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Varsha Torgalkar is a journalist based in Mumbai, India. I have covered agrarian crisis, communal violence and human rights. I also write on travel.
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A Crash Course on Periods for Anyone Who Needs It

07 Jul 2024  |  www.theswaddle.com
Periods are a natural phenomenon experienced by individuals with a uterus, involving the shedding of the uterine lining. The menstrual cycle includes ovulation and the potential for pregnancy, with periods lasting three to seven days. Factors like stress and health issues can affect the regularity of periods. Heavy periods and clotting are common but may require medical attention if persistent. PMS and period cramps vary among individuals, with severe cases needing medical consultation. Safe sex during periods is possible with protection to prevent infections. Pain relief methods include over-the-counter medications, exercise, and home remedies.

Untrending: Scalp Massages May Be Comforting, But They Won’t Help Hair Grow

05 Jul 2024  |  www.theswaddle.com
Scalp massages, known as champi in India, are traditionally used to soothe stress and relax through nerve stimulation and fragrant oils. However, the belief that they stimulate hair growth lacks conclusive scientific evidence. Some studies suggest a potential link between scalp massages and hair growth, but more research is needed. Conversely, aggressive massages may lead to hair loss, and dermatologists caution against harsh scalp massagers, especially for those with dandruff or psoriasis. While scalp massages can be enjoyable, they should not be expected to promote hair growth.

Rocking For The Globe In Guwahati

With Little Guidance, Adult Acne Sufferers Turn to Treatments That Make Skin Worse

13 Apr 2024  |  www.theswaddle.com
Adult acne sufferers, lacking proper guidance, often turn to expensive and natural brands that can exacerbate their skin issues. Urvashi Gulia from Delhi, who has chronic acne, has spent a significant amount on treatments that have often worsened her condition. Ranjit Bhatia, CEO of Remedico, a digital dermatology start-up, emphasizes that expensive skin care brands do not guarantee better skin and that the treatment process is more important than the products. Misinformation and lack of awareness about conditions like PCOS contribute to the problem. The article also discusses the social stigma associated with adult acne and the dangers of self-treatment with steroid and skin lightening creams, which can lead to addiction and further skin damage. The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists has petitioned for regulation of steroid-based creams. The adult acne market in India is growing, but whether it will include informed treatments remains uncertain.

Women on India's farms left in limbo as climate shocks cost jobs

05 Oct 2023  |  bdnews24.com
Disabled mother-of-two Devanabai Dhaigude and other women in Maharashtra, India, have lost their farm jobs due to heavy monsoon rains, exacerbating their economic struggles. Women in agriculture across India face increasing challenges from climate change and economic pressures, with limited support compared to their male counterparts. Experts and advocates call for more government awareness and financial support for women in agriculture. Despite some government initiatives, many women remain unaware of available schemes, leaving them vulnerable to economic and social hardships.

India has lofty goals for EV adoption. Its subsidies aren’t really helping

01 Oct 2023  |  Rest of World
India's ambitious goals for electric vehicle (EV) adoption are hindered by ineffective subsidies and policies. Many EV buyers, like Govind Mundhe, face challenges in accessing government subsidies and bank loans, particularly for low-speed two-wheelers. The FAME II scheme, which requires 50% locally manufactured components, is difficult to meet due to reliance on imported parts, primarily from China. Some companies resort to illegal means to qualify for subsidies. The lack of public charging infrastructure and high costs of home charging further complicate EV ownership. Experts suggest that policy adjustments are necessary to meet the government's targets and make EVs more accessible and affordable.

How Traditional Fisherman in India Are Cleaning the Ocean

01 Oct 2023  |  c3newsmag.com
Heavy winds and tides challenge fishermen in Tamil Nadu, India, as they remove ghost nets from the ocean to protect marine life. Govind Gopalswami and other fishermen collaborate with Tree Foundation India, an NGO focused on marine conservation, to retrieve these harmful nets. Despite the difficulties and low compensation, over 3000 fishermen have removed 90,000 kg of ghost nets in two years. The initiative has led to a decrease in coral reef damage and an increase in fish populations. The Fisheries Department of Tamil Nadu supports these efforts, recognizing the positive impact on marine ecosystems.

