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    Swami Vivekananda: A Monk with Many Possibilities

    As we celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary—and that too at a time when the Hindu Right seeks to appropriate him, it is important to have a more nuanced reading of the monk’s thoughts and visions.

    The curious case against Sci-Hub and Libgen

    A leading scientist argues that without Sci-Hub and Libgen, there would be a danger to the process of democratization of knowledge.

    What Gandhi can teach today’s protesters

    Almost a century ago, Mohandas K. Gandhi – commonly known by the honorific Mahatma, the great-souled one – emphasized nonviolent resistance in his campaign...

    Maria Montessori challenged and changed how kids are taught, and remains influential today

    One hundred and fifty years after Maria Montessori’s birth, tens of thousands of teachers around the world still hail her innovations and educational philosophy. One...

    Sexism pushed Rosalind Franklin toward the scientific sidelines during her short life, but her work still shines on her 100th birthday

    What do coal, viruses and DNA have in common? The structures of each – the predominant power source of the early 20th century, one...

    Becoming a Teacher: A Journey Through the Many Experiences that Shape, Define and Transform an Individual Into a Pedagogue

    The discoveries that one makes in life, the teachers that one encounters and the perspectives and worldview that one develops throughout this journey defines what kind of teacher one shapes up into.

    Looking into the Political Graft of AIADMK and BJP in Tamil Nadu

    The article interestingly unfolds the complex dynamics being played out by the political graft of the BJP and the AIDMK in the politics of Tamil Nadu.

    NIA Alleges Stan Swamy Participated in ‘Deep-rooted Conspiracy’, Refuses Bail Plea

    The National Investigation Agency or the NIA has gone ahead and opposed the bail plea of arrested activist and tribal rights champion Stan Swamy.

    CORONAVIRUS

    Mao’s China falsely claimed it had eradicated schistosomiasis – and it’s still celebrating that ‘success’ in propaganda today

    In early April, with much of the world under lockdown, China was already celebrating its purported victory in keeping the new coronavirus under control....

    Cops Deployed in Large Numbers As Farmers Intensify Protest Against Farm Legislations 

    Thousands of cops have been deployed across Delhi borders as farmers intensify their protests.

    The COVID-19 Vaccine in India: When, What and How? 

    United Kingdom and United States may be leading the vaccination race but what will its arrival hold for India and what are the associated logistics of vaccine-administration in the country?

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    What Gandhi can teach today’s protesters

    Almost a century ago, Mohandas K. Gandhi – commonly known by the honorific Mahatma, the great-souled one – emphasized nonviolent resistance in his campaign...

    Sexism pushed Rosalind Franklin toward the scientific sidelines during her short life, but her work still shines on her 100th birthday

    What do coal, viruses and DNA have in common? The structures of each – the predominant power source of the early 20th century, one...

    From Cradle to Grave: The Pain and Agony of Gendered Violence Against Women in India

    From birth to old age, women in India are victims of sexual assault and social violence, highlighting the pathologies of a culture that worships the goddess but demeans the woman of flesh and blood.

    From Strengthening the Immune System to Being a Rich Source of Fibre: B Vitamins Are an Important Part of Our Diets

    The article discusses the possibilities of incorporating nutrients like vitamin B-complex and offers a myriad of options from green vegetables to whole grains which can provide the important nutrient.

    OPINION

    Donald Trump’s Supporters and Our Farmer

    At a time when Donald Trump’s supporters are attacking the foundations of democracy, our farmers are arousing hope, and teaching us the art of nonviolent resistance to remind the rulers of the discontents of potential authoritarianism.

    JNU: A Wounded Space

    On this fateful day last year, JNU witnessed an organized attack on students and teachers inside the campus premises. Even after a year, the question remains : can the spirit of the university be restored?

    2021: Can We Say ‘No’ to the Cult of Narcissism? 

    From the traumatic pain of psychic bewilderment to the light of resistance—we passed through diverse experiences in 2020. As we welcome 2021, is it possible to nurture the spirit of love and justice?

    Karl Marx: Our Lost Conscience

    EDITORIAL / Karl Marx was born on May 5,1818. On his birth anniversary The New Leam pays homage to one of the most illuminating minds of modern times.

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    The Sublime Prayers of Redemption

    At this moment of psychic bewilderment and statistics of death, the poet’s sublime prayers enchant our souls, and make us feel the rhythm of life and death

    Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids- Understanding Humanity and Compassion Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker

    By looking at and reviewing a documentary on the life and hardships of a prominent Red Light area in Kolkata, the author raises pertinent questions on humanity, compassion and the human sentiment.

