FROM THE MARGINS

Indian State and Secular Politics

By Pratyush Chandra 1. In India, decolonisation did not reconstitute the State, rather it was a refurbishing of the same colonial state, now free from any remote controlling by the British. In legal terms too, all legislations and judicial pronouncements made prior to Independence continued to hold unless challenged and proven to be in contravention to the new constitution. The…

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Looking Beyond the Promises, Pitfalls, and Exaggerated Expectations on NGOs’ Roles in Development

 This blog is written by my very good friend Dwight Jason Ronan. Follow him at Vestigium Widespread criticisms in the 1980s regarding conventional top-down approaches in delivering social services paved the way to the rapid growth and expansion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Putting emphasis on the expanded role of the civil society — with NGOs as its main actors —…

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PERSONAL

Kathmandu Air Mishap and Public Services

On the morning of 4th March, 2015, on our way back from Kathmandu to India, we heard a heavy thundering sound, as soon as were ready to take the bus, to board the jet airways 9W262 flight to Delhi. We were of course confused with the sound and assumed it might just be thunder. But we were stopped at the…

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WANDER

An evening across river Brahmaputra

Almost everyone in Assam have an incredible relationship with the river Brahmaputra. The Assamese people love the river. Even the occasional anger and swear words hurled at the river (when it brings floods) are done with a tiny whisper of sorry.  Many a poets have written poems in its appreciation, so have many singers sung its praise. The river forms the lifeline of…

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Trade Unions in India’s Coal Sector goes on Strike  

In what is being touted as one of the biggest industrial action in the last four decades, more than half a million workers of India’s coal sector has gone on a strike in India. Coal India Limited (CIL) has 3.5 lakh permanent workers and 50,000 contract workers, while Singareni Collieries, a subsidiary of CIL has 1.5 lakh permanent and 30,000…

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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TRADE UNIONS-Article Series

Defining Social Media “Social media” is the broad term given to describe the latest evolution of internet and web based communication platforms which enable users to rapidly connect and interact in a variety of different formats. A social media site is a platform that allows user-generated content to emerge through interactions and collaborations in a virtual community. This contrasts with…

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Facebook and Apple’s decision to pay for ‘egg freezing’ far from Ideal  

Since ages, capitalism has re-structured families and societies that we live in. The recent decision by Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Apple giving up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs is one more addition to this capitalist agenda. It says, Sit back, relax..!!! Let capitalism plan…

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