India's women farm workers suffer job losses from climate shocks

01 Oct 2023  |  www.context.news
Women farm workers in India, particularly in Maharashtra, are facing severe job losses due to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change. These women, who are often not recognized as farmers and lack access to government aid, are struggling with economic hardships and social issues such as domestic violence and early marriage of daughters. Activists and academics call for more targeted support and awareness programs for these vulnerable groups. Despite some government initiatives, the lack of awareness and accessibility to these programs remains a significant barrier.

Solar-powered looms boost income and safety for India’s silk spinners

22 Sep 2023  |  dialogue.earth
Solar-powered spinning machines manufactured by Delhi-based social enterprise Resham Sutra are improving income and safety for silk spinners in India. Budhari Goyari, a member of the Bodo tribe, has doubled her production and income since using the machine. The initiative, started in 2019, has reached 350 villages across 16 states. It addresses physical injuries from traditional thigh-reeling and provides a reliable power source, overcoming frequent electricity disruptions. Women, who make up 60% of India's silk workforce, benefit from higher uniformity and prices for machine-spun silk. The initiative also aims to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a carbon-neutral silk industry. Challenges include the reluctance of silk spinners to adopt new methods and the cost of machines. Resham Sutra is working to expand the initiative with policy support and industry certification for solar-powered products.

Inside the local initiative to support indigenous victims of violence

17 Aug 2023  |  www.fairplanet.org
In Manipur, India, the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) is providing crucial legal support to Kuki-Zo tribe members displaced by ethnic violence. Volunteers assist victims in filing First Information Reports (FIRs) against attackers, despite challenges such as illiteracy and lack of resources. The violence, which erupted after a protest against granting tribal status to the Meitei community, has displaced over 60,000 people and resulted in significant property damage. The ITLF's efforts aim to ensure justice for the victims amidst ongoing ethnic tensions.

India’s plan to encourage EV adoption is failing

08 Mar 2023  |  flipboard.com
India's initiative to promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption is faltering, as evidenced by the experiences of individuals like Govind Mundhe, a farmer from Maharashtra. Despite the promise of government subsidies, the plan has not met expectations, highlighting significant challenges in policy implementation and execution.

Rocking for the globe in Guwahati

07 Feb 2023  |  dialogue.earth
Rain in Sahara, a band based in Guwahati, Assam, blends various musical styles to address climate change and political corruption. Their performances resonate with the youth, particularly in India's northeastern states and neighboring countries like Bhutan and Nepal. The band's music, including hits like 'Black Water' and 'Ominous Clouds,' emphasizes the urgency of environmental issues. Their participation in international events, such as an Anti-Corruption Conference in Denmark, highlights their growing influence. The band's message encourages collective action against environmental degradation and political manipulation.

Digital blackmail and endless threats: scammy loan apps soar across India

01 Oct 2022  |  restofworld.org
In India, fraudulent mobile loan apps like Rich Cash and Sharp Loan are exploiting users, leading to over 700 complaints of harassment by recovery agents in Pune in early 2022. Victims, such as Jafar Khan and Sonali Manjare, faced threats and blackmail when attempting to repay loans. The Reserve Bank of India's report highlights a significant increase in digital lending and the prevalence of illegal apps, many linked to Chinese entities. Despite efforts to regulate the industry, victims have little recourse, and the RBI is considering setting up a self-regulatory organization and proposing legislation to address the issue.

Locals blame coal power plant in Maharashtra for death, sickness

18 May 2022  |  aljazeera.com
Residents of Chandrapur, Maharashtra, including Gokulbai Sahai, attribute health issues and deaths to pollution from the Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS), owned by MAHAGENCO. A report by the Centre for Research Clean Energy and Air claims that emissions from CSTPS caused 1,300 premature deaths in 2020. The National Green Tribunal found CSTPS in violation of environmental norms and ordered the installation of sulfur scrubbers and treatment of fly ash. MAHAGENCO plans to comply by 2023 and 2025, respectively. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has paused the Tribunal's orders. Local health professionals report a rise in respiratory diseases, and activists question the government's commitment to reducing pollution.

