Society

India’s ‘dark holes’ where millions of girls disappear

India’s ‘dark holes’ where millions of girls disappear

Kolkata, India  – A walk down the narrow, labyrinthine lanes of Kalighat reveals a new kind of graffiti splashed across its walls. Life-size silhouettes of young girls pop up at every turn of this bustling Kolkata neighbourhood, better known for its Kali temple and the city’s oldest red-light district. This is no ordinary graffiti. It is […]

Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice

Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice

Once more the hijab made news. The Supreme Court came up with a dresscode for a repeat All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) last month to put a leash on cheaters but managed to stir the hornet’s nest with its ruling on the wearing of hijab. In UK, France and Netherlands similar debates over the headscarf […]

No more nuclear weapons!

No more nuclear weapons!

Hans Blix The nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima opened a new grisly chapter in warfare – and we have still not closed it. Even though today more attention is paid to the process of climate change and the risk that human civilisation may be committing a slow suicide, we must not ignore that the number […]

Muslims being ‘erased’ from Central African Republic

Muslims being ‘erased’ from Central African Republic

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Discussing Friday’s report, entitled “Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic,” Joanne Mariner, a […]