The Voyage of a Ship named BOLLYWOOD
From bollywood songs to the movie conceptualization, to the idolization of a ‘perfect man’ and the myths of a beautiful woman, all sem to be a journey of thousand miles proposing indiscriminate thoughts and inculcating assorted experiences
The room full of utter darkness and silence had turned into a clamorous bunch of sounds, when, ‘RAJ’ the hero, had slammed the glass door so hard that it could have made the dead awake. The wolves in the front row start to howl and whistle on his unbeatable dance moves over the catchy tune of the movie title. Almost everyone sobbed over the death of his beloved friend and sweared over their ‘true friendship’. But, the climax had definitely made everyone stuck to their seats when ‘Raj’ fought with 20 men, single handedly and made even the brute father to give away his heart and his beautiful daughter to our hero ‘Raj’. The room was again filled with the of a sound of claps showing jubilance on the victory of true love. That’s the magic of ‘INDIAN CINEMA’, offering diverse emotions over sequels of actions, dance, love story, and friendship: some base ingredients of any Indian movie.
The “filmi” blood definitely runs through our veins, as Indian cinema has taken the first position in terms of annual film output in the world.
But the world of Indian cinema is not just confined to one interest, one person or any predictive story line; it seeks to capture the beauty of everything in completely peculiar way. Indian directors have a thoughtful and a creative approach to depict the reality of life and it’s fortitude to meet its basic needs, which has won over several hearts of the spell-bounded audiences. Even the ideal ‘Indian hero’ has been reconstructed all over again.
FROM “MACHO” TO “CHOCOLATE BOY”
In the 40s, the Golden era of Bollywood industry, was flourishing with some fine actors and international award winning films like KAGAZ KE PHOOL of the bulky mustached Raj Kapoor, Mehboob khan’s MOTHER INDIA to the birth of “Anarkali” in Mughal-e- Azam with some cherished songs for generations to come. The 50s era was dominantly under the charm of Dillip kumar for the audience singing to the melodies of the romantic hero, Rajesh Khanna and yodeling to the craziness of Dev Anand over the compositions of Kishor Kumar and R.D. Burman.The 70s and 80s belonged to the tall, “angry young man”, Amitabh Bachchan,who had energized the youth with his larger than life movies like Zanjeer, Deewar and Agneepath,the ‘inventor’ of bellbottoms and side burns with a majestic style and capability to tackle the rough and tough villains, who have given almost an heatstroke with their threatening appearances and the beast, “respect –taker” of every fragile women. The 90’s belonged to the “lover boy “, king (“baadshah “) of romance, Sharukh khan. His charms and over –the –top boldness was a style statement to every young boy going to college with a latent desire to find his ‘ perfect Simran’ of dreams. From super –catchy tunes to the symphonies of romantic songs, Sharukh had made even the girls lose their mind over his charismatic personality. He had become so popular among the young generation that it even served to pose a threat to the experienced co-actors of his times, from the muscular, Sunny Deol to the dashing, Ajay Devgan.
FROM DREADLY LOOTERA TO AN EVIL SCIENTIST
From Gabbar of Sholay to “kaal” of krishh 3, they all have made a significant entry, almost taking away the heart beats of all the spectators. They have appeared to be so dreadful and ruthless,that made even the mothers to warn their children each time they tried to do any mischief,by saying “ Soja beta, warna Gabbar aajyega” ( Sleep, my son, or else Gabbar will be after you ). Even the heroines were snatched off from their macho –mans, giving an unspoiled twist to every Hindi plot. The idea of the villain in Indian movies, has most appropriately taken inspiration from the clever, supreme and the father of all villains, RAAVAN. However, just like Ramayana, each story has concluded on a happy note, depicting the triumph of good over the evil.
EVERGREEN BEAUTY TO AN UNCOVENTIONAL LUCY
Over and above everything was the transformation within the women league, which has glorified over the time, the “ evergreen’’ Hema Malini to the “Queen” of hearts, Kangana Ranawat, who have become the heartthrob of every Indian man and even won awards at the national level as well. Their grace, timeless beauty and their fashion sense which had been always cutting the edge, attempts to inspire the Indian woman in every walk of life. From elegantly draped sarees to bellbottoms,miniskirts,tank tops and so on.. have been adopted as a trending fashion. The Indian heroines have been always admired for their flawless beauty and charm that makes the hero, fall for her every time. Thus, undoubtingly, the infamous Bollywood actress, Katrina Kaif, received an international acknowledgement as she became the face of ‘ Barbie’ for her incomparable looks and a perfect template, to be idolized by women of all ages. To add the taste of reality to the superficial characters new Hindi movies depict women to be shown with boldness in terms of carrying herself and celebrating womanhood. Movies like Kahaani, Queen, English Vinglish to NH10 are movies wherein the woman protagonist had stolen the show.
FROM “MEANING” TO PURE “MASALA”
However, being subject to a large number of audience, films are always perceived differently by sections of characterized watchers. Hence, the evolution of Bollywood is nothing but the change in the outlook of the spectators due to the growing need to be “modern” with time.Inspiring from the Hollywood action sequels and boldness, the Indian audience has always expected more from Bollywood, to which the birth of several concepts like, “ MASALA” film and high budget films that are being shooted in foreign locales has taken place.
NOTE : A “masala” movie is the one which serves to provide action sequels, along with a romantic love story, groovy dance steps and a class-apart music album ( just the one described in the beginning) The “item numbers” which were earlier considered as “taboo” now seem to be the ‘hit machine’ for every flick. Even the songs which earlier were composed in consideration to depict the “Indian values” are now no less than a senseless rhyming jingles, at large.
From all time loved songs of Kishor kumar, India’s nightingale Lata mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh,Sadhana sangam and so many to named to the new and fresh singers like Arijit Singh, and the versatile playback singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Mohit Chauhan and many upcoming talents have taken over the Indian music industry.
Giving a new edge to the Indian music industry, is the famous rapper and composer, YO YO HONEY SINGH ( as he is famously known as ) in a lead over Baadshah, Raftaar, A-bazz and more.Pre-this era,Bollywood music which was dominantly Hindi lyrical songs is now being largely captured under the growing love for Punjabi songs and the meaningful “in-depth” Sufi rhythms. Yet, somewhere or the other, the bollywood music seems to lose it’s real essence in terms of explicit lyrics.
From ‘neele neele ambar par’ to ‘aaj blue hai paani’, the words seem to just lose their point. Accepting the fact, such songs are the ‘party –breakers’ and under the ‘must play’ list of every disco and lounges, they sometimes seem to annoy a segmented crowd. Undenying the fact, vague words sung on raunchy tunes often seem to attract the young generation and also subject to controversies, which further adds to their popularity.
Angered over the song of Honey Singh, “ main balatkari”, which only later people had came to know that it had been not penned down by the rapper himself, had took huge publicity, in the backdrop of a recent case of gang rape. The ‘yo yo’ rapper had always took the center of the stage for his contentious compositions, but still manages to be a major ‘youth –lover’. He had also became the judge of a television show, first ever of its kind, “India ‘s Raw Star” attracting good TRP.
A “NEW” AND POSITIVE CHANGE
From bollywood songs to the movie conceptualization, to the idolization of a ‘perfect man’ and the myths of a beautiful woman, all seem to be a journey of thousand miles proposing indiscriminate thoughts and inculcating assorted experiences.Each time the spectators enter the ‘dark room’ they come out with a mixed bag of emotions and learning the already learnt. From the sense of sheer joy to inspiration, bollywood has evolved from being a source of entertainment to the voice of youth. Films like RANG DE BASANTI, UDAAN, 3 IDIOTS, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR and NO ONE KILLED JESSICA have encouraged the youth to stand up for their rights and making them aware of such incidents as well. Issues like child molestation, the ruthlessness of politics and medically diagnosed reading disorder, dyslexia and rare genetic disorder, progeria ( in the movie ‘ PAA’) has actually made the audiences aware and be more sensitive to such issues which were earlier ignored by the society.
Perceptions to such novelties have always been grasped differently. To some this revolution is simply a characteristic of ‘modernization’ and boldness of expressions, but to others, this appears to be the growth of Indian cinema, globally. Which side holds the truth, or do they both complement each other is a tangled thought to give. As of now, nothing can be predicted just like that climax of a suspense thriller where the mystery is yet to be solved. All what sounds rational is to sit and ‘watch’ what ‘the show’ promises, because “picture abhi baaki hai mere,dost” ( the show is not over yet, my friend). So let the ‘black room’ always be a box of surprise, waiting for the spectators to be astounded.
Are you one of those who are always conscious of how they look, what clothes they wear when they go out, and what make up they put on?
This summer, get a makeover in the best and latest styles and single out in the crowd of millions. There was a time when sophistication was the order of the day; but the present era is the age of carefreeness, comfortable yet elegant self.
GET THE BRAND NEW LOOK
- THE VIBRANT LOOK: Wear light, soft and eye –pleasing coloured clothes. Dark clothes absorb heat, and make you uncomfortable.
Let the vibrant, multi coloured clothes rule your life.
- GO EASY: Wear loose, cotton clothes instead of tight fitted ones, because loose clothes let the air pass through the body easily, soaking your sweat and relaxing your senses.
- WATCH OUT BEFORE YOU TAKE A LOAD: Carry a small sling bag instead of loading a heavy weight bag on your back to avoid sweating and uneasiness. The lighter you go, the better you feel.
- LOCK THE FALL: Let your hair be tied in a messy bun or high ponytail to suit the latest trends. Let us say, give a halt to your ever favourite hair falling loose on you back. If you still feel the need to open, then wear a scarf to avoid direct contact of your hair on your neck as it causes irritation and sweating.
- MINIMAL ACCESSORIES COVER UP: It is a time when neck pieces and bracelets kill away your patience and burden you with uneasiness. Be free, and don’t overload yourself with things that don’t matter. You look beautiful just the way you are, small artificial things don’t add to your glow, except on some occasions when your attire demands the presence of your accessory.
- HATS ON: Hats are trendy, it add stars to your one piece knee- length western outfit or a vibrant trendy loose fitting garment. Not only this, it even protects your head from burning hot in afternoons and protects your eyes from direct sunlight. Let your style be complemented with styles that matter.
- NO BRIGHT OVER RATED MAKE UP: Make up in summer should just be to lighten dark pores to remove visible blemishes. It shouldn’t be dark and excessive. Make it as light as possible, preferably just wear eye make- up. A liner and mascara on your eyes and a simple lip gloss will make your face glow satiating the feel of finishing touch.
- SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FRESHNESS: Eat healthy to give a fresh look on your face. Avoid oily food, go for seasonal fruits and drinks, preferably food rich in vitamin C and B12. Drink a lot of water. The maintenance of inside body reflects on your outer body, thus, creating perfection.
BE SIMPLE, BE YOU,BE CONFIDENT
This is the most important part of your attire- confidence. No matter how costly and perfect fitted clothes you are wearing, you would still look horrible if you are unable to carry yourself. ‘Beauty lies within you’; wear what suits your body. Create your own fashion. Fashion, today, is not determined by what is sold in the market, but the set combination of what you wear to suit your personality. Be simple and elegant. Remember, the clothes you wear don’t define you but your confidence. Your elegance is your precious possession. Be smart, confident, dynamic and shine around in all weather throughout your existence.
Stop being conscious, redefine your own self with what you think perfectly suits you.
Be a newer you- because we respect uniqueness.
Atychiphobia : the abnormal, persistent fear of FAILURE.
The one diagnosed with such condition, tends to have the aversion to risk taking and leads a ‘clinched’ life. The victim considers his situation as unreal which makes it largely a subconscious problem. That’s something the unequivocal source on the internet says.
What does it actually connote?
Living in a world full of opportunities with a high probability that it shall be a ‘ bright sunny’ day, yet wearing a raincoat to the office in the non-bearing scorching heat. Now, think that it has actually rained, and so wearing a raincoat turns out to be fruitful, but now another fear of facing a flood may boil up.
What would be step two ? Arranging a boat and call off the work?. Sounds absurd ?. It could be, but not for those actually undergoing this riotous experience. Some of the reasons of being detected to such phobia are heredity, genetics, brain chemistry and life experiences. Majorly, being extensively traumatized or embarrassed due to a life incident can enhance your chances to be a victim of Atychiphobia. Worse of everything is that, it is most common among young school children, who are under constant pressures of competition and ‘scoring high ‘ burden. The child witnesses the symptoms of increased heartbeat, high blood pressure, nausea, shortness of breath and a massive destruction to self-confidence resulting into depression, as per a study. The sufferer, his family, specifically parents and sometimes even the school turns a blind-eye to such traces. “If your child can’t stand the competition, I fear what he’ll do in his life “, “ you have to hit the sky, my child, the world out there is full of competition “ or “ don’t make excuses to avoid studying!” – are some of the most commonly heard remarks to the victim. Dear parents and teachers, ever wondered about the other side of the story? What if your child is unable to handle so much, since he was not born with this latent talent of becoming ‘ #1’, what if he lacks the capability to excel academically and secretly watches the football tournament every time you close the door and expect him to study, or what if he is actually having a mental breakdown due to excessive stress but never turned up to you, only if you had ever understood him. All of this could be true or maybe not, but in most of the cases, the child has been never provided with any priority pertaining to his own intellectual thoughts or his ‘unidealistic’ capabilities. Talking about one of such incidents, where a boy of age 17 had committed suicide or more precisely, died out of unfulfilled expectations of his family, as he had managed to score “only 60 percent” in his class 12th results. Even though “ the family did not raise the issue with him”(let’s believe this ), he was so terrorized that he couldn’t turn to his family and ended his life behind a closed door. This is what stirred the neighbourhood after the results were declared. Another boy of the same age,from a nearby district of Coimbatore, had collapsed to the fear of failing even before the results were announced. His ’ redundant’ score was 71 percent. The son of a retired postal employee, had expressed his fears already to his parents, but unable to gather some courage to tackle the forthcoming situation, he gave up, only when his parents had gone out. A failure to even escape her failure, had made the public take a notice of the rising numbers of suicide, when a girl of age 17 had devised a plan to end ‘it’ up, as her parents had forced her to take the stream of not her choice. When she had barely able to pass the subject, she slit her wrist after being scolded by her parents – as reported in a national daily.
With the highest numbers of suicide in India, according to W.H.O, where every hour 15 people give up on their lives!.The students contribute to 19 percent of the total yearly suicides, implying nearly 25thousand student toll. “ Suicide not only harms the immediate family, but also the community”, and with an immeasurable size and behemothic impact, such numbers have significantly shook the nation and has raised questions over the current education system, the cut-throat competition during the entrances and the sky-rocketing admission cut- offs of reputed universities and institutions. For a student facing the same, has no idea but to be a part of the ‘herd’ and keep on pushing himself until he gets through the side where the grass is greener. But what about the one who couldn’t handle it, the feeble sheep? It may all turn out to be a nightmare for it, as the wolf starving for it’s failure would chase it till the ultimate slaughter. “But in the end, one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” – Albert Camus, highlights the fact it takes serious courage to keep moving on with a life which is just ridden with pain. However, the debate of considering suicide a brave act or not, is something dispensable.
To understand the overtaxed minds of the individuals facing such jitters and rat race is the perquisite for the present scenario. Atychiphobia as discussed before, is meagerly due to a dreadful life experiences and so can be squared off prominently by talk therapy, counseling to help the patient to get off chest with such fears. Experts recommend that the most effective treatment is self-motivation. Encouraging oneself to face every new day may actually reduce fears of imaginary troubles. Breaking the task into small manageable pieces and then doing it gradually is also suggested. It shall help the patient to realize that facing a failure is not the end of the world and there is always a scope to outperform next time. For the young students, they are advised to not become subject to the mistakes of undermining oneself and living in the superstitions of the world to run over digits and percentages. Also, there is a dire need for the parents to recognise their child’s potential and what other qualities the child can give him an edge over his fellow competitors rather than preparing him to be an underdog to fight over his spot. A note to the teachers as well, not every child could be the ‘apple of your eyes’, he can have creative capabilities not constrained just to the essays of English, or he can be an agile player and dodge the ball faster than you could that solve that algebra problem. Every child is tender and is sui-generis. Let the child be nurtured with his own discrete thoughts on life and mark his own destinations. Nothing is dull or lustrous per say, it’s the perception which divides the line of asymmetry. The words of wisdom say, “You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.” – Henry David Thoreau
Be the one ‘undefined’ by the society, carry the super powers of yourself and aim the beam of enlightenment on those with superficial communal weapons.
Once again the education system of Bihar has been brought into limelight and put to interrogation over the competency of students, soon after the results of Intermediate examinations were declared on Tuesday. Two topper students of Vishun Dev Ray College have reported some questionable topics taught in college. The interviews of these two toppers from Arts and Science streams went viral on Tuesday which showed that they lack even the basic knowledge about their subjects. Ruby Ray, who topped the inter in Arts stream pronounced ‘Political Science’ as ‘Prodigal Science’ and claimed to be taught cooking, describing that the is subject related to cookery. Saurabh Sresth, who topped the inter in Science stream didn’t know about the electrons and protons and told the interviewers that Aluminum (Al) is the most reactive element in the Periodic Table.
Embarrassed by this media exposure of education quality in Bihar the Education Minister Ashok Chaudhary has ordered a high-level probe into the alleged swapping of original answer sheets with probably similar hand-written answer sheets and well-written answer sheets. The probe will be completed in 10 days, and persons, teachers involved and found guilty will be dismissed from their government jobs, reported The Times of India. Also other fourteen students who topped Class 12 exams to take re-tests, as the results showed a major dip in the pass percentage which the education committee promptly attributed to clampdown of using unfair means but after the interviews of the toppers of Vishun Dev Ray College, reports of mass cheating backed by a section in the education department have surfaced, reported Hindustan Times. The results therefore, as of now are put to hold since the marks scored and knowledge demonstrated by the students are failing to connect. Ruby and Saurabh are subjected to re-write the test and interview before a panel of subject experts today on June 3.
The reported college in question is run by Baccha Ray, who is a political member of Lalu Prasad’s political party. In 2014, his daughter Shalini Ray had also scored 97 percent in her 10th Board exams. This college had made to the headlines of news in the previous year too, when 220 students of Science stream had scored exactly same marks. It is been found that the students coming for admission in this college are guaranteed best scores in exams beforehand. Also this college’s fee is ten times more than the other colleges. An Official on query told the reporters that high fees is due to definite good results in exams. Though the head of college, Baccha Ray, expunges the news and said that the good results are an outcome of good education, Education Minister admitted the lapse hence the board, along with the teachers and institutions will be held accountable.
Photographs of hundreds of people scaling walls of a Bihar school building to help students cheat in the Class 10 board exams last year had left the nation gaping in disbelief and raised question marks over the education system in the State and now yet once again this fiasco has sullied the image of State. Education Minister Ashok Chaudhary has expressed that this is setback since the State government had hoped to successfully conduct cheating-free exams to erase the bad reports of previous year.
Repeated events of this sort are raising questions like, is the education imparted by Bihar board at all reliable for young students? If not, then isn’t the board taking any consideration in shaping the future of the students or just trifling with it? Are the toppers supposed to be like the toppers of Vishun Dev Ray College? Altogether, the main question raised is that, can the education quality be banked upon the entire examination committee of education department of Bihar? Well, so far no answers have been found. But despite the debacle the state assures the morale of genuine teachers and students will not fail.
The NDA government kicked off their survey of the last two years of their government according to which modernization of Indian Railways tops the list. This is a very happy news for the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu who is trying to implement ways to reform the face of the railway network in India.
Indian Railways is one of the largest railway network in the world comprising of about 115,000 km of track over a route of 65,808 km and 7,112 stations. It is also world’s seventh largest utility employer with number of employees over 1.376 million and runs Freight wagons, Passenger coaches and Locomotives.
Very recently, at the end last month from May 26, 2016 to June 1, 2016 was celebrated as the ‘Rail Humsafar Saaptah’ to mark the completion of two years of Prime Minister Modi’s government. Each day from May 26 to May 31 was celebrated with one theme each. May 26 was observed as ‘Swachchta Diwas’ and efforts for intensive cleanliness drive on all stations and trains were undertaken. May 27 was observed as ‘Satkaar Diwas’ in which officers would be deputed to inspect all catering establishments and drinking water facilities at stations and in trains to ensure that all the trains having pantry cars are inspected and catering units at stations are checked. May 28 was celebrated as ‘Sewa Diwas’ involving each train, other than sub-urban commuting trains,were monitored by an officer between 10 AM to 4 PM. These nominated officers traveled by these trains and interacted with passengers in all classes and ensured that amenities, as required, were provided and grievances were redressed. May 29 was celebrated as ‘Satarkta Diwas’ on which punctuality and ticket checking drive were undertaken. May 30 was celebrated as ‘Saamanjasya Diwas’ where teams of concerned officers inspected all the railway staff colonies along with representatives of recognised unions who undertook to cleanliness drive in the colonies for their upkeep and maintenance. Also each zonal railway planted at least 1000 trees in each division. May 31 was observed as ‘Sanyojan Diwas’ as a day when all GMs and DRMs held meetings and seminars with all major freight traffic customers to advise them about the various reforms and policy initiatives on the freight traffic side and to ask them to improve rail transportation. Lastly, the week long celebration ended on June 1 which was observed as ‘Sanchar Diwas’ with observation as a day of communication holding meetings with media representatives.
This week-long celebration of NDA government should be validated perhaps because a substantial development is clearly noticed. Modi government’s budget plans for Indian Railway seems worth the modernization actions undertaken. Lets see the various changes made in different sections of railway.
PASSENGER AMENITIES & SERVICES AND SYSTEM
The railways launched all India helpline no.s’s 138 and 182 to report complaints and unsavory incidents, respectively. A ‘Customer Complaint Web Portal and Mobile application (Android/Windows based) was launched. E-catering services were introduced in 134 pairs of trains with a view to serve meal to the passengers at their seat by placing order through a phone call, SMS or website. E-concierge services were started at 22 stations. Also, first ‘Green DEMU’ train was introduced on Northern Railway to run between Rewari- Rohtak section. Six pilgrim tourist trains were introduced in the last year to cover Hindu pilgrims centers, Jain pilgrim centers and Sikh pilgrim centers. E-enabled Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) was launched in April, 2016. Drone video-graphy has been introduced for ongoing projects. This will enable close monitoring of various projects on Indian Railways. Wait-list woes are one experience that unites all India for sure. I’m sure it has happened with all of us that we had to cancel our important plans because of a long waiting list in much needed trains. Well, railways has found a new solution to resolve this problem by introducing ‘Clone Trains’ to accommodate passengers in waiting list with seats which will run after an hour of scheduled train’s departure. This feature to be facilitated on high-demand routes.
Indian Railway took steps to make railways bio-friendly to contribute in environment preservation by introducing Bio-toilets which will lessen the pollution on train tracks by converting the waste into environment-friendly substances that won’t corrode the tracks. Around 10,159 bio-toilets already been fitted by March 2015. Steps are also taken to use Solar Energy. 30 KW Solar Plant has been commissioned at roof top of Rail Bhawan at New Delhi. Katra Station is now solar powered. Railways signed MoU to set up its own Railway Design Center in collaboration with National Institute of Design (NID). Three separate MOUs were signed with the states of Orissa, Jharkand and Chhatisgarh for critical coal connectivity projects to improve transportation of coal. In 2014-15, 1983 km of railway lines have been commissioned and 1375 km of railway electrification completed. This is the best ever performance of Indian Railways. Indian Railways and Ministry of Water Resources to jointly work for creating logistics hubs with rail connectivity on National Waterways. Indian railways commissioned around 4800 kilometers of broad gauge track in last two years which is a record performance. As compared to this, Railways have been commissioning at an average of about 1,530 km per financial year in the previous five years of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). In addition, 2,132 railway over bridges and under bridges were completed at an average of 1,066 per year, as compared to an average of 763 per year in the previous five years. Also, Indian Railways eliminated 2,433 unmanned level crossings in the NDA’s last two years.
The much awaited Lumding-Silchar Broad gauge section was inaugurated giving seamless broad gauge connectivity to Barak Valley of Assam with the rest of the country. Meghalaya comes on the rail map with the flagging off of the first ever train from Guwahati to Medipathar in Meghalaya by the Prime Minister. He also laid the foundation for a new line to take rail connectivity to Mizoram’s capital Aizwal. Director train connectivity started from Delhi to Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The first ever perishable cargo center set up Adarsh Nagar station in Delhi to help farmers.
HIGH SPEED TRAINS
Looks like speed is the new mantra for our present government’s Make in India plan by roping in countries like Germany, Japan and Spain with plans of High Speed Trains like Bullet and Talgo trains. Reports of study by Japan for Bullet Train on Mumbai-Ahemdabad corridor were received in 2015. This is the biggest investment announcement that came from Rail Minister Prabhu that a high-speed train (Bullet train) to be introduced at a cost of Rs.97,636 crore. The train will cover a distance of around 508km in approximately two hours and will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). China has also undertaken the study of introducing Bullet Train on New Delhi-Chennai corridor.
High- speed Spanish Talgo train’s first trial run conducted successfully on Bareilly-moradabad line in Uttar pradesh on May 29, 2016. Talgo trains are lighter and faster therefore are energy-efficient and can help save extra-energy by 30 percent. These trains can run at a speed of 115 kilometers per hour over curves without decelerating the speed. During this first trial run it covered 90 kilometers in 70 minutes.
