Should such reputable companies be financing hate through ads on RepulsiveTV?: Raymonds, MuthootGroup, Jio, MaxBupa, Kent, AirIndia, Star Health Insurance, Nissan, Dabur, Mahindra, Amazon, Samsung, Sony, Maruti, Nerolac, Toyota. Can they find the moral courage to be like Parle?
These are no better since they pay for news on TimesNow: Cadbury, Toyota, Hyundai, Nerolac, Birla Group, Amul, Skoda, Mercedes, Ceat, Samsung, Bluestar, HDFC, Sony, TCS. They "fund the toxicity, the hatred and bigotry, which our news channels spew 24x7":…
Shouldn't corporates have the "same moral & social duties as individuals, to condemn immoral ideology, to abjure hate &communalism, to not incite one community against another, to distinguish between the truth & falsehood?" asks AvayShukla:…
These amoral corporates should know that their real "Return on Investment" is "a society and country being torn apart by the channels they fund. Our corporates aspire to be global entities but fail to espouse global values." Why do companies fund hatred?…
As Rajiv Bajaj put it: "I do not want my children to inherit an India built on hate."…
But even from a purely corporate perspective, isn’t a socially harmonious India better for "India Inc." than a country & market divided by hatred? Why finance hate then?

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The universal appeal of Ram & SanatanDharma cannot be commandeered by those who chant either hymns or slogans. He belongs to all humanity. For Hindutva, Ram is a God to be worshipped; for Gandhiji Ram represented ideal qualities that every person should practise &seek to emulate.
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3/3 I condemn Govt's move to file police cases against those who were forced by Govt to appear for an avoidable exam, without allocating enough centres to prevent overcrowding. Govt is acting against the citizenry to cover up its own incompetence. I demand the cases be withdrawn.
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2/8: Given the institution's strong history of path-breaking innovation and the calibre of its scientists,I was confident that this would be successful & allocated this amount to the institute as the attachment shows.
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