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Debjeet Sarangi: His legacy lives on in the Living Farms

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Our dear friend Debjeet Sarangi passed away on the 15 th of May 2021. One more among the lakhs who succumbed to the virus and to the government’s complacency and apathy. His health deteriorated and he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Bhubaneshwar. He was just 53. Personally it is hard for me to reconcile with this profound loss. As he was someone with whom I shared both a personal connect and a professional one – through my work with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Asia)   I got acquainted with Debjeet on my previous job with Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts (SDTT). His commitment and vision in the context of the lives of marginalized communities was unparalleled. His engagement with Adivasi peoples was guided by his unshakable belief in dialogue, conversation and solidarity – qualities that have become rarer these days under the influence of market and such other fundamentalisms. He stood out among traditionalist development professionals as someone who marched to the beat of

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan: Need Second reform within Muslim Communty

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File photo of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan | Commons  Today is the birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. He was one of the great thinkers, educationists, reformists, and philosophers of the 19th century. His contribution to creating space for education for the Muslims and his efforts for reforms within the community. That was far ahead of time in his thinking for education and establishing institutions of learning. There are many criticisms of him by the various groups and academicians. There is nothing wrong with analyzing his life and contribution through critical analysis. Aligarh community should learn to listen to the criticism instead of showing irresponsible. People should learn the action of Sir Syed, what was his conduct, when he had faced odd questions or disruptive conduct by his opponents, at the time of building the university. Contributions for Higher Education of the AMU are unparalleled for the community. One can also say, AMU created an elite amongst the Muslim communit

My tribute to Rahimullah Yusufzai (1954-2021)

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                                                             Rahimullah Yusufzai, who died on Thursday, 9 th September evening, Rahimullah Sb was one of most authentic voices on Afghanistan, he was not keeping well for some time. He was finest journalists, who spent his entire life to understand and narrate the story of Afghanistan. He had also special command on the issues of various ethnic groups and their complexity of Pakistan. Rahimullah Yusufzai was born on 10 th September 1954 in Shamozai village of Mardan district Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, often abbreviated as KP or KPK and formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. He received his early education at his village primary school, then studies in public schools in Peshawar and Jhelum. For higher education, young Rahimullah got admission at the D J Sindh Science College, one of the oldest institutions in the region. Then he went to the University of Karachi for further studies. Duri

Chandan Mitra:12 December 1955 to 2 September 2021

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Chandan Mitra no more, he was not well for quite some time as reported in the various news, I don't know him personally but when I was growing and learning about political development, policies and propaganda in our country. I was wondering while listening to Mitra sb on the TV debates, very soft-spoken, consistent on the line of supporting, undefendable, often claims to be progressive . And, then close to the Far-Right party. He was one of the few spokespeople, mostly speaking for the party's ideological stands in sophisticated languages for elite audiences. He was also awarded as a member of the upper house, from August 2003 until 2009. He again secured his upper house seat in June 2010, BJP got him elected from Madhya Pradesh. His tenure ended with the upper house in 2016. Mr. Mitra was very close to the old guards of the BJP Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Arun Jaitley. But he was sidelined by the Narendra Modi- Amit Shah leadership. Mitra had friendship and connection be

Demand for OBC's Census with PM: What will be futuer of Bihar politices?

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                                                                      This is interesting development in the politics, when 11 members of 10 political parties from Bihar went to meet Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the delegation was headed by the Nitish Kumar CM of Bihar, opposition leader Tejaswi Yadav was also one of the key member of delegation. This group from Bihar, meet PM to conduct caste census in India, to understand the exact population and economic status, so there may be social development programs or policies for this social group. After the meeting with PM, Nitish Kumar shared in media briefing, that Mr. Prime Minister heard our request for the caste census, one of the most important statement Nitish Kumar recognized the effort of the opposition leaders, mainly Tejaswi Yadav, this is itself interesting to observe for political observers. For last few elections, BJP is able to garner the support of OBC community in chunk as vote, like in last general election in