As a measure to restructure the Indian Railways, Minister Prabhu constituted two new directorates: Mobility Directorate, which will look at the mobility plans and identify and prioritize train corridors for raising speed, and, Non-Fare Revenue Directorate to focus on areas for enhancing revenues by 10% to 20% from non-tariff sources. He is also exploring advertisements as a way of revenue.
During 2014-15, the Railways’ total earnings were Rs.157880.50 crore, registering an increase of 12.16 per cent over the previous year. Also carried 1097.578 million tonnes of revenue earning freight, showing an increase of 4.18 percent over the previous year. It has succeeded in achieving the 91.1% target of operating ratio in 201415 which is an improvement over 93.6% achieved in 2013-14. The government is also to impose ‘Krishi Kalyan cess’ of 0.5 per cent on service tax on all AC class tickets, freight and parcels, implemented from June 1, 2016 onward.
Amid the one year of Modi’s term, Ministry of Railways has claimed several new beginnings and key reforms, but are now and then reportedly put to question, as to whether or not are really the present government’s improvements or credits usurped for someone else works. As per reports, by media and government, we as citizens of India, really aren’t at a position to know the highlights and reports are true to present times or a later publication of earlier achievements. But the one thing we can truly claim is that, these reports or highlights have been brought to the citizens notice only recently, for which, at least the credit goes to the current ruling NDA government and hope it fulfills all the potential plans and make Indian Railways a world-class railway network.
Summer is here and it is the perfect time to flaunt those beautiful summer dresses. But so is the apprehension of losing your gorgeous skin. If you are worried that this scorching heat, and burning flames are going to spoil your skin, then I think, it is the right time for you to follow these tips to keep your skin from going dull, dry and blemished. We must pay special attention to the skin and should adapt the skin care routine according to the season. Here are some tips for glowing and healthy skin during this summer:
- Water: It is the best and most effective remedy. It not only quenches the thirst but also helps to flush out the toxins and waste that accumulate in the body. During summer, our body dehydrates more than it does normally, so we need to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. We can also increase the intake of fluids like fruit juices, coconut water, green tea, buttermilk and mango panna to decrease the heat level and keep the body cool and hydrated. Green tea is high in antioxidants which help to eliminate dead skin cells and the anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic properties in green tea protects against a variety of skin disorders. Fluids help to detoxify the skin and keep the skin soft, dewy and clear. Avoid drinking sodas and aerated drinks completely.
- Eat Right: What goes into your stomach is linked directly to how your skin looks. Eating junk and processed foods not only creates deficiency of nutrients, but also leads to toxins in the body. So include lots of fruits with high water-content like watermelon, grapefruits, cantaloupe, peaches, pineapples, etc. Eating skin-friendly foods such as green-leafy vegetables in the form of salads, steamed veggies are prime in order to load up on antioxidants and flavonoids.
- Tan-removal packs: Once in a while opt for tan-removal packs along with your cleansing, moisturizing and toning rituals. It is one of the major problems skin has to suffer through in hot summers. Some of the best and easiest homemade tan-removal packs are-
Lemon and Aloe Vera face pack- Lemon is one of the best citrus fruits that have rich medicinal and cosmetic benefits. it is a natural bleaching agent and an antioxidant which combats the free radicals that accumulate on skin surfaces. It is also rich in vitamin C, and the intake of lemon juice would fetch you a glowing skin. Aloe Vera on the other side is a short stemmed succulent plant that produces antiseptics that have the super power to kill any kind of bacteria, fungi and viruses that settle on the skin due to pollution, dust and other reasons. All you need to do is juice a lemon and besides that also mash the aloe vera leaves. Mix them properly until an aromatic paste is formed. Apply this onto the tanned area of the skin and allow it to dry. You need to apply this paste twice or thrice a day to cleanse and prevent your skin from getting tanned from time-to-time. This is also an effective cure for dark circles around eyes.
Curd and gram flour face pack-
Curd is a great exfoliating agent that removes dead skin cells and also moisturizes the skin deeply. It helps in cooling the skin that is continuously exposed to sunlight for hours. Gram flour is widely used in whitening your skin and it really helps in giving an instant glow to your skin. Take curd and gram flour in equal quantities and mix well by adding lemon juice in proportions. Apply this paste to face, neck and other body parts such as hands and feet. Pat it dry and wash it with warm water. This can be applied twice a week which ultimately results in soft glowing skin.
- Cool showers: Warm showers during the summer season can further dry out your skin ans make it susceptible to tanning. So, opt for cool showers in order to keep the skin fresh and hydrated.
- Sunscreen: Applying sunscreen creams and lotions on the skin before going out into the sun helps not only prevent skin darkening and skin damage but also protects the skin from the harsh UV-A and UV-B rays of the sun that can lead to skin cancer. The sunscreen lotion should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Always apply a sunscreen which contains high SPF, 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. Reapply the sunscreen every two hour and opt for a waterproof sunscreen. Try to stay indoors during 10 am to 4 pm as the sun rays are harshest during that time and can have adverse effects on the skin.
So follow these simple tips and it will help you to get rid of all the worries regarding your skin and will give you a lot of confidence to face the world. So get ready to flaunt a better, younger and glowing skin this summer.
The definition of comedy has been evolving just as a nation’s surges to development, and so it is understood discordantly. ’Restlessness ‘to some and a ‘revolution ‘to others. The set back to any satire , or a ridicule over a given community has always made an ‘entertainer’ fall prey to a sea of commotions . Since Chaplin’s era to American funny bone , JOHN OLIVER and now of the infamous , Indian stand-up comedian ,KAPIL SHARMA , all have been a victim to social , political and ethical beliefs prescribed by the bounded rules of society. Recently , a parody based on the character of an Indian nurse , spelled troubles for the ‘loved’ television comedian , Kapil Sharma to face the rage of a community of nurses from Amritsar claiming the act as “ vulgar” and attempts to objectifying nurses in an unacceptable manner.
Now , in the same league is the Co- founder of one of the most followed ‘ comedy gang ‘ , AIB , Tanmay Bhatt,who has became indigestible crunch for almost every Maratha leader. This wasn’t something new to the “tragedy mein comedy” king, Tanmay ,as his ‘funny’ team had been bombarded with 5 legitimate PIL over their roast show offering ‘ filthy’ content. Finding it still passable , Tanmay continued his comedy style as his video , titled “Sachin Vs Lata Civil war “ went viral all over the social media and YouTube . The humorist , “face swapped “ the the two legends , LATA MANGESHKAR and SACHIN TENDULKAR , and further initiating a chucklesome conversation between them . Expecting the public to go bananas over the joke , it had turned some of the faces red over the sketch. The video reportedly turned down a large section of the Maratha community and was considered a disgrace to national integrity. In the agitation towards the same , the political luminaries like , Raj Thakeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) , winning BJP state president , Ashish Shelar and the ‘ no –nonsense’ tolerating , Shiv Sena had asked the CM , Devendra Fadnavis to file a suit against AIB. Under the pressures due to the same, Mumbai police has asked the legal experts to remove the content from Google and YouTube. Being uprooted from his social rights, due to political efficacy, Tanmay also has fallen prey to ‘serious threats’ and warnings . Even the people of his industry , Kiku Sharda , who had been behind the bars to imitate one of the spiritual leaders, believes that it’s an act of shameful desertion and “there is limit to everything”. Considering it as a unjust humour , the rising speaker , Anupam kher called the video having “no humour” at all. Bashful comments and tweets became a common phenomenon in past 2 days on Twitter and Facebook . Never showing a back to his haters, Tanmay Bhatt came up with a meme depicting his feeling of ‘déjà vu’ , as it reminded him of his past struggles post the AIB ROAST show . Such incidents held a commonplace in the past as well. Louis CK , renowned American stand-up artist had fell trapped to a great hustle when in , on one of the shows named ‘ Saturday Night Live’ , he made a controversial remark on racism and child molestation ( that was quite harsh!) . Presuming the crowd’s reaction he said that it could be his ‘last show’ . Luckily, his apology to the public had saved his career to plunge over. Another incident where , with the growing popularity under the list of ‘the most hated men in UK’ in 2001 , Chris Morris, had became displeasure to the eyes of journalists, politicians and general public when he showcased a sarcastic display of media’s “ hysterical” behavior and moral panic in pedophilia. Lastly , the “Jam” had added some sweetness to his professional downs. He carries his dark drape of mystery still with himself along his class apart surrealism and controversial humor. Despite of being ridiculed over their buffoonery traits , these ‘ funny brave men’ lead out their ways to overwhelming success and fame . Anticipating a similar verdict for the Indian gag-man, Tanmay who is now facing a craggy battle of ‘true humour’ and unreal controversies ( atleast for a AIB fan) , where the opponents having sublime thoughts , the social media has became the ‘judge’ . May the judgment be granted with some ‘ chill’ , as the country starves to have good reasons to laugh at . Rather than beginning a daily routine with a newspaper having bunch of disappointing and sensible truth , why not with a merry , “funny to many” ,no – brainer joke? Has India became more intolerant to jokes than to it’s own set of below –the – par issues ? and Yes, the answer to these questions should surely not be funny. Thus ,there is a need to understand that definition of comedy is wavering , per say , and is subject to unalike reactions. So , sit back and relax , because “it was just a joke!”.
Karoly Takacs (21 January, 1910- 5 January,1976) became the World’s best shooting hand twice, both in 1948 London Olympics and 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was the first man who consequently won Olympics twice. This is just a part of his incredible story and his determination.
Born in Budapest, Karoly joined the Hungarian army. He had won all the national championships that took place in Hungary and he had a dream and an ardent desire to make his hand the ‘best shooting hand’ of the World. By 1936, he was a world-class pistol shooter, but he was denied a place in the Hungarian shooting team for the 1936 Summer Olympics on the grounds that he was a sergeant, and only commissioned officers were allowed to compete. This prohibition on Hungary came to an end after the Berlin games, and Takacs focused on 1940 Olympics which were scheduled to be held in Tokyo.
In 1938, he became a victim of an unfortunate mishap. While training with his army squad, a hand grenade exploded in Karoly’s right hand, and his shooting hand was blown off. His dream came to a standstill for once. Now he had two options: either to feel sorry for himself the whole life, or make a new start. But, winners like Karoly Takacs know in their heart that quitting is not an option. He recovered in one month after all his surgeries and started practising with his only hand. At that moment, he rather attempted to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. He still carried the same dream of making his hand the ‘best shooting hand’ in the world. Nobody knew what he is up to, maybe because he didn’t want gluing discouraging eyes and believed in the principle of ‘Action speaks louder than words.’ In 1939, after one long year of passionate and focused practice sessions, he showed up at the Hungarian Pistol Shooting Championship. Other shooters came forward to sympathise with Karoly and congratulate him for displaying the true sportsman spirit to come watch them shoot and increase their morale and confidence. But, his reply astonished everyone. He said, “ I didn’t came to watch, I came to compete.” All the shooters competed with their best hands whereas on the other hand, Karoly used his only hand. And guess who won? The man with the only hand. He didn’t rest, his aim was clear; to make his end the best shooting hand of the world.
His life’s challenges were yet not over. The 1940 and 1944 Olympics were cancelled due to World War II. He was ageing and his time was running out. It looked like he will never be able to conquer his dream. But, finally, he surprised the world by winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
Even now, he didn’t stop. He again appeared in 1952 Olympics and the man with the only hand made a world record of simultaneously being the Olympics champion twice. He also attended the 1956 summer Olympics in Melbourne, finished eighth and failed to win the third time.
His story gave him a place among the ‘Olympic heroes’ of the International Olympic Committee. He is the third known physically disabled athlete to have competed in the Olympic games after George Eyser and Oliver Hallassy followed by Liz Hartel and Neroli Faizhak. After his shooting career, Takacs became a coach. He trained Hungarian Szilard Kun who won the silver medal at 1952 summer Olympics. He ended his army career as a lieutenant Colonel.
Karoly’s life is a set example for all those who blame circumstances for their failures. Unlike others, he is a man with the mental toughness to recover back quickly from anything. Life was cruel to him, but it is hard to beat a person who never gives up. If he would have wallowed in misery, he would have lost his mental edge –the eyes of a tiger and the determination of an ant. Truly quoted, ‘Champions are not the people who never fail, but the people who never quit.’
His life is a testimony of how firm determination can help us to cross all obstacles, however difficult they may seem.
His story reminds me of the golden words of C.W. Longenecker,
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
Rest if you must, but NEVER QUIT.”
Let Karoly’s life be an example for all those who opt for excuses and blame circumstances for their downfall. Be firm, and work for your dreams because nothing is impossible.
Quite familiar to this ‘heard’ statement, people usually find a bizarre yet an amusing element about how easy it is to be divorced in the Islamic religion. However, it won’t be funny for a woman practicing Islam as her husband warns her from uttering the first ‘talaq’. Often, what the holy Quran says is misinterpreted, causing severity to the lives of many. The female counterpart is often deprived of her own rights and the demands for financial support from her husband after the divorce procedure is completed. In practice, she is also denied to live alone but only with her family. On the contrary to which , one of the Aayats , of the Quran , has specified the legitimate right of every Muslim women , which is called ‘khula’ to seek divorce or separation from her husband . In addition, if her husband refuses her decision, she has the right to petition aqadi, to grant her divorce. Also, according to Quran’s Sura 2 (Al –baqara ) Aayat 235, implicates the responsibilities on divorcee and divorcer on behalf of their children, prohibits interventions from previous husband in the divorced woman’s life.
To no surprise such rules are non-existent in reality, as the suppressed counterpart is oftenly, deprived of her rights and subjected to cruelty, ill-treatment and lack of financial support from their shohars.
IMPLICATIONS OF THE TRIPLE TALAQ
In the ?alaq divorce, the husband pronounces the phrase "I divorce you" (talaq) to his wife. A man may divorce his wife three times, taking her back after the first two. After the third talaq they can't get back together until she marries someone else. Some do a "triple ?alaq”, in which the man says in one sitting "I divorce you" three times (or "I divorce you, three times", "you're triple divorced"). But , Many Islamic scholars believe there is a waiting period involved between the three talaqs. Surprisingly, the practice of "triple ?alaq" at one sitting has been legally recognized historically and has been particularly practiced in Saudi Arabia.
Ethically, the talaq procedure involves three ‘easy’ steps:
Indian television today is filled with loads of saas-bahu soaps and reality shows leaving very little to the interest of the urban youth and tech-savvy viewers. Viewers like me, watch TV only for live shows or sports. Naturally, it is no surprise that the youth of my age are hitting the internet and video-sharing websites like Youtube, etc., for entertainment interests. Numerous online digital entertainment portals are coming into existence some of which have already become a huge hit among the youngsters and urban viewers. These entertainment portals are producing Web series or shows, meant completely for Internet, which is actively catching the fancy of the audiences as well as the content producers and advertisers.
I happen to encounter such series through another such social platform i.e. Facebook. On seeing the number of likes and shares on the post caught my interest. It was definitely an interesting watch. Immediately after watching it, I shared it with my friends who also liked it hugely. A few of these popular web series are a production of TVF (The Viral Fever), Y-Films, Pechkas Pictures, Scoopwhoop Talkies, etc. ‘Pitchers’ by TVF is ranked 25th by the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) as of today among Top Rated TV shows. Some other popular Web series are ‘Permanent Roommates’, ‘Man’s World’, ‘Bang Baaja Baarat’, etc.
These series for that matter are popular not for one but various reasons. Reasons I think makes these web series so popular :
- It mostly targets the audience from a particular age group, for example15-35, such as high school students, college-goers and doing jobs who form the major internet target audiences.
- These Web Series are easily accessible on the Internet in Youtube and other online channels where they can be watched for free of cost.
While we, the viewers, don’t claim that these internet series, since so popular, are taking over the TV but are undeniably up for a good competition. They are no doubt presenting us with certainly more content and variety and they are absolutely very promising for us viewers, creating spaces of learning and reforming society. At present it is popular at a certain intensity, but it is definitely the next big thing in the entertainment industry.
- Casting fresh faces encouraging more youth viewers as well as no biased reviews and reactions since they do not have any star studded, jittery cast. But some series are also following the fashion as in the west i.e. to include a few film stars in a few episodes to make it more interesting, like in Man’s world, Kalki Koechlin and Parineeti Chopra did cameos.
- Very relatable content, especially for the youth, and since they form the largest amount of internet consumer and viewership, it automatically is getting more popular day by day. A lot more focus is given on issues trending in today’s world such as gender equality, personal space in marriages, politics in the market, which hooks into the audiences interests and accordingly liked more and appreciated by the viewers.
- Concise affair- These series come with less yet interesting episodes, making them an easy, relaxing watch. We could watch it in between breaks, while traveling to offices, etc.
- Promoting various brands- since some of these series are made at around 50 lakhs per episode, questions pop that how do they manage such lavish expenditure. The answer my dear friends is brand sponsorships. The online entertainment channels get their funding and in return they advertise their brands and companies in their episodes, for example Ola cabs in ‘Permanent Roommates’.
- Initiation: This is the first step to bring in a ruckus to the married life. As per the scholars following two different schools of thoughts i.e. SHIA and SUNNI, preach the rule that the husband has to say talaq once to the present wife or make a public announcement to initiate the divorce process.
- Reconciliation: Before the end of the countdown, there is a need for both the partners to readdress the matter during their waiting period. As prescribed the waiting period is of thee menstrual periods for women or three month (idhah), when the couple is suppose to try to reconcile with the help of mediators from each family, until the third and final.
- Completion: As the waiting period is over, the final utterance of talaq is made which completes the divorce procedure. The wife becomes non-marham (he cannot remarry her) for her ex-husband by following hijab And that’s how my Basheer, I would never meet your mother again, says the off-burdened Shohar.
In a country like India, which is a home of diverse religions and their practices, it is not easy to violate the rules which are established by one religion, as it seeks to disregard the constititutional rights of respecting each religion and its sentiments.
“INSTANT” TALAQ PROCEDURE WAS MEANT FOR WOMEN
Yes, you read it right. During the reign of the second Caliph Omar, it is accepted that he had sanctioned the rule of uttering triple talaq. But these ‘so called’ spiritual leader s who claim to be the messenger of Allah, have purely adopted the letter of law , and junks its bottom line. Caliph Omar had pronounced the triple talaq as final in a few cases where women wanted to walk out of their failed marriages desperately and their husbands were delaying the divorce by misusing the long-drawn procedure prescribed in the law. So it was for the sake of women that Caliph Omar gave legal sanctity to instant talaq in the 7th century.
But obviously, the heralds of ‘fake God’ have ‘modified’ the rule as a to twist to suit their own anti-women and patriarchal ends.
MUSLIM BOARD VS SAIRA BANO
Bai Tahira, Fuzlunbi, Zohra Khatoon, Shah Bano, Shamim Ara, Iqbal Bano, Khatoon Nisa, Shabana Bano, Shamima Farooqui are some of the names,that had came into the limelight,when these handful of courageous women decided to let their pleads for justice fall into the ears of the court of law,which had turned a blind eye to the rising injustice towards Muslim women in the name of ‘religious practices’. The latest of all is the case of Saira Bano, a name to represent countless Muslim wives who fall prey to the cruelty of their husbands and are suffering from the pang of “talaq, talaq, talaq”, originally meant for the help them and not the other way round. Instead of traditionally invoking judicial mercy of ordering the divorcing husband to pay her maintenance, Saira has boldly challenged the constitutional validity of her husband’s action of kicking her out by using the so-called triple divorce formula “as reported in a national daily.
Saira Bano’s story is gut-wrenching; it highlights the brute maltreatment she had been through at the hands of her own spouse. In her mid-30s, a sociology postgraduate and mother of two, she suffered through the pains of a bad marriage, an abusive husband, forced abortions and physical and mental agony for over a decade. Following to which, last year, her husband had sent a letter to her parents' home where she was staying. Inscribed on that piece of paper were three words: "Talaq, Talaq, Talaq", as she had narrated her misery to a media source. Rather than succumbing to the injuries, Saira has bluntly challenged the reckless act of her husband of whimsically throwing her out of the home, using the unofficial supremacy of exercising the triple talaq ritual.
Sadly, born in a country full of hypocrite advocators of old school where the verdict is on the basis of prescribed protocols by knowledgeable prophets and the God, himself, the justice seems to just fly out of the window.
The All India Muslim Personal Board, known for its insistence on clinging on to some of the most outdated and medieval customs, has acted predictably, by urging the central government not to share its opinion, as requested by the Supreme Court.
Not agreeing to which, the government has sensed the need to consider the situation and take the vital steps for such old-line misinterpreted practice.
PETITION FOR JUSTICE
Such falsified practices and rituals of Triple Talaq, followed by the solution of “HALALA” ( wherein , the divorced women is asked to sleep with someone else , before returning to her old partner) , also the controversial and unjust Rape Law ( where the women , victim has to make the accuse , the person who had raped her , to be present before the court , and if failed it will considered as adultery , on her part) must come to an end as they only create a society breeding misogynist and ruthless crimes.
To let the world be awake and a take a step towards change, several Muslim women from 13 different states had took a step forward to sign the petition to the head of honor and expect a nonpartisan solution. Last year, 70,000 Muslim women signed a petition addressing to the PM, Narendra Modi. They have urged urgent reforms and the criminalization of Polygamy and Triple Talaq. They also seek succession of property to women in pursuance of a 'life of dignity'.
A repercussion of which was, All India Muslim Personal Law Board , who had not adhered to the guidelines of the supreme court to mend it’s thought process , had fielded the women who had signed the petition . Unreluctantly, they had accused Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan activists leading the campaign against the law as RSS agents!
Just like a censor board for films , ignoring the pertaining situation and rather blaming the rights of their own people by selling them off to political pressure , their own righteous belief and hypocrisy , the All India Muslim board has even enraged the men of the country. In a report to Times of India, Farhan Rahman, a research scholar had told “We need to come out and support it because if we don’t do it then the false practices will get the support and lead misrepresentation of our religion”
Phew! At least there still some mindful intellectuals left in the country to raise the voice against such rubber stamped acts.
There is dire need to speak against this ‘un-Quran’ practice which is loosely based on patriarchal rules of the society.
Provoking intolerance among Muslim men as well, it is clear that such unfair practices deserve no space in a sovereign country like India. Thus, Saira Bano’s case is a great opportunity to usher in a much-needed reform. The government and the Supreme Court must weigh in on the side of the Muslim women over the hollow discretion of the Muslim board. Preventing from creating an uproar in the lives of many Muslim families , such practices demand immediate ban , making it ‘un-EASY’ for the megalomaniacs to take the undue advantage of the fuss.
Everyday when I step out of my house to go to work I bow my head before the God I worship, and I’m sure it is the same with most of us. We always pray for ourselves that we may go out and be back home safe, or praying for a promotion or a deal to be signed, or for achieving goals set for the month. How often is it that we pray for those who are around us? We all may have different faiths and religions and we honor the almighty in our own way. Religion is defined as “an order of existence” by the anthropologists. Over 100s of religions are currently practiced throughout the world. Its one element that unites and divides thousands of people at the same time. In today’s time-line when the world peace and humanity is dwindling, measures by various people are being taken to restore world peace, nature, and recreate values to make world a better place. One such religious leader is making an appreciable effort, the highly esteemed Pope Francis of Catholic Church. The Pope had on December 7, 2015 declared year 2016 as the ‘Holy year of Mercy’ along with the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. It was also the first time two pontiffs together launched a jubilee year.
Pope Francis together with other religious leaders has launched a video message portal, The Pope Video. It is a global initiative developed by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges the humanity faces. Going by the monthly prayer intentions of the Pope its very apparent that his genuine concerns lie not just with uniting the faiths but also raising issues that needs much resolution. There’s diversity in the editorial board as well which constitutes of the leaders Pope is working together with. I would like to highlight each month’s prayer intention one by one up till present:
Inter-religious dialogue (January 2016)
January’s prayer intention began with a harmonious intermingling of men and women from different faiths which may produce the fruits of justice and peace. In the video released, we can see religious leaders from faiths Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity coming together as ‘children of one God’. He sends out this strong message of “One World Religion” in a minute and a half long video. Pope Francis also states “we are all children of God” irrespective of which religion or faith we belong to, since many feel differently, think differently but the one thing that is certain is being children of God. He highlights the importance of inter-religious dialogue and the beliefs different faiths hold in common, such as the figure of God and love. It is important for people to understand that this dialogue involves more than talking, it involves listening as well. Talk, hear out each other is the message. So with this he sincerely hopes to bring all denominations of faith together on one page.
Care for Creation (February 2016)
Drawing our attention to our mother earth and environment Pope Francis placed the second prayer intention of the year- “That we may take good care of creation- a gift freely given- cultivating and protecting it for future generations.” It is no secret how much we humans have exhausted the natural resources available. Increasing pollution and misuse of non-renewable resources might leave nothing to see and utilize for the younger generations to come. Life is a gift, creation is a gift hence, we should appreciate the gift we have received and look after it.
