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  • 2014-07-30 22:17:24 |  

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  • 2014-07-29 23:44:15 |  

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  • 2014-07-28 19:42:26 |  

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  • vikas singh |  
  • Politics |  
  • 2013-10-04 16:57:46 |  

i BOLDLY SUPPORT NARENDRA MODI...HE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN CHANGE THE HABOIC CONDITION OF COUNTRY....RAHUL IS YOUVRAJ AND HE HASN'T EXPERIENCE...CONGRESS HAS NOT CAPACITY TO CHANGE THIS CHAOTIC CONDITION...IT HAVE NEITHER EFFECTIVE PM NOR HONEST CABINATE..ITSSMT. GANDHI WHO IS RULLING INDIRECTLY NOT MR. SINGH..MR. SINGH IS VERY UNLUCKY THAT HE IS PM IN UPA GOVERNMENT OHHH SUCH A HONEST PERSON IS FACING SCAM LIKE SIN...

Tags: Modi vs Rahul | rahul vs Modi | 2014 election
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  • Ateeq Baig |  
  • Politics |  
  • 2013-09-21 13:45:52 |  

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Hydrabad -Student drugged, raped for a year ! We love to talk about how India is developing, how the females in India are slowly and steadily claiming their rightful spot in each and every aspect of life. How the people in India are becoming open-minded towards women. But once in a while, we pick up a newspaper and sift through the pages to find many horrible offences against them. We feel sorry for the victim and a corrosive hatred towards the culprit(s). It seems like nothing apart from physically lynching the culprit would satisfy our inner demon, and a few days later everything is forgotten and we carry on with our lives. In a recent news, a 20 year old polytechnic student in hyderabad was allegedly kidnapped and raped by the college canteen owner for almost 17 months. The victim went missing somewhere in April 2012. Though the parents of the victim lodged a 'missing' complaint to a nearby police station, she was not traced. The victim reportedly managed to escape from the crutches of the kidnapper and reached home, where she narrated the ordeal she went through for the past 17 months to her parents and the police. The accused was apprehended, was let off, and then arrested again where he claimed that the girl was in love with him, and had eloped with him. The police officials are verifying if the girl really eloped with the accused and later approached the police after a fallout. Meanwhile, the victim said that she was raped repeatedly everyday, and was able to escape when the accused fell asleep after getting drunk......reallyy awakened ???

Tags :- Mumbai Rape Case | journalist Mumbai rape | photo journalist gang rape
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The government may come out with any bill but the catch lies in implementing it in true spirit. The mid day mea; scheme is still having troubles.

Tags: National Food Security Bill | Lok Sabha Bills | food security bill India
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Prerna Trehan

The much talked about and fought on food security bill was introduced in the Parliament today by the Food Minister KV Thomas after withdrawing the previous ordinance. While the debate regarding consultation with the states is still on, the Bill has raked another debate posing the question of growth against redistribution as was witnessed in the much publicised (and exaggerated) debate between India's two most well known economists Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati. The contention that India's single minded focus on pushing the GDP rate hasn't really widened the social base that benefits from this growth. Moving ahead the debate regarding the Food bill seems to have developed electoral connotations as well, especially in the aftermath of Sen's comments regarding Modi. While Modi has been projected as the harbinger of economic growth, Rahul contend's to be the voice of India's downtrodden. It is important we realise the need of the hour, the levels of malnutrition and starvation in the country. While the Food Security bill needs active debate and discussion, it is important the parties keep the 2014 elections out of their minds and the needs of millions below poverty line in.

Tags: National Food Security Bill | Lok Sabha Bills | food security bill India
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Menakshi Luther
  • menakshi luther |  
  • Governance |  
  • 2013-07-22 09:54:04 |  

Our country is becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber crime. Like in the United States, the internet first boomed followed by online criminals and hackers. This is always been the case. Similarly, in india where internet literacy is rapidly growing along with the country''s economy its inevitable that someone abuses the luxury of literacy and misuses the internet for immoral acts. Kapil Sibal and the government have released the cyber security policy which I feel will definitely reduce the number of online crimes but technology is growing faster than we are so there will always be new ways to break into the 'system'.

Tags: Cyber Security Policy | Online Criminals | What is cyber security
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Sharmila Roa
  • sharmila roa |  
  • Judiciary |  
  • 2013-07-22 09:50:59 |  

India has become a scary place to live. Despite all our efforts, despite all the laws and regulations we blindly depend on a system that fails to provide justice to thousands of people. Think about how many rapists, serial murderers, corrupt politicians roam free in our country without the modest sign of guilt or fear. This mentality of getting away with it is what makes india one of the most unsafe places to stay. The government needs to put an end to this by banning acid for household use altogether along with the 3 lakh compensation . Nearly 3 victims every week succumb to their injuries due to acid attacks.

