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Cover Story and Featured Stories

Vipassana meditation camps in Tihar jail have tangibly transformed lives and minds: from anger to tolerance, violence to ahimsa, hatred to love. Hardnews interviewed five ‘hardcore’ accused in jail, who seem to have come a long way from condemnation to inner peace
Shaweta Anand

The prestigious Army Hospital (Research and Referral) in Delhi has broken the threshold of organ transplantation in the country. Now, Indian soldiers with organ failure can hope for a new, healthy and active life
Prateek Chauhan Delhi

Will Lalit Modi be jailed? Will he meet the fate of Harshad Mehta and Telgi? Will he spill the beans on all those who shared the unprecedented dirty money pie with him, including powerful politicians and corporate fat cats across the elite spectrum? Will this big game casino figure out the dubious gamblers? Or will it be, as usual, another match fixed?
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi

Astonishing amount of money was involved in the third season of the IPL. Betting was much easier this time, thanks to basic mobile phones which were turned into dedicated betting lines
Sandeep Kumar Delhi

In the remote zones of tribal Orissa, epical non-violent land struggles against mass displacement and the mining mafia are blooming. And despite violent police repression, they have refused to succumb or pick up arms. So why is the political establishment pushing the people of India to the wall?
Amit Sengupta Delhi

Even as the mining mafia ravages beautiful Goa, a magnificent struggle is unfolding around the sacred groves and pristine rivers
Hartman De Souza Cavorem, Quepem (South Goa)

The India-Brazil-South Africa summit can prove immensely fruitful if only there is more focus on tangibly shared gains and the will and imagination to achieve them
Sanjay Kapoor Brasilia

Editor’s Note: Even as protestors and civil society groups celebrated outside the Vedanta office in London and across India, we reproduce this article on the precious ecological heritage of Niyamgiri and the long struggle to save it

In a strategic move to wean away Dalit voters from Mayawati’s fold, Rahul Gandhi flags off rath yatras on Ambedkar jayanti through all Dalit-dominated areas in UP
Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow

He says he was beaten into pulp, made to drink a cop’s urine, forced to walk naked in front of his wife in the police station, put in jail. His wife too was imprisoned. For Prempal, after 19 years, justice has arrived. But what can compensate for two decades of everyday Delhi Police terror?
Prateek Chauhan Meerut/Delhi

Unlike Corbett, the Dudhwa National Park in UP is decaying, even while tiger experts call for urgent and immediate measures to revive the wildlife sanctuary and save the last of the remaining tigers
Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow

The forest guards behind Jim Corbett’s success story are ignored and doomed to live in extremely sub-human conditions. They complain that they are considered no more than chowkidars and successive governments have turned a blind eye to their apathetic state
Akash Bisht Ramnagar