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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Noam Chomsky on India - pt1 - Education and Farmers Suicides

Chomsky talks about India's economic policies, farmers suicides, educational policies, IITs, in an interview with David Barsamian.
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Mumbai: Occupy street news stand for women initiative launched

Occupy street news stand for women initiative launched in Mumbai.
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How India's Traumatic Capitalism Is Reshaping the World - Huffington Post

How India's Traumatic Capitalism Is Reshaping the World - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
Novelist Rana Dasgupta recently turned to nonfiction to explore the explosive social and economic changes in Delhi starting in 1991, when India launched a series of transformative economic reforms....
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What the AAP has in common with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring - Quartz

What the AAP has in common with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring - Quartz | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) stunning victory in the Delhi election must be seen in the context of the last five years of mounting street protests across the world that have sought either to dislodge dictators or challenged the failings of existing democracies.

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What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem - Wired

What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem - Wired | real utopias | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley has been wracked with controversies about sexism lately. Only 17 percent of Google's technical employees are women. Tech conference organizers routinely post speaker lists that skew male. The female cofounder of Tinder was allegedly harassed and erased from corporate history last year. Yet some people still minimize the problem. Their argument: Since the tech industry is populated by meritocratic rationalists, it would be impossible for a talented female engineer notto rise to the top. Therefore, if few women are in the industry, the problem is not sexism but the absence of some innate capacity or interest on the part of (most) women. In other words, the dearth of women in tech is only natural.


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'Democracy is Not Just About Elections' - The New Indian Express

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The New Indian Express 'Democracy is Not Just About Elections' The New Indian Express CHENNAI: Stressing that participatory democracy was the need of the hour in the country, R Balasubramaniam, former member of Karnataka Lokayukta and founder of...
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Social Revolution in India : Part 2 - India Opines

Social Revolution in India : Part 2 - India Opines | real utopias | Scoop.it
Part 1 portrayed the social inequalities prevalent in Indian society and the revolutions while Part 2 stresses upon the probable solutions.
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Nationalism, not Hindu nationalism - The Asian Age

Nationalism, not Hindu nationalism - The Asian Age | real utopias | Scoop.it

It is the ethos of the Hindu nationalist that the RSS and its kindred bodies would like to see prevail in India today although they swear by the Constitution. Time will help us judge if PM Modi furthers the cause of Hindu nationalism or of Indian nationalism.

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Capitalists, Technocrats, and Fanatics: The Ascent of a New Power Bloc - Dissident Voice

Capitalists, Technocrats, and Fanatics: The Ascent of a New Power Bloc - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

The sweeping electoral victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India is the latest expression of the world-wide advance of a new power bloc which promises to impose a New World Order harnessing ethno-religious fanaticism and narrowly trained technocrats to capitalist absolutism.

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Crisis hits India: revolutionary movement prepared and growing | Anti-imperialist Camp

Crisis hits India: revolutionary movement prepared and growing | Anti-imperialist Camp | real utopias | Scoop.it
G.N. Saibaba is Assistant Professor of literature at Delhi University, one of India’s most prestigious institutes. He is one of the most vocal voices of the democratic opposition and plays an outstanding role in bringing together the most diverse trends against the ruling elite. He represents the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF).
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India’s social revolution brings gays, others out of the shadows | Toronto Star

India’s social revolution brings gays, others out of the shadows | Toronto Star | real utopias | Scoop.it
Oppression of women has been front and centre of public debate in India. Other long-accepted discriminations are now being challenged.
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Noam Chomsky On The Global Shift Of Power To China and India - YouTube

Democracy Now 2011 (Noam Chomsky On The Global Shift Of Power To China and India http://t.co/vZjpZyo7Fj)
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Indian men are having a tough time dealing with the sexual revolution - Times of India

Indian men are having a tough time dealing with the sexual revolution - Times of India | real utopias | Scoop.it

Our sexual revolution - or the unbuttoning of India - means different things to different people. Some interpret it as more openness towards sex while others connect it with greater freedoms for women to dress, marry and live the way they want. It was these different definitions that Ira Trivedi wanted to explore in her book 'India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century'. 

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The rich are different, even in India - The Economist

The rich are different, even in India - The Economist | real utopias | Scoop.it
The rich are different, even in India
The Economist
Like John Lanchester's London novel of the same name, the title refers both to the political status of the city it chronicles and to the torrents of money changing its character.
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Knowledge And Power: A Discourse for Transformation - CounterCurrents.org

There could be many ways to read this new book by Braj Ranjan Mani. Coming 8 years after his earlier, path-breaking book “Debrahmanising History”( which became a best-seller in its category, went into three reprints in five years, and has just been revised) this book is another one-of-a-kind by this self-confessed maverick scholar that cannot be easily slotted or labelled. The author attempts to probe the age-old but little discussed role of the elites in appropriating not just power and wealth, but also knowledge, its appropriation and the means of its dissemination, thus not only ensuring their dominance in the areas of governance, economics, religion and the academy, but also perpetuating the masses in poverty and powerlessness.

 
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Brazil town showed way: Arvind Kejriwal - Economic Times

Brazil town showed way: Arvind Kejriwal - Economic Times | real utopias | Scoop.it


His vision document and the promise of participatory democracy in the party's manifesto are not without basis.

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Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan: Making your cities work - Moneycontrol.com

Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan: Making your cities work - Moneycontrol.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Ramesh and Swati Ramanathan came back to India from the US with a dream: To improve urban living. They have no reason to regret their move as they move successfully and seamlessly from one uplifting initiative to another. 


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Industrialisation: For Whom, By Whom? - CounterCurrents.org

It is really encouraging to see students at IIM Kolkata hosting a symposium on the human cost of industrialisation. The acknowledgement that industrialisation involves a human cost and that this cost may often outweigh the presumed benefits, is a welcome departure from the dominant discourse in the country today which aggressively advocates industrialisation at any cost.

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China's master plan - Xi Jinping's 'profound revolution' seems geared towards the welfare of the people - Analysis - dna

China's master plan - Xi Jinping's 'profound revolution' seems geared towards the welfare of the people - Analysis -  dna | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Third Plenum of the Communist Party of China’s 18th Central Committee that concluded on November 12 outlined policy changes that are being introduced in several sectors of the Chinese economy and polity.
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A Targeted Approach: India's Expanding Social Safety Net - World Politics Review

A Targeted Approach: India's Expanding Social Safety Net - World Politics Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
India’s sheer size and poverty have meant that addressing the needs of its hundreds of millions of poor and vulnerable citizens has preoccupied Indian policymakers since independence. Unsurprisingly, the mix of strategies, the resulting policy instruments to undergird them and their relative effectiveness have been a matter of contentious debate. 
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Agenda that Failed: Left Politics in Post-colonial India - Mainstream

Agenda that Failed: Left Politics in Post-colonial India - Mainstream | real utopias | Scoop.it

Is sixtyfive years (1947-2012) enough time to declare that any political agenda has failed? But more than half-a-century is a reasonable period to dissect any political agenda. Left politics in these sixtyfive years failed to leave any effective mark on the Indian political system barring a few exceptions. Several political complexities had developed in the Indian political scenario during the British departure from the country. While the Muslim League with full determination had been active in achieving an independent Pakistan, the Congress leaders were negotiating the terms for transfer of power. Ultimately, independence was followed by the infamous communal riots. Having achieved independence in 1947, the task of the Indian leaders was to build and integrate India as a nation-state. Now, the moot question that crops up is: what was the role of the Indian Left during this initial phase of independence?1

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation