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Are Indians Being Fooled About The State Of Their Economy?

The ruling elite is suppressing horrifying facts and statistical data. In all of the politicking ahead of state elections in 2018, and more importantly the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the real state of the economy, irrespective of the failed demonetisation and the GST fiasco, thus far has been largely concealed …

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Out Of My Mind: India At 68

India has lasted as a republic longer than many others. China’s first republic did not last even 40 years. Pakistan broke up. India did not become fully independent in 1947. It was not yet sovereign. It had only dominion status acknowledging the British Crown as its head with a Governor …

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Can Modi Free India’s Trade Policy From ‘Swadeshi’ Shackles?

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, India is likely to meet a lot of offers for free trade and investment deals. Why has the annual jamboree at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos gained so much importance at this time? As the global slowdown recedes and diplomatic stability …

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The New ‘Orange Passports’ For ‘Underprivileged Indians’ Is Plain ‘Discriminatory’

This would impact millions of Indian migrant workers working in the 18 ECR countries. Often, a small change in a document as vital as the passport makes for an enormous difference in the lives of those affected. However, when the change is as stark as the very colour of that …

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A Forgotten Memorial That Gives Indian Soldiers Of Yore Their Due

We have an obligation to those whose valour and heroism deserves recognition even if they fought and died as part of a war that was not India’s. Cavalry officers have always felt that brief surge of extra pride in the month of November, when traffic on Delhi’s busy Teen Murti …

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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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A Gentle Woman’s Journey From Social Work To Prison!

Anu Mishra was arrested and jailed for two years. Cases against her are still being heard. So why was she in prison for so long? Anu Mishra was arrested from her home in New Delhi in 2010. Plain-clothed policemen showed up at her house and took her away. They told …

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In Villages Without Gas Connections, Women Trek Several Kilometres To Put Together A Humble Meal

She wakes up at 5am when it is still dark and the rest of the family is asleep. She walks 4 km to reach a hillock and starts gathering firewood. By daybreak, she is back and starts cooking for the family. What about water for cooking? That involves another trek. …

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Used Car Dealer Sales Tricks Exposed

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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