Say it loud, “Bharat mata ki jai”

It’s better to say what they want you to, or else you’re gone.

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With his appointment as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath Yogi, said the protection of Cows was very significant for both his government and the BJP administration at the center. Just days after an announcement, he ordered a ban on illegal slaughter houses in his state.

Yogi believes that rural economy thrives around cows and his belief came into limelight with the several steps taken by his government to encourage Cows protection. Such efforts by the safron leader caught plenty of attention and praise from his Hindu followers on different media sites. The decision of shutting down illegal slaughter houses turned out as closure of thousands of meat shops in UP.  It wasn’t a bombshell on vegetarians but to a few hardcore non-vegetarians who cherish delicacies like tundey and gulati kababs.  The agenda of Cows protection is not confined to one state, the Maharashtra state government in 2015, introduced a ban on illegal bulls, bullocks and buffaloes. The Bombay High Court in January this year also struck down relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act that prohibited possession of the meat.

The announcement to protect the holy Cows leads to a sudden rise in the numbers of cow vigilantes who claimed to be real patriots of India or say Hindutva. They consider themselves as the true guards of holy mothers and few fools call them cow vigilantes (who take law into their hands to penalize what they may perceive to be crime) rather than gau rakshaks. Since then extra-judicial killings and violence are occurring in the name of cow protection. Such murders aren’t surprising to the nation, 86% killed in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslims, reported an IndiaSpend content analysis of the English media. The mayhem of the 2015 Dadri mob lynching in UP is still fresh in our minds, where mob of villagers late night attacked the house of a Muslim man and slew a 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi on the suspicion of slaughtering a stolen calf. The mob dragged the entire family outside the house and repeatedly kicked and stabbed Akhlaq son, Danish, who was left half-dead in the streets.

A report by IndiaSpend also reveals that about more than half (56%) attacks were based on rumors. These vigilantes have not only killed people but also gang-raped women. In an appalling incident in August 2016, in Mewat, Haryana, a woman and her 14-year-old minor cousin were allegedly gang-raped after being accused of eating beef. Their two other relatives were murdered. Later when the case was registered in the Police station, it was verified that the victim family didn’t consume beef meat. Four men were arrested and charged with rape and murder. What even if they had consumed beef? Does it give authority to these vigilantes to demonstrate their double-standard patriotism by raping a woman? By a few so called protectionists, this can be easily justified in a quip that they provide protection to our holy cattle (Gau Mata) and the rules and laws made by these gau rakshaks are of course above the decrees mentioned in our Indian Constitution.

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A few months ago, a phd scholar in IIT, Madras, was attacked in the vegetarian mess, allegedly for beef eating. Pehlu Khan and Junaid (a minor Muslim boy) were beaten to death by Cow vigilantes. According to the witnesses, these Gaurakshaks (Predators) termed victims (Prey) as “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”, and taunted them with terms such as “mulla” or even asked them to loudly shout “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

These killings of men and women taking us back to the Independence movement where the nation was provoked by the zealotry and religious politics. Even these Gaurakshaks who said to be followers of Gandhi are seemed to be ignorants of the fact that Mahatma Gandhi himself opposed killing of Cows but he also asserted that he would not kill a human being for a protection of Cow. He also said “Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put an end to it.”

By quoting such lines here, I’m not agreeing to Cows killing even, why only Cows I strictly oppose the killing of any beast for meat such as goats and hens because if it is about giving us something back, the way cow does then these two equally deserve protection like their Cow mate.

Therefore, before it gets too late we need to understand, slaughter of men in the name of Cows threatens to hack the soul of diverse India and there is an urgent need to stand for its very soul.

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Dalit vs Dalit: A Game Of ‘Political Tokenism?’

This Presidential election not only a Dalit vs Dalit but Bihar vs Bihar too.

In India when two of the most prominent social groups (Dalits and Muslims) are facing havoc delivered by Hindutva politics, in this stir scenario the powerful Centre thought to stay on safer side by playing an ‘ace card’ in the name of political opportunism. BJP provided the presidential race a caste twist and with that opposition too didn’t shy away to accept the challenge of ‘political tokenism.’

The opposition aptly picked a Dalit woman candidate from Bihar to take on someone who has been a governor from the same state. Hence, Either Congress contender Meira Kumar or Centre candidate Ram Nath Kovind, in a few days, India will have a Dalit president for the second time in its history. The first Dalit to occupy that palatial building for five years was K.R Naryana from 1997 to 2002.

