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Harsh Vardhan faces flak for saying sex education should be banned


New Delhi, Jun 27 (CNN-IBN): Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is facing severe criticism for his remark that sex education should be banned in schools. The Congress has said that such views by him show that he has a medieval mindset.

"If India's Health Minister has such views, then it shows that he has no morals. It is important to educate adolescents in such matters.If they are not educated, how will they know about such issues," asked Congress leader Manish Tewari.

He is also facing flak on Twitter. Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh tweeted, "Another regressive statement from health minister Harsh Vardhan - sex education should be banned? Which world he lives in? Latest from RSS lab. Harsh Vardhan wants to take India in Stone Age."

Teachers in the Delhi University, too, hit out at Harsh Vardhan saying he should 'check his mind'. One of the professors at DU said that such a view is not expected from an experienced MBBS.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, meanwhile, has distanced itself from Harsh Vardhan's comment saying these are his personal views.

Vardhan, who is in the US, sparked a row as he stated on his website that sex education in schools should be banned. In his 'vision document', Harsh Vardhan said that states must integrate value education with course content and put strong emphasis on exposing students to India's cultural relations. He added that Yoga education should be made compulsory.

"So-called 'sex education' to be banned. Value Education will be integrated with course content. Yoga should be made compulsory," says Vardhan in the document on his website.

The Health Minister had earlier too sparked a row when he said that fidelity was a better AIDS prevention measure than condoms. Public haelth activists have accused Harsh Vardhan of pushing the RSS agenda.

He, however, had rejected reports that he underplayed the role of condoms in fighting AIDS but insisted that official campaigns should focus on safe sex as a holistic concept which includes highlighting the role of "fidelity to single partners". His statement on informing people on the supremacy of fidelity as an AIDS prevention measure is not only a piece of cultural advice but also a scientific one, he had said.

"Any experienced NGO activist knows that condoms sometimes break while being used. That is why government campaigns in India, whether through the National Aids Control Organisation or the state governments, should focus on safe sex as a holistic concept which includes highlighting the role of fidelity to single partners," he had said. Vardhan, who was then in the US on an official tour, denied in a statement that he had any "moral problem" with condoms, as suggested by some media reports.

"Through misleading headlines, an impression is sought to be created that I have misgivings about the efficacy of condoms or that I have a moral problem with condoms. "For the past two decades, I have been stressing the need for safe sex using a combination of condoms and discipline which is in line with the Abstinence-Be Faithful-Condom (ABC) line of UNAIDS that has yielded great success in Uganda and forms part of the anti-AIDS campaigns of several countries," he said.

"As the health minister, I find it justified to include this simple message in the communication strategy of the government's anti-AIDS programmes," he added. "Condoms promise safe sex, but the safest sex is through faithfulness to one's partner. Prevention is always better than cure," Vardhan said.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Our State Minister U T Khader has agreed to train Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan...

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  • vellano1, mumbai

    Sun, Jun 29 2014

    Aa jana Thailand podu barpundu maare.apagapaga! -)

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    For the students in the elementary, secondary and high schools it is most imperative to teach:

    TEN COMMANDMENTS IN ALL THE SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND INSTITUTIONS AND SPECIAL TRAINING CENTERS TO ALL THE CITIZENS PLUS M.L'S, M.P.'S AND SPECIFICALLY TO THIS CHAAIWAALA. P.M

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    ..we are crossing CHINA in population without sex education..HARSHAVARDHAN advocated changes in existing education not ban..we have to adopt/modify education as per our need and how it suits us the best according to our culture/heritage..if somebody tries to copy or force us to implement their version it will fail miserably..can you advocate this education in MIDDLE EAST or any Islamic countries?..even western countries trying to push Democracy all over the world, do they succeed? they will not..every country have its history,tradition,culture..you cant force anything on anyone..

