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One year since #BhimaKoregaon arrests- This is extended torture #FreeBK9

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The nine accused are still in Yerawada jail, even as Amnesty India launches a campaign to call them ‘heroes’ instead of ‘anti-nationals’. By Gaurav Sarkar| Jun 6, 2019 2TwitterFacebook It’s been exactly a year since the Pune police, in a coordinated “joint… Continue Reading →

India – Who are the Five arrested for Bhima Koregaon Violence and alleged #PlotToKillPM ?

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For all five, who are facing charges under stringent sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, interactions with the police and the state are not new. Policemen accompany the Dalits protestors in Bhima Koregaon, Pune, on January 3, 2018. Credit:… Continue Reading →

Poem- I sent the horses back home #JusticeForAsifa

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I SENT THE HORSES BACK HOME By- Parvathy Mira Maai, I sent the horses trotting, And they found their way back home. But, I couldn’t. My legs that you thought were Swift as those of a deer, They froze. Maai, they… Continue Reading →

Women Empowerment Through the Eyes of 13 year-old artist

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13 year-old budding artist with Immense Talent and understanding paints on women empowerment  By – Svetlana Chatterjee from Dubai I had drawn this painting when i came to know about an art competition , and the theme was of my… Continue Reading →

Octogenarian Dr Jonathan Fine who dared to go where even Indians did not dare #RIP

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   by- Kamayani Bali Mahabal As I opened my inbox today….. Tributes to Dr Jonathan  Fine in PHR newsletter, made me just Jump and Scream. And there was a flashback of almost  7 years . Let them call me rebel… Continue Reading →

One year of #DeMonetisation – Parody- Baar Baar Fenko is going viral

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  A small parody, dedicated to the biggest parody ever in India…Celebrating 1 Year of ‘demon’etisation – We are Happy to give this to you, so that you shall sing this on streets, schools and wherever you are on 8th… Continue Reading →

Shameless Vedanta – Faking Happiness – #CSR more LIES #IndependenceDayIndia

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  As I  began my day witha cuppa coffee and opened the Economic Times  today, the smiling FACES  glared at me, thinking it to be cover page story of India at 70, as  I rolled my eyes down  to the… Continue Reading →

114 Armed Forces veterans write to PM Modi against #MobLynching and supporting #NotInMyName Protest

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Armed Forces veterans write open letter to PM Modi: Condemn targeting of Muslims, Dalits In the letter the Armed Forces veterans said they stand with the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign and that the Armed Forces stand for “Unity in Diversity“…. Continue Reading →

How many know that a Muslim woman designed the Indian National flag ?

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A study by Capt. L. Panduranga Reddy recently substantiated claims that while the current Indian National Flag evolved over several decades of the independence movement, it was a woman from Hyderabad who gave us the final tricoloured beauty that we call… Continue Reading →

Digital Version – Myth busting book on beef eating #Download

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India: Digital version of historian D.N.Jha’s myth busting book on beef eating by Hindus and Buddhists in ancient times   In The Myth Of The Holy Cow, the author reveals that in ancient times, Hindus and Buddhists ate beef. According… Continue Reading →

Doctor, Doctor: Healthcare For The Homeless

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By Kamayani Bali-Mahabal He used to dress like a homeless person. On purpose. Two or three nights a week, he’d rub dirt in his hair and clothes before walking the dark streets of Pittsburgh searching for the very people he… Continue Reading →

India: Where Women Call The Shots

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  By Kamayani Bali-Mahabal   Mumbai –Imagine a wedding, when the groom follows the bride to her home to start a new life together. Imagine a room filled with laughter and joy when a baby girl is born. Imagine a… Continue Reading →

The camera is on Muslim women

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Dehleez toh paar kar li hai, ab zamane se takrana hai. Peeche mud ke ab kya dekhoon, mujhe aage badhte jana hai. I have crossed the patriarchal boundary, now I have to fight the world Why should i look back… Continue Reading →

#RIP Activist, Feminist and Friend Trupti Shah- Her life in her own words

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Trupti Shah, Friend ,feminist, environmentalist, human rights activist is no more with us. She left us at 9.15 p.m. May 26, 2016. She battled lung cancer that was detected in October 2014. We could not honor her last wishes to… Continue Reading →

