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On the surface this might look like yet another case of gang-rape.  Another minor assaulted by a bunch of pervert criminals.
But is there is a silver lining? Let’s first get the news.

Mother Takes Son to Police for Allegedly Raping Minor

All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: September 06, 2014 15:33 IST

CANNING, WEST BENGAL: A young bus conductor from West Bengal was arrested by the police for allegedly raping a minor girl near a school after his mother complained to the police.

Ainur Bibi lodged a complaint against her son Najir Seikh at the Diamond Harbour police station in the South 24-Parganas district after rescuing the seven-year-old girl yesterday, a senior police official said.

According to the police, Ainur Bibi came to know about the incident after Nazir talked about it after returning home in a drunk state.

Najir and three others had allegedly raped the Class 1 student when she had gone outside the school to urinate as the school toilet was closed. She was left unconscious near a bush.

“After hearing about the incident, Ainur Bibi rushed to rescue the girl. She took the girl to Diamond Harbour hospital and then lodged a complaint against her son with the police,” the official said.

The family members of the girl were unaware of the incident when Ainur Bibi took the girl to the hospital and later reached the police station.

How significant is this whole incidence?

First it re-emphasizes the need for toilet facilities in school, especially for girl students.

Besides being a major cause of girl student‘s drop out from schools, lack of the privacy of a toilet has forced a vast section of our women population to continue this undignified practice, increasing their vulnerability to sexual predators

Just the other day, on an ‘uncharacteristic’ use of the Independence Day speech platform, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi dared to touch on such unglamorous topics as female feticide, dignity and security of women and challenged the government and corporate world to rise to the occasion and do the minimum to provide toilets in all school within the time frame of one year, specially keeping the girl students in mind.

As an extension, a goal has been set for every house to have toilet & safe drinking water facility by 2019.

Secondly, this incidence opens our eyes to the appeal that the Prime Minister made to all parents. “Parents ask their daughters hundreds of questions, but have any parents ever dared to ask their son as to where he is going, why he is going out, who his friends are. After all, a rapist is also somebody’s son … .. if every parent decides to impose as many restrictions on the sons as have been imposed on our daughters – try to do this with your sons, try to ask such questions of them.”

How better can a mother respond to such a clarion call than what Ainur Bibi did?

How can one judge her as a mother? Can we criticize her for failing to protect and shield her son from the law? Or should be salute her for having the courage to try to bring her son back to the right path, to educate and make him more humane?

Thirdly, is this a kind of news that should be spread as an example? Should this lady be felicitated? Should her story be allowed to reach each and every home in the country? Should the media promote it with an equal vigor of a Shah Rukh movie or a comparable glory of a Sachin Tendulker century?

Dr A. P.J. Kalam, our president reportedly, once lamented, “Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?”

Should our media, busy is raising issues and criticizing, alleged often with obvious bias and vested interest, for once, rise to the occasion and take the responsibility and challenge to make Ainur Bibi a household name so that more and more parents take a renewed interest in building the life of their children and in the process, build the nation, one person at a time.

May be then we can hope for a modified India, in not so far a future.
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Finally a tiny piece of ‘objective’ news as a consolation for justice to Hindus. 

BUT, imagine what the coverage would have been if it was seven Hindus convicted for the murder of a Christian pastor …….. 

Seven convicted for Laxmanananda murder of 2008

IANS Sep 30, 2013, 10.33PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: A court in Odisha Monday held seven people guilty of the murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his aides in Kandhamal district of Odisha in 2008, a lawyer said Monday.

Special additional district session Judge R.K. Tose pronounced the verdict in his court at Phulbani, the headquarters of Kandhamal district, about 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, prosecution lawyer Bhagaban Mohanty told IANS.

 The quantum of sentence would be pronounced Oct 3, he said.

Those convicted were Duryodhan Suna Majhi, Munda Bada Majhi, Sanatan Bada Majhi, Garnatha Chalanseth, Bijay Kumar Samseth, Bhaskar Suna Majhi and Budhadev Nayak.

The convicts were part of a mob of about 50 people who had attacked the swami and his aides, the lawyer said.

All of the convicts are Christians and they had committed the crime because according to them the swami was forcing Christians to convert to Hinduism, the lawyer said.

Two of the men were convicted under the Indian Arms Act, 1959, for possession of illegal guns, the lawyer said. “The judge convicted them purely on the basis of circumstantial evidence and the deposition of witnesses,” said lawyer Mohanty.

