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Bidisha ShonarKoli Mamata, better known as Bidisha, is a critic, broadcaster and writer specialising in the arts and culture; social affairs including gender, class, sexuality and race; and international affairs.

[One of  India’s fastest growing industries treat women as bodies for rent. Surrogacy tourism is now worth $2.3 billion to the Indian economy]

Infertile? Fancy a Holiday? Visit India, where you can buy gems from Jaipur, see the Taj Majal and collect a baby, your own flesh and blood, couriered to the country in a parcel, carried for nine months and birthed by a greateful Indian surrogate.

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The Turbulent Universe

[Paul Kurtz is Professor of Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo He is chairman of the Institute for science and Human Values, and also Chairman of Prometheus Books one of the top fifty publishing houses in the United States. He is a Fellor of American Associatin for the Advancement of Science, and Humanist Laureate and President of the International Academy of Humanism. He is the author of some 55 published books . He has also published some 900 articles and reviews. An influential public speaker, he has appeared in the media worldwide.]

The emergence of Science and Reason A radical change in understanding nature occurred when humans recognized that supernatural explanations could not account for natural phenomena.

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Dravidar Kazhagam presented the Memorandum to the Chairman and Members of the Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of Other Backward Classes at Chennai

(Dr. K.Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam met the Chairman and Members of the Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of Other Backward Classes on 29th  September 2012 at Chennai and presented a Memorandum and the text of the Memorandum is as follows)

29th  September 2012


The Chairman & Members
Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of
Other Backward Classes
Camp @ Chennai

Dear Sirs,

We congratulate the Chairman and Members of the Parliamentary Committee for OBCs, for choosing your first visit to Chennai, the capital of Social Justice and privileged to extend my greetings to all of you from this Land of Periyar – Tamil Nadu that has provided 50% reservation for OBCs besides 19% reservation for SCs/STs.

More than a decade old demand for constituting a Parliamentary Committee for OBCs has been considered by the present UPA Government and approved by the Parliament unanimously is a significant step towards creating a mechanism to monitor the implementation of 27% reservation to OBCs both in education and employment and further the advancement of the OBCs.

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