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Why an Early Election Has Become a Political Compulsion for Narendra Modi?

The “secular” realm – jobs, prices, the economy, living conditions – is trumping the world of perverse ideas delivered slickly through clever propaganda disseminated by fanatical Hindutva outfits and a section of the fawning media. Rulers seldom know what’s happening, do they? They have the intelligence apparatus and their party …

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‘Housing For All’ Means Nothing For India’s Migrant Workers

Earning less than a living wage, migrant workers resort to living in the open, in shared and cramped rented rooms, or within the workplace. The Union Budget, announced on February 1, has committed to provide assistance for building 3.7 million houses in urban areas in 2018-19 under the Pradhan Mantri …

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Blatant Subterfuge On ‘Political Funding’ Hidden In ‘Budget 2018’

The proposed amendment to the already repealed FCRA 1976, tucked away in the last page of the Finance Bill, is akin to trying to conduct a heart or liver transplant on a person who has been dead for seven years. In 2014, the Delhi high court found BJP and the …

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The SCs And STs Still Have The Highest Child Mortality Cases In India

India has missed the target of reducing its Child Mortality by 2/3rd set under the Millenium Development Goal 4 by a considerable margin. The STs have missed the target by the highest margin. The Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in India have historically been situated at the bottom …

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Who Wants To Kill VHP Supremo ‘Pravin Togadia’?

The VHP leader has alleged the Gujarat and Rajasthan Police planned an encounter to murder him. Firebrand Hindutva leader Pravin Togadia has been traced just as dramatically as he went missing, setting rumour mills off; his supporters in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) running amok. However, the revelations made by …

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Struggling To Fall Asleep? Make A ‘To-Do’ List Before Hitting The Bed For Better Sleep

Researchers from Baylor University in the US compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus those who chronicled completed activities. We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished …

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India’s Food Safety Regulator Has Twisted Rules To Allow Sale Of Unsafe Processed Food Since Many Years

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has disregarded the warnings of its own scientists and broken its rules to do so. By 2025, Indians are expected to eat processed food valued at Rs 72 lakh crore annually, while the revenues of the country’s processed food industry have been …

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Why Is The Bad Smell About Life Insurance In India?

The very high front incentives are triggering massive mis-selling and fraud in life insurance. I worry that as the unbanked now get into the formal financial system, we are setting them up for financial disaster. A recent story reports on mis-selling and fraud by a bank in rural Rajasthan where …

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Disabled Indians Have Climbed The Mount Everest, Still Struggle To Enter Temples And Mosques

It is sad that barriers are built on the basis of a person’s disability- especially in a country like India where the Gita of peace is based on Ashtavakra, a person with eight physical disabilities Mohammad Faisal Nawaz, 34, is a social activist focusing on gender equality and girls’ education …

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Which Company Would You Choose?

Don’t act so surprised, Your Highness. You weren’t on any mercy mission this time. Several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies. I want to know what happened to the plans they sent you. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Partially, but it also …

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