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India: still a long way behind

India: still a long way behind

Sir , The Supreme Court of the United States of America has legalized same-sex marriages in all the 50 states of the country. While pronouncing the verdict, the associate justice of the Supreme Court, Anthony Kennedy, said, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice […]

Christopher Lee: Iconic Villain

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Christopher Lee: Iconic Villain

Sir , It was sad to read the news of the death of Christopher Lee, who essayed the iconic role of Count Dracula. With his demise, a glorious chapter in the world of cinema has come to an end. Lee, a British actor who earned a knighthood, had devoted his long acting career to portraying […]

Get aware about elders abuse

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Get aware about elders abuse

‚ÄúSome years ago, I was visiting a grandmother who was looking after her two young grandchildren in a mountainous region of Uganda. We got out of the Land Rover with our country staff and walked over to her shamba, expecting to have a relaxed working day in the countryside. Instead we were greeted with the […]

Child labour: complicated problem, systemic gaps

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Child labour: complicated problem, systemic gaps

It is very disturbing that child labour is still an unsolved problem in the 21st century. On one hand we talk about achievements such as making a mark in space by successfully launching Mangalyaan to explore Mars, while on the other India is the largest hub of child labourers. Do we really deserve to feel […]

Thoughts on Child Labour Day

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Thoughts on Child Labour Day

Sir, India is home to the largest number of child labourers in the world, over 12.59 million! A major concern is that the actual number of child labourers goes undetected. M.V. Foundation in Andhra Pradesh found nearly 400,000 children, mostly girls between seven and 14 years of age, toiling for 14-16 hours a day in […]

Hot and Hotter

Hot and Hotter

Sir, The mercury in my town has risen to 42 degrees! People are trying to beat the heat in every possible way. But the heat continues to have its effect, especially on people who cannot afford to protect themselves from it. Even in the houses of the rich, air-conditioning machines are breaking down, often leading […]

Ashamed and embarrassed

Ashamed and embarrassed

Sir, It is high time that well-educated and sensible people are elected to the legislature, and not just anybody who happens to be given a party ticket. The irresponsible and at times stupid views of MLAs and MPs makes us ashamed and embarrassed. How can we say that India should march on towards a bright […]