Tags: Priti Rathi | Acid victim case | India's Acid Attack Victims
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Prerna Trehan

The Congress led government has decided to push in an Ordinance for the food security bill. It is a master stroke by the Congress leaders as far as the electoral gains are concerned but a sad day for Parliamentary Democracy. A Parliament is supposed to be the house of representatives of the people meant to discuss and debate various issues so as to take on board the views of every section of the society. However such measures like the ordinance suggest that all that party politics has comes down to is bagging the most number of votes. Without any discussion the Bill will remain a paper tiger. It won't be able to rectify many of its flaws and at the end of the day become just a rallying slogan for electoral victory, a la "Garibi Hatao". Poverty and starvation will only go after concrete and workable measures are taken by taking into account the bigger picture. The passing through of the Ordinance will make a hero out of the Congress and opposition by not extending its support will emerge to be anti-poor and a villain.

Tags: National Food Security Bill | Lok Sabha Bills | food security bill India
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Prerna Trehan

Ishrat jahan
The CBI's first charge sheet is out and the encounter has been termed as being staged wherein 19 years old Ishrat along with three others were abducted and then killed in a fake encounter and termed to be Lashkar members. Along with Gujarat state polce, IB official stoo have been named who were involved in this murder and criminal conspiracy. Such an incident is appalling and shakes the very foundations of a free, democratic country where civil authorities played with lives of 4 citizens and further pushed their families into a life of despair and agony. The CBI's work though commendable again is an example of delayed justice that needed repeated reprimanding and orders from the judiciary to put the work in order. It is important that a thorough investigation is carried out so as to further identify state officials and others who were involved in this brutal act.

Tags: Ishrat Jahan | Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case | Ishrat Jahan encounter
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Prerna Trehan

Add your comment... and now the CBI officer in charge investigating the case along with the Special Public Prosecutor have received threats from anonymous sources leading them to request for security. Hopefully the government will take adequate measures to ensure that the investigation doesn't get hampered due to such acts. It is important that they finally set an example and prosecute those involved.

Tags: Ishrat Jahan | Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case | Ishrat Jahan encounter
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Prerna Trehan

The Government thinks of moving an ordinance to keep Political Parties out of the RTI Act. Such a move will only lead to a violation of all that RTI stands for that is encouraging transparency and accountability. If the Parties are so confident of their character and patriotic fervour for the country they should be more than willing to disclose information regarding certain activities and funds to the masses so even we can take more informed decisions during the elections. The Association for Democratic Reforms has brought out a Joint Statement in this regard: Joint Statement regarding ordinance being passed to keep political parties out of the RTI: There are reports that the Government is thinking of promulgating an ordinance to amend the Right to Information Act. This Act was passed by our Parliament and has now become part of the extremely valuable Citizen empowerment for our democracy. We appeal to Government and all political parties to drop any consideration of amending the RTI Act. We are not aware of any emergency requiring such an Ordinance, and are confident no such move will be undertaken. 1.. Aruna Roy 2. Arvind Kejriwal 3. Prashant Bhushan 4. Anjali Bhardwaj 5. Trilochan Sastry 6. Jagdeep Chhokar 7. Subhash Agrawal 8. Shekhar Singh 9. Harsh Mander 10.Nikhil Dey 11. Maja Daruwala 12. Venkatesh Nayak 13.. Shailesh Gandhi

Tags: Commissioner Satyanand Mishra | Political Parties under RTI
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Prerna Trehan

The ICC Champions Trophy and we are back to glorifying the Indian cricket and putting a halo on he-can-do nothing-wrong Dhoni! Only if there was fervour about other sports and sportspersons, India wouldn't put up such disappointing performances at the Olympics! And while one or two persons may be banned, they will be back tomorrow as commentators or may be MPs and the rest will go on as ever.

Tags: Rajastan Royals players | Spot Fixing | Sreesanth
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  • Ajay Patel |  
  • Society |  
  • 2013-06-26 10:01:25 |  

Its going to be an uphill task now for the special forces to contain the situation in Uttarakhand now that hundreds of people have reported fever and diarrhea. The decaying of dead bodies in Yamuna and Ganga have contaminated the water and if not brought under control could pollute the water till west Bengal. One solution I would want to advice to the people of Uttarakhand would be to follow the steps of Solar water disinfection. The process involves filling up a water bottle till the top and laying it out in the sun, preferably on top of a roof, for 4 hours. If the day is a bit cloudy then leave it there for about 8 hours. This will kill all the harmful bacteria from the water and will be safe to drink.

Tags: Uttarakhand floods | Nature's fury unleashed | Man v/s Nature
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  • Kamal Maitra |  
  • Society |  
  • 2013-06-26 09:58:58 |  

Uttarakhand: Rescue Helicopter Crashes, killing 20 people.