Families in Difficulty (March 2016)
Month of March was dedicated to all families around the world- “That families in need may receive the necessary support and the children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environment.” Family is a circle of strength, crux of every human’s life, and it need not always be blood. It is the best thing one could ever wish for. Most valued asset of human life. But it is our duty to take care of our family to prevent them from crumbling. Often families break due to financial or ethical problems or problems between the spouses which directly-indirectly affect everyone in the home especially children. They need to be brought up in a happy, healthy environment. This is one of the most alarming rising dispute of today’s generation when most marriages are ending up in divorces, children being stranded at orphanages. They are going to be our tomorrow, shouldn’t we be worried how is it going to turn out?
Small Farmers ( April 2016)
In April, we prayed- “That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.” We need to take time to show our gratitude to small farmers all over the world because of whom we are surviving. To think that one does not depend on the production of the small farmers is absolutely wrong. If you don’t believe me check your package-food information table where you’ll notice the main ingredient is something that comes from the farm and who runs the farm- farmers. With this prayer intention Pope Francis also draws our attention towards every being who is of some help to us in some way, which we shouldn’t overlook. We should acknowledge them doing their job so that we can eat and live and do our job. Many at times the small farms go out of business, often large agri-businesses acquire the land and create greater potential for ecological damage and health risks. For Pope Francis small farmers are essential to caring for the earth and safeguarding it for future generations Agricultural workers should receive a just wage. As the pope said, “The labor of those who cultivate the earth, generously dedicating time and energy to it, appears as a genuine vocation. It deserves to be recognized and appropriately appreciated, also in concrete economic policies.”
Respect for Women (May 2016)
May is the month honored in the reverence of Mother Mary, so, it was very apt for Pope Francis to assign this month in honor of women- “That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed. This month we also celebrated Mothers’ day all over the world. In the words of Pope Francis, Mary is “the true and sublime example of woman.” Women have an irreplaceable role, says Pope Francis. He encourages the contribution of women working within the family, areas of preaching faith, schooling, social, cultural and economic structures. Throughout the world the women unfortunately not only are excluded, but under attack. Women are caught in many forms of slavery, of prostitution, of mutilation of the female body, which requires us to set to work to defeat these forms of degradation which reduce it to purely an object to be sold on the various markets. “We have done little for the women,” says the Pope. He asks, is it enough to only recognize their contribution? Therefore, he sends out the message in his May prayer video issuing a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done.
Human Solidarity (June 2016)
Prayer intention for June is- “That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find- even within the huge cities of the world- opportunities for encounter and solidarity.” Right on point, Pope brings in focus the prejudices and treatment faced by those people whom others think are different, or old, or not like everyone else. We should be more tolerant towards people around us, and not because someone told one to be, but because that is how solidarity will spread around. Solidarity recognizes that every human soul is created by God, thus, all people are equal before God and deserve respect. A contemporary error is disregard for the law of human solidarity and charity, which the Pope hopes to re-cultivate among humans from the example shown in the video. Don’t you like it when you make someone happy, or better, when someone brings a smile on your face with their actions? I bet you do. Come together, care for each other.
It is an innovative attempt to reach out to people in a modern and powerful way. I think his efforts truly make it apt for us to call him “The People’s Pope”. We are looking forward to the next six prayer intentions to be taken up in next six months. He is doing his own bit and setting an amazing example for us to follow upon. Now, it is our turn to do our bit for the world.
The once rugged Aravali range which stands near Vasant Vihar is now a home to one of the world ranking university, my beloved Jawaharlal Nehru University. Covering around a 1000-acres of land the campus houses some of the best and excellent schools and centres of education. It has 14 major Schools and Centers ranging from Languages to Social Sciences to Molecular Medicine to Nano Sciences, with a strength of around 5000 students and Teachers approximately. Several of these Centers have been declared as “Center of Excellence” by UGC. The campus in total has 17 hostel accommodations- 7 all boys, 5 all girls, 4 co-ed, and 1 for married students. Residential accommodations are available also for the Professors and staff.
Students are diverse in JNU, basically a microcosm of the Indian Nation. Students from all over India, from every nook and corner, every society and stratum are drawn here and Foreign countries as well. To make sure that this is maintained, annual admission tests are simultaneously held at 37 centers spread across the country. Also special care is taken to draw students from underprivileged backgrounds by reserving 22.5 percent of the seats. Overseas students form around 10 percent of annual intake. The residencies of students hostels and faculty blocks are interspersed with one another, highlighting the vision of a large Indian family.
JNU provides its students with a huge platform of liberal and democratic student politics. Each and everyone is exposed to it which helps them to explore in the potential politics. The major student political bodies on campus that operate are both left and right oriented. AISA, AISF, SFI, DSF, NSUI, ABVP being the most active ones. Every year a new Student Union body (JNUSU) is elected through the process of voting. The parties campaign in schools and hostels through speeches, fierce poster and cartoons, followed by Presidential Speech debate. Everyone is encouraged to participate in it. The election season and the Presidential Speech debate is a delight to watch which is one of the most interesting affairs on campus. However, only a particular amount of students actively participate in politics. Other students are somewhat more academically inclined and state neutral views on politics. One common mistaken fact about JNU is that, it is often assumed to be a left-oriented campus. For many years now the parties coming into power are left-oriented but that doesn’t mean that all parties do not get equal opportunities. All parties are given fair chances to work and campaign in the campus.
Students in JNU live a very chilled out life. There are other activities as well which form an indispensable part of the students life other than politics. They engage very actively in discussions and debates on issues trending. A huge amount of students support queer identity, spreading more awareness and actively participating in movements. As the campus allows one a liberal space where one can place their opinions, accept, criticize and debate views of each other, one can often find such discussions traveling from classrooms and hostel rooms to dhabas. JNU has a tremendous dhaba culture, which provides tasty delicacies at affordable prices. One can also call it as the cheapest food-joint in Delhi. A few of the popular dhabas are Ganga dhaba, Sabarmati dhaba and Godavari dhaba. Many at times various musical shows, meetings are organized at these dhabas as they are the best places of interactions. The campus also has 24*7 working small food places and canteens around campus and in hostels too. If you ever happen to visit the campus you will also come across Raju da ka canteen, Shiv bhaiya ka canteen which are very popular among the students residing in hostels. The campus hosts other food festivals additionally-International and national both, at dhabas and open air theaters. There are various student forums established on the basis of respective regional areas and states which also organizes various cultural and food festivals. ‘Confluence’ being one of the largest among them which celebrates life and culture of the eight sisters of North-east States.
This is not all, the hostels every year organize Cultural and Hostel nights, sort of a competition among the hostels. The entire program is carried out by students from decorations to arranging food to DJ. This is one time of the year when one can witness students involved in serious discussions deciphering complex topics and theories by daytime and dancing to the tunes of Govinda, bhojpuri songs and Punjabi beats by night. There is this weird function also organized called ‘Chaat Sammelan’. The concept itself is hilarious as are the performances by various students who can make you go laughing-rolling-on-the-floor.
The student-teacher relation is very amiable. Personal interaction of students and teachers equally form a very lively generation and transmission of knowledge as does the classroom and laboratory teaching. The campus is very safe for all students, girls and boys alike. No restrictions or bars or moral policing on dressing up. Recently, the campus had fallen into the prey of a huge row when also some random students were incarcerated owing to “JNU dressing style” which was defined as ‘jhola-beard style’. Firstly, not all students dress up that way and secondly, students in JNU are also aware of latest trends in fashion. But the thing is, this hardly matters to them. All have the freedom to dress as they desire. The campus library which also is a big landmark, being the nine-storied highest building on campus, has 24*7 open reading rooms so as to be convenient for students to work and study at any time of the day or night. There are various clubs run by the students related to cultural performances, sports and other activities. ‘Kallol’ organized by the students of School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies is the most popular among them. JNU Mountaineering Club organizes moon-light treks every year to Qutub Minar. They also organize desert treks and mountain treks according to the favourable time of the year.
The campus is also a home to a varied wildlife including peacocks, neelgais, mongooses, porcupines, snakes and squirrels. They are so at home in the campus that you can watch them live around you. Waking up at the call of peacocks is not an uncommon phenomena in the campus. The greenery and quietness of campus is what every ex-jnuite definitely craves.
However, the academic is the most important priority of the students. As much as they like to involve in these programs and movements, learning from them and utilizing it in their academia is the main aim of the students. Focusing and exploring on new ideas is of utmost importance. These students know exactly how to balance fun and studies together.
En masse, living in JNU is no less than an adventure of a lifetime. Here you grow and see things as you have never before, find friendships which might become some of the treasured relationships of your life. You never know you might witness one of the important events to be later discussed in history. Life in JNU is not just a lifestyle, but a way of life.
Soccer is presumptively the most celebrated sport throughout the world, so are the players and their always on headlines-wives and girlfriends(WAGs). Soccer players are known to have been dating hot models and celebrities. In this list prepared for you, we are going to rank out the top ten players and their lady love. We hope your favorite player and their WAGs made it to our list.
A Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal National team. He is an all time Euro goalscorer. Plays as a Forward and also serves as Captain for Portugal. By the age of 22, Ronaldo had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. He is often compared with Lionel Messi and ranked as the best player in the world.
He had been married to Irina Shayak for 5 years, currently separated. He is rumored to be dating Nikoleta Lozanova from Bulgaria. The news came out in February 2016, Lozanova was named 2006 Playmate of the Year in Bulgaria. The model was also rumored to be involved in Maria Sharapova’s breakup with fellow tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov.
Ibrahimovi? is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a Striker for and captains the Sweden national team. He is one of ten players to have made 100 or more appearances for the Swedish national team is also the country’s all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals. He represented Sweden at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2004,2008, and 2012 UEFA European Championships. He has been awarded Guldbollen (the Golden Ball), given to the Swedish player of the year, a record ten times, including nine consecutive times from 2007 and 2015.
He got married to his longtime partner Helena Seger with whom he has two sons, Maximilian and Vincent. He currently resides in Paris, although he still has a home in Malmö where he spends his summers.
He is a French international footballer who also plays for English club West Ham United in the Premier League. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and is often described as a player who is quick and blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills.
He is married to Ludivine Payet and has two children, Milan and Noa.
Griezmann is a French professional footballer who also plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid mainly as a forward. He began his career at Real Sociedad, making his debut in 2009 and winning Segunda Division in his first season. Across five seasons there, he scored 52 goals in 201 official matches. In 2014, he transferred to Atlético Madrid. He has scored over 75 La Liga goals in his career.
Erika Choperena is Griezmann’s girlfriend aged 24 holds a bachelor degree in education and is a big fashion fan. She has a blog where she daily writes about her looks and outfit choices.
James Philip Milner is an English professional footballer who plays as a Winger for Premier Leagueclub Liverpool and the England National team. He has previously played for Leeds United (2002-2004), Swindon Town (2003), Newcastle United (2004-2008), Aston Villa (2005-2006) and Manchester City (2010-2015)
He is currently dating Amy Fletcher. This glamorous girl prefers to stay away from cameras.
Jorge Resurreccion Merodio, popularly known as Koke, is a Spanish professional footballer, who also plays for Atlético Madrid. In the Spanish National team he plays as a midfielder. He has spent most of his career with Atlético Madrid, since he made his debut in 2009. He has played over 250 official games, won five honors including the 2014 National Championship and the 2012 Europa league.
Beatriz Espejel is his current girlfriend. She was born Beatriz Espejel Jiménez and is an English teacher currently working at Albany School. She has a younger brother named David, who also plays football and of whom she is super supportive. One of the couple’s favorite getaways for the summer is the Spanish island of Ibiza. Espejel is super affectionate with Koke, she often calls him her “prince”.
He is a French footballer who plays for Arsenaland the France national football team. He serves as captain for Arsenal. He has been described as a clever, agile and ball-playing defender.
He got married to his long time partner, Claire Beaudouin last year in June.
Ramos is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain National football team. He serves as Captain for Real Madrid. He is primarily a central defender, although he can also play as a right back, a position he primarily fulfilled earlier in his career.
Ramos entered in a relationship with journalist/presenter Pilar Rubio in September 2012, and this was confirmed by both at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala. On November 12 2013, she announced that she was expecting her first child with the footballer and their son Sergio Ramos Rubio was born on 6 May 2014.
Juan Francisco Torres Belén, popularly known as Juanfran, is a Spanish professional footballer, who also plays for Atlético Madrid as a Right back. He starte dout at Real Madrid, later joined CA Osasuna and finally Atlético Madrid in 2011. He won five titles, including the 2014 National Championship. He has been a Spanish International since 2012, has also been part of the squad that won in 2012’s European Championship, and also represented the nation at 2014 World Cup.
Veronica Sierras is the lovely wife of Juanfran, who presently works as an outsourcing technician for the Human Resources at Meta4. She is the mother of couple’s two adorable children, Oliver and Alexia.
Francesc “Cesc” Fabregas Soler is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a Central midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Spain National team. At 16, he was signed English Premier League side Arsenal in September 2003. He earned a reputation as one of the best players in his position for the club and won the FA cup in 2005. He also won a La Liga title, the Copa Del Rey, the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups. He made his international debut for the Spanish national team in March 2006. He represented his country in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2012, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Daniella Semaan is the current girlfriend of the soccer player, who is 13 years older than him. She has been in controversy for cheating over her husband and went through a rough divorce. However, Fabregas girlfriend Brags on Twitter about her Catholic believes and that they are strong.
The list seems as alluring as the Euro 2016 title Le Rendez-Vous that will be hosted by France. We are totally excited about the league, are you? We really hope our list matches your list of players are, tell us what you think about it.
Note: This list is based completely on UEFA’s the SOCAR Player Barometer and there is a surprise inclusion in the top five and as such could differ from yours.
Women empowerment is the burning topic of today. People demand equal rights and opportunities for women as they have experienced enough cruelties in this male dominated patriarchal society. Women are inclined to stand at par with men with the literacy and the education rate soaring up considerably. Various heinous crimes against women have raised global concern, but are only men responsible for creating havoc in the lives of womenfolk or there is a great mistake made and being made on the part of women as well, knowingly or unknowingly.
Let’s dig deeper on the life of women in primeval times. Even before the birth of a girl child, she was abused and aborted forcefully because a son was preferred. Fortunately or unfortunately, when she wasn’t killed in her mother’s womb and stepped in the world, she faced the discrimination at her home- getting the leftovers to eat, treated inferior in front of her brother and loaded with work as a maid. Boys were “mother’s love” and no matter what, a mother couldn’t treat a son and a daughter in the same zone. The real atrocities began after her marriage.
At the time of marriage, her mother- in- law used to pressurise the girl’s family for heavy dowry. And when I mention mother- in – law, it is signifying the major role, not the complete role because no doubt, the other members were also included. Woman was just considered an object for the pleasure and desire of sex and begetting children. And the so called ‘mother in law’ pressurised her in everything- a want for dowry, son, get indulged in household chores and finally to accept all orders without uttering a single word. But why ?
Simply because she passed through the same oppressed phase because of the cruelty by her own mother in law. It’s been followed for ages, and now has become a social order.
The past is evident of how whenever a woman has stood up for a mission, it has never fallen flat on the ground. The contribution of women in ‘Chipko movement’ can never be forgotten. But, women have accepted the social oppression, tyranny and despotism the reality of their life. The suffering of one made her hard core and this stone heartedness inflated on her subsequent generations. Deep down, she exclaimed ‘’ when my time comes, I’ll live more peacefully than ever. Let my slave come.”
And then, the continuous cycle of subjugation and injustice became the order of the day. When women herself believed in her inferiority, the man just grew comfortable in dominating. The wrong practices followed by some people have become the trend setter.
Even today, daughters are daddy’s angel and boys are mothers’ life. Though, a lot has changed with the growth of education and the awareness among people, yet somewhere our own thought process and mentality ruins our life. When we demand empowerment, we ask for reservations and incentives to make it easy for us. How ironical, we fight for equal opportunities but then, crave for incentives and a shorter way. I do agree that in this humanity-lost world, women need safety and security but the problem doesn’t end here. We have to boost up our image in our mind and break free from the social oppression we created for ourselves. We live in a world of mutual understanding and need, not one of dominance. Why are men supposed to vacant seats for women of the same age or even younger ? Why the final decision of the family is controlled by a man? I don’t advocate fight and lack of respect for one another, rather I aim to enhance consultation and dialogue instead of permission.
Even a highly skilled woman looks for a husband earning a handsome salary and has a job security so that they can easily enjoy their life till the end. But why only a male member expected to run a family? I know there are certain issues with women unlike men, but marrying on the grounds of income isn’t a rational and apt mentality. Elders say “it is a duty of a man to feed his wife and children.” Here, we don’t show a problem because it is not a cause of worry for us. But why is that so. Aren’t women themselves competent and confident enough to earn their living. If no, then I’d say that women must not at all feel offended if they are not provided with proper education like their male counterparts, as after all we need a support to sustain our living.
In these small and unrealised issues, we ourselves prove that we are indeed inferior. I, being a woman, feel that I have the ability to uphold my career and abide by all the responsibilities of work and family. So, next time before shouting your throat out for equal rights, make sure you bear in mind that you are actually equal in all aspects.
If a woman wants, she can change the world. Think deeper, act diligently and live with dignity.
SHAKTIMAN, the most loved superhero of all Indian kids born in the 90s, and a hit series on the television, Shaktimaan is soon going to hit a comeback this year, as first reported by TOI. It recalls some of the nostalgic moments of childhood for those who were brought up in the 90s watching Shaktimaan on Doordarshan, dreaming of becoming super powerful and genius like him. Creating an imaginary villain to fight with him just like the Indian Superhero and win over the heart of his lady love could be the only dream for Shaktimaan lovers. Even after the show had gone off air, which was a major turn down for many, its memories and the dialogues were still kept alive through funny Facebook shares and Instagram memes till today. Those who have fond memories of watching Indian television's first superhero Shaktimaan, while growing up have a reason to rejoice, as the hit show is slated to make a comeback on the television.
THE PLOT OF THE TELIVISON SERIES: SHAKTIMAAN
For all those being deprived of the fortune to watch the series, the kids of 20th century and for all those who want to go back to their childhood by reliving the story of SHAKTIMAN, here’s the storyline for you.
Like every dramatic action thriller, the story begins with the risings of evil, villainly powers of Kali Yuga, who was born to just bring distortions in mankind and peace. The heroic force opposing him was a mystical sect of saints known as "Suryanshis”, who chose a man to rise up against all odds and defeat the evil prevailing within the society. Yes, this superhero was named as SHAKTIMAAN, who took the pledge to fight against the evils of corruption, societal injustice and other evil conspiracies plotted against the mankind. He was given this title of SHAKTIMAAN by the curious world of today, who had never seen such heroic strengths of any other human being. Only later, it was revealed that the mysterious superhero sought to be the incarnation of SHRI SATHYA, who had formed the Surya sect.
To live with a normalcy and be out of the sight of the main antagonist, Tamraj Kilvish, SHAKTIMAAN disguised himself as a ordinary photographer with a comical geeky name of Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri (too long to remember, but not for those who had loved him wholeheartedly). Just like any other story of a superhero leading a normal life, their exits a woman for whom he had fallen for. Unsurprisingly, she is already in love with the Superhero (who is actually the ‘normal guy ‘), here, Geeta Vishwas, a journalist is the leading lady of the story.
Most importantly, what gives the Indian touch to our hero is the sub-plot behind his creation. Shaktimaan claims to energize his internal spiritual and mystical powers ignited with continuous and typical practice of Hindu philosophical and cultural activities like Yoga Sadhana and Mediation combining the five elements of life namely fire, earth, water, wind and sky, to let the powers be invigorate his body . He advocates the ethnic values taught by Bhagwat Geeta. As cliché as it sounds now, the show still made the kids believe in the true powers of nature and the predictable triumph of the truth over injustice.
The reboot of the TV series will be casted with the blast from the past, actor Mukesh Khanna, who was the SHAKTIMAAN of previous series as well, shall reappear on your television sets with his power-packed performance and stomach-tickling comedy timing. As reported by INDIA TODAY, the reboot of the show will see the comeback of the 57 year old actor on TV sets.
In his interview with TOI, Mukesh khanna told that he has been working hard to get into the right shape before the show’s shooting commences, adding to which the old-time actor said “We are planning the return of Shaktimaan on television and the discussion is going on with few channels. I can’t commit the date but you will get it soon. I am working on the look and the body for it. I have already reduced 8 Kilos and will be losing another 8kgs.I am not trying to get six pack abs. I want to try and match up the look that I had 15 years back. People relate to me as SHAKTIMAAN and I can’t offer the role to anyone”. Undoubtedly, he is a true superhero, battling with old age and worn out energy, striving hard to cheer up the hearts of the people who have admired him for a long time. This is why, KEHLAAYA WO! : SHAKTIMAAAN! (just like the title song shouted that aloud with a old-fashioned music composition and the sounds of thunder and “ ZOOOP” in the background). Hoping for an awe-struck comeback, decidedly, the shooting of the renowned Indian television series shall commence by this year itself.
With 4 consecutive hits, namely 3IDIOTS( 2009), KAI PO CHE (2013), 2 STATES (2014) and KICK (2015), Chetan Bhagat has won over the hearts of Indian audience along with his readers who had been in love with his writing style since five point someone (2004) to his latest bestseller to Making India Awesome (2015). With all his books being a hit, Chetan Bhagat could be considered as Mika Singh for the writing industry (if that exists). Besides a hold over biggest hits of novels, he is also a noted public intellectual, writing for columns about the youth, career development and current affairs in the leading newspapers of both HINDI and ENGLISH. He is also an international superstar as recognized by THE NEW YORK TIMES, citing Bhagat as “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history”, selling over 7 million copies in the city.
Successful screen writing efforts of Chetan Bhagat have always turned out to be a blockbuster hit, snatching away 4 star ratings and the overwhelming love of the movie spectators. He has also won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for the movie Kai Po Che! (Loosely based on his famous novel, THE THREE MISTAKES OF MY LIFE)
Among his other qualifications, Bhagat is known to deliver speeches at programmes organized by corporate, educational institutes, newspapers and media houses like Dainik Bhaskar, The Times of India and at other conferences apart from writing columns for the same.
He was also the judge of the dance reality show named NACH BALIYE, which made him a part of several controversies of being a judge of a dance show despite of being from a literature background and the fiery rivalry with his co-judges. He has been always a flash in the news for his successful endeavors to his cooked-up controversies linked to famous personalities. Yet, he still continues to straddle on the ladder to fame with much ease. And so are his thrivingly scripted movies highlighting subjects of Rom-com, friendship and fictitious situations based on the reality of life.
To offer yet another treat to his lovely audience, Chetan Bhagat is all set to transcend the new-age Bollywood films with his latest movie, HALF GIRLFRIEND.
For those who have not read his book, the story revolves around two characters Madhav and Riya, battling over the issues of difference in culture, status, linguistic struggle and thoughts on love. The story is well-descriptive and offers imaginary based visuals to its readers. Just like every romantic novel, the story is set on the background of boy falling over the girl who starts to help him in coping up with his poor communication skills, but the girl friendzones him considering it just to be a fling and marries someone else. But Half Girlfriend is not just about that, here, our girl, Riya agrees to his proposal but only the half of it. Yes, she agrees to be his “half girlfriend”. Chetan bhagat quoted the storyline as a “unique Indian phenomenon” as the boy may think he is more than friends with the girl, but the girl is still not his girlfriend. Adding to which he said,” As I thought we needed a term like 'Half girlfriend'. Because, in India, that is what most men get” (LOL!).
With a unique twist in the tale, even the star cast is a “never before seen” together, namely Arjun Kapoor and Shradha Kapoor. A production of Balaji and Chetan Bhagat himself, the upcoming movie is directed by the SRK of new-era romantic films, Mohit Suri with the two stars, Arjun Kapoor (who has recently posted a photo of him with a basketball, announcing the commencement of his latest upcoming, on Instagram) and the beautiful, Shradhha Kapoor to play the roles of the two protagonists. The film has just commenced its shooting this week and is expected to be realized on 28th April 2017. Expecting a big from the superhero of Indian writers, the movie seems to be one of the most awaited films of the year.
Hope this so called “Indian phenomenon” is largely accepted by the Indian audience and specifically youngsters, who could be or have gone through the similar dilemma of love and friendship.
The #1 had to be Sarojini Nagar, it deserves it. from being included in the rap of Yo yo Honey Singh to the first name under the shopping list of almost every girl, Sarojini nagar has always been the first love for every Delhite thinking of going for street shopping. From the trendy ruffed jeans to in-fashion plazos, from casual wear kurtas to wedding Sarees and ethnic wears, from tassel bags to leading-edge belts and crockeries, it’s a one –stop destination. Atleast, as a girl, I believe Sarojini shall never disappoint you with humongous choices of clothes to hot-trending accessories. So next time you think of saving your time and find all what you need (at least in apparels) at an unbelievingly affordable price, this could your dreamland.
Location: South-west Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: INA (yellow line)
The rivalry brother of Sarojini Nagar is Lajpat Nagar, offering you a great variety of apparels (both men and women) along with renowned jewelry shops to get the best blings for the wedding season. In considering the weather these days, the market shall leave you spell-bounded to the shape, color and designs of women- stoles offered. You can buy them at just Rs 50-100 and this equates into buying many stoles for each day to wear!
