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Unemployment in India

Numbers always tell a story. Economic statistics are quite adept at that. Colorful, vivid stories. And sometimes scary ones. 416 Positions Available. Number of applicants? North of 1,00,00. With odds like those, you are a 100 times more likely to be admitted into Harvard, a school which prides itself...

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Mumbai Demands End to Corruption

Last month, Video Volunteers posted a video on the short supply of kerosene in Mumbai slums, “Slums Affected by Rampant Corruption”, made by Amol Lalzare. Today, Amol shares with us the footage he captured during a rally demanding a stop to these unfair practices.

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The Forgotten Murder of Ludhiana

Jai gets angrier by the minute. “How do you think the wife is surviving? She’s a widow and she’s a Valmiki- the most underprivileged even among the lower castes. Who will speak for her if the compensation is not made? If it’s not a person committing the violence, it’s...

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Tribal Girl Yearns For College

Alamelu is a tribal girl from the Gunavakam community. She completed her 12th grade last year, and she is now eager to continue her studies in college. But Alamelu has not a single chance of being admitted into any university without showing her community certificate.

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Indian Transgenders Seek Job, Dignity

Indian society has a 4000-year history of pushing its male to female transgender community into becoming Hijra. Hijra are males who dress and take on the mannerisms of a woman. They are closely associated with prostitution, begging and are thought of as powerful deities of fertility. Hijra are both...

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The Lost Childhood

India has several laws in place to prevent child labor. Compulsory education and child protection provisions were inscribed in India’s constitution in 1950. In 1986, India passed its hallmark Child Labor Act.

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No School For Special Children

There are 112 primary schools, 34 middle schools and 23 high schools in Nagaland’s Wokha, but none for children with special needs. Thus, children with special needs have no option but stay uneducated as normal schools can not cater to their needs.

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A Case For Democracy in India

As far as the democratic establishment goes, India is truly a nation that tops many a chart. Not only are we the largest democracy in the world, we are also the most ethnically diverse, we also happen to have the most number of political parties, ergo implying more choice....

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Book Review: Revolution 2020

Love. Corruption. Ambition. Three words are all that is needed to describe the book. Revolution 2020 is Chetan Bhagat's 5th book. Like all his other books, this one is also destined to be a best-seller. This is what Chetan Bhagat has to say on the book "Revolution 2020 is...

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Does Terror Have a Religion?

My take on the aforementioned topic debated on NDTV’s big fight: Oh no, not this now, don’t start debating on terror also now-categorically!! And what is the point of dragging religion into it anyway, I mean, wasn’t the futile ramps on making political issues in the name of religion...

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Degree – The Killer Word

The answer is No. You do not need a degree to make your dreams come true. Yes, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. If this is true, then why is there brouhaha over getting a degree? Right from our childhood, we have been asked to enter school...

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Fascinating Fashion

‘Successful Savings’ are the most important trait of a young fashion victim, especially a Girl. The Confessions of a Shopaholic ‘Girl’, if penned down on paper, can result into a manuscript, with volumes tending to infinity. The tempting turquoise neck pieces, worth yearning yellow bangles, sparkling sheen on the...

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What’s Wrong with India?

Presently we are living in this extra CULTURED era where referring to our country as INDIA is termed as cool and trendy, while the original historic title BHARAT or HINDUSTAN is becoming obsolete day by day. The country which is known to be having one of the oldest cultures...

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Experiences Teach You a Lot!

In our efforts to divine, or decipher, or just plain stay out of the way of the Ultimate Truths of the Universe, the questions that must be asked, must be asked in a timely fashion. It does us little good to ask what are the nature and the purpose...

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How the World Sees Us…

Indian brains are much acknowledged world over. No wonder, today the country is looked upon as world’s largest talent incubators. Nonetheless, multinational companies known to inject best brain into the global system; are feverishly scouting for best talents among global enterprises.

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Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul

Did you share your experiences ranging from buying and wearing your first brazier bra, onset of menstruation, or the first adrenalin rushes and crushes first kiss, first date, and first break-up? Sibling rivalry, bullies at high school, nervous outbursts? Nerving your conscience on looking at a handsome boy, eying...

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A Mass Culture

It was the dinner-table discussion time. The group of young women that we were, many topics of versatile genres usually did the rounds. However for the past few weeks, one predominantly over-shadowed the rest - the topic about life in a leading multi-national software corporation, which according to them, was...

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How to Make a Habit of Succeeding?

Success is not a property owned by some specific group of people. In fact success belongs to those who are passionate about achieving excellence in whatever they do. Your key to personal success is through building a dynamic purpose. Purpose differs from goals, for purpose is like the...