Tags: Uttarakhand floods | Nature's fury unleashed | Man v/s Nature
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Prerna Trehan

Another example of the sad state of investigative agencies stands in front of the country with the ishrat jahan encounter case. There is questioning of the reliance of the Intelligence Bureau information and the Gujarat State Police. Its been nine years and yet the CBI's investigation regarding the authenticity of the encounter remains incomplete. The Judiciary has time and again reprimanded for such lapses. Meanwhile the dainted image of CBI also gives an opportunity to BJP to claim the entire inquiry to be a hoax being conducted on the orders of the government in power. Its high time that agencies stay clear of such political games and perform the function that they are supposed and that is safeguarding the citizens of the country and ensuring the security and integrity of one and all.

Tags: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha | CBI - A Caged Parrot | Corruption in India
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  • Shweta Sindhu |  
  • Society |  
  • 2013-06-13 10:12:38 |  

Its completely horrifying to hear abt the lemp incident. Ive actually been there a couple of times and each time I felt the service was crap! Maybe they've done up the place well and play decent music but that is not all what makes a restaurant worth visiting again. I dont think many of us will ever go there again and even if we do it would be to add fuel to the fire that was sparked by the firstpost blog. Its an insult to our democratic rights and anyone who turns a blind eye would be the biggest hypocrite. The incident is one thing that could have been tamed from escalating on social media but the guy had the audacity to come out in public and threaten anyone who uses social media against the restaurant. Theres one thing to threaten a bunch of kids in ur bar and another to threaten the very rights and values this country has been built on.

Tags: Glass buildings | Booming IT sector | Swanky malls
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Thats true but it will definitely not stop them from applying. Online registrations for admission to undergraduate courses to DU colleges is fast catching up with offline registrations as 56 thousand applications were filled over the internet as against 59,756 candidates submitting OMR forms. On Tuesday, the total number of registrations exceeded one lakh. I guess even if some believe it is a repeat of class 12 its known to have produced some of most intelligent minds in our country.

Tags: Admissions of Delhi University | India’s leading universities
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Prerna Trehan

First the semester system and now the Four year programme. Delhi University is supposed to set an example for many other universities in the country and by taking such impulsive and ill thought out steps, it may lead to downfall rather than improvement. There are eminent teachers and professors who are very much a part of the University family who are protesting against this change. The addition of one year also means paying extra and for economically under-privileged students this will lead to additional burden. There has already been a hiking of fees in many colleges and with hardly any hostels and lack of adequate infrastructure, many students have to take to overpriced PGs and flats. How does the University plan on accommodating such grievances. Instead of discouraging drop outs, this may lead to many students not being able to join DU due to the additional expenses and spending another year just to graduate. Also, students who want to want to pursue Masters degree in India but in universities other than DU will be wasting a year.

Tags: Admissions of Delhi University | India’s leading universities
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This is a great initiative taken by the government. This will at least reduce corruption and will make sure money is directly transferred to beneficiaries and not worry about corruption. However with an initiative of such magnitude needs planning and a lot of co-ordination with state governments. Is our government ready for it? Issuing Aadhaars to millions of people as well as opening their bank accounts and then matching the 2 is an extensive process. Jairam Ramesh and Nandan Nilekani will be addressing the National Advisory Council (NAC) as well as members of media about the plans of the government and how they will overcome various obstacles along the way. For example, the first stage, identifying the Beneficiaries through the Aadhaar Scheme. The UIDAI and NPR say 800 million aadhaars will be done in the next 15 months while 280 million have already been issued.

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The ministers sitting in Delhi are living in fool's paradize & have no idea about ground situation prevailing in country.They are creating utter confusion & are trying to take mileage for political gain but Indian public is fully aware with dirty game plan of UPA govt who is involved in several gignatic scams causing loss of several lacs crores.One side they are raising taxes,railway fares,diesel,petrol & gas prices etc frequently & on other side giving lolipop to poor.The people are fully aware with dirty & duping game plan of govt & will give fitting reply in coming elections which will oust this govt from power for ever.

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  • Navjodh Singh |  
  • Society |  
  • 2013-03-16 07:24:27 |  

I went to the literary fest in Jaipur. BJP had already been asking for a ban on Muslim speakers. But obviously that’s pushing it a bit. Even with all BJP nationalistic approach the ban didn’t take place. Asish Nandy’s speech was incredible but then again according to the police he was breaking the law and was charged with crime under the Prevention of Atrocities Act. How’s that a free society? Where a law can be misused at free will. The government calls it reasonable restrictions. Under the constitution citizens can suppress these rights for various reasons like public order, decency or morality, and friendly relations with foreign states.

