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Q : Madurai Chinna Pillai of the Self – Help Group (SHG) was praised by the former Prime Minister Vajpayee . But why the present governments are reluctant to better the performaces of the SHGs?

- K. Palanisamy, Pudupatti.

Ans : It appears that both the State and Central Governments seem to hold up the activities of the SHG for reasons not known. This is highly miserable and condemnable. During the DMK period in Tamil Nadu,  these SHG groups have functioned exceedingly well.

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Religion in the U.N. Declaration

Universal Declaration of Human Rights would recognise not only the right to profess a religion under Article 18(1), but also right to conversion under Article 18(2) as explained by the U.N. Commision  as under:“Article 18.2 bars coercion that would impair the right to have or adopt a religion or belief, including the use of threat of physical force or penal sanctions to compel believers or non-believers to adhere to their religious beliefs and congregations, to recant their religion or belief or to convert."  

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