Saraswati and four of his aides were killed at his ashram at Jaleshpata in Kandhamal district Aug 23, 2008. The killing triggered communal violence in the state, in which at least 38 people were killed.

More than 25,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes after their houses were attacked by rampaging mobs, who held Christians responsible for the murders. Police, however, blamed the murders on the Maoists.

Police arrested seven people and filed a charge sheet against them in January 2009.

The crime branch subsequently arrested two more people, including Maoist leader Polari Rama Rao. It also filed a supplementary charge sheet in 2011 against them and five others, including Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who are still absconding.

The court is scheduled to pronounce its judgment on the second charge sheet Tuesday.

The BJP welcomed the decision.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashok Sahu said: “We welcome the court’s verdict. The investigation should continue till all the conspirators are nabbed.”

“A criminal has to be punished whichever religion he belongs to. The moment he commits a crime he loses his religion,” Orissa Minority Forum president Swarupananda Patra told IANS.

Despite all efforts of whitewashing the contribution of India to world civilization by the modern ‘western’ world, truth has its way of being unravelled.

Centuries of efforts have failed miserably to establish the Aryan invasion theory and Aryan migration theory and that has shattered other assumptions related to the of Indo-European languages. Stephen Oppenheimer has elegantly depicted the migration of human race from Africa to India and beyond in Journey of mankind

It is now genetically proven that Australian aborigines migrated from India 4000 yrs ago and the Romani people (Roma, Europe’s largest minorities of 11 million people) migrated from India to Europe 1500 yrs ago.

 

American cows have Indian origins, scientists find.

 

Subodh Varma, TNN Mar 26, 2013, 03.06PM IST, NEW DELHI.

Some famous cow breeds of the Americas, including the iconic Texas Longhorn, have descended from Indian ancestors, a new genetic study reveals.

Indian cows traveled to East Africa, then mixed with local cattle populations up to the North African coast. From there they were picked up and continued to intermingle with Spanish cattle. In 1493, Christopher Columbus took these Indian variants to the Caribbean on his second voyage. Then they spread to Mexico and Texas. The study by scientists of the universities of Texas (Austin) and Missouri (Columbia) was published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week.

This bizarre journey of the Indian cow’s genes is a reflection of human migration as cows have practically coexisted with human society. Cows were domesticated around 10,000 years ago in two regions – Turkey and India – from a wild species called aurochs which were up to two times larger than current bovines. These are respectively called the taurine and indicine types of cows. Aurochs were hunted to extinction by 1627.

It was generally assumed that North American cattle were descendants of European cattle brought by settlers. However, certain varieties of cattle like the Texas Longhorn showed distinctive characteristics like being immune to certain ticks (parasitic insects), and quite capable of withstanding tough drought like conditions. Obviously, there was more to their ancient past than met the eye.

To understand and unravel the origins of American cattle breeds, the scientists analyzed the genetic lineage of three cattle descended from the New World cows: Texas longhorn, Mexican Corriente and Romosinuano cattle from Colombia, and compared them with 55 other cattle breeds.

They found that changes in genetic sequences found in the three New World cows were very similar to the ones in Indian breeds. Collating historical records, the researchers have suggested that these imported cattle survived in wild herds in their new home for another 450 years. This period, covering about 80 to 200 generations would offer an opportunity for natural selection, that is, survival of the characteristics that are better suited to the new environment, at the cost of unsuited characteristics.

There have been later ‘imports’ of the Indian breeds in the Americas, the researchers admit. They were introduced to North America via Jamaica by the 1860s. In the mid-1900s, Indian cattle were imported into Brazil, and now there are “naturalized” Brazilian indicine (Nelore) and indicine/taurine hybrid (Canchim) breeds.

India has the largest cattle population in the world, numbering nearly 300 million heads, followed by Brazil, China and US. 

Indians, Hindus, Bengalees and specially Kolkatans are highly sensitive about Mother Teresa, proudly claiming her as one of the Nobel Laureates “from Kolkata”.  

After her death, the ‘secular’ Government of India, had decided to break out of protocol and observe state mourning all over the country and accord her state funeral status, an honor normally reserved for India’s highest political leaders.

But few are aware of the other side of the mother ……..

 

Mother Teresa’s altruism and generosity claimed to be a ‘myth’

Washington, Mar 2 (ANI): The myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa has been dispelled by a group of researchers, who claim that her hallowed image-which does not stand up to analysis of the facts-was constructed, and that her beatification was orchestrated by an effective media relations campaign.

Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal’s Department of Psychoeducation and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education have made the claims.

“While looking for documentation on the phenomenon of altruism for a seminar on ethics, one of us stumbled upon the life and work of one of Catholic Church’s most celebrated woman and now part of our collective imagination-Mother Teresa-whose real name was Agnes Gonxha,” Professor Larivee, who led the research said.

“The description was so ecstatic that it piqued our curiosity and pushed us to research further,” Larivee said.

As a result, the three researchers collected 502 documents on the life and work of Mother Teresa.

After eliminating 195 duplicates, they consulted 287 documents to conduct their analysis, representing 96 percent of the literature on the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity (OMC). Facts debunk the myth of Mother Teresa.

In their article, Larivee and his colleagues also cite a number of problems not take into account by the Vatican in Mother Teresa’s beatification process, such as “her rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception, and divorce.

At the time of her death, Mother Teresa had opened 517 missions welcoming the poor and sick in more than 100 countries.

The missions have been described as “homes for the dying” by doctors visiting several of these establishments in Calcutta.

Two-thirds of the people coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, while the other third lay dying without receiving appropriate care.

The doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers.

The problem is not a lack of money-the Foundation created by Mother Teresa has raised hundreds of millions of dollars-but rather a particular conception of suffering and death.

“There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” was her reply to criticism, cites the journalist Christopher Hitchens.

Nevertheless, when Mother Teresa required palliative care, she received it in a modern American hospital.

Mother Teresa was generous with her prayers but rather miserly with her foundation’s millions when it came to humanity’s suffering.

During numerous floods in India or following the explosion of a pesticide plant in Bhopal, she offered numerous prayers and medallions of the Virgin Mary but no direct or monetary aid, the researchers said.

On the other hand, she had no qualms about accepting the Legion of Honour and a grant from the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti.

Millions of dollars were transferred to the MCO’s various bank accounts, but most of the accounts were kept secret, Larivee said.

“Given the parsimonious management of Mother Theresa’s works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?” Larivee said.

Despite these disturbing facts, how did Mother Teresa succeed in building an image of holiness and infinite goodness? According to the three researchers, her meeting in London in 1968 with the BBC’s Malcom Muggeridge, an anti-abortion journalist who shared her right-wing Catholic values, was crucial.

Muggeridge decided to promote Teresa, who consequently discovered the power of mass media.

In 1969, he made a eulogistic film of the missionary, promoting her by attributing to her the “first photographic miracle,” when it should have been attributed to the new film stock being marketed by Kodak.

Afterwards, Mother Teresa travelled throughout the world and received numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

In her acceptance speech, on the subject of Bosnian women who were raped by Serbs and now sought abortion, she said: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing-direct murder by the mother herself.”

Following her death, the Vatican decided to waive the usual five-year waiting period to open the beatification process.

The miracle attributed to Mother Theresa was the healing of a woman, Monica Besra, who had been suffering from intense abdominal pain.

The woman testified that she was cured after a medallion blessed by Mother Theresa was placed on her abdomen.

Her doctors thought otherwise: the ovarian cyst and the tuberculosis from which she suffered were healed by the drugs they had given her.

The Vatican, nevertheless, concluded that it was a miracle. Mother Teresa’s popularity was such that she had become untouchable for the population, which had already declared her a saint.

“What could be better than beatification followed by canonization of this model to revitalize the Church and inspire the faithful especially at a time when churches are empty and the Roman authority is in decline?” Larivee and his colleagues said.

Despite Mother Teresa’s dubious way of caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering instead of relieving it, Serge Larivee and his colleagues point out the positive effect of the Mother Teresa myth.

“If the extraordinary image of Mother Teresa conveyed in the collective imagination has encouraged humanitarian initiatives that are genuinely engaged with those crushed by poverty, we can only rejoice. It is likely that she has inspired many humanitarian workers whose actions have truly relieved the suffering of the destitute and addressed the causes of poverty and isolation without being extolled by the media. Nevertheless, the media coverage of Mother Theresa could have been a little more rigorous,” they said.

The research is set to be published in the journal Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses. (ANI)

 

One can further enlighten oneself from

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Mother_Teresa
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Missionary_Position

 ………. Christopher Hitchens details Mother Teresa’s relationships with wealthy and corrupt individuals including Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and his wife Michèle Duvalier, enigmatic quasi-religious figure John-Roger, and disgraced former financial executive Charles Keating.