Tags: Social media misusing | Democracy in India | Indian IT Act
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Anna does it again! He’s willing to go on another hunger strike if his demands are not met. Respect to Anna Ji. Even at his age, his desire to eradicate corruption inspires me. He again today threatened to intensify his movement for a strong Lokpal Bill if the UPA government failed to introduce it before the General elections next year. He said “I will organise more youths to launch agitation against UPA government before Lok Sabha polls” in Gadag, Karnataka. He also warned UPA that he would mobilise around six crore people by next year to prepare for dislodging the UPA Government if it failed to bring forward a strong Lokpal Bill. “This Bill can curb 90 per cent corruption along with legislations of right to recall and reject,” he said.

Tags: Corruption In India | India Against Corruption | Aam Aadmi Party | Jan Lokpal Bill
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Great Speech by Anna Hazare. Really impressed with his efforts and wisdom. Everybody knows he is right and his ideas are based on the countries basic democratic principles, yet people vote for BJP and Congress. We are ready to vote for a gangster but not a national hero!

Tags: Corruption In India | India Against Corruption | Aam Aadmi Party | Jan Lokpal Bill
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1. Alternative Solutions I suggested in the first post that none of you were presenting credible alternatives. You said you did. Turns out that you did present alternatives, “That being said you're right that the punishment for rape is too low in India, but castration doesn't have to be the answer. Sheila Dixit suggested making it a non-bailable offence and increasing the sentencing. Which is reasonable and things like harder prison sentences ( ie in higher security prisons where there are less privileges) can be added to the list.” There are a few problems here: i. As Sukhmani says, “men don't rape because they dont fear prison. they rape partly because they know they wont get caught. despite the heightened punishment, they know that they will still not get caught.” [sic] So long as the reform that you’re advocating is only a marginal increase, making it non-bailable or increasing the sentence by a few years, this calculation is not going to change in the minds of the would-be rapists. Mind you, I think I’m right in conceiving of this cost-benefit analysis in their heads, since by wide consent in this post we have learnt that rapists aren’t hormonally charged to the point of lunacy, and I tend to agree. What might tip the calculation in favor of not committing the crime is “hey, I’m likely not going to get caught, but if I do, I am dead/physically incapacitated.” ii. It’s a little bit inconsistent with your earliest principled stand .You say early on that, “And more importantly since a large portion of sexual crimes are associated with people who aren't able to find satisfaction elsewhere/ have been abused themselves doesn't it keep the cycle going? Its not really dealing with the problem in anyway, also castrating someone makes them unable to sexually abuse someone again, but I would think it exacerbates there desire to hurt the opposite sex even more.” This is all probably true for the median rapist, but why then are you alright with sending these troubled individuals themselves to prison for a few years longer? All of us know what living hells these prisons are, these men stand an uncomfortably high chance of getting abused and raped in prison themselves. Yet you ( Sanjay) also advocate that, “Sheila Dixit suggested making it a non-bailable offence and increasing the sentencing. Which is reasonable and things like harder prison sentences ( ie in higher security prisons where there are less privileges) can be added to the list.” These are prisons where they will be treated as less than human, where HRW and Amnesty will probably never get decent access. iii. Your ‘alternatives’ are still rooted in a deterrence logic that you take great pains to destroy. If you are fine with more prison and harsher prisons, you are subscribing to the same deterrence logic that those advocating the death penalty and castration are using. After all, the big problem with rapists is not that they jump over jail walls and continue raping, making any security based justification for higher security prisons and so on unpersuasive.

Tags: Women Empowerment | Delhi gangrap case | Nirbhaya Rape case
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  • Salman Shah |  
  • Society |  
  • 2013-03-15 07:30:28 |  

Its all in the politics. Politicians in Kolkata supported the ban on Salman Rushdie. Since 30 percent of Bengali voters are Muslim why would they wanna get a bad image? And these are the same politicians that claim Kolkata to be the cultural capital of India.

Tags: Social media misusing | Democracy in India | Indian IT Act
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Nobody is taking into account the time lost by family members, in this case mostly women standing in queues for getting their ration! There is always the case of understaffed offices and food banks. That’s where the cost cutting usually lies. The offices won’t be able to attend and provide quick enough service to rising account holders, which will inevitably slow the entire process down and eventually lead to a complete failure. They should really look into the shortage of staff as even the post offices in rural areas are being closed down. Will the existing system bear the extra burden?

