News reports say that the Supreme Court order on the Diwali firecracker ban mentions “Diwali” in almost every paragraph and in a few instances “Dussehra”.
They have had UNILATERIAL RULINGS – REALLY RESTRICTIONS on Dahi Handi of Krishna Janmasthmi, during Holi and the Jallikattu (bull-hugging race). People feel that Hindu festivals are being unfairly targeted and these rulings are either stopping their celebrations or taking joy out of them. Social media where people are really angry about this most recent and all earlier restrictions, they have listed many instances of intolerance of Hindu culture.
Diwali firecrackers are arguably a small part of the pollution, while many other aspects – car and bus traffic, construction, fires from nearby states all account for huge pollution in Delhi. The honorable Supreme Court has taken the easiest and most controversial step with this firecracker ban – with no scientific backup. Does the Court care about people’s sentiments? Most people would say – they do not based on views expressed in various media…
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 20 Oct 2017
After Supreme Court ban of selling firecrackers in Diwali, a big shock and a redo from last year, no secular opposition politician – Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamta Bannerjee, other leaders, chief ministers – BSP, Samajwadi Party, etc. etc. – no one has said anything. Why this loud silence? The media (english media) is also mostly quiet or supportive of banning Diwali fireworks…
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 19 Oct 2017
Supreme Court almost came to passing a judgement to ask the Government to not deport the nearly 1 lac Rohingyas Muslims who entered India illegally. This was till Government of India’s lawyer asked them not to pass any judgment due to larger consequences.
Firstly, several people feel that it is not appropriate for the SC to get involved in matters which are in the domain of the executive (the Government of India) and secondly asking this country with so many problems to house illegals only means it would encourage lakhs and millions more to enter India.
Also, Rohingyas – several but not all are involved in terror activities. It is reported that hundreds of bodies of Hindu men, women and children were found near Rohingya villages in Burma, and Indian Army feels it points to Rohingya terror. There are news reports that some Rohingyas have obtained an Aadhar card – and it won’t be long before all somehow get it.
So you can now look forward and imagine all the consequences we can expect to face due to this inappropriate near judgment by our Supreme Court…
Source: The Hindu
- 16 Oct 2017
Indian startups or young companies including Ola, Flipkart and PayTm are in fight for their lives (with no end in sight) against well funded global competitors – Uber, Amazon, etc. Ola just got new funding commitment of over Rs. 7,000 crores and Flipkart got a few thousand and so did PayTm. While competition is good for us as consumers, we also want Indian companies to win the war and come out on top in India and then expand globally.
Also as consumers we are willing to give a little preference (but not too much) to an Indian owned company.
Finally, it the companies themselves that have to take risk, pursue innovation constantly, improve customer service, motive their workforce and get the best out of them, display great leadership, etc. etc.
Without a doubt, big challenges but also great opportunities!
Source: Hindustan Times
- 14 Oct 2017
We all can agree that Rape is “sort” of well known. Now our Supreme Court defines it more clearly. Any sex between a man over the age of 18 and a woman (really a girl) below 18 is Rape. Why? Because “a girl under the age of 18 years is a child and hence, does not have the capacities — physical, emotional or mental — to take an informed decision about engaging in sexual intercourse.”
Till now there was an exception to this if an underage girl is married to a man over the age of 18. This did not make sense as lot of times girls are allegedly forced into marriage due to various pressures.
With this new SC ruling, it makes it 100% clear that ANY SEX BETWEEN A MALE OVER THE AGE OF 18 WHETHER MARRIED TO OR NOT, EVEN IF CONSENSUAL, TO A GIRL BELOW 18 IS RAPE. REALLY SIMPLE AND MAKES GOOD SENSE.
According to one study, India has a few million girls under the age of 18 who are married. Did they all marry by their own choice or due to pressure or other force? More likely it is pressures & force. This judgment may help future victims. Sadly, it could some communities more than others.
- 13 Oct 2017
For pollution control reasons, sale on firecrackers for Diwali was banned. Then in September this ban was relaxed, but now the ban went into effect again. Doing so deeply hurts religious sentiments of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain community who look forward to it and celebrate in a big way. Burning firecrackers has religious significance. Being a deeply sensitive topic, it would be hard to even enforce it.
The Supreme Court’s job (as it is world over) is to NOT to make laws but interpret. Here they want to be like the government (even if unelected) to make the laws? The same is the issue with the Rohingya refugee issue where they want to act like the government? There seems to be no self-check or control on what areas they jump into?
INSTEAD OF THIS FIRECRACKER BAN, COULD THEY HAVE ASKED ALL DELHI MOTORISTS TO STOP DRIVING FOR ONE DAY AND INSTEAD TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Would they ever to infringe on sensitive matters of other religions?
