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No sweeping change

The Swachh Bharat Mission needs a broader vision of what constitutes cleanliness India’s Swachh Bharat Mission is receiving global praise for attempting to close the sanitation gap of nearly 60% of the rural population not having access to a toilet at home in 2014. The NDA government invoked Mahatma Gandhi’s …

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A populist haze

Brazil votes this week in an election charged by an anti-establishment campaign The campaign for Sunday’s elections in Brazil is beset by an anti-establishment mood, as in several democracies. Legislators at the state and national levels are being elected, but it is the contest for the President’s post that has …

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Presuming the disabled to be ‘incompetent’

The government’s revised guidelines for conducting exams for persons with disabilities are unfair and regressive In an 1850 report, Samuel Gridley Howe, popularly considered the ‘father of the American blind’, emphatically wrote: “The blind as a class, are inferior to other persons in mental power and ability.” It is dismaying …

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The creamy layer of social justice

The progression from poor to bourgeois to elite is a welcome evolution in nation-building — the apex court missed it As citizens, we expect two certainties from any verdict on public policy by a constitution bench of the Supreme Court. One, it must hold whether the underlying principle(s) is/are consistent …

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In harmony with Mother Nature

We need a clean environment for human empowerment Yesterday, the United Nations honoured me with the Champions of the Earth Award. While I was extremely humbled at receiving this honour, I do feel that this award is not for an individual. Instead, it is recognition of the Indian culture and …

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The scope of constitutional morality

Abolition of untouchability in all its forms, including scavenging, remains an unrealised constitutional right “The issue of the rights of sweepers and scavengers has never entered the mainstream legal consciousness in the country,” wrote Upendra Baxi in Law and Poverty: Critical Essays . “Nor have the Bar and the Bench, …

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Museum of Goa plans ‘flying art’

The Museum of Goa (MoG) Foundation will hold a “colourful flying exhibition” titled “Freedom is in the air” to celebrate the recent striking down of Section 377 of India Penal Code by the Supreme Court of India, from November 10 to 30. Celebrated Goan artist and sculptor Subodh Kerakar, Director …

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‘Jewel of Roman Empire’ faces danger

UNESCO declared Sabratha to be at risk in 2016, mainly due to damage caused by armed groups Perched on the edge of Libya’s Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe-inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters. But the world heritage site is …

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