In fact earlier, father figure of BJP, Lal Krishna Advani, was making the rounds in media for presidential candidature till BJP Chief Amit Shah announced the name formally in a press meeting. History has witnessed that poor Advani, who have nurtured the aspiration at different times to be Prime Minister or President of India was unluckily denied the support by his own party members. It is interesting to note that rise of Modism turned out as the end of Advanism. In 2009 Modi popularity shunned his guru Advani charisma, we thought at this moment he will pay back some dues by pushing him to the top position but once again he brought all our speculations to nix.

A few experts say it’s a sturdy competition to choose one among two Dalits while others have predicted, whether opposition like it or not, NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind is all set to win Raisina race. Both Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar come from the Dalit social group. The political lineage of our country aware of the fact that neither a Muslim nor a Dalit face will ever change the fate of their communities untill their representatives are used in the name of identity politics to retain hegemony and power. If we will go back to 2002, we will get to know that same seeds were rooted there when APJ Abdul Kalam was installed as President of India to bury the stains of communal riots occurred in Gujarat. But did it change Muslims fate? 

Without any learning from past, even after 15 years the similar opportunism is being used to cover every day tortures, attacks and murders experienced by Dalits. Not to forget, 12th President of India, our very first lady to hold the office, Pratibha Patil, who was chosen as a symbol of ‘women empowerment’ just to show that our government stands against women plight and implanting immense efforts to end their woes.

The final battle will take place on July 17 and we cannot predict in which direction the political waves will flow in. For now JD(U), BJD and several other smaller parties came out in support of Kovind. If we sum up the numbers of their votes, they are more than enough to win the battle as it makes around 60 percent. But we also know that loyalties of politicians keep shifting with trend. Eventually, it’s going to be the most symbolic fight where the margin of victory or defeat will matter more than the voting numbers.

 

Planning career goals? Here’re some superb tips

Choosing a precise career plays vital role in your life because it’s a lifelong process, which will gradually form your identity. The process begins by opting for the course stream of your choice as it will become the base of what you hope to be doing throughout your work life. Therefore, it is a complex and an introspective task that requires lot of research to arrive at accurate conclusion. And once you make a final call, there is no looking back.

You need to find your skills and potential. What if you’re an introvert and pursue your career in journalism just because you’re mesmerized by the fame of glamour world? Such steps may have worst impact in your life and will definitely turn out to be naught. There are some factors one should consider in determining long-term career satisfaction. Here, we are sharing a few factors which will surely assist you to make an effective choice.

Evaluate your skills: The foremost aspect to be taken into consideration is your skill set. Every individual has unique skills which differentiate an individual from the crowd. Pursuing a course where you can utilize your natural skills enhances your chance of success both in the academics and profession. Suppose you’re computer savvy then you can go for computer engineering and if you like to move your belly perfectly on some dancing numbers then nothing is better than joining a dance academy. In simple words, do self evaluation to find out what you would enjoy life long.

Draw a list of suitable occupation options: After self-evaluation, it should be clear in your head what kinds of careers you should look for. You’re not a robot of course, as it is impossible for you to pursue each one of them. Select at least 5 academic or professional courses that interest you and where you want to build your career. There are about 10,000 career options in the world out of that you have to decide which one is yours. To know the right one you should attend seminars, workshops and meet people from the same field you’re considering. It would be very helpful to have a word with professional people who are actually doing it. Choosing a career, which may give you a sense of satisfaction, is an ultimate key to success.

Growth of industry: It is required to know how many jobs a particular industry generates before you set your shoes into one. Are there future opportunities? We know many people whose professional lives delayed by a lack of opportunity at the right time. To know about industry growth, you need to read newspapers, go through internet research to know which sectors government and private firms will invest in near future. It will enhance your chance to get placed at flourishing industry by the end of your course.

Know about work culture: Will you ignore, if there are layers of despotism seeded throughout? What if you don’t get recognized for the contribution you made to uplift the firm? What about salary, incentives, bonuses and raises? These are some question which will cross your way again and again and it may leave you in a perplexed situation. It’s always better to do some preliminary research to discover about on-going industry standards from experienced person.

Create professional training plan: If you’re done with the steps mentioned above then its time for some action. Make out another list of colleges and institutes where you can receive required training and education to attain your goals. For this, you can look at various sites which provide holistic view about various colleges ranging from India to abroad. Here, you will get information starting from college structure and fees to campus placement.

To obtain an ideal training programme within your budget will probably save your time because just after your training you will be at start of professional career.

Good luck!

Tubelight actor Matin Rey Tangu shuts down a Journalist

Matin teaches in a press conference that Journos need to do their homework.

Like it or not, there is no doubt that in India we still view Northeast Indians differently. Despite of several government efforts and laws, knowingly or unknowingly, whenever we see someone from north-east walking on the roads of North India, we usually give a shout out ‘chinki.’ The term  which is usually used as an ethnic slur and the use of such term is considered offensive.

