Girls under constant attack from politicians in India

“If we can’t treat our daughters well, if we have mindset of 18th century, how dare we call ourselves the people of 21st century”, well said by PM Modi as he was unveiling a scheme proudly eulogized as  Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. But, it seems that everyone except BJP leaders don’t want to make this programme a success because of continuos attacks on the security, integrity and character of girls by those in power.

 

It looks like launching any scheme for the sole purpose of showing it off and sweeping as many votes as possible has become a habit of this government. In the wake of fresh brutality against girls in Banaras Hindu University (BHU), many fingers were up against Uttar Pradesh government. But it’s not the first time that girls have been treated unfairly. In fact, in this year only, scores of incidents which have occurred transpire how much the government is committed to promote the education, security and ensure the well being of girls. The biggest problem in universities and higher education institutes in India is the intervention from state and central governments in various administration activities which include the appointment of people at important designations like vice chancellor (VC), principal etc., persistent interference in the university elections and sometimes in making certain rules for universities.

 

One could easily observe the reluctance of UP government to support girls when it was needed the most. How can it happen that in one of the biggest, oldest and finest institutes of India girls were brutalized by beating them with sticks by policemen and the state government did not know anything about it. Which suggests that even after knowing everything the government chose to remain silent.  In such incidents, normally the people responsible (Vice chancellor in this case) are asked to resign by immediate effect by the government, but in this case he was not told to do so. One will be very curious to learn the reasons for the same. It’s not a very new fact that there is partisan appointment by governments of VCs who are simply not good enough as academicians or administrators, and most VCs simply do not have the courage and the integrity to stand up to governments but have an eye on the next job they might get. Government wants to maintain its supremacy on students and University management for which they choose the puppet of their own choice who does everything on the guidelines of government. This is not the first and only case of its kind. In the reign of RSS supported BJP government, radical thinking of certain religious groups drive the ideology of the BJP leaders as they go on spitting venom against girls even if the girls are the ones who are victimized like in BHU case.

Another incident of astounding shame was recorded in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh where a college girl was acid attacked five times. The shameful part is that she was under police protection at the time of incident. No one could have dared to do so without the hand of any political leader backing him.

(https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/02/indian-woman-in-fifth-acid-attack-despite-police-protection&ved=0ahUKEwiYgMiKscfWAhWLsI8KHZavBEAQFggnMAA&usg=AFQjCNG97RivKgTTf_EQGWkHisMjX70y4Q&ampcf=1).

One more example of how safe are the girls in new India is that earlier this year, a girl was stalked by son of a BJP leader of Haryana. When caught, he was charged under bail able offence due to power his father wielded. It was only after rigorous coverage by media and protest by others that he was charged under non bail able offence and arrested later. This has set a pathetic example of how you can do away with anything if you have the support of political leaders.

These incidents highlight the plight of girls under the current reign.

Now think again of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, some main objectives were:

  1. Mind the language of boys and instill sensitivity for women.
  2. Educate our sons to respect women and girls as equal members of society.
  3. Ensure education of girls.
  4. Encourage women to go out, pursue higher studies, work, do business, access public spaces freely

Clearly, all these objectives have been made fun of by the ones in power. What to expect from public when the ones who hold responsible positions are busy in just boasting about schemes and doing nothing. It’s high time that the government moves a step ahead before India becomes a dreadful place for girls to live in.

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Rumours and deaths in India.

 

Rumours and Deaths

Deaths due to rumours is the new normal in India which needs to be given a serious concern. Almost all the riots, lynchings etc in the last 4-5 years have been stoked by rumours which spread through social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and many others. Notorious incident of Dadri mob lynching took place because of a rumour which was spread by people across social media platforms especially on WhatsApp about the alleged consumption of beef by a family, one member of which was later killed and one was injured by the angry mob. Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013 in which 60 people were killed was also provoked by social media. Also, killing of 7 people in Jharkhand by the rumour of child kidnappers is the fresh example of the extent to which rumours can prove costly. It is not just about the rumours that pervade, but also about the extortionate pace with which they enter people’s lives which becomes the cause of confusions and violence.

 

Indian incompetent law

Information technology act of 2000 regulates and controls social media and other online platforms and internet service providers which are responsible for all the media and information available on social media platforms and over the internet. This act has been the subject of many criticisms and the need of some vital amendments has been raised time and again by the IT experts.

This act is not able to control OTT (Over The Top) services such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype etc which destroys the basic need for which this act was formulated. Presently, these companies can make big changes in their privacy policies without attracting any statutory action as no law is there which controls OTT services. IT act provides very powerful rights to the government in the name of article 69A which gives the government the power to issue directions for blocking for public access of any information through any computer resource when government is satisfied that something which is shared on these sites is in compromise with the national sovereignty and security. WhatsApp being an intermediary is expected to comply with the direction to intercept, monitor and decrypt information issued under section 69 of the IT act, 2000. Complying with such a direction will now be impossible for WhatsApp in view of its end to end encryption. So, this law is good for nothing but just for a formality of having a law in place.

