Stories about India from August, 2011
India: Reaction To The Kashmir Mass Graves
Dilip D'Souza at Death Ends Fun reacts to the news that more than 2,000 bullet-riddled bodies were found in mass graves in Kashmir.
India: Acid Survivor Denied Access To Mumbai College
Shirin Juwaley, an acid attack survivor, writes in her blog that she was recently denied entry to a Mumbai college. Dheera Sujan writes an open letter to the principal who didn’t want her students to see Shirin's face and get scared of marriages.
India: Media Biased Towards The North-Eastern States
Danish Khan at Youth Ki Awaaz argues that the Indian Media is biased towards the North-Eastern states and many important news from that region are being ignored in the mainstream media.
India: Corruption In Indian Railways
Swetha Bommerla at Youth Ki Awaaz writes about the corruption in Indian Railways regarding reservation of seats and selling of tickets.
India: Anti-Corruption Campaign Fires a Country's Imagination
In India, social media is being used extensively to power civil society's push for a proposed anti-corruption bill. The movement is being led from the front by a Gandhian social activist Anna Hazare, who continues to receive a huge amount of support in home and abroad - online and offline.
India: The Root Cause Of Alcoholism
Sukant Khurana at Youth Ki Awaaz writes about the root cause of alcoholism in India and the possible solutions to prevent it.
India: A Twitter Poll On Popularity Of Political Parties
Harini Calamur conducted a Twitter poll on the current popularity of Indian political parties. Get the results here.
India: Yet Another Name Change
The West Bengal state government has decided to change the name of the state to Paschimbanga (in Bangla). Anirban explains why he doesn't support the name change.
Bangladesh, India: Comparison Of The Two Bengals
Jyoti Rahman attempts to compare the performance of erstwhile East and West Bengal and opines that the physical division of Bengal is not necessarily a bad thing.
India: Should Telangana Be A Separate State?
Tanushree Krishna at Youth Ki Awaaz asks whether Telangana should be made a separate state.
India: Crowd-sourced Filmmaking
Shashwati informs that a significant portion of the budget of the movie “Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!”, which is having its world premier at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in October, came from individual donations collected over the internet. The movie is about a troupe of young Chhara...
India: Corruption Begins At Home
Amidst all the brouhaha about the recent Anti-corruption campaign in India, Vijay Menon points out that it is the ordinary public who encourage corruption one way or another. Vijay asks: “Aren't WE the real problem?”
India: RTI and Wildlife Activist Killed in Broad Daylight
Indian Right To Information activist and NGO worker Shehla Masood (39) was shot dead in front of her residence in Bhopal on Tuesday morning. She was also known for campaigning on wildlife conservation. Indian Twitter users react to this tragic death.
India, US: Stories Of Adoption From India
Lassi With Lavina shares some stories of parents who have adopted children from India. The post also contains some tips and a list of procedures on how to adopt a child from India.
India: Nationality Debate In Mizoram
Paritosh Chakma reports that a recent comment by Chief Minister Lalthanhawla about the nationality of Mizos sparked much reaction and resentment among the Mizo society.
Bangladesh, India: Illegal Bangladeshis In Assam, Myth Or Reality?
Hisham Barbhuiya at Youth Ki Awaaz breaks the myth spread by communal bigots that Bangladeshi migrants cross over to India everyday and have a sinister plan of turning Assam into a Muslim-majority state.
India: Was Delhi's SlutWalk More of a Media Hype?
On Sunday 31 July, 2011, Delhi held it's own version of the SlutWalk - titled 'Besharmi Morcha' to make it more relevant to the Indian context. Netizens discussed the event, its reach, impact and its coverage in the mainstream media.
Chile: Waste Pickers Rummage for Legal Recognition
Environmentalist Bharati Chaturvedi flew for 40 hours from her home Delhi, India, to dig deeper into a dirty issue: trash. As politicians in Chile discuss recycling on a national level, Chaturvedi encourages that those who collect trash professionally, or “waste pickers,” be included in the solution.
Global: Tracking Teacher Strikes and Protests
In one week, Teachersolidarity.com has written of teacher strikes and struggles in Puerto Rico, Chile, Kashmir, Orissa, Greece, Bahrain and Washington D.C. The blog is an online companion to the book, The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers and their Unions: Stories for Resistance.
Sri Lanka: Comparing Intelligence
“Are Indians Smarter Than Sri Lankans?” Sbarrkum tries to answer this question.
India: A Virtual Meeting Place For Farmers And Consumers
Arpita Sharma at Youth Ki Awaaz features the E-Choupal, “a virtual market place where farmers can do the transaction, facilitated by an internet linked computer, directly with a purchaser”, which helps the farmers realize better price for their produce.