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#BetterDemocracy: Oh God! Are we Indians first or Not

Hey you if you don’t know Kannada, then leave Bengaluru now… Iff you don’t know Tamil, then leave Chennai…[I personally faced this between 2005-09] If you don’t know Marathi leave Mumbai… How can you survive if you don’t know Hindi [in Delhi]… Oh God! are we Indian first or we have been divided by Religion/caste/state basis so bad that these small things come beyond and have become bigger than humanity and #BeingIndian. A man tried to threaten me to beat me and destroy my vehicle because I am not from Karnataka and don’t know Kannada. #Bangalore — Pinki qtπ (@LEDtvn)

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#BetterDemocracy: Malala Yousafzai is an icon for the XBox generation

Malala Yousafzai…From being known as a “Pakistani girl shot by Taliban” for propagating against Islam and Islamic forces(thats what the Taliban claims) to being the youngest Nobel Prize laureate at a mere age of 17!!!.. Her journey was not easy. Swat valley set amid terror, grief, fear though it has got scenic beauties; where patriarchy rules and daughters are brought up only to become faithful and devoted wives; where birth of a baby girl aroused sympathy in the hearts of others for the parents. Malala was well aware of her basic rights from the start and even the violent politics

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#BetterDemocracy: মমতার ক্ষমতা – The power of Mamata

কতই রঙ্গ দেখি দুনিয়ায় ভাই রে ও ভাই কতই রঙ্গ দেখি দুনিয়ায় আমি যে দিকেতে চাই, চেয়ে অবাক হয়ে যাই আমি অর্থ কোনো খুঁজে নাহি পাইরে   ও ভাই রঙ্গ করে প্রফেসর যায় জেলে কিন্তু দোষ নাহি ভাই ঘরে ঢোকালে ছেলে রেপ করা ভাই ছোট্ট ঘটনা , মিথ্যা লোকে করে রটনা আবার হাবিজাবি সারদা কেনে কোটি টাকা ঢেলে কতই রঙ্গ দেখি দুনিয়ায়   ও ভাই নীল সাদা বাড়ির সামনে বস্তি দেরী হওয়ায় মমতা’র ড্রাইভার খায় খিস্তি ভোট আর ধর্ষণ একই মোটে , তাও দেব জিতে বিপূল ভোটে শুনেছি মুকুলবাবু কারখানার প্রধান মিস্ত্রী কতই রঙ্গ দেখি দুনিয়ায় ও ভাই কলরব করে

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#BetterDemocracy: How Education will help develop good Politicians

In this modern world of politics, just how we interpret the word Democracy has always been a considerable debate. For some it is like a famous definition – Government of the people, by the people and for the people.  People often take it to be a popular form of power rather than a representative system of political decision making. So what makes people articulate such opinions or draw such inferences?  What in my view could be one of the key reasons is lack of adequate education or to put it precisely, lack of political education. Of a good number of

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Building a better democracy. #BetterDemocracy

A progressive India. A developing India. We have all come across these  conclusive messages somewhere. Be it some politician’s pre-election banners or in the triumphing party’s winning speeches. But are these statements really worth their weight? India can only progress when people of every caste, religion, geography, gender, and sexual orientation come together to successfully hold public decision makers accountable to the common good. India has become home to many great paradigms – visionary leadership and ingrained corruption; divine wisdom and an immutable  caste system; the world’s largest and fastest-growing country alongside pervasive poverty and environmental degradation. I believe we are seeing conditions ripe for a tipping point that

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#BetterDemocracy: Values In A Democracy

One of the few things I remember from my social studies from school is that democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people. This clearly signifies that the most important force in the democracy is the people. If a country is prosperous and harmonius,  it is because of the people, if it falls into decadence, it is also due to them. But what is the first response of most Indian people, for the present economic and social condition of our country. The leaders are bad, the laws are not being enforced properly or the blame

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Volunteers4AAP : Service is your own reward

Organised Political action seldom leaves you with time to reflect upon your journey as an individual. There is so much work and you achieve a state where you just become a medium and things get done through you rather than you doing the things. The Aam Aadmi Party is one such movement. I would take this opportunity to tell all of you about my journey. I had met Arvind in Bangalore in July 2013. I would explain my first impression of him as an unassuming man with a cordial smile and hope in his eyes. This was what I registered

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The Story of India’s Rich and How it’s Insufficient – 2

In the first part of this article the author DP Sakunia details down the ills that is plaguing the system and increasing the rich and poor divide. In this one, he writes about possible solutions to the problems and how India could be a much better economy by being equitable to all. For a self sustained all round evergreen economic growth we need (1) Great infrastructure to connect each and every part of India via Road, Water, Sky, Telecom, Internet and any other mode of communication. (2) Making the country digitally literate and moving technology innovation towards that goal. (3) Tax

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The Story of India’s Rich and How it’s Insufficient – 1

In this first part Devi Prasad Sakunia looks at what’s ailing the Indian economy. In the second one coming tomorrow he will write on how and what corrective measures need to be taken to get it back in shape. India liberalized itself from license raj in 1991, thereby privatizing businesses and opening up domestic market to foreign investment. From the outset we saw the country embracing Liberalization, Privatisation and Globalisation with open arms. We had finally killed the monster called monopoly and foreign players entered the Indian market to deliver great products at prices that killed the domestic manufacturer who

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An Open Letter To Mamata Banerjee

Nomoskar Didi, Hope you are in good health and mind. I know you can get me arrested by your so called “honest unbiased police force” for this letter. But I feel its good to stay in jail, safe and sound, rather than staying free and get attacked by followers of people like Tapas Paul. Didi, do you know common people of your state? Do you know what do they want? Do you know what do they expect from you? Today when a girl goes out of her home, her mother feels worried for her, instructs her to come back before

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