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    The text books of Gujarat Educational institutions says

    "Japan d r o p p e d /threw from plane a nuclear bomb on US during World War 2",

    "Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on October 30, 1948" -

    These are just two of the many factual errors in textbooks published by the Gujarat government for state-run schools.October


    Smrithi Irani like fake education d to election commission has become HRD minister and what she can guide to HRD a fake educationalist.

    STUDENTS WILL GET ONLY FAKE EDUCATION

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    This guy appears to be a quack rather than a doctor. What a foolish statement to make don't use condoms when there is so much aids going round. People with this knid of stone age mentality are unfit to be a health minister. If he wants to grab head lines then let him say something useful.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    We had similar BJP health minister Sriramulu who said that people can dial 108 reach him.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    It has All those who criticised Mangalore Home stay attack are here critisising Dr. Harshavardhan.
    The minister has said that moral values are more important than condoms in preventing aids. Never mentioned that condoms should not be used. If you restrict yourself committed to one partner, then the fear of contageous(sexually) diseases can be controlled. Only people with low maral values, who want to have sex outside marriage are opposing the statement by the Minister.

    Regarding the Sex education, he said the "so called" sex education with vulgarity should be banned. Even with children too, the efforts should be taken to impart moral values than sex eduction with vulgar models.

    Dr. Harshavardhan is the father of the successfull polio eradication programme in India. As we all have respected what Sam Pitroda has contributed to Indian telecom sector, we need to respect Dr. Harshavardhan.

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  • sid, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    atlast anthony agrees dongi congis divide india communally in the name of minority

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  • vinay, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Is it ok for you guys in Iraq, militants started Sex Jehad?

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  • Leo, UK

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Minister's excessive obsession about Condoms & sex education may prompt Modi to change profile name to Minister of KAAMAATIPURA !!

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  • JSaheb,

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    First educate Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, then pupil

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    ..jobless news traders item..he never said it should be banned..his whole statement available online in Govt press release portal..his statement on condom use & sex education was totally distorted..DR.HARSHAVARDHAN not like Diggy, Signvi, Sibbal..he is a world renowned Doctor, well respected nationally/internationally..UN awardee..He is the man behind polio drive, his efforts made INDIA polio free country..it is childish to say he will make irresponsible statements..If any one goes thru his original statement will get an idea what he actually said..for Congress supporter, sorry cant help for 5 years do drama..

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  • anil, delhi

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Educated but, no experience in politics same like amul baby.

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  • Suleman Beary, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    What about encouraging school children to become 'Sadhu and Sadhvins' as well imposing Yoga as mandatory...???? What an RSS idea sirji.....?

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Doctor saheb..., becoming mulayam singh of BJP....

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  • shaiKH MohD rizwan, karkala

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Dear readers,

    Indian culture practiced by his own cabinet colleague Nihal Chand Meghwal or our own elected Mangalorean way?

    Osho Rajneesh,AsaRram and Swami Nityananda even enjoyed practicing while our MLA's watched them on Tabs in Parliament in the middle of the session is this the diverse culture?

    Minister saheb,Our population is already 1 billion plus without the knowledge of 'Tantra Yoga'.If condoms are unreliable even earth will be small for our nation.

    Jai hind

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  • ankur, delhi

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Dr.harshvardhan is right......sex education in schools are always part of fun amongst students......i have seen it when my school was given the so called sex education to us....children were more eager to experiment....they laugh....n they commented...“ hame sabb pata hai pehle se "...before imparting sex education....i think value education is must......n f talk about condom issue raised.....whats wrong in fidelity with one partner....go ahead dr harshvardhan......“kuch to log kahenge...logo ka kaam hai kehna"....

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  • Shashi, Kodi

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    @Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa, There is nothing left for them to take people like you who blindly believe in lies like earth is standstill,Sun rotates around earth,universe is finite etc. to backward.Did you really understand what health minister told?Sense prevail on empty headed people like you

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  • masif, manglore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    toda log minister honeke bad pagal jaisa statement derraa he, he party ka toda follwer usko support karke comments dalra he
    Ho party me jada log jaisa raja vaisaa prjaa
    lo lo lo

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    I pity the new Health Minister
    Hon. Harsh Vardhan for his total illiteracy. He might have made this statement while meditating in a cave at the Himalayan Mountain after eating something different!

