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In this world of deep rooted cynicism, hatred and negativity, it is rare to find a ray of hope, passion and love. But there are still some stories which still makes us believe in the power of humanity and empathy and rekindles our hope in the society. It is even more heartwarming when youngsters come together to create …

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Joyita Mondal

It has been one year and Sapna Debnath (originally Sapan Debnath) is no more afraid of going out alone.  She takes pride in her identity. Being a transgender, after all, is not something to shy away from anymore in Dinajpur, West Bengal. The credit for this fiercely fought and achieved liberty goes to the Dinajpur …

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67 years… I remained mute… lifeless… They had only put me into words which were meaningless in their own lives… They took my ‘ownership’ but never owned me… They had pledged… They had pledged to follow every bit of me… But could not truly abide by me. That aside… A large number of them are …

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“Constitution was nothing more than just a book for me until I came to realise that it has a lot to do with my being in this nation and a lot more with the way I conduct my own life and affect my fellow citizens.” These words from Sirish Chauriya gave a very insightful description …

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Our constitution labels us as productive citizens, capable to be active participants of the democracy, once we cross the age of 18. But, often, even after crossing the threshold of age and receiving the right to vote,  many of us tend to shed off our responsibility as ‘citizens’ of the democracy; taking a backseat and …

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Highway blockades, riots, bomb blasts, immobilised transport, closed shutters, empty racks, economic crisis, scarcity of basic resources- Manipur is going through a steep downfall for the past few months. Political unrest and disputes are giving rise to a huge turmoil in the state. The on-going blockade of the national highway leading to Imphal Valley, imposed …

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You must have seen people believing in superstitions like not crossing a path walked by a cat, not walking over a black cloth lying on the road, believing that waking up to the sight of a pair of mynah birds on a tree branch would bring them luck, and so on. Apparently peculiar, but these …

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The constitution is perhaps the most important piece of documentation for any country. In fact, it is the very essence of any democracy on which it builds itself, functions and survives. India touted as the world’s biggest democracy also governs and runs itself based on the various acts and “rules” as a layman would call …

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