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Why do Indians often cheer autocratic acts that could greatly destablise their lives?

Why do Indians often cheer autocratic acts that could greatly destablise their lives?

National
Updates from :  the scroll.in The imprint of the state in all aspects of life is massive, so the state’s idea of the national good often prevails. Politicians – the informal anthropologists of everyday life – understand social beliefs and behaviours far better than historians, political scientists and public commentators. This is because their existence as successful politicians depends on it. For the others, there are no serious personal or professional consequences. If “the people” fail to live up to their expectations, then that becomes a cause of bewilderment and sadness. It is assumed that “the people” have been misled or do not understand their own interests. There are two significant lacunae in both popular as well as scholarly writings on the relationship between belief
In charts: Water is more expensive for the poor than the rich – a new report calculates by how much

In charts: Water is more expensive for the poor than the rich – a new report calculates by how much

Environment, National
Updates from :  the scroll.in The report looks at water affordability in 15 cities, two of them in India. How much does a tanker of water cost in Mumbai? About 52 times the price of piped water, a new study has found. The study, published in the form of a working paper by the World Resources Institute, maps water access and affordability in 15 cities around the world, including Mumbai and Bengaluru. In both cities, it found that piped water supply is erratic: just three hours for three days of the week in Bengaluru and seven hours a day in Mumbai. The worst off are people living in informal settlements who do not have access to piped water and are forced to buy tanker water at exorbitant prices. Since piped water is subsidised in India, this means “poor households which are n
Wary of Global Glare, India Keeps Rhetoric Against Pakistan on Dimmer

Wary of Global Glare, India Keeps Rhetoric Against Pakistan on Dimmer

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Updates from :  the wire Pakistan, having already downgraded diplomatic relations, has appeared eager to hear what the international community has to say on India's behaviour with regards to Kashmir. New Delhi: India has been tamping down on its rhetoric against Pakistan in the hope that doing so can help stave off any potential interest in intervention from a worried international community. Pakistan had previously announced that it will be downgrading diplomatic ties with India in the backdrop of the latter’s decision to take away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories. Pakistan has also suspended all trade and cancelled the bi-weekly Samjhauta Express. Pakistani railway minister Sheikh Rasheed on Friday said that even the T
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