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BBC News - The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary




Here me out - yes, this is a fairly long article about sanitary pads. It’s absolutely the best thing you’ll read all day, though.

It also might restore a little faith in your fellow man, because this guy is something else.

I wanted to clap when I finished reading it.

What a crazy, amazing, awesome story.

Fucking brilliant. I’m so glad I read this. 


HarassMap is a new web-based platform that encourages residents of India’s financial capital to report sex crimes and help mark unsafe areas. Launched by Akshara Centre, the open-sourced software allows victims to report different types of harassment anonymously, describe the incident and detail the profile of the harasser.

"We have to understand that the police cannot be everywhere. Yet, crimes against women need to be heard," said Nandita Gandhi of Akshara.

Read more at Al Jazeera English.


Dolphins have been granted “non-human personhood” status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals).

The decision was announced by India’s Minister of the Environment and Forests which also outlawed captive dolphin shows. The ministry added that dolphins “should have their own specific rights.” (SOURCE)



The Times of India is running 1/4 page ads on why men should respect women.

This is huge. There are no words for how happy I am to post this vs everything I usually reblog.

(Waiting for the NY Times to do something similar. Of course, they’d have to take time off from justifying the actions of gang rapists.)

We Won’t Beat Climate Change Until We’ve Beaten Coal

Of course, there’s a reason why coal is so popular in China and in much of the rest of the world: it’s very, very cheap. And that’s why, despite the danger coal poses to health and the environment, neither China nor many other rapidly growing developing nations are likely to turn away from it. (If you really want to get scared, see this report from the International Energy Agency — hat tip to Ed Crooks of the Financial Times — which notes that by 2017, India could be burning more importing as much coal as China.) That’s likely to remain the case in poor nations until clean energy can compete with coal on price — and that day hasn’t come yet.

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“if you try and stop the pen, then you’re inviting the gun”

nice video from the occupy india / anonymous protests on june 9, against the indian government’s efforts to shut down internet sites including e.g. vimeo

"The internet is the only free voice that we have. Papers, newspapers, media— they just sell what they want to sell."

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