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Kerala

Dancing For The Gods

Kalamandalam Geethanandan lived and died his art – Ottanthulal – an ancient dance form originating in Kerala Kalamandalam Geethanandan always wanted Ottanthulal – a centuries-old dance and poetic performance in Kerala – to be considered next to divine. “We have worked closely for the last two decades. He was person who fought for the dignity […]…

Beatings, Bruises & Trauma

Even a statepolicy is unable to ensure safety for Kerala’s transgender community 20 November 2016 was thought to be a watershed moment for transgender rights in the southern state of Kerala. From being a pioneer in the country in evolving a Transgender Policy in 2015, that Sunday morning in November, the state was waking up […]…

The Lede Exclusive – Migrants Are Not Second Class Citizens: Shashi Tharoor to The Lede

In an exclusive interview with The Lede, MP Shashi Tharoor says the government’s move to introduce orange passports for Indian migrants is an “offensive” move A decision to change the colour of passport for Indian migrants depending on their educational and economic status is like treating them as a second-class citizen, which reflects a discriminatory mind-set […]…

Transport Strike Part 2 in South India

 After Tamil Nadu, pensioners of the Kerala transport Corporation are demanding their unpaid pensions and other dues which have been pending for months now Muraleedharan K, a retired mechanic from the Kerala State Transport Corporation, now has faith only in Lord Muruga, a Hindu deity. “Whenever pain worsens, I take a little Vibuthi (ash) collected […]…

India, Kuwait Should Be Ashamed: International Trade Union Chief

In an exclusive interview to The Lede, the chief of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow slammed both governments Responding exclusively to The Lede’s story on over 5000 Indian migrant workers stranded in Kuwait for the last 18 months without any pay, proper food and shelter, Sharan Burrow, chief of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITCU) […]…