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Audio podcast: Facebook allowing hate speech undermines India’s democracy
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Podcast transcript Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. The Wall Street Journal recently exposed how Facebook turned a blind eye to hate speech by BJP lawmakers and Hindutva groups in India. Former Facebook employees told the newspaper that the...
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Audio podcast: For ‘aatmanirbharta’, a forest under siege
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Podcast transcript Hello and welcome. What lies above the ground in a forest are trees, wildlife and an ecology vital to indigenous communities and their age-old culture. While they have seamlessly become part of this ecosystem, what lies below is...
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Audio podcast: Prashant Bhushan verdict raises worries for our freedoms
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Podcast transcript Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. Independence Day eve 2020 was full of irony. The Supreme Court held advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt for a series of tweets he had posted in June. One tweet spoke...
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Audio podcast: Is India’s economic recovery really on track?
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  Podcast transcript Hello and welcome. I am Ashraf Engineer, a communication consultant, but I was a journalist for 17 years before changing streams. While I changed professions, the journalism bug never left me. Over the years, I continued writing...
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Dalit lives don’t matter – they never have, they never will
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Tushar Gandhi August 4, 2020 “There is an ineffaceable blot that Hinduism today carries with it. I have declined to believe that it has been handed to us from immemorial times. I think that this miserable, wretched, enslaving spirit of...
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From the man who would be PM to a footnote in history
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By Sujata Anandan July 31, 2020 As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prepares to dust off Lal Krishna Advani and deign to allow him to accompany – though not lay the foundation  stone – Narendra Modi to  the bhoomi pujan...
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The missing Dalit voices in Indian newsrooms
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Ashraf Engineer July 21, 2020 The recent lawsuit against Cisco Systems – accusing high-caste Indian-American managers of denying a Dalit professional opportunities, raises and promotions – made me think about my time in newsrooms. Over the course of a 17-year...
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Don’t hang Gandhi for crimes he did not commit
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Tushar Gandhi July 8, 2020 There is a growing demand to remove Mahatma Gandhi’s statues from public places – the latest in Leicester (pictured above). I have never been a promoter of the cult of statues. I believe that the...
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Police torture, custodial deaths are a ballooning human rights crisis
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aWQnvkpWGk Ashraf Engineer June 28, 2020 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT In 2019… 1,731 dead in police custody That’s 5 deaths a day Source – India: Annual Report on Torture 2019, published by National Campaign Against Torture   1,606 of the deaths in...
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India’s unending pandemic of hate
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Tushar Gandhi June 24, 2020 Hate has been a human trait forever. Hate is unique – it destroys the hater much more than the object of hate. Anger is a manifestation of hate, Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) said that anger is...
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