South Africa: The Importance Of “Telling Our Own Stories” #Vaw

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Cape Town (Women’s Feature Service) – As the curtains go up and the bright lights dramatically illuminate the room, all the audience can see is a bare stage with three chairs. A stark setting indeed and, yet, it’s the perfect… Continue Reading →

Time to BOYCOTT change.org , EXPOSED once again #socialmedia

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I have exposed change .org two years back and every now and then the true colours are shown in their contradictory campaigns. Below is information why, after hosting more then 250 petitions i  have boycotted change.org https://kractivist.org/why-activists-should-boycott-change-org-petitions/ HERE EXPOSED ONCE… Continue Reading →

Translation of Vasant Dattatreya Gurjar’s poem Gandhi Mala Bhetla (Gandhi Met Me)

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The Marathi poem, Gandhi Mala Bhetala (Gandhi met me), is a satirical critique of those who falsely claim to follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi   The poem was first published in 1983. The poet was a class-III employee of the Bombay… Continue Reading →

#Sundayreading – ‘In Joy Or In Pain, Women Must Talk’- Maria Da Penha #Vaw

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‘In Joy Or In Pain, Women Must Talk’ Kamayani Bali-Mahabal FORTALEZA( BRAZIL)- Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband, Antonio Heredia Vivero, a teacher, shot at her. Though she was rushed to the hospital, the attack… Continue Reading →

#Sundayreading -Favela Girls Pirouette Out of Poverty in Brazil

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by Kamayani Bali-Mahabal FORTALEZA, Brazil — Bom Jardim, home to some 200,000 people, is one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in this city. Located at the southwestern tip of the metropolis, with long streets laid in a grid, the… Continue Reading →

Open letter to Justice Katju – Happy New Year and Get Well Soon !

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1st Jan’ 2015 Dear Justice  Makrand Katju Greetings !! Your recent post on Gay and Lesbian Relationships (LGBT) ,    created a lot of ruckus,    as you tweeted , sadly ,               you were called a homophobic also, and then your CLARIFICATION further aggravated the ire. I am writing to you, as to why it happened . Why were you labeled homophobe, Sexist and   misogynist According to you, homosexuality is a  ‘unnatural ‘and “modern” phenomenon and must be ‘cured’ to give way to reproductive heterosexuality.In your opinion, at the heart of heterosexual bonding, companionship, love, lies procreative sex and the desire to keep the human race going. Therefore, you question , “Will a gay relationship or marriage serve nature’s requirement of continuing the species?” So what is ‘natural’. It will mean, not only humans but all species who exists on planet earth . And we have seen that homosexuality is found in mammals, birds and even insects. Also  I hate to break your conviction that homosexuality  is “unnatural” and “not a disease”, the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 and the World Health Organization in 1992 did accept homosexuality as a ”normal” variant of human sexuality. That apart, if one reads the history of sexual practices across the world, one realises that same-sex sexual practices have been  there since times  immemorial and that sexual identity-based categories are only an early 20th century invention of American-European psychologists and sexologists…. Continue Reading →

Mumbra’s Muslim Girls Kick Out Stereotypes #Womenrights

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Kamayani Bali Mahabal    They started off as a secret sports club. What brought them together was their shared love for football, a game they couldn’t dream of playing owing to their conservative family backgrounds. After all, how could young… Continue Reading →

#India- Militant Durga Vahini Camp In India Is Training Young Women To Hate Themselves And Accept Their Weakness #WTFnews

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“Can you really hide your natural weakness or character as a woman?”posted on May 26, 2014, at 1:39 a.m. Tasneem NashrullaBuzzFeed Staff    The Durga Vahini is the women’s wing of a Hindu nationalist organization in India — the Vishwa… Continue Reading →

My 88 year old Grand Mother, Pramod Dutta wins awards for her contribution to Hindi Literature

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   I am a proud grand daughter  today , the best new year gift was the call from  My 88 year-old Nani, Pramod Dutta telling me she  got  two awards, one was for short stories by Haryana Sahitya Academi and… Continue Reading →

#India – Faking Happiness is forced to Present the ‘ VEDANTA ANTHEM” #HipHop #mustshare