    Learning Lessons in Shared Humanity from Fyodor Dostoesvsky’s The Brothers Karamazov

    Can literary characters compel us to rethink our existences, taking from Fyodor Dostoesvsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, this article looks at how great books can be lifelong teachers.

    Excerpt | The Violence of the Mechanical Mind

    Vandana Shiva's penetrating observations and sharp reflections make us rethink the project of modernity - its instrumental rationality, its hyper-masculine doctrine of development and manipulation of nature, and its dualism that separates the knower from the known, science from ethics, and is centralizing/monopolizing tendency.

    Baudrillard, Hyperreality and Contemporary Sports By Richard Giulianotti

    In the postmodern era of media simulated hyperreality, as Jean Baudrillard would argue, it is no longer possible to distinguish the real from the media constructed spectacle. Are we really seeing football and cricket? Or are we watching television-mediated/technologically induced signs and symbols like glossy ads and soap operas? The author—a distinguished sociologist of sport—invokes Baudrillard, and throws light on the changing sport culture. This piece is an excerpt from one of his papers.

    Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: Félix Fénéon at the Museum of Modern Art

    The Museum of Modern Art is currently presenting Félix Fénéon and examining the immense influence of this art critic, editor, publisher, collector and anarchist.

    From Strengthening the Immune System to Being a Rich Source of Fibre: B Vitamins Are an Important Part of Our Diets

    The article discusses the possibilities of incorporating nutrients like vitamin B-complex and offers a myriad of options from green vegetables to whole grains which can provide the important nutrient.

    education

    Maria Montessori challenged and changed how kids are taught, and remains influential today

    One hundred and fifty years after Maria Montessori’s birth, tens of thousands of teachers around the world still hail her innovations and educational philosophy. One...

    Becoming a Teacher: A Journey Through the Many Experiences that Shape, Define and Transform an Individual Into a Pedagogue

    The discoveries that one makes in life, the teachers that one encounters and the perspectives and worldview that one develops throughout this journey defines what kind of teacher one shapes up into.

    Creative Pedagogy and Innovative Learning in Adverse Situations

    There is an urgent need to rethink teaching-learning especially at a time when it ends up alienating students and depriving them of the happiness and pleasure that must ideally accompany the educational pursuit.

    Fighting the Malaise of Child Marriage, the Story of Maharashtra’s Ranjitsinh Disale Who Brought Tribal Girls to School 

    In a remote district where child marriage was a rampant practice, educator Ranjitsinh Disale’s efforts for bringing poor tribal girls to school in Maharashtra is indeed inspirational. 

    What Bihar Requires to Spend on Elementary School Education?

    Low funding in education has costed Bihar a lot and unless it prioritises school education and its democratisation under the RTE, it is bound to remain educationally deprived.

    The Challenges of Not Knowing the Local Language in Remote Schools of Rajasthan

    The local language may often be the key to communicating and establishing a bond in remote corners and not knowing it can pose several challenges.

    Exploring the Pivotal Role of the Head Teacher in Transforming the Lives of Children in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon Valley

    This case study presents the exemplary leadership of a head teacher who leveraged upon community support to transform the school infrastructure and learning environment of the Gadgaon primary government school.
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    WORLD

    Looking at the Contemporary World through the Gandhian Perspective

    STUDENT CORNER Young Minds and Their Creative Articulations The New Leam organized a creative writing project involving the students of Jesus and Mary college, University of...

    Understanding the Why and How of the Israeli-Palestinian Confederation

    Israel and the Palestine must realize that there are irreversible realities on the ground that can be addressed only jointly in the context of a confederation.

    Ethiopia’s Political Tensions Pave Way for Humanitarian Crisis, Displacing Over 200,000 Refugees

    Political tensions are plaguing Africa’s oldest independent country, Ethiopia, and threatening to bring forward an unprecedented refugee crisis before it.

    Is the Republican Party a Threat to American Democracy?

    The United States of America saw a tough battle to power and Joe Biden has been selected president, but the Republican Party continues to be a threat to American democracy.

    The women of Kendeng set their feet in cement to stop a mine in their lands. This is their story.

    Across Indonesia, hundreds of communities are in conflict with companies seeking control of their resources. In some cases, the resistance has been led by women. Journalist Febriana Firdaus travelled across the country to meet grassroots female activists and delve into the story behind their struggles.

    IN-Depth

    Ambedkar vs. Hindu Nationalism: The Politics of Appropriation

    When the Indian Constitution was adopted in January 1950, B.R. Ambedkar stated that India was entering a life of contradictions for he believed that political equality alone is not a sufficient condition for social and economic democracy.

