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    As India’s COVID crisis worsens, leaders play the blame game while the poor suffer once again

    The need of the hour is for the nation-state to show decisive leadership in not only controlling the surge of the virus, but also providing financial assistance to millions of urban poor and making arrangements for them such that they can survive the pandemic with dignity.

    After early success, India’s daily COVID infections have surpassed the US and Brazil. Why?

    India is in the grip of a massive second wave of COVID-19 infections, and lately it has been surpassing even the United States and Brazil in terms of new daily infection, why are we losing the battle against COVID-19 again?

    Jackson Pollock’s Mural at the Guggenheim Museum and Why its still Grabbing our Attention

    Mural is generally regarded as a transitional work – between the mythological, Jungian abstractions and the later drip paintings which would secure Pollock’s world fame.

    Sea turtles under threat as Indian government weighs development in Andaman Islands

    Threatened bio-diversity and ecological degradation have proven to be dangerous for the turtles of Andaman according to an important report, but will we be efficient in taking remedial measures?

    A Glimpse of Ecofeminism

    Women and nature share the same pathological story in the neo-liberal world characterized by the logic of reckless development. It is high time that we rethink growth and progress and arrive at a more sustainable and holistic conception of modernity that is in tune with nature at large.

    Reforms to Play Critical Role in Effective Vaccine Strategy

    For vaccines to make their important and useful contribution, their use must be based on rationality and scientific facts as well as acceptance of short-term and longer-term public good over narrow selfish interests 

    Applauding the Spirit of Turkish Women for their Courage to Protest Against Erdogan’s Anti-Feminist Move

    Erdogan’s decision to withdraw Turkey from the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women is the most despicable turn he has yet taken against women.

    Striking a Conversation With B.R. Ambedkar, the Feminist

    Reducing Ambedkar to merely an icon for the Dalits belittles his contributions towards the emancipation of the whole of humanity and especially his endeavours as an ardent feminist.

    CONVERSATIONS

    Amazon ‘Tribes on the Edge’: Q&A with documentary filmmaker Céline Cousteau

    Tribes on the Edge is a documentary produced by CauseCentric Productions, it has been directed and co-written by Céline Cousteau.The documentary explores the themes of land threats, health crises, and human rights issues of indigenous peoples.

    ‘A writer’s beliefs must never be mortgaged to a particular party or ideology’, says Professor Ramachandra Guha 

    CONVERSATIONS | Professor Ramachandra Guha is a leading public intellectual in our times. His deep and critical insights into contemporary political culture, intellectual history and issues relating to environment, ecology and cricket are truly enchanting

    “Ranjit Guha was the first historian I met in flesh and blood who had a real enthusiasm for ideas”, says Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty

    In a thought-provoking conversation with The New Leam Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty has reflected on his intellectual journey, his engagement with the history of ideas, and his analysis of contemporary social reality.

    “Postcolonial theory provides excellent cri-tiques of Western knowledge and its modes of domination”, says Professor Aditya Nigam

    In a conversation with The New Leam Professor Aditya Ni-gam has reflected on modernity, colonialism and the poli-tics of knowledge. And his engagement with postcolonial theories throws new light on the art of doing social theo-ries.

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    Shiksha Swaraj COVID-19 Response

    The COVID-19 pandemic has erected unprecedented challenges before the education sector in India and has deeply impacted children's access to learning resources and opportunities. While children from...

    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...

    SPOTLIGHT

    A Glimpse of Ecofeminism

    Women and nature share the same pathological story in the neo-liberal world characterized by the logic of reckless development. It is high time that we rethink growth and progress and arrive at a more sustainable and holistic conception of modernity that is in tune with nature at large.

    Jackson Pollock’s Mural at the Guggenheim Museum and Why its still Grabbing our Attention

    Mural is generally regarded as a transitional work – between the mythological, Jungian abstractions and the later drip paintings which would secure Pollock’s world fame.