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Kamayani for FAKING HAPPINESS CAMPAIGN     An Indo-German collaboration with production by the talented DJ BC from Germany and the lyrics and vocals by A-List from India. A List is a raptivist and a member of Faking Happiness campaign. This track… Continue Reading →

#RIP – Tribute to Hassam , Friend and Human Rights Activist from Pakistan

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Life partner of my first friend  from  Pakistan is no more As I opened the Facebook page of Aisha  Gazdar to share Neela  Bhagwat’ s  classical rendition of Faiz poem, “Bol” As her page slowly opened, I wondered why She… Continue Reading →

# India- Why Independence Day is a #BlackDay15august

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   The UPA government considers Indian life worthless and dispensable by freeing Russia from liability commitment for Koodankulam reactors 1 & 2. The UPA government signs secret agreements with foreign governments and does not disclose the content to its own… Continue Reading →

#India – After 67 years of #Independence- ‘ YEH KAISI AZADI HAI”

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At the stroke of midnight when the world sleeps, India awakes, Yes! India has woken up to freedom, but for whom? After 67  years of Independence, The poor have no kapda, roti, makaan so let them have cell phones. The UPA… Continue Reading →

‘We will make this international’: Adani protest to go global, says Bob Brown

Former Greens leader says coalmine greenlight is not the end of the environmental battle Guardian staff Former Greens leader Bob Brown is undeterred in his campaign to stop the Adani coal mine in central Queensland, warning “we will make this international” at… Continue Reading →

Prof G. N . Saibaba facing ‘unjust punishment’: TSSU Canada

The Solidarity & Social Justice Committee (SSJC) of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) expresses our solidarity with human rights activist Dr. G.N. Saibaba. First arrested on May 9, 2014 on charges of having so-called Maoist links, Delhi University Professor… Continue Reading →

Doctors in the Dock: IMA’s Silence, Media Biases and Manufacturing of Dissent to suit Hindutva Politics

on June 16, 2019 Dr Paribaha Mukhopadhyay’s Facebook entry on 17th February 2019 reads thus:“Finally, Dr. Paribaha Mukherjee it is! After fighting for 4.5 years, finally achieved something that I can adore for the rest of my life.” In less than… Continue Reading →

Stories of the Santhals, by the Santhals #Sundayreading

Adivaani, a publishing house is archiving, chronicling and publishing stories of tribals, primarily SanthalsBy Manasi Shah AddThis Sharing Buttons900 The painting on the wall shows two ebony male figures with bows and arrows. “Sidhu and Kanhu,” says Ruby Hembrom, by way… Continue Reading →

Assaults in loos to chest stares… My life without gender

If you don’t fit into neat gender boxes like he or she, life can be hard. A first-person account of what it is to be non-binary in India Smita I am a non-binary person assigned female at birth, currently living… Continue Reading →

RS Mugilan’s disappearance is linked to his environmental activism against Vedanta

Activists and lawyers in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi believe that the activist’s disappearance is linked to his environmental activism against Vedanta and his demand for police accountability.  By Lois Sofia and Suchitra Vijayan  RS Mugilan, an environmental activist from the southern… Continue Reading →

Kerala to US, cartooning is in the crosshairs

The art of political cartooning has always had its ups and downs but in the age of social media outrage and thin-skinned autocrats, the few square inches of visual satire are fighting for survival First, The New York Times published… Continue Reading →

India – How crime is getting a communal spin

Incidents like the Aligarh girl’s murder show how social media is being used to tar a particular community and fan fear Himanshi.Dhawan Earlier this month, the body of a two-year-old who had gone missing from her home in Aligarh, Uttar… Continue Reading →

India -More Women Are Out of Work, Reveals Govt Report

Women’s work participation has dramatically declined, unemployment is at an all-time high and they often get half the wage of what men get for same work, shows the latest labour force survey report.Subodh Varma 15 Jun 2019 The recently released Periodic… Continue Reading →

JSA statement on the recent violence against doctors in West Bengal

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan expresses shock at the grievous assault on junior doctor, Dr Paribha Mukherjee in NRS Medical Hospital at Kolkata on 11th June 2019 and condemns, in the strongest terms, the escalation of violence, communalization of the issue, and attempts at… Continue Reading →

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