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It’s a Serious Wake-Up Call!

The streets are not safe for many teens in London due to youth violence. Young people never know who might be carrying a knife. "Carrying a knife is for protection, that's why they do it," says Benjamin Akande who was threatened at close range with a knife by another...

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The Blue Bag

Just like always it rests there on the chair, the same one I pick it from and the same one I launch it on every day. There is nothing unusual about it, my bag is the same deep blue with two silver beads hanging from it, sitting on the tri-colored...

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All by Themselves?

The nuclear disaster caused by the Tohoku tsunami at the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has led to confusion, governmental fumbling, and months with no cleanup. Now, the Fukushima Prefectural government, in collaboration with the Japanese Society of Radiation Safety Management, is giving residents instructions on how to do their...

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A Spineless Citizen with Fish Memory

1st March 2002, Vadodra, Gujarat, a small bakery was burned down by rioters. 14 people who were hiding there to save themselves were burned alive. Next day, the photo of Qutubbdin Ansari, with joined palms and eyes brimming with tears took the frontpage of Indian media. We all felt ashamed,...

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A Simple Glitch

It happens to everyone; you want to go to Wikipedia, but end up typing wiipedia or some nonsense like that, and eventually come to a page that looks like Wikipedia's, but isn't. Usually the survey confronting you gives a hint that this isn't the site you wanted, but sometimes...

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I Will Box this Idiot

There is seldom anything cheerful about the life of an average 20 year old in India. Grappling with weighty issues such as acne, cracking the CAT exam and getting laid, he/she turns to television for some solace. However, thanks to the pure genius of Indian television, my recreation hours...

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Can You Spare Some Change?

“Can you spare some change?” she said, The world around me was lit with darkness. I lost track of time, but it is said night is darkest just before dawn. A sun is going to rise and a son is going to fall. My mind was crystal clear with a...

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Misconstrued Ideas of the Mahatma

30th January 1948, the Father of the Nation died, leaving a torn nation. His death stops the riots and people thought his philosophy will last forever in India. But it started fading as India was too poor to implement the Gandhian way of life. Floods, famines and mass hunger...

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A Longing for Just ‘Eleven Minutes’

“Once upon a time….” Like every fairy tale, starts the novel by ‘Paulo Coelho’. First few words create an illusion in the mind of the reader when it starts. A Brazilian novelist who has an amazing contribution to English literature with books like “The Alchemist”, “By the River Piedra...

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Stumbling Block

India as a country has no doubt made its mark on the world by being one of the stepping stone of success; but this is just one side of the coin. India today implies for I.T. and illiteracy. It’s ironic how both terms are used together. Being a part...

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How to Improve Your Study Habits?

Examinations are used as tools in schools and colleges for the purpose of judging the performance of the students with regard to their academic excellence. Every student wants to score good grades in their examinations. While some score good grades, some fail. The following are found to be some...

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Scotland of the East – Shillong

Located in the North-East in the state of Meghalaya, about 5000 feet above sea level, the city of Shillong is captivating with its alluring beauty and its rich Khasi culture. Characterized by rugged hills, dense forest and lush green valleys and highlands, this place is rightly called the Scotland...

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Plastic Bliss – A Road to Himachal

Initially, invention of plastic acted as a boon to the society, but excess use of plastic deteriorated its importance and it has now become a bane and a global disaster. Plastic, which is a toxic substance, is composed of chemicals which are not only damaging the environment but...

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It’s Time to Step Up

Pollution. Kyoto Protocol. Ozone depletion. Melting of the glaciers. Extinction of species. Depletion of resources. Energy crises. Oil spills. Global warming. Do these words sound familiar, old maybe? Common? Maybe that’s because these are extremely critical to our planet today. Maybe it’s because we need to pay more attention...

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How to Protect Your Hard Earned Money?

Banks play a greater role in the nation’s economy. A few years back, banks were performing the following kinds of activities viz., accepting deposits from public called the depositors and lending money to the public called the borrowers. While banks were paying a reasonable interest for the deposits accepted...

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Made in Heaven

Marriages are made in heaven. But then something must have been gravely wrong with the department. It forgot to make companions for diabetic patients. Surprisingly for a nation known as the diabetic capital of the world most of the people have apprehensions about it.

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Revolution 2020 – Book Review

The much anticipated latest novel of Chetan Bhagat is in essence a love triangle set on the backdrop of the rapid emergence of privatisation in the education sector. Although, as the title suggests, it does articulate the need for a revolution but the story on the whole talks very...

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Lost In the Herd

No two faces are exact duplicates, two thoughts can never be exactly similar, two opinions don’t exactly match, individual personalities are different, our interests differ, our choices vary, our ambitions, goals, likes, passion, skills all differ but still the majority of us dive into the same profession-needless to say...