The market is also a shopping-destination for men offering shades for a heroic look (you know, fake Raybans) to swaggy shoes and belts.
Even home decoration goodies like scented plastic flowers to beautifully sculpted idols; you will get it all, in the nearby areas of the main market. Along with the vibrant choice of outfits ranging from party wears to daily rugs, Lajpat Nagar is famously known for the right- sense-hitting street food as well.
Location: South-west Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar (Purple line)
This market is typically for the college-going students who want to match up with fashion even when they are struggling to cope up with their own lectures. Located near famous college campuses, the market seems to resort to the dire needs of the students by offering them a large variety of “super –in” apparels with an acceptable quality over a bonus of affordable prices.
From swanky mobile phone covers to “Dope” caps and the most-wanted crop-tops to the sophisticated jhumkas, the market fulfills the needs of all. Even if you don’t feel like shopping, you may visit the cafes nearby that provide you with quality food at student-pocket-friendly prices.
Location: North Delhi (specifically, North Campus
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwa Vidayala, Yellow line
Janpath or the alternate name is People’s path; the market is NOT- just about apparels and accessories. It offers a wide variety of home furniture to decorative paintings. It is also one of the famous tourist destinations for offering typical Indian stuff like carpets, silver jewelry, leather shoes ( jutis , Mojris , Kohlapuris) and sculptures of Indian Gods. If talking about apparels, you shall see piles of clothes on the streets with vibrant colors and sizes for all kinds, and ‘COOL’ T-shirts speaking about TYPICAL DELHI PEOPLE. Located in the heart of the city, it is a major crowd-attracter, bursting with many kinds of people, especially on weekends. Thus, choosing a week-day for Janpath shall sound more rational.
Location: Near Connaught place
Nearest metro station: Rajeev Chowk (yellow line)/ Janpath (Violet line)
The word ‘Bazaar’ itself describes a market offering a large variety of lucrative shopping items with the much needed hodge-podge of people. With being ‘world widely’ known ( just like Indians say “world-famous”),the market does not stops at just apparels but even electronics like mobile phones, music systems, bluetooth-speakers, hair-straighteners, study lamps and whatnot. You may even find CD’s and DVD’s of latest Bollywood movies at shockingly low price. If you were longing to have a body –tattoo, the services of the same are already present. Not just that, it’s one of the first underground AC market located at the centre of Cannought Place. In this dreadful, unbearable heat, one may choose a breezing underground market over an open-street. Palika bazaar could be like a Genie in a bottle for all those looking out for gadgets to apparels at the lowest of its costs.
Location: Connaught Place (adjacent to Janpath)
Nearest Metro Station: Rajeev Chowk (yellow line)
MAJNU KA TILA (MINI TIBET)
For all the bikers who are in love with leather-jackets, this place shall not disappoint you, by offering good quality jackets within affordable limits. For girls, there is much more to buy apart from apparels, like junk jewelry to in-fashion boots and sandals. The market is also known as Tibetan colony or mini-Tibet due to the dominant number of Tibetan refugees as local residents. Apart from being a bliss for fashionistas, the place offers quality Tibetan cuisine in fine dining restaurants and funky cafes to awaken your taste-buds with the homely- delicacies of Tibet.
Also, the market is situated near a magnificent Gurdwara, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Legend claim that a Muslim hermit who ferried people across the river was blessed by Guru Nanak Dev for his selfless devotion and this sanctuary immortalizes his memory. Apart from an interesting history, the Gurdwara never fails to fulfill your cravings for a tasty langar (especially, the halwa). If you are looking forward to a unique-experience along with good street-shopping, Majnu ka Tila is the right choice.
Location: New Aruna Nagar Colony (alternative name for Maju ka Tila), North Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station: Vidhan Sabha (yellow line)
This market can be also known as the godfather of all the street-markets in Delhi. Being one of the oldest street-market (dominantly), Karol Bagh is also a growing market for business and other commercial activities. Karol Bagh is quite a huge market and thus, one cannot definitely roam around the entire market in one visit. The Karol Bagh “industry” is separated into different roads that house own market wherein each road market focuses primarily on offering a specific product or products. For example, ‘Silver Street’ is a jewelry lane that only offers Silver and Silver Jewellery along with partial gemstones and diamond. The Goldsmiths and Craftsmen here are known as very well-known in same field throughout country. Following to which, a ‘Gadget street’ offering various electronics at slashed prices. CAUTION: Don’t be fainted upon hearing an unbelievingly low price of Skull-candy Headphones (which will obviously not be original). Karol Bagh is one of the biggest outlets for footwear at affordable prices for both men and women. Also, imported products like chocolates, candies, shampoos, deodorants and other daily used items are available at a comparatively low cost.
Location: Central Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Karol Bagh (blue line)
Thus, step into any of these markets and you shall not go empty handed along with an experience to be remembered for quite long. The markets shall always leave a significant mark over your thoughts on Delhi, its people, its colors’ and its over-indulging love for everything.
Summers are the perfect time to plan vacations and go out for adventures as a break from monotonous boring routine. Stop complaining about sweltering heat and plan for trips to the best available spots.
Here are the names of few places which offer best adventure sports in and around Delhi.
FLYBOY AIR SAFARI, GURGAON
Flyboy air safari offers the best 20 minutes ride where you can experience the warmth of the limitless sky and fulfil the most cherished dream of flying like bird under expert guidance.
It offers various kinds of ride depending on the distance covered.
- Kitty hawk: 6 km-8 km ; cost: INR 3200-3400
- Fly yourself : 12 km-15 km ; cost: INR 5400-5600
- Explorer : 20 km -24 km; cost : INR 7600-7800
location: Flyboy Aero park near the Westin resort and spa, Sohna, Gurgaon.
- INDIAN MOUNTAINEERING FOUNDATION, SOUTH CAMPUS
Indian mountaineering foundation is located in one of the busiest and beautiful place of Delhi University’s south campus. The IMF headquarter complex was inaugurated on 24 December, 1980 by then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
It offers activities like Rock climbing, Rope crossing, Tyre swing, Commando Net, Burma Bridge, Rope Ladder, spot climbing , a museum and a library.
Location: Benito Juarez Road, next to Springdales School, Dhaula kuan, Delhi
Entry fees: Rs 150 per student for half day programme
Rs 400 per student for one day programme
F9- GO- CARTING, GURGAON
A Go kart is a small four wheeler cart designed specifically to be raced in designated tracks. F9 is famous for its technologically efficient and safe manufactured cars.
Get the wild and awesome experience of carting like never before in vehicles of your choice.
Location: Sector 17-18, Link Road( near IFFCO chowk), Gurgaon
Rate: INR 250 for 7 laps
INR 350 for 10 laps
INR 500 for 16 laps
- AWARA ADVENTURE FARM, SOHNA
Awara adventure farm has been designed for adventure sports far away from the hassle of the city life. It provides various activities like flying fox, obstacle course, suspension bridge, balance walk, zig zack, swimming etc.
It goes on for 8 hours and provides with the best facilities.
Location: Aravalli Retreat, Raisina village, near Pathways World School, 12 km beyond Sohna.
- SHIKHAR ADVENTURE PARK(SAP), GURGAON
Shikhar Adventure Park is an ideal place for organising educational trips and corporate get together. It conducts various activities and can be a weekend planning spot to get a break from the daily routine and try something new.
Location: Wazirpur Village, sector 92, Gurgaon
DAMDAMA LAKE RESORT, SOHNA, GURGAON ROAD
Damdama lake is one of the biggest lake in Haryana. One can have a great day by its side enjoying boating and other adventure sports which include artificial rock climbing, zip lining, target jumping, Valley crossing and jumaring, tire crossing, air walking, Burma bridge, suspension bridge and commando net.
This place has a charm of its own and has a characteristic of a fun weekend trip.
Location: on the banks of Damdama Lake, Sohna , Gurgaon.
CAMP WILD, DHAUJ, GAZIABAD
Camp Dhauj is an adventure camp located near Village Dhauj , Camp Dhauj is situated in lap of aravali hills near Manger village in Faridabad District Haryana. Aravali hills have hard granite rocks , perfect for rock climbing , rappelling activities. Camp Dhauj is also good for bird watching, 67 bird species have been spotted near Dhauj. It is highly praise worthy for natural rock climbing, Rappelling and river crossing .
There are quite a few amusement water parks with rides that blow your mind and refreshes you from inside out. Fun n food village and WOW( world of wonders )are the few notable ones that gives an amazing experience.
Fun n food village: Gurgaon
So this summer don’t just sit home in this unbearable heat. It might help you to overcome your fear or in certain cases enhance your risk taking ability. Let the adventure make you lively and provide you with the zeal and enthusiasm like never before.
According to latest report from Agence France-Presse (AFP) UEFA will on Tuesday announce a first verdict against Russia for the football unrest caused by their fans at Euro 2016 while England questioned security for high-risk matches this week. Euro 2016 is being held under an umbrella of very high security since Europe has suffered from acts of terrorism since 2015. Already a French court has sentenced 10 men to a year. Six Britons, three French and one Austrian were found guilty of violence around the England-Russia match in Marseille on Saturday. 2015 and 2016 have been very traumatic year for France and there is fear of another terror strike during the month-long European Championship finals expected to draw two million visitors to France.
There has been serious allegation and accusations leveled against Russian fans and UEFA charged the Russian Football Union over the disturbances. During the match with England racist chanting and fireworks were thrown at the Marseille stadium which could have caused serious injuries to spectators and among them were women and children. Russia could possibly face a hefty fine, reprimanded or have points deducted from their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2020 tournament because of the acts of violence and racist chants uttered by their fans. Any repeat of disturbance has the possibility of Russia and England being disqualified from Euro 2016.
However England Football Federation (FA) took a strong exception to the charges which have been leveled and in a letter to UEFA, protested in a letter to UEFA that a distinction should be made between the actions of Russian football supporters who according to the FA were responsible for violence and only Russia have be charged over their conduct. During the match that was held in Stade Velodrome Marseille, Russian fans crossed a barrier to cause bodily harm to English supporters, including women and children. FA chairman Greg Dyke raised "serious concerns" about security when England and Russia will play their next matches. In a letter to UEFA Mr. Dyke said "We have serious concerns around the security arrangements for the city (Lille) in the next few days."
So long has it been that India came together as a union of different territories since 1949. Manipur is one such territory which joined India at that time. On literal translation it is “Land of Jewels” which was a former Asiatic Kingdom with a record of over 3000 years. Nestled in northeast region of country at the border with Myanmar, the state is home to 2.8 million people belonging to myriad ethnic groups and communities.
Unfortunately, in the recent times, it has also been one of the most conflicted of Indian states. In August 2015, the legislative assembly of Manipur passed three bills - (a) Protection of Manipur peoples Bill 2015, (b) Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill 2015, and (c) Manipur Shops and Establishment (Second amendment) Bill 2015, which has led to lots of riots, controversies and protests in the state, as well as recently, at the Capital city, in the first week of June outside Manipur Bhawan where a lot of students protesters where lathi-charged and 25 persons including policemen got serious injuries.
As per the news, the on-going protest is about these three Anti-tribal bills against the indigenous people of Manipur. But the question that is bothering the rest of India is, what is the real issue behind the protests, why are the tribal protesting and the bills termed Anti-Tribal if the bills are passed to save the indigenous rights of the Manipur people?
Before the merger of Manipur to India, the entry into Manipur was regulated by an imposition of a permit system. That permit system was abolished w.e.f. 18 November 1950 by a notification issued by the then Chief Minister of the State, Himmat Singh . Since then, there is no restriction in the entry to the state of Manipur by other citizens of India. 1951 saw a lot of influx of people into the state including other tribes that belong to Manipur, refugees from Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal, and other outsiders from other Indian states. According to the census of 2011 of Manipur, the stats showed a 17 lakh of people are indigenous people and 10 lakh are outsiders, out of which 20 lakh are of Manipuri origin and the rest 7 lakh of Non-Manipuri origin.
Fears and Apprehensions
Since the increase of non- Manipuri people at such a drastic rate, as a report suggested, the influx of tourists has risen exponentially thus creating a demographic imbalance in the region. If this was not enough, illegal immigration from Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar has also contributed to the crisis. This has created fear among the locals over employment and availability of resources, at a time where there already exists stiff competition between the locals and outsiders over jobs. The Manipuri people are concerned with the saving of rights and land of the indigenous people thereby placing a demand to re-establish the Inner Line Permit system (ILP). A Joint Committee for Inner Line Permit system (JCILPS) has also been formed.
Introduction and passing of bills
There were three bills passed owing to the fears of threat on the Land rights of the Manipuri people by the Non- Manipuri’s. According to the bill, (a) Protection of Manipur peoples Bill 2015, it will list all the Non-Manipuri’s and enforce a restriction on the entry of the Indian Citizens in the state. (b) Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Bill 2015, won’t permit the outsiders to purchase or own lands that belong to the tribal people of the state. (c)Manipur Shops and Establishment (Second amendment) Bill 2015, every employer will register all employees under him/her and issue a renewable identity card to them.
Repercussions of the Bills
The immediate effect of the bills were seen last year when the tribal groups led an agitation against the bills which resulted in few unidentified people torching up an MP’s house along with other 6 MLA’s houses at Churachandpur, resulting in killing of 9 tribals and prompting an immediate imposition of curfew in the town. The main reasons of agitations were said to be : (i) The acknowledgment of “Manipur people” as an according to the “National Register of Citizens, 1951, Census Report 1951 and Village Directory of 1951 and their descendants who have contributed collective social, cultural and economic life of Manipur”, (ii) No hill districts organization were consulted in the drafting of the bills, (iii) True motives behind ILP. The tribal people claimed that the bills impinge upon their rights and hence should be withdrawn.
The Real Issue
Although the bill was passed to save the rights of indigenous people, the fact that the tribal are still protesting is confusing. The news have surfaced that, the three bills passed were all by the Ministers who belong to Meitei tribe which is not included under the Scheduled Tribes of India. The Meitei community dominates the valley districts whereas the other tribes are residing on the hill districts. Hence, the Land Reforms Bill is perceived by many among the tribes Kuki and Naga communities, as attempts by the Meitei community to gain access to Scheduled hill districts. They argue that outsiders are never a real threat since they can neither own land in the valley areas, nor are they competitors for government jobs. Under Section 158 of the Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reform Act 1960, land belonging to a Scheduled Tribe in the valley areas cannot be sold to a non-Scheduled Tribe person without the prior consent of the Deputy Commissioner concerned. Therefore, if the bill is enacted into law, a person needs to have been enumerated in all three registers — the National Register of Citizens, 1951, the Census Report 1951 and the Village Directory of 1951 — to be considered as belonging to the State. Conversely, being registered in just one or two registers/directories means he or she has not met the criteria. Hence if the bill becomes a law and is implemented strictly, many people in the hill areas face the prospect of being excluded. In 1951, many of the remote hill areas were cut off, without proper communication and transportation systems which still is the case for some far flung areas. Since Manipur attained Statehood status only in 1972, there is a possibility that many of the local people may be listed as outsiders because of their inability to provide the required documents. If such a situation arises, who should be blamed — the people or the government?
Thereupon the protests were led by the Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi (MTFD) on June 8, 2016 pleading the Center to not enforce these bills into laws, since the State government isn’t responding to their pleas. At present, the bills still stand rejected by the Center. The student protests continues with a hope that the Center will help them from not being further deprecated.
For decades the state governments have in the eight states of North-East(NE) been ruled by Congress and other State parties. The turnout from this year’s i.e. 2016 state elections in Assam has undoubtedly stirred up things in the NE as the BJP won with high majority votes. It contested for the first time in the Bodoland Territorial Council Elections and even won a seat. BJP led in 69 assembly constituencies in the Lok Sabha elections 2016 by winning 7 Lok Sabha seats in Assam. BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) won a combined 86 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal came in legislature who won against Congress veteran Tarun Gogoi, who accepted his party’s defeat and affirms to play a constrictive opposition in the Assembly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself showed his gratitude and happiness towards the people of Assam and even commented that this win of BJP was “historic by all standards”.
This victory is indeed “historic”. An important accomplishment to be noticed, is that, out of eight states in NE- BJP has strong hold in Assam and Arunanchal Pradesh of, as well as forming alliances with Nagaland People’s Front(NPF) in Nagaland and Sikkim Democratic Front(SDF) in Sikkim, which puts the larger BJP family -the NDA- holding the reins in four of the eight states of the region at present.
So does that mean that NE-doors have been opened up for NDA?
Here’s what we know:
Reasons for BJP’s victorious win-win in Assam
- Brilliant Strategy placed by the BJP as it let the party choose it leaders from other alliance parties without quibbling about ideologies. The CM himself has been once anointed as “jatiyo nayak” (National hero) after his PIL forced the quashing of the Illegal Migrants( Determination By Tribunals) Act of 1983. The party also welcomed with open arms Himanta Biswa Sarma, onetime Gogoi lieutenant who quit the Congress in frustration over the rise of Gogoi’s son in the party.
- The BJP repackaged its core Hindutva agenda in the Assamese context till it became an unbending stance on illegal immigration from Bangladesh.
- Fast-pace development plans- such as, Initiation for all round development with 24×7 power & water supply, ensuring 100 percent irrigation coverage of arable lands, offering employment to 25 lakh youths and withdrawal of oral interviews for 3rd & 4th category government jobs in the State, etc.
Here’s what we need to know:
Out of the eight states of NE, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland are Christian majority states. Assam, though a Hindu-majority state, has a large presence of Muslims, mostly of Bangladeshi origin, and Tripura is dominated by Bengali Hindus who migrated to that state during the 1947 partition. Buddhists, practitioners of an animistic faith called Donyi- Polo and Hindus make for the majority of the population of Arunachal Pradesh while the majority of Manipur’s population is made of Meiteis who are mostly Vaishnavites with Christian tribals and a small section of Pangals (who are Muslims) making up the rest. The overwhelming majority of the people of Sikkim are Hindus and Buddhists. The NE, thus, is an eclectic mix of various tribes and peoples practising different religions.
Now that BJP is in alliance with NPF and SDF it busts the myth that BJP’s appeal is limited to only Hindus, and that too the caste Hindus. If that were the case, Nagaland’s Christians would not have brooked their ruling party aligning itself with BJP. With BJP training its guns for Manipur elections as well one expects since Meities are staunch Hindus therefore will now be inclined towards the BJP, the surprise is that the BJP is also working among the Christians who are mostly Nagas, in the state. Strangely enough the cow slaughter ban, the move against conversions by the Church, which is championed by the RSS and the extended Sangh Parivar does not seem to have touched Nagas here. It is also trying to get a hold in Meghalaya, another Christian state, and getting a good response. Meghalaya elections are in 2018, and the BJP has time to expand its network. The thriving Marwari community, who control most of the business across the NE are staunch BJP supporters. But the problem isn’t religion across these areas, it is the land. People are very protective of their lands hence there are laws in some states for non-tribals from preventing them to purchase tribal lands. In fact there are taxes imposed on immigrants for their stay in the state.
The development that the BJP party is trying to bring about in the NE region is greatly being supported, as people want change in their region, economically as well as politically. Also because these attempts may actually connect the “mainland” (as many call it) India to the North-East India, which may result in the end of various disputes in the region. This region has always felt neglected and now there is an opportunity where these people might get normal recognition as Indians as the rest of India. The central governments hardly ever paid attention to these regions or the did anything to resolve insurgencies in states like, Manipur, Nagaland, etc. Then most of these states are the border to many countries which results to infiltration of migrants which hampers the economy the surrounding the aura of NE.
Although the scenery is now changing, the issues are still delicate in the NE. They want development but without any encroachment on their 'tribalism'. They are territorial people given to the fact that they have lived on their own sustaining themselves from the environment, food, vegetation, etc., that is available here. The people here are highly tourist friendly, also the beauty of landscape and exotic vegetation makes it a highly desired adventure destination, which could be used as an asset in increasing national economy at large.
Now to answer my question, is it the rise of the Lotus or just a normal change in NE politics, I would have to say, I agree with both. It is indeed an opportunity for the BJP to make their roots stronger and hold a firm grip in these regions, but in that effort the face of NE might completely change in lieu with the development plans for the region, and it is also a change in the politics, since now the two huge national political parties(INC and BJP) are contesting in these areas. Also the competition and party performance has a chance of improvement, or else, earlier it only used to be Congress and any other state party. What we can only hope for is, this blooming of Lotus in Assam advances the state performance, simultaneously, also contributing in further advancements of other NE states.
It is 2016; A time when the United States of America is back with its Presidential elections. The incumbent president, Democrat Barack Obama, is ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits established by the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution. There are numerous potential candidates in the democratic and republican party; the two main contesting parties of USA. As Barack Obama has completed with the set tenure, the winner of this election will become the 45th President of the United States.
The election of President and Vice President of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States who are registered to vote in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C. cast ballots for a set of members of the U.S. Electoral College, known as electors. These electors then in turn cast direct votes, known as electoral votes, for President and Vice President of the United States. The candidate becomes the PRESIDENT if he attains an absolute majority, same is the case with the Vice President.. If no candidate receives an absolute majority for President, the House of Representatives chooses the President; if no one receives a majority for Vice President, then the Senate chooses the Vice President. The Electoral College and its procedure is established in the U.S. Constitution by Article II, Section 1, Clauses 2 and 4; and the Twelfth Amendment (which replaced Clause 3 after it was ratified in 1804).
The upcoming elections have become the major point of discussions in USA; Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders being the major opponents.
The campaigning for election has been going on from around one year. Clinton held her first major campaign rally June 13, 2015, at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of New York City’s Roosevelt Island.
Clinton addressed income inequality in the United States, paid family leave, equal pay for women, college affordability, and incentives for companies that provide profit sharing to employees in her speech winning the hearts of millions of people and giving the policies she will work on. She did not address free trade agreements during the kickoff speech, but made statements the next day suggesting that the current negotiations should be abandoned unless improved. The campaign said more than 5,500 people were in attendance, but as per general estimate of the media the number of people present were less than said.
Clinton, whose first quest for the Democratic nomination ended in a concession speech almost exactly eight years ago to the day, now becomes the first woman ever to win the nomination of a major political party in the United States
Though there seems more hope for Clinton, but in this bright lights of the political revolution, Bernie Sanders does not sound like a candidate who is about to give up. “Here we are in mid-June, and we’re still standing!” he said on Thursday to a crowd at a stadium in Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the bitter end of a long Democratic primary, delegate counts damned.
How and when Sanders and Clinton peaceably wind down the primary campaign over the next few days and weeks will be crucial for unifying the Democratic Party. Barack Obama said that Clinton is one of the most qualified and apt person to win over this reputed post. He has shown full confidence over him. She has got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.
Bernie Sanders has attracted a multitude of younger and independent voters that Clinton and the Democratic Party desperately hope to adopt. He has gained the support of the working young generation who is responding to his ideas and principles.
“Bernie’s going to be very good for the party,” said Sen. Harry Reid, who has been in discussions with Sanders. He, recently, met Barack Obama and influenced with his ideals Mr. Obama thanked him for shining the spotlight on the issues like economic inequality, the outsize influence of money in our politics and bringing young people in the process.
So far, much of the outreach has come from Clinton’s camp. It was Clinton who phoned Sanders last Tuesday after his crushing loss in California. So far, much of the outreach has come from Clinton’s camp. It was Clinton who phoned Sanders last Tuesday after his crushing loss in California, reversing the usual custom of the loser calling the victor.
Bernie often attracts large multitude of crowd in his public speech. His cover up for young generation will definitely act in his favour. After the Orlando terrorist attack, Bernie has been more active in campaigning. This attack paved a way for the political parties to come in the eyes of common people. Parties used the incident to get a new issue to work on –the safety of the people. Needless to say, people are more concerned about their safety and protection than other social and economical amenties.
The US elections will be scheduled on 8 as like always presidential election is to be conducted on a Tuesday in the month of November because of the factors involved (weather, harvests and worship). When voters used to travel to the polls by horse, Tuesday was an ideal day because it allowed people to worship on Sunday, ride to their county seat on Monday, and vote on Tuesday–all before market day, Wednesday. The month of November also fits nicely between harvest time and harsh winter weather, which could be especially bad to people travelling by horse and buggy. What happens is quite uncertain, but the election campaigning is on full swing. Let us wait for what more surprises are in store for the world and hope for the best for the super force of the world.
Mass shooting at a gay nightclub PULSE at Orlando, Florida has left everyone speechless. This is one of the worst massive shooting in American History where 50 people were killed and 53 people injured by a single gunman.
On Sunday morning, June 12, when people of Florida were still trying to understand the murder of The Voice star, Christina Grimmie on Saturday night, at the Plaza, Orlando, Florida, came the news of this massive shootout at a gay nightclub which has raised fear in the minds and hearts of the LGBTQ community as well as among the people of Florida.
It is still not clear what made Omar Mateen to allegedly walk into the club with an assault rifle and kill 50 people. But according to the reports, Mateen’s father said that he might know what might have triggered the killing. He told NBC news, that Mateen had been enraged by the sight of two men kissing each other months earlier, and said that might be related to the massacre. While the authorities claim Mateen called the police before the attack and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Questions have been rising whether this mass shooting was an act of homophobia Or an act of terrorism?
