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Afshan Azad, who acted in the Harry Potter films, was allegedly threatened with death by her father and brother, for dating a Hindu. Asra Nomani argues that women will suffer until intolerant Muslims absorb some of the values prescribed in the Harry Potter series.

In a country of myriad faiths and even more strife, Tanushree Baidya stumbled upon a curious tale of faith high up in the mountains of Sikkim beyond the green valleys and the tall fir trees. A tale so enchanting and so fantastical that it twirls the mind and sways the sensibilities.

For modern women, the mobile phone has become a defence mechanism for use while negotiating public spaces

Anjali Deshpande describes how Deccan Development Society’s community media project has put the video camera in the hands of 20 poor, dalit women, empowering them in unimaginable ways.

What is the effect of the no-holds-barred media coverage of events? The real issues get obscured by lurid voyeurism, says Pranoti Chirmuley reacting to the media frenzy that surrounded the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Women are increasingly reporting sexual violations/exploitation within the home, workplace, friends’ circle or university that don’t quite match the strict requirements of ‘rape’ or the loose connotations of ‘outraging her modesty’, the two broad types of sexual violations that the law recognises. Will the long-pending Sexual Assault Bill help?

As the number of existing tigers continue to be in dispute, Tarsh Thekaekara takes part in a tiger census to see how it’s done.

From Vozmob, which helps Latin American immigrant workers in Los Angeles create and distribute stories about their lives using cell phones to an interactive network for Inuit and other indigenous communities, there is a growing universe of marginalised voices populating the Web. A report from a recent Citizen Media conference in Montreal

Love Sex & Dhoka has popped Hindi cinema’s cherry

From June through October, a group of 5 committed young actors and their director, worked on performances based on poems dedicated to Mother earth, in an effort to draw attention to the devastation caused by mining in Goa. In this excerpt from a longer article, Hartman De Souza, the director, describes their experiences.

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