Saumya Khanduja

A cat lover, a book lover, and a beach lover: Saumya is all shades of being human. A sociology graduate from India, who spends most of her time writing. Outside the realm of the web, she loves cooking, sketching, and listening to the cello. A Game Of Thrones enthusiast, she might be small, but can "slay" you!
Universal Basic Income Finland

Can Universal Basic Income Work for Us and Our Economy?

In the beautiful countryside of Finland, a man gets about 560€ sent to his bank account, every month, for free! No strings attached! He uses this cash as and when he likes. Who is giving him all this free money? The Government of Finland. It’s called Universal Basic Income.
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Padmaavat

Padmaavat: Dividing India the Karni Sena Way!

Growing up in India, as a typical Bollywood lover, I ask Hindu religious groups – Why did you do that?

The story begins with an announcement by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, an eminent Indian movie maker, who has been touching our hearts since forever. The announcement of his next big project – Padmaavati, oops! Padmaavat, with his favorite duo Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. As soon as the shooting for the movie began in Rajasthan, members of the Rajput Karni Sena have been making it a difficult task to produce something so enigmatic, that they eventually were supposed to love!
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Aadhaar Number: Is India’s Biometrics ID System Safe?

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani brought the idea of a twelve-digit unique identity biometric number, the Aadhaar number, into existence in India, with the idea of making a difference in the lives of about 119,22,59,062 people. The idea was to make sure these people were delivered with the benefits and subsidies provided by the Government of India directly, without any mediators cashing in on them.
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human rights

I Stand for Human Rights, Do You?

Human Rights – In about a 100 billion galaxies, possibly even more than that, our home – the Milky Way Galaxy – exists, consisting of more than a hundred billion stars. Of which, our planet earth, the blue planet, is the one and only planet where we know that life exists. The total human population, as of 2016, is about 7.44 billion people. 7.44 billion hearts are beating on this planet, at this very moment, calculating every step, every move, aspiring to reach their dreams and goals.
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Women in India: Rape, Sexual Harassment and Molestation

Women in India: Rape, Sexual Harassment and Molestation

In the land of Kamasutra, the land of approximately 1.324 billion lives, ironically, “sex” is a taboo. Women in India have it worse. Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Molestation are a part of everyday life. Let me take you to the real India, where we are not going to look through rose-tinted glasses to show how developed our country is, or how brilliant our minds are.
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India Drugs

India in a Trance: The Gritty Reality of Drugs

A typical day in my life; I was busy on my phone, scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. That’s when I came across new memes about a child addicted to some “solution”. I passively ignored it, thinking it was just another meme. Little did I know the reality behind it. Spoiler: it’s related to drugs.
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Teenage pregnancy

Being Mum Too Young: The Tribulations of Teenage Pregnancy

Sarah, a young girl, age 14, found out one morning that her parents filed for a divorce, and are going to live separately from now on. With no one around, she went out for a stroll in the nearest park. While on her way back, she met a friend from her school, along with two boys.
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human rights

Human Rights: A Historical Perspective on Fundamental Rights

Just like the phoenix, human rights emerged from the ashes and ruins of the world. The beginning of human rights as a revolution is said to be in the late 19th and the whole of the 20th century. However, from ancient texts and research, we can gather that the first time human rights were talked about was back in 539 BC. This is when the armies of Cyrus the great captured ancient Persian lands only to free the slaves and establish equality. This significant historical act provided a basis for today’s human rights decrees.
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