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Even with many indicators it is yet not clear, we cannot label the act, since according to sources, Mateen was reportedly regular at the gay nightspot and used gay dating apps. A few of the clubgoers have reported to seeing him often at the club. A few others have claimed him to have been using multiple gay apps, including Grindr, with mutual acquaintances “to hook”. If it really is so, then his going and killing people 50 people at a gay club doesn’t explain. Was it really the two men kissing he had seen trigger such violence? Isn’t such a scene common at a gay club? If he was really homophobic why would he visit gay clubs often.
Indeed, even if the motive hasn't been established, the attacks are likely to have the effect of turning gay clubs into targets, and leaving some in the LGBTQ community afraid to go to them. The Islamic State, to which Mateen allegedly pledged allegiance before carrying out the attack, betrays horrific intolerance towards people from the LGBTQ community in Muslim societies around the world.
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But yet again, the thing is Mateen himself didn’t grow up in a Muslim society. He was born in New York and grew up in an environment where he surely must have witnessed the evolution of LGBTQ rights movement over the last few decades. James Comey, FBI Chief, said, Mateen had been “radicalised” while consuming online propaganda and that he had claimed allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a series of calls during the attack. Although yet again, US authorities said they had found no direct links between Islamic State and Mateen, the US-born son of Afghan immigrants.
So what really is it? Just because Mateen pledged to Islam before killing, is it right to link Islam and terrorism and demonise Muslims, or call it a homophobic act. Whatever this is, one thing is very clear, as President Obama also said, this is an act of hate. This is not just about the 50 people killed in Orlando, it is about every queer person who is endangered not only by gunmen, but by homophobic religious leaders, tweeting politicians, violent family members, coworkers, classmates, neighbours, creators of media and more. Today when lots of Indian politicians take to twitter to sympathize with the massacre, they forget that with India, the fear among LGBTQ community is not from outside but in-built. Gay sex is still illegal. Section 377, a colonial law that criminalises “unnatural sex”, remains on the books in India.
Once again religion and violence are brought on the same platform. Whatsoever may have instigated Mateen to such a horrifying shootout, this attack will be the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks.
India is a land of engineers and one cannot simply deny that upon seeing the current scenario. One of the hilarious scenes from a famous Hindi movie, 3 Idiots had just made it to the point, where the father of a ‘just arrived’ son uttered, “mera beta Engineer banega” (My child will become an Engineer). The words felt like a thunderclap to the boy who didn’t even know in what language was the man in front of him, is speaking. Fun-fact : With a factory output of 1.5 million engineering graduates passing out every year (which also runs the risk of not getting a job at all for almost 40% of them) India holds about 2000 Engineering colleges , with 700 colleges alone in Andhra Pradesh itself.( That’s phenomenal!)
The second “acceptable” and “dignified” profession is to become a Doctor. India CAN produce a force of 50 thousand doctors every year, with better regulation of medical education. Undeterred by which, India accounts for about 10 lakh doctors and other medically engaged professionals in the year 2014. Yet, the government has clearly stated the shortage in terms of “quality of medical facilities”.
As reported, there is only one doctor for every 1700 people in the country. Maybe that is reason why, Indian parents consider it to be their societal duty to give the country, good numbers of doctors at the cost of their own child’s dreams.
A reality check: Out of those million of students, nearly 20- 30% are exposed to the risk of not getting a job at all. Whereas ,the large percentage of the ‘fortunate’ ones who do end up getting a job after an engineering degree take up jobs which are well below their technical qualifications, since the supply far outnumbers the demand. They do not get jobs for which they are qualified or ‘suitable’ jobs, which makes the matter even worse. Also, the staggering growth of IT industry in India has slowed down to a 10.2% growth rate at present. The demand for qualified professionals has also been understandably gone down too.
Such critical situation only calls for a better investment in the field of IT and Engineering sector or opting for a more rational and easier-to-do solution, GET A LIFE BEYOND ENGINEERING!
With the growing popularity of up-coming business ideas and startups offering interesting and stable opportunities , one must not just confined his/her potential to the professions which gives them ‘respect’ in the society. Even, a corrupt politician or a money-eating police man earns the so called ‘respect’ (at least on their face), but that does not imply for each one of us should become a politician or a police man. Another dialogue from the same movie, i.e., 3 IDIOT, says, “kaamyab mat bano, kabil bano”( there is no need to strike hard for success, rather focus on being capable in what you do). Rather than taking into consideration of other’s opinion including your own parents, one should try to achieve what they actually are actually passionate for.
So, here’s a list of some of unconventional job opportunities in India that also offer good career prospects. Many of them could even pay you higher than salary of a doctor or an average engineer.
Love chocolates? If yes, (with a witty smile and an instant nod) then you are born for this job. A Chocolatier is an expert who uses his/her wide knowledge of flavor, texture, history and other aspects of chocolates to create delicious and mouth-watering confectioneries, deserts, cakes, candies and sweets out of chocolate and other related products. Chocolatier can become an entrepreneur, by tying up with corporate houses, florists, bakeries, and gift shops to market their products.
Some of the institutes in India offering the same are:
- Chocolate Academy, Mumbai
- Barry Callebaut India Private Limited, Mumbai
- Craft and Social Development Organization, New Delhi
- Swisswrap Chocolate Academy, Mumbai
- MAPP – Magnificence Academy of Packaging Professionals, New Delhi
- SOMMELIER/WINE TASTER
Gulping down bottles of wine just for free. Sounds interesting?
Here’s another upcoming profession to rightly serve your taste buds, Sommelier or wine taster. A Sommelier is the one, who can help in understanding the different types of wine and help pair wines with specific foods. Wine tasters also help choose wines for various restaurants that would go well with their menu. Another interesting option is to organize wine tasting tours in vineyards in India. Wine experts can also write articles on wines for lifestyle magazines. Also, there is a Sommelier championship held in India to provide a platform to the budding professionals in the field of wine tasting.
Some of the institutes offering this course are:
- Wine Academy of India ( WAI), Chennai
- Register to WSET course
- Vinecrest India, Delhi
- Institute of Wine and Beverage studies
- KBR School of wine, Mumbai
- PET GROOMER/ GROOMING
Are you an animal lover? If yes, then say yes to this alternate career option of pet grooming. If have you always earned success in taking good care of the pets, whether or not they belong to you, you may turn out to be the best for your client’s pet as well. As the name suggested, a pet groomer is expected to ensure the hygiene and adequate cleanliness of the pets, ensuring that any kind of wound or disease which the pet may be exposed to is healed along with enhancing better relationships between the pet and the owner as well .Regular grooming is considered essential to ensure improved life span and heath of the pets, and this is the reason this career option is growing popularly, specifically to fulfill needs of upper-middle class and high-class families who wish to provide all comforts of life to their darling pets.
Some of the companies which also offer this course for learning are:
- Scoopy Scrub,Delhi
- Fuzzy Wuzzy Professional Pet Grooming School, Bangalore
- ETHICAL HACKER
Are you into the world of computer and its fascinating codes?
Hacking down your friend’s social network profile is a mere source of ‘fun’ for you? Then this could be your professional goal. An Ethical Hacker is a certified hacker is a qualification obtained by assessing the security of computer systems, using penetration testing techniques. Many big companies and government agencies look for ethical hackers for various security purposes. An ethical hacker must have a good knowledge of coding in different programming languages. The average salary ranges between Rs.2-5 lakhs for a fresher, and after an experience of five to six years, you can easily command a salary of Rs. 10-12 lakhs annually, depending upon your skills! (Still thinking to apply for IIM?)
Some of the courses where one can apply are:
- Indian School of Ethical Hacking ( ISOEH), Kolkata
- Institute of Information Security, Mumbai, Pune,Delhi, Chandigarh
- Even short courses are offered by many IT companies like Arizona Infotech ( Pune)
- DANCE THEREPIST
Do you have happy feet at dancing? The energy and the magic created with the snappy dance steps over the groovy music can even heal depression or any kind of stress, a person maybe undergoing. That’s what this profession is based upon, ‘dance away with worries’. A
Dance therapist uses the psychotherapeutic body movement and dance to support intellectual and emotional functions of the body. Rather than teaching dance, therapists try to assess the individual's needs and issues. Then they initiate and help develop movement patterns, taking off from the physical-emotional-intellectual level of their clients. People with background in dance and psychology can opt for this exciting career option.
Organizations such as the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India is one of the pioneer organizations in the country that offers sessions in dance and movement therapy and have been hugely successful in helping people deal with stress and anxiety better.
- PERSONAL SHOPPERS
Do you believe in your strengths of shopping right? If yes, then you should imagine a scenario where you would be paid for it! There are often certain circumstances where one cannot find adequate time to devote for shopping, like organizing wedding can itself be a burden which can be topped with an additional headache for shopping, this when the ‘personal shopper’ pops up into the scene. They help you decide you look for an occasion, keeping in mind your style and help you shop. It's like being a stylist and a shopper, all At once.
Who knows you may be even appointed by celebrities across various fields to be their shopping assistant. Sounds fascinating!
In India there are several image consultant training institutes to groom your knowledge in this field. Online certificate courses can also be received for the same (Visit the official website of IAP Career College)
Diving deep into the unknown fathoms of the ocean and having a glance of the life beneath the visions of the others – this could be your daily routine if you choose to be an oceanographer. Oceanographers or mariners cover a wide range of topics including marine life and ecosystems, ocean circulation, plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor, and the chemical and physical properties of the ocean. Oceanographers and marine biologists study plants and animals in the marine environment. They take a deep interested in the numbers of marine organisms and how these organisms develop, relate to one another, adapt to their environment, and interact with it.
Some of the institutes that offer this curse/diploma are:
- Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology & Oceanography (CASMB), Annamalai University,
- Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
- Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University, Goa
Apart from those mentioned in the list, one can choose other alternatives for offbeat career options as well, be it a game tester, a foodie (officially food tester), pastry chef and many more. All that one needs to have is, passion and courage to choose the given profession, rather than confining to ones which are identified by the society, and you are all set to attain the higher steps on the success ladder with a secured income and a dynamic job.
The crazy debate of vegetarians and non-vegetarians has been going on for centuries. People prohibit eating non vegetarian food in the name of religion and morality. Most of the vegetarians strictly believe that eating meat and chicken is an immoral, unethical and insensitive act depicting inhumanity and cruelty towards those meek creatures. They criticise fellow beings and feel disgusted for them.
On the other hand, non vegetarians eat it out of taste and some believe that meat, fish and chicken contains more proteins, vitamins and minerals as compared to simple vegetables and grains. Statistics support that seafood and non vegetarian food contains vitamins and proteins that cannot be purely achieved of out of simple food.
But, the actual matter is not about who is interested in eating what; the complete dispute is regarding the mentality that people carry with them. To be precise and simple, the kind of food we eat is based on our preferences and taste. It is upon us to decide what should we eat, and what we must not eat. You must not form an opinion about an individual just because of the kind of food he/she eats. We must respect the choice of all, without criticism and hatred.
There are many people who eat eggs and call themselves eggitarian; perhaps a new trendy word. I have heard people say how can you kill a yet-to-be-born-baby chick? It isn’t so. All eggs do not hatch into chicks. Only fertile eggs that have been incubated under proper conditions can become an embryo and develop into a chick. So, eating eggs doesn’t constitute killing living beings.
Next, when I think about why people put blame on killing fellow living beings, I get shocked. If thought deeply, even plants are living beings then why are plants killed to satisfy human wants? Roots like onion, carrot, sweet potato and beetroot are eaten which are extracted by destroying the plant. If we don’t make it an issue, then why eating meat is an issue. It has been scientifically proved that plants respond to human touch, they understand emotions so why aren’t plant eating animals not blamed for killing plants which provide us with the basic life amenities ? It is ironical that we kill a living being for food and criticise others for killing animals, which is just a different category of living beings. Then, how does the question of immorality come for non vegetarians and not for vegetarians? Just because plants don’t shout, they are immobile and we are not thinking properly about this issue doesn’t mean that killing plants is right. I don’t get why we become so orthodox and irrational on some issues.
The world lives on Darwin’s theory of ‘Survival of the Fittest.’ The entire existence of mankind and other species can be summed up in the urge to survive breaking all the odds and therefore, the food chain goes on. Birth and death are the two sides of the same coin. We humans, indisputably, get wider choice being the most advanced species.
MODIFY YOUR THINKING
So next time when you point out at a non vegetarian and pass tantrums, do remember that it is okay; stop making a fuss about it. Don’t make someone feel guilty for no good reason. Have a broader mentality and accept the fact that no matter what, every species in this world has to do something to fill up his stomach. This is what life is all about. Eat healthy, live pure.
Hairstyle complements our outfit. A person is well dressed when he has an eye pleasing hairstyle which perfectly goes with the dress. A perfect, trendy and appropriate hairstyle can make us look gorgeous, enhancing our beauty. In the busy life schedules, what everyone needs is mesmerising, easy and quick hairstyles.
So here are a few easy, distilled and modern hairstyles that you’ll love.
- MESSY BUN
The modern messy bun goes with all every outlook and dress, giving a beautiful look to your face. It is appropriate for all types of occasions and events and is a simple hairstyle that you can do yourself at home. Try it out- it is the new trendy look you can carry with you wherever you go.
- TWIST AND PIN
Loose falling hair definitely looks good on you, but with a touch of style and simplicity, your hair seems managed and perfect all the time; exactly the way you want them to be.
- FRENCH BRAID
One of the most versatile braid; you may either make it in the centre or at one of the sides, it looks amazing. It can be an added style to complement your ponytail or any other style that goes on your face. If you are not getting what would go on your outfit, French braid will definitely come to your rescue as it goes with all- a gorgeous look for you.
- SLEEK VIXEN HAIRSTYLE
A glowing touch of Indian culture coupled with modernity will change your getup for good and give you a new look. It complements both Indian wear and western dresses. Quite simple and unique hairstyle that will make you shine in the crowd.
- TWISTED PONY
Tired of simple, plain pony!
Bring a change with the new cute look and stylish pony that will suit your dress and act like a makeover for you. The best part is it only takes two minutes to create it and it is so versatile that you can wear it to any occasion.
- TUCK AND COVER HAIRSTYLE
It is the ever popular style. Like the name suggest, it is just two easy steps- tuck it and then cover. It can be used in both formal and casual occasions. Undoubtedly, it is a beautiful and very easy style to create.
- HALF UP AND HALF DOWN HAIRSTYLE
When you are running out of time, this half up and half down will complement your flowing hair. It gives a finishing touch to your hair, enhancing style.
- SLICKED BACK PONYTAIL
This style doesn’t require an expensive trip to a saloon. Rather it is a great way to add a little bit of style to your look without making too much of efforts. It is even preferred if your clothing is a bit extravagant. No offence, but slicked back ponytail is more dressy than just a regular ponytail.
Hurry up girls, look more modern in less time, less efforts and more perfection.
It is very important for India to get into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) because, our future energy needs depends on it. However, there is a huge blockade called China, which under no circumstances wants India to join this group of nations, who are principal “supplier countries that seek to contribute to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation of two sets of Guidelines for nuclear exports and nuclear-related exports.” At present, almost all countries support India’s entry except China who sees India as its challenger and main rival in Asia.
But the spirited foreign policy campaign of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last two years has now put India within a striking distance along with the support of United States of America to get into NSG and this has created a panic situation in Pakistan forcing it to approach other countries who already are supporting India. Already the Pakistanis and the Chinese are upset because somehow India is now a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) which will now allow India to sell BrahMos cruise missile to other countries, particularly in South East Asia and that will tip the balance in the South China Sea where China is hugely disliked and feared.
But the real reasons for China’s insistence on the exclusion of India from the NSG is Pakistan, a nation which has a long history in smuggling and proliferation of nuclear technology and the components need to build powerful nuclear warheads. China wants Pakistan to also get a seat in the NSG club because it wants to maintain a buffer and also keep India’s foreign policy and defense policy Pakistan centric, so there will always be strategic imbalance between China and India. But the fact is every other country who are members of NSG supports India and does not want Pakistan to get access to more nuclear materials, equipment technology because as per Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Pakistan continues to be ahead of India when it comes to having higher number of nuclear warheads and beats Israel as well as North Korea. Pakistan applied for membership in 2016 with China’s support but given its track record of selling nuclear secrets to countries like North Korea, Libya, and Iran, it is safe to assume the rest of the members will not support Pakistan’s entry into NSG because it is an irresponsible nuclear weapons state.
Right now there are 48 member countries that have the right to veto any new nations joining NSG, and China clearly likes to use this power to lord over India. But this is not the first time this has happened because China being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Consul just recently used its veto power to block Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad and its chief Masood Azhar from being banned; sighting the decision was taken on the bases of “facts” and “procedure” but in general, China is against all forms of terrorism as long as it emanates from Pakistan to hurt India since it has huge strategic and economic stake in the form of China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC)
For China, any strategic gain by India is detrimental to its designs in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean Region where it wants to dominate. However with India developing Chabahar Port in Iran which will give us the gateway to Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Caspian Sea is major Geo-strategic. The distance between Chabahar Port to Gwadar Port is only 170 kilometers which are located in the restive Baluchistan region and India’s “look east” policy is to develop the closer relationship with its South East Asia Neighbors like Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia, having left China feel the pinch.
The only technical reason the Chinese have to stop India from getting into NSG is that we are not signatories to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). However, some of the past member countries like France joined NSG without signing NPT which is the precedence India sights and its long record of maintaining its integrity with its own nuclear program unlike Pakistan who has been caught with its hand in the Cooke jar for clandestinely selling nuclear technology to rogue state like North Korea and in return getting nuclear capable ballistic missile technology which is prohibited under MTCR. Also, if India signs the NPT it will seriously compromise its national security since it will have to give up its nuclear arsenals and when you are surrounded by two neighbors with whom India have fought wars, it would be illogical. Plus we will be at the mercy of other nuclear power nations to protect us and in return make deals which will cost us dearly.
China knows this which is why it is forcing the NPT card on the table because India will never sign the NPT under the current clauses. It also knows that its lackey, Pakistan will also never sign the NPT thus making this whole action of India moot or both countries join after signing the NPT making it a win-win situation for China. So to propose Pakistan’s name to become a member of NSG as precursor knowing fully the other countries will say no to, will than give China the opportunity to state that by letting India into the NSG, it will create an unstable security dynamics in Asia and would lead to nuclear race. India is now a very fast growing economy and has a growing energy need. Since the world is fast moving towards clean energy and nuclear energy constitutes as one of the most important sources of clean energy which will fulfill our growing need.
The Countries who are the permanent members of NSG are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.
Music is an entity indefinable by words alone. It is not only something you hear but what you feel. It is something your soul can reach out and touch. Complex or simple, fast or slow, loud or soft. It is what you feel, or it could be your method of escape or it could just keep you alive. One such genre of music is Blues. It is the music of the heart. It comes straight from the heart and holds such emotions that touches the cords of the listener’s heart. All you music lovers, you get what I mean, don’t you, and if especially blues is your genre too, you’re gonna love this. Listening to good blues, for me, is something where I can have a heart to heart conversation with the singer itself. Sadly, there are very few pure blues band in India. But here’s a list of the top five Blues band that all of us should know:
- Soulmate: This one is my personal favorite, and also the best blues band in India by far. They are from Shillong, Meghalaya, which is also known as “India’s Rock Capital” owing to it’s inhabitants’ great passion for music. The band is primarily made up of Rudy Wallang(guitar/vocals/songwriter) and Tipriti ‘TIPS’ Kharbangar (vocals/guitar), although they frequently team up with session musicians when on tour. This band came together in 2003, playing their first concert at the ‘Roots Festival’ at Umiam. It also happens to be the only Indian blues band to have represented India at the 23rd International Blues Challenge organized by The Blues Foundation of America, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in February 2007 and 2010. Tipriti is considered as one of the finest female singers to have emerged from North East India and Wallang is considered one of the most respected blues guitarists of India.
- Smokestack: This band named after the legendary song by Howling Wolf – Smokestack, started off as a pretty purist country blues trio, singing mostly covers of the classic blues songs across all styles in 2006. They all hail from Pune. At present the band consists of five members- Anoop Kumar (Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitar), Michael Thompson (Harmonica), Vishal Gore (Vocals, Bass, Electric/Acoustic Guitar), Shreyas Iyengar( Drums, Percussion) and Vidula Andromeda (Vocals, Harmonica). They began experimenting with folk and roots music as well as rhythmic influences from around the world, soon after their formation. This led to expanding the band to include drums and electric guitars. The band is known to channelize raw, direct emotions through their music.
- The Saturday Night Blues: It is one of the only mainstream blues band in India, formed in 1999. The band, made up of some of the cream of Kolkata’s working musicians, performs frequently on Saturday nights at Someplace Else, the “Music Mecca” of India - The Park Hotel, downtown Kolkata - for over a decade The band members are Jayanta Dasgupta (Vocals, guitar), Arunima Dasgupta (vocals, percussion), Stuart Munro (vocals, bass guitar), and Avinash Chordia (drums). Be it the down home delta blues of Mississippi, the chic and groovy sounds of Chicago, the smokin’ jazz blues of New Orleans, the gritty blues of Texas or contemporary blues , this band plays it all! Their sound is lively, energetic and strongly groove driven and has won them a massive, steady fan following. Their informal and interactive approach towards the music and the audience always results in an evening that is pure entertainment. If you’re looking for some soaring slide guitar and smokin’ hot-rodded blues, this is the band you want to tune into!
- Big Bang Blues: This band started off in 2009, with the electric blues sound, hails from the capital city, New Delhi. They then evolved into a more Blues-Rock act. The band members are- Sushant Thakur (Guitars/Slide)
Ipshita Roy (Vocals), Shivam Khare (Keyboards), Rahul Rai (Bass), and Adhiraj Mustafi (Drums). The five-piece band creates its sound from the diverse influences from Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan to Aretha Franklin, Etta james. It is also known to create its sound from the diverse influences brought in together by the members who trace their roots to completely different backgrounds. It has brought to Indian music scene a variety of sounds with unmatched energy.
- Blues Conscience: Founded in 2008, this band hails from Chennai. It began with the intent of promoting blues in the contemporary rock and metal dominated Indian music scene. The band members are- Anek Ahuja (Vocals/Bass), Aum Janakiram (Vocals/Guitars), Neil Smith (Drums), Sid Kumar (Keys), and guest member Maarten Vsiser (Saxophone). As a three piece outfit, their roots go deep into some of the greats that have played the blues such as B.B.King, Jimi Hendrix, etc., to name a few. They provide a fully suited up act, retaining every essence of the blues, and doing renditions of their own. Often this band is called a ‘feel good band’ that constantly engages the audience with the right energy.
All of these bands perform across India and are very refreshing. I hope you like this list and may it inspire ya’all music lovers to listen to more of Indian blues and appreciate the talent we have in our own motherland.
(p.s. Don’t forget to tell us what you think about it.)
Frustrated from the unbearable heat of Delhi? Here are 7 nearby “chilling out” places surrounding Delhi that can offer you the perfect getaway from this intolerable weather and Delhi’s prolong heavy traffic roads and crowdedness.
With an alluring scenic beauty to the much needed ‘air-freshness’ ,all of these hill stations are located within a radius of 400kms and thus they could be your next weekend destinations.
- MORNI HILLS (260 kms)
Morni is a small village located at a distance of 260 kms from Delhi (In Panchkula district of Haryana). With a land full of greenery and astonishing beauty of nature one can just forget the worries of world and enjoy the treat of a marvelous scenic beauty of the hills. Blessed with breezing air in the lapse of the Mother Nature, Morni hills shall provide you the perfect escape from the Delhi’s stress. Some of the good sightseeing options are the two lakes that are present amidst the spurs of the hills, namely Tikkar taal and Bada tikkar (and Chota tikkar as well) which are also considered sacred by the local inhabitants. Apart from trekking, one can also choose to go for other activities like rock-climbing, Low ropes, commando nets, Burma Bridge, boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and rappelling. As an add on to the fun package, the area also has a well-constructed, thrilling adventure park to give you one of best joys of the mad rides. A weekend escape or even a family picnic spot, Morni gives it all.
- LANSDOWNE (260.5 kms)
Lansdowne, one of the quietest and “unspoiled” hills station located in Pauri Garhwal district in Uttrakhand, could be the perfect destination to be cut off from the crowd and recline with peace. It is one of the cleanest hill stations as it lies in the well-off cantonment areas of Garhwal Rifles. With beautiful architecture and marvelous creativity, the buildings provide a spectacular insight into the times of British colonization. Salubrious weather and the mesmerizing view can be the perfect compliments for meditative rejuvenation. Apart from which is the infamous man-made artificial lake, Bhulla Lake, or locally named as Bhulla Tal is one of the most maintained lakes in the area and a major tourist attracter. Adventure activities like trekking, bird watching and boating can be a good source of entertainment as well.
Looking for a tranquil atmosphere? Then Lansdowne is a must visit!
- NAHAN (262 kms)
Nahan, a hill town is the headquarters of ancient Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, is a rich –in forests and snow capped mountains surrounding it. The picturesque hill station shall leave you spell bounded with its breathtaking view and culturally rich diversity in fauna. Being a historic town in the princely city of Sirmaur the land is marked with architectural establishments and a great agricultural base. It’s in the ‘must travel’ list for those interested in trekking. Apart from which, there are several tourist spots to give you pleasurable experience like Villa Round, Renuka Lake, Mall Road, Hospital Round, Kaisthan Temple, Jagannath Temple, Shudh Dhar Shiv Mandir, Shiwalik Fossil Park, Trilokpur Temple and Dhaula Kuan. Even a walk around the city will give you astonishing sights of its well maintained cleanliness.
