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Butterfly Farming for Conservation and Awareness Creation

By G. Mathew & E. George
Butterflies are highly fragile organisms with diversified habits, and require specific ecological conditions for survival. Natural forests, grasslands, canopies of trees as well as wet areas along the banks of rivers and streams are the typical habitats of butterflies. Habitat loss, commercial collection, and incidence of parasites and predators are the major threats for the survival of butterflies.

A Visit to a Sub-Jail ‘Somewhere’ in Kerala, India

By Mary Ann Chacko
As part of my doctoral dissertation I am studying a cadet program designed by the Kerala Police for school children. My field work, thus, takes me into police stations for interviews with police officers. After one such interview the police woman I had been speaking to offered to take me to visit a sub-jail adjacent to the police station. Just as we were about to go to the jail, we met an advocate, the parent of a student at the school I am conducting my fieldwork.

Café Dissensus completes second year

By The Editors
Numbers never say much. Yet, they could be quite revealing at times. Here we quote a part of the year-end report that we received from Wordpress, our website host: “The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. Café Dissensus Everyday was viewed about 23,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it…The most popular post for the year was An Interview with Actor, Nandita Das.”

The show must (not) go on!

By Chhaya Kaul
A former colleague, during a casual discussion on the plight of government schools rightly commented that what our education system needs is NOT just an overhaul but a complete reboot, even if that means bringing it to a halt and starting anew.

Is the International Criminal Court biased?

By Neha Basnet
To be effective, the ICC must pose a real threat of prosecution, trial, and conviction for the perpetrators of major international violations of human rights. At the same time, it need not be limited to the trials it conducts of individual suspects to pursue justice.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: A terrifying legacy still awaits those babies

By Abdul Hafees
Still traumatized by the incident that snuffed out their dreams, some of the survivors had gathered here at Jantar Mantar about a month ago with placards in their hands and fire in the hearts. Many of them were old women. Five young women were observing indefinite waterless strike. As a result of the protests and timely intervention of the Amnesty International, the government further hiked the proposed compensation a little.

Have women been excluded in the conceptualization of ‘Youth’?

By Neha Basnet
Young women contribute greatly to the youth initiatives, specifically in freedom struggle, but they are conspicuously absent in the conceptualization of ‘Youth’. Drawing upon youth initiatives during the freedom movement in India and the post-conflict context of contemporary Nepal, this piece questions the limited participation and conspicuous absence of young women vis-à-vis young men.

Flying Birds of India

By Joyce Yarrow
Many of the films made by the Flying Birds documented the lives of working artists or were made during field trips throughout the city or holiday celebrations. When, after the screening, a young man presented me with an embroidered portrait of Tagore, I made no attempt to hide my tears of gratitude. Being with the Flying Birds had changed me in ways I knew I had yet to acknowledge.

A Response to the Ambedkar Reading Group

By Souradeep Roy
This is a response to the ‘Statement on Student Protest’ by the Ambedkar Reading Group and some other points of discourse. The Ambedkar Reading Group alleges that the language and manner of protests carried out by the students of MA English, University of Delhi, is casteist. The critique in my article makes a close reading of the ARG’s concerns and accepts that casteist remarks were indeed made by students. This piece largely argues that both the ARG and the students are against one common enemy: the brahminical system of appointments.

Going out on the Jericho road

By Achyut Dutt
There is this emptiness. The years are rolling by and soon you’ll be 60, an age when interesting things stop happening to you when you would like them to. The feeling that you have amounted to very little, that you have made no impact whatsoever on the community at large, has acquired a studio apartment at the back of your mind.

JNU kaisa hai? AISA hai.

By Asheem Earpona
The miscellaneous graffiti inscribed on the walls across Jawaharlal Nehru University campus tell how the campus is vibrant when it comes to politics and activism. Various political issues ranging from the international to the regional have found space on the walls here, either in the form of cartoons, pictures with captions, quotes, and slogans. The varsity ranks among the top in the Indian subcontinent, having mentored many prominent political figures such as Prakash Karat, Digvijay Singh, Nirmala Sitaraman, and Sitaram Yechuri.