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Crisis of ideological constructs or war for human rights PDF Print E-mail
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Hindutva Storm Troopers‘You mother f….r, how dare you write about implementing ceiling laws in the Tarai region of Uttarakhand. We will take enough care if you dare to come here’, came a response to my article on my blog written after the completion of the padyatra  related to land issues in Uttarakhand.  Such responses are not new to me as they keep coming. ‘ I have not read an idiotic article like this’, was a response to my review article on Telengana in mynews.in yesterday. Another one wrote, ‘ how much money are you getting in to divide Hindu society’.. you are fortunate enough that you are not born in China and Pakistan, he wrote, otherwise you would have seen what could have done to you..

Just a few years back during the anti Mandal agitation initiated by the caste Hindus in the AIIMS, Delhi, I got a number of hate mail at the CNN-IBN blogs as perhaps I was among very few to question their ‘meritocracy’. ‘You beggar quotawallah, go beg at Connaught place first, then seek a reserve job’, wrote some one. Times of India mentioned it as ‘apartheid’ against ‘poor’ upper caste. It is a discrimination against the upper caste, it intended to say.

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OBCs account for 38.5% of rural population: Survey PDF Print E-mail
Pro Reservation

NEW DELHI: Subject to politically charged and conflicting claims, the mist over the percentage of OBCs in the population might have lifted a bit with an official survey revealing that backward castes account for around 38.5% of the rural populace. Tamil Nadu tops the OBC chart with 54.37% of rural households (HH) belonging to backward category. Uttar Pradesh has 51.78% rural HHs in OBC bracket. It is 37% in the Mandal powerhouse of Bihar while Chhattisgarh may be seen as a surprise with 50.37% of households surveyed belonging to the OBC category. Importantly, while a national figure of 38.5% falls well short of Mandal Commission estimates of 52%, they tally with an NSSO survey which pegged OBC population at around 35%.

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Sep 15, Remembering AnnaDurai PDF Print E-mail
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eptember 15, 2009 marks the birth centenary of one of the greatest sons of Tamil Nadu, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna as he is affectionately known. He was a statesman, a scholar, a litterateur, a social reformer, a mass leader, a friend of the poor, a writer, an actor, a playwright, a poet, a satirist, a politician and above all a good human being.Today, September 15, 2009 marks the birth centenary of one of the greatest sons of Tamil Nadu, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna as he is affectionately known. He was a statesman, a scholar, a litterateur, a social reformer, a mass leader, a friend of the poor, a writer, an actor, a playwright, a poet, a satirist, a politician and above all a good human being. Attired in simple South Indian Veshti and a shirt, he was austere, mostly silent and quiet; but strong and dynamic as and when the occasion demanded. This writer had the good fortune of interacting with him on a couple of occasions. He never cared for his look or appearance. Often, he will come out in the open with an unshaven face, carrying a broad innocent smile.

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The myth of Bigamy in India PDF Print E-mail
Women

 In 1974, a government survey found Muslims to account for 5.6% of all bigamous marriages and upper-caste Hindus accounting for 5.8%. The difference may appear to be small but it is big, in real terms. The 1971 census records 45.3 crore Hindus and six crore Muslims. Allowing for women and children to make up 65% of each group, as many as one crore Hindu men had more than one wife in 1971, compared to 12 lakh Muslim men.The Law Commission recently recommended a good way to prevent a married Hindu man from taking another wife: Deeming such a marriage illegal even if he converted to Islam before he wed a second time. That Law Commission report, 'Preventing Bigamy via Conversion to Islam', essentially highlighted an important and little-known truth - namely that more Hindus than Muslims commit bigamy.

This has been true for more than a quarter of a century. In 1974, a government survey found Muslims to account for 5.6% of all bigamous marriages and upper-caste Hindus accounting for 5.8%. The difference may appear to be small but it is big, in real terms. The 1971 census records 45.3 crore Hindus and six crore Muslims. Allowing for women and children to make up 65% of each group, as many as one crore Hindu men had more than one wife in 1971, compared to 12 lakh Muslim men.

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Iranian Woman who became the Famous Empress of India PDF Print E-mail
Women

Sha Jahan and MumthazINTRODUCTION: Alexandrina Victoria, aka Queen Victoria (born 1818), was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and from 1 May 1876 she was the Empress of India of the British Raj until her death in 1902. Long before Queen Victoria, a very distinguished Iranian woman called as Arjumand Banu Begum (ABB) entitled as Mumtaz Mahal became the famous Empress of India in 1628 when his husband Shah Jahan (from Persian meaning King of the World) became the ruler of the Mughal Empire in the Indian Subcontinent. In this article the life story of ABB as the First Iranian Woman who became the Famous Empress of India will be studied and discussed.

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