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According to a recent report by UNICEF, more than half of India’s population defecates in the open, and the situation is worse in the acutely impoverished rural areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachch Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2014 with the aim of making India open defecation free (ODF) by 2019. The objective is to provide every village and every person in India, toilet and sanitation facilities, including solid and liquid waste disposal systems, [...]

Judicial System of India

One of the oldest legal systems in the world today is the Indian judicial system and it still incorporates certain features inherited from the British judicial system during their centuries of colonial rule in India. The Indian Constitution, which is the supreme law of the country, provides the framework of the present legal and judicial system of the country. India’s judicial system follows a “common law system” along with the regulatory law and the statutory [...]

Gender Gap in India

Though the Constitution of India prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, women’s position in the country has not improved much. Women in India are still considered to be a burden for most families on account of dowry, wedding costs, education and healthcare. Even today, the preference is for sons over daughters. The In 2011, there were 914 girls for 1,000 boys among children aged 6 years and this was supposed to be the most [...]

Have you ever thought who originally drew the pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses that we pray every day and night? The other day when I was reading a newspaper article I came to know about Raja Ravi Varma, the first Indian artist who drew the face of Goddess Laxmi’s that we always pray. This aroused my curiosity and I really wanted to know more about this artist, who is also considered as the father [...]

Increase in Women Assaults

Safety and independence of women in India has always been in question. With an increase in the number of rape cases, it has become one of the most talked about issues in our country. Every now and then female instead of male is regarded as the reason for rape. Her clothes, her way of talking, going out at night, living alone are debated again and again. But it is the mind set of the society [...]

Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna

After Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, which was launched on 2nd Oct 2014 for a clean India, on 11th October 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana” for clean and developed villages of rural India. This is a prestigious village development project, which focuses on the all-round development of villages, including economic, social and cultural growth and development. The PM aims to cover 2,500 villages by 2019. One of the striking and unique [...]

National Mental Health Programme

A person’s health to a great extent depends on his mental health as well. Good mental health means a good sense of living, living with confidence and self esteem. A person in a good mental health means that he is being able to live life, enjoying it to the fullest extent, in spite of difficulties, and being able to appreciate his life, the people and the environment around. Most important of all, being in a [...]

October 22, 2014
Traffic Light

As I begin writing this article on the Traffic Situation in India, I hum a rhyme I learnt as a child. Stop says the red light, go says the green, changing says the amber one, blinking in between. In India, it is time to show the red light to traffic till the conditions change and the signal can be turned green again. And we, the people of India, have to contribute as responsible citizens towards a better [...]

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat campaign on October 2, Gandhi Jayanthi day,  with a vision for a Clean India by 2019, he had also invited nine celebrities to take up the challenge and carry it forward by example. The invited celebrities were Shashi Tharoor, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Ambani, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kamal Haasan, Mridula Sinha, Ramdev and the TV serial team ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma’. He also asked each [...]

Earthen Diyas

It’s that time of the year again, when you need to spruce your home, make it bright and colourful and welcome Goddess Laxmi to your home. Yes, the most awaited festival of Indians, the festival of lights is just round the corner. Diwali has always been a special day for all Hindus spread all across the globe and is celebrated worldwide with great pomp and enthusiasm. Since time immemorial, this festival is celebrated by lighting [...]