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Coal fuels dreams of Naga prosperity

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Nagaland’s hills are home to two vibrant and competing cultures Nagaland is a hill state in Northeast India. It attracts a multitude of tourists and visitors to the annual Hornbill Festival, the most important state festival, and the mountains comes alive with its vibrant colours, textiles, dances and cuisines. So crucial is the display of […]

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Banerjee secures second win after whirlwind campaign

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West Bengal’s first woman chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, pulls off a second surprise election victory The margin of victory for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the recent West Bengal Assembly election, where it won 211 of 294 seats, surprised many. There were those who believed that the last-minute alliance between the Communist Party of […]

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Imphal’s booming private health sector

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A thriving private health industry is bringing benefits and disadvantages to an Indian border state that has endured decades of insurgency and counterinsurgency On the outskirts of Imphal, the capital city of Manipur—a state in India’s north-east bordering Myanmar—stands Shija Private Hospital. The reflective blue glass of Shija’s domed main building stands out in the […]

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Himalayan youth bridge generational crevasse

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A new generation of young activists is at the forefront of creating change in the Himalayas in uncertain times Rajesh Singh switched his mobile phone to speaker mode and began talking to the district official in the full hearing of villagers gathered around him. ‘I’m telling you the concrete bridge was not properly constructed. You […]

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India’s newest pose

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Yoga has attained new prominence in Indian national politics In the new millennium, India has grown increasingly assertive in its global presence. Bollywood has spread alluring ideas of India worldwide, while information technology services have come to depend on India’s large and mobile supply of technology labour. But, in recent years, the Indian government has […]

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Indian democracy under threat as inequity fuels religious tensions

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India’s growing Muslim population is missing out on the benefits of the country’s spectacular economic growth By 2050 India will acquire a new global status in terms of religious composition of its population. It will not only be the largest Hindu country but, with a population of 310 million Muslims, India will also become the […]

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