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When I socio-political it was in direct response to the idea of castration, which pretends rape is a physical problem cause by excessive hormones. It may be vague terminology but it makes perfect sense in the structure of the argument as in. Social problem vs Individual problem. We're saying it’s a mixture of the two and hence castaration doesn’t make sense My following posts talked about how we can do other things in the short term to make sure the penalties are higher along with swifter judgement. How am I comfortable giving that response to people who may suffer the crime you ask? Well because people who suffer certain crimes don't have the monopoly over discussing them. To the second point. Jutice systems are mixtures of correctional and revenge. I'm not going to throw Scandanavia at you. But since this whole discussion is happening at the level of SHOULD, I and I think on whole most people on this thread agree that justice systems should be more correctional than vengeful. (Most of the pro-castaration have been about detterence, atleast the ones that have lasted through the thread). In the discussion alot of people are talking about masculinity and gender roles. These are often the biggest reasons for sexual crimes since they are so interelated. Moreover, as pointed out again and again, rape is about control and ownership, issues and problems which are often found across the class spectrum. The primary urge to rape is not because someone thinks they are above the law. That's a reason why they think they will get away with it.

Tags: Women Empowerment | Delhi gangrap case | Nirbhaya Rape case
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  • Neerum Sengupta |  
  • Society |  
  • 2013-03-14 07:36:46 |  

Its going crazy! A public notice by the University grants commission was also blocked hahah the govt. doesn’t even need to give any notice before blocking nor have to provide any explanations and that my friend is the law. If anything needs to change, it’s the vagueness of the law. If it can only be framed more precisely and less ambiguous it will be less prone to misuse.

Tags: Social media misusing | Democracy in India | Indian IT Act
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If anybody wants to join the anti graft movement or wishes to speak to someone regarding corruption in India. SMS India Against Corruption on 99234 or 99235.

Tags: Corruption In India | India Against Corruption | Aam Aadmi Party | Jan Lokpal Bill
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Crime indeed has roots in socio-political structures but we are unlikely to achieve the always desirable, never in sight, just-about-in-reach-if-we-only-listen-to-the-nice-guys change in the structure. While we fix that structure how can you be comfortable denying this admittedly bloody response to those who have had to suffer this crime/are far more likely to suffer such a crime ? Secondly, Sukhmani, it's a little disingenuous to pretend that there's a mythical class of societies out there that rejected vengeful criminal justice and instead chose correctional systems. Conveniently, I suspect, someone is going to throw one of the Scandinavian bunch at me but so long as it remains a question of chickens and eggs (did they get rich first or did they become humane first? So what do we do? So what are our alternatives? What can we actually do?

Tags: Women Empowerment | Delhi gangrap case | Nirbhaya Rape case
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Sharmila Roa

Men don't rape because they dont fear prison. They rape partly because they know they won’t get caught. Despite the heightened punishment, they know that they will still not get caught. and changing perceptions and norms is a long process, yes. One cannot snap one's fingers and eradicate rape. It will take years for rape cases to decrease in numbers. Social change does not take place over night.

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I completely understand your point, and yes admittedly castration seems vengeful, but to an extent I think a more severe sentence does convey the severity of a crime. And the police in Delhi are useless, yes, and that is something that needs to be fixed too - I know thats WAY easier said than done and almost a silly statement to make so simply - but the entire system needs to crack down on the crime and on the criminals in order for the situation to change at all! And by horny I didn't just mean horny I meant not necessarily mentally disturbed or dysfunctional - just giving in to their urges, whether to assert power or even just to get off. The thing is, I understand and agree with both you and Sanjay on the fact that rape is about more than just a sexual need but unless (until?) someone can come up with a quick fix to completely transform Indian society and the mindset of millions of men - I think something else needs to be done - and like I said before even if it’s not castration in needs to be something that puts the fear of God in a man who thinks he can assert his power on a women in ANY way because he has no fear of consequences.

Tags: Women Empowerment | Delhi gangrap case | Nirbhaya Rape case
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Menakshi Luther

My 2 cents: lets look at what justice tries to achieve. 1. To promote normative ethics i.e. a list of how to, and not to, interact with people. 2. to punish people for stepping out of those established norms. Deterrence does neither of those things. It does not explain why people should not do certain things. In fact, it doesn't deal with morality at all. It reduces morality to a cost-benefit analysis of action. Given the castrated (pun intended) nature of police enforcement in Delhi anyway, a more dangerous punishment does not mean that perpetrators will get caught. Second, castration enters into the territory of vengeance, not punishment. There is a difference in being "taught a lesson" i.e. "rape is a big deal, and a bad thing" and having your balls cut off. A more severe sentence does not necessarily convey the severity of the crime, at least not obviously. Also, the theory that rape happens because men are horny is, among other things, incorrect. If men are horny, they'll watch porn or go to GB road. Rape is more fundamentally tied to assertions of power and dominance rather than sexual need. In fact, you don't even need a dick to rape. And as long as men don't need a dick to rape, not having testicles will not prevent them from raping. I'll concede that castration is the most powerful way of undermining masculinity. But masculinity is not the problem - its manifestations are. Castration is inhumane. You can argue that rape is too, and I agree. But reacting to inhumanity with inhumanity is not only immoral, in terms of promoting ethical norms and providing justice, it is also ineffective in providing even a semblance of justice.

