Earth Uttarakhand’s Shivalik Reserve is Home to 2,000 Elephants. They’ll Now Share It With an Airport
Since its establishment in 2002, the Shivalik Elephant Reserve has been one of Uttarakhand’s natural attractions. But the reserve will be denotified soon, which will cause it to lose its status as a protected forest. Part of the former Shivalik Elephant Reserve is expected to be used for an expansion project at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport.Add to list
Pop Culture It’s a Woman’s World: Meet KBC’s New Crorepatis – A Teacher, IPS Officer, Communications Manager
Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 has three winners and they are all women. The latest to bag the coveted ₹1 crore prize money is Anupa Das, a teacher from Chhattisgarh.Add to list
Sports RIP, Diego Maradona. You’ve Sent the World Into Mourning
Legendary footballer Diego Maradona died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday. The 60-year-old had earlier had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain. The world of football, and beyond, went into mourning.Add to list
Gender Period Poverty is Real! Scotland Has Made Sanitary Pads Free. Is It Feasible in India?
According to a 2010 survey, 70 per cent of Indian women did not have access to sanitary napkins. Now, pads are tax-free and efforts are ongoing to make menstrual hygiene products available at nominal price, but is that enough to fight period poverty?Add to list
Gender While We Were Busy With “Love Jihad”, a New Report Says Violence Against Women Has Only Increased
Crimes against women continue to make headlines and shock us to our core. A report by Prajnya Trust titled “Gender Violence in India 2020” has just confirmed the scale and severity of the issue. It states that Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan accounted for nearly 66.92 percent of rape cases in 2019. These are truly sobering numbers.Add to list
Social Commentary Kerala Activist Rehana Fathima Now Can’t Voice Opinions on Social Media. Is Her Punishment Extreme?
The Kerala-based activist Rehana Fathima is no stranger to controversy. Since 2018, she has been arrested, had bail denied, and become the target of several religious organisations’ ire. However, a recent order from the Kerala High Court barring Fathima from voicing her opinions through any visual and electronic medium is a first even for her.Add to list
Social Commentary 26-Yr-Old Forced to Get Married, Then Cops Take Her Into Custody. When Will We Respect a Woman’s Choice?
A 26-year-old IIM-Bangalore fellow working in Rajasthan reached out to the women’s commission, as her parents were forcing her to get married. Then the police stepped in, only to take the woman into custody.Add to list
Earth What Good Are Giant Air Purifiers Installed in Delhi by Gautam Gambhir?
BJP MP Gautam Gambhir has installed three giant purifiers in his constituency in East Delhi. But are they really going to turn the capital’s toxic air clean?Add to list
Politics The End of an Era: Ace Congress Troubleshooter, Ahmed Patel Passes Away
The 71-year-old Ahmed Patel, who announced that he had contracted Covid-19 in October, became another victim of the global coronavirus pandemic. His death leaves a yawning chasm in the Congress, where he made a name for himself as one of its best troubleshooters for problems both internally and with other parties.Add to list
Gender Bilkis Dadi is On the BBC List of Influential & Inspiring Women. And Keeping Her Company Are 3 More Powerful Indians
BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women of 2020 boasts of four Indians – Shaheen Bagh’s Bilkis Dadi, para-athlete Manasi Joshi, climate activist Ridhima Pandey, and renowned musician Isaivani.Add to list
Pop Culture Delhi Crime Review: An Unsettling Retelling of the 2012 Delhi Gang-Rape Probe, Minus Any Super Cops
Delhi Crime chronicles the three days of a nationwide manhunt for the six men responsible for the 2012 Delhi gang rape. Much of what happens in the series is well-known, but it is still compelling for it doesn’t glamourise either the police’s job or its capability to do so. This is reality, the series seems to say – deal with it.Add to list