Recently, in a promotion of Salman Khan’s co-star from Tubelight, eight-year-old Matin Rey Tangu, who is from Itanagar, Arunacahl Pradesh, was asked an inapt question at a press event for the film. However, without any shy this kid gave an amazing and perfectly apt reply.

A reporter asked a silly question to him, “Kya Aap pehli baar India aye ho?” If this is the first time he is visiting India, assuming he is Chinese. The journalist was corrected by another scribe sitting beside her, who told her Matin is from Arunachal Pradesh. Realising the goof-up, she changed her question to, “If this is the first time you have come to Mumbai?”

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Without a doubt, Matin seems confused as being an Indian, why he was subjected to such question. Did a reporter forget to do her homework properly or Is she also used to same bigotry tradition that we Indians blindly follow?

Later, Matin asked the reporter to repeat the question twice and when Salman intervened and explained the question to him then Matin finally replies, “Hum India par hi mein rehta hai toh India par aega hi kaise? (I live in India, how will I visit India?)”

Unfortunately, the crowd loudly cheered Matin’s for his witty reply but no one consider the very fact that this inappropriate question leads us back to naught. This wasn’t something to laugh at because racism towards the people who hail from the north eastern states is deeply entrenched in our society. People from the north east residing in Indian cities, especially in the north of the country, regularly face slurs and in some cases, even physical violence.

The question which needs attention is; why our own people face alienation in every aspect of their daily lives, and are routinely asked whether they are from India’s neighbouring states?

Watch the video here.

 

 

 

 

India vs Pak: Did you tweet?

It doesn’t matter whether it’s cricket or hockey, India vs Pak encounter, is the best treat to viewers’ eyes as the fans get a chance to entertain themselves, and they just can’t take their eyes off the TV screens for a second. The howl of Champions Trophy final on Sunday between these two neighbours at the Oval in south London gathering more than a billion viewers worldwide.

A few minutes left, Title-holder India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the final with courage to become the team with the most number of Champions Trophy won. As we all know that these two teams met in their opening game where India won by 124 runs but surprisingly Pakistan has improved gradually against other teams. It has become visible in their most astounding victory when they won over England by eight-wickets in the semi-final. India has already created history by reaching fourth time to the Champions Trophy final and they are ready to beat Pakistan, who have never made to the final.

India, on the other hand, have been convincing throughout the tournament barring the hiccup against Sri Lanka in the second group game. Pakistan has also managed to bounce back in the tournament by defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka.

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However, it won’t be the only sport encounter taking place between India and Pakistan as the Indian men’s hockey team will be squaring off against their Pakistan counterparts in London in a Hockey World League (HWL) semi final round match.

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth who defeated World No 1 Son Wan Ho to enter the men’s singles final of the Indonesia Superseries Premier will also fight against Sakai Kazumasa.

Fans are going crazy and Jokes and memes started flooding on social media.

Here you can look at some amazing posts.

Bleed Blue!

Father’s Day: A day for your super hero

Spend some time with your dad and Pamper him with lots of love.

A life born after nine months, receives cocoon in the arms of a man called ‘father.’ Since then this man showers his unconditional love and struggles everyday to see a smile on his toddler face. There are times when father used to take you to school on cycle, scooter or car, in mid way he buys your favourite candies and chocolates to see you happy. Not only this, he also used to take you for shopping and never buys anything for himself.

In between the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we usually failed to acknowledge those who are dearest to us but there are days in the calendar, when we can do a bit. 

Of course, we cannot repay for hardships and every single thing our fathers have done for us, but to cherish this wonderful bond, we can take out some time from our busy schedule to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures add to make our lives better.

If you’re planning to create some special memories with your father then Father’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate fatherhood. This day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, countries like Spain, Italy, Croatia and Portugal celebrate it on March 19. While other countries including India, observe it on the third Sunday in June and this year it falls on June 18.

The Beginning of Father’s Day Story
Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrate Father’s Day even thousands of years ago. A study says that 4,000 years ago in Babylon a son called Elmesu carved a father’s day message on a clay card. In his message Elmesu wished his father a long and healthy life. There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father son duo but it is believed that several countries retained the custom of celebrating Father’s Day.

Modern day history

The idea of Father’s Day emerged in the United States, there have been conflicts about its exact origin. It is believed that hearing a Mother’s Day celebration in 1910, Washington resident Sonora Dodd who was raised by her father as a single parent started a campaign to have a similar occasion for fathers. The first such “Father’s Day” was held in Spokane in 1910, and later different towns and cities across America started following the trend every year.
On the other side, some also opine that Grace Golden Clayon from Fairmount, West Virginia, is the one responsible for the introducing the concept of Father’s Day and she suggested the idea to celebrate fatherhood in 1908.