 

Why WhatsApp is the most efficient medium of spreading rumours among all the social media platforms

 

Although, all social media platforms have access to millions of people, but WhatsApp has been most successful of them all, because of its simple operating interface and it is operable on almost all mobile phones. Also, the pace with which the news spreads through WhatsApp is immeasurable, Facebook is somewhat open source and the number of times a news is shared can be kept track of. But, unfortunately extent of penetration of news through WhatsApp is beyond gauging. Also, as it is a more direct and personal way to communicate, the news is believed on by the people almost instantly and it is sent to them by their friends and relatives. WhatsApp groups are the mines of all rumours and fake news as almost every one is a part of one or more WhatsApp group of friends or relatives or colleagues. Rumours spread in a group multiply itself at an exponential pace. And in a very short span of some hours or days, rumours strike almost every phone. WhatsApp  is the primary vector for the spread of misinformation in India . The instant messenger is fast, free, and runs on nearly all of India’s 300 million smartphones. It’s also encrypted end-to-end, which means it’s nearly impossible to track what flows through it. Its real-world ramifications, nonetheless, can be brutal.

 

Solutions to curb the menace of rumours

 

It is almost impossible to stop the flow of rumours, although awareness from the side of users can prove detrimental to the flow of rumours. Due diligence has to be paid by all social media users. They must share only that news which is authentic and if they are not sure about the authenticity, they must either check the news or refrain from sharing it among their friends and relatives. Precautions like these will serve better for the society as impulsive decision to share anything bubbling may fulfill the adventurous desires but it may lead to havoc in the society.

 

Many steps can be put forward by the government:

 

1. WhatsApp though boasts about its invincible end to end encryption which allegedly makes it impossible to decrypt messages. But, if we have a look at its privacy policyhttps://www.whatsapp.com/legal , one can find an interesting term which reads “To improve performance and deliver media messages more effectively, such as many people sharing a popular photo or video, we may retain that content on our services for longer periods of time”. This shows the double standards worn by WhatsApp. For so much time now, it has been emanating cacophony by boasting about its untraceable services which can’t decrypt what a user is sending or recieving and on the other it states that it can retain some media. The government must strictly ask them to provide all such photos and videos shared by many people which will be most effective source of blocking rumours.


2. The police and cyber agencies set up by the government have been unable to trace the pattern of use of new media by miscreants. Workshops by cyber experts should be timely arranged for officials from IT and Police departments to keep them up to date with the new patterns of use of social media by the rumour mongers.


3. Setting up of cyber surveillance agencies which can forewarn about any such malicious intent and timely notifying in order to take suitable action.


4. Frame guidelines for telecom operators to prevent panic reaction and block harmful content on the internet and social media.


5. There must be immediate amendments in the IT act so that all the OTT services like Facebook, WhatsApp etc are also subsumed under the law.


6. With the help of cyber experts all over the country and the experts in other countries, an effective surveillance system must be put in place which checks objectionable content and suspends it’s transmission through social media.


7. IT cells must be set up which should be active 24 hours a day without an off day which should be easily accessible to people through a contact number, e-mail and other means of communication so that people may report about any rumour right by the time it emanates so that security agencies get some valuable time to prepare themselves and alert the people about the rumour. This is needed in all states of India and especially in rumour hit states like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh etc.


8. A separate web portal must be started by the government which should make people aware about the rumours which are trending across social media platforms. People really believe in official statements and this will put a check on spread of rumours. Also, timely SMS and mails must be sent to people informing them about such rumours.


9. Police departments can access the mobile numbers of people residing in any particular area and can form WhatsApp groups according to their jurisdiction areas in which alert messages about such rumours can be spread.


Governments have been sluggish in responding to rumours and as a result, in last 4-5 years many people have lost their lives in scores of riots emerging due to rumours. One action which governments like the most is to switch the internet connectivity off in affected areas. Though it is effective in blocking rumours but for a very little time and sadly, by that time, rumour reaches to most of the people. 

 

Prevention is always better than cure. Governments must emphasise on curbing riots like these instead of poorly managing the aftermath.

 

This is the era of social media, with more and more people becoming digital, danger of social hate had risen. Without proper intent, governments cannot take any action. Now is the time for the governments to take actions or it will be too late.

 

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Soil Health Card scheme at a glance after two years

T​he soil health card scheme which was launched by the government on 17 February 2015 with all big pops does not seem anywhere even close to the targets which were set initially after the end of initial two years. It was estimated by the government to distribute approximately 14 crore Soil Health Cards (SHCs) till the end of first cycle which is supposed to end by 2017. As very less time is remaining now in the completion of time frame provided by the government, let us have a look at some important aspects of the scheme:

What is Soil Health Card (SHC) scheme?

It is a Government of India’s scheme promoted by the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation under the Ministry of Agriculture. It will be implemented through the Department of Agriculture of all the State and Union Territory Governments.  A SHC is meant to give each farmer soil nutrient status of his holding and advice him on the dosage of fertilizers and also the needed soil amendments, that he should apply to maintain soil health in the long run.

What is a Soil Health Card and how does it aid farmers?

A Soil Health Card is used to assess the current status of soil health and, when used over time, to determine changes in soil health that are affected by land management. A Soil Health Card displays soil health indicators and associated descriptive terms. The indicators are typically based on farmers’ practical experience and knowledge of local natural resources. The card lists soil health indicators that can be assessed without the aid of technical or laboratory equipment.

How was the scheme implemented?

An amount of ₹568 crore (US$84 million) was allocated by the government for the scheme. In 2016 Union Budget of India, ₹100 crore (US$15 million) has been allocated to states for making soil health cards and set up labs. National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) will be implemented during 12th plan with the objectives to make agriculture more productive, sustainable and climate resilient to conserve natural resources; to adopt comprehensive soil health management practices; to optimize utilization of water resources; etc. “Soil Health Management (SHM) is one of the most important interventions under NMSA. SHM aims at promoting Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) through judicious use of chemical fertilizers including secondary and micro nutrients in conjunction with organic manures and bio-fertilizers for improving soil health and its productivity; strengthening of soil and fertilizer testing facilities to provide soil test based recommendations to farmers for improving soil fertility; ensuring quality control requirements of fertilizers, bio-fertilizers and organic fertilizers under Fertilizer Control Order, 1985; up gradation of skill and knowledge of soil testing laboratory staff, extension staff and farmers through training and demonstrations; promoting organic farming practices etc. Fertilizer Control Order, 1985; up-gradation of skill and knowledge of soil testing laboratory staff, extension staff and farmers through training and demonstrations; promoting organic farming practices etc.In the union budget of 2017, however very little heeding was paid and this scheme got subsided by the newly launched Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, and on the soil health card scheme, the finance minister just said that mini labs for soil testing will be set up in all 648 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (farm research institutes) across India. These will be run by rural entrepreneurs who will be assisted by the government.

Performance and data:

Now moving to the most important point, one should know what exactly is the condition and situation of this ill scheme now, has it been performing at par the desired and expected levels or just like many come and go attention seeking schemes, this scheme is going to be another failure of the center government.

The following bar graphs show the progress of the scheme so far in terms of no. of samples taken, tested and dispatched. Source: http://www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in/

As is evident from the above shown charts that the number of soil samples collected is astonishingly more than targeted but the real worry is about the number of samples tested, printed and dispatched. The following graph further illustrates the complete picture of exactly what is the situation statewise:

​One can easily figure out that in most of the states/UTs the number of samples tested is very less in comparison to the number of samples collected. It is more to worry about that the states which rely heavily on agriculture are worst performers. States like Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Bihar, where more than 80% of India’s food grain is produced, show worst performance when considered about the printing and dispatching of soil health cards to farmers.Here are some figures relating to comparison of number of the Soil Health Cards for the above mentioned states which were needed to be printed against the actual number which were printed in the last 2 years:

STATE Total Target of Printing and distribution (2015-16 &16-17) No. of SHC distributed upto 14-2-2017 percent progress
Uttar Pradesh 263.61 67.76 25.67
Rajasthan 127.61 28.69 22.48
Punjab 46.20 5.91 12.79
Haryana 43.61 4.41 10.10
West Bengal 71.91 16.47 22.91
Bihar 72.36 26.13 36.11
Madhya Pradesh 127.94 41.05 32.08

All figures in lakhs, Source:http://www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in/

As is evident from the above given figures that all of the above states who are major producers of crops are lagging behind when it comes to the number of SHCs prepared and distributed, one should be eager to know why this trend is there. What are the factors behind such a less number of SHCs printed and dispatched in major states. In fact, overall just 5.12 crore SHCs have been distributed against the targeted value of around 14crore with almost no time to spare now.

What are the reasons for this poor performance?

Many reasons can be there which can account for this poor performance of these major crop dependent states; notable ones are:

1.) All those states which are lagging behind in the printing and distribution of SHCs are doing so because the number of Soil Testing Laboratories (STL) is not enough in those states. Let’s have a look at the number of STLs in the states discussed about earlier. (Source: http://farmer.gov.in/stl.aspx?SCode=17&DCode=1713)

 UP:                102

Rajasthan:    29

MP:                 56

Bihar:             64

West Bengal: 15

Punjab:           79

Haryana:        60

These numbers can be compared with those showing good figures in respect to number of SHCs printed and dispatched like Tamilnadu, Uttarakhand, and Andhra Pradesh etc. One can easily find that lack of STLs is a major reason behind the delay in testing and hence distribution of SHCs.

2.) Due to many vacancies in the handful of STLs which are not filled, the work is sluggish there. Many vacancies like lab technician, testing associates haven’t been filled till now even when the project is near the deadline.

3.) States are also responsible in some cases for such poor performance, as states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal didn’t have coherence and coordination with the  policies of central government, they didn’t release ample fund for the project and hence poor facilities like lack of STLs and unfilled vacancies in labs.

4.) Lack of scrutiny and supervision is also a very important factor behind the poor functioning of STLs and lack of personnel in labs. State functionary should be made accountable to centre for all the activities and performance related data of STLs.

At last, this is another come and go policy of the government which is seeking its end very near in 2017 and still much work is pending in terms of the number of SHCs printed and dispatched. The way central government has shrugged off from its responsibilities of achieving the stated targets, it hasn’t allotted something substantial so that the figures achieved could be somewhere near those estimated. But, like other such schemes let us believe that it will also be dumped after some time. Who knows Fasal Bima Yojana is next as some other mission unveils!

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Indian avalanche in the Space with the launch of PSLV C37

ISRO has created history in the field of space research as it proudly launched PSLV C37/Cartosat-2 series satellite on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This launch is historic because of unprecedented and unmatched launch of a record 104 satellites will be there from a single rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The interesting point to take note of is that out of 104, a meagre 3 satellites belong to India and one will be stupefied to transpire that rest 101 belong to the beacons of development, the masters in the field, USA, Germany and many other nations. Earlier, ISRO has successfully launched record by launching 20 satellites at one go. The highest number of satellites launched in a single mission is 37, a record that Russia set in 2014. The US space agency NASA launched 29 from a single rocket, but 104 is too big a number to come up with.

 What are some of India’s remarkable feats in Space research? 
India is among the topmost countries in the world in the field of scientific research, positioned as one of the top five nations in the field of space exploration. The country has regularly undertaken space missions, including missions to the moon and the famed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). There is nothing to hide about the exploits of ISRO. Notable of them are :
1. 27 satellites including 11 that facilitate the communication network to the country are operational, establishing India’s progress in the space technology domain. India is likely to take a leading role in launching satellites for the SAARC nations, generating revenue by offering its space facilities for use to other countries.

2. The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C35 (PSLV-C35) has successfully placed eight different satellites in a single rocket mission, including SCATSAT-1 for weather related studies, five foreign satellites and two satellites from Indian academic institutes into orbit.

3. The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-F05 (GSLV) successfully launched India’s weather satellite INSAT-3DR into space, which will provide meteorological services and assist search and rescue operations of security agencies including all defence forces, the coast guard, and in shipping industry. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to partner with private firms to jointly build a navigation satellite that it would launch by March 2017, which would allow the space agency to free its resources to focus on research and deep space missions.

4.  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has completed its mission of developing India’s independent navigation system by launching Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS – 1G), the seventh and final navigation satellite, which will reduce the country’s dependency on US Global Positioning System.

5. India is the first Asian country to successfully place a Mars orbiter and the only country in history to do so in the first attempt. India became the fourth space agency in the world to send a spacecraft to Mars, only behind United States, Russia, and the European Union., Chandrayaan 1 in 2008

6. ISRO has demonstrated its re-entry technology and till date has launched as many as 74 foreign satellites belonging to global customers from 20 countries including US, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, U.K. All of these have been launched successfully by PSLVs so far, gaining significant expertise in space technologies. In June 2016, India set a record by launching 20 satellites simultaneously.

How did PSLV C37 come into picture?

During the 18th SAARC summit held in Nepal in 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mooted the idea of a satellite serving the needs of SAARC member nations, part of his Neighbourhood first policy. Although the satellite is intended to serve the SAARC region, Pakistan has opted out of the program,while Afghanistan and Bangladesh have not pledged their commitment.The proposed satellite enables full range of applications and services in the areas of telecommunication and broadcasting applications viz television (TV), direct-to-home (DTH), very small aperture terminals (VSATs), tele-education, tele-medicine and disaster management support. India is the only country in the SAARC that has the capability to launch and operate satellites in space.
What are some probable benefits to ISRO and India with the launch of PSLV C37 ?

1. With this launch, ISRO will be able to recover half of the total cost used for the launch of 104 satellites.

2. With the launching of commercial satellites for communication, wealth, atmospheric research etc. in space, India will be commercially benefitted.
3. Other nations cannot afford to launch those satellites and other projects in Space which conflict with those of India’s.

4. Indian scientists will be invited and included in to research projects all over the world.

5. India will hold a place of strategic importance in space.
6. Importance of ISRO will supercede Chinese Space organisation.
7. Last but not the least, ISRO will gain supremacy in Asia and the World in the field of space research and advancements.

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Cruelty with animals under the umbrella of tradition.

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated – Mahatma Gandhi

Surely, we respect Mahatma Gandhi but not what he respected. People who do not show gratitude towards animals will soon turn the whole nation in an abattoir where the whole civilization will be slaughtered just because our culture and tradition will remain eternal excuse for us.

In the backdrop of animal cruelty in India in the most visible forms, under the lights of Jallikattu, bullock cart races, cockfights etc., India can altogether be witnessed as the worst habitat for animal and bird species. Right after the first ban on Jallikattu and bullock cart races imposed in 2006 in the form of a judgment of the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, a flood of similar cases has arrived both in the high courts and the apex court. Every such case culminates with a glaring tussle between the law and so called tradition.

Jallikattu case is no exception. Right from 2006 to 2017 and continuing, more than 10 years have passed away and despite of repeated denials by the Hon’ble Supreme court, the centre and Tamil Nadu state government have succeeded in putting up a great companionship in using the backdoor of ordinance way to make the conduction of Jallikattu possible in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India. Though temporary, this great show of friendship shows how much ‘Supreme’ is the Supreme Court and how much our government acknowledges its decisions. In 2014, in a revolutionary decision taken by the Supreme court in the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) vs A Nagaraja case, the Supreme court banned Jallikattu in India citing the following reasons:

The court, based on extensive documentary evidence provided by the Animal Welfare Board of India, concluded that jallikattu, during the conduct of which the bull is forced to do something that is not part of its innate nature, was “inherently cruel”. The evidence provided showed how the animal was tortured just before it leaped out of the “Vaadi Vaasal”, the entrance of the jallikattu arena where hundreds of men stand to jump on the bull and hold its hump. The bulls were fed alcohol, chili powder was rubbed into their genitals and they were constantly poked with sharp weapons. This forces the bull to “take flight [leap out and run]”, which in nature happens only when it is extremely agitated.

Jallikattu is also “unnecessary suffering”, as against killing an animal for meat which is an essential act.

The Supreme Court also refused to accept that jallikattu was Tamil tradition.

“Even the ancient culture and tradition do not support the conduct of Jallikattu or Bullock cart race, in the form in which they are being conducted at present. Welfare and the well-being of the bull is Tamil culture and tradition, they do not approve of infliction of any pain or suffering on the bulls, on the other hand, Tamil tradition and culture are to worship the bull and the bull is always considered as the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Yeru Thazhuvu, in Tamil tradition, is to embrace bulls and not over-powering the bull, to show human bravery. Jallikattu means, silver or gold coins tied to the bulls horns and in olden days those who get at the money to the bulls horns would marry the daughter of the owner. Jallikattu or the bullock cart race, as practiced now, has never been the tradition or culture of Tamil Nadu.”  

 

Any custom or usage irrespective of even any proof of their existence in pre-constitutional days cannot be countenanced as a source of law to claim any rights when it is found to violate human rights, dignity, social equality and the specific mandate of the Constitution and law made by Parliament.”

Jallikattu is dangerous not only to bulls but also to humans participants and spectators sustained serious injuries at all three jallikattu events. A total of 58 participants and 56 spectators were injured in the three jallikattu events. One police constable was also injured in Avaniapuram.

Bull is a calm and placid animal which does not agitate until being hurt or provoked. How it can happen that as soon as doors of vaadi vaasal are opened, the bull drives into the frenzy of pain and fear and run amok. Proofs and evidences have been provided by PETA and AWBI in form of videos and pictures from the jallikattu event taking place in various parts of Tamil Nadu which aggravates the severity of cruelty. This brutality has claimed the lives of more than 40 bulls till now as per the figures provided by AWBI. In 80% of the cases, more than 3/4th of the outer pinna of the bulls was cut apart in order to facilitate hearing of noise coming from the back of the animal, which causes plethora of pain to mute animals. Which of these practices is coherent with the five freedoms for animals as provided by the Supreme Court on 7th may 2014?

i)  Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition;

ii) Freedom from fear and distress;

iii) Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort;

iv) Freedom from pain, injury and disease; and

v) Freedom to express normal patterns of behavior.

The Prevention of Cruelty on Animals (PCA) Act has been a toy for the government; it amends it depending on its mood and most importantly, depending on elections. In 2011, UPA-2 government banned the use of bulls as performing animals, but in order to win both hearts and votes of people in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections 2016, NDA government amended 2011 notification, allowing jallikattu and bullock kart races across Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat with specific conditions about which no one cares. The recent ordinance by the state of Tamil Nadu which was passed with the support of central government shows how sensitive the government is for the sake of safety of animals.

Certain challenges have come in the way of banning jallikattu. The hardships which will be faced by the ones who nurture bulls for this event should be clearly addressed and compensated by the government, also the government should put efforts in order to preserve bulls as in case jallikattu is banned, no one will be there to nurture bulls that could lead to their extinction. Bulls play extremely vital role in producing offspring and without their presence, government will have to import bull semen from other countries as it has previously done in Gujarat.

Cruelty offsprings from weakness. Let us wish people would soon realize that animals are totally dependent on us, helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us. Animals have no voice of their own, so we have to be that voice.

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Bhakts or haters, who will win

From last two years, people in the country can clearly be seen divided either in extreme favour or against PM Narendra Modi. Their talks and thoughts have become Modi centric. India now witnesses division of people on the basis of ‘Modi Bhakts’ or ‘Modi haters’. These two classes are brand new and irritating too! The most interesting fact is that even in a family too, this discrimination is clearly evident. People of any family are divided when it comes to Modi and that is producing an altogether different picture of Indian society. There arise some very crucial questions which need to be answered.

Who are Bhakts and haters?

‘Bhakts’ as they are said notoriously, are the ones who are believed to be the blind supporters of PM Modi. They are supposed to accept and support each and everything Modi or BJP says and every policy/law formulated by Modi government seems to be a ‘shloka’ from Gita to them. They declare every policy of Modi government incorrigible without careful and unbiased examination just because it is formulated by their almighty. They do not spare any platform to celebrate any successful or unsuccessful policy of the Modi government, appreciate any step taken by government, they trend right from twitter to facebook to roads and are sometimes nasty to handle.

On the other hand, haters are the part of that herd of people who refer to themselves as ‘intellectuals’. They seem to be the only ones who want to save mother India from the wicked assaults of monster Modi. Alike bhakts they also can be seen anywhere, be it facebook or twitter, to overtly oppose any policy of Modi government, that too not by unbiased critical examination but just because of their personal hate or disguise they share with Modi. These haters face constant atrocities and altercations with bhakts in a futile battle to prove Modi right or wrong.

Why this trend has got a buzz?

The trend of hate or blind faith in the prime leader of the country is not very new, in fact, in the backdrop, other leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and others also had to face this contrast from masses but now due to the advent of social media platforms, people feel free to express anything and everything which strikes their mind and almost eleven crore Indian population can react to it(this is the number of Indians active on social media platforms), making social media a hot site for both Bhakts and haters. Moreover, besides social media, the extremism is served by political parties and their activists themselves. They trap many innocent people in bait of penny and on their behalf spread whatever is in favour of their respective parties. Many instances of paid news, tweets and posts on social media could be noticed and a sniff of support by political parties is evident of the fact that it is political parties and their leaders behind the curtains who are happy go lucky with the extremism going on in the country.

In search of other probable reasons, we cannot ignore the fact that after an eternally long time, finally people have got a PM to talk about. His precedent, who reigned for ten boring years was actually not enticing to people because he did not talk too much, neither he boasted too much, moreover he was inarticulate and lacked independency as complained by people. Modi has got every feature which titillates bhakts and at the same time is repugnant to haters. He is the most verbose leader world has ever seen which arises the feeling of extremism in people. One more reason which cannot be overlooked is that after thirty long years, any political party was able to clinch full majority on its own, that too not because party leaders had improved dramatically, but because of its PM candidate. So it is obvious that the huge support behind him was provided by bhakts and that support is astir even today. It seems like the ‘bhakti’ and hate is going to continue at least till 2019.

What comprises of Bhakts and haters?

Actually, Bhakts and haters are new evolution but their gestation goes back to the time when Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, his stint as Gujarat CM for twelve and a half years has shown his capabilities as a leader and the development that has allegedly taken place in Gujarat in those years has attracted many ones. Those supporters in these years have grown more violent, more supportive than ever and after his aggressive campaign in 2014, many have transformed from supporters to bhakts. These bhakts includes activists of BJP, hard core supporters of Modi, haters of congress and Rahul Gandhi, also the ones who live in dreams are Bhakts!

Talking about haters many people who think that the defaced side of Gujarat at the time when Modi was CM has not been properly shown, those who still cannot recover from 2002 riots and think they happened because of Modi, those who think Modi is a dictator, supporters of political parties other than BJP and specially supporters of Aam Admi Party have reserved their seats in hater’s quota.

Nowadays, many eminent personalities, many film stars and prize winners have supported or rejected Modi because of his strict and bitter decisions; they have accused him of being affected with overconfidence and ignorance of others.

Keeping religion as a point of view in mind, Hindus have particularly supported Modi more than people belonging to any other religion and they are the ones who have much hastily transformed in bhakts, other minorities and Muslims in particular have turned their back to Modi because they have conception in their minds that Modi cares more about Hindus in particular. Earlier they opposed Modi but they are haters now.

Should one be either Bhakt or hater?

Bhakts and haters show intense feelings and they are emotionally driven. They are full of emotions, not thoughts while they discuss any policy of Modi government. They support and oppose any policy by government just because Modi is included in it, not on its merit. Amidst of this entire tumultuous contest, they have forgotten their nation. They have forgotten that nation is greater and more important than a person. They listen to any policy, any decision by the government with biased perception. People have lost rational arguments and are just finding ways of how to make their opponents run out of words. They are chuffed with verbal victories, not logical one. They have become aggressive, lost their modesty which has affected their thinking and critical analysis of any policy of government. Moreover they have become intolerant of any other’s views and are not ready to even listen to others. They use word play, vulgar and every other thing they must not do. People should understand that leaders will come and go, parties will win and lose but the nation is a constant entity.

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Politics over suicide, the last thing expected.

Disappointment for ex-servicemen again, as a serious issue has been dumped in the politicsbin of India once again, thanks to some really responsible political leaders of India.

In a heartbreaking event which took place on 2 November 2016, Ram Kishan Grewal, ex-serviceman of Indian Army committed suicide, the reason for the same is not clear but a plethora of conjectures about the galore of  probable  reasons have fired up.

Seeing his profile of ex serviceman, political parties and their serpent leaders came out of their bills to spill the poison of hate and disgrace in the hearts of ex-servicemen for Modi Government. Here is a tweet by the ‘everything’ of Congress, Rahul Gandhi

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Being an informed citizen one will be aghast, taken aback with astonishment that Rahul Gandhi has said that. Still confused about what I am talking of! Please have a look at some very ‘responsible’ steps treaded forward by Congress, same Congress whose Vice President is none other than Rahul Gandhi, here are some steps taken by the Congress and their leaders:

1973: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi terminated OROP for veterans in an ex-prate decision, the legal definition of which implies that it was taken to favour only one party.

1986: Indira Gandhi’s son and Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, in another move, had implemented rank pay for army officers. However, the section disapproved it as it affected their basic pay and designation.

2002: Congress President Sonia Gandhi had advocated the OROP demand at a rally in Chandigarh. However, despite being in power for the next 12 years, the Congress dilly-dallied on the implementation of the scheme.

2004:  The Congress, in its manifesto, had mentioned that the issue of OROP will be scrutinized and a solution will be obtained. As a part of the UPA I and the UPA II government, the Congress could not implement their manifesto promise. Keeping this in mind, Rahul Gandhi cannot question the Modi government over the non-implementation of OROP using the “election manifesto” argument.

2008: Following resent, the UPA government replaced rank pay with apex OROP, which proved to be a further setback for the veterans. Also, in a written reply to Kalraj Mishra, the then Defence Minister AK Antony had said that the Government has not found Ex-Servicemen’s demand for OROP as acceptable.
2011: The Bhagat Singh Koshyari committee submitted a report to the UPA government on OROP. But the UPA government had said that there were ‘administrative, financial and legal complications in implementation of the OROP scheme.’

2012: The UPA government approved OROP but declared that it will not set aside Rs 2,300 Crore.

2014: OROP however, was not implemented while the UPA allocated only Rs 500 crore in its last budget. Last year, Rahul Gandhi had claimed that the NDA Government was blocking the provisions which the-then UPA Government had made for the implementation of OROP

(Source: http://www.timesnow.tv/india/article/what-has-congress-done-for-one-rank-one-pension/51370)

It may be noted that the veterans were receiving Orop until 1971, the year when the Indira Gandhi government cut down military pension from 70 percent of the last pay drawn to 50 percent of the last pay drawn and increased – simultaneously – the pension of the civil servants from 30 percent of the last pay to 50 percent.
It is obvious that the UPA government made a half-hearted attempt to woo the veterans, that too just on the eve of the 2014 elections. Otherwise, how can one explain the Manmohan Singh government’s calculation that the Orop would cost between Rs 1,000 to 1600 crore? Therefore, it is sheer dishonesty when Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony say that it is “we who accepted the principle of Orop and NDA is only implementing it.”

One should ask  Rahul Gandhi where he was when all this happened, he could have said something against the actions UPA government was taking which added to ex-servicemen’s agonies, but his silence prevailed which shows how much he cares about them.The same Rahul Gandhi who blamed Govt. for Khoon ki Dalali” is now doing ” Politics over suicide”.

Now, talking about the one who loves to intrude in almost any issue whether he knows something about it or not, Arvind Kejriwal also jumps in the battle as he did what he does most of the time, he talks about the failures of Modi Govt. Why the hell on earth he is following what Congress use to do? Can’t he see that only criticism and doing nothing has slumped Congress from zenith to nadir.

Why not Delhi govt. do something more than just dispensing off one crore rupees to the deceased ex-army man and honoring him with Shaheed title? Why can’t they launch a programme on their own which is aimed at securing future of ex-army men, at least for those belonging to Delhi. They can provide them jobs, free schooling to their kids, free health care for their families etc. which will really show how eager they are to give everyone what they deserve as tweeted by Arvind Kejriwal:

Now, talking about the actions and reactions of Govt. on this disappointing incidence, Govt. is not ready to accept it was their fault, as it is constantly reiterating that it was a mistake committed by SBI Bhivani branch in calculating the income of deceased.