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  • Anees, Karkala

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Health Minister not attend any Lab practical class on medical degree classes. so he has shay mindset

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  • Denzil, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Fascist rule has begun in India!
    Today ban on sex education! Tomorrow may be sterilization! Thats what Hitler did!
    Achche din are east approaching!

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Sir, you are absolutely correct. Simply wait and see the surprising turn of events yet to come! I don't want to write in detail about the aftermath of this blinded march to push back India into the 17th century.

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  • nazeer husain, katapady

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    the doctor said hundred percent wright.Rather than following dirty western ides,be stick to indian values.HALAAL MAKES ALL WELL

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    I am surprised with few of seculars comments here..those who keep women oppressed under burqa talk liberally about sex education. Should this be included in all Madrasa's too? Doesnt holy books like Bible, Quran, say NO to condoms? I know people r not advised to use it! so is abortion etc is banned! Multiple partners, scandalous lifestyle will only spread STDs, one shld have moral values and love for their family.. thats all Health minister said! Earlier one Gulam nabi said, power cut gives rise to Population, cos people don't watch TV and go and indulge in Sex, No one made a hallabaloo that time!... OK, Kamasutra was there,. should that be includes in studies? Be wise enough... Dont u feel offended in that case too? will everybody here order for monthly subscription of playboy at home? or mastram series?.. let us educate our kids about some physiology aspect too!! Christians do have Jeevan jyothi camps.... something similar to all will do? I want to seek opinions of all here...

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  • ethan, mangalore/mumbai

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Juz visit cyber cafes in Mumbai... You ll find school boys watching porn videos.Even before we educate them, they would know everything.

    As it is kids are taught bout reproduction in biology subject...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    10th Standard pass Smriti was shown her place in DELHI...

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Losing respect every day since mid May!!! Obba silent aagi ketta...Innobba mathadi ketta!!
    looks like silent man did lot of work...Barking man wasted lot of time on talking!!

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    This is what happens when you make a man minister who has become famous over the years by curing cough & cold in rural areas.
    Secondly, this type of statements come only with the influence of
    RSS, VHP and Ram Sene.
    Muthleak for example.
    Wait and watch, many more such case
    start flowing in future.

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  • Keshav, Puttur

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    I pity on media and poor state of people mind who commented negatively on minister's statements. They just need TRP and easy publicity by boasting such matters. Ho'ble health minister has given valid and sensible statements.
    Did we undergo sex education in schools? Haven't we living life respectfully? The young mind need value education, they must be taught how to lead respectful life. As the kids grow, they naturally learn about sex. It need not be taught.
    On usage of condom too minister spoke responsibly. It should not be promoted as to built illicit relations, it should be used wisely to lead a happy family.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Typical RSS mouth..

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Don't be surprised Very soon Smrithi Irani may say Cheddi, Lathi and Topi should be uniform for all educational institutions. That too stitched in RSS
    headquarters in Nagpur.

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  • Jayanth, Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Are our schools now teaching good maths and science, respect for each other ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    These JOKERS can take India only BACKWARDS...

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Seems like a backward march of India through the totally surprising statement from the Ministers.

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  • Abhishek Padival Jain, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Now he said Sex Education should be banned.
    After few days he will say the Sex itself should be banned and celibacy should be imposed on all Indians to contain Population.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    As you have indicated, I fear that such events are going taking place in India based on the circus show seen withing a few days after the BJP came into power. They are going to take totally undue advantage of their surprising election result to send shock waves to the electorate. Simply watch and wait.

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  • Ajith Kotari, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Don't be surprised they are not going to teach real sex practicals Its good to have knowledge about individuals own sexual organs, functions, hygiene safety, precautions, protection against molesters and diseases. To learn there is no other better place than school. Don't look everything through your religious glasses

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  • India First, India

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Moral education is much needed !!!

