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Criminals On The Loose On Streets: Why Stone-pelting Does Not Stop

The killing of 22-year old R Thirumani of Chennai, as a result of injuries sustained when he was accidentally caught in a stone-pelting scene, in Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir, one would think, is the first recorded death caused by stone pelting, that has since become national news. Millions of stones have been hurled over several decades in Kashmir, at our army men, police and innocent people, including children. It is therefore mystifying why after thirty years of unremitting stone pelting on a weekly, daily and sometimes hourly basis, the first death is only now being acknowledged and reported. This calls for some deeper thinking. This could logically mean only two things: either the stone pelters are extremely poor marksmen or suffer from malnutrition, that their favoured projectiles leave their hands but don’t reach their targets, the heads of their perceived enemies. Or that their targets have been so agile that they have been able to see the stones in time and dodge them, time after time and escape death. But what is inescapable is the fact that these stones are meant to kill.

The picture of Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, consoling the father of the murdered young man (yes, he was murdered) appears as the picture of compassion and pity. She seems to have suddenly discovered that stone pelting can kill people, only when to her chagrin the victim turned to be young tourist, not one among the vile Indian Army or police. All these years when stones were being hurled, the possibility never crossed her mind. It occurred to none from Kashmir. Not the Abdullahs nor the Geelanis. No wonder, only recently she pardoned hundreds of stone pelters and granted them reprieve believing their hearts have reformed (doesn't matter how unlikely a prospect that is!) Her acquiescing, ever obliging coalition partner in the J & K government and at the Centre, also did not think once of objecting to her magnanimous decision. After all, stone-pelting at Indians is Kashmiri youths’ sport, a talent to be honed, a calling to be pursued, taught by the elders in their family to be a sacred and pious duty essential to achieve manhood.

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'UDAY' - Dawn Of Light In The Dark Corners

A spate of detracting voices followed the Centre's announcement last week that the target of 100% electrification of the over 600,000 villages of India had been achieved, which brushed off the accomplishment citing this or that figure. But what this meant to the man in an isolated village in India and the magnitude of change as experienced by them is narrated in this account below.

"The last village to be brought on the national power grid was Leisang village in the Senapati district of Manipur.

I share my experience of living for a month in Senapati district. The year was 2007. I had been selected for national internship with 22. Assam Rifles, Manipur.

Leisang

After a back-breaking train journey that started from Pune via Mumbai and Kolkata to Assam and thereafter a 4-hour bumpy ride on NH-2 Imphal-Dimapur highway, we finally reached the 22. Assam Rifles headquarters at Maram, in Senapati district. At that time, electricity was a luxury, hot water for bath was prepared on wood-fires.

During our fieldwork, we got to travel across the various small villages hidden within mountain tops in Senapati and nearby districts. The areas were devoid of any development or factories. The villages ransacked each-other for resources. People charged their mobile phones paying 5 Rupees at nearby shops. Maoists had robbed Manipur of its development potential. Even on the day of my visit to Imphal, I witnessed three protests. There were bandhs declared every other day, rickshaw strikes that brought life on a standstill, and disruptions were normal. The district collector's office was in shambles and no work ever got done.

People would always ask me and my friend to be careful as Maoists would normally kidnap outsiders - tourists, contract workers from other states and keep them as ransom against the State government. Even though government and maoists had reached a truce and they were given own camps, yet development was scared to enter.

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Prakash Raj is a genius! (Satire)

Prakash Raj is a

The Indian populace has recently received an extremely amazing conversational tool discovered and presented by him, to the whole world, in a debate on Times Now.

This brilliant tool is the expression “Kuch Bhi.”

Do note that this expression is a full sentence in itself, and surpasses all syllogisms that have ever existed, and known to mankind.

It can stand on its own with nothing to back it up, other than a full stop, or an exclamation mark or a question mark. Because of this brilliant multi-faceted identity that is thus acquired by its very existence, and its ability to shake hands with any punctuation mark, it does find itself embraced by and for a fascinating variety of conversations.

It can be expressed in soft, hushed tones, as a humble murmur. Or it can be rendered in a deep sonorous voice with a “Hah” before or after, to give it greater heft and feel. It can be dished out as a drawl to show you’re on top, or delivered with glee to declare that the person facing you is stupid. It can be thrown back angrily, or let float in the air with nonchalance. You can make it sound like a laugh, a question, an answer.

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'Sita and Rama - The Divine in the Connubial Paradigm'

Sita and Rama - The Divine i

A series of calumnious tweets recently on the ‘Ramayana’ by Audrey Truscke, an author of questionable scholarship and dubious connections, who has built her fame doing hit jobs on Hindus and airbrushing historical crimes against them, once again lays bare the inveterate antagonism that the Abrahamic cults harbour towards naturalistic traditions like Hinduism and seek to destroy it through ceaseless assaults directed towards it. This hostility in case of Christianity has only changed form, from cruel inquisitions and genocidal campaigns of the past centuries to a war of elaborately contrived sophistry to coerce a narrative bound to their predications and suitable to the interests of the Christian world. 

