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The Election Commission of India: In search of a credible autonomous institution in India

By Shahid Jamal
Despite a clear warning from the Election Commission prohibiting political parties from using the name of armed forces for political gain in any manner during election campaign, Modi went ahead and asked people to dedicate their votes to the Martyrs of Pulwama and heroes of Balakot air strikes. India has seen many Prime Ministers losing elections but has never seen a PM losing his marbles.

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Emotional abuse: The silent killer

By Rimli Bhattacharya
Emotional abuse in the absence of physical abuse is often unrecognized. Although the literature identifies the insidious nature of this type of abuse and the physiological, psychological and emotional harm it often causes, knowledge of how women come to recognize they are being emotionally abused is underdeveloped.

The need for ‘Love After Babel’

By Chanchal Kumar
Love After Babel will be remembered as the prime example of a poet’s love letter to language, which can be a reluctant, unyielding beloved. Its appearance in our midst couldn’t have been timelier. We needed a Love After Babel to remind us why Dalit poetry has always been far superior to Brahmin-savarna’s, in other words, the mainstream’s attempts at writing verse, not that we had any doubt to begin with.

Greta Thunberg: The Wunderkind at Work!

By Pritish Gupta
Greta has inspired climate strikes across the world. School children from more than 71 countries and more than 700 places have taken part in the strike, and the numbers are increasing every week. She has been invited to speak in Parliaments worldwide and has become a figurehead for climate change.

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Vision of Democracy

By Sabzar Ahmad Bhat
The Ambedkarities, communists, minorities, particularly Muslims, need to work together to fight the communal fascist forces and to defend the idea of Dr. Ambedkar’s vision of democracy, the constitution, and the interests of all socially exploited and discriminated sections in the Indian society.

In conversation with poet, Vinita Agrawal

By Poornima Laxmeshwar
When I visit poems from my first book, I see that many of them are also about existential angst. About this clawing search for the real essence of life. The explorations are handled with slightly more finesse in TFM perhaps because I have more experience with the craft now.