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· August, 2011

Stories about India from August, 2011

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India: Anti-Corruption Campaign Fires a Country's Imagination

  24 August 2011

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: Yet Another Name Change

  20 August 2011

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.

India: Crowd-sourced Filmmaking

  18 August 2011

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

  18 August 2011

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: Nationality Debate In Mizoram

  13 August 2011

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.

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India: Was Delhi's SlutWalk More of a Media Hype?

  13 August 2011

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.

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Chile: Waste Pickers Rummage for Legal Recognition

  12 August 2011

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

  8 August 2011

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.

India: A Virtual Meeting Place For Farmers And Consumers

  7 August 2011

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.

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