India’s gig economy is failing women workers

19 Apr 2022  |  equaltimes.org
India's gig economy, while offering flexibility, is failing to support women workers adequately. Despite companies like Urban Company claiming to provide flexible work hours, many women, such as Seema Singh, face long hours and unsafe working conditions without proper support. Less than 10% of gig workers are women, often relegated to lower-paying jobs and facing sexual harassment. The Indian government's upcoming labor codes may not adequately protect gig workers, prompting unions like the All Indian Gig Workers Union and the Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers to demand better conditions and legal recognition. Some progress has been made, as seen with Urban Company's reduced commission rates following protests, but challenges remain, including the lack of social security and the right to unionize.

Long after COVID lockdowns, India’s youth struggle to find work

03 Feb 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
India's youth continue to struggle with high unemployment rates long after the COVID-19 lockdowns, with many forced into less secure and lower-paying jobs. The pandemic exacerbated pre-existing job market issues, particularly affecting young people and women. Experts highlight the disproportionate impact on youth and the challenges in finding quality employment. Despite the ongoing third wave of infections, the government has avoided imposing another nationwide lockdown to prevent further economic disruption.

COVID killed droves of Indian health workers. Their families must fight for recompense

18 Jan 2022  |  www.latimes.com
Families of Indian health workers who died from COVID-19 are struggling to receive government-promised compensation, facing bureaucratic hurdles and discriminatory policies that exclude private sector workers. The Indian healthcare system's chronic issues, such as understaffing and low pay, have been exacerbated by the pandemic, with over 480,000 reported deaths. The compensation scheme, launched in March 2020, has been criticized for its narrow application, and the actual number of deceased health workers is believed to be much higher than the official count. The situation reflects the fragility of India's healthcare system as the country faces a new outbreak fueled by the Omicron variant.

Four Years After Bhima Koregaon Riots, Where Is Justice?

01 Jan 2022  |  www.boomlive.in
The article discusses the ongoing delays and inefficiencies of the Koregaon Bhima Enquiry Commission, established to investigate the Bhima Koregaon riots of January 1, 2018. Victims and activists express frustration over the slow progress and lack of justice, with only 48 out of 500 witnesses heard so far. The commission cites the pandemic and logistical issues as reasons for the delay. Criticism is directed towards government agencies and the commission's handling of the investigation, with calls for more accountability and faster resolution. The article also highlights the financial costs and the emotional toll on the victims.

Why India's rooftop solar installation initiative is yet to see the light of success

18 Dec 2021  |  firstpost.com
India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's goal to install 40GW of rooftop solar power by 2022 is far from being met, with only 6GW installed by October 2021. Policy inconsistencies, such as the GST hike for solar components and changes in net and gross metering rules, have been blamed for the slow progress. Manufacturers and experts criticize the lack of stable policies and consultation, which hinders investment and consumer interest. Financing challenges, particularly for MSMEs and residential sectors, and MSEDCL's slow approval and payment processes further exacerbate the issue. The article highlights the struggles of the solar industry in India amidst ambitious renewable energy targets.

India's palm oil ambitions for northeast frontier stir concern

11 Dec 2021  |  asia.nikkei.com
Environmentalists, academics, social activists, and farmers in India are opposing the government's plan to expand palm oil production in the northeastern border states. They argue that the expansion will not benefit farmers and will damage the environment. Lalchhana Hmar, a farmer from Mizoram State, shared his modest earnings from oil palm cultivation, highlighting the financial challenges faced by local farmers.

Combatting soil erosion enriches farmers in Meghalaya

20 Oct 2021  |  thethirdpole.net
Meghalaya, India, faces severe soil erosion exacerbated by traditional jhum cultivation and a growing population. The introduction of Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has improved soil management and increased farmers' incomes. Farmers like Thrisilon Rynghang have transitioned from jhum to IFS, resulting in higher and more stable earnings. IFS incorporates horticulture, livestock, and natural resource conservation, reducing soil erosion and providing economic security. Success stories have encouraged more farmers to adopt IFS, leading to over 100 hectares of land being cultivated under this system in the state.

