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Cartoons for All! Here is how they teach us Crucial Life Lessons

“In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities. A childhood that wasn't spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.”

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Powerpuff Girls, Youtube

April 22, 2017: It is true to the core that sometimes we learn lessons of life in a hard manner and the transformation we go through is a very difficult phase. To accept change all of a sudden needs time. Here is where Cartoons come into the picture. Believe it or not!

People of different age groups have different preferences, be it outings, sports or the field of entertainment but there is something that transcends this generation gap and all the family members can be seen enjoying to their heart while watching these animated figures namely CARTOONS.

Cartoons have been entertaining us for decades. One can talk to one’s grandparents and see them laughing and being nostalgic about the cartoons of “their” time.

Over the passage of time, cartoons have changed but one thing that has not changed about cartoons is the life lessons they teach so easily. It is said that time teaches the crucial lessons of life but it cannot be denied that cartoons teach vital life lessons so easily while entertaining us and leave a long lasting impact on our mind.

Sanhita Baruah from Delhi says, “In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us with a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities. A childhood that wasn’t spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.”

While talking to kids, we came across these comments, Aaryanveer, a student of 6th standard says, ”Chhota Bheem has taught me to fight the problems that come my way and I learnt about having confidence in myself from Thomas and friends.”

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Ekanki, a student of class 5 says, “Cartoons help us increase our limits of imagination.”She also said that she has learnt qualities of cooperation and finding the truth from cartoons.

Here is a list of a few popular cartoons and the lessons they taught us:

Gohan, Source- Wikimedia

1. Hard work and perseverance will take you a long way

This is the life lesson we have learned from the action-avanturistic cartoon, ‘Dragonball Z.’ The little, smart and strong Gohan is definitely one of the most popular cartoon character names, that we will all remember as the most powerful saiyajin ever. Gohan will forever remain in our childhood memories as the cartoon superhero that never gives up and is constantly pushing himself. Regardless of the number of times he was beaten, defeated and destroyed – Gohan was always finding the indescribable inner strength that was making him even more determined and stronger than before.

Oswald, Source- Wikimedia

2. Helping friends in the hour of need

None of us can forget the polite and gentle octopus in Oswald. He taught us that w should always be there for our friends even if sometimes it means going out of the way.
Free spirited and energetic Daisy always inspired us to try new things and enjoy to the fullest.

Make Way for Noddy, Source- Wikipedia

3. There is nothing wrong in asking for help when needed

Enid Blyton’s hardworking taxi driver Noddy always finds himself in troubles dye to his impulsiveness but he has the guts to ask his friends for help. All of us remember Big Ears and the life lessons he taught Noddy and simultaneously to us. It also showed the ones who dig the pit for others, fall in it themselves and so was the fate of the Gobbo and Sly

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Scooby Doo, Source-Wikimedia

4. There is nothing like ghosts. Actual evil lies in human himself

If you have read this true life fact and Scooby Doo is the cartoon you have associated with it, then you have been definitely one of the biggest fans of this famous cartoon character. Going back in the beautiful ‘Scooby Doo era’, we will remember that in practically every episode of this amazing cartoon, the criminal (final culprit) was never the one we were thinking (a ghost specifically) it was during the whole time. Therefore, the life lesson #1 that Scooby Doo and his friends taught us is to not have fallacious opinions and predispositions about people. But, this cartoon taught us something else too. Life lesson #2 from the Scooby Doo cartoon is to be problem solvers. What does it mean? Scooby Doo and his Mystery Gang were always solving every mystery from every adventure they have been through.

Teenage Mutant Ninja, Source-Wikimedia

5. Trust your gut instincts

Is there anyone that hasn’t watched even an episode from the awesome ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’? Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo perfectly showed us that no matter the fear, no matter the uncertainty – always be guided by your inner voice, thus your gut instincts. This is how these four ninja turtles were managing to get out of troubles and successfully solve any of their mystery missions. So, whenever you are in the middle of a trouble and you feel that something is right or wrong – you need to trust your gut instincts.

There are many more cartoon series and the infinite number of life lessons they taught us so smoothly while making us fall in peals of laughter. Just open your T.V and enjoy this visual treat while nourishing your mind at the same time.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Chanakya: Illuminate Yourself with Top 12 Major Life Lessons from the World’s Greatest Royal Advisor

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Chanakya, traditionally identified as Vishnu Gupta or Kautilya. Wikimedia

– by Tusheeta Kaushik

July 9, 2017: Chanakya a.k.a Vishnu Gupta or Kautilya was greatly identified as an Indian Teacher, Philosopher, Economist, Jurist and a Royal Advisor. He strongly believed in the broadcasting of knowledge and not in storing it and authored the great ancient Indian political treatise “Arthashastra”. He knew the importance of education and at a very young age, studied and memorised the toughest scriptures known as the Vedas.