    COMMUNITY

    Community | How Has the Pandemic Impacted the Roles of Men and Women in Your Family?

    COVID-19 has brought about a series of challenges before the global community ranging from large-scale unemployment and loss of livelihoods, an ever weakening and...

    Teachers’ Day Special / Inviting Articles on ‘Education for Peace,Dialogue and Justice’

    True teachers act as catalysts and help us delve deep into the ocean of possibilities within and extract the precious pearls of potential that...

    Will NEP’s Decision to End Compartmentalisation of Education into Science, Commerce and Humanities Change Societal Attitudes?

    Breaking free of an obsession with compartmentalisation of knowledge systems, the NEP 2020 allows for a multidisciplinary, flexible and creative approach to learning in Indian schools.

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    IN PICTURES

    A Walk Through Popular Hemis Festival of Ladakh

    Each year the Hemis festival (usually held in July) that was started by Gyalsras Rinpoche in the 18th century, is celebrated at the monastery and is a huge event. The Hemis Festival, a two-day festival hosted at the Hemis Gompa Monastery celebrates the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Rabindranath Tagore’s 159th birth anniversary: A walk through his paintings

    On Rabindranath Tagore's 159th birth anniversary, here is a walk through some of his painting.

    A Tribute to Auteur Satyajit Ray on His 99th Birth Anniversary

    Remembering Satyajit Ray on his 99th birth anniversary | Satyajit Ray ( 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)

    ALL STORIES

    The curious case against Sci-Hub and Libgen

    A leading scientist argues that without Sci-Hub and Libgen, there would be a danger to the process of democratization of knowledge.

    Swami Vivekananda: A Monk with Many Possibilities

    As we celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary—and that too at a time when the Hindu Right seeks to appropriate him, it is important to have a more nuanced reading of the monk’s thoughts and visions.

    Why Free Sex Reassignment Surgeries at Government Hospitals is a Turning Point for India’s Transgender Community

    Sex reassignment surgeries, access to free education and better access to employment guarantee schemes under the new rules of the Transgender Persons(Protection of Rights)Act,2019 will surely pave way for a more dignified and empowered existence for India’s transgender community.

    Journalists are Frontline Warriors: Why Are Media Houses Using the Lockdown as an Excuse to Fire Them? 

    Media houses are sacking journalists and other employees and cutting down salaries. Is the lockdown being used as an excuse for mass retrenchment even by the big media names? 

    Will Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s COVID-19 Response Impact NDA’s Poll Performance in Upcoming State Elections?

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s public image has taken a toll with his ‘inefficient’ handling of the COVID-19 crisis but will it impact the NDA’s performance in the upcoming assembly polls?

    Living the Life of an “Orphan”: The Pathology of Being a Migrant Labourer in India

    An inadequately executed plan for the migrant class, the dilution of critical labour laws and the economic hardships to life and livelihood have brought the existence of India’s migrant workers into the dark dens of negligence and state apathy.

    Delhi Government Introduces ‘Happiness Curriculum’

    CURRICULAM The Delhi Government is introducing ‘Happiness Curriculum to make students relaxed professionals and give the world happiness.  Without constructive change in assessment, will the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ make any difference?

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    Why Free Sex Reassignment Surgeries at Government Hospitals is a Turning Point for India’s Transgender Community

    Sex reassignment surgeries, access to free education and better access to employment guarantee schemes under the new rules of the Transgender Persons(Protection of Rights)Act,2019 will surely pave way for a more dignified and empowered existence for India’s transgender community.

    Journalists are Frontline Warriors: Why Are Media Houses Using the Lockdown as an Excuse to Fire Them? 

    Media houses are sacking journalists and other employees and cutting down salaries. Is the lockdown being used as an excuse for mass retrenchment even by the big media names? 

    Will Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s COVID-19 Response Impact NDA’s Poll Performance in Upcoming State Elections?

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s public image has taken a toll with his ‘inefficient’ handling of the COVID-19 crisis but will it impact the NDA’s performance in the upcoming assembly polls?

    Living the Life of an “Orphan”: The Pathology of Being a Migrant Labourer in India

    An inadequately executed plan for the migrant class, the dilution of critical labour laws and the economic hardships to life and livelihood have brought the existence of India’s migrant workers into the dark dens of negligence and state apathy.

    Delhi Government Introduces ‘Happiness Curriculum’

    CURRICULAM The Delhi Government is introducing ‘Happiness Curriculum to make students relaxed professionals and give the world happiness.  Without constructive change in assessment, will the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ make any difference?

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