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'Free Basics' violates net neutrality - IIT and IISc Faculty explain how and urge TRAI to take a stand against it.
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Drought, malnutrition, illiteracy still pose as major obstacles in India's path to development.
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Beyond paid maternity leave in the private sector, measures will have to be initiated to prevent further discrimination when it comes to hiring.
Indian members of National Cadet Corps (NCC) hold placards during an AIDS awareness rally in the northern Indian city of Jammu December 1, 2005. India, with the world's second largest number of HIV/AIDS cases, must shed its inhibitions and start talking openly about safe sex to protect itself against the epidemic, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday. REUTERS/Amit Gupta - RTR19SKU

The age-old HIV-AIDS stigma still lingers in our society thirty years after the first cases were diagnosed.
A man walks past bottles of brandy inside a shop selling alcohol in the northeastern Indian city of Siliguri August 19, 2008. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA) - RTR21EMM
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The Supreme Court has upheld Kerala's new policy of issuing bar licenses only to five-star hotels.
President of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajnath Singh pauses during the release of his party's manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi April 3, 2009. The BJP promised low taxes and interest rates and a tough national security law in an election manifesto on Friday aimed at boosting its poll ratings. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT) - RTXDKIU

Nearly 150 youth in the country are under the surveillance of security agencies for their alleged leanings towards ISIS.

Farmers in India have neither proper infrastructure nor the government’s support. They are continuously struggling for survival.
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Back in 2009, the Bombay High Court had lambasted the functioning of these schools as “pathetic.”

As a result of gender biases operating in favor of men, women in India continue to face discrimination in terms of schooling, job opportunity, healthcare.
A tea picker collects tea leaves at a tea estate at Naxalbari in the north eastern state of West Bengal, September 3, 2004. Tea exports had plummeted from 200 million kg in 2002 to 180 million kg last year. The slump in prices and exports was largely attributed to inferior quality of tea being produced by various Indian gardens, besides the loss of Pakistan and Iraq as potential buyers. The Indian tea industry had projected an estimated production of about 850 million kilograms this year. - RTXMWX4

What every exquisite cup of tea fails to narrate is the plight and agony of those workers who have been heavily exploited and marginalized for generations.
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 Under 25 Summit is India’s largest youth festival that has pretty much the biggest congregations of the youth from across the country.
A miner stands at the Gevra coalmines in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Asia's largest opencast coalmine, November 21, 2009. Although India has announced a new climate plan which identifies renewable energy such as solar power as key elements, coal remains the backbone of energy supply in India where almost half the 1.1 billion population still has no electricity. Picture taken November 21, 2009. To match feature INDIA-CLIMATE/COAL  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT) - RTXRK97

Environmental activist Alok Shukla said the project would create health complications and "destroy" agriculture

When Rajya Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Bill, 2015, it came as a blow to the child rights activists across the country.
Plainclothes policemen escort an Indian teenager (head covered with towel) after he was sentenced at a juvenile court in New Delhi August 31, 2013. The Indian teenager was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention on Saturday for the December gang rape of a trainee physiotherapist, the first verdict in a case that sparked debate over whether India was too soft on young offenders. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX132GG

The new Juvenile Justice Bill has created a furore and it was not unexpected. It does not seem to please anyone in particular and in that lies its worth.

The fight for net neutrality continues, as Vishal Dadlani speaks up as well.

What was the intolerance debate that roiled India this year about?
Nepalese youths holding placards take part in a movement demanding the government to act against the ongoing fuel and cooking gas shortages in Kathmandu, Nepal, November 10, 2015. The middle hills and the capital Kathmandu have suffered fuel and cooking gas shortages after protesters in the south switched to blocking supplies from India, Nepal's largest trading partner, almost two months ago. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar - RTS69NB

Nobody is denying that the incredible India is an incredibly tolerant nation.
mark zuckerberg free basics has compiled the following 10 facts about Free Basics by Facebook that should give you a clearer idea about what it is trying to promote. 
A bartender pours Haywards 5000 strong beer, a product of SABMiller, into a glass at a restaurant in Mumbai August 28, 2013. Strong beer, with alcohol content of 5-8 percent, accounted for 83 percent of all beer sold in India last year, according to research firm Mintel, a figure industry players say is the biggest strong beer share of any major market. Brewers expect that to grow to 90 percent over the next three to five years. Picture taken August 28, 2013. To match INDIA-BEER/ REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD) - RTX13XH6

Surjit Kumar Jyani was quoted as saying that he does not consider alcohol an intoxicant because "the government gives licences for manufacturing liquor."
A rescue worker from the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) stands on an overturned damaged passenger bus after an accident at Gandhinagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat February 11, 2011. At least two people died and 13 others were injured after the passenger bus they were travelling in collided with a truck, police said on Friday. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT) - RTXXQ26

A successful public transport system is not only crucial for addressing the growing congestion and pollution, but also for ensuring safer commute.

In our efforts to keep it all "hush hush", we forget to take proper care of this organ, which might lead to various diseases and complications.
A homeless man, wrapped in a quilt, sits in an open space on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi January 3, 2013. Heavy fog and a cold wave in Northern India have disrupted life in a number of cities, killing scores of homeless in the state of Uttar Pradesh, as the temperature dipped to around 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR3C2D6

Is it the media which sets the popular discourse of our country? Or is the media just feeding the people with what they want?

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