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Hell Breaks Loose
This is what comes to my mind, when I try to visualise the valley. The so-called paradise has become hell and is haunted by the cries of innocent who die innocent deaths each day.
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Kashmir and Elections
Featured Community Voice: Ather Zia Kashmiri scholar, journalist and former civil servant Ather Zia offers a detailed and rarely discussed history of the elections and campaigns in the disputed region of Kashmir in India...
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A Collage of Her Severally-Inspected Parts
Kashmiri scholar, journalist and former civil servant Ather Zia details the range of ways in which Kashmiri women participate in politics...
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Selling Trendy Things Using Poor People
Outrage and debate have erupted as Vogue International hit stands with a 16-page displaying trendy accessories worn by India's poor. Read the New York Times article about this. Is this appropriate? What do you think?
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Fasting for Justice
Meet Irom Sharmila, a political activist who has been waging a non-violent battle against state-sanctioned violence in her home state of Manipur in India. For the last seven years, she has used her body as a political weapon, starving herself in objection to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)...
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Seeds of Resistance
"Seeds are our mother," declares physicist and activist Vandana Shiva, founder of the revolutionary Indian seed-saving organization Navdanya. The organization's name translates as "nine crops." Its mission: To support local farmers and rescue and conserve crops that are being pushed into extinction...
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Indira Gandhi’s Darshan
In 1966, Indira Gandhi became India's first female Prime Minister, and in doing so, one of the world's most powerful women. She had grown up in a political household, as the daughter of a Prime Minister, and viewed the intricacies of political life from early childhood onwards...
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Picturing Power
All of us have seen a political poster past its time: peeling off a wall in tatters, or peeking out from underneath another poster of the next big thing.  Posters are, by their very nature, a throwaway form of art and communication.  But, when it comes to posters produced by and for India's women, one group wants to ensure these messages are not forgotten.
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Two Million Women Leaders and Counting
When Mahatma Gandhi envisioned a truly independent and democratic India, he envisioned gram swaraj-village self-rule. For Gandhi, true village autonomy meant that all adults--women and men--work together to ensure their village's self-reliance in meeting basic needs.
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