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In the past weeks, the alterations to the NCERT history textbooks have raised hackles. These 'rationalisations' have been seen as an attempt to nullify references to social and cultural pluralism, paper-over entrenched social hierarchies, and encourage a sense of insularity by discouraging a constructive view of the world. The India Forum analyses the deletions and dwells on the inspiration behind the effort.

The rise of generative AI-based Chatbots has raised concerns about some of its adverse impacts – including on the confidentiality of health data of citizens. Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) published a series of guidelines on the use of AI in biomedical research and healthcare. MediaNama brings you its broad contours.

India’s Special Marriage Act is designed to facilitate the union of persons irrespective of their religion or caste. However, the Act is not without its faults. Mojo Story chronicles the fragilities of the legislation and profiles an organisation that works to mentor and guide couples to overcome the hurdles.

And, as New Delhi prepares to host the G20 summit meetings scheduled in coming September, Article 14 reports that thousands have been rendered homeless after a spate of demolitions in the capital. These demolitions done without prior notice or any effort at rehabilitation, have played havoc with the lives of the residents.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Cleansing the Past, Creating the Future? Do (History) Books Matter?

The India Forum analyses the recent modifications in the NCERT history textbooks and explains what lies behind the “rationalisations”.

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Ethical Guidelines For AI Released By Indian Council Of Medical Research

The ICMR has recently published a list of guidelines on the use of generative AI Chatbots in biomedical research and healthcare. MediaNama brings you the highlights.

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India's Special Marriage Act - Hindu-Muslim Marriages Do Not Have to mean Conversions

Mojo Story narrates the challenges that couples face in using the Special Marriage Act to escape the clutches of religion and caste.

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Thousands Traumatised In New Delhi: As Law Is Ignored, Homes & Lives Are Torn Apart For G20 Summit

The national capital has witnessed a slew of demolitions in the last few months as part of the “beautification” plan for the forthcoming G20 Summit in September. Article 14 reports on these demolitions which have upended the lives of the residents.

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