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Post-NRC, Parties Still Fight on Who Is and Isn’t Indigenous to Assam APW recommends a wide-sweep definition while ITSSA recommends distinction between Assam’s indigenous and tribal peoples

On October 29, Assam Public Works (APW) submitted a list of 48 communities to the high-powered committee established to enact Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. It stated that members of these communities are “indigenous Assamese” and, therefore, are eligible for constitutional safeguards under the clause. The Assam Public Works is the original petitioner that…

Celebrating Spring with Canada’s Vibrant and Inspiring Sikh Community From the Secretary's Desk

It was a Punjabi Desi takeover of Surrey, the Baisakhi parade on Sunday April 22 as Avenues of the Sister (neighbourhood) to Vancouver in British Columbia (BC) province of Canada ‘celebrated’ the harvest festival. Back home Baisakhi parades dot Punjab’s landscape as the traditional langar dishes out delicious food to all who walk in and by and…

Be wary of distortion of history, Teesta tells youth The Hindu

‘Time to resist attempts to refashion national psyche’ Social activist Teesta Setalvad has urged the youth to thwart attempts to refashion the national psyche through a sustained manipulation of history. Delivering the Prof. Sukumar Azhikode Commemoration Lecture 2018 on ‘Refashioning Bharat into Akhanda Rashtra’ at Sree Sankara University of Sanskrit at Kalady on Wednesday, Ms.…

UN expert says Latin America violating indigenous peoples’ rights

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that, according to a United Nations expert, Latin American countries are violating indigenous peoples’ rights and increasingly imprisoning activists in order to reduce opposition to corporations “taking over ancestral lands”. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview that activists working…

Christmas Gifts!

One of the most meaningful features of the Christmas Season is that of gift-giving! Across the globe, people love to give gifts at Christmas to others – and of course to receive gifts too! Gifts come in a whole range: from the inexpensive yet lovingly hand-made card to perhaps a gold-crusted diamond purchased from an…

Leela Pawar

Of Hinduism, Tipu and Misguided Bigotry

“Are you not a proud Hindu?” I was being asked by a young BJP supporter Dhananjaya Nayak who struck up a conversation with me in the open-to-sky outer perimeter of the Padutirupathi temple, a beautiful old shrine built in the mid-1530s, in Kerala style by the Goud Saraswat community. Introduced to me by a family friend…

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