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Heroism and compassion amid the horrors of Partition – Part 1
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Mahatma Gandhi (above) surveying a post-riot scene in the aftermath of Partition. Photo credits: Gandhi Research Foundation This is the first installment of a two-part series on the acts of courage, which symbolised the syncretic heritage of the subcontinent, amid...
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Audio podcast: India is drowning in solid waste
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Ashraf Engineer September 15, 2021 India’s burgeoning urban population has resulted in a stark increase in the quantity of solid waste generated – 65 million tons a year – but only 75%-80% of it gets collected and only 22%-28% is...
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Audio podcast: Riding roughshod over India’s history
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Ashraf Engineer September 11, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer What is it about the Narendra Modi government wanting to turn national monuments into Disney-like theme parks? Even as protests against the makeover of...
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Audio podcast: Why does justice inequality persist in India?
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Ashraf Engineer September 8, 2021 The justice system exists as part of society, not outside it. So, you’re particularly vulnerable if you happen to be poor, part of a minority or a vulnerable group such as Dalits, or of the...
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Audio Podcast Episode 100: ‘India’s resilience stands out’
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Ashraf Engineer September 4, 2021 As the country goes through profound political and social changes, what are common Indians thinking? What do they want from the next decade and what keeps them up at night? Episode 100 of All Indians...
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Audio podcast: Educational marginalisation of Muslims starts early
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Ashraf Engineer September 1, 2021 A study has found that Muslim children face systematic exclusion at the pre-primary level in Delhi’s private schools – less than 3% of those who applied to private unaided schools at the nursery level were...
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Audio podcast: Why there’s a demand for a caste census
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Ashraf Engineer August 28, 2021 Podcast Transcript Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Once again, the demand for a caste census is gaining steam. Recently, leaders from Bihar, cutting across party lines, met with Prime...
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Audio podcast: Why vaccine hesitancy persists
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Ashraf Engineer August 25, 2021 While we are seeing COVID-19 vaccine shortages on the one hand, we are also seeing stubborn vaccine hesitancy on the other. Experts see it as a threat to the country’s very fragile gains against COVID-19....
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Audio podcast: As journalists take flight in Afghanistan, so does hope
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Afghan journalists speak with MPs outside the lower house of Parliament in Kabul in February 2011. Picture and copyright: Ashraf Engineer Ashraf Engineer August 21, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. This...
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Audio podcast: Lakshadweep – from idyllic archipelago to eco flashpoint
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Ashraf Engineer August 18, 2021 The government’s plans to convert Lakshadweep into a tourism powerhouse has enraged locals and environmentalists, who point to the ecological hazards posed by the projects and the “attacks on identity, culture, religion and land”. Rohan...
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