India reported 278 communal clashes in the first five months of 2016, according to data released by the home ministry to the Parliament this week.
While 38 deaths were reported in the “incidents”, as they are officially called, 903 people were reported to be injured.
India witnessed 751 communal clashes in 2015, up from 644 in 2014, according to home ministry data.
But if you believe data released by the National Crime Records Bureau – a home ministry subsidiary – there were 1,227 riots in 2014, IndiaSpend reported in December 2015.
The data discrepancy, reported by Factly.in, a data journalism portal, is important because there has been debate over whether such riots have increased or decreased since Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in May 2014.
IndiaSpend previously reported how Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are India’s communal tinderboxes.
The northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to nearly 200 million people, reported 247 communal incidents in 2013, declining to 133 in 2014 and rising to 155 in 2015.
In the first five months of 2016, Uttar Pradesh – India’s most populous state – reported 61 communal clashes, more than any other state, according to home ministry data. This was followed by Karnataka (40) and Maharashtra (40).
This article first appeared on IndiaSpend, a data-driven and public-interest journalism non-profit.
Movies have the power to inspire us like nothing else.
Why do we love watching movies? The question might be elementary, but one that generates a range of responses. If you had to visualise the world of movies on a spectrum, it would reflect vivid shades of human emotions like inspiration, thrill, fantasy, adventure, love, motivation and empathy - generating a universal appeal bigger than of any other art form.
“I distinctly remember when I first watched Mission Impossible I. The scene where Tom Cruise suspends himself from a ventilator to steal a hard drive is probably the first time I saw special effects, stunts and suspense combined so brilliantly.”
— Shristi, 30
Beyond the vibe of a movie theatre and the smell of fresh popcorn, there is a deeply personal relationship one creates with films. And with increased access to movies on television channels like &flix, Zee Entertainment’s brand-new English movie channel, we can experience the magic of movies easily, in the comforts of our home.
The channel’s tagline ‘Leap Forth’ is a nod to the exciting and inspiring role that English cinema plays in our lives. Comparable to the pizazz of the movie premieres, the channel launched its logo and tagline through a big reveal on a billboard with Spider-Man in Mumbai, activated by 10,000 tweets from English movies buffs. Their impressive line-up of movies was also shown as part of the launch, enticing fans with new releases such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Life.
“Edgar Wright is my favourite writer and director. I got interested in film-making because of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead. I love his unique style of storytelling, especially in his latest movie Baby Driver.”
— Siddhant, 26
Indeed, movies can inspire us to ‘leap forth’ in our lives. They give us an out-of-this-world experience by showing us fantasy worlds full of magic and wonder, while being relatable through stories of love, kindness and courage. These movies help us escape the sameness of our everyday lives; expanding our imagination and inspiring us in different ways. The movie world is a window to a universe that is full of people’s imaginations and dreams. It’s vast, vivid and populated with space creatures, superheroes, dragons, mutants and artificial intelligence – making us root for the impossible. Speaking of which, the American science fiction blockbuster, Ghost in the Shell will be premiering on the 24th of June at 1:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M, only on &flix.
“I relate a lot to Peter Parker. I identified with his shy, dorky nature as well as his loyalty towards his friends. With great power, comes great responsibility is a killer line, one that I would remember for life. Of all the superheroes, I will always root for Spiderman”
— Apoorv, 21
There are a whole lot of movies between the ones that leave a lasting impression and ones that take us through an exhilarating two-hour-long ride. This wide range of movies is available on &flix. The channel’s extensive movie library includes over 450 great titles bringing one hit movie premiere every week. To get a taste of the exciting movies available on &flix, watch the video below:
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