    Sikkim’s urban sacred groves mitigate double the carbon compared to a natural rural forest

    A quality unique to Sikkim has been the role played by its religious and cultural institutions in the preservation of forests, these forests also help fight the impact of climate change and mitigate environmental degradation to a large extent.

    Seeing Beyond the Ritualization of Worshipping Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: The Need to Rethink Gandhi-Ambedkar Dialectic

    On the occasion of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar's 130th birth anniversary Mr. Vikash Sharma- the editor of The New Leam- pays his homage to a great mind, while reminding us of the historic need to see an organic relationship between Ambedkar's subaltern struggle and Gandhi's spiritualized politics for creating an inclusive society.

    OPINION

    How Effective is the Union Budget 2021-22 in Terms of its Offerings to Women and Children? 

    The article below examines the effectiveness of the Budget in terms of its offerings to the women and child sectors.

    As India’s COVID crisis worsens, leaders play the blame game while the poor suffer once again

    The need of the hour is for the nation-state to show decisive leadership in not only controlling the surge of the virus, but also providing financial assistance to millions of urban poor and making arrangements for them such that they can survive the pandemic with dignity.

    After early success, India’s daily COVID infections have surpassed the US and Brazil. Why?

    India is in the grip of a massive second wave of COVID-19 infections, and lately it has been surpassing even the United States and Brazil in terms of new daily infection, why are we losing the battle against COVID-19 again?

    Applauding the Spirit of Turkish Women for their Courage to Protest Against Erdogan’s Anti-Feminist Move

    Erdogan’s decision to withdraw Turkey from the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women is the most despicable turn he has yet taken against women.

    culture

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    TRIBUTE/ Remembering Paul Robeson: A Singer-Activist Who Saw Peace as Our Most Sacred Responsibility

    “We must join the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility.” - Paul Robeson  Today is indeed a...

    Politics of Dressing up: Costumes that Challenge Gender Norms

    A piece of garment is a dress to be worn, a statement to be made, an identity to be asserted or a means to maintain or sustain status quo. Bring the element of gender, and the humble garment sits at the helm of societal politics.

    The Art of Living with Gautam Buddha and Jesus Christ

    With the extraordinary elasticity of consciousness, Thich Nhat Hanh inspires us to see beyond religious boundaries, walk with Gautam Buddha and Jesus Christ, and live with the abundance of love and kindness.

    The Dalit Priest of Bhilwara’s Chamunda Temple

    This interesting story from rural Rajasthan depicts the unique trajectory of a temple where breaking traditional customary practices, the role of the priest is played by a Dalit man.

    Reflecting on Why ‘Love is the Ground of Our Being’ this Valentine’s Day

    This Valentine's Day let us reflect on the ideas produced by Bell Hooks- a radical thinker influenced by Buddhism speaking of love - its ability to create a new culture free from the principle of domination.

    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 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

    Meet Mr. Bald and Bankrupt: when an ‘Outsider’ Sees More Than an Insider

    Bald and Bankrupt’ is a YouTube Channel run by an English traveler who decodes the authentic experiences of being in India.

    education

    Wage Labourer Builds Library, Displays Miraculous Determination to Rebuild it After it is Set on Fire

    Syed Issaq's library containing thousands of books on different religions of the world was recently burnt down by a mob of miscreants, but he is determined to rebuild this site of hope despite the odds.

    A Beacon of Hope – Summerhill

    Summerhill is a book about the celebrated English boarding school named Summerhill School and has been written by its headmaster A. S. Neill. It is through this book that the educationist introduced his ideas to the American public. Here is an engaging and exhaustive reflection on the book by acclaimed educationist Arvind Gupta.

    An Analysis of NCF 2005 From the Caste Perspective

    The NCF 2005 is a pan Indian educational policy but its impact on different sections of the population is diverse, the article analyses the policy from the perspective of Dalits.

    Bhagat Singh’s version of nationalism and what it may mean for Indian education

    As we commemorate Bhagat Singh's 90th death anniversary, here is a close look at the ideas and vision that the man stood for.