But other than the fact that this fresh bit of scurrility calls attention to repeated such bids at bolstering certain ideological premises by seeking to fit a timeless literary work into themes of oppressive patriarchy and suffering feminity, Truschke’s spurious claims merit little more of our time, repudiated as these have been thoroughly by several reasoned voices in social media, the ones she is wont to promptly label as “Hindutva trolls” and block the moment her bluff is called.

Far more worthwhile it would be to deepen our own understanding about some of these aspects of the epics which appear troublesome when assessed against modernist memes.One such episode is the agnipareeksha in the ‘Yuddha Kanda’ of the Ramayana.

Today is Sita Navami, the day the Goddess Lakshmi is said to have incarnated to unfold the divine play of Narayana in the Treta Yuga conjoint with the avatara of Sri Ramachandra. “The world idea [of the time] is a glorious androgyny. Complementarity is its underpinning. Compliments on the consummation of the praxis in complementation are reserved mostly for her [Sita].” Their eternal story remains imprinted on the psyche of this land as the exemplary humans of their age worthy of emulation, love and reverence.

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'Mobs Have A Religion While Terrorism Doesn't, And If You Disagree, You Are A Fascist, Bigoted Hindu' - How information media is used as a subversive tool

Mobs Have A Religion While Terrorism

The furore drummed up by mainstream media and the usual attendant rabble-rousers in the incident of the murder and alleged rape of an 8-year old tribal Bakarwal girl, in Kathua city of Jammu division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, once again served as an illustration of how the war of narrative is fought in our information age, through an elaborate agitprop of concerted selective projection and falsification of news. The incredibly diabolic acts alleged against the accused in the case were flashed as headlines all over the national news media almost with a relish, even as facts and circumstances surrounding the case emerge that point to serious lacunae in the story and hint at a larger conspiracy by the hostile Jammu & Kashmir establishment.

It is pertinent to mention here three other incidents in recent past the factual background of which became known in the last days, that drives home this point only too clearly:

The first was the report of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) that came out on Thursday, which states that no traces of semen could be found in the exhibits submitted by Lady Shri Ram College students, who had alleged that miscreants had flung 'semen-filled balloons' at them during the Holi fest a couple of months earlier this year. Irrespective how preposterous this claim is to those with the most elementary knowledge of human anatomy and bodily functions, these claims were published prominently in the news media which had the effect, apparently with deliberate intention, of inducing shame among those who celebrate this major Hindu festival.

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PRESUME GUILT – LAW BECOMES REDUNDANT – REPUBLIC FALLS

PRESUME GUILT

REASON fails to comprehend the patterns of a person’s psyche so as to make him mercilessly quell an innocent life – devoid of any sin or avarice. Nonetheless, eminent Jurists of the past have observed it to be a dark day for any Republic – when an innocent takes fall for an offence not perpetuated by it.

Much has been said, resaid, examined, hypothesised, and at times even plainly said sans application of mental faculties. The author has no intentions of stooping to that level or even simply going over it or simply representing what was earlier said. Additionally, one witnesses loudmouths all over social media, devoid any semblance of legal knowledge, making tall claims and assertions on the factual matrix and culpability of the accused persons in the case based on their respective private and/or communal prejudices. The earnest efforts of author are merely directed towards sifting the evidence and facts available as of now, so as to enable him to provide to you – his beloved readers – with a legally educated opinion on the Kathua Case. Of course, the same is limited in scope due to lack of access to the official documents appertaining the said matter, as filed in the various courts of India. From the alleged say of prosecution as filed in chargesheet, which is being circulated; the Writ Petitions as filed in the Hon’ble Apex Court also being freely available online; and some simple yet quintessential facts as appearing on various media platforms – the author has attempted to formulate what seems to be the case of the prosecution as well as his earnest & honest observations on the same with regards to the obvious lacunae in the same.

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WHEN SHEEP FIGHT FOR THE WOLVES

 WHEN SHEEP FIGHT FOR THE WOLVESON 22nd August, 2017 the Hon’ble Supreme Court held ‘talaq-e-biddat’ or triple talaq to be violative of ‘Right to Equality’ as enshrined in the Constitution of India, and what naturally and in due course of nature followed was the introduction of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament – what has followed since then is: endless chest-thumping of the Mullahs, constant browbeating of the opposition, ever present squabbles on news channels, and what not! But even amidst all this chaos & cacophony one would have never expected the Muslim women themselves to come out and protest the said bill. One must sit and ponder over the nature of circumstances which led to this bizarre an outcome, where the prisoners are fighting their instrument of liberation.

In many of these rallies which are quite exhaustively being covered by the national media – with perhaps even more frenzy than the actual protesters – one gets to witness placards and slogans saying – “WE JUST WANT TO SHARIYAH ONLY” (makes one wonder whether Shariya will be okay with them abridging pop song lyrics for slogan?), “TEEN TALAQ BILL WAPAS LO” (i.e. take back triple talaq bill), “WE DO NOT NEED TRIPLE TALAQ BILL WE NEED JUSTICE AND PROTECTION” (seriously?), and the most overused slogan of all time – “ISLAM IN DANGER!” One would presume that Islam would be in danger by the misdeeds of those who commit systematic violence in its name, but according to them it seems that a law made with the intent to unshackle Indian Muslim women from the age-old practice of capricious, whimsical and irrevocable method of divorce seems to place Islam in harm’s way.

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