Hitchens argues that her support for unscrupulous figures contradicts the alleged humanitarianism of her work

Charles Keating 

The book includes the reproduction of a letter written by Mother Teresa on behalf of Charles Keating to Judge Lance Ito who was presiding over Keating’s trial for defrauding his investors of billions of dollars. The letter urged the judge to consider the fact that Keating had donated generously ($1.25 million) to the Missionaries of Charity and suggested that Judge Ito “look into [his] heart” and “do what Jesus would do.”

Hitchens also includes the contents of a letter written to Mother Teresa by the man prosecuting the case against Keating, Deputy District Attorney for Los Angelos, Paul Turley. In the letter, Mr. Turley pointed out to Mother Teresa that Keating was on trial for stealing more than $250 million from over 17,000 investors in his business. In addition, Turley expresses his opinion that “[n]o church, no charity, no organization should allow itself to be used as a salve for the conscience of the criminal” and suggests:

Ask yourself what Jeses would do if he were given the fruits of a crime; what Jesus would do if he were in possession of money that had been stolen; what Jesus would do if he were being exploited by a thief to ease his conscience? I submit that Jesus would promptly and unhesitatingly return the stolen property to its rightful owners. You should do the same. You have been given money by Mr. Keating that he has been convicted of stealing by fraud. Do not permit him the ‘indulgences’ he desires. Do not keep the money. Return it to those who worked for it and earned it! If you contact me I will put you in direct contact with the rightful owners of the property now in your possession.” 

After the conclusion of the letter, Hitchens notes: “Mr. Turley has received no reply to his letter. Nor can anyone account for the missing moneysaints, it seems, are immune to audit.”

Pure Modi Magic! 

Psuedo -seculars must be grunting and sulking!

But the truth is even Muslims are tired of vote-bank politics and are embracing Modi brand of development politics!

Time to throw out the likes of Mamata, Mulayam, Nitish, Lallu and the Nehru-Gandhi clan lead Congress brigade.

Modi-vate the people to Modi-fy the nation.

Jai Hind!

 

Modi sweep: Muslim majority town elects all BJP candidates

 

 Ahmedabad, Feb 12: It was a straight fight and the BJP created history by winning all 27 seats of town municipality in Salaya, a Muslim-majority town in Dwarka district. Salaya is know for its mega power project and now it will be known for giving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi another triumph in the development agenda.

Among BJP’s 27 candidates, 24 were Muslims while remaining three were Hindus including one Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidate.

The BJP’s sweep in a township comprising 90 percent Muslims will take wind of many pseudo-secular elements. Of the 27 seats spread over nine wards, BJP candidates won unopposed on four seats in state municipal elections. Voting for remaining 23 seats took place on Sunday (10th February) with Congress in straight fight with BJP. The Congress party candidates even lost deposit on three seats.

Salaya has been enjoying fruits of development with Essar Energy’s integrated energyc company establishing a power unit to generate 1200 mw. Salaya I is Essar Energy’s first coal fired power project and has been built at a total investment cost of US$1.1 billion. Most of the power produced will be sold to the Gujarat state electricity utility, GUVNL, under a long term contract. When all the units are commissioned, the project is expected to generate nearly 2000 mw power.

Salaya will also be getting a world-class marine infrastructure project with a state-of-the-art material handling facility. The bulk handling port will be capable of handling 20 MMTPA of cargo. The jetty is located in the Salaya Harbour, which is naturally protected by two islands – Kalubhar Tapu and Dhani Be.

Essar has been conducting various projects under its social development initiative in Salaya. To empower the local women, Essar Foundation runs a stitching centre in Salaya. The Foundation is supporting the stitching center by providing skills and creating new business opportunities. This will also provide the associated families with an alternative source of income, by establishing market linkages.

The stitching center at Salaya initially started as a small community program by the local Wagher Muslim Community Jamat, with the idea to provide skill development to the women without them having to leave their houses.

The center is also imparting the women several life skills such as basic literacy, personality development, accounts and business entrepreneurship.

OneIndia News

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, (aka, Mamata Bano) has done it again.

In order to please her minority vote bank, who helped her gain power, she is exploring new avenues in areas that no one else had imagined before. After doling out special salaries for Imams and muezzins  from  the ‘secular’ government fund, she now announces a hospital, specifically  for minorities only (Wonder whether a external genitalia examination to ascertain religion, would be a prerequisite for an admission for a heart attack or stroke ).

