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By Dev Kumar Sunuwar (Koĩts-Sunuwar, CS Staff)

Droupadi Murmu (Santhal) made history on Monday, July 25, 2022, for being sworn in as India's first Indigenous woman president. It is a rare achievement for a member of a Scheduled Tribe to hold the country's highest post. Many Indigenous Peoples in India now have great hopes that their issues will be addressed through this appointment. However, several worry that this is just a superficial political move by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which has been the ruling political party since 2014.

By Dev Kumar Sunuwar

The 2019 Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed by the parliament of India on December 11, 2019, amending its existing Citizenship Act of 1955, and causing violent protests throughout the country. The protests were seen mostly in India’s northeast regions, particularly in Assam and Tripura, home to more than 230 different Indigenous Peoples. India’s northeast seven states share borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar (also known as Burma) and China.

By Hani Abidi

112 days. That is how long it has been since the government of India stripped Kashmir of its autonomy by revoking Articles 370 and 35A. 112 days of silence from the region, since India imposed a communications blackout that still has not been lifted. 112 days since 8 million Kashmiris have been cut off from the rest of the world by the “largest democracy on earth.” 109 days since India sent thousands of additional troops to Kashmir, already the most militarized zone in the world.

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