It is the Weak Person’s Fault

This story is not just the story of one Sujata in one TV program. It is the story of scores of Indian women, who take mistreatment lying down. They don’t raise their voices, and never do anything to uplift their status. And when they’re hurt by the cruelties, they...

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Blah Blah Blah!

“Remember the Bruce Springsteen song ‘57 channels, and nothing on?’ What we have is a growing number of channels, but the diversity is limited to the direction of hip movement. On one channel the hips are swaying to the left, and on the other they are swaying right, and...

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My Show Got Lost in the Ad Game

They say multitasking is for the geniuses. Well, then, in today’s world the biggest genius would be the couch potato! Watching the idiot box these days is not everyone’s task as it involves active involvement from the viewer. Not only does one have to constantly exercise one’s fingertips, juggle...

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Your Ganges, Our Ganga

In the twenty-first century, Ganga has differentiated itself much from its colonial or foreign name Ganges. The explanation of the name Ganga is much more sacred and warm, while the explanation of Ganges seems plain, straight to the facts and painful...

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The Apathy Bomb

The plight of those, who probably lost the sole breadwinner of their families, will be forgotten. Since the majority who are killed in a blast are those from the lower economic strata of the society, their lives are not worth taking into account...

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Blood, Debris..and Some Love

Jaipur…the serene and benevolent city….shook to the sound of bomb blasts that triggered fear and terror in the hearts of all jaipurites. Nine blasts took place in five different places of the walled city area that have claimed the lives of more than sixty and has left scores injured....

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Jaipur–The Test of Temper

Key information that has been found by the security agencies is that a woman was behind the blasts and she only promised the subjects one lakh rupees for planting the bombs. This key woman is believed to be living on the streets of Jaipur as someone poor for last...

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Red City Jaipur

On a usual Tuesday evening, the most happening markets of India were painted red. The terrorists once again struck the most peaceful and happening tourist destinations of India and made it the mourning ground of terror. Pink city Jaipur or Joypur, as it is popularly known, was shocked by...

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China Rattled

As the communist China does not allow coverage by foreign media, the reports of the casualties and the scenario on the ground, are only being heard and seen through the state controlled Xinhua news agency. In the past, it has been accused of tempering with the actual data...

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A World Without Women!

Men cannot give birth, but leave that to the scientists. I’m sure they will come up with something. They would have to, because at the rate at which female feticide is taking place, we will soon have no women left in the world!...

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Heath Minister and the Celebrities – Part I

Our Health Minister is on a roll. Not quite content with chopping off smoking scenes from films and enforcing about a zillion restrictions on smokers, he has now decided to turn to other ‘serious’ health related issues. If you were expecting a nationwide ‘eradicate hepatitis’ campaign or a massive...

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The Chaotic BRT Corridor

Copying an already successful idea is not uncommon in our country but doing it being insensitive to the circumstances and situations clearly creates havoc. The Bogotá model was structured on roads five times wider than this...

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Ramadoss’s Failing Remedies

Ever since Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has taken charge of the Union Health Ministry, he has been directly involved in a lot of controversies. The recent judgment by the Supreme Court declaring the AIIMS Amendment Act as null and void, is yet another setback for the minister. The verdict came...

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Look Who is (Unfortunately) Talking

Within a month, US President George W. Bush has made two remarks that more or less illustrate the new tendency of the developed countries to blame China and India for any major global problem. Back in April, China and India were denied special environmental exemptions since they “were emitting...

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Drinking on 70mm Causes a Furore

Picture this- Madhuri Dixit glides across the floor of a brightly lit room, acting as temptress for the object of her desire, Devdas (aka Shah Rukh Khan), who leers at her occasionally between quick swigs from an ethnic crystal wineglass, that contains fresh apple juice. Not really? Well how...

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Capital Punishment : Yes or No?

Who gives one the right to “kill” anyone? Consider a hypothetical situation where an accused has murdered someone in revenge for taking the life of a close associate of his. It is also imperative to understand the methods of execution that were practiced...

