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Elections in West Bengal: How Can There be a Change Without a Better Alternative?

By Bani Bhattacharya  From the decades of the 70′s, the Communist Party of India has not only been an indomitable force in West Bengal, but they have also been invincible and an unchallenged force. From the time of late 70′s when Mr. Jyoti Basu came in to leadership, until he retired in 2000, the CPM [...]

The Great Euthanasia Debate

  SHOW SOME MERCY By Sourya Donkada In a path breaking judgement In Aruna Shanbaug case, the supreme court has allowed “passive euthanasia” of withdrawing life support of patients in permanently vegetative state”. It’s called a path breaking judgement, when after years of trial they decide to finally allow a tortured woman in a vegetable [...]

Peace Disrupted Again in Kashmir

By  Sabika Abbas After a fairly peaceful winter season, the assassination of Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, disrupted peace in the Kashmir valley again. The incident took place ahead of Friday prayers on 8th April, 2011, on the footsteps of a mosque in the Gaw Kadal area, in downtown, Srinagar. Maulana was the local leader of [...]

How Our Numbers Kill Us: Shamefaced By Census 2011

By Muskan Bhatia The provisional figures in the Census ’11 in March this year came out with some shocking revelations. Apart from pegging our population figures at close to 1.21 billion, the country posted its worst child sex ratio since independence. To conceive a girl child in this country, which is earmarked on the world [...]