An Indian island paradise escaped COVID-19. Then a Hindu nationalist official arrived

03 Jul 2021  |  The Detroit News
Lakshadweep, a peaceful Indian archipelago, faced a severe COVID-19 outbreak and political turmoil after the arrival of Praful Khoda Patel, a Hindu nationalist official. Patel's policies, including lifting travel restrictions, banning beef, and allowing alcohol, have sparked protests among the predominantly Muslim population. His plans to develop the islands into a tourist destination and impose stringent security laws have been widely criticized as attempts to marginalize Muslims and suppress dissent. The situation has led to significant unrest, with residents fearing for their future and cultural identity.

In Assam, new rice varieties are a lifeline for farmers struggling to adapt to climate change

14 Jun 2021  |  Scroll.in
Farmers in Assam, such as Ranjita Pegu and Ruksana Begum, have significantly increased their rice yields and income by adopting flood-tolerant rice varieties like Bahadur Sub-1 and Ranjit Sub-1, developed by Assam Agricultural University. The System of Rice Intensification method has also contributed to higher yields and more sustainable farming practices. Despite initial reluctance, the success stories and support from organizations like Seven Sisters Development Assistance have encouraged more farmers to adopt these new methods, providing a lifeline against the chronic flooding in the region.

An Indian island paradise escaped COVID-19. Then a Hindu nationalist official arrived

14 Jun 2021  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Lakshadweep, a peaceful Indian archipelago, faced a severe COVID-19 outbreak and social unrest after Praful Khoda Patel, a Hindu nationalist official, lifted travel restrictions and introduced controversial policies. These policies, seen as targeting the Muslim majority, included property seizures, bans on beef, and stringent security laws. The local population, previously untouched by the pandemic, now faces significant health and economic challenges. Protests have erupted, with residents and activists condemning Patel's actions as an attack on their culture and freedoms. The situation highlights broader issues of religious and political tensions in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration.

Less than 200 km from India's glitzy financial capital, it's another world

10 May 2021  |  www.theindiansun.com.au
Varsha Torgalkar reports on the severe lack of essential health services in the tribal villages of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, highlighting the gaps in India’s health policies. In areas less than 200 km from Mumbai, tribal communities like those in Chinchale Khair gram panchayat lack access to electricity and basic healthcare facilities, with the nearest primary health center 10 km away. The tribal population suffers from decades of neglect, with poor access to medical help leading to preventable deaths. Pregnant women face daunting challenges to reach hospitals, and few villagers have access to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The article suggests that if infrastructure cannot be developed in these remote villages, the government should make them self-dependent by training local youth and women to provide healthcare.

No refuge for India’s rich and middle class from second COVID-19 wave

07 May 2021  |  www.latimes.com
India's second COVID-19 wave is proving devastatingly egalitarian, affecting the middle and upper classes, including politicians, cricket players, and Bollywood stars. The virus is spreading rapidly in apartment high-rises, which have become transmission spots due to central air-conditioning systems and elevators. A third wave is considered inevitable by the government, and the healthcare system is near collapse with oxygen shortages and overwhelmed medical staff. The country has set daily records for new cases, and the death toll is believed to be underreported. Vaccine supplies are low, and there is hesitancy among the poor, exacerbated by misinformation. The crisis threatens to devastate India's middle class, which had been growing steadily until the pandemic.

Public Complacency, Not Covid19 Mutation, Is Driving the Surge in Cases, Health Experts Say

27 Mar 2021  |  www.theswaddle.com
India is experiencing a second wave of Covid19, driven more by public complacency and inadequate infrastructure than by virus mutations. Health experts, including Dr. Samiran Panda and Dr. Balram Bhargava from the Indian Council of Medical Research, emphasize the importance of maintaining social distancing, ramping up contact tracing, testing, and vaccination efforts. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has directed states to vaccinate everyone above 45 and create district action plans. The government warns against complacency, highlighting the rapid increase in cases and the need for continued vigilance.

Jadav Payeng, India’s ‘Forest Man’, is at it again

21 Mar 2021  |  www.moneycontrol.com
Jadav Payeng, known as India’s ‘Forest Man’, is expanding his environmental efforts by planting a larger forest near the 550-hectare forest he previously grew in Assam’s Majuli. At 62, he is also inspiring a new generation of environmental warriors by visiting schools and encouraging children to plant trees.