    In-depth Review: J. Krishnamurti: A Life of Compassion beyond Boundaries

    Here is a reflection on the delightful and informative read by historian Roshen Dalal delving into the life and ideas of the world teacher J. Krishnamurti.

    The Intermeshing Histories of a Nation and a School

    In his latest book, 'The Modern School (1920-2020)' historian Rakesh Batabyal takes us on an engaging historical journey where we find the pasts of a nation and a school meshing beautifully into one another.

    Can There be Universities Where Only Robots Teach?

    The recent unfolding of administrative action against faculty members in campuses like Visva Bharati compel us to ask if we are moving towards increased mechanisation of the vocation of teaching.
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    WORLD

    Prince Philip dies: his marriage to the Queen and their part in 1,000 years of European royal dynastic history

    For centuries, almost every European monarchy maintained diplomatic relationships with its neighbours through dynastic marriages, in a system that persisted all the way up to the 1930s, then rapidly faded away in the post-war era.

    Privacy may be under threat, but its protection alone isn’t enough to preserve civil liberties

    Privacy is necessary to create independent-minded, free-thinking citizens who vote as they wish.

    City of lost mosques: how Suzhou tells the story of China’s Islamic past

    Regular stories in the international press highlighting the treatment of Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region tend to obscure the fact that Islam was once highly regarded by Chinese emperors.

    Joe Biden’s first foreign policy speech – an expert explains what it means for the world

    Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking office on January 20, US president Joe Biden has sent a strong signal to the...

    It’s Time For Kosovo To Secure Its True Independence

    It’s time for the political leaders in Kosovo to provide a clear, cohesive, and consistent socio-economic and political program to put Kosovo on the path of recovery and progress and become a truly independent state.

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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

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    As India’s COVID crisis worsens, leaders play the blame game while the poor suffer once again

    The need of the hour is for the nation-state to show decisive leadership in not only controlling the surge of the virus, but also providing financial assistance to millions of urban poor and making arrangements for them such that they can survive the pandemic with dignity.

    Amazon ‘Tribes on the Edge’: Q&A with documentary filmmaker Céline Cousteau

    Tribes on the Edge is a documentary produced by CauseCentric Productions, it has been directed and co-written by Céline Cousteau.The documentary explores the themes of land threats, health crises, and human rights issues of indigenous peoples.

    How Effective is the Union Budget 2021-22 in Terms of its Offerings to Women and Children? 

    The article below examines the effectiveness of the Budget in terms of its offerings to the women and child sectors.

    Sea turtles under threat as Indian government weighs development in Andaman Islands

    Threatened bio-diversity and ecological degradation have proven to be dangerous for the turtles of Andaman according to an important report, but will we be efficient in taking remedial measures?

    As India’s COVID crisis worsens, leaders play the blame game while the poor suffer once again

    The need of the hour is for the nation-state to show decisive leadership in not only controlling the surge of the virus, but also providing financial assistance to millions of urban poor and making arrangements for them such that they can survive the pandemic with dignity.

    Amazon ‘Tribes on the Edge’: Q&A with documentary filmmaker Céline Cousteau

    Tribes on the Edge is a documentary produced by CauseCentric Productions, it has been directed and co-written by Céline Cousteau.The documentary explores the themes of land threats, health crises, and human rights issues of indigenous peoples.

    A Glimpse of Ecofeminism

    Women and nature share the same pathological story in the neo-liberal world characterized by the logic of reckless development. It is high time that we rethink growth and progress and arrive at a more sustainable and holistic conception of modernity that is in tune with nature at large.

    How Effective is the Union Budget 2021-22 in Terms of its Offerings to Women and Children? 

    The article below examines the effectiveness of the Budget in terms of its offerings to the women and child sectors.

    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?

    Delhi Government Introduces ‘Happiness Curriculum’

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    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.

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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?

    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?

    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.

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