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Why caste still matters in India

Why caste still matters in India | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

INDIA’S general election will take place before May. The front-runner to be the next prime minister is Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party, currently chief  minister of Gujarat. A former tea-seller, he has previously attacked leaders of the ruling Congress party as elitist, corrupt and out of touch. Now he is emphasising his humble caste origins. In a speech in January he said 'high caste' Congress leaders were scared of taking on a rival from 'a backward caste'. If Mr Modi does win, he would be the first prime minister drawn from the 'other backward classes', or OBC, group. He is not the only politician to see electoral advantage in bringing up the subject: caste still matters enormously to most Indians."


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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 8, 2015 9:18 PM

I agree that until there are more jobs created for the people of India, the slower the caste will fade out.  Over time it will fade out eventually, but the creation of jobs and more social interaction will help the process move along faster.  

Chris Costa's curator insight, November 15, 2015 2:51 PM

It was interesting to read about Modi's run for prime minister- I recently read a TIME magazine article about him, his original platform, and his subsequent work in office- and to see so much of Obama's run for office in Modi's struggle. Modi's support among his own caste, traditionally one that has been discriminated against in Indian society, is not at all different from Obama's support among the African American community. It goes to show that, for all our differences, people are a lot more alike then we'd care to think. Beyond that, it was interesting to see how much power the old caste system continues to hold in Indian society, much like the issues with race that Americans continue to struggle with within our own society. Appeals to different castes have been employed successfully by politicians and other forms of media; I once read that the most popular Indian films are often love stories revolving around "forbidden love" between two members of different, opposite castes. In a society that is so rich and complex, with hundreds of different languages and beliefs, it is so easy for lines to be drawn and for differences to be focused upon in a negative light. Happily for India, it has come a long way to address these problems and to move forward. While not perfect, India's future looks bright.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 3:34 PM

i dont understand how a country like india that is mostly modern and on the world scale can still have such an ancient system of labeling people be such a prominent practice in their society, i hope modi gets elected so he can start to eliminate this

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.


A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.

The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.


Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 2014 12:32 AM

Perception!

Matt Evan Dobbie's curator insight, August 2, 2014 6:55 PM

Huge problem when combined with sea level rise

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:53 PM

APHG-U7

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Top Social Media Blunders of 2014 and What You Can Learn from Them

Top Social Media Blunders of 2014 and What You Can Learn from Them | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The first half of 2014 is already in the books, and it looks like a lot of marketers and companies didn’t learn anything from last year about social media. Many brands still made a number of bad judgments and stumbled when it came to handling their social profiles, which led to backlash and a tarnished image for some.


Mistakes can happen anytime, and with half the year already over, now is a great time to discuss some of 2014’s biggest marketing and social media blunders so far. With five full months ahead, this should serve as a great lesson for all individuals, brands, and companies trying to market themselves to the public.


Here are some things to keep in mind:

-  It’s easy to post things on social media, especially on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, though, that backlash can come just as swiftly and easily. Sure, people make mistakes from time to time, but with all the previous instances, everyone should know by now how not to act in public, especially if you’re representing a brand known the world over....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 29, 2014 2:11 AM

Lots of lessons from a raft of social media fails.

Martina Patone's curator insight, July 29, 2014 7:41 AM

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Study on 'native advertising' finds benefits for brands, risks for publishers | ZDNet

Study on 'native advertising' finds benefits for brands, risks for publishers | ZDNet | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

In one of the largest studies of people's attitudes towards native advertising, 62 percent said that it didn't help to enhance the reputation of news sites, but brands were seen to benefit from appearing on highly trusted media sites.


Native advertising is a form of advertising designed to look similar to "native" media content such as news or feature articles written by journalists. 


The study shows that media companies carry a far higher risk to their reputation and value perception in allowing native advertising than their brand advertisers. However, native advertising on business news, and entertainment news sites, was less problematic than on general news sites....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 27, 2014 2:02 AM

Good look at native advertising and consumer reaction to it.

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The Highest Converting Images to Use on Social Media Networks | Social Media Today

The Highest Converting Images to Use on Social Media Networks | Social Media Today | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Too often people overlook the visual aspect of social media, which is actually a huge part of the experience. Most people report being more engaged by social networking posts that include photos. That’s because they draw attention and can spark interest in a post that otherwise would only have the support of a headline. The more engagement, the better the chance of a conversion, whether that means clicking on a link, signing up for a newsletter or buying a product.


Here are some ideas for types of images you can use to help pump up your conversion rates from social media networks....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 28, 2014 1:05 AM

Useful tips for better visuals in your blogging, websites and social marketing.

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10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore | Mashable

10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore | Mashable | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Had enough of  Facebook and Twitter? It may be time to switch up your go-to social network.


With the daily explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social media tools popping up. These newer platforms could be working on the next big thing, so you'll want to keep an eye out.


Here's a look at 10 up-and-coming social networks you should know....


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Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:35 AM

Redes sociales... ¡Ya no saben qué inventar!

:-/

Martina Patone's curator insight, July 29, 2014 7:49 AM

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Moumita Dasgupta's curator insight, July 31, 2014 1:00 AM

I think mashable caught up a good list this time...read it here....

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The Anatomy of a Highly Shareable Infographic

The Anatomy of a Highly Shareable Infographic | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Make sure your infographics don't fall flat. Learn what essential elements you need to increasing sharing.

The hard truth about creating content online is the amount of time you put into it isn't always proportional to what you get out of it. We all hope that everything we do is a grand slam resulting in traffic, leads, and reporters clamoring to talk to you. 

But that's not always what happens.

Luckily, there are few things we can do to infographics to hedge our bets a bit. So, we put together the following infographic on making highly shareable infographics -- helping you rake in more views and conversion opportunities. Follow these tips, and your infographic will be much more likely to get shared. 


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massimo scalzo's curator insight, July 4, 2014 3:11 AM

The Essentila Elements of Infographic, piece by piece...

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