India’s Mental Health Professionals Are Burning Out Amid the Pandemic Rush on Their Services

15 Jan 2021  |  www.theswaddle.com
India's mental health professionals are experiencing severe burnout due to the increased demand for mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mental health crisis has been exacerbated by the nationwide lockdown, with a significant rise in mental illness cases. Mental health workers are facing emotional and physical exhaustion, compounded by the challenges of adapting to teleconferencing, maintaining patient confidentiality, and dealing with personal losses. The lack of regulatory support and supervision in the field further aggravates the situation. Initiatives like Swaasthi, a mental health hotline, aim to provide support to these overwhelmed professionals. The article highlights the urgent need for systemic changes to support mental health workers and prevent a post-pandemic mental health crisis.

Companies Profited, Farmers Suffered As Centre Gave Free Pass To Faulty Soybean Seeds

01 Sep 2020  |  HuffPost
A good monsoon has not benefited many farmers in Maharashtra due to faulty soybean seeds, leading to widespread complaints and minimal compensation. The Union Agriculture Ministry, led by BJP's Narendra Singh Tomar, lowered seed certification standards, resulting in increased complaints. State-owned Mahabeej Corporation and private companies like Eagle Seeds and Gold Seeds are primarily blamed. Activists criticize the delayed actions of the agriculture department and the central government's policies. The Supreme Court stayed the Bombay High Court's directive for state action against seed companies, further complicating the issue.

On Assam's biggest river island healthcare is far away

10 Jun 2020  |  thethirdpole.net
Majuli, the world's largest river island located in Assam, faces severe healthcare access challenges, exacerbated by annual flooding. The indigenous Mising community, among others, suffers from skin infections and other health issues due to the floods. Despite the presence of primary and community health centers, specialized care is lacking, and residents often have to travel long distances by boat to seek medical attention. The recent Cyclone Amphan raised concerns but did not significantly impact Majuli. Non-profit organizations like Piramal Swasthya provide mobile clinics, but connectivity issues during floods hinder communication. Local authorities have acknowledged the need to address healthcare inadequacies.

Alphonso mango season has been delayed – and Maharashtra’s erratic weather is to blame

28 Jan 2020  |  Scroll.in
The Alphonso mango season in Maharashtra's Konkan region has been delayed due to erratic weather patterns, including extended monsoons, heavy rainfall, and cyclones. Farmers are experiencing a significant reduction in flowering, which is expected to decrease mango production by 30%-40%. The adverse weather has also led to increased pest attacks. Experts and farmers are concerned about the financial impact, especially on small-scale farmers. There are calls for government intervention to support affected farmers. While no definitive study links these weather changes to climate change, it is considered a likely factor.

Thanks To This IITian Who Left His Job In Singapore, Kids Of Mishing Tribe In Assam Are Getting Quality Education

20 Jan 2020  |  thelogicalindian.com
Bipin Dhane, an IIT Kharagpur graduate, left his high-paying job in Singapore to start the Hummingbird School in Kulamua village, Majuli district, Assam, in 2017. The school, which now has over 240 students, primarily from the Mishing tribe, focuses on both academic and local livelihood skills such as fishing, bamboo weaving, and agriculture. Despite challenges like annual floods, the school has made significant strides in improving education and community development. The Assam government has recognized the school's model and seeks to replicate it across the state. The school also engages in livelihood training and mental health initiatives for the community.

Hiking the Himalayas: challenging trek offers views of Kanchenjunga, India’s highest mountain, and 13 other summits

02 Dec 2019  |  scmp.com
The article describes a challenging trek in the Kanchenjunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in West Sikkim, India. The trek, which begins in Yuksom, is rich in biodiversity and offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, Mount Kabru, and Mount Narsing. Despite the difficulties posed by heavy rain and steep ascents, the trek's majestic scenery and lush green meadows provide a rewarding experience. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, West Bengal, and permits are required for foreigners and Indians. The trek is open during the dry seasons from September to November and March to May.