Tags: Women Empowerment | Delhi gangrap case | Nirbhaya Rape case
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Before debating upon family feuds and alcoholism. We should mention the increasing levels of corruption which may direct the transfer straight into the pockets of politicians. Having different regional leaders in these 20 districts will give scope to corruption. I think India’s biggest threat comes from the rise of regional leaders. Each leader comes with his/her own mindset and ideologoly on how a country should be run. Having to progress with numerous different mindsets and ideologies is harmful to decision making and shifts the focus away from national concerns. With the interdependence of regional parties, they enjoy great majority/bargaining power in the parliament. Leaving the government no choice but to delay everything till they figure out where the money went. Getting anything moving at a national level requires the co-ordination and commitment of all regions. And requires them to be on the same page as well. Some national issues such as sanitation, poverty, women safety requires a solid leadership in the centre.

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Avatar of aamir Maheshwari

Thanks a lot for your efforts Mr. Hazare. We all know any endeavors to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill will be suppressed and ignored by the government. Sonia Gandhi as well as Manmohan Singh has promised us the Jan Lokpal. Its been almost 2 years now which should have taken not more than two parliamentary sessions to pass it. The nations youngsters should be the one challenging this and supporting Anna. The AAP should call upon soldiers and farmers to fight and march along with anna. Hes right to talk about issues at grassroot level due to the multiple layered corruption in this country.

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Deterrence policies are famously inefficient when it comes to extreme crimes ie murder, sexual acts, acts of terror. That being said you're right that the punishment for rape is too low in India, but castration doesn't have to be the answer. Sheila Dixit suggested making it a non-bailable offence and increasing the sentencing. Which is reasonable and things like harder prison sentences ( ie in higher security prisons where there are less privileges) can be added to the list. You're second point about how pride is taken away from a man is precisely what I was taking about when I said it promotes further violence against the opposite sex. I think its dismissive to say that our criminal justice system should be able to prevent further crimes against women, if we implement castration which as Mohini says deals with taking away someone's pride, we may able to punish them but we can't possible protect everybody.

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It may be a larger scale socio-political issue and of course there's much more to it than the physical aspect, but at the end of the day a sexual offender in India has close to NO fear of consequences and at this stage I genuinely believe, cynicism aside, that the threat of punishment needs to be that extreme. And as for the urge to 'hurt the opposite sex even more' because they got punished for a crime they committed, our criminal system should be able to prevent that as well!

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But no one even touched upon one of the most important issues surrounding this entire cash transfer debate. How will anyone assure the money is being provided to the people meant for food and basic amenities will be used for that and not any other dubious essentials? The percentage of alcoholics in India is huge like 20% and is likely to increase each year. I think this factor maybe overlooked? This scheme is a goldmine for alcoholism. It is so much better when food gets subsidized. It gives hope to millions of households across India. At least the government’s money was not going straight to the head drunk of the family. This will increase starvation and malnutrition among children across India. I hope the government is aware of this problem faced by the poor in India. Even if cash is directed to the women in the family who will make sure of that?

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Avatar of Dhruv Talwar
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  • 2013-02-27 07:44:55 |  

The way the government just takes away freedom of speech, someone may need to intervene and set some boundaries to this. So now art is provocative and can start a war? I don’t know if you’ve heard in the last couple of months the perimeter to which the law can be installed has just been extending. Salman Rushdie said it’s a case of ‘Cultural Emergency’. He was told that the police in Kolkata wont let him enter because of his previous book “The Satanic Verses” which caused controversy within a muslim community and Mr. Rushdie was said to have misused freedom of speech.

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  • 2013-02-27 07:42:39 |  

So the government thinks by resorting to tit for tat they can challenge democracy’s fundamental rights? By taking away freedom of speech who apparently misused freedom of speech is completely irrational. They claim to be the largest democracy as well as the longest but still rank embarrassingly 140th out of 179 countries in the Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Index- take a look at this. http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html This is even behind Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Even their press is provided more freedom to write considering the level of political instability in the respective countries.

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  • 2013-02-27 07:40:20 |  

Yesterday the government and the department of telecom blocked another 55 facebook pages on Afzal Guru. The government has apparently shut down all Internet Services in Kashmir for a week. What does that say? This is a straight forward case of who decides what’s right and wrong? The government at its own comfort is deciding what and how many pages should be blocked? The law is being misinterpreted and this really concerns me. If blocking and deleting and hiding is something that the government wants to rely on as a way to govern the country then we’re in deep trouble.