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It’s the Season for Wacky

“The use of the phrase, ‘style over substance’ has always been, as Oscar Wilde observed, a marvellous and instant indicator of a fool. For those who perceive a separation between the two have either not lived, thought, read or experienced the world with any degree of insight, imagination or...

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Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine

'Demo' means people and 'democracy' means rule of the people. Democracy is the system of governance that has been constitutionally adopted by our country. The victory of democracy over communism, after the 'Cold War' ended was rejoiced all over. Hence, it can be inferred that there is a support...

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A Job Well Done Sir

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve encountered to help me make the big choices in life”, said Steve Jobs during a Stanford commencement ceremony to a packed audience in 2005, in his distinctive relaxed and informal, yet gracious tone.

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What Positivity Can Do

I'm going to ask you to do something extremely weird at this time. First of all, I want you to listen to your thoughts. Now tell me, what thoughts fill your head Would you label them as positive, or negative? Now let's say you're walking down the street with these...

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Tourism- Business and Beyond!

India is a country of diverse cultures, religions, climate and landscape. On one side we have the rough and rocky mountains and the mighty rivers cutting through them providing a majestic view while on the other hand we have the golden beaches and their serene waters providing calm attribute...

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Reflecting on My Life

We were given three options to choose from as a topic for our term paper. We could either study our own lives, interview someone else, or scrutinize the life stories of two other individuals. I believe the decision was quite an easy one for me. Knowing oneself or answering...

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Strange Jitter….

This fall has been special, its been unusually cold, I have been wearing pullovers as the mercury seems to take a nose dive. Besides this fall has brought with it a special revival of a feeling a thing which had somehow fazed from me. This came to the fore when...

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What is beauty to you?

Few days ago, A strange incident took place. It might not look strange to you. But I had issues dealing with it. I was standing with an aunt in the neighbourhood garden, among lush greens, and vast varieties of tress trees and plants. Lot of insects, and little creatures...

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Network (1976)

That pretty much summarizes the message of Network. Every word in the script is dipped in satire, every sentence reflecting upon how the television news industry was 35 years ago. The same holds true today, maybe more apt even. Each character has a story to tell Howard Beale (Peter...

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The Young Guns

I once went skeet-shooting with a group of colleagues, who had taken a liking for someone, who very obviously, did not share their demographics. They were very Caucasian, and very republican. I was neither. But, the fact that in many of my conversations with them, I had exhibited libertarian...

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Enchanted

Released in 2007, this one hundred and seven minute movie is a Walt Disney fantasy-musical starring Amy Adams (Giselle), James Marsden (Prince Edward), Susan Sarandon (Queen Narissa), Patrick Dempsey (Robert Philip) and Idina Menzel (Nancy), offering a chance to all grown up kids to meet with their lost childhood...

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Lords Of Ego, Life Of Sleaze

Having been brought up in a family with a military background, journalism never excited me in any way. But I never imagined myself to be against it in any way either. It was a profession to me, just like any other. However, on the outside, sometimes it did look...

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The Paradoxical Tale of India

The real breakthrough in the Anna age is the realizing civil society's powerful role! The story of India is full of paradoxes. We're always characterized as being in a permanent state of flux: we’re developing, we’re growing, and we’re emerging. We’re always getting there, but yet not quite there...

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RAW Domain Uncovered

The world has grown out of stereotypes. Be it in terms of social interactions, religious rigidities or business ventures, people no longer fear to venture unexplored roads or take risks. As far as education and career is concerned, they are no longer synonymous. A long list of innovative and...

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Questioning a Clicker : Kunal Rajput

A software engineer by education, Kunal Rajput is a professional photographer based in New Delhi. He graduated in 2009 from the Army Institute of Technology, Pune and worked with Infosys, Bangalore for a year before leaving the job to follow his true calling in life. Since then, he has...

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What’s Fashion All About?

Oxford dictionary defines fashion as – a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour. It’s a current trend that a group of people tend to follow and/or practice. This of course, is a general definition of fashion. Fashion has become a part of our daily...

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A Plausible Reply

I was enjoying the article and the credit, quite evidently goes to the content, expressed with utter panache and finesse, until a line on page no. 26, which stated “The arrest of the senior IPS officer with an unblemished record raised eyebrows.” Here in this line, Senior IPS Officer,...

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In Conversation with Sumrit Shahi

What odds do you have on publishing a national bestselling novel, if you’re just 17, come from a business class family, are known to visit the principal’s office for all the wrong reasons and claim to be a laidback, not so pseudo intellect .Your head turns to the negative...

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