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My mother is a retired professor of musicology, and she did work in India and also in Trinidad, where a lot of Indian people have settled. She worked there on Bhojpuri music, and later actually sent me to Trinidad when I was just 11 years old, all by myself.

 
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The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is back after a break of one year.  The year 2014 marked a decade of ASER, and for 10 years ASER estimates of learning and enrolment have been available at the same time year on year

 
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Today, Islam is facing arguably its gravest existential crisis since the Crusades. Yet, nobody is asking the one question that every concerned Muslim should be asking: what is the future of Islam? Will it survive the crisis? If so, in what form?  
 
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In the last one year, Bihar has witnessed four fatal attacks on journalists. Recently, a journalist working with a leading Hindi daily was shot dead in broad daylight at Sasaram.

In the last one year, Bihar has witnessed four fatal attacks on journalists. Recently, a journalist working with a leading Hindi daily was shot dead in broad daylight at Sasaram.

 
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Rising incidence of heinous crimes like extortion and gang rapes on highways and communal assaults even in villages and the incapacity of authorities to punish or even book dastardly killers in States like Uttar Pradesh, have sent shock waves across the nation.

 
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The dual idea of pluralism and diversity promotes accommodativeness in Indian democracy. Minority rights have evolved in the Constitutional discourse. The word "minority" evokes an imagination characterised by vulnerability and amenable to exploitation.

 
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It’s been a week since the government announced its decision to invalidate high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000– which accounted for over 80 per cent of the old paper currency in circulation. But the agony for the people continues as they struggle to secure cash to manage their day-to-day expenses. It is as if the whole of India has queued up outside the banks.

 
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The demonetisation of high-value notes, announced on television by the Prime Minister on Tuesday evening, is not the first time this has been attempted in India. It was done in 1978, and earlier in 1946. Obviously, it is not a panacea for all the ills it is supposed to or expected to solve.   
 
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Najeeb Ahmed disappeared from his hostel room in JNU. What made him disappear? What fear? What consequence? No one seems to know. A boy disappeared from his hostel room without his phone, his wallet and his book of poems. He left no footprints. Did a storm carry off his body like a tree?

 
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For over three weeks now, we have endlessly heard, seen and read, in a section of the mainstream media, stories about a missing student from New Delhi's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). It is indeed traumatic for the family and difficult for his friends.   
 


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India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year – a first by an Indian head of the government that comes 25 years after the two countries established full diplomatic ties. The visit, a long awaited one.
 
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spotlight image For a Dongria child, the schooling process not only displaces him of the community and the land but also displaces him from his own way of seeking truth i.e through nature, writes Rajaraman Sundaresan for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
 
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US President Donald Trump’s first few days in office have witnessed a profusion of apocalyptic predictions for the world economy.  His unabashed move to encourage protectionism in the world economy does not augur well for the future of the trading regime
 
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It is high time that Taiwan differentiated its position from Beijing’s claim on South China Sea, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
 
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At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State
 
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Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines. Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines.
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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