Cashless Is Not Casteless

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By Satya Sagar

The most apt way to describe what is happening in India today is perhaps through a completely new term –dwijitalisation. It captures well the long-term implications of Narendra Modi’s push for a digital economy in a country that has long been ruled by the dwij – or twice born castes as the Hindu elite call themselves. Under the new rules of the dwijital economy only the dwij– at the top of the social, economic and political ladder – will climb still higher, while kicking the ladder down to ensure no one can follow.

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Anti-National RSS: Documentary Evidences From RSS Archives

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By Shamsul Islam

Friends from India and abroad who are concerned about the increasing threats to the democratic-secular Indian polity from the Hindutva organizations have been feeling the need for a concise document on the anti-national game-plan of the RSS and other like-minded offshoots. The need of such a document is rightly felt for countering the Hindutva propaganda at all levels. The following document is an attempt to accomplish this objective. It is hoped that equipped with this document all those who love India as a democratic-secular nation and want to save our beloved country from the Hindutva onslaught would be able to challenge the fountain-head of the Hindutva politics; RSS. This document is based solely on the documents drawn from the RSS archives.

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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Didn't Die in Plane Crash: New Book

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By PTI

As the mystery over the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is yet to be resolved, a new book claimed that he did not die in a plane crash, but during interrogation and torture by the British at a prison in the former Soviet Union.

"Netaji didn't die in the plane crash. It was a theory floated to facilitate his escape to the Soviet Union. Japanese intelligence agencies had floated the theory so that Bose can safely escape to the Soviet Union," claimed Maj Gen GD Bakshi (retd), author of the book "Bose: The Indian Samurai - Netaji and the INA Military Assessment".

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Prime Minister Modi‘s at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

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Quotes from PM’s speech

“Indians abroad are valued not just for their strength in numbers. They are respected for the contributions they make.”

“The Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values.”

“Engagement with the overseas Indian community has been a key area of priority.”

“The security of Indian nationals abroad is of utmost importance to us.”

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017: Key Facts

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By Zee Media Bureau

The 14th edition of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), billed as the largest convergence of Indian Diaspora, began in the country's IT hub on Saturday with the spotlight on the role of youth in transforming the society and India's potential to play the role of a 'Vishwa Guru' again. PBD will be held in Bengaluru from January 7 to 9.

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Maharashtra: A Fading Red

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On January 12, 2017, two civilians, Ramesh Atala (27) and Manohar Atala (55), were killed by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Gadchiroli District. A Gadchiroli Police statement disclosed that the Maoists shot the victims claiming they were ‘police informers’.

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The Story of a Glassic Artist

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By A Correspondent

Reverse paintings on glass is an art form consisting of applying paint to a piece of glass and then viewing the image by turning the glass over and looking through the glass at the image. Madhu Champaneria, a renowned artist in Mumbai, began learning this unique art since he was 12 years old.  “I was fascinated observing glass painting art from my father, Late Ghanshyam Champaneria,” he said nostalgically.  From then, he made up his mind that he would excel in this fine art technique.  “Sometimes we would paint together,” he reminisced and continued, “Unlike canvas paintings, glass paintings require a very special technique.”  To perfect this unique art, he joined the prestigious Sir J. J. School of Arts in Mumbai.

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Man: The Maker Of His Destiny

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By Swami Vivekananda
Compiled by Krishna Murthy

These are days when science and superstition are  mixed up, so are religion and superstition,   often with the support of the powers that be. Hi-tech youth schooled in sciences are also caught in irrational beliefs.  Science learning and scientific outlook are disjointed. In this context, at a time when his birthday is celebrated on January 12, It is instructive to recall  how Swami Vivekananda viewed astrology and superstitions, more than a century ago. The article is slightly abridged and italics added.

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Om Puri: An Appreciation

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By Ali Mohsin

Om Puri, one of India’s most celebrated actors, was found dead at his Mumbai home last week, apparently of natural causes. The 66-year-old Puri leaves behind an enduring legacy, having starred in some of Indian cinema’s most remarkable films. In his prime, Puri was among the principal actors associated with Parallel Cinema, a film movement in India that was beginning to reach a mass audience just as he embarked on his acting career.

News of his death has evoked feelings of genuine sadness in India and across the world. It has also produced a certain nostalgia among those who miss the old days of Indian cinema, when some of the country’s most talented directors and actors worked together to create films of subtle beauty and sharp political resonance.

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Arunachal Pradesh: Here Relative Peace Persists

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 14, 2016, Security Forces (SFs) killed two cadres of the Independent faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I), identified as Deep Moran and Noga Moran, during an encounter at Dharmapur village under Maio Police Station in Changlang District. SFs also managed to arrest six other ULFA-I cadres, including two women, during the operation. One AK-47 rifle and one pistol were recovered from the possession of the arrested militants. It was suspected that the slain militants were involved in the ambush at Pengaree near Digboi in Tinsukia District, Assam, on November 19, 2016, in which three Army personnel were killed.

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Assam: Troubles Persist

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By Nijeesh N.
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 31, 2016, one militant belonging to the I.K. Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-IKS), identified as Aalai Ram Brahma aka Anthai Brahma was killed in an encounter by the Indian Army at Dhopguri village under the Orang Police Station of Udalguri District. The militant was injured in a fierce exchange of fire, and later the same day succumbed to his injuries at Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).

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MAY 2017

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