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Globalization Bridging Closer

The impact that the global integration is having on our “coded” moral ethics is for the better. We are all being regarded as part of a larger whole and social sin is the only culpable sin any longer. In that context, I believe Darwin’s theory of survival of...

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The Pug is Really Not Happy

According to AWB, the pug has been subjected to cruelty in the advertisement where it runs after a bus with a tie in its mouth. I also think that it is a serious case of cruelty on animals as it would leave the dog with nothing, but the owner...

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Let’s Play Ban-Ban?

Politicians call them obscene, but what about their own alleged illegitimate relations? Do not be surprised, this may be true about those politicians whose one foot lies in a graveyard. IPL is about entertainment and what is so wrong with cheerleading?...

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The Rape Of Mother India

Men in a certain village in Gujarat cannot find wives, men in Haryana have to “purchase” wives and share them too! But we still love our motherland and are willing to sacrfice our lives for it without any inclination to save lives within it. This, indeed, is hypocrisy...

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The “Guarding” Demons

The citizens have turned a deaf ear to the loud screams around them. They shut their eyes tight and stay in complete darkness when evil triumphs over good. They sew their lips only to save themselves from the pain of standing up for their rights..

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Thank You for Smoking!

Our health minister Mr.Abumani Ramadoss is the biggest and the most potentially dangerous foe of cigarette manufacturers. He and the cigarette companies are dagger drawn. Theirs is a war which spawns not just the health domain but also encompasses many political angles.

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Differently Abled

Disabilities never make people feel sad, it’s only the people’s attitude towards them which is agonizing. If we collect varied information we will find that many great achievements have come on part of disabled persons. There is no way to predict how will the brain of a disabled child...

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The Missing Indian

History has, time and again proved that the loosening of moral bonds is often the first stage of disintegration of a civil society. We blame the British for their policy of ‘Divide and Rule’. However, unfortunately this policy is still followed in our country.

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AK-47: The Real WMD!

Let me introduce you to the real WMD - Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947, more commonly known as the Kalashnikov or AK-47. While the world was going head over heels about the ‘highly unlikely’ nuclear threat, this weapon was selling like hot cakes...

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Animals Need Healthcare Too

Good veterinarians are not easily available, especially in case of an emergency. Most of them are closed on weekends and even on weekdays have a short working time. There is no animal care directory, which can be accessed to with ease...

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The Days of “Chchupan Chchupai”

“Dhappa!!! No no! I touched you and I said Dhappa first…it’s your den, again! Go and count till 50.” Sounds familiar? Of course it does…’Chchupan Chupai’ is theevergreen eternal game of all galli muhallas. So are ‘Chain-Chain’, ‘Piththoo’, ’Pakdan Pakdai’, ‘Lock and key’, and the list goes on till...

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Taken for a Ride

Delhi is one place that is never sans action, action in politics, on stage, in concerts or roads, there is action everywhere. However, if one has to talk about the most active aspect of the city, then it has to be its roads. Not a single day goes without...

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This Country Is Unsafe For Women

Rape cases in India have jumped nearly 700 per cent since 1971. What were seven cases per day at that time have now rocketed up to fifty-three cases per day and yet the society frowns upon these victims of someone else’s atrocious behavior...

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Friendship (S)Train

It has taken 43 years of hard and patient waiting to link a scarred and divided Bengal. First it was in 1905, under the pretext of administrative conveniences; then in 1947 under religious grounds and then finally, when it seemed that Bengal would be ‘re-united’, if not politically, but...

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The Intolerant Indian Society

Everyone has their axe to grind in being intolerant but why are they trying to inveigle the guileless public who doesn't see any intention behind these outbreaks? The quintessence of intolerance is “best” shown in Maharashtra where the North Indians are being packaged back to the place where they...

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When the System Fails, a Power Will Rise…

This generation is falling increasingly short of job opportunities in the ‘hot and lucrative’ sectors. Hence it has already started sculpting other sectors to suit their monetary and professional needs. As a result, some previously ‘unknown’ jobs have come into the limelight...

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Multiculturalism: Loss of One’s Identity?

