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Dadri mob lynching: Human stupidity has no limits

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By Ajeet Bharti

Here is the news about Dadri mob lynching: A man was beaten to death in Dadri, UP, when someone spread the rumour that he consumed beef. 

However, this news about the stupidity of a group of men was given a communal and political angle on social media the moment it appeared. The social media ‘vigilante’ opinion makers soon started adding adjectives to make it look communal and somehow even pulled in references of PM Modi in it.

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When a mob that kills someone for the petty reason of eating beef appears Hindu to you, it simply brings to the fore your communal mindset or the ignorance of the fact that you could have chosen to do something better about it. You, educated enough to post on Facebook in perfect English and slant, choose to see it that way.

At the same time, there is a religious angle to it, can’t be denied. But it has just that angle which, in truth, has nothing religious about it. Every single time such acts take place we have to take a stand that this is not religious, because it is not. How can a religious person kill someone? And then, you pin this stupidity on the government!

Hating a government or a leader is nothing new. However, there must be a logic to support the blame.

Here, a mob kills a man in Dadri, UP, and somehow Modi is portrayed conveying this message! Look at the audacity of this friend who somehow relates it to Digital India initiative as well. Wouldn’t it be great to know that the law and order situation is a State subject which, currently, is in the hands of Akhilesh Yadav’s government.

An excellent example is the second guy who is questioning the stupidity. That’s the way to look at it. A Hindu doesn’t kill, a Muslim doesn’t kill, or for that matter any religious person doesn’t kill. No religion preaches planting bombs in Mumbai Locals or Samjhauta Express.

It is human stupidity that claims lives. This stupidity doesn’t come from the teachings of Gita or Quran. This stupidity is social, and whether it be Akhilesh Yadav or Mamata Banerjee, they can’t control it by making policies.

Apparently, the Modi government is conveying the message to find any Muslim man who eats beef and kill him by beating mercilessly. If the government is preaching this, I never heard the same, or read in a paper.

Human stupidity doesn’t follow laws. Social conditioning and taking things for granted is the reason behind this stupidity. The government has laws to check it. But how can any government have policemen placed at every corner, home and lane to check this stupidity such as Dadri mob lynching?

Unless the society takes a call and educates itself enough to show mutual respect and be inclusive to all ideas for good, these lynchings would continue. Education is the panacea. There is no other way. Having policemen everywhere wouldn’t help as a stupid mob wouldn’t care about uniform and won’t hesitate to kill the policeman himself.

It is the collective consciousness of the society that needs improvement. This is the basic requirement of the entirety of human society. Scandinavian countries are said to have the best form of education but they top the rape case lists. The USA is the most developed nation on earth but racial attacks and motive-less deaths take place all the time. There is the ISIS, the Taliban and then normal people like you and me who go on a killing spree by spraying bullets in theatres.

This issue shouldn’t be pinned on a religion or a government, but rather we should take care not to give it a spin that suits our bigoted beliefs. A man was beaten to death by a group of men. Let law take its course. ‘Hindu mob killing Muslim man for eating beef’ will only increase social tension. Society doesn’t need riots, it needs to stay calm.

  • Well written Ajeet Bharti,
    Unfortunately, your post will not be shared on thousands of Facebook users’ wall. People tend to spread hatred and ignorance over love and truth.
    Modi haters, on the other hand, would want every such instance to be attributed on him.

  • AnonymouseIsAWoman

    Unfortunately, ignoring the religious bigotry in the incident does NOT make it go away.

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Facebook Introduces Digital Training and Start-up hubs in India to Promote Digital Economy

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New Delhi, Nov 23: Facebook on Wednesday introduced its digital training and start-up training hubs in India aimed at helping small businesses and people grow by giving them the digital skills they need to compete in today’s digital economy.

Facebook said it plans to train more than half a million people in the country by 2020 through these online training hubs, which are being rolled out first in India.

The learning curriculum which is personalised to the individual’s needs and available in English and Hindi on mobile, the social network, which is used by 217 million people in India, announced.

“We believe the best way to prepare India for a digital economy is by equipping people with the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to succeed,” said Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes, Facebook, India and South Asia.

To develop the learning curriculum, the social network worked with several organisations, including Digital Vidya, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), DharmaLife and the government’s StartupIndia initiative.

The curriculum includes vital skills for digital skill seekers and tech entrepreneurs, including how to protect their ideas, how to hire, how to go about getting funding, what regulations and legal hurdles they need to consider, how to build an online reputation, and a host of other critical skills.

This could mean teaching a small business owner how to create an online presence; helping a non-profit reach new communities and potential donors; or it could mean helping a tech entrepreneur turn their product idea into a startup through practical business advice.

Facebook said its digital training hub would provide free social and content marketing training for anyone – from students to business owners – who is looking to develop their digital knowledge and skills.

According to new research by Morning Consult in partnership with Facebook, small businesses use of digital translates into new jobs and opportunities for communities across the country.

Since 2011 Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses globally.

The “Boost Your Business” and “SheMeansBusiness” initiatives have trained more than 60,000 small businesses, including 12,000 women entrepreneurs, in India, Facebook said. (IANS)

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Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography

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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”(IANS)

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Delhi University Students Win the Enactus World Cup 2017

India wins the Enactus World Cup 2017

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India wins Enactus World Cup 2017. Twitter.

New Delhi, Sep 30: After an extremely tough competition between different students across the world in the Enactus World Cup 2017, Team India, represented by Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), Delhi University emerged as the winner. The winning projects were project UDAAN and Mission RAAHAT.

Supporting the Government of India’s Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mission, RAAHAT strives to effectively eliminate open defecation and provide safe sanitation in the urban slums; whereas, UDAAN aims at narrowing the digital divide between rural and urban India by setting up computer centres.

The Delhi University college team was led by the college’s faculty advisor, Anuja Mathur and student president of SSCBS Student President Aditya Sharma. The winning projects included 34 more members. The Enactus India and Enactus SSCBS were presented the Ford Better World Award of USD 50,000.

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President and Global CEO, Enactus, Rachael A. Jarosh congratulated the Indian for winning the world cup and called the projects- RAAHAT and UDAAN, inspirational success stories of Enactus students, who are sowing businesses. She said that the projects address the real world challenges efficiently and innovatively. Enactus India President Farhan Pettiwala said that the two projects created by Delhi University students contribute to the country’s betterment, as they support the Government’s civil and social agenda.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organisation, with 72,000 students from 1,700 universities in 36 countries, which held its annual global event in London from September 26 to 28. A selected group of 3,500 students, business, government leaders and academicians across the globe were present at the event. Participants for the final competition round are qualified from over 72,000 university students. Each team has about 17 minutes to present their projects of entrepreneurial action.

Enactus works to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of students, and to address fundamental, social and economic challenges by developing innovative and experiential learning opportunities for students.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.