Prajakta Joshi

Shubham Patil

Quoting hatred: Love Jihad and where political parties stand on the issue

India
Last month, after an advertisement by Tanishq jewellery brand, that celebrated interfaith marriage, where a Muslim family was shown to organise a baby shower ceremony for its Hindu daughter-in-law, received an unexpected backlash. People trolled the advertisement calling it a promotion of love jihad. Since then, the term has been receiving even more political attention.
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EAC to meet twice a month, experts call it a farce

India
In a recent order, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has proposed streamlining of the Environmental Clearances (EC) process in order to avoid the reasons which could apparently delay the clearance process. Several environmentalists have criticised it as a 'farce' by the Ministry in the name of streamlining.
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Diwali superstitions are endangering owls in the Indian subcontinent

India
Every year, the festival of Diwali becomes a period of concern for owls in India, especially in North India. In India and some surrounding countries, owls are known to be sacrificed under the superstitious belief that the sacrifice will earn them wealth.
Shubham Patil

Students on the streets, go beyond marksheets

India
While the trend of criticising students for protesting has been seen on social media in the past few years, strong student unions and protests have been an important element of the identity of India’s campuses.
Indie Journal

Election tourism is the latest fertile ground for political enthusiasts

India
Amidst loud promises by different political parties, alliances and the looming threat of a possible second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, Bihar Assembly Election is a phenomenon to behold this year. Not just the Bihari public, but the election campaigns and voting have attracted the attention of several socio-political enthusiasts and social activists from across the country.
Indie Journal

The in'disposable' problem of the pandemic

India
Despite a battle against plastic waste, non-biodegradable disposable waste is still a huge part of the country’s garbage. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to this, with plastic and other disposable items, especially pertaining to food and medical material, becoming a crucial part of the day-to-day garbage.
Indie Journal

Anganwadi workers continue protests for recognition as government employees

India
The Anganwadi Karmachari Sanghatana (Maharashtra), in association with the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Akhil Bharatiya Anganwadi Sevika, Madatnis Federation, had organised a nationwide protest today, on October 1. The protest was timed a day before the 45th anniversary of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) on October 2.
Indie Journal

Researchers call for systemic survey of Dhamapur lake area for conservation

India
To promote conservation activity and sustainable tourism in the area around Dhamapur lake in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district, experts have called for a systematic study of the biodiversity of the region. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats and rich biodiversity, several areas in the district still remain unexplored and vulnerable to the threats of mining and unplanned developmental and tourist activities.
Indie Journal

Locals oppose to Chattisgarh coal block in already over-mined Mand Raigarh

India
While the commercial coal mine auction for 41 blocks across the country has raised several controversies, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra has released a report demanding the government to stop the auction of the proposed coal blocks in Chhattisgarh’s already over-exploited Mand Raigarh Coalfield.
Indie Journal

Pune Bird Atlas: A people’s project to map the city’s bird diversity

India
Several environmentalists and bird watchers in Pune have come together this year, for the first time, to understand the distribution and abundances of birds in the city. Pune Bird Atlas, as the project is called, is the first of its kind project in Maharashtra that aims to understand the biodiversity in the city.
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मुदत संपत आलेल्या सुगंधी दुधाचं आदिवासी आश्रम शाळा विद्यार्थ्यांना वाटप

India
घोडेगाव येथील एकात्मिक आदिवासी विकास प्रकल्प (आयटीडीपी) कार्यालयांतर्गत शासकीय आश्रमशाळांच्या विद्यार्थ्यांना देण्यात आलेल्या सुगंधी दुधाच्या पाकिटांची मुदत संपण्यापासून दोन दिवसच कमी असल्याचे आढळून आल्यानंतर स्थानिकांनी व आदिवासी संघटनांनी त्वरित चौकशी करण्याची मागणी केली आहे. तसे पत्र त्यांनी विभागीय कार्यालय व आदिवासी मंत्री के.सी.पडवी यांना पाठवले आहे.
Indie Journal

In times of flood and disaster, Kolhapur's wireless man comes to the rescue

India
Since 1988, Kolhapur’s Nitin Ainapure has been working in radio communications after he got licensed for the same. While he is a licensed Ham Radio Operator and also deals in supplying equipment for the marine band (wireless network for fishermen), he also works with government administration before, during and after disasters, to conduct operations using wireless communication.
Indie Journal

A year from the abrogation of article 370, a collective report breaks the silence on Kashmir

India
One year later, when people in Kashmir still face restricted access to internet and movement, Kashmir Reading Room (KRR), a collective of working professionals, has released a report ‘(Dis)Integration at Gunpoint’. On the eve of the day that changed the identity of Jammu and Kashmir, the report was launched by South Asia Solidarity Group in London.
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Breast-feeding their children while being COVID-19 positive

India
While getting infected with COVID-19 or coming in contact with the patients is stressful for everyone, it is even more so worrying for new mothers as being close to their babies and breastfeeding become challenging tasks.
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एक्सक्लुझिव्ह मुलाखत: केरळनं लॉकडाऊनमध्येही यशस्वीरीत्या शालेय शिक्षण सुरु कसं ठेवलं, सांगत आहेत केरळचे शिक्षणमंत्री

India
कोरोनाच्या प्रार्दुभावातही डिजीटल क्लासरूम्सच्या माध्यमातून शेवटच्या विद्यार्थ्यापर्यंत शैक्षणिक सुविधा पोहचण्यात केरळ राज्य यशस्वी ठरलंय. डिजीटल लर्निंगच्या मर्यादा लक्षात घेऊन इंटरनेट सुविधांबरोबरच टेलिव्हिजनचाही प्रभावी वापर केला गेला. या पार्श्वभूमीवर केरळचे शिक्षणमंत्री प्रोफेसर सी. रवींद्रनाथ यांनी कोरोना आणि टाळेबंदीच्या काळात डिजिटल डिव्हाईडवर मात करून सगळ्या विद्यार्थ्यांपर्यंत पोहचण्यात केरळला आलेलं यश, याबाबत इंडी जर्नलशी खास बातचीत केली.
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Goa’s tourism stakeholders demand conservation of protected forests, promotion of ecotourism in the hinterland

India
In a letter addressed to the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State as Ministry of Tourism and Minister of Culture Prahlad Singh Patel, officials from the Goa State Government and the National Board for Wildlife appealing to revoke the forest clearances approved for Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park in South Goa.
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Maharashtra creates 29 sq.km safe corridor for tigers, elephants as Tillari Conservation Region

India
A total of 10 villages in the proposed area Bambarde, Ghatiwade, Kendre Bank, Kendre Khadi, Patiye, Shirange, Konal, Ainode, Hewale and Medhe have been deemed under the Tillari CR by the State Government. This is known to be the only corridor for the movement of large mammals in the area, without which, the northern Western Ghats could be completely inaccessible to these animals.
National Herald

Exclusive: Proposed Arunachal Dibang Valley 'mega dam' has 'no economic viability,' says researcher duo

India
The proposed mega-dam project in Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, which would require clearing of over 2.7 lakh trees, is not economically and financially viable, said, Shripad Dharmadhikary of Manthan Adhyayan Kendra and Ashwini Chitnis, independent researcher and policy analyst, submitting a report to the Ministry of Power (MoP), recommending not to go ahead with this project.