The people who should care, the Hindu Bengali bhadraloks and intellectuals, are least concerned. The politicians / oppositions are mumbled in their protest, in fear of squandering even the minute fraction of muslim vote that they are blessed with. The West Bengal media, as is true in most places in India, has long had the undeclared tradition of not speaking against minority interest, in order to keep the torch of secularism burning.

One dreads to comtemplate the day when Muslim population in West Bengal will attain that critical mass (they are already majority in several districts) where they can dictate terms again. If history is to be believed, the day is not far off when Hindus of West Bengal will travel the path of Kashmir or Assam (as in recent times). They have already forgotten the atrocities of Direct Action Day or the Noakhali massacres. The whole history of the partition of Bengal or the dwindling Hindu population of Bangladesh, before or after independence, does not bother them. They have acquired this immense ability to forgive and forget, to bury their head in sand and believe that the world around is glorious.

What the Congress and Left front have done before and what Mamata Banerjee-lead Trinomool Congress is doing now is accelerating the process to a stage beyond retrieval.

(for those who can read Bengali – get the full news at http://www.anandabazar.com/archive/1120828/28swasth1.html)

Poor Shahid Siddiqui!  He thought he was doing a good job, hiding under cover of a journalist. At no point did his interview seem to facilitate Narendra Modi’s defense. In fact, every attempt was made to put Modi in uncomfortable position with dubious questions, tirelessly repeating the media created lies, most of which have already been evaluated extensively and put to rest by the Supreme court appointed SIT in recent past.

Mr Siddiqui must have thought that accolades must be on its way for putting Modi on the dissection table for the nth time. Alas!  That was not to be. He did not expect Modi to turn the table, stand his ground  and reiterate with further conviction, that what he had always stood for, despite the decade old heaps of lies and accusations. 

So now Mr Siddiqui finds himself thrown out of his party and isolated from the same folks from whom he perhaps expected the most approval. Certainly he himself cannot be blamed like the Deoband Chief Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, who had to be removed from his post for his “non-secular” comments on Modi.

The pseudo seculars are alarmed and growing intolerant everyday. They wanted a gladiator’s fight – you either kill your enemy in the arena or we will kill you! 

The question is what does the Muslim population in general think.

Is it time to disown these pseudo-secular leaders and parties?

 

 

SP Disowns Shahid Siddiqui for Interview With Modi

PTI, Lucknow, July 28, 2012
 
The Samajwadi Party today distanced itself from Shahid Siddiqui, saying he is no longer a part of the party two days after his interview with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi made waves.”The party wants to clarify that Siddiqui had left SP long back and joined BSP on whose ticket he contested Lok Sabha election from Bijnor,” party’s national general secretary and spokesman Ram Gopal Yadav said in a statement issued here.

He said that later Siddiqui joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

“Siddiqui is not a SP member and has nothing to do with the party,” Yadav said, asking the media not to project him as SP leader.

Yadav said terming Siddiqui as a SP leader was “outrightly wrong”.

Siddiqui, who is the editor of Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, had recently interview Modi in which the Gujarat Chief Minister had refused to apologise for the post-Godhra riots and instead said he would prefer to be hanged if found guilty.

In an image makeover exercise, Modi had said in the interview, “If my government had done this (post-Godhra riots), I should be hanged in public in such a way that it remains a lesson for the next 100 years so that nobody dares to do it (such a crime)”.

Siddqiqui was a SP MP before he joined the RLD only to rejoin the Samajwadi Party in January this year.

Ram Gopal Yadav said that Siddiqui may be interested in an alliance with Modi.

SP leader Azam Khan said, “In politics neither friendship nor enmity is permanent. But we can’t maintain friendship with a murderer like Narendra Modi. Modi is an enemy of humanity. I feel this is wrong. It is not right for a person like Modi to have been given an opportunity to give his opinion to a major Urdu daily.”

Reacting to the SP’s move to distance itself from Siddiqui, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, “As a journalist it is not necessary to only publish the views of those you agree with. His paper won’t only publish news related to Mulayam Singh Yadav.

“As an editor, he has the right to interview whoever he wishes. However, it is an old habit of SP to alter their actions to cater to their votebank. How can you demand clarifications and not listen when answers are provided,” he said.

Gujarat BJP leader Yatin Oza said, “For the first time someone has asked Modi about his view. For this removing a senior member of the party is politics of minority appeasement and hypocrisy. This is an autocratic way of functioning. 

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