The Trolls of Congress, Will Rahul Gandhi Rein In?

On 7th September, 2017, Indian National Congress through its official party handle @INCIndia posted a tweet claiming that while their party was fighting trolls, PM Modi was igniting trolls. Congress’s claim that it was fighting trolls was apparently for public consumption because from the day Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minster, party’s senior leaders, State units and youth organisation handles have regularly posted abusive tweets against PM Modi, Smriti Irani and other leaders of BJP. Congress has never taken any action against such leaders, State units and the youth organisations…

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चुनावी समर में चर्च का तुग़लक़ी फ़रमान

चुनाव की आहट होते ही जनता की बारी आती है अपने चुने हुए प्रतिनिधियों के कामों की मीमांसा कर, सही को फिर से मौक़ा देने की और गये-बीतों को बाहर का रास्ता दिखाने की। मगर जिन दलों का पूरा कच्चा-चिट्ठा खुल चुका हो, उनके पास एक बड़ा आज़माया हुआ रास्ता है; धर्म को भुनाने का मार्ग। ले देके यहीं तो शरण मिलती आई है उन्हें। जब परिवार की दी गई दुहाई काम ना आई, तो याद इस दर की उन्हें सदा है आई। धर्म के तथाकथित आकाओं का एक तुगलकी…

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Weddings Apart!

“The make-up is too dark, makes her look artificial”, said the bride’s aunt.  “How many bangles are you wearing?”, said another aunt – counting the gold bangles assiduously without waiting for an answer – perhaps also making correlations tolas the bride is wearing. Another one buzzing in takes a look at the bride and adjusts her hair gives her another look and says – “that’s better!”, the magical touch? Lakshmi, the bride smiling appropriately through all this – finely subjecting herself to judgmental evaluations. “Where is the ‘boy’?” – mother…

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MUDRA Yojana and The Rise of Micro-Entrepreneurship

What is MUDRA Loan Scheme by Govt. of India As per NSSO survey (2013), there were around 5.77 Crore small/micro units in the country, engaging around 12 Crore people, mostly individual proprietorship/Own Account Enterprises. Over 60% of units were owned by persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes. Most of these units were outside the formal banking system, and hence were forced to borrow from informal sources or use their own limited owned funds. With an objective to provide the micro entrepreneurs to access credit from…

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