All Indians Matter

Audio podcast: ‘Key laws affecting citizens’ lives were passed without consulting them’
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Ashraf Engineer May 18, 2022 The Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy says the government should place a draft version of any law it makes before the people for their inputs. This is important for a truly participative democracy. However, at last count,...
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Audio podcast: India’s heatwave: how soaring temperatures impact you and society
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Ashraf Engineer May 14, 2022 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. It’s been a cruel, cruel summer. Satellite images showed that surface land temperatures exceeded 60 degrees Celsius in some parts of North India at...
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Audio podcast: ‘People with mental health issues are creative, wise, can have a full life’
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Ashraf Engineer May 11, 2022 More than 60 million Indians suffer from mental disorders, 10 to 20 million of them from severe conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. India has one of the highest prevalences of mental illnesses globally. Daniel...
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Audio podcast: No, Hindi is NOT our national language
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Ashraf Engineer May 7, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. A few days ago, there was an exchange between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and southern star Sudeep over Hindi as a national...
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Audio podcast: ‘Sex workers’ bodies are viewed as currency, even for medicines’
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Ashraf Engineer May 4, 2022 Healthcare is crucial for sex workers, exposed as they are to poverty and sexually-transmitted diseases. Recent reportage by journalist Shalini Singh, for the People’s Archive of Rural India, revealed that sex workers in Delhi are...
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Audio podcast: Indonesia’s palm oil export ban will hurt your home budget
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Ashraf Engineer April 30, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Indonesia has banned exports of palm oil and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for India. Prices were skyrocketing even...
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Audio podcast: ‘Agriculture needs innovation, spanning food production to value chains’
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Ashraf Engineer April 27, 2022 Agriculture badly needs transformation. Innovations that stress on solutions for challenges ranging from irrigation to the supply chain are the answer. Kavita Sharma and Ruchika Singh, who are part of the World Resources Institute India’s...
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Audio podcast: Prepare for more, longer power cuts this summer
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Ashraf Engineer April 23, 2022 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. It’s hot and it could get a lot more uncomfortable. That’s because India is likely to experience more power cuts this year as electricity...
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Audio podcast: ‘EPF rate cut underscores need for balanced investment portfolio’
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Ashraf Engineer April 20, 2022 The government has lowered the interest rate on Employees Provident Fund Organisation deposits for its 6.4 crore subscribers from 8.5% to 8.1%, the lowest since 1977-78. For crores, the Employees Provident Fund, or EPF, served...
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Audio podcast: How Sri Lanka’s economic collapse affects India
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Ashraf Engineer April 16, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. The situation in Sri Lanka is alarming – inflation is at a dizzying 17%, people are dying of hunger and even while...
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