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Last week’s events in Assam’s Darrang district, where three people were killed and 14 others injured in police shooting, have led to an uproar. The anxieties were not just on account of the human toll and the manner of the police action but centered on the communal and polarising undertones.

EastMojo does a detailed report from Dhalpur, a village in Sipajhar tehsil, on the history, the events and the potential aftermath of the shooting. And, HW News analyses the events to conclude that the state cannot base its actions on “hate” and “vendetta” against communities – especially given Assam’s troubled past.

Even as India grapples with the race to vaccinate its adult population before the end of the year, there is pressure to restart the export of India-made vaccines to richer nations. For instance, as The Caravan reports, 600 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, manufactured in Hyderabad, are likely to be exported to Europe and the US. A pressure that must be resisted if India is to achieve its own vaccine numbers.

Article 14 talks to and chronicles the story of the families of two men from Kerala serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in the UAE for ‘supplying sensitive information’ to officials at the Indian embassy. After being detained, their wives allege, the men were denied legal and diplomatic support despite laws mandating assistance from the Indian government.

And in a direct impact of Khabar Lahariya’s reporting, on how stray cattle were incessantly eating away farmers’ crops in the Agrahunda village in Chitrakoot district of MP, the administration built a ‘Gaushala’ to house close to 600 cows.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Eviction, identity and shifting sands: A ground report from Sipajhar, Assam

EastMojo ground reports from Dhalpur, a village in Sipajhar tehsil in the Darrang district of Assam, and narrates the horrific aftermath of evictions and pulling down of houses as part of an eviction drive to reclaim government land from alleged ‘encroachers’, which killed three people and injured 14 others.

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Where Does The Hate Come From?

HW News examines the tragic killing of three civilians in Assam by the police during an anti-encroachment drive and argues that while it is the duty of the state to implement the laws, it cannot be based on communal and political reasons.

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Will 600 million India-made doses of J&J vaccine be exported to rich Western countries?

With only 14 per cent of the population being vaccinated against Covid in India, The Caravan argues that there is concern that millions of made-in-India doses may end up in countries with already high vaccination rates, at the cost of Indian citizens and other poorer countries.

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Abandoned By Their Country: The Tale of 2 Indian ‘Spies’ In A UAE Jail

Article 14 tracks the story of two women from Kerala, Sharmina K V and Sunithal Basheer, whose husbands were convicted on charges of spying for India and are currently serving a 10-year jail term at Al-Wathba prison in UAE. They are left to fight their own battles without any legal or diplomatic aid from the Indian government.

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चित्रकूट: खबर का असर, गाँव में बन गया गौशाला, अब किसानों की फसल नहीं होगी बर्बाद

Following Khabar Lahariya’s report on how stray cattle were eating away farmers’ crops in the Agrahunda village in Chitrakoot district of MP, the administration built a Gaushala to house close to 600 animals.

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