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  • Mukesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    We are in 2014. I think Mr Harsha Vardhan is right.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Good move by Dr. Harsh...

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  • Lester, Managalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Dinesh Poojary Jaidara...??? Comment please...

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  • Jayaprakash, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    He is attending a education course. Hope you can guess which it is :)

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  • Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    What to do with sex education. That makes tender minds to mislead their career. I fully agreed with Mr. Harsha Vardhan's thought.

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  • Jayaprakash, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    This is known as stone age mentality, at-least have the desire to grow up !

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Sex education is not about sex act but sexuality, which should be taught from primary school as per the age and the contents one should relate to themselves.

    Education is receiving knowledge which one is not knowing.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
    For all he is a Burden

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  • Desmond H Vas, udupi

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    What about legislatures Sex scandals / watching pornography in Assembly of Karnataka? Is this a good Culture?

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  • Tennyson, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    There more to add N.M governors,Southern states compulsory Hindi,,scraping planning commission. proposing Advani president of India Delhi university issue.More will come, all in mess.Now Dr.Harash Vardhan ,how he become a Doctor without sex education??

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    No development talks,No price control talks,no inflation control talks.Only sex education,governor change,Hindi language issue to divert public attention.

    Only Congress can give good governance.

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  • MANU, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 27 2014


    What about item numbers in movies ??? Anyway not applicable for ministers.

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  • MANU, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Not only price rise, controversies too from a minister showing the way for shaming growth of population and STDs

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  • Shanker Nayak, udupi

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Ise Doctor ki degree kisne di..?

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  • vivek, herebile / abudhabi

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    inexperience looming with this Minister.....for everything he is keeping his personal view!!!...thank God he is only health minister!!..if he was a Delhi Chief Minister ,,,,God save Delhities....

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  • vikram, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    This is what happens when BJP comes to power. The youth of India did not realize that the people in BJP are mostly RSS products. They do not have progressive mindset.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    If bjp had ruled us since '47 then India today would have been stuck in the 18th century due to Sanghi-bjp's regressive and outdated ideology and concepts.

    This quack doctor and his semi- literate colleagues are a by-product of 'sanghi school of propaganda'.

    I don't see any 'Acche din' with such crack-pots.

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Why not this minister add Kamasutra and training in the education? After all Kamasutra is Indian.When he is proud of Indian culture why not practice it?If Yoga should be mandatory Kamasutra should also be mandatory.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    Modi Team's some irresponsible Statements in the press are

    Sex education in schools should be banned!!!

    25% inflation OK(cabinet Minister)

    A whooping unprecedented 14% rail fare was justified(Jaitely)but in the later stage partial roll back has been done!

    Finally,Dr Harshvardhan's MBBS certificate should be checked and Modi should give him "lation"what to tell and not in the Press.It is indeed big embarrassment for relatively inexperienced MODI TEAM.

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  • TRaghu Pai, Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    12th pass HRD minister says commenting on UGC controversy isn't her liberty. But she coolly commented on her next movie All Is Well.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 28 2014

    Perinje Saab,
    Please be remonded of statements like " Poverty is a state of mind"!!!

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    The class and the aukath of BJP is on display everyday. The loose canons of a FEKU party get exposed by their comments and acts. They want sex only secretly but they don't want to talk about it. Because their culture forbids it.

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  • Prakash Shetty, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    This Harsh Vardan is gone mental crack. God only knows How Modi sarkar Ka Ache Din will come?

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    An intro to mody's ministers:
    1.' Semi educated' Smriti files falsified affidavit and becomes HRD minister..
    2. Nihalchand is a rape accused. 3.Minister Retd.Genenral V.K Singh thinks soldiers are dacoits.
    4. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh feels 25% inflation is okay.
    5.Power Minister Piyush Goyal has no idea how to handle power crisis.
    6. And now Health Minister wants to fight AIDS without condoms.

    Can such hopeless people bring ‘Ache Din’?

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Fri, Jun 27 2014

    And Muth-leak at the helm of their
    affairs.!!!

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