- 11 Oct 2017
Nirmala Sitharaman, the recently appointed and India’s first ever Lady Defence Minister paid a visit to the sensitive Nathu La, the Sikkim – Tibet (disputed territory) border point. All Ms. Sitharam said was the simple and the common “NAMASTE” forcing the Chinese Generals to return the favour and the Chinese media to gaga over this – and seeing it as goodwill gesture – after them trying to force a war on India and Bhutan just several weeks earlier. The video went viral. [Weeks earlier viral videos were circulating about the overconfident and cocky outcome of a India-China war…] Coming back to the minister action, this natural gesture was most likely spontaneous. All this just leaves us wondering as to what prevents the Chinese or the Pakistanis to dwell in some simple actions to build goodwill, rather than trying to kill our soldiers and people or disturb border peace?
- 10 Oct 2017
Diwali came early to New York’s Times Square, its most famous landmark when it celebrated the biggest ever Diwali festival outside of India. Since its inception several years ago, it has been growing in size. One reason that took added significance to host and celebrate this years function was the fact that – after the 2016 presidential elections, USA is deeply divided in the middle.
As one artist put it – the Deepavali, the festival of lights should help “spread a little bit of love and happiness” when there is so much hatred and division. Well said and it certainly will as all Indian know! Diwali is celebrated to bring wealth and love to the world!
- 9 Oct 2017
Supreme Court has asked for the Love-Jihad issue to be fully investigated in Kerala. People – both youth and others and both educated or not are being radicalized to join Islamic terror groups in India and in the Gulf region. Several youth have been caught.
Thousands have converted to Islam – and police want to verify if voluntary or under extremist threat. Since the current LDF government came to power, nearly 200 opposition party workers or NGOs have been murdered in brought daylight with no end in sight.
Has God’s Own Country become our own Terroristan? How much worse will the situation become?
- 8 Oct 2017
Over a month ago, China agreed to pull back after a tense 70 face to face standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam plateau, located near the strategic chicken neck area. But that was only temporary, as it is now being reported that they have restarted the road construction on the Doklam plateau – but 10 kms away from the original site which is still Bhutan’s territory. Apparently all the original equipment and manpower have been moved to that location. India is now again pushed to a corner to take defensive action to both protect itself and Bhutan.
Source: Free Press Journal
- 6 Oct 2017
These 40,000 Rohingya entered India illegally and are Muslims. Both of our neighbours are Islamic and should take these refugees. India is not even a neighbour to where these people claim to belong to. Just because we are democratic we cannot be responsible for problems of every refugee group when our hands are full taking care of our own people. We already have 3+ crore illegal from Bangladesh with no sign of this illegal influx stopping. At this rate, anyone and everyone might claim to be a refugee and want to make India home? What if a 1/3rd of Pakistani or Bangladesh did that? It is not about 40,000 or 10 – it is the principle. If Britain, USA and Europe have an issue, they can take these refugees!
- 5 Oct 2017
Some rumours are floating around that Gurmeet Ram Rahim and some of his aides and followers are threatening mass conversions to Islam. One reason given for this is Hindus are treated badly in India (a true statement!), one of the reasons for Gurmeet Singh arrest, while Muslims are able to get away with anything – throwing stones, etc. But there are conditions such as lakhs of his followers should agree. It has been alleged that leaders are in touch with leaders of the Muslim community. This is a really scary development and we hope it is not true or does not come to be.
Source: India Today
- 4 Oct 2017
The current government has gone much further than any Indian government to rescue and assist Indian nationals anywhere in the world in times of war, uprising, terrorist captures, sickness or other emergencies. Ministers and staff are working 24X7 to provide critical assistance. Due to the government efforts several catholic priests and their support staff have been rescued from the Taliban in Afghanistan (who accuse these priests of allegedly trying to practice conversions), in Iraq and other war torn regions. So how does the church acknowledge this? THEY NEVER STOP THEIR FALSE PROPAGANDA AGAINST INDIA AND HINDUS. The Catholic media worldwide and its Indian arm viciously attacked Prime Minister Modi and this government on false charges of Human Rights. One church group in Madhya Pradesh is even objecting to students says “Jai Hind”… Is something really amiss?
- 3 Oct 2017
Due to the public interest litigation (or PIL), the Supreme Court hears and gets involved with so many issues even though it has an overflowing case load. In this case, these Rohingya Muslim, who claim to be stateless are originally from the Bangladesh-Burma border. So with Burma and Bangladesh as neighbors, why are we in India (a 3rd country) have to host them and let them stay. It is alleged that several among them engaged in violence. With 30%+ population in poverty, and with so many issues we are faced with, do we need to absorb and give shelter to another 40,000 Muslim refugees today and possibly lakhs in the future who could be sympathizers of terrorism. The answer ought to be Absolutely Not!
Source: Times of India
- 2 Oct 2017
Just like in past years, Mamata Banerjee was playing favourites by giving preference to Muslims over Hindus, even though the latter are in greater majority. As Durga Puja and Muharram falls on same days, she ordered that Durga Puja celebrations and idol immersions should be concluded 1 day before the Muharram procession.
This is despite the fact that the most auspicious day & time for immersion was to be the next day (to coincide with the Muharram day).
Hindus were naturally upset and approached the court. On really similar lines as in last year, the court struck down the Bengal government’s arbitrary decision and one that hurt Hindu sentiments. How stupid and how unfair…
Source: Times of India
- 30 Sep 2017