In a society of multiple cultures with western influences banging right on our heads, citizens belonging to a particular “Diaspora” somehow shift from their own roots. Living a life with the idea, “live life king size” or “take everything as it comes” etc, make an individual try out everything...

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To Protest Or Not to Protest

It started way back when I was in class X. The pressure, the anxiety, the race to get into a preferential institute. I failed to get into a college of my choice because my class XII marks did not clear the cut-offs. However, I remember feeling anguished when I...

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World A Village

The world economies have opened up their gates for the development of their respective economies. Globalization has hit the world all over as we see stock market and global markets waver in a nick of time. Globalization, in literal sense, is the process of globalizing, transformation of some things...

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The World is Queer

If murderers, molesters, criminals, all are allowed to form the sacred union, then why not the homosexuals? Practically, gay marriages, to a great extent, will reduce promiscuous sex among gays, which in turn will reduce the spread of STDs...

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Faith Formation

Then why do we differentiate on the basis of religion? Why do we bear notions of how the people in other religions are? Are all the people, of one religion, the same? Why do we judge people on the basis of their religion?...

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Am I Just An Object?

Ogling at you, leching at you, even trying to feel you up and grope you, they will make you question your very own existence in this world and make your life miserable. Sometimes, you end up crying, or weeping, or plain thinking, "How I wish I had been born...

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To Fight Or Not To Fight

It is not just about the crime in Noida or NCR, it is about the law and order situation in our country. The judiciary and administrative services cannot improve the scenario with magic potions. We need to provide a support system for them to act and if they fail...

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The Wronged System

While their only aim should be to harness young minds and make capable and good human beings, the schools of today seem to be interested in a lot more areas most of which don’t benefit their students. Ideally speaking, a school, a supposed second home to the child, should...

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Happy New Year!

Before reading this, I am sure that very few of you knew that yesterday was the New Year day according to the Vikram Samvat, you would have not even known that it is New Year 2065 in our own country. What has happened to us? All the things that...

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The Kingdom Of God

Religion has marked some never ending boundaries which can never be crossed. Every morning, I see my grandfather doing his religious prayers (he is a Sikh). One day out of curiosity, I picked up his prayer book. To my surprise...

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Children In Armed Conflict

Among the many horrible crimes committed in situations of armed conflict, one that leaves an indelible mark on the future is violence and abuse against children, particularly girls, in armed conflict. It is not enough to make statements or to enact new international legal norms...

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The ‘M’ Word

Reservation in Indian law is a form of affirmative action whereby a percentage of seats are reserved in the Parliament of India, state legislative assemblies, central and state civil services, public sector units, central and state government departments and in all public and private educational institutions...

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Handling Children

Some children show slow progress. Instead of bearing a defeatist attitude and failing the child by remaining oblivious to his step by step progress, the parents only kill their child. Marks as benchmark of success and intelligence is something, we all need to get out of...

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Justice Prevails?

Every once in a while, there come up cases like the Jessica Lal murder case and currently, the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case where the victims get vindicated. But then, we tend to overlook, in the light of such victories, the time period taken by these guardians of justice. Is...

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Can We Stop Drug Resistant TB Too?

This World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, (March 24) brought to us another opportunity to review TB responses. Drug susceptible TB is treatable, curable and, with proper program interventions, it is possible to believe in the theme of World TB Day: 'I can stop TB'. However, can we say the same...

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Pornography: A No-Frills Analysis

Typing the word pornography in a normal search engine does not lead to results which can be classified as distasteful, possibly because of the formal usage of the word. However, typing the colloquial usage of the term, ie, ‘porn’, leads to results that are shocking, yet something, which is...

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Size Zero: The Latest Trend

Size zero has always been surrounded with innumerable controversies. Loved and loathed at the same time by people all over the world, it is catching fire once again with fashion industries in Milan and Madrid banning them during their high-profile fashion shows...

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The Forgotten Heroes

March 23 is the death anniversary of one of the most heroic figures of the Indian freedom movement. Few people remember it though. Forget the rest of the country, even the children of the village where he was born, do not know anything about him. The Free Press Journal...

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Functions or Malfunctions

The ghost of ‘wardrobe malfunction’ came back to haunt Wills lifestyle fashion week as the creation worn by Belgian model Debby showcasing Rajesh Pratap’s collection came undone. She however, handled the occasion with grace, pulled back her dress, and completed the walk...

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US Workers’ Satyagraha

Around 500 Indian workers, who went to US to get jobs and were eventually cheated by a human trafficking chain, do believe in Satyagraha. They paid approximately $2000 to US and Indian recruiters to get permanent jobs and residences in the US. The workers are coming to Washington D.C....

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Rid The Board Exams Hype

When children read news everyday about the increasing suicides, it just adds to the pressure they are already under. A student preparing for an exam does not want to know how many suicides have taken place or how the CBSE plans to introduce last minute changes in the papers...

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Goa: The New Drug Haven

The recent murder of Scarlett Keeling, 15, has drawn the curtains from the dark world of drugs. The primary question rests on a libertarian viewpoint – is the banning of a substance/element the best way to deal with it? Scarlett Keeling has been instrumental in juxtaposing society with reality,...

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Reservations: Old Flame Rekindled

Reservation in higher education undermines merit and discourages deserving students. It leaves little scope for competition and the achievement of global standards with regard to academics. The current policy is aimed at taking an easier way out...

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Delhi’s Airports: The Torture Chambers

Even as the expansion and upgradation of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) continues at an agonizingly slow pace, several thousand overseas travelers, continue to daily suffer due to serpentine queues, a squalid environment and unfriendly immigration officials...

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Drowning In Paradise

Once a bishop told me that, "You must always remember, as far as the Bible is concerned, God always threw humans out of paradise." The recent Goa rape case has raised a lot of questions doubting the security in the paradise state of India, whose economy thrives on...

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Pro-Choice is Not Anti-Life

Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended and four out of ten of these end in abortion. Putting a stop to abortion would thus result in 20% more babies being born – that’s 20% more unwanted children in the country – and millions more women...

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Streetsmart Bankers

This street side story of The Children Development Bank over the years has traversed from the Capital to other parts of the country and also abroad. In the first year, the membership grew from 20 to 800 in the Fatehpur area itself. The bank is operational near the railway...

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The City That Soars and Stinks

Every year The Forbes magazine comes up with startling observations. This year the list has been has brought Mumbai under the spot light, both for the good and the bad. The conclusions of the lists present a paradox. The financial capital on the one hand can now boast of...

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Justice Prevailed, But Not Sustained

The conviction of guilty is just a palliative and problem will be solved only when action are taken against the main culprits who stand behind the scene. The two victims represent Generation X - a generation, which is highly educated, talented, dedicated and committed to the country's future -...

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Painful Spirits of The Empowered City

Come Women’s Day, and the city becomes witness to the actions of a few aware people who volley their views on how, at last, has women-empowerment arrived. A long lost Government also comes in action to encash every opportunity of wooing its voters and, thus, many schemes see the...

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Manhandling the Environment

What is it with us? Why can’t we save the very thing that is helping us live? Just look at the earth today. Our planet is dying at her children’s hands. Her breath is getting choked due to all the harmful gasses our cars and air conditioners emit. ...

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Emancipation, eh ?

March 8th, International Women’s Day? What an irony! Elders often ask us not to get perturbed by such news, but it isn’t very comforting either. The most upsetting piece of news, I came across this week, was the torture and sexual abuse of a 12-year-old Nepali girl by her...

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Dignity, Divinity and Devotion…

It was in 1951, on 50 acres of stony wasteland inhabited by wild animals near Warora in north-eastern Maharashtra, when Baba Amte came along with his wife, Sadhana and six patients crippled by leprosy to build the Anandwan, a leprosarium and farm where the destitute shunned by families and...

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Black Oil: The New Political Currency

With the help of oil, even the poorest countries can wield political power. Oil keeps our modern lives afloat. In the coming years, the world will become very polarized. Groups of countries will flock together based on oil and gas sources. Economic growth and inflation will depend upon oil...

