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Pornography: Narcotic? Detrimental? Normal?

After effects | Inversion It was July the 17th – a Tuesday when some of our friends including some doctoral researchers gathered around our EC canteen spot. We met there as a small gathering everyday at 1700 hrs to talk a while about the current status in the lives of each of us. There we would also talk about the current issue or the topic if it garnered some views or attraction of the people across the globe. I happened to take my phone out to get a glimpse of a…

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Stop encouraging begging, inspire them to educate themselves.

Standing on railway stations, waiting for delayed trains can have its own perks. You can learn and reflect a lot just by observing your surroundings. I remember once such instance that has struck me through all these years. As we stood there waiting for our delayed train busy in our talks, we were approched by a small girl asking for money. Her innocence combined with my pity made me sympathize her situation. As she approched my sister, my hands were already in my pocket to take out some change. Waiting…

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Culture 

Call me “Human”

  A nationwide uproar was heard in March and April 2018 due to the supreme court order to dilute stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under Scheduled Tribes/Scheduled Castes (ST/SC) atrocities act.   Although the law was established in 1989 in the wake of growing crime against the SC/ST communities, many emerging instances of its misuse have surfaced. The new order was passed with the objective to protect innocent civilians reported under false cases from facing legal actions and framing. The courts’ rule did not intend the dilution of the act…

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India’s faith in godmen and why it’s wrong.

In the past two years, India has seen the conviction of two godmen charged with raping a minor, murder and inducing riots. Millions used to watch them on television and thousands gathered in their pandals. Their followers had such piety towards them, towards these men of flesh and bone. That it became so easy for these self-proclaimed godmen to manipulate and extort money and raise their empire of gold with a combined net worth which surpasses ten thousand crores. Looking at several other examples as such, religion has been turned…

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Asifa, Rape of Innocence.

The country is burning with anger on the rape and murder of the 8-year-old, Asifa Bano. The incident which took place in January 2018 has recently got national attention, with tweets flowing from all over the country to punish the culprits and provide justice to the deceased. Politicians planning a vigil, youths coming out on the roads, activists going on hunger strike and what not. It’s time like this when a country comes together for a cause or a person that makes the system hear the cries of many minors,…

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What is beautiful? Really?

Scrolling through my Instagram stories I stumbled upon this one story that got my attention. First, it got me confused, thinking how is this even possible. Trying to learn more about the image, I cross-checked every word of what I read. Though the meme was based on twisted facts, it lead me to know something really important about history and changed my perspective. Imagine a protagonist, a serene face, thick curly hair reaching her shoulders, black unibrow, and a subtle mustache is approached by thirteen young handsome boys to ask…

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Its a girl!

What if someone told you, “You are going to have a baby girl!”  What would you do? Would you host a celebration, or would you be enraged so much so to nullify the existence of that child, killing it before it was born? Would this act be considered a murder? Well, that’s a whole other matter. In the eyes of the world, India stands as a diversified nation rich in color and culture, several people and communities proliferating throughout the land. Its music as if describing an ancient tale, its monuments as a…

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Missing Children of India

A total of 1,11,569 children went missing as of 2016, according to National Crime Record Bureau. I learnt more about the issue when I met with the secretary of SATHI. A NGO that works to rescue and rehabilitate missing children found on railway platforms all over India. Being working in this field for the past 25 years, their opinion matters. With the headlines of some of the major media houses claiming that” one child goes missing every 10 minutes”. In reality, this number is high. Very high, with only 30%…

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Why is the Economic survey book, Pink in color?

The Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Ministry of India presents the Economic Survey in the parliament every year, just before the Union Budget.It is prepared under the guidance of the Chief Economic Adviser, Finance Ministry. It is the ministry’s view on the annual economic development of the country. A flagship annual document of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Economic Survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the previous 12 months, summarizes the performance on major development programs, and highlights the policy initiatives of the government and the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term. This…

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I bought a girl online.

How strange it may sound to you, is the reality of prostitution in India. The advances in technology are free to be used by everyone and exploited, like in this particular case. Prostitution not always means filthy balconies and stingy room and minor girls trafficked into the brothels without their consent and with false dreams. As truthful as these circumstances are, this is a totally different area. Here prostitution means girls who are good looking and want to lead a lavish lifestyle and have no problem in selling their body…

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