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They should be castarated. One of the main reasons for the high number of Rapes in India is the fact that the rapists get away with it. If a rapist knows that the punishment for giving into his lust is something so major, he would atleast hesitate! For a man, his "manhood" is one of the most important things, something to be proud about. It’s his pride that will be taken away through castration, not only his balls. Castration is an extreme form of punishment, sure. But isn't raping an innocent girl much more extreme?

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Avatar of Poornima Wasnik

Where is the banking infrastructure in rural areas? How many people even have access to formal banking service? Isn't it crucial that this infrastructure is set up first. Otherwise it becomes a similar issue of not having a BPL certificate and/or ration card - age old problem of exclusion errors in our PDS and other schemes. Maybe we should focus on actually making the PDS work first. Before jumping the gun?

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But doesn't it reduce what is obviously a socio-politcal problem to a basically physical one? After all it’s not as if men are overpowered by their hormones to attack someone. And more importantly since a large portion of sexual crimes are associated with people who aren't able to find satisfaction elsewhere/ have been abused themselves doesn't it keep the cycle going? Its not really dealing with the problem in anyway, also castrating someone makes them unable to sexually abuse someone again, but I would think it exacerbates their desire to hurt the opposite sex even more..

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It is preposterous to call the anna movement "gandhian". If you go back to history, gandhi never went on a blanket-fast like the one anna did. Gandhi only fasted as protest against specific British action, as against going on an indefinite fast to pressure the British into leaving India. And plus, doesn't annas fast hold the implicit threat of violence by impling that the consequences of the governments non-compliance with his demands would result in angry mobs on the streets? Anna, rather than calling on the government for consultations , practically laid siege on the parliamentary process. And for those who believe team anna did cooperate in consultations, its hardly a consultative process when you refuse to compromise on anything. And yes, anna's suggestion for how India should react to the beheading of an Indian soldier by the Pakistani military- Go to war.

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  • 2013-02-12 07:47:08 |  

@Varun- You should check out this video of Indian Union Minister Kapil Sibal being questioned by the people of India about his view on internet censorship at the right to be heard show. He definitely brings about an important concern over transparency of individuals. However much people complain about the level of fear among the youth to go online, people still do it regardless. If the government should be more transparent then so should everybody else.?

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Avatar of Mohit Sachdeva

Best explanation is given by Nitin Pai in his article http://acorn.nationalinterest.in/2012/11/28/cash-transfers-will-work-if/ We need economic reforms, astute targeting and restructuring of government first. Only then can any welfare scheme be successful.

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Avatar of Raj Anand

Assuming that people can't make their own choices is unfair. This is really the crux of such a policy. "In moral terms, it gives citizens the autonomy to exercise the kind of subtle choice they need to cope with varying and difficult circumstances. There is an obtuse paternalism in claims that the poor cannot make relatively rational choices." -Pratap Bhanu Mehta in a previous IE article. There's also lots of scope for women empowerment, since the bank account holder is in the females name.

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I don't know how direct cash transfers will solve the larger problem of corruption and leakages that are currently rampant in various welfare schemes, the most obvious being the Public Distribution System. (PDS) Reform in the bureaucracy is probably the larger problem here, while reducing intermediaries is an essential step in the right direction, this does not necessarily mean that something like Aadhaar or cash transfers can eliminate corruption and leakages altogether. Pratap Bhanu Mehta had articulated this well in an Indian Express column a while ago: "Sections of the establishment seem to think that Aadhaar allows us to bypass the need to build capacity in the state, as if this were one technological solution to a human organisation problem. In fact, the opposite is true. Over the course of its development, Aadhaar will require an even more sophisticated state. There is sophistication in the Aadhaar team, but unless that percolates into all other parts of the bureaucracy we will end up with the same dysfunctional system with a layer of technology." Explains the issue pretty well. Rest of the article is here: http://m.indianexpress.com/news/laying-a-new-aadhaar/1021583/

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  • 2013-02-11 07:07:49 |  

India is slowly becoming a very digital literate country and I read a few days back that facebook in India ha 45 million users and twitter has 15 million. thats almost half the online population of india. how do you restrict that many people. whats the point?

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I see a direct conflict between the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme and the Food Security Bill. The DCT system is based on the idea that the consumer be allowed to choose according to his needs. Money gives the consumer the freedom of choice, helping him/her buy according to individual consumption patterns. The Food Security Bill however rests on the premise that the individual is unable to choose well when it comes to nutritional needs, entitling them to 25 kgs of food grains per household, per month. So at one end, while the government recognizes the ability of the beneficiary to make rational choices, on the other, it feels the need to lay down specific entitlements.