Known as a masterful Political Strategist, he never succumbed to the pressure tactics by cunning politicians. He believed good governance comes with peace and order which can be achieved through collaboration of different factors in a community. The first of these factors is a leader first rendering service to its people and then looking after it s own needs. The second factor is that a leader should be virtuous, must be a great example to his people and should have deference towards law.

According to the Arthashastra, there is a strong connection between good governance and the economy of a nation. As stated in the Summary on Kautilya’s Arthashastra: It’s Contemporary Relevance, “the end is economic governance while political governance is the means” (Chapter 2). It means that proper management and good governance has an effect on the economic aspect of a nation. The Arthashastra then serves as basic guidelines for the proper management of the economy of the country. Knowing how to manage resources, such as monetary funds, can contribute to the development of the economy.

Chanakya also helped in penning down certain gems of wisdom and integrity that are true even today and can be brought into use- such is the potency and effect of Chanakya’s thoughts on education, religionwisdom, and integrity that people still follow and practice them to live a meaningful and a tranquil life. Here are the life lessons to be read, and practised!

Here are the life lessons that everyone should read, learn and practice-

  1. a) Lessons on the basis of Integrity-

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2. a) Lessons on the basis of Education- 

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3. a) Lessons on the basis of Wisdom-

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4. a) Lessons on the basis of Religion- 

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– by Tusheeta Kaushik of Newsgram. Twitter: @TusheetaKaushik

 

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Can Flourishing Islamic State (ISIS) be Stopped in Afghanistan?

The truth about IS and Afghanistan is definitely no picnic

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Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016.
Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016. The rise of IS in Afghanistan has become such a priority that U.S. and Afghan forces sometimes support the Taliban while battling IS, VOA
  • Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups
  • Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops
  • In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS

June 25, 2017: The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.

Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups.

Attacking IS has become such a priority in the country, that disparate forces sometimes join together in the ad-hoc fight, with Afghan and U.S. forces finding themselves inadvertently supporting the enemy Taliban in battling IS.

Confusion leads to mistakes

All too often, officials say, mistakes are made due to confusion on the ground.

Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops, provincial police chief, Rahmatullah Turkistani told VOA. The supplies were meant to help Afghan forces that are countering twin attacks by IS and Taliban militants but were used instead by IS.

“It’s not getting better in Afghanistan in terms of IS,” U.S. Chief Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White told VOA this week. “We have a problem, and we have to defeat them and we have to be focused on that problem.”

Reinforcements for the IS cause reportedly are streaming into isolated areas of the country from far and wide. There are reports of fighters from varied nationalities joining the ranks, including militants from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and Central Asian neighbors.

Confusing scenarios

Still, the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK) as IS is known in Afghanistan remains a fragmented group composed of differing regional forces with different agendas in different parts of the country.

“IS-K is still conducting low-level recruiting and distribution of propaganda in various provinces across Afghanistan, but it does not have the ability or authority to conduct multiple operations across the country,” a recent Pentagon report said. But where it operates, IS is inflicting chaos and casualties and causing confusing scenarios for disparate opponents.

In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS. IS regained ground after a few days, leading to U.S. military air attacks on IS positions in conjunction with Afghan intelligence instructions and army operations.

IS fighters reportedly have fled from mountain caves of Tora Bora, where al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden hid from U.S. attack in 2001.

Families displaced

IS fighters were also reportedly advancing in neighboring Khogyani district, displacing hundreds of families, according to district officials. It is one of several areas in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border, where IS has been active for over two years.

Fierce clashes in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar last month left 21 Taliban fighters and seven IS militants dead, according to a provincial spokesman. At least three civilians who were caught in the crossfire were killed and five others wounded.

“IS has overpowered Taliban in some parts of Nangarhar because the Taliban dispatched its elite commando force called Sara Qeta (Red Brigade) to other parts of the country, including some northern provinces to contain the growing influence of IS there,” Wahid Muzhda, a Taliban expert in Kabul, told VOA.

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Recruiting unemployed youths

IS has also expanded in neighboring Kunar province, where, according to provincial police chief, it has a presence in at least eight districts and runs a training base, where foreign members of IS, train new recruits.

Hundreds of miles from Nangarhar, IS is attempting to establish a persistent presence in several northern provinces where it has found a fertile ground for attracting militants and recruiting unemployed youths, mostly between the age of 13 and 20.

