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Knowing the Indian Maoist Rebels

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We all have seen scenes of kids using guns and rocket launchers in Afghanistan during extensive media coverage of America's war on terrorism. But we actually do not need to go so far to learn about how the youth is being maligned by indoctrination as well as poverty and neglect. For 42 year maoist rebels have fought the Indian Government using guerrilla warfare. This fight has been waged for ...

Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and the quagmire of scandalous politics

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Hi, I write this article after learning about the social costs and the dire ramifications of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project which was awarded to the Maytas Metro Limited by the Government of Andhra Pradesh last year. After reading this article (by Mint's managing editor Niranjan Rajadhyaksha) and the link (an article by transport activist C. Ramachandriah) provided there, I have gained significant visibility about this whole project and why ...

Why the percentage of Hindus in Indian population, might decline in the coming years?

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Before I answer this question, let me explain you that I have written this article purely as a student of economics (of which demographics is an important part). I do not have any specific feeling towards any religion and this article was not meant to hurt anybody's sentiments, emotions or religious beliefs. I write this article with the sole intention of stating my analysis and airing my views ...

Dance Bars Reopened

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It is good to know that the dance bars have been reopened. I think this was a quality and realistic decision by our judicial system which otherwise resorts to utterly failed attempts at moral policing and cultural conditioning of the masses (not to forget the role of the polity in pushing the judiciary). With reference to prostitution, whether the dance bars are open or closed, the prostitution business ...

Legalizing Live-in relationships: My Views

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Update: Keeping in mind the wide variety of people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds viewing my blog, I would like to re-iterate that live-in relationships are no less than a taboo in India and hence this topic. Also note that the opinions mentioned here are my own and should not be used to develop a generic view about a place or thing. Persons who involve in live-in relationships ...

Reservation Issue

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I was browsing through CL's website (www.careerlauncher.co.in/prepzone) and found that they have a discussion board for various topics under the sun. I found a topic on the recent announcement by the government to hike the reservation quota and I jumped in and posted this: ----------------------------- I infer from the Ancient Hindu Texts that Ekalavya was denied the claim to fame by biased Dhrona because he was from a backward caste. ...

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