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The Ghastly Vicissitudes of Childhood

These times are like Christmas for children. From the cheerful yellow of McDonalds to the various game parlours cropping up like mushrooms in urban India, children seem to be enjoying the festival (even in the sweltering summer heat!). But all is not merry about this perpetual Christmas- it is...

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Iranian Nuclear Issue

Iran, at one time in the past, enjoyed a U.S supported regime – the Shah regime. As seen by recent history of such a regime in Afghanistan and other places, the benefits received are immense. In the case of Iran, the booty was the vast reserves of oil and...

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The Meaning of Jihad

At the recently held Darul-Uloom conclave at Deoband, UP, which also included top clerics from the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the All India Madarsas’ Association and the All India Muslim Personal Board, a first of its kind statement was made, declaring terrorism as un-Islamic...

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A Healthy Concern

Agreed, that cigarette smoking can be injurious to health. But so is over-eating, over-exercising, listening to loud music and wearing stilettos. Ever seen the health minister (or the DUSU president) trying to regulate these or even take a light interest in them? ...

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Roadies Are Here!

A spectre is haunting the urban youth of the country - the spectre of ‘Roadies’. This hour-long television programme, telecast on MTV every Saturday at 7 pm, has become one of the most debated topics amongst the youth of today. The audience witnessed various candidates hurling abuses at themselves,...

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Biker Babes- The New Avtaar

Picture this—She came out of the mall; smartly dressed and accessorized, reached the parking lot, sat on her bike and zoomed off leaving behind a trail of smoke and people with popped eyes.While biker babes still struggle to make their presence felt...

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Auroville – The Heaven in India

The shape of the town is fashioned after a spiral galaxy which symbolizes life and humankind's evolving existence. In the middle of the town, there is a Matrimandir which is the the "Soul" of the city. It symbolizes the birth of a new era where human unity, cognizant living...

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‘Mallika Sherawat’s Secret Fantasy’

Maharashtra was burning; an intra-country exodus of humanity was taking place there, with North Indians fleeing on any possible mode of transport. All this, while all that our news channels were repeatedly showing were clips of Rakhi Sawant slapping her, now erstwhile, boyfriend...

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Power-puff Women!

Indian women are ruling the circuit. Not just domestically but also internationally. This is not just a random thought but a proven fact. Be it the business, literary or entertainment world, you will find women leading the pack! The point is that women in India should no longer be...

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16, 17, 18…. Shoot!

The so-called land of opportunity, it seems, is turning into a land of terror. America's vulnerability stands exposed. It is the vacuum in western society that is responsible for such incidents. Easy access to drugs, alcohol, and guns, and an unsound mind have claimed 32 precious lives...

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The Common Man

Every day, the common man has made us laugh, made us smile, cheer on our achievements and also to introspect on the sad affairs of the nation. The common man has always been dumb. A mute spectator. Has never had his say in anything but only his ear in...

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Luxury on Wheels

‘Golden Chariot’ is a Rs.40 crore joint venture by the Karnataka Government, the Indian Tourism Development Corporation and the Railway Ministry. It promises to give its passengers a unique experience on the train. The train is painted royal purple and the luxury coaches have traditional furniture and are...

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Feminizing Abortion

Rights only apply to human persons because man survives by reason. A fetus on the other hand, survives on the sustenance provided by the body of its host and has no rights of life, liberty and property and has no need for rights. This is more so because rights...

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Happiness is a Warm Gun

The profile of the latest killer, Steven Phillip Kazmierczak from Northern Illinois seems to be an anomaly. He was an outstanding student, polite and industrious, and had a bright future in the criminal justice field ahead of him. Many have tried to find a common thread between these mass...

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Blood On Campus

A few years back, group fights in schools were not uncommon, however, slowly, the punches have been replaced by gunshots. Campus shootings are not an unusual phenomenon in the west but what is more shocking is that now they are very frequent, and like all other “copying” acts, we...

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