Maharashtra is all set for the polls, but many from this village won't be voting

19 Oct 2019  |  gaonconnection.com
In Alegoan Phata village near Pune, Maharashtra, many members of the Bhil tribe, a de-notified tribe, lack voter IDs, Aadhar, and ration cards, excluding them from voting in the upcoming 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections. The hamlet lacks basic facilities such as water supply, toilets, and concrete houses. Despite their forefathers having lived in the village, they have no proof of Indian citizenship. Activists and the local sarpanch acknowledge the issues but have made little progress in resolving them. The community faces discrimination, inadequate housing under government schemes, and challenges in accessing livelihood opportunities.

A Trek that Takes the Breath Away

07 Jul 2019  |  www.newindianexpress.com
Mount Everest remains a pinnacle for mountaineers, with the trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) offering a challenging yet rewarding experience. Starting from Lukla, trekkers face unpredictable weather and demanding trails, with key stops at Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. The journey, marked by stunning Himalayan views and cultural sites like the Sherpa Cultural Museum and Khunde Hospital, culminates at EBC and Kala Pathar, where climbers witness breathtaking vistas of Everest. Preparation, acclimatization, and fitness are crucial for this 10-12 day adventure.

Farmer suicides in Marathwada: Chronic drought, patchy implementation of govt schemes still plague cultivators

02 May 2019  |  www.firstpost.com
In the first three months of 2019, 29 farmers committed suicide in Beed district, Marathwada, due to chronic drought and debt from crop failures. Despite various government schemes and a loan waiver program, many farmers and their families have not received the intended benefits. A march led by the All India Kisan Sabha and supported by opposition parties highlighted the crisis, but farmers' issues remain largely unaddressed. Mismanagement of water resources and encouragement of water-intensive crops like sugarcane exacerbate the problem. The plight of the families left behind by deceased farmers is dire, with many struggling to transfer land titles and receive benefits. Allegations suggest that only those close to power receive scheme benefits, leaving the majority, including landless laborers, without support.

I cover social justice and gender and I have written for The Wire, Firstpost, NewsClick, Asia Times and Scroll. I have covered agrarian crisis in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, Bhima Koregoan riots and arrest of human rights activists as urban naxals extensively.

Pune MP candidates: Can Congress loyalist wrest ground from five-time BJP MLA and minister?

01 Apr 2019  |  citizenmatters.in
Pune, a city known for its educational and IT hubs, is gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections with 31 candidates contesting, including prominent figures like Girish Bhalchandra Bapat from BJP and Mohan Joshi from Congress. The article provides detailed profiles of these candidates, including their political careers, criminal cases, and assets. BJP has a stronghold in Pune, having won multiple times since 1991, but Congress aims to reclaim its influence. The article also highlights the voter demographics and previous election results, offering a comprehensive overview of the political landscape in Pune.

Farmers left high and dry in drought

01 Mar 2019  |  asiatimes.com
The Marathwada region of Maharashtra, India, is experiencing a severe drought, leading to a rise in farmer suicides. Despite the state government's promises and declarations of drought, farmers have not received the promised backup employment under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The lack of water has prevented planting in both winter and monsoon seasons, and dam levels are critically low. The government's initiatives, including a farm loan waiver and the Jalyukta Shivar project, have not prevented the doubling of farmer suicides in four years. With general elections approaching, the distressed farmers' plight could influence their support for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.

Virginity test still haunts some Indian brides

01 Mar 2019  |  Asia Times
A conflict within the Kanjarbhat community in Maharashtra, India, centers on the centuries-old tradition of virginity testing for brides. Young activists are challenging this practice, which they view as a violation of privacy and dignity, and have petitioned the government to make it illegal. The Maharashtra government has indicated it will consider the practice a form of sexual assault and make it punishable by law. Despite threats and social boycotts from orthodox community leaders, the activists continue their campaign to abolish the tradition.

BJP will keep promise, build Ram Temple, declares Shah

10 Feb 2019  |  The Asian Age
Amit Shah assured that the BJP will construct the Ram temple, reaffirming the party's commitment. He also mentioned the eviction of invaders through the National Residents Certificate. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed confidence in winning 43 seats in the upcoming elections. Shah highlighted the achievements of the Modi government, including benefits for farmers, women, and laborers, while criticizing the Congress for its lack of progress over the past 55 years.
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