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Interview: ‘There Is A Scramble To Be Elevated To The Supreme Court’, Says Justice K.T.Thomas, While Seeking Parity In Retirement Ages Of High Court And Supreme Court Judges | Live Law

Interview: ‘There Is A Scramble To Be Elevated To The Supreme Court’, Says Justice K.T.Thomas, While Seeking Parity In Retirement Ages Of High Court And Supreme Court Judges | Live Law | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Justice K.T.Thomas was a judge of the Supreme Court of India from March 29, 1996 to January 30, 2002.  His memoirs, Honeybees of Solomon: Memoirs of a Jurist, first published in 2008, has been republished recently, by Universal Law Publishing, an imprint of LexisNexis. In it, Justice Thomas, not only discusses his early influences in …
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Pearls and Perils of Post Ideological Political Activism in Tamilnadu

Pearls and Perils of Post Ideological Political Activism in Tamilnadu | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Right on the heels of the massive uprising in January demanding the lifting of ban on Jallikkattu, Tamilnadu is weathering through another storm in its political cauldron. Now cudgels have been raised against the hydro – carbon project in Pudukkottai district, the eye of the storm gaining momentum at a tiny village Neduvasal. Neduvasal neatly…
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An analysis on the recent struggles in Tamilnadu, in particular the Jallikkattu struggle which caught the attention of the world in January 2017.
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Soundarya Lahari (1-25) tamil meaning

Soundarya Lahari (1-25) tamil meaning | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
soundarya lahari,saundarya lahari,tamil meaning,adi sankara,shivah shakthya,
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தங்க மண்ணில் தங்கிய தமிழர்கள்--சிறப்புத் தொடர் - BBC தமிழ்

தங்க மண்ணில் தங்கிய தமிழர்கள்--சிறப்புத் தொடர் - BBC தமிழ் | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
பர்மா தமிழர்களின் வாழ்க்கை, வரலாற்று ரீதியான நினைவுகள், எதிர்காலம் குறித்த அவர்களின் எதிர்பார்ப்புகள் பற்றி அலசும் நெடுந்தொடர்--தயாரிப்பு சுவாமிநாதன் நடராஜன்
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Understanding human language - Chomsky on "world's first language Tamil"

Understanding human language - Chomsky on "world's first language Tamil" | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
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Has India watered down UN resolution against SL yet again?

Has India watered down UN resolution against SL yet again? | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
The Amnesty called it a “massive setback” for the campaign for justice in Sri Lanka and a “massive victory for Indian diplomacy and Sri Lanka” since it significantly downgraded the international community’s concerns.
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Vada Pav diplomacy: How Shiv Sena won the PR battle against Shobhaa De today

In the Shobhaa De vs Shiv Sena fight, Shiv Sena just scored brownie points over De with their clever gift. While De was severely critical of the Sena over the past two days, she was actually forced to appreciate the gift brought for her. De tweeted out a photo of the package thanking the Sena.
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The Airtel Zero idea: Splitting India's Internet into many Internets

The Airtel Zero idea: Splitting India's Internet into many Internets | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
This post is released under a CC BY license. Please feel free to republish on your site, with attribution and a link. Adaptation and rewriting, though allowed, should be true to the original.

What it was like before Mobile Internet opened up
Imagine what kind of an Internet you would have in
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Scroll.in - News. Politics. Culture.

Scroll.in - News. Politics. Culture. | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Scroll.in is a digital daily of political and cultural news for India. Our focus is on analyses, reportage and commentary.
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திரைகடலோடியும் திரவியம் தேடு என்பதன் வரலாற்று சான்று.

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It’s Not About The Numbers | Gyanendra Pandey

It’s Not About The Numbers | Gyanendra Pandey | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
There is a broader—and deeper—meaning to democracy. Part of that ideal is the idea that every tessera in the mosaic can sparkle.
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Aishwarya Dhanush: A performance of privileged mediocrity in the capacity of ineligible candidacy for UN Mission

Aishwarya Dhanush: A performance of privileged mediocrity in the capacity of ineligible candidacy for UN Mission | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
The much hyped news about Ms. Aishwarya Dhanush’s “performance at UN” on the International Women’s Day has finally turned out to be a disgrace, since a 1.22 - minute video of the performance was released in youtube. The social media is abuzz with scorn pouring on her pathetic performance, including a scathing comment from the…
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She is not a celebrity, who rose to prominence in accord to her own achievements. She is a celetoid – a person thrust to prominence by the tabloid media, poaching on gossips and celebrity fanfare. 

