an open letter to Catholic Church's major superiors, the clergy which governs an entire or a part of a clerical institute, has called upon them to meaningfully engage in "burning issues" of India "which are happening at a frightening regularity".

Delhi HC rules in favour of retired Air Force officer 'overcharged' for Covid treatment

By Rosamma Thomas*  In a decision of May 22, 2023, the Delhi High Court ruled in favour of petitioner Group Captain Suresh Khanna who was under treatment at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, between April 28 and May 5, 2021, for a period of eight days, for Covid-19 pneumonia. The petitioner had to pay Rs 3,55,286 as treatment costs, but the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) only reimbursed him for Rs 1,83,748, on the basis of government-approved rates. 

Experts shocked: Food regulator 'favours' unhealthy pearl millet chocolate bars

Counterview Desk  In a letter to Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, several experts and senior activists, commenting on the need to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have said that there is a need too harmonise India’s health laws with the Consumer Protection Act, insisting that there should be a criteria to objectively define what is a “healthy food”.