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Ritual or Barbaric Tradition? The Inhumane custom of Baby-Dropping in Karnataka

Parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra practice the ritual of throwing babies off a 30-feet tower to bring good luck and joy

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Baby throwing ritual. Image source: www.vishwagujarat.com
  • Different parts of India have different cultures and practice numerous rituals 
  • In Maharashtra and Karnataka, there is the ritual of throwing a baby from a 30 feet tower towards the ground
  • This ritual appears to have no logic whatsoever and apparently it is supposed to bring good luck

Religious dogmas are something that Ancient India strongly believes in. Even though the country is blessed with numerous cultures, there is no denying that it also brings with it bizarre traditions and inhumane practices. When rituals do not demand the application of simple logic, they become prejudices. One such prejudice is the system or ritual of throwing babies from a 30 feet tower to the ground.

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A priest dropping the baby from the tower. Image Courtesy : odditycentral.com
A priest dropping the baby from the tower. Image Source: odditycentral.com

The practice has been a regular sight in Karnataka and Maharashtra, both for Hindus and Muslims, since its inception about 700 years ago. Even though the ritual is local to a small part of India, the heinous nature of the ritual and the lack of mercy in the hearts of people have grabbed a lot of attention. Some believe that no matter how important a ritual is to a culture; such inhuman malpractices should be immediately banned. However, some bigots believe that a culture should have the freedom to carry on with its rituals and prejudices, irrespective of the nature of it, reported the allindiaroundup.com Website.

People ready to catch the infant. Image Courtesy: manicanworld.com
People ready to catch the infant. Image Source: manicanworld.com

The practice starts with the priests taking the babies and dropping them from the 30-feet tower. On the ground, there are people who stand along with an arrangement to catch the child and prevent him or her from directly hitting the floor. Then, they hand over the infant to his or her mother and the area bursts in celebrations. People believe that it is supposed to bring good luck and joy.

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According to allindiaroundup.com, in 2011, Maharashtra has aimed to put a ban on this practice but it did not work out well and the practice was resumed. It continues to be exercised at Baba Umer Dargah near Sholapur, Maharashtra & Sri Santeswar temple, Karnataka.

-This article is modified by Aitreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram. 

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  • Aparna Gupta

    That’s insane! How can one think of dropping a child, it shows lack of mercy in human beings.

  • AJ Krish

    Outrageous! Throwing a baby down 30 feet? Are they out of their mind?

  • Neeraj Gaur

    wtf…this is really insane ….how could people throw baby from the height of 30 plus….

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  • Heena Sharma

    Barbaric! We need to rise above these kinds of cruelty.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Religious dogmatic believes……..orthodox people …is such rituals have any relation with reality??.

  • Diksha Arya

    I don’t understand.. how can such an inhumane tradition bring good luck and joy in people’s lives…

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  • Aparna Gupta

    That’s insane! How can one think of dropping a child, it shows lack of mercy in human beings.

  • AJ Krish

    Outrageous! Throwing a baby down 30 feet? Are they out of their mind?

  • Neeraj Gaur

    wtf…this is really insane ….how could people throw baby from the height of 30 plus….

  • Heena Sharma

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  • Heena Sharma

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  • Heena Sharma

    Barbaric! We need to rise above these kinds of cruelty.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Religious dogmatic believes……..orthodox people …is such rituals have any relation with reality??.

  • Diksha Arya

    I don’t understand.. how can such an inhumane tradition bring good luck and joy in people’s lives…

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Swarna Bharat Party condemns government’s healthcare policy in Karnataka

The privatisation of health policies was opposed by SBP

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SBP asks government to work on government hospitals rather then privatising them. Facebook
18th November 2017:
Mr Asif Iqbal, Karnataka State coordinator of Swarna Bharat Party (SBP), today strongly opposed the communist, anti-market and anti-people policy of the Congress Karnataka government to cap healthcare charges in the private sector.
Mr Iqbal said that the Siddaramaiah government should start learning basic economics. Good intentions do not necessarily lead to good outcomes. This communist policy will shut down many hospitals and drive away thousands of health professionals. In this way, it will hurt everyone, including the poor. No communist society has ever done well, and this communist policy will badly harm Karnataka.
In a free market people voluntarily give their custom to the service provider who gives them the best service at the lowest cost. Simultaneously, the desire for profits motivates healthcare providers to provide good quality healthcare while keeping their costs down. And they can’t charge whatever they wish since they are forced by the competition among hospitals to keep prices low. Anyone who makes a profit in such a competitive environment is signalling that he has successfully and efficiently served the people. That is the best outcome for society.
Mr Iqbal said that a government’s role is to create the environment for market-led profitable investments, thereby serving the needs of the community. But instead of identifying and addressing any barriers to investment, the Congress communists are attacking the very existence of the health sector.
Mr Siddaramaiah should remember that the taxpayer does not subsidise private medical establishments, nor should there be any such subsidy. These establishments buy land at commercial rates, pay commercial taxes and get utilities like water and electricity at commercial rates. In fact, SBP understands that most private hospitals and clinics do not break even for the first 5-10 years and most earn barely enough to stay in business.
Mr Iqbal said that instead of Mr Siddaramaiah worrying about the private sector (which is already badly shackled with thousands of rules and infrastructure constraints), he should look within – at the total mismanagement of government hospitals. The private sector is the last ray of hope for the people of Karnataka. Now the anti-people Congress wants to extinguish even this last ray of hope.
SBP also opposes many other aspects of the new health laws, such as a district redressal body that comprises six members but with only one doctor member. Further, there are already several avenues for patients to complain, including consumer courts, civil courts, medical bodies. Creating another body is unnecessary and will only increase fear in doctors’ mind. SBP demands a complete repeal of the new law.

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

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“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system (Image:wikipedia)

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In a statement issued here, Danfoss Industries said: “As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems.”

 “Thane – also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission – will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system,” it said.

Simply put, district cooling is a system where water is chilled at a central place and is sent to various buildings via pipelines to cool indoor air using the air conditioning system there.

According to Danfoss, district cooling systems are energy efficient and would reduce total power consumption for cooling buildings.

The water is not for human consumption.

“With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country,” Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well,” he added.(IANS)