Pinarayi Vijayan says BJP planned Sabarimala protests; party dismisses claim and aims to intensify agitation

Pinarayi Vijayan says BJP planned Sabarimala protests; party dismisses claim and aims to intensify agitation

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday alleged that the state BJP unit had planned the violence at Sabarimala in an attempt to “capture” the hill shrine and had issued a circular with the workings of its plan. At a...
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Sushma Swaraj has shattered many glass ceilings: Youngest Cabinet minister, first woman CM of Delhi and outstanding MP

Sushma Swaraj has shattered many glass ceilings: Youngest Cabinet minister, first woman CM of Delhi and outstanding MP

On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that she will not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due to health reasons. The 66-year-old Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha has shattered many glass ceilings over the course...
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Sabarimala temple protests: BJP circular reveals carefully planned operation resulted in arrest of 70 persons on Sunday

Sabarimala temple protests: BJP circular reveals carefully planned operation resulted in arrest of 70 persons on Sunday

The protest that led to the arrest of 70 persons at Sabarimala on Sunday night was part of a carefully planned and executed operation by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to implement its political agenda in Kerala, if a secret...
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Sabarimala row: Union minister KJ Alphons accuses Kerala govt of turning temple into ‘war zone’, treating pilgrims as ‘dacoits’

Sabarimala row: Union minister KJ Alphons accuses Kerala govt of turning temple into ‘war zone’, treating pilgrims as ‘dacoits’

Nilackal/Pamba (Kerala): Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam Monday hit out at the Kerala government for turning the Sabarimala temple complex into a “war zone” and treating the pilgrims like “dacoits”. “They have imposed Section ...
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Tribal sugarcane farmers in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja banking on Congress to end human-elephant conflict in district

Tribal sugarcane farmers in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja banking on Congress to end human-elephant conflict in district

It had appeared to be a normal day for 64-year-old Juthel Das. He had hopped onto his bike in the morning to head to his farmland 3 kilometres from home. He worked through the day and had been peacefully riding...
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Maratha quota row: Reservation unwarranted; several past panels concluded community is not ‘backward’

Maratha quota row: Reservation unwarranted; several past panels concluded community is not ‘backward’

Recently, the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission recommended 16 percent reservation to Marathas in addition to the existing 52 percent reservation for other backward classes (OBCs). It is expected that the reservation Bill for Marathas will be passe...
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Sabarimala row: Trupti Desai’s attempt to enter temple indeed a ‘grave provocation’, but only to status quo

Sabarimala row: Trupti Desai’s attempt to enter temple indeed a ‘grave provocation’, but only to status quo

By Nisha Susan I read Sreemoy Talukdar’s essay in Firstpost on Trupti Desai’s entry into the Sabarimala fray and nodded several times. The first sentence, for instance: “Activist Trupti Desai has added more spark to the Sabarimala powder keg.” From...
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In Maharashtra’s Ambap village, a couple with polio defied odds to set up a model farm

In Maharashtra’s Ambap village, a couple with polio defied odds to set up a model farm

This story is part of a series on the everyday heroes of rural Maharashtra. “My hands have become like my legs [sic],” says 36-year-old Shivaji Suryawanshi as he picks up a sickle. His wife Geetanjali, 32, proudly says, “We don’t need...
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‘Tell Everyone We Scalped You!’ How Caste Still Rules in India

‘Tell Everyone We Scalped You!’ How Caste Still Rules in India

THATI, India — When Sardar Singh Jatav set out walking on a muggy night in early September to talk with the men who employed his son, he found them already waiting for him in the road. But they were not...
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Cyclone Gaja leaves trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu; 26 people killed, over 1 lakh in relief camps

Cyclone Gaja leaves trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu; 26 people killed, over 1 lakh in relief camps

Chennai: Cyclone Gaja finally touched the shores of southern Tamil Nadu during the early hours of 16 November, near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district. Gaja made landfall with higher wind speed than forecast by the India Meteorological Department. Coming in a...
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