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Avatar of Nakul Swami

For those of you who are not aware of the direct cash transfer scheme, it’s an initiative taken by the government to provide monetary support to rural India by eliminating middlemen in providing benefits to the poor with upmost transparency and as less leakages as possible. I have uploaded a diagram labeling the regions of the 3 stages of the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme. The first stage that began on the 1st of January will seek to cover 43 districts in the country. Today was the commence date for the second stage of the process by covering all districts in 18 stages and the final stage, which will start on 1st April 2014, will cover the rest of India. At this point, transfers are already being made worth Rs 20, 000 Crore. But the end result is what’s getting everybody interested. An estimated of Rs 60, 000 cr could be saved due to the transfer of such benefits as food and fertilizer subsidies. The government should be able to trim the fiscal deficit and stabilize the high food inflation in India through this initiative. This scheme is although not just limited to that, as more programs are added including food, oil, fertilizer and employment, which will result in about Rs. 300,000 to be transferred by the end of 2014.

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Prerna Trehan

The Government finally gives us some hope of undertaking measures to make CBI autonomous. An "Accountability Committee" considering of a panel of retired judges will be constituted to keep an eye on the investigations undertaken regarding graft and other substantial matters. However what these substantial matters will be and if it will extend to cases like that of Jahan remains unspoken. Further according to an article in India Today they also hope to impart some sort of financial autonomy like that in the CRPF. But how to maintain the financial autonomy will be another area the GoM will have to deal with. Hopefully, a law that gives CBI some real teeth and performance capacity will come on the scene. However there are still countless details and intricacies that need sorting out before concrete steps in this direction can be taken.

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Supreme Court rejects transfer of the trial outside Delhi. This is a great news and this judgement of SC will also help keep people's confidence in the judiciary. The case should not be shifted out of Delhi just for the nonsense concerns of defence counsel.

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Avatar of Roshni Aggarwal

The people of country will stand behind Anna in all agitations.The insane govt has derailed Lok Pal Bill by not implementing it to curb corruption spread by all political parties.The coming elections will teach lesson to all corrupt politcal leaders by defeating them.

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Anna should form and organise a political party by August-Sept 2013.Crying need.

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Avatar of Rakesh Lahiri

Strengthen the Grassroots level strongly- Let them decide and vote right candidates- Ban any tainted candidiate . Voice their opinions to strenghthen Gram panchaysth for develop t- progress -establishing schools- hospitals- colleges and building infrastructure ex: roads and supply of clean drinking water. Educate the villagers-farmers- Jawans- AAM ADMI. This comprises of nearly 60% of population giving the highest votes-mandate. Eliminate criminals - tainted candidates ASAP. Only highly qualified - down to earth- hard working- transparent- visionary- dedicated - people s person.with good background. Conduct aproper background check. Anna hazare- kiran bedi- kejriwal should recommend and propose right candidates . for the future of the nation. Think out of the box -no more nepotism or chamchas - only qualified -competent-capable personalities should step forward.

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Anna Hazare is right in his demand. The Central Bureau of Investigation & the Central Vigilance Commission should be autonomous bodies and given free hands to work independently with out any pressure from the ruling parties. It could either be Congress or BJP. It doesn’t matter because either ways the parties use the law against each other. Corruption can be controlled to a great extent in public life, if these agencies are given free hand to work as per the rules and not as per the pressure.

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I have not recieved my card . I have applied in 2011 april.

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  • 2013-01-29 07:52:14 |  

I believe that the idea of freedom of speech is a misnomer for the country. Just because a bunch of lower level police officers acted irresponsibly to please the local politicians does not mean heavens have fallen. A poor man does not have food to eat or feed his family,despite being prepared to work hard, does he enjoy any freedom o speech.Every Govt. servant is ready to fleece the public on any pretext We should be ashamed of the acts we are doing in the name of freedom.

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  • 2013-01-29 07:50:09 |  

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Avatar of Roshni Aggarwal

It is not possible to register with Adhar Card within 15th Feb.I have applied for the Adhar Card in November but yet to receive the card.Manu people are outside the state at the present moment and how they can comply with the Govt.notification within the stipulated period.The date must be extended b y one more month.Moreover who cannot comply with the Govt.notification within the stipulated period ,how they will do it afterward? There must be some provision for the late submission of the form.

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The government will start direct cash transfer of subsidy to bank accounts of beneficiaries in 20 districts from Jan 1, finance minister P Chidambaram said. The Direct Benefit Transfer system will be implemented in seven schemes such as scholarships and old age pensions from Jan 1.

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  • 2013-01-01 10:21:03 |  

IT Act's Section 66A , as it stands has no place in a democracy. I've repeatedly said that the trouble behind all this is the IB minister.He himself is often confused and troubles others. Now why should the SP, policemen and the victims not file the cases of harassment against the dept? Manishji had clearly said that they could cause no undue troubles. Now what?

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