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Ministry sources said

Grewal had received a lesser amount as part of the One Rank-One Pension scheme under the 6th pay commission due to an error in calculation by the SBI bank branch in Bhiwani district of Haryana

The other reasons might also pop up, but the opportunist politicians of India, the seasonal ones have misused and exploited the issue for their own interest.

According to Govt., Grewal was a beneficiary of OROP according to 6th pay commission. Now, having a look at what Manohar Parrikar, the Defence Minister tweeted:

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This is really a welcome step taken by the government, but whatever government is spending should reach the needy ones otherwise the protest will carry on and on…

Summing up, everyone is blaming everyone and nobody is thinking for ex-servicemen. All of them are just enjoying their cup of tea. No one is doing anything on his own, but just blaming others. This has now become the very nature of Indian politics, a very sad picture!

India boycotting Chinese goods: Doing more harm than good!

Anywhere you go in India nowadays, you will catch people vociferously chanting for boycotting Chinese goods in India. This is a common site in India in the aftermath of the vicious Uri attacks which took place in September. Actually India has alleged Pakistani army to feed terrorists in terms of training and ammunitions.

 Now many people will end up thanking what China has to do with all this?

Actually China has been supporting Pakistan in terms of budget and weapons, moreover in the UN too China wielded its veto power to put stymies over India’s efforts in banning Masood Azhar, one of the most wanted terrorist for India and all over the world! This actually has outraged masses in India and suddenly a wave of patriotism has swayed. The so called “nation lovers” are appealing to the people all over India not to buy any Chinese product.

For any Indian, this should be a welcome step BUT we have to contemplate on the other face of coin too!

Its festive season in India with Diwali festival at the doorsteps, leading to a boom in the market. The market of idols, LED lights, firecrackers, electronics and many other commodities. All of these are actually  imported from China at a mass level. The real picture is that Indian sellers have bought these commodities from China two-three months ago and now that China has been fully paid with the amount, Indians boycotting their goods will have no real impact on their GDP. But the issue is that it will have a resounding impact on Indian sellers and GDP of India. 

Indians are in a wave of patriotism after the attacks and this wave has overtaken the real sense behind boycotting Chinese goods. Rather than afflicting Chinese GDP and economic growth it will have an adverse impact on Indian market and GDP.

 One more issue with Indians is that they can’t buy the same commodity at higher prices than what they used to buy at comparatively very lower price. As the goods will be made in India, they will be costlier than Chinese goods as India still doesn’t have the required industrial advancement as does China.

So, instead of being blind patriots, Indians should keep calm and give a heeding on this face of coin too!

Will Boycotting Pak Artists Solve the Problem?

Either they should leave on their own or we will behead them after 48 hours.


MNS chief said after notorious URI attacks. This cautious message to Pakistani artists was pervasive by nature and in the next 24 hours it was one of the trending topics for the day on Twitter. Debates ran wild like fire as if it is the first time that they have appealed to boycott Pak Artists. Politicians got a new subject to sway the attention of public from the failure of Govt. to an all time inviting debate issue of #Boycotting Pakistani artists. Public got something new to discuss. News channels begun to celebrate their Diwali by inviting a whole repertoire of columnists, artists, politicians, film stars, army personnels and so called “sensitive people”. Whatsapp was loaded with chunks of patriotic pieces of writing where Boycotting China was also taken along by some “Prop Patriots”. All the media irrespective of its type was loaded with what film stars had to say and then some really shameful messages and statements emanated on the way.

The real question is still erect “Should we Boycott Pakistani artists or not”. “As I am a true Indian”as they say I was also hurt like any other Indian at the dawn of the URI attacks and was shaken from inside.

When the “Boycott” news aired, my reaction to it was WHY??! Why the hell are the artists thrown out of the country?

But after watching and reading some very thoughtful debates along with a lot of input from my mind I changed my views. Today I am in favour of #Boycotting Pakistani artists and following points stand with me:

1. When attacks in Paris and Peshawar took place, Pak Artists condemned the attacks but what had happened in the case of URI(INDIA). Was it not a big affair constantly pointing at the gestation of terror? Were the Indian soldiers who were killed in the attacks not someone like those killed in Paris or Peshawar? Or a group of “Good terrorists” killed them?

2. If we are really mad after the art of Pakistani Artists then can’t we witness it on YouTube which is available for everyone?

3. First we are Indians then art admirers. If at one side soldiers demand one tone and solidarity that has to be shown by #Boycotting Pak Artists we should put a deaf ear to other side constantly pestering us to admire their art.

4. Artists are human beings first, they are followed by Galore of people and they should talk on these issues and put their views forward so that a strong message is circulated within their followers 

I am afraid that Pakistani artists have failed in doing so, for this reason as Indians from heart we first should think about our country and brave soldiers who are there on the border unaware whether they will be able to see the tomorrow’s sun. Art can be admired thereafter also.

#Country Comes First

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