IS has been able to draw its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, former Afghan Taliban, and other militants who “believe that associating with or pledging allegiance” to IS will further their interests, according to the Pentagon report.

Hundreds of militants have joined IS ranks in northern Jouzjan and Sar-e-Pul province where local militant commanders lead IS-affiliate groups in several districts.

Darzab district

Qari Hekmat, an ethnic Uzbek and former Taliban militant who joined IS a year ago, claims to have up to 500 members, including around 50 Uzbek nationals who are affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) — previously associated with al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan.

IS and Taliban are reportedly fighting over the control of Darzab district in Jouzjan which they stormed this week from two different directions and besieged scores of government forces. The Taliban has reportedly captured the center of the district while IS militants control the city outskirts.

Afghanistan faces a continuing threat from as many as 20 insurgent and terrorist networks present or operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, including IS, the Pentagon said.

“In areas where the government has limited influence and control, IS attempts to emerge and expand there,” Ateequllah Amarkhail, an analysts and former Army general in Kabul told VOA.

Hit-and-hide strategy

IS has also claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in urban areas, however, with a hit-and-hide strategy that is proving effective. And it is engaging too in more skirmishes with U.S. forces that initially were sent to the country to help Afghan forces halt the spread of Taliban.

Three American service members based in eastern Afghanistan were killed in April during operations targeting IS militants, according to the Pentagon.

“ISIS-K remains a threat to Afghan and regional security, a threat to U.S. and coalition forces, and it retains the ability to conduct high-profile attacks in urban centers,” the Pentagon said. (VOA)

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Gay Men Dating in Cartoons Banned in Kenya: Is India Standing on the same Pedestal?

Kenya Takes Up Step to Stop Exposure of Homosexuality in Children

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The Loud House Cartoon
The Loud House Cartoon is banned in Kenya.
  • Kenya bans some cartoon shows airing on Nickelodeon as they were flagged to be disturbing content glorifying homosexual behavior
  • The Loud House (only one episode of two gay men dating each other), The Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold were some of the banned shows
  • Exekiel Mutua said, “Adults can choose to become homosexuals and exercise their rights on sexual orientation and relationships, but not so with children”

June 22, 2017:

After millenniums of being into existence, we still have our reservations from homosexuality. Even though its explanation in the ancient times, we still refrain from conversations with gay men dating others. A person’s sexuality is a matter of his own choice and the sole owner of this field is the person itself but the world can’t digest the fact of exposing people towards other people. What we need to remember is denying their existence means crippling your thoughts!

The exposure of homosexuality to children in our society through cartoons plays a very big role because it shapes the thinking of the child but on the other hand, the world is just ignoring the fact and hiding it so that it doesn’t create a single impact on the child. This brings out the need to have more discussions on exposing homosexuality to children and how it should shape the modern world.

One case that recently came into light was in Kenya where gay anime shows which aired on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network were banned from the country because it was flagged as disturbing content and ‘glorifying homosexual behavior’ among children.

Some of the names of those programs were-

  • The Loud House –The show is about the life of a child living with 11 other family members and his house is a mess.
  • The Legend of Korra –It is a sci-fi show where all the cartoons are known to bend matter.
  • Hey Arnold – The show centers on a child name Arnold who falls in adventurous troubles with his friends.

The Chief executive officer of the regulatory board, Exekiel Mutua said that “Adults can choose to become homosexuals and exercise their rights on sexual orientation and relationships, but not so with children”.

In India, there is hardly any chance that the cartoons can be related to homosexuality as there is a possibility it may be considered not normal or even a crime. The most relatable example in the Indian concept is if we talk about the movie ‘Bombay Talkies’. The movie has four short movies and two of them is “Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye”  and “Sheila ki Jawani” and in that movie.

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In “Sheila ki Jawani”, the protagonist aspires to become a dancer and dances to the tunes of the Bollywood song Sheila ki Jawani but his father wishes him to have a more manly aim such as to be a footballer. This small example can exactly tell you about the scenario in India. How profession is linked to the gender and not to one’s individual choices. In this country, people are more concerned about a boy child not to have ‘Girly’ Dreams then how can one expect the cartoons to be glorifying homosexuality.

The idea of not including homosexual content in cartoons is because it is believed that it might induce homosexual behavior in children. Though ironically, if cartoons start having these hints of homosexuality for children to view at a young age, they might react normally when they witness an actual homosexual relation. There is a possibility that we will not push or reject anyone to a corner for the choices they will make. Acceptance might rule. THINK!

– by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi