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Medical students and staff at DY Patil University and hospital form a guard of honour for the body of an 18-year-old woman whose family donated her heart.

168 Lok Sabha MPs did not bother to attend parliament to vote on the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019?
Who are these people, and which parties do they represent?

Hello Academic Tooters (), as promised, this is my first thread for desi academics (thought not limited to) who want to connect with each other in this new space, and create a virtual support system. Please introduce yourself under here with your name, field, area of research, geographical location (optional). Once we have the thread going, I'll create a list.
Will be also holding future threads on conference, publishing, writing, and other you can think of.
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In this time when a molten stream of hate flows all around us, do yourself a favour and watch Svati Chakravarty's labour of love, Rubaru Roshni. It's about forgiveness, and how it can free you. It's on Netflix.

"Everyone should speak up. Let’s not make it something special. Something that’s praiseworthy. [...] But now, more than ever, we need to put aside this reluctance to speak. If we do not speak up against violence, injustice, fake news and hate we will lose this version of India in our lifetime and our children will never know what this country was like.

Priya Ramani's keynote at the Goa Arts and Literature Festival.

BTW, does the fediverse have options for sending out this kind of newsletter? (For people unwilling to use products from the Internet majors, like Google Groups.)

Caferati Listing is a free newsletter I run that shares opportunities for writers. I've just sent out an edition, which you can see on (free sign-up required). If you'd like to see what it feels like in your inbox, message me your address and I'll forward it to you.

A molasses-slow judicial system that we see being perverted every day. Police personnel who don't believe victims, or shame them, or dissuade them from seeking justice and then stage these encounters to cover up their mess and win social media approval.
I could cry.

Vigilante justice of all kinds is understandable. It's easy. But it's scary when people appoint themselves judge, jury and executioner. What if you were the one accused of something and you weren't guilty?
As long as we are happy with these easy answers, we won't ask the hard questions and seek to fix the deep rot. A society that leaves so many out. A world where men feel entitled to take what they want.

Custodial deaths, 'encounters,' are easy answers. And they will win huzzahs because the crowd wants blood. And I get that like parents of this victim, and the parents of the young woman who was gang-raped and brutalised in Delhi in 2012, find some solace in this brand of justice. My heart aches for them. And if I were in their place, would I want this kind of thing to happen? I hope not, but I'm not sure I wouldn't.

Cannot help but think that this 'encounter' happened on the anniversary of another bit of mob justice that happened in 1992 and effectively blew that one off the news cycle..
The cynic in me bows to the cynic in you. 🙏

Do follow that handle,

They are RTing the re-telling.
Like I said, very hard to read. but remember, people lived through that, live with its consequences even now. You're only reading.

These stories were a retelling, a 'live-tweeting' of the events of that time. You can read the stories at

It's just over 35 years since that horrible night. Its victims still haven't got justice.
Take a read of this Twitter thread which reconstructs those happenings as if it were happening now.

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