Significance
Such celebration helps children to understand the importance of father in their life. This also helps in strengthening father-child relationship. This day also gives a chance to those children who want to say sorry to their father for some mistake made in past or to develop a strong bond by just saying “I Love you papa.” Some loving daughters and sons also gift cards and flowers to their fathers to mark this special day in a big way.

Here are some soul-stirring ads on “Father’s Day” which will bring you in tears.

Have a look!

Wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day!

War on momos: Will you say ‘goodbye momos?’

After beef, Indian politician attacked on momos because Momos have been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including cancer of the intestine.

In India, Momos have become the street delicacy King, served with spicy red chutney and thick creamy delectable mayonnaise. There is no denying the fact that these Tibetan dumplings are the most cherished street snack across northern and eastern India.

In Delhi, the momos makers start their preparation with fine chopped vegetables, shredded chicken and sliced paneer pieces. Chanakyapuri, Lajpat Nagar, Majnu Ka Tila and Chirag Dilli Village are amongst the well-known places in the city and emerging as a ‘momo hub’ for their customers. Earnings of thousands of natives’ depend on making and selling of their daily plates of momos. “I daily put up my stall around 6pm, whatever I earned from this small business, it helps me to send some to my family living in Manipur but the fear of MCD workers who take away our stalls keep frightening us,” Said Ram Kesari, 32, who has been selling momos for years in Paharganj.

He further said, last month while frying momos, a scooter hit my stall and the hot burning oil on gas felt over my body due to which my lower body got scalded, therefore risk of life is also involved.

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But the recent announcement by the BJP MLC in Jammu and Kashmir Ramesh Arora, seems to creating a hole in the pockets of several momos sellers like Ram Kesari. According to Arora, momo is a Chinese food, posing dangerous health implications for its consumers and so far, it has negatively influenced our Indian food culture.

While speaking to media, he said, “Makers use an extensive amount of tastemaker ingredient called monosodium glutamate, commonly known as ajinomoto, which is added while stuffing momos. This ingredient makes consumers addictive and it has been researched and found out that these dumplings are more dangerous than alcohol and drugs.

On June 4, Arora and his supporters even organised a seminar attended by officials from the Food and Drug Control Department, doctors, district administration officials, academicians, businessmen, etc., along with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, all of whom, who he claims, agreed that momo are indeed dangerous for consumption. The other important factor is, we cannot be 100% sure about the hygiene with which the food is prepared by the vendors. Mostly the vegetables and chicken used for making momos are stale and not washed properly.

He also said that even the ‘desi namak’ couldn’t be a substitute of ajinomoto. Even doctors and dieticians believe that food items which are deep-fried made from bleached maida are not good for health; they can be had in moderate measures of around once a week.

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In a study, it was also found that these bleaching chemicals cause a lot of harm to the pancreas, hampering the insulin-production capability of the organ. In a laboratory testing, bleaching agents were able to cause diabetes in the rodents.

Arora’s reasoning against momo is also hygiene. “The refined flour used in making the foods is unhygienic and that it is just steamed makes it difficult to be digested. There have been several cases when doctors have had to operate upon youths for 25-30 times to cure an intestinal problem,” he said. “Our food culture did not just develop overnight. It takes hundreds of years to develop a food culture and these Chinese foods have been trying to destroy that from the past 30 years or so,” the BJP legislator said.

According to his surveys and experiments, Chinese foods aggravate mild headaches to migraines, results in intestinal colitis in which the lining of the large intestine and the rectum gets inflamed. He is happy that the sale of momo has now gone down by 30-35 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir and inspite of momos people are now selling nutri-kulchas.

Dieticians are now considering Indian chaat as a healthy option because it has protein, curd and fruits.

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An upsetting fact was revealed by a study conducted by Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition, Pusa. It showed that most of the Delhi street food, particularly, samosas, golgappas, burgers and momos contain ‘faecal matter’ and  these bacteria are responsible for causing diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, typhoid and severe food poisoning.

So, it’s not right to say that only ‘Chinese food’ is bad for health because many Indian delicacies starting from samosa to bhature have affected human health negatively, if they are eaten regularly.

Ban on momo is not justified because eating fast food once in a while doesn’t have bad impact on health. But if your momos consumption exceeds thrice a week, that too without exercising for an hour then it must have turned disastrous for your health.

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And yes!, if you’re a lover of momos, then the best option is to find a fine restaurant which serves good quality food and if not then you better prepare them at home without using ajinomoto.