And she has demonstrated nothing of a desire to help mobilize any cause of public interest. To the contrary, she has expressed herself against the public sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, when she acquiesced to be declared as the “co – opted member of Animal Welfare Board of India”. 

So, on both counts – celebrity status and public spirit – she is an ineligible candidate for being an “UN Ambassador” or a “Messenger” for its missions.
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A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India's Brutal Demonetization Project

A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India's Brutal Demonetization Project | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Who are the institutions behind this decisive attack on cash? According to USAID: “Over 35 key Indian, American and international organizations have partnered with the Ministry of Finance an
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Tamil nationalism in Sri Lanka

Tamil nationalism in Sri Lanka | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Despite geographical proximity Sri Lankan Tamil nationalism had an autonomous momentum of its own
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India Media Buries Paid News Report

India Media Buries Paid News Report | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
A major new report on the phenomenon of paid news in India’s media is, well, hardly making big news.
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The Man Who Destroyed Eelam | Shyam Tekwani | Tehelka - Investigations, Latest News, Politics, Analysis, Blogs, Culture, Photos, Videos, Podcasts

The Man Who Destroyed Eelam | Shyam Tekwani | Tehelka - Investigations, Latest News, Politics, Analysis, Blogs, Culture, Photos, Videos, Podcasts | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Prabakaran had everything: territory, international support and committed fighters.
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US-backed draft resolution on Sri Lanka is much softer: Amnesty International | Tehelka Bureau | Tehelka - Investigations, Latest News, Politics, Analysis, Blogs, Culture, Photos, Videos, Podcasts

US-backed draft resolution on Sri Lanka is much softer: Amnesty International | Tehelka Bureau | Tehelka - Investigations, Latest News, Politics, Analysis, Blogs, Culture, Photos, Videos, Podcasts | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
The US backed draft resolution on Sri Lanka has become the bone of contention between the DMK and UPA. Amnesty International gives its analysis on the revised
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Listening To Sri Lanka’s Painful Presentation

Listening To Sri Lanka’s Painful Presentation | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Sri Lanka’s 22nd UNHRC Presentation: A Regurgitation of Old Undelivered Promises – Its Defiance Shows NO Domestic Mechanism Will Elicit the Truth With or Without UN Monitoring Is the proposed UNHRC resolution heading nowhere? Would the rehashing of old undelivered promises and the continued defiance of the military
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Success Story of “Shining India” | Dissident Voice

Success Story of “Shining India” | Dissident Voice | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Dark clouds gathered over the capital of “shining India” on the 16 December 2012. The horrific gang rape and murder of a 23 year old physiotherapy intern in a
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India Internet roundup: State of Internet access in India and Broadband connectivity in villages

India Internet roundup: State of Internet access in India and Broadband connectivity in villages | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Only 20% Indians connected to the Internet

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center, in 32 emerging and developing nations to record 8 online activities, states that 63% of Indians who are online use the Internet to socialise. Pakistan was not included in this survey due to insufficient s
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Jibe at activists and judiciary: PM Modi has got his imagery all wrong

Modi’s “five-star” barb is the beginning of yet another battle with activists. And his ‘do not worry about perception’ is a subtle signal to the judiciary to stay away from this ugly fight.
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Arundhati Roy’s book on caste rejected by some anti-caste activists

Arundhati Roy’s book on caste rejected by some anti-caste activists | South Asian Perspectives | Scoop.it
Feminist scholar Andrea Smith’s analysis of white privileges tells us how the confession of privilege is often a ritual without much meaning and is eventually based on the structures of dominations it was supposed to resist
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”Feminist scholar Andrea Smith’s analysis of white privileges tells us how the confession of privilege is often a ritual without much meaning and is eventually based on the structures of dominations it was supposed to resist.”
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