Looking for the richness of both, greenery and culture? This is your ‘nearby’ dreamland.
- NAUKUCHIATAL (313 kms)
No, it’s not the name of a town located down in the south, but a small lake village in Nainital to give you a place to rejuvenate in an enchanting valley. Naukuchital, literally meaning a nine-corned lake holds a mystic quality on the basis of some local myths and stories is a tourist attracting magnet. According to one of the beliefs, it is said that, if one takes a glimpse of all nine corners at once with foots on earth, one shall disappear in clouds to attain nirvana ( paradise, most appropriately). This implies that it is impossible to look at all nine corners of the lake at once with your foot on the ground. Apart from such mysterious elements, the village holds a heart-stopping beauty of flora and fauna to overwhelm you with a heavenly feeling. Placid beauty and a climate perfect to give you relaxation; Naukuchital’s beauty can be defined in a poet’s thoughts, a traveler’s odyssey and an avid dwellers peace of mind.
Next time if you think of visiting Nainital, do remember this place.
- KANATAL ( 300 kms)
An amicable town near Mussoorie, Kanatal serves to be mainly a weekend getaway for the locals as well as those looking for a quite place undisturbed by the infestation of tourists unlike the popular hill station, Mussoorie. This town is located in a very scenic setting surrounding by mountains and rivers and creating an artistry beauty. Most of the times, the town is left untouched by the excessive tourist stepping and man-made ruckus, which adds to the ‘quietness’ of the town. You can also take a walk through the town and discover apple orchards, pine forests, tiny temples and the friendly locals. One can have a visit to the Kodia Jungle, which is a dense forest area located at a distance of around one kilometer away from Kanatal and spot a few wild animals by taking a ride through the jungle in a jeep, along with a rejuvenating bath at many natural springs which are quite prevalent in the region. Also, Tehri Dam is one of the ‘must see’ of this place. You can visit this place any time due to the neutrality in the climatic conditions which is pleasant and salubrious.
- MUKTESHWAR (340 kms)
Mukteshwar, a pleasing town located in the Nainital district of Uttrakhand state got its name from a 350 year old temple named Mukteshwar Dham whose residing deity is Lord Shiva. As it sits high on the Kumaon Hills, the town treats you with a 180 degree astonishing views of the imposing Himalayan range. Legends say, Lord Shiva stepped at this place and eradicated Asur or a demon’s negativity and further granted him with Mukti or salvation. Earlier being untouched by the tourists, the town now witnesses a growing construction of hotels to render the services to the rising tourist population. It is said that the greenery here makes you fall in love with the nature completely, even claiming that one of the famous hunters, Jim Corbett (yes, the national park is named after him) came to shoot a tiger but fell in love with the town’s natural bounteousness. . One side offering the views of religious abode like Nanda Devi, Nanda Koti, Nandaghutni, Trishul and Panchachuli and the other capturing the views of a splendid valley covered with lush green forests is actually a feast to the eyes. Then what’s the wait? Come here and fall in love with the magnificence of nature’s beauty.
- CHAIL (400 kms)
The former summer capital of Patiala, Chail is a beautiful hill station residing in the Shivalik range of Himachal Pradesh. Despite of panoramic views and resplendent aspect of the nature, Chail has a deep history in connection of its marvelous infrastructures present in the place. Be it Chail Palace, Chail Cricket ground and Chail Military School, they are all symbols of Chail’s connection with the erstwhile royal house of Patiala. Along with Kufri and Shimla, Chail are collectively called as the “Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh”. What adds to the perfection of this place is less number of tourist visitors, although the hill station is surrounded by two popular hill stations of north India. Thus, one can spend quality time with the gratuity of nature and its lively heritage of wild flora and fauna. Chail’s wildlife sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Easily spottable animals like Himalayan black deer; common langur, sambar, goral, wild boar etc await your presence to have a look at their grace and the vast green fields. It is an ideal place for the trekkers as lots of trekking trails lead from Chail to Shimla, Choor Peak, Kali Temple and other places. Angling another popular activity is undertaken in Giri River, which is few kilometers away from Chail. It is also a popular pilgrimage, as many tourists and locals visit KALI KA TIBBA, which is a famous Shrine in Chail, every year. One of the best times to visit this hill station is June itself. So hurry! And pack your bags for a getaway this weekend!
On Monday, the members of the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) along with the scholars and students of Delhi University held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar demanding the withdrawal of the controversial Academic Performance Indicators (API) system and UGC Gazette Notification .
There have been innumerable protests which have been the talk of the town for last one month. The newspaper headlines are filled with the news of delayed results and their boycott in the admission process. This is because of the amendments ad changes made by the government in the contentious API and increase in working hours.
THE ACTUAL SCENARIO
The teachers are worried about their job security as many posts are being cut short in colleges. Moreover, according to DUTA, the increase in the number of direct working hours will reduce the requirement of excess staff and the appointed teachers will be overburdened, reducing the efficiency of the staff, thus, further degrading the education system. Earlier, direct working hours included lectures, practicals, project supervision and tutorials, all of which were treated equally, but tutorials have now been removed, and the definition has been narrowed down to "Lectures/Practicals/Project Supervision" .As per the UGC (Minimum Qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education) Regulations, 2010, the number of teaching hours has been increased. An Assistant Professor who was earlier required to teach 16 hours weekly will now have to work 18+6 hours and Associate Professors and Professors who worked 14 hours - including time spent on tutorials and practicals, will now have to work 16+6 hours and 14+6 hours respectively.
More changes have been proposed by API which has caused further restlessness for teachers.
Reduction in number of seats for teachers from various Colleges under DU:
- Teaching posts have reduced to 13.4 per cent from 20 in physics department of Miranda House
- Hindi department of Miranda will lose about 40.9 per cent of teaching posts
- Shri ram College of Commerce will lose 49.4 per cent of teaching positions
- Hindi department in Deshbandhu College will lose upto 49.8 per cent teaching positions
- Political science department at Ramjas will lose 44.1 per cent and English at Kirori Mal, 39.5 per cent of its teaching posts
Changes to be implemented (Teachers' context):
- Introduction of students' evaluation of teachers
- Only students with more than 75 percent can evaluate their teachers
- Under teaching/learning/evaluation, a teacher is expected to have 100 points as an assistant professor
- Associate professors are expected to have 90 points in the same category
- Professors are expected to have 80 points
PROTESTS AND CONFLICTS
The Teachers’ Union are protesting against the amendments proclaimed by the UGC. DUTA is a democratic body and we will not let the government decide our fate.” DUTA President Nandita Narain told The Citizen. She further added that the decision to boycott the evaluation was taken after the UGC notification was put before the General body and All Staff Association in a meeting which was held last week. The HRD Ministry is trying to protect the UGC by giving a view that it will make things more flexible and assured that the said changes will not result in any retrenchment of the staff members, yet the teachers continue to conduct mass protests and has taken the issue to higher authorities.
Attacking the new rules, the memorandum, signed by DUTA president Nandita Narain and secretary Saneep, said: "Any teacher who is interested in 60 points will have to teach 600 hours per year or 300 points per semester. In a semester of 15 weeks, this works out to 20 hours a week... it will be impossible to meet (the target) even if a teacher takes no leave at all, does not fall ill, does not enrol herself in Refresher Courses or do Research Projects.”
STUDENTS’ PROBLEMS AND WORRIES
The mass protests and delay in results has become a situation of worry for the students, especially for the sixth semester. Final year students are sceptical about their results and worried as they seek admission in post graduation courses after the completion of graduation in DU. They are supposed to submit the marksheet by mid of August, both in Indian and foreign educational institutions, which isn’t seeming feasible, as per the going trends.
The teachers are boycotting the new admission process which may delay the new session of the next batch, creating problems for all.
NEED OF THE HOUR
It is high time to come to a final solution to this issue which is running wild from last month so that all the other significant tasks may resume smoothly again. It is hard to say what is right and what is wrong, but even the right idea can degrade the education system if not implemented properly. Past is the clear witness of how vague changes in the system like the initiation of FYUP have experimented with the lives of students and teachers alike. Therefore, the changes should be made with deep thought and with the proper strategy of needful implementation.
Religion is a highly mistaken concept in contemporary world. Religion is related to the kind of clothes worn, the language spoken, the traditions and rituals followed and so on and so forth. India, the land of Unity in Diversity is a colourful country where every religion has the right to live peacefully. Religious diversity and religious difference are both established in the country by law and custom. The constitution of India has declared the right to Freedom of Religion as a fundamental right.
RELIGION AS FRAMED IN THE MIND OF PEOPLE
Religion, according to people, is following a particular set of culture and ideas, as prescribed by the Godman or their elder generations. More precisely, it is the blind faith in a supreme power that is different for groups of people. Right from the birth of a child, he is deemed to follow the ongoing traditions followed by his family. Even before beginning any activity, he has become a victim of social norms, unaware of its existence. He is told not to question or raise a finger against any custom, no matter how illogical it may seem. Any objection is considered as the ultimate sin of human life.
What exactly religion is? Is it just the separation of human race on the basis of outer pretence? Not at all.
I fantasize the time when Hindu and Muslim actually shared a brother like bond which shattered after the British’s raj on Divide and Rule policy. Turn to the history and facts, 2002 Gujarat Hindu- Muslim riots, Ayodhya temple scuffle and daily communalism incidents have shook the country. The protests take the form of mass violence and molestation between the communities.
Everybody is commercialising his own brand of what he calls ‘God’. People are coming forward to prove that their God is the best. This is complete lunacy. Doesn’t anyone remember the old age adage, “God is one”. The situation has become so grim that it has become a global issue and many movies, for instance Oh My God, PK by Aamir Khan, has projected the issue and tried to bring about a change in the attitude of common people. It is a satire on the Godman and their methodologies to attract people and both condemn religious fraudsters that divide and rule.
The act of terrorism and riots is a result of safeguarding our personal religion and taking revenge from the people of other religion who did absolutely no wrong to us, but the past assumptions of wrongful acts without any concrete proof leads to hatred, which is unbreakable and it pushes people to show their act of cruelty. Even the smallest simple acts are wrongly interpreted and results in rage and anger. The mafias, for their self- interest, use religion as a weapon to conquer the trust of innocent people and add them to their plan. This blind faith has dragged us from our rationality, logic and righteousness.
We believe everything we are told. How are you going to justify the influence of rich people on religious people? We only pretend at religious places to prove that we are a prime devotee. But how good it is to pour water, milk, and other eatables in abundance in holy places when our fellow beings are dying of hunger and starvation? Religion isn’t about showing off, it is about true and pure feelings which aim to bring good for everyone.
The so- called Godmans have indeed started a business, simple and easy. Rightly pointed out in PK, this is indeed ‘dar ka business.’ God fearing people are easily tricked by others in stressed situations and they go blind in faith as they do not want their soul to depart in Hell. These manipulations have killed the human instinct of fearlessness and logic. They have become victim of orthodoxy.
The true religion is the religion of Humanity. Read the Holy Scriptures written by highly knowledgeable and worthy people, and you’ll know that each blessed and powerful soul focused on the same principles of Humanity and goodness. Humanity is above all considerations.
I don’t advocate the absence of God. Yes, there is the supreme power acting on the Universe, controlling everything day in and day out. He created us, not to fall prey to wrong tactics, but to share the values of love and brotherhood and make this world a better place to live in. This discrimination and separation only make us immoral human being, unworthy of the cause of our existence.
Believe in God, respect him and focus on his teachings but don’t let it be your weakness. The true values make us stronger and focused. Don’t let any other person take undue advantage of your faith.
Live simply, walk humbly, love genuinely, help kindly and always do the good of others. That’s the act of true devotee. Don’t act out of fear, but with due regard and love. Make this place a better to live in.
Few days ago, nearly 400 people were arrested for creating a huge ruckus in the streets and looting over food shortages in the capital city of Surce, Venezuela. During this food war, many people were reportedly marked dead by the local media, which is not accepted to be truthful by the authorities. More than 20 businesses were plundered and the local authorities claimed this act of “vandalism” to be inspired from a right-wing faction within the country’s opposition, as reported in a national daily. "I have no doubt they paid them, this was planned." This statement was not something new to be heard, as the filthy game of politics, there is rule of making irrational and insensitive accusations over the opponents. But by taking a deeper look into the matter, the sense of fatality seems to have grounded the locals who are the sufferers in this drowning state of the nation. With desperate masses shouting out "We want food!" protests and melees at shops have spread across Venezuela in recent weeks, caused by severe shortages. This was one out of the tenth situation that had prevailed in the country and dreaded the entire nation, which are already suppressed under brutal recession and the highest inflation rate across the globe. Searching for reasons for this current fiasco, people have claimed this situation to be a result of failed attempts of the ‘socialist economy policy’ of the Maduro’s and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez are to be blamed.
But how had all this begun in the country, which is now in the state of devastation and curbed downed in productivity?
VENEZUELA HAS A HISTORY OF SHORTAGES
Shortages in Venezuela have been quite prevalent since decades, following the miscarried enactments of price controls and other socio-economic policies since the time of Hugo Chavez’s rule. Further, under the order of Nicolas Maduro, the failed policies of prices, massive importing and the major chunk hoarded by the government of the US dollars, made Venezuela fall short of various necessities in terms of daily food products like milk, various types of meat, coffee, rice, oil, butter prices, which had hiked and even personal hygiene products and medicines had fallen short in terms of supply. As a result of such mismatch, the Venezuelans have to wander around for food, wait in lines for hours and sometimes settle without having certain products.
All this had commenced in the year 1983, when CIA director Bill Casey made a deal with Saudi Arabia, in return for the latest American weapons, Saudi Arabia agreed to open the crude spigots which crippled the Soviet Union’s economic dependency, which had turned out to successful. But this had resulted in severely damaging the oil prices worldwide thus affecting other oil exporting countries including Venezuela, as well. As the oil prices collapsed, the economy of Venezuela had contracted facing sky rocketing inflation rates.
Inflation was at its highest, in the 1990s when it settled at 100% in 1996 and made the entire nation become a land of poor accompanied by helpless governing. This was the phase when Hugo Chavez came into power and made attempts to cool down the burning economy, by introducing economic control mechanism of capital flight, which had successfully reduced inflation by 25% annually.
Capital flight: It implies that the citizens are transferring their money or their assets to other countries in order to protect their finances from the increasing rate of taxes or the government that is on a verge to default on its debt. This is largely done by middle class and the upper class people in a socialist country, as the upper class people do not want to share their assets and thus decide to transfer its personal resources to other nations.
CHAVEZ’S FAILED ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE COUNTRY
Thus majority of capital flight from Venezuela was been transferred to Florida, US, which was almost equivalent to a full year’s worth of income, due to the rich stability of US dollars and lack of confidence in the Venezuela’s citizens and investors. One of the major consequences of the controlling policy of capital flight was shortage of domestic wealth in the country which resulted into a sharp decline in the foreign exchange rate, i.e., devaluation of the nation’s currency. Implicating, a higher capital flight leads to a higher devaluation of the national currency. As the currency is devalued, the citizens lose a huge chunk of their assets and income particularly, which further declines the purchasing power of the common man and also creates the situation wherein the importers are worse off. This final phase translates into an ever-growing inflation trap.
Chavez’s failed controlling policy of capital flight had devastated the economic and the financial stability of the country. To make up for his mistake, Chavez tried to restructure the role of government in the capital market by its meticulous intervention. This means that the government had used its own foreign reserves to purchase its own currency and stabilizing the existing domestic currency. The birth of CADIVI had happened back then, a state run exchange bill which granted its citizens with limited amount of US dollars in the times of when a person had to travel to US, purchase listed import goods or pay off foreign debts etc. But to no avail, this system had a loophole which was already detected by the opportunists, who had collectively established a black market for US dollars. Now the local citizens had purchased the US dollars from the government by forging a flight ticket to US to meet the criteria and then selling these dollars at a hiked price, and earning huge profits from such activity. All this had encouraged the economy bubble to increase and further declining the value of Venezuelan Bolivar currency. This exchange mechanism had also empowered the local importers to sell both the imported as well as domestically produced goods to the nearby country of Columbia and get US dollars in return which could be sold in local black market to earn huge fortunes. Thus, import and export of local goods had become a lucrative business for many. The aftereffect of this was shortage of food in the country itself since the import quantity was so high that it had made the local goods to be depleted below the sustainable lines. In January 2015, the hashtagAnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela or EmptyShelvesInVenezuela was the number one trending topic on Twitter in Venezuela for two days, with Venezuelans posting pictures of empty store shelves around the country. The reality had shocked the world that the country was dying out of lack of basic facilities followed by eruption of national health care crisis as well. The country still seems to be struggling with the same and entangled in a vicious circle of interwoven economic aspects leading to consistent inflation which has been translated into an apocalypse for the country.
“VENEZUELA: A MESS” COMING INTO THE NEWS
All of this had started to be flashed into several media channels, when Maduro’s government was extensively being criticized for its failed attempt to curb down inflation which had doubled the rate to 56% now. The Democratic Unity Alliance (several different parties had joined their hands to slaughter only one enemy, Maduro) has left no stone unturned to show their antagony through public demonstrations. To bring an end to the fixed currency rate system,which established by the Chavez government, Maduro decided to call for another financial consultant which had asked the government to open its foreign exchange market, thereby devaluating the domestic currency through its normal global rates, which would have eventually lead to hyperinflation which would bring an end to this so called beneficial policy. Facing riots and mass agitation, by the crowds of upper and middle class people, this policy has not come to power and the country still breaths in the polluted air of an inefficient system. By 2016, experts feared that Venezuela was possibly entering a period of famine, with President Maduro encouraging Venezuelans to cultivate their own food. In January 2016, it was estimated, that the scarcity rate of food was between 50% and 80%.The newly-elected National Assembly, primarily composed of opposition delegates, "declared a national food crisis. Also, Many Venezuelans then began to suffer from shortages of common utilities, such as electricity and water due to the prolonged period of mishandling and corruption under the Maduro government, as claimed.
High inflation and scarcity of basic resources are the issues that continue to persist in this country which is doomed by the ignorant measure taken by its ruler and their abortive policies. The dominance of the Maduro government in the next elections as well, serves to haunt the local citizens who are dying out of lack of food and lack of choices. Justifying the shortages in the name of “economic war” by accusing US for the country’s deserted state seems like the only measure taken by the government to cover up its “crimes against humanity”.
All that one can hope for that, such bloody riots and the ignorance on the part of the government, takes the shape of a transition to democracy rather than declaration of a civil war in the country.
Youth stabbed to death in a busy street, as people were recording it live
On Wednesday, 22 June, a man was beaten and stabbed to death in a busy street of Karnataka, while his friends were trying to help him escape out of the beating. However nobody except them came forward to help him. Infact, majority of the bystanders who have witnessed the event were recording it on their cell phone! (Hello? The man is being killed in front of your eyes, did you notice that?). But why was he brutalized to this extent? At 4.30 pm yesterday, a man identified as Dhanush by the local police in Hassan, 185 kms from Bengaluru, was allegedly staring at a young woman at a bus stop when two men took the offense and got into a verbal quarrel with him. Following which, Dhanush had called his brother and two friends for help and a fight broke out between these two groups. Then, Dhanush's brother, Sudeep, was stabbed. On camera, he can be seen bleeding profusely. At the bus stop nearby, people stand and watched, but nobody came to help or make the situation under control, as reported. Senior police officer Rahul Kumar told NDTV that the attack stopped only when a police team arrived."A case was registered yesterday and five of them have been booked and arrested," he said. It may sound legit to the soul of a feminist, that the man had deserved it, but without proper evidence and no legitimate right to take law and end someone’s life, the act is no less than a crime.
Dying hopes on Humanity
Many of such incidents have shattered the hopes on humanity and raised the questions on insensitivity of the onlookers. A similar case had occurred two years back, when a 19-year-old laborer was allegedly stabbed to death by a man in a busy market in Southeast Delhi’s Dakshinpuri area, in the day light. According to police, the victim, Raju Pandey, had gone to the market for lunch when he reportedly entered into a scuffle with the accused named, Ashu, over money. The argument took an ugly turn when Ashu had allegedly taken out a knife and stabbed Raju, a police officer had reported. Moreover, police said that an onlooker recorded a video of Raju lying in a pool of blood instead of rushing him to the hospital. The video showed Raju lying on the road shouting for help as people stood around looking at him bleeding.
“The family of the deceased alleged that the onlookers let their son bleed to death. They said no one rushed him to the hospital. Instead they were recording a video. They waited for the PCR van to reach and rush him to the hospital,” a police officer said.
A man is stabbed to death, road rages, catastrophic accidents, woman being harassed, elderly couple being abused, animals physically tortured, a foreign tourist stabbed to death or students falling prey to racism being physically abused etc are few of the categories of such recorded videos which went viral online when the proud onlookers had unashamedly done this act of timidity and insensitivity.
Reasons for Ignorance
All these incidents only raise one question, as to what makes the people so insensitive to such brutality. The foremost reasons are:
- Gaining Popularity and thus easy money-making idea, as the news channels most likely desire to have such live videos to showcase on their media channels, exclusively to catch thousands of eyes. Also, by simply putting the video online on social media platforms and YouTube and thus earn themselves with some credit and an ‘intangible’ boost with the number of likes and comments on the posted videos, with millions watching the video, encourage this imbecile outlook.
- Reluctance to help the victim, is usually common among the eye-witnesses, mostly because of they think that they might get involved in investigation related to the accident and as a consequence of which, they will be questioned unnecessarily from the authorities implying a huge wastage of time and energy which they could have devoted to their work and busy –ongoing lives. Also the lay back attitude of relying on others to help the sufferer often ends with no one extending their helping hand towards him.
- ‘Why should I help’ attitude is quite common among those who stop by for some time and when the ‘show’ is over they move ahead with their work. People are too cold to show their pity or sympathy towards such misfortune, rather they just add to the hordes of casual onlookers watching the pandemonium and then move ahead, acknowledging their heads with the grief towards the rising intolerance in the country.
- Ineffective implementation of Samaritan Law, which offerslegal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated, is largely not implemented in India. Often, they are subject to ill-treatment and tedious question-answer sessions held under police custody which makes them unwilling to redo such noble cause again.
Bringing about a Change
Fortunately, The Good Samaritan Law has been only recently being approved by the Supreme Court (w.e.f. 30 may 2016) issuing guidelines by the Centre for the protection of Good Samaritans at the hands of the police or any other authority.
Some of its benefiting guidelines, as mentioned, are:
- The Good Samaritan will be treated respectfully and without any discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, nationality and caste.
- Any individual, except an eyewitness, who calls the police to inform them of an accidental injury or death need not reveal his or her personal details such as full name, address or phone number.
- The police will not compel the Good Samaritan to disclose his or her name, identity, address and other such details in the police record form or log register.
- The police will not force any Good Samaritan in procuring information or anything else.
Hopefully, this shall encourage the onlookers to come forward and help the ones suffering without fearing to invite troubles to them.
Such reluctance and shamelessness by both the onlookers and the local authorities has to be dealt with sternly. As, nearly 50 % of the road accident victims and those who die due to a quarrels held in public areas is due to the negligence of those who were present at the ‘blood’-y sight. On the part of the victims, to help themselves, by seeking aid from the onlookers, they should understand the ‘Bystander effect ‘and point at someone to help them. The game of ‘pin-pointing; will make the onlooker feel responsible enough to help the one crying for it and come forward from the crowd.
Bystander’s Effect: The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Several variables help to explain why the bystander effect occurs. These variables include: ambiguity, cohesiveness and diffusion of responsibility. (This is what happens in most of the busy streets of India, too many eyes, but no hands)
With the necessary reforms in the legal structure and embed ‘more’ sensitivity towards such incidents, many lives can be saved. As rightly it’s said, ignoring a crime is same as committing one.
Next time don’t think about sharing the video, kindly care to share your concerns whenever you see a needy lying helplessly in front of the mass.
Over the years, education in India has been made available for everyone almost throughout the country. And yet, there still are places where children have no means of education, or even a wish to choose education. They are influenced by the people and lives around them and have very little to their imagination they could dream to be. Or in some places where they often fall into a life of crime, and instead dream of becoming a gangster or mafia in their own area, so that they do not have to live a difficult life as the one they had in their childhood.
Such is also the painful story of the kids growing up in the slums of Mumbai. Here the kids have a hard life, living a life of anonymity, striving to survive, where their parents have to work day and night to put food on the table, leaving the children to run wild which often results in them fall into the clutches of local goons and slum lords who lead them astray or into a life of crime. The distractions are many and role models few.
A Mumbai school for the underprivileged has taken up the initiative to put efforts to engage and educate the children so they can lead a better life and dream of a future that is commendable, by bringing education to the children at their doorsteps. Yes, the Door Step School has taken the big leap to change the present and to make 100 percent literacy a reality. This is a group of people whose main motivation in life is ‘service to society’ and they believe the best way to do so is to usher in a wave of knowledge that engulfs the future of our nation – the children.
Door Step School was founded by the duo Mrs. Rajani Paranjape and Ms. Bina Seth Lashkari in 1988-89, Maharastra. Now they run two chapters of the school- in Mumbai and in Pune. They came up with an interesting initiative to encourage and motivate children to study. India is a country where the lanes and streets are named after famous peoples who have been role models for many people in many ways. But these kids in slums have very little or nothing where they could look for proper and right role models. Door Step School realized that these kids needed real role models, so why not the very kids who were beating the odds everyday by staying in school and excelling. They themselves could be potentially famous children. So what they did is, the teachers identified the most promising students and named hitherto no-name alleys and narrow streets in the slums after kids, who are academic achievers or have made the effort to rise above their circumstances to study.
The Local Corporators joined hands with the Door Step School in this initiative. Innovative initiatives like these serve the purpose of rewarding kids for their efforts and creating role models for other children to enroll in school. Felicitating them also serves the purpose of getting them to stick with academics and focus on building careers. The entire slum community were invited at these road-naming ceremonies and even some famous people graced it with their presence. Also the parents of these kids were celebrated as they too contributed their part by toiling day and night for them.
This road naming activity has so far been carried out in three slum localities of Mumbai which are, the Balasaheb Ambedkar Nagar Chawl at Cuffe Parade, Hiranandani Akruti Chawl in Govandi and Maharashtra Nagar Rickshaw Stand Chawl in Mankhurd, and over a dozen of streets are named after kids who now live for a new dream, not to choose the corrupt path but be role models and successful people in life. These very slums that used to be the signs of depression and hopelessness are now turning into places and sources of inspiration in the society.
Dog meat eating has existed in China for more than 500 years, where it was once a traditional delicacy, it was however dramatically declined, but the festival has only taken place since 2009. Every year on 21 June marks the beginning of the time when humanity was slaughtered, shedding blood of the innocents. The Lychee and Dog meat Festival, commonly regarded as the Yulin’s Dog Meat Festival, is being celebrated for the seventh time this year, despite of being symbolized as a disgrace over mankind and petitions signed in lakhs, pleading to let go off the faultless souls, who are howling in pain and dying with torture. “An estimated 10 million dogs are devoured across China each year, including around 10,000 that end up at the infamous Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which kicks off once again on June 21 in Yulin, Guangxi.”
A portion of this meat comes from kidnapping and forceful abduction of stray and pet dogs across various parts of the city. These are then transported in a crowded, brutal and unsanitary atmosphere, sometimes from unknown sources, only to arrive at the festival sick, dying or dead, according to CNN. China’s food safety administration bans selling meat from animals in these conditions. Prolonged exposure to unvaccinated dogs increases the chance of contracting the deadly diseases. Thus, the Yulin incidence of human rabies is most common among top ten cities of China, as reported. Hence, the Festival is criticized, to serve to be a threat to public health.
Why dog eating became a cultural practice in China?
Every culture has its culinary peccadilloes, and China has a long history of eating dogs, basically since 500 years ago, due to a belief of dog’s meat possessing medicinal qualities as their meat is supposed to stoke the body’s yang energy. Also, According to Chinese lore, eating dog meat stimulates ‘internal heat, making it a food that wards off winters’ cold’. But on the inaugural day to celebrate summer solstice, it’s a superstition that’s driving dog consumption : the meat is believed to bring good fortune and health. At Yulin, hotpots are fired up, lychees peeled and liquors poured with the dog meat served in good supply. Harbourers of such tradition, butcher over 10,000 dogs by celebrating this cruelty over 10 days.
Authorities in Yulin claim that the Festival does not exist!
Gathering huge media attention, with people from different parts of the world fulminated against this practice in China, authorities in Yulin have claimed in their official statement that there was no such festival held, but only a “small gathering of locals celebrating a cultural practice with consuming the dog meat”. Asking the government to intervene in between, they said that making a ban is not in their hands since it is conducted by private businessmen. Still believing in the power of morality over cruel, the petitions were addressed to the president, Xi Jinping seeking for justice of the nonsensical butchering of thousands of dogs. But, it seems like everything has fallen into deaf ears, as the ‘non-existent’ festival is celebrated this year as well, with nearly 10,000 lives being sacrificed in the name of traditional fallacies.
China doesn’t have an Animal Protection Law
A draft law was being proposed in 2009, to punish the animal abusers with a fine with hefty amount and detention over two weeks. But to date, the National Congress has not signed the law, it has a “yet to issue” statement on it. However, the experts had clearly mentioned that it was illegal to trade such animals, which are treated as ‘pets’ and ‘companions’ under the regulations passed by the Ministry of Agriculture, which had also asked the requirement of laboratory quarantine for animals before transportation, a practice that’s “rare to see,” animal rights lawyer An Xiang told China Daily. Even more, many dogs are stolen, abducted, raised in households, making dog trade difficult to document (there are also dog farms, too). With no options left, the activists had to buy dogs which were illegally abandoned by the local traders at a huge amount.
This year, 1000 dogs were saved by the adamant dog protectors
There was a silver lightening in the city where the humanity was doomed upon, as the animal rights activists and the dog lovers had ‘ruined the mood’ at the Yulin festival by rescuing nearly thousand of caged dogs which were to become a meal for the festival. Human Society International (HIS) along with others had been buying the caged dogs which were ill-treated at the hands of their slaughter-master and traders. However, they had faced problems while buying the dogs as the traders became suspicious about the motive of their so-called ‘ buyers’ and many were not willing to sell their stock believing that it would defeat the purpose and kill the celebrations. Unfortunately, all the dogs could not be saved, which made many of them cry at the scene of such massacre, where blood of the innocent flowed and people had prey to the almighty to let these souls rest in peace and not take a rebirth as a animal again in a country, which is proud in its achievements but is helpless to favour the interests of their own citizens. Every victory shall be short-lived without a cultural change. It is high time to recognize that dogs are ‘friends’, oftenly regarded as ‘human companions’. How can you kill your own friends? The brutality has to stop.
Until, there is not adequate enforcement by the Government and the support of local authorities to show the rage against such disgraceful practice, China shall always live with a badge of dishonor, against its astounding conquests over the world.
United Kingdom’s much-discussed demand to leave from the European Union(EU) had caused many squabbles in news . After being a part of the EU for 43 years since 1972 UK took a referendum to exit from this 28 member states fraternity, European Union. Much has been in question as to why and what has led to these circumstances. Till yesterday, the people emotions had been mixed on the question of Britain leaving the Union, as the nation was split almost equally over Brexit(Britain’s Exit) and Bremen (Britain to remain) from EU. Yesterday on 23rd June UK held its referendum for the vote and the results are out. Brexit has won over Bremain, with the “leave” campaign securing 51.8 per cent of the vote. Now that Brexit is a reality what is going to happen next. Here’s what we think all should know:
What was happening?
Britain was dealing with a love-hate relationship with the EU for decades. This decision of Britain to self-eject from EU is not a culmination of just 4 months of a heady campaign but 4 decades of latent Euroscepticism. So PM Cameron led the referendum as he had promised that he would after winning 2015 general election i.e., to decide whether to stay or to leave the EU. The election took place yesterday June 23, and as the counting process is complete today the result is in favour of Britain to exit from EU.
Why was the referendum needed?
Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hold a referendum if he won the 2015 general elections, in response to growing calls from his own Conservative MPs and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who argued that Britain had not had a say since 1975, when it voted to stay in the EU in a referendum. The EU has changed a lot since then, gaining more control over their daily lives, they argued. Mr. Cameron said: “It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics.”
Major Factors that led to Brexit
The “leave” campaign of Britain mostly focused on emotional arguments about immigration, but there are many other reasons which we think were considered as would benefit UK if it left EU.
- The EU was seen as a threat to the British sovereignty, as this also was very openly expressed by the majority Conservative politicians. Over the past few decades, a series of EU treaties had shifted a growing amount of power from individual member states to the central EU bureaucracy in Brussels. On subjects where the EU had been granted authority such as competition policy, agriculture, and copyright and patent law, it overrode the national laws.
- The EU was said to be strangling the UK in burdensome regulations, leading many critics to state that EU’s regulations were becoming increasingly onerous.
- Many British Conservatives saw EU as an imposing left-wing, big-government policies on Britain, whereas some other on the British Left saw that EU’s antidemocratic structure gave too much power to the corporate elites and prevented the British Left from making significant gains.
- EU law guaranteed that citizens of one EU country had the right to travel to another without any difficulty for living or job necessities. But the British people felt the impact of this rule increasingly since the 2008 financial crisis. The Eurozone had struggled economically which led the workers from Eurozone countries to flock in the UK in search of work. But this led to the decrease in the job opportunities for the native working population, hence, the immigration became such a politicized issue in Britain.
- While many Brexit supporters simply wanted to reduce the amount of immigration overall, many others argued that the UK could have a more sensible immigration system. EU rules require the UK to admit all EU citizens who want to move to Britain, whether or not they have good job prospects or English skills. This “leave” campaign advocated the admission of immigrants who would bring valuable skills to the country who could integrate well into the culture of Britishers.
- The UK could keep the money it currently sends to EU, that being said, currently the UK’s contribution is about $19 million per year. The EU doesn’t have the power to directly collect taxes, but it requires member states to make contribution annually to the EU Central Budget. While much of the money that the UK contributes is used in the services of the UK itself but Brexit supporters argued that it would be better for the UK to simply keep the money and let Parliament decide how to spend it.
What is the scene now?
Well, as a result of the referendum, after Brexit won maximum votes, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned today saying Britain requires a new PM to lead from now. The Cabinet will meet on Monday and a timetable for him stepping down will be drawn up. It is uncertain what will happen hereafter, since no country has left the EU before and the rules for exit are brief in the Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. The Pound has crashed to the lowest since 1985 as sterling fell below $1.35 as London market opened today. Even France’s economy has taken over UK’s sending investors to flee to the safe haven of gold. This fall seems to be the worst in history.
Now, it will take a minimum two years for UK to leave the EU. During which it can continue to abide by the EU treaties and laws, however, won’t be able to participate in any decision making. It will have to thrash out the terms of its departure. Issues will include what financial regulations will still apply to the City of London, trade tariffs and movement rights of EU citizens and UK nationals. The agreement will have to be ratified both by the European council and the parliament in Strasbourg.
Well, the consequences are very much uncertain now but according to many people in the EU, community believes that Britain quitting its membership can encourage other nations to follow suit with referendums of their own or deals of their own.
David William Donald Cameron (born on 9 October 1966), the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, is the leader of the Conservative party and the member of Parliament for the Oxfordshire constituency of Witney. Following the election of a hung parliament in the 2010 election, Cameron became the Prime Minister as the leader of the coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. He was re-elected as the Prime Minister in 2015 election where his party won majority votes for the first time since 1992.
The debate of Brexit vote has been an issue of agitation in the United Kingdom for ages. Campaigners have worked against the Europian Union( EU) ever since the UK joined the common market in 1973.
The referendum carried by Mr. Cameron, delivered a shock victory for the Leave campaign. Mr Cameron, who was in stark support for continuing with the common market as he feared that the separation from the Union may bring negative repercussions for the country, resigned from his reputed post via an explanatory statement outside 10 Downing street.
The issue hounded John Major’s premiership, lay dormant through the Tony Blair years before rearing its head once again as the economy turned sour at the end of the last decade.
David Cameron was keen to move his party away from ‘banging on about Europe’ after he became the leader. But once, he felt an urgent need for the referendum as this topic was gaining huge momentum among the masses. Brexit, a term simply coined long back, became a mainstream political movement in Britain. The prime minister finally committed to an EU vote in January 2013 with what has become known as his Bloomberg speech, promising to renegotiate and then call a referendum by the end of 2017. He was over optimistic and confident that this issue might settle down soon and people would not give a cry for it. But the opposite happened. In his Prime Minister campaign, he tasted victory partially on the promise of a referendum, which made it simply impossible for him to back off.
The results shocked everyone. Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, whales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar participated in the poll election and over 52% of the votes were in favour of Brexit. At the outbreak of his speech, he exclaimed, “I think the country requires a fresh leadership to take it in this direction.”
Though, he ended on a very peaceful note, he literally broke into emotions at the time of his speech. Serving as the Prime Minister of UK for six years, he was thankful to people who supported him and gave him a chance to work as a representative of the country. No matter what the decision came out to be, he optimistically carried on his speech saying, ‘British people have made their choice that not only needs to be respected but those only on the losing side of the argument, myself included, should help to make it work.”
Let us see what happens when the new government comes into force, and what happens with the new policy of Britain. Fingers crossed.
Presently being the ‘targeted’ face on the dart board of Subramanian Swami’s, Indian politics’ poster boy, Mr. Arivnd Kejriwal seems to have become a professional movie critique by explaining his thoughts on the latest Bollywood releases, from PK to Udta Punjab. No, the aim of his life is not just being a “Modi-basher” and ruining the already ruined, Delhi, but also, out of his ‘busy’ political career, he likes to go for the movies and shares his experience on his twitter handle as well. Despite his desperate attempts to steal away the limelight by posing to be ‘controversial’ by his actions and statements, Kejriwal’s habit of watching and reviewing a string of Bollywood movies seems to be slammed by his followers on Twitter, who have never left any stone unturned, to add the humor to his miseries. The hashtag ‘Kejrimovies’ is running hot on Twitter now.
Here are few of his tweets, which have proved that the Delhi’s Jhaadu Man, ’Kejru’ is more than being a full-time CM. (Starting from the most recent reviews)
- “V interesting movie” @ShirishKunder
Spouse of Farah Khan and a Film maker (including Jaan-E-man and Joker), Shrish kunder’s magical work on the short-thriller movie, Kriti, already gathered millions of eyeballs on YouTube as it went viral, last week. The movie holds an interesting yet a dangerous aspect of mind’s self-created psychological twisted truths, starring the infamous actors, Manoj Bajpayee, and Radhika Apte. The movie seems to be very alluring that even Kejriwal got the time, to watch this 18 minutes thriller and review it with a limited expressing capacity.
- “Just watched Udta Punjab. V Powerful. Badals must watch it see what they have done to Punjab”
Ooooo! What a comeback, Mr. CM!
Already being subject to several controversies and being nearly ‘banned’, Nihalani’s nightmare, Udta Punjab was able, to sum up nearly 10 crores on its first day and many had appreciated that the movie was worth it all. The movie seems to be a delightful experience for Mr. Kejriwal as well, who had not missed the opportunity in politicizing his beliefs while addressing his grief on the drug menace in Punjab.
- “Just watched PK. Excellent movie. Congrats @aamir_khan for handling such delicate subject so beautifully”
Even Delhi’s CM loves you, Aamir. How could you ever think about leaving this country? *makes a wimpy face*
Pk, a satire on the prevalent conditions in the ‘Mandir and Masjid’ sector of our economy and how the religions have divided us since the inception of a supreme power, named ‘God. Such well-knitted movie with interwoven controversial aspects seems to be well appreciated by even the too –sensitive ‘Dharna – Man’, Kejriwal, who calls the movie’s subject to be ‘delicate’ (good observing powers, Sir) and well handled by our perfectionist, Aamir Khan.
- “Went to see Bang Bang with my family. Nice movie. Kids enjoyed it. Congrats @VishalDadlani”
Awww! Devoting quality time to your family, despite being levied with over-the- top and most of it ‘unrequired’ burden, Mr.Kejriwal seems to be the perfect ‘Aam Aadmi’.
The Hritik Roshan starrer film, Bang Bang (“inspired” by the Hollywood film, Knight and Day) has been a treat to those who had left behind their brains at home and enjoyed the power-packed action and unmatchable dancing ability of Hritik, has been surely loved by the CM’s kids as well!
But unfortunately their Dad had again become a subject to be ridiculed on the social media, and many doubting his abilities to be capable enough to rule the city.
“Bang Bang achi lagne wale ko Desh kaise chalane de?’’ (How can we let someone, who likes the film Bang Bang rule the country’?), asked a curious yet a funny man on Twitter to Mr. Kejriwal. That’s harsh! Sadly, there is no place for an innocent movie critique in this country.
This is not the end, as the all rounder, Mr.Kejriwal has also offered scrutinized ‘filmi’ reviews on the latest releases including Ajay Devgan starrer Drishyam to serious –subjected, Massan starring Richha Chadha as well. Follow the upcoming Bollywood movie critique, who also holds the qualification of a nagging Thulla on Delhi’s roads of odd and even and the brand ambassador of ‘Anti –Modi’, to give his best analysis and ‘non- corrupted’ ratings on the movies you may think of watching in your free time.
Open up a newspaper and you are most likely to find a headline or a troll on Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. It looks like Kejriwal is obsessed with Modi, for some unknown purpose. There are Chief Ministers of other twenty-eight states too, but their poor chemistry and arguments are the talk of the town, maybe because Delhi and Union government share a dependent bond, Delhi being the Capital state of our motherland.
Mr. Narendra Modi is an extraordinary man with dream and vision for India. Despite his poor English vocabulary, he has the skill to grasp the attention of foreign Ministers and tie up with them. He is an excellent orator who has impressed the entire world with all he has.
On the other hand, Arvind Kejriwal, too, is a much impressive personality. He jumped into politics and is currently working for the benefit of the citizens and trying his level best to keep all the promises made in the Manifesto.
But it is hard to understand why he is so engrossed with the PM. There is not a single interview of Mr. Kejriwal which does not feature Mr. Modi. Currently, the issue of Modi’s degree was overrated in the media due to the continuous involvement of Kejriwal. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claims it has new documents to prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied about graduating from the Delhi University and that a degree published by newspapers recently is "fake". The ruling BJP has said that the allegations are "too silly to respond to." Obviously, I don’t get what will happen to raise such an issue in a country where qualification of a minister is not significant. I get it, Kejriwal might be hurt when the MLA of his party was taken to bars for a fake degree but why create a havoc on this issue?
Even if Kejriwal is correct on this issue, the entire covering of the issue has set everything wrong for him. If he has to pin- point the flaws of others, especially the one holding such a reputed place, he must come with complete worthwhile evidence. There is no point passing such ordinary and insignificant statements. He needs to learn a bit of political professionalism.
There was again a tussle when Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress warned the Prime Minister against allowing Pakistani investigators to visit the Pathankot Air Force base have proved justified. The PM's "lack of knowledge of the intricacies of diplomacy," stands exposed, stated Anand Sharma of the Congress, after reports that the Pakistani team has concluded that India staged a deadly terror attack in January at the base, and then tried to "malign Pakistan" by stating that the six terrorists were from across the border. Once again, he pointed out his finger against Modi. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the CM should tender for an unqualified apology to the Prime Minister for using words like the coward. In response, Manish Sisodia exclaimed, “You take back your actions, we will take back our words.” Only God knows when these unimportant quarrels are coming to an end.
These never-ending arguments are not just destroying the general environment of Delhi but are resorting to more confusion and enmity. Both of them should share a better and peaceful work environment, focusing on the betterment of the country rather than their own personal bothering. This is expected from every politician, bureaucrat and citizen but indisputably, it is most suitable for them.
Hopefully, this possessiveness will come to an end sometime and we will be able to see them working together, no matter how impossible this statement seems right now.
The “TROLLING 2.0” has been all set to break through the list of controversies and attain a position of being the top-most theme on Twitter. Those in support of ‘ TROLLKEJRIWAL’ party, again have got an opportunity to nag down the CM, who seems to be running wild over his spree of buffoonery and his ‘can’t-be-ignored’ statements on the mini-blogging site which has always catch an undue attention by the ‘Twitterati’.
As the world was giving their own set of thoughts and philosophies on how good or bad the triumph of ‘Brexit’ could be on the people of Britain and its economy, there comes our honorable Delhi’s Chief Minister to again steal away the glory and be entitled to the category of a ‘controversy’ drama queen, as he again used his limited –character speech delivering platform, Twitter, to let people know about his profound views and bow before his trembling political career.
The self-invitation to thriving sarcasm and becoming one of the most trolled Indians on social media, was when Mr. Kejriwal had used the podium called Twitter and uttered “ After UK referendum, Delhi will soon have a referendum on full statehood “
Keeping his words (which is rare to be seen), Mr.Kejriwal has already submitted a draft bill proposing full statehood for Delhi in May 2016!
For now, no one has the slightest of idea, what the proposed bill has sought to mention but it seems to have pushed up the adrenaline levels among the Anti-Kejriwal Twitter accounts, who have yet again trolled the CM, to an incredible extent for his disabled-humorous sense. However, just like his previous tweets relating to ‘anti-modi campaign’, film reviews and half-aware knowledge on current political scenarios, Kejriwal has again proved to be a potatohead and mistakenly-turned Politician by heading as a recent-buzz on Twitter, which has notched-up high since 25th june ( after his controversial tweet).
His latest statement has even made many doubt about whether his twitter account is actually ‘handled’ by him or is just fake and made the ‘anti-kejriwal’ feel insecure about their jobs and losing out the chances of trolling him down, as his official account seems to be doing an incredible work already and snatching away their limelight. “Sometimes it’s hard to believe this account is not parody account “was one such tweet grabbing the attention of many.
What could be the name of the campaign if Delhi had to hold such referendum? “#Dehxit #Dehxter? #Dehpart? “asked another troll targeting Kejriwal. Soon, after his tweet, Kejriwal seems to be the ‘butt of all the jokes’ one could have thought of, giving birth to a whole new format for ridiculous jokes including people asking referendum for whether AAP should exit the country, or a referendum on Kashmir South Mumbai or Bandra and also separation of groundnut from Bhelpuri (which is just too annoying for many) from all parts of India! (Hilarious!)
With his preposterous attempts to gather the elements of politics and entertainment together, even the comedians of greatest times might hail before him. Having an undeterred grit, he could even challenge Trump and ‘save’ America (as some Twitteratis suggests), with people howling ‘the Reign of the Imbecile’ in the country.
So hold on to your seats and grab your popcorn, as Kejriwal: The Funny Man, shall be back again onto your television sets, being flashed on every news channel and leave you ask for more reasons to lose out faith on Indian politics.
For past few weeks, the whole world is listening and seeing what is going on with UK and EU. Britain’s decision to lead a referendum and then winning the Brexit has shocked some, whereas, pleased some. Most of you might already know a lot about Brexit but here are a few facts you might not know:
- A large number of voters at the referendum voted at their gut instinct. They weren’t able to choose any side mainly because, for many, this referendum had become a question not about what would happen to UK if it left, but about what kind of people voters wanted to be. The ‘Remainers’ believed in community, and tend to define it as broadly as Europe, or even more globally. They gave primacy to the need for countries to work together. They believed that ceding a certain amount of control leads to freedom, and feared that Britain outside EU would become a closed fortress. Whereas, the ‘Leavers’ feared that Britain inside EU lacked sovereignty and control over its destiny. They believe in community too, but also believe that seizing control of their governance is the only way to achieve what’s important for the country. Irrespective of the result, a big part of the country feels aggrieved.
- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said two days after UK voters decided they wanted to leave EU, that he’d like to start immediately on the strategy of Britain’s exit. Foreign ministers from EU’s six founding countries met in Berlin to discuss the speed and strategy of Britain’s exit. According to Juncker, it didn’t made any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure, since the Britons already made a decision to leave in the referendum.
- A lot of economists and analysts at the UK treasury, the IMF, the OECD, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, among other institutions strongly believed and still think that leaving EU would harm the British Economy mainly because of trade. A far larger share of the UK’s exports go to the EU than vice versa. Leaving the EU’s free-trade block puts a big chunk of these goods and services at risk, were tariffs or other barriers to be imposed on them. Many European leaders don’t seem keen to cut friendly deals with a post-Brexit Britain. From Banks to Car-makers, many multinational businesses say that Brexit would put their jobs at risk.
- Britain’s trading options with EU after Brexit. One option would be EEA membership—the so-called Norway option—which would give Britain trade with the EU almost as unfettered as it has now. Another option might be a more limited set of bilateral agreements, like those agreed between Switzerland and the EU. Other option could be a free trade agreement such as those that the EU has with South Korea or South Africa. Most trade with the EU would be tariff-free, but the big barriers to trade caused by “behind the scenes” protectionism—discrimination against foreign companies’ bids for public contracts, for example—would go largely untackled. And finally, the UK could trade with the EU under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules in order to regain as much sovereignty as possible.
- Curb on immigration after Brexit completely depends upon the trade arrangement Britain will negotiate with the EU. EEA membership would require Britain to remain open to immigrants from the EU, as would a Swiss-type agreement. As to curb immigration being a big reason for leaving the EU, it seems unlikely that Britain would opt for either of these two arrangements. On the other side the EU would probably insist a customs union with Britain that will come at the price of continued free movement, which is highly unlikely, therefore if Britain were to opt for a free trade agreement it might have some scope to control immigration from the EU. The only situation in which Britain would certainly be free to limit immigration is if it opted to trade under WTO rules, which would maximise economically damaging trade barriers with the EU. Britain would face an invidious choice: damage its economy by leaving the single market entirely, or allow free movement to continue.
- Some regions will have more to lose from Brexit than others. Around 40 per cent of the EU’s budget is used to spend on developing the infrastructure and industries of the Union’s poorer regions. If Britain after leaving the EU, fails to agree a free trade deal in goods, the northeast and other manufacturing regions would face EU tariffs, weakening their economies. Meanwhile, if Britain made a deal on goods trade with the EU but no services agreement is struck, London would be more badly hit, because 8 per cent of London’s private sector activity comprises export of services, largely financial, to the EU.
- More than two and a half million people have signed a petition demanding a second EU referendum after an MP called for Parliament to refuse to ratify Brexit. Most Brexit voters are regretting after they voted Britain out of EU. According to Professor Vernon Bogdanor, a prominent constitutional expert, a second referendum is “highly unlikely”. He also told The Telegraph that he doesn’t thinks that EU might want to bargain any further, they will take the already cast vote to be final.
- Brexit might as well lead to Scoxit. It is not necessary, but it is possible, as Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, had promised another referendum if Britain voted to leave the EU against the wishes of Scots. But would Scots really want an EU border with their largest trade partner, England? After four decades of EU membership, Britain’s formal relationships with the rest of Europe are governed by a tangle of treaties, institutions and laws. The reach of the EU into British life is so far-reaching that Brexit would require a renegotiation of most of Britain’s international obligations. A new trade agreement would have to be signed with the EU—and more than 50 with other countries outside Europe, to make up for those annulled by Brexit. So Scotland might—probably against its economic interest—leave the UK, which would lead to another round of political and economic turmoil.
Although, Brexit’s affect on Britain are certainly quite unsung at the moment, we really hope these facts will aid to a better understanding of Brexit. We would really like to know what you think about these, please tell us in the comments below.
According to the latest report from Reuters News Agency, three suspected ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150. According to Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, it appears the attack was carried out by Islamic State/ ISIS militants. It is clear the attackers were trying to target international travelers because Istanbul Atatürk Airport is one of the biggest and the third busiest airports in Europe and attacking this airport will lead to causality at an international level.
Speaking to reporters the Turkish Prime Minster Binali Yildirim said “It became clear with this incident again that terrorism is a global threat. This attack, targeting innocent people is a vile, planned terrorist act." He further added by saying "There is initial evidence that each of the three suicide bombers blew themselves up after opening fire." This is a common tactic used by suicide bombers because if one of them starts shooting the crowd will run towards the exits in great numbers making it possible to inflict mass causality.
The majority of killed and wounded so far have been Turkish nationals but there is a strong possibility that the dead and wounded could include foreign nationals. Again the attack was executed in the same manner as Brussels Airport terror strike which was again carried out by Islamic State suicide bombers back in April this year. Turkey's Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement "The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values," and "The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world."
So far no one has claimed responsibility for this latest attack but it has all the hallmarks of ISIS who are known for their brutal tactics. World leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned this attack. The PM posted the following on his official twitter handle “Attack in Istanbul is inhuman & horrific. I condemn it strongly. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.”
The White House has witnessed the presence of one of the most influential people of the World so far. But, there is a different story attached to it too. There have been various cases of extra marital affairs by different Presidents. Feeling shocked!! Let us check a few examples ourselves, and know it right to believe this difficult- to- digest fact.
THOMAS JEFFERSON WITH SALLY HEMINGS
Thomas Jefferson (April 13 [O.S. April 2] 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797–1801 and in 1800 was elected the third President (1801–09). Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, which motivated American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation. He produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level. Sally Hemings was the enslaved woman of the President who is believed to be in a long extra marital relationship and six children with him, four of whom survived.
Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the USA. He was the first man to serve as the President for two consecutive terms. Cleveland was attracted by a 38 year old woman, Maria Halpin, who was working as a sales clerk at a department store in Buffalo. He was courting Halpin for several months and finally after continuous persistent efforts, they fixed a date. What happened next would now be called as a date rape, Cleveland assaulted Halpin and threatened her to dire consequences. After six weeks, the lady discovered her pregnancy and this was the illegitimate son of the President.
WARREN HARDING WITH CARRIE PHILLIPS AND NAN BRITTON
Caroline ‘Carrie’ Phillips was the mistress of Warren Harding, the 29th President of United States. After the affair came to light, Florence Harding, wife of the President felt betrayed and exclaimed that this was not the first time she discovered her husband’s infidelity. To separate the two lovers and allow time for the respective marriages to be reconciled, the Phillips family returned to Europe, leaving the Hardings in Marion. The affair ended when Phillips blackmailed Harding during the senator’s run for office. She is the only woman to have successfully blackmailed a major US political party.
He is believed to have another affair with Nan Britton. Her father, Dr. Samuel H. Britton, met the President and informed him about her daughter’s infatuation towards him. Harding met her, and claimed that somebody she would meet the man of her dreams. At that point of time, Harding was already involved in a passionate affair with Carrie Phillips. After she graduated from High school, Britton moved to New York City where she began intimate relationship with Harding.
Following Harding’s death, Britton wrote a book, The President’s Daughter, published in 1928. This book featured the story of their daughter and she got it published to earn money to raise her child.
FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT WITH LUCY MERCER
Lucy Page Mercer Rutherford is an American woman best known for her affair with President Roosevelt. In his book “Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His life”, Joseph E. Persico suggests that the affair between Franklin Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer, which was supposed to have ended in 1918, resumed even sooner than most scholars believed — indeed, that it may never have ended at all.
She and Franklin probably became intimate in 1916, but their affair came to light to the public at large in 1918, when Eleanor, unpacking for her husband, who had just returned from England with the flu, discovered a bundle of incriminating letters.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER WITH KAY SUMMERSBY
Kay Summersby (23 November 1908 – 20 January 1975) was a member of the British Mechanised Transport Corps during World War II, who served as chauffeur to Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force Dwight D. Eisenhower, later as his secretary. The President and the lady came extremely close during the warfare. Some later writers spread the rumours that they had intimate relationship too, but those who them well denied it clearly.
JOHN F.KENNEDY WITH MARILYN MONROOE
It might be possible that Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe didn’t have full- fledged affair, but they would have got intimate at least once. According to Marilyn Monroe's biographer Donald Spoto, Marilyn Monroe called her personal masseur, the actor Ralph Roberts, from the same bedroom where JFK was staying at Bing Crosby's house. Later at an interview, Spoto himself verified that Monroe has discussed about her sexual relationships with him.
She sung the traditional birthday song for the President in a ceremony 10 days before his birthday saying, “Happy Birthday Mr. President” for which the President was allured and said, “I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.”
GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND JENNIFER FITZGERALD
Fitzgerald initially started as a secretary of George Bush and consequently became a lot more. She is called the ‘other wife’ or ‘office wife’ of the President. Rumours about them went up and down, but their affair is a sure shot news.
BILL CLINTON AND MONIKA LEWINSKY
The affair of Clinton was like the show stopper in the series of affairs. It was unusually famous and popular amongst all.
In 1995, Monika Lewinsky, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College was hired as an intern in the White House in Clinton’s first term and was later retained as an employee of White House office of Legislative Affairs. While working at the White House, she began her personal relationship with Clinton, which she later confided to a friend and Defence Department co- worker Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded their conversation.
A term Lewinsky scandal was coined as the American political sex scandal that came to light in 1998, describing the sexual relationship between the two. In his speech, Clinton declined that there is no such relationship and the allegations are false. President Clinton was held in civil contempt of court by Judge Susan Webber Wright for giving misleading testimony in the Paula Jones case regarding Lewinsky and was also fined $90000 by Wright. His license to practice law was suspended in Arkansas for five years and later by the United States Supreme Court.
History has a hoard store of mysteries and astonishing myths that keep surfacing from time to time. Some of them seem so unbelievable, but history also provides evidences in wondrous ways. One of such astonishing thing that I’m going to discuss here is about the Poison Damsels or Vish Kanya. Sounds weird, right? But apparently the mention of this subject has surfaced to our day today lives innumerable times in different ways. The most recent was, that in the tribal community and also some other communities of Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh, was found that these so called ‘Vish Kanya’ still exist today and that these girls make it a mission of their life to carry out this tradition unlike some other traditional practices which gradually subjected to extinction.
India seems to have a long tradition of belief in poison damsels. We have found evidences of it in literature, folklore stories and myths. Vish Kanya or Poison Damsels were described to be young, beautiful women reportedly used as assassins, often against powerful enemies, during the times of Ancient Indian Subcontinent. To consume poison in their meals is told to be normal, they had it in breakfast, in lunch and even in dinner. It was believed that it became impossible to sleep without the consumption of venom. Surely, a lot of you must have heard about it from your grandparents and read in stories that these extremely beautiful enticing maidens could breathe poison, venom flowed in their veins and that a mere touch of theirs could be as dangerous as an instant death. Dr. J. Jamshedji Modi in his article “The Story of Alexander the Great and the Poison-Damsel of India. A Trace of it in Firdousi’s Shah Nameh” mentions of the types of poison damsels that have been recorded in various Indian and Persian writings. The types mentioned are:
- “A poison-damsel, in the original sense of the word seems to mean a damsel who does harm deceitfully in some way or other to another person.”
- “She is one, born under an inauspicious configuration or conjugation of planets. So, she does harm to one who marries her. It is this view, that seems to have led, and even now seems to lead, many Indian parents to resort to an astrologer to ascertain, whether the planets, under the influence of which their children are born, are of the same conjunction or not. The happiness or otherwise of marriage depends upon that.”
- “A damsel who is, in some way or other, so much poisoned or infected with a disease, that she is likely to convey her poison or infectious disease to the person, who has intercourse with her or who comes into some form of close contact with her, and to bring about his death. A woman infected with a venereal disease is a poison-damsel of this kind.”
- “A damsel who has actually saturated her body with gradual doses of poison, and who, therefore, is in a state believed to be likely to convey the poison of her body, so saturated, to another person who comes into contact with her.”
- “A damsel who treacherously captivates the heart of a person, and then actually gives him some poison in food or drink.”
Existence in contemporary times
The recent discovery of existing poison damsels in Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh has led to various questions such as, even if these people consume venom, how is it that they survive the venom’s effect and become immune to it whereas a mere drop can lead to the death of even a huge elephant. It is of questionable nature to think alone that can these poison damsels actually exist among us even today. Well, a recent study conducted by a News TV Channel shows that they do live among us. Also the study shows existence of poison man as well. In the jungles of Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh women are found to be using poison to fight off evil. Evil that takes the form of dark criminal minds that prey on their helplessness and take advantage of the situation. These women are also called the Snake women of the Santhal parganas, who attack intruders and threaten them with venom of snakes. These girls and women actually don’t consume venom like it used to be traditionally, instead carry it around to protect themselves. The venom they carry is so effective that death comes almost instant. These young girls have to spend almost the entire day in the dense jungles either to collect firewood or leaves. The jungles are full of wild animals who could attack them at any time and there will be no one around to even help them, that is why they stick to measures as these, carrying around sharp pointed instruments loaded with snake poison, securely hiding them in their clothes either around their waist or in the form of amulets around the upper arms or neck.
History and Origin
Origin of poison damsels dates back to centuries earlier. We’ve heard in folklores and stories that Kings in ancient times used to select young girls when they were just babies to raise them up as Poison Maidens. So a carefully crafted diet of poison and antidote were given from a very young age. This practice is also called Mithridatism after the Greek Emperor Mithridates VI of Pontus, who practiced it to protect himself from enemies. Evidences of practice of Poison girls in India have been found in literary works of Chanakya, like in Arthasastra, in books, Sukasaptati, Chanakya’s Chant, a Latin work called Secretum Secretorum. The story of attack on Alexander the Great by sending him a beautiful maiden(which in fact was a poison maiden) by an Indian King is popular. There are various versions of the story, three of them seemingly more authentic, in which a maiden is sent to Alexander as a gift, he is at once enticed by the beauty and wants to have her but the original motive behind sending her is seen through by Aristotle or another minister and Alexander is saved and the girl is killed. According to the historians, while raising these girls, many would not survive, those that did were immune to other poisons and their body fluids would be poisonous to others; sexual contact would thus be lethal to other humans. There also exists a myth that says a Visha Kanya can cause instant death with just a touch.
The study conducted by the news channel showed, there were people some of which openly declared being a poison man or woman and some who thought it was better to remain concealed. Some among them who opened up were Peelu Ram and Ashok of Jashpur, Chhatisgarh etc., other were women who opened up but didn’t disclose their name. They also made it clear that this practice was still being carried on not for any addiction or drug purpose, but only to preserve their tradition which is hundreds of centuries old and also want to pass it on to their younger generations. Even Historians like Santosh Panday and C.V. Daniel asserted that these people who are trying to preserve their traditions is a good thing.
How its done
For most people though (as it was my first question too) it was hard to believe as to how this practice was still carried on. How did the consumption of venom not kill them? Upon lots of queries these people have explained that since directly consuming the venom can burn out their veins and esophagus, so most of them dried the venom, churned it into powder and then consumed it little by little, and gradually when their system gets adapted they can even drink the venom directly and nothing would happen to them.
Similar practices from around the globe
This practice isn’t just present in India, but in other countries as well. China being the most popular, but there they eat snakes not the venom alone, as they believe snake has medicinal properties which can control and cure blood pressure and heart diseases. Also an American scientist, Tim Freddie has researched upon the medicinal properties of venom and is trying to create an anti-venom vaccine, in the process of which he has bitten himself altogether 160 times by various dangerous snakes. He said it burns in his skin for a moment and there is little swelling around the bitten part, but they soon disappear since his body has also become immune to the snake poison.
Existence of people like these in one way seems unimaginable in modern days, but evidences like these leave you speechless. They are no less than super people with super capability, except for a fact that, in ancient times they existed to safeguard and protect the Kings and today they exist to protect and safeguard their traditions.
The rigorous adoption law makes it way more difficult for a single father, in India
Creating a bridge of norms, the law guiding the adoption procedure in India, has significantly made it difficult to carry on the noble caus of aboption for a single parent, specifically a male. The adoption law is under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act of 1956. Under this act, a single parent or married couple is not permitted to adopt more than one child of the same sex. Foreign citizens, NRIs, and those Indian nationals who are Muslims, Parsis, Christians or Jews are subject to the Guardian and Wards Act of 1890. Under this act, the adoptive parent is only the guardian of the child until she reaches 18 years of age. Also, the eligibility criteria for this nobility are that an adoptive parent should be medically fit and financially able to care for a child. A person wishing to adopt a child must be at least 21 years old. There is no legal upper age limit for parents but most adoptive agencies set their own benchmarks with regard to age. For a child who is less than a year old, the adoptive parents can have a maximum combined age of 90 years. Also, neither of the parent must be older than 45 years. And many such guidelines are must to be adhered under this law.
But, Tusshar Kapoor found a whole new way to embark the journey of a single father
The infamous Bollywood actor known for his comedy genre in Hindi movies, from Golmaal to Kya Super kool hain hum, has turned out to be an inspiration to all the Indian men, who long to have a child of their own and not just confined to practice of being married to have a child. Tushar has just opened up the third gate to those who wish to enjoy the experience of single parenthood, being a male. “Parenthood is now an option for many who choose to be single parents” says the proud father of a baby boy, who is named ‘Laksshya’.
In the league of Sharukh khan and Aamir khan who have opted for Surrogacy, Tusshar kapoor seemed to be extremely elated at the glance of his baby boy, who is a gift of the process of surrogacy using IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai. Dr Firuza Parikh, Director of IVF and Genetics at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, who led the treatment said, “I am impressed with Tusshar’s determination to be a father. He maintained a keen interest in the baby’s health at every stage. He will surely be a sensitive and nurturing parent. Recently, we have had many single men and women approved for parenthood. As a public figure, Tusshar’s brave and bold decision will open the field of assisted reproduction making it accessible to not just single parents, but also to many who fervently desire to have a baby” in her talk with a national daily.
An in-flight chat with Prakash Jha, had sown the seeds to the thought of trying Surrogacy
Not many know that it was director Prakash Jha who enlightened and encouraged Tusshar about the latest medical process. Happy to finally realize his dream of becoming a father, Tusshar said, “Last year, I went to Tirupati temple. I happened to meet director Prakash Jha. We were in the same flight. He told me about this procedure (IVF) and how one could be a single parent using the same. He also introduced me to a family who had used surrogacy to have a baby. I felt inspired and decided to go in for the same.”
The actor also said that he was in a hurry to become a parent. “I will be 40 this year and that is why I went ahead with what was told to me and I am happy that I took the right decision. My family is complete now,” said Tusshar.
Newly become aunt Ekta Kapoor couldn't hold her joyfulness for long and took to the Twitter to share the first picture of ‘Laksshya’ with his grandfather and veteran actor Jeetendra ‘who is seen kissing the forehead’ and showering blessing on his first grandchild. Supportive to their son’s courageous decision, the proud grandparents, Jeetendra and wife Shobha Kapoor are quite enthusiastic to welcome the youngest kapoor member to their family and assuring that he‘ll get the ‘best father’ as Tusshar has always been a dotting son to them.
The bold step to embrace parenthood taken by Tusshar Kapoor shall surely bring about a change in the societal-thoughts on single-parenthood, if not reforms in the present rigid adoption law in India.
Delhi University’s first cut off list is out this Wednesday, i.e., 29 June, 2016 beginning the cycle of admission process and a big run for candidates to grab a seat out of the total 2.5Lakh applications submitted.
Though no college has kept its cut off 100 percent from last year, yet the cut off percentages are soaring higher. Ramjas College, a prominent and the oldest college of North campus, has the highest cut off demanding 99.25 for B.com( Hons), 98.75 for B.Com and 98.5 for Economics Hons.
Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), the most sought- after college for Commerce and Economics in the country, has a cut off percentage of 98% for B. Com hons which has shot up a bit from last year where the cut off was 97.375. The cut- off for Economics hons has sticked the same as before, 98.25.
Hansraj College has maintained fairly same cut offs as the previous year.
Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College has raised its cut off as compared to last year, with 99% for B.Sc in Electronics.
Miranda College has also kept its cut off almost same, highest being 97.75 in Economics Hons and 97.50 in English Hons.
The first cut offs are drastically soaring higher annually, shattering the hopes of many students who dream of DU. Crossing 90% is so normal that the marks have lost their value. More seats must be made available and the students must be counselled properly not to take it to their hearts and handle it calmly, after all this is not the end of your life. Many colleges soar up the first cut- offs intentionally, and then get back to normal in the subsequent cut- off lists.
It is the impact of rising cut- off list that students have started to accept the stark reality and are resorting to other colleges as well via entrance or merit. This is a wise decision, because there are many colleges at par with DU, but people neglect it out of lack of awareness or guidance.
This year, the cut offs are expected to be closed even earlier as a consequence of more students in the 90+ list in the Best Four Subjects (BFS). Let us see what happens in the next lists. Will it bring relief for the candidates or break their hopes immensely? This is tough to answer but indisputably, rejections are deemed to be more than selections.
Deadly Attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh
On the last Friday of Ramadan, some nine terrorists attacked a Spanish restaurant, Holey Artisan Bakery, by opening fire and taking around 30 people hostage, news agencies quoted. The terrorists opened fire around 9.20 PM shouting ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ and closed the doors of the restaurant. Two Italian nationals have been killed as well as one police chief, Muhammad Salauddin of a Gulshan local police station. One more police personnel is injured and getting medical treatment in the local hospital.
Shooting in Dhaka Restaurant:
The attack was fully organized as the militants knew that on Friday there were a lot of people in and around that restaurant area. They are reported to have done recce of the place as that diplomatic place is under stringent security all the time. This is a security lapse by both the intelligence and local police. Rapid Action Force of Bangladesh (RAB) has been deployed in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka.
The chief of the elite anti-crime force, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), informed reporters Friday night that they were working to save the lives of the people trapped inside the restaurant. Some foreigners are believed to be among the hostages. One driver who was present at the gate was shot in the neck. The driver is getting medical treatment.
Government has blocked live telecast of the current situation so as to procrastinate any untoward incidence. It is yet to ascertain, which terrorist organization these terrorist belong to. The purpose of the attack is not clear as the RAB or the local police are yet to establish connection with the terrorists holding up in the restaurant. It is reported that there may be around 60 people taken hostage as the capacity of the restaurant is around 100. This restaurant is an open Spanish restaurant.
Of late, there has been numerous attacks on Hindu nationals of Bangladesh and even this morning a Hindu priest was hacked to death by local extremists. The government has denied the hands of ISIS in any of the attacks happened in the recent past. Bangladeshi government has arrested around 8000 people against the recent attacks on the Hindu nationals.
Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation and Indian foreign office is in constant touch of the situation. Indian foreign office has confirmed that no Indian diplomats are in danger. "We have accounted for all Americans working for the chief of mission authority" in Dhaka, John Kirby, a State Department spokesman said. He called the situation "fluid." In the holy month of Muslims, a lot of deadly attacks have been reported. People have not come out of the shock of Istanbul attack and this attack in Dhaka has shaken everyone once again.
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AAP - Playing a Dangerous Politics
Inciting the Incited
Our country, right from north to south is turning intolerant and terrorist-like along with political lunatics that are making the most out of such situations. A couple of days back 11 ISIS terrorists were caught from Hyderabad and further investigation is still on. They were planning to throw beef in Hindu temples in the area, in order to disturb the harmony of the place. The heat of the matter was not yet doused and our own beloved Delhi’s ruling party rose in the news again for plotting to create a riot like situation in the Punjab ahead of the state election next year.
The accused Vijay Kumar who is caught for desecrating the Qoran told the Sangrur police that he did it at the behest of Naresh Yadav, AAP MLA from Mehrauli, South Delhi area who offered him RS. 1 Crore to carry out the misdeeds. Earlier, the police had arrested three men — Vijay Kumar, Nand Kishore Goldy and Gaurav — who have reportedly confessed as reported in the Indian Express.
Vijay Kumar wanted to take the revenge of Pathankot incident and he said that he hated Pakistan. Naresh Yadav may have got to know about his intentions and leveraged the situation. “Vijay Kumar has stated that in Malerkotla, he was offered Rs 1 Crore for desecrating pages of Quran and throwing them near a drain on Khanna Road. Their plan was also to desecrate a Hindu holy book next,” said The Hindu. Naresh Yadav is booked for inciting riots in Punjab. The news came ahead of the three day Punjab visit of CM Arvind Kejriwal. Punjab’s fight against drug menace and similar desecration cases were reported earlier as well. Stop inciting the incited.
Look Back Before You Speak:
BJP and Congress are blamed for anything and everything. It is either a conspiracy or a political vendetta. A couple of AAP MLAs were arrested in 2015 for inciting riots.
Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody for two days on November 26, 2015 by a Delhi court.
AAP MLA Mahendra Yadav was arrested for rioting, assaulting government official in January 29 2016.
Mr. CM says on Dadri incidence, ‘BJP should not spread hatred for political gains’. What a paradox!
Dirty and Dangerous Politics
“Anti-national agenda” supporting Khalistani ideologue, and accepting funds from Sikh separatists staying across the globe have thrown Punjabi’s into an uproar against the controversial Aam Aadm Party as said by Sukhpal Singh Khaira, a suspended AAP MLA. With the intention of fomenting trouble in the state, struggling to get out a decade old intoxication, AAP has passively been supporting the Khalistani movement. Altogether, 35000 terrorism afflicted families were to protest and stop his cavalcade to enter the state of Punjab.
Arvind Kejriwal has been speaking about the Sikh riots ever since he started sitting on Dharnas. He played a very tricky and mean role all these years.
Indian Mirror mentions “How articulately Arvind Kejriwal manipulates the reality can be judged during his hunger strike as Delhi CM in 2014. He had presented the wrong facts in media and the truth was entirely different.” He said that Delhi police is acting on center’s instructions and had blocked the toilets, though on camera his supporters were caught using the toilets. He blamed the police for removing tea stalls and drinking water. All his lies were caught on camera. He is best known for accusing and when caught runs away from the scene or does not talk about that after that. These smaller incidents talk volumes about his intentions.
On the 31st anniversary of India’s former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Kejriwal issued a cheque of Rs. Five lakh to the victim of deadliest carnage in Sikh history. This was a joke as the victims got Rs. Five lakh after 31 years of the incidence, pittance. This shows he was using the matter to gain political mileage.
Lack of Proper Minister-in-Law: No Legal Consultation
All the educated ones have been suspended or ousted. There is literally no one to give them proper suggestion what to do and what not to do. The day Britain announced its separation from EU after the referendum, Arvind Kejriwal demanded Brexit like referendum in Delhi. Either he does not know or he ignores where he is trying to drag India to. Referendum is unconstitutional and cannot be held. If he believes in referendum, then why didn’t he demand referendum for Ram Mandir issue in UP or many such other issues? It is not only AAP that does all this, all the parties across India are guilty of this sort of things. But AAP riding on Anna Hazare’s back convinced the people of Delhi and India that he is not a politician, he is somebody who wants to get Delhi rid of corruption and bring prosperity to the state. Later on, when he realizes that he has power, he started to dream of a PM position. He directly targets PM Narendra Modi. He became so excited that he forgot the dignity of CM’s position and used bad language while speaking about the PM of the nation.
He has not spared Media people either. There is this full page article by two NDTV journalists who were thrashed by Mr. CM, and they started doing investigative journalism. They brought the nexus of extracting money from people looking for government positions, in light. His souring party funds is always a point of concern for the people of India as well as for the other political parties. AAP or any other party for that matter should fight for basic needs like education, health and sanitation